While there is plenty to love about the LG G2's interface and features, there are some areas where LG needs to improve upon. I found the general UI to be a bit too familiar to the Samsung TouchWiz. LG needs to create an identity of it's own much like Samsung has done with TouchWiz or HTC with SenseUI that are vastly different. A possible approach might be partnering with one of the new Android launcher developers such as Smart Launcher or Buzz Launcher. And although the G2 has a fairly decent set of features that are functional, there are some purely gimmicky such as Slide Aside that lets you access three of your commonly used apps through a three finger swipe which is not very practical and often causes unintentional taps in your apps when you're trying to activate it.
In order to qualify for a high-end device, a phone has to feature a good camera. LG equips the G2 with a 13MP camera long with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) that helps against shaky hands. The camera has a 9 point auto-focus that, in my tests, takes a bit of a time to lock on. I also noticed that the G2 prefers to take pictures without firing the flash even when flash is set to auto and light levels are a bit on the lower side. Thus, quick snaps generally resulted in a slightly blurry image but if you take your time with the camera, you can get some pretty impressive results. On the video side, the G2 is capable of shooting full HD at 60fps. The OIS helps take more stable videos than some of the other phone cameras I have tested recently. Here are some samples from the G2 camera.
The LG G2 is equipped with a 3000mAh battery which is not necessarily the highest capacity battery we've seen but considering the size of the G2, it is quite impressive. LG has cleverly utilized a step-design that minimizes the dead space found in batteries. This allows them to use a smaller sized battery without sacrificing the capacity.
Graphic RAM or GRAM is another tweak that LG has done to maximize battery life on the G2. GRAM decreases the smartphone's energy consumption by up to 26% on a still frame, and increases the usage time for the device by approximately 10%. Finally LG also supports
With all of these technologies in place, expect the battery on the LG G2 to last for quite a while. Not once did the LG G2 run out of juice during my week long testing. The closest I came was getting it down to 7% and that was on a day when I used the GPS to guide me from
The LG G2 surprised me in a good way. I was expected a good phone but the G2 has everything it takes to be a GREAT phone. There are a few rough edges that LG needs to work on such as the non-expandable 16GB capacity, the very shiny back cover that attracts fingerprints or the UI that could do with a bit of refinement. But overall, there is so much to love about the G2 that all these things become secondary. In short, LG has created a beautiful device that is very much on the same level (and sometimes better) than Samsung or
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