The LG G2 (AT&T) is a great device that you’ll definitely want to consider along with the HTC One, Galaxy S4, and others.
The first thing we’re going to talk about here is the specs, so the LG G2 is powered by the new Quad Core Snapdragon 800 by Qualcomm and this thing is an absolute beast. It’s one of the first devices to be using it and the Snapdragon 800 is no slouch. In terms of the graphics this uses the Adreno 330 which is also quite impressive.
Day to day usage with the LG G2 was rather impressive, I found that some of the animations and other gimmicky features did give the device a little bit of lag here and there, similar to what I experienced on the Galaxy S4. I was able to eliminate this by installing Nova Launcher which wasn’t an issue because it’s my launcher of choice anyway. but, most people wouldn’t really notice the few stutters and bits of lag. For those of you interested in upgrading from a phone older than a year and a half, this will be a major upgrade in speed and performance.
Without a doubt one of the most important things about any product is the display, because what use is an ultra powerful processor and enormous battery if the screen quality is horrible? One of my favorite parts of the G2 is definitely the screen, it’s a 5.2 in iPS display featuring 1080P resolution with 424 pixels per inch. The screen is nothing short of amazing, the blacks are black and the whites are white. Apple is no longer the leader with its retina display as competitors like LG, Samsung, and HTC step up their game. Another nice addition is on screen buttons which allows you to get the maximum screen real estate out of the device when watching movies or video in landscape mode.
In terms of battery this thing uses a 3,000 mAh battery that will easily get you through a full days worth of usage. I use my phone pretty heavily and keep the screen brightness at about 60% and was able to last a full day which is 5:00AM in the morning to about 6:00 in the evening. Keep in mind I was using AT&T’s 4G LTE throughout the whole day which is pretty impressive. Unfortunately, the G2 doesn’t have a removable battery, so for those of you on the phone 24/7 with about six hours of on screen time may want to look elsewhere. But about 95% of the population should be more than fine with the battery life on the LG G2.
The design of the LG G2 is absolutely great looking, I prefer the look and feel of the G2 over the Galaxy S4 simply because it looks so clean. I myself am not a huge fan of the physical homebutton on the galaxy s4 and prefer the onscreen buttons of the G2 which look great when the phone’s locked. On the other hand, the phone doesn’t look or feal as good as the aluminum HTC One or even iPhone 5S.
Looking around the G2 you can see at the bottom your micro usb port and also the headphone jack. All other sides of the device are completely bare which makes the phone pleasing and clean to look at. The back of the phone is where you’ll find the power button and also your volume rockers.
Many people have been freaking out about having buttons on the back of the phone, but I think it isn’t that bad of an idea. Of course LG has done multiple studies to back up there decision, but at the end of the day it’s consumers that will decide whether it was a good choice to change the placement of the the volume rockers and powers.
I myself don’t really have an opinion as it isn’t a huge deal, but many people really love the button placement. I’ve gotten used to the placement but I do sometimes have to adjust where I hold the phone because depending on how large your hands are it may be a bit uncomfortable. I would highly recommend going to your local store to check and see how you like the location of the buttons, but remember you may hate them at first like I did, but they definitely do grow on you.
One of the few software features I actually enjoy and use everyday is the double tap of the screen to unlock the device. This is something I found myself using all the time and led me to rarely use the power button. I would really love something like this to be implemented into other custom skins and stock android because it’s a feature that I would really have a tough time getting rid of.
The only other thing I haven’t mentioned about the LG G2 is the camera. I rarely take pictures or video with my phone so a great camera isn’t a huge deal for me. However, I was pleasantly surprised with how pictures and video came out. While megapixels don’t mean everything, the G2 does have a 13 mega pixel shooter and also optical image stabilization which will help to improve photos in poorly lit conditions and also reduce shakiness during video. So from my experience the device did a pretty good job with pictures and video.
The only potential cons of this device are the lack of expandable storage, lack of a removable battery, the button placement, possibly on screen buttons, and the bloated LG custom skin.
I myself really love the LG G2 and it’s a great device for anyone that wants to future proof themself for the next two years. However, we’ll probably be seeing the Nexus 5 this October so I would recommend possibly waiting a little bit to see how that pans out.
For those that are interested in picking up the LG G2 you can check it out in the link below from AT&T.