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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

LG G2 Specifications, price and review :

 Most Android smartphones these days have similarly sized displays, memory capacities and processor speeds. It makes it really difficult to get noticed when you’re drowning in a sea of shiny black plastic phones that all look alike. Standing out requires unique features that make your phone different enough so potential buyers will take a second look. LG hopes they’ve done enough with their new G2 to make you consider buying one. Have they? Let’s check out the features that make the LG G2 from Verizon Wireless stand out from the crowd.

The LG G2 is the beastly smartphone that is LG's answer to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. It's a massive, yet not entirely unwieldy, smartphone brimming with specs that would make the most discerning geeks drool. I am pretty impressed with how much LG has improved since I last used their phone. Depending on your perspective, this is either a huge phone or a small phablet. LG went to great lengths to explain how it was listening to customers and observing their usage patterns. Somehow it all led to the awkward placement of those buttons, along with a few other things the phone can do.

 Design: After holding something like the HTC One, everything kind of moves down a notch, however the G2 doesn't completely disappoint. Like the Galaxy series, LG has received some grief about their design decisions with the G2. It is plastic yes, but as I have said about the S4, they did make some decisions to make it look and feel more premium. Firstly the phone feels very sturdy, and solid. The shape feels good in the hand and is actually kind of interesting looking. The back plastic used has a metallic look with a nice honeycomb design put into it. Most noticeable thing about the design is the back buttons. They in my opinion are not as good as side buttons but not awful. They are easy to hit but i hit the wrong one most of the time. I wish they would have separated the volume and power button more as they are hard to differentiate as is. However knock knock alleviates most of my complaints about that, though I do miss the front home button on my Samsung.

Performance: Really all I can say is great, it boots fast and apps run extremely quick. I tried out games like GTA Vice city and they run like a charm. You shouldn't have to worry about anything with it, the processor is way ahead of the snapdragon 600 and the GPU is also if i remember correct like a 40% performance increase.

Software: Really some people complain about LG here and I think they is an area where they really shine. They take things that you find more commonly in custom roms or other third party software and add them in. Firstly it has a built in sms app that firstly isn't ugly (and lets you customize the look), but allows pop up's which is great. The main homescreen allows you to change icon pictures and sizes,screen transition animations, as well as customization's to the app drawer. In the settings you can switch from list or tabbed viewing. From there you can change alot of things about the lock screen, you can even change the soft key layout and design. Most of these things you had to download custom roms, or get third party software to get but LG has built these in which is a great step forward. Knock Knock is also something not new, there have been apps that do this before but never something I've seen come stock. It works for the most part, however like most people said sometimes it takes 2 tries or 3 knocks but it isn't terrible annoying.

Storage: not the best, it is listed as 32gb but only like 24gb is available and no sd card. However it is enough for me to use. I'm just glad they didn't take the moto x route and give 16gb with no sd card.

Camera: Really great the optical image stabilization is noticeable with less blurry pictures. It takes pictures decently fast however the focus time can be forever, and it won't let you like do anything while it's trying to focus. It has the usual range of features however most of you will either just take a regular snapshot or a regular video, but other options are welcome.

Screen: really great, takes up like the whole freaking phone which gives it a much better look. The auto brightness like I've seen on previous LG's doesn't seem to really react as fast as other phones and stays dim when you walk outside for a longer time than I would like.

Battery: While I came in with high hopes (maybe to high) I wasn't disappointed.LG did a lot of engineering in the battery department which is great to hear. The battery seems to last decently long, it will sit in standby forever but drains fairly normal during usage.  So I have had more use with the battery and it has been even better. After a 15 hour day and maybe close to 2 hours of screen time I will still be above 50%. Right now this morning I've been up for 2 hours, played a game for like 20 minutes and have 35 minutes screen time and I am at 95% battery life still. So in other words it's been fantastic.

Calls/Signal: Haven't had any trouble with calls and clarity, it seems to get better signal than  S4 also (though Samsung is usually the worst).

GPS - Have to add in, with the Verizon specific model there seems to be gps issues. I have trouble a lot of the time getting GPS to function correctly. Sometimes I has trouble grabbing it at all, sometimes its slow, now and then it works pretty good. It seems to be off where I'm actually at sometimes too and will jump around a bit.

Price: $650

LG G2 Specifications : 

  2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 / 850
Announced 2013, August
Status Available. Released 2013, September
  Dimensions 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm (5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 in)
Weight 143 g (5.04 oz)
  Type True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2 inches (~424 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
 - Dolby mobile sound enhancement
  Card slot No
Internal 16/32 GB, 2 GB RAM
  GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
Speed HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 21 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE
Infrared port Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort), USB On-the-go, USB Host
  Primary 13 MP, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features Simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face detection, optical image stabilization, HDR
Video Yes, 1080p@60fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization, check quality
Secondary Yes, 2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps
  OS Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
CPU Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400
GPU Adreno 330
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser HTML5
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White
 - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- SNS applications
- MP4/DviX/XviD/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- MP3/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+/AC3/WMA player
- Photo viewer/editor
- Document viewer
- Organizer
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
    Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 790 h (2G) / Up to 900 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 16 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 17 h 30 min (3G)
  SAR US 0.50 W/kg (head)     0.69 W/kg (body)    
SAR EU 0.41 W/kg (head)     0.47 W/kg (body)    

  Display Contrast ratio: 1495:1 (nominal) / 1.976:1 (sunlight)
Loudspeaker Voice 65dB / Noise 62dB / Ring 66dB
Audio quality Noise -91.9dB / Crosstalk -91.3dB
Camera Photo / Video
Battery life Endurance rating 62h

 LG gets a lot of credit from me with their work on the G2. They focused on some very important things such as battery, performance, software design, and they did them right. They tried a few new things with their button layout too which I give them credit for giving it a chance even if i don't think it's the best. It's really hard to say which phone is top on verizon currently. If you want the best battery life, and the best specs screen wise, and performance wise I would say the G2 is your go phone, its pro's heavily outweigh its cones on any of it's cons in most any situation.

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