LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G
Developed by: LG
Ranked: 6th
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Stephen
Qualtrough

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Review summary

Good points LG Optimus G review good points

• Great display

• Fast processing speeds

• Premium sleek design

Bad points LG Optimus G review bad points

• Poor 13MP camera

• LG software not user friendly

Our verdict

This is one of the best LG phones in recent memory that is available on more than just the Asian markets. We believe that while LG still need to work on their software, they have a very beautiful smartphone that has fast speeds.

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Full review

Design

The LG Optimus G is a very Android-like device in the sense of size. With a 4.7-inch display and a sealed battery, it is very reminiscent of previous Android smartphones.

One feature we praise LG for is the black polycarbonate slab design, which looks and feels like a premium build. While it still does not feel as light or as premium as the iPhone 5, it comes close.

We really love the Optimus G screen, it is bright and brings a lot of vibrancy to colors. The only problem we have with it is some colors feel a little too bright for our liking, for example, dark blacks are sometimes grayish.

Overall the display is one of the best on the market, it compete head on with the iPhone 5 to the point you cannot really split them.

Processor

We suspected the Qualcomm processor and we got it, as many other Android phones do. The Optimus G comes with a quad-core 1.5GHz “Krait” processor.

This is backed up with 2GB’s of RAM, a generous but not over-the-top amount. It makes for very good speeds and multi-browsing with lagginess or crashing.

Newer Android smartphones have also added a GPU to the system for gaming and graphically intense images. The LG Optimus G has an Adreno 320 GPU.

Operating system

Depending on what carrier you are on can depend on when you get Jelly Bean on your smartphone. Sprint and AT&T have different timings for their OS releases, and we would say that Sprint might be the better option if you are looking for a quick download.

Android 4.0 or Android 4.1, depending on when you get the phone, are both impressive operating systems. They have had major improvements on Gingerbread and Honeycomb.

With Jelly Bean, you get Project Butter, Google Now and you will get Android 4.2 quicker, which offers Photo Sphere. Google Now is Google’s voice recognition service; Project Butter makes your speeds faster and Photo Sphere allows you to take street view panoramas.

Apps

The Google Play store is densely populated with apps and content. You may find that some apps are not worthy of what an iOS users would like, but there is a huge amount more apps on the Google Play store that are not on the iOS app store.

We found that apps perform very well on the LG Optimus G, although LG’s own apps can be poor and not for the novice user. Of course, you can just keep them in a folder and not have to worry about their existence.

Camera

There are two different types of cameras. Sprint has a 13MP camera that does not perform very well. AT&T has an 8MP camera and that performs better.

Both models are not the best when you put them against top mobile devices, but they do their job and are more than just bearable.

For photo fanatics, the AT&T model is better and comes with a less “washed out” photo shooter. You do get more saturation and this can sometimes be displeasing.

Battery

The 2,100mAh-powered battery is very good, but does not beat any of our other top devices like the Galaxy Note II.

We suspect that the average user will get a full day without looking to recharge, but using it constantly on a game for four hours will push down the battery life immensely.

It is sufficiently when comparing it to other models, but it does not really push the boundaries of battery life.

Storage

With 32GB’s of internal storage and a possible microSD slot depending on the model, this is a good amount.

We found that for most users, 32GB’s is more than a good amount for them. For serious users, find the storage option that allows a microSD card.

Overall

The LG Optimus G is a great smartphone and one of the best on Android right now. Problems with the camera are few and far, but only serious shooter will be that bothered. In all aspects it is a very good phone and one you would be happy using on a day-to-day basis.


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Ratings breakdown

Overall
 received a rating of 4 for Overall
Design
 received a rating of 4 for Design
Reception
 received a rating of 4 for Reception
Processor
 received a rating of 4 for Processor
Operating system
 received a rating of 4 for Operating system
Camera
 received a rating of 4 for Camera
Voice recognition
 received a rating of 4 for Voice recognition
Battery
 received a rating of 4 for Battery
Storage
 received a rating of 4 for Storage