With Apple and Samsung both releasing new smartphones such as the iPhone 5s and the Galaxy S4, it’s hard to see anyone knocking them off the top of people’s Christmas lists this festive season. Don’t get me wrong: there are a couple of great smartphones coming out, but I still think that Apple and Samsung have been the front runners, until now.
Enter the LG G2, just voted Gadget of the Year, as well as Best Smartphone for 2013 by Stuff magazine in the UK. This phone is just great; it has a 5.2 inch 1080p LCD screen, bigger than both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5s, and runs a Quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.26Ghz. It has 2GBs of RAM and, depending on your service provider, will be able to connect on LTE and 3G networks. In other words, it’s fast. No matter what I did with it or what I put on it, I didn’t experience any lag. It didn’t slow down, no matter what I tried.
The usability is awesome; it runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and is extremely smooth. It’s also easy to find exactly what you’re looking for, and if you can’t, there is a great search function to help you out. It looks very similar to the Samsung interface.
Here is a quick spec breakdown:
|Display||5.2 inch FHD IPS|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels|
|OS||Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean|
|Processor||2.26 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor|
|RAM||2 GB LP DDR3|
|Memory||16 GB/ 32GB|
|Camera||13 MP rear, 2.1 MP front|
The battery life is also rather impressive. LG claim that you will get up to 790h (2G) and up to 900h (3G) on standby and up to 16h30min (2G) and up to 17h30min (3G) on talk time, which really is not bad considering its 5.2 inch super bright screen. Another thing that I was really impressed with was the camera. The G2 has a 13MP camera with autofocus, optical image stabilisation and a LED flash. The pictures that we took with this camera came out crisp and bright, even in low-light situations.
Another great feature of the G2 is the lock button and volume keys. LG decided to take a step away from the standard lock button on the side and placed it on the back of the phone, underneath the camera lens and flash. Although it might take some getting used to, it creates a lot more space for screen size. Even though the G2’s screen is a lot bigger than its competitors’, the actual sizes of the phones are the same.
It also has some really cool features to play around with that come standard on the G2, such as Audio Zooming, which lets you focus on a particular area where you can receive audio from while filming a video in noisy areas.
All in all, it’s a great new addition to the smartphone family, something to really give iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S4 a run for their money—if their lunch money hasn’t already been taken. I really enjoyed using it and the experience that I had with it. I give it a 9/10.
The LG G2 is, or will be, available on all major service providers.
So does the LG G2 make your Christmas list this year?