LG G2 – Specs, Features, Pros, Cons and everything you need to know (Detailed Review)

Heidi Speare January 1, 2014 14
LG G2 – Specs, Features, Pros, Cons and everything you need to know (Detailed Review)

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Today we bring to you a detailed review of the LG G2. Yes, LG G2 – one of the best Android smartphones in the market, the unknown hero that everyone should know about! The LG G2 is a premium quality flagship smartphone from the Korean smartphone manufacturer LG and is one device that should not be overlooked!

Recently, the Android smartphone market has been all about the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Google Nexus 5 and how cool these two devices are. We have no problem with that whatsoever, but we believe that there is one more smartphone that qualifies to be in this list – the LG G2. Actually, we think that the LG G2 is even better than most of the Android smartphones available in the market, and in this review we are going to tell you why we feel that way.

LG G2

The LG G2 is the current flagship smartphone offered by the Korean manufacturer. The smartphones comes equipped with a number of unique features on the software as well as the hardware part. There is really no place for bad names, except for the fact that the device has all hardware buttons on the back.

The LG G2 is equipped with some of the best parts available in the market. For starters, you have the crisp clear IPS LCD display that you will definitely fall in love with, then there’s the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, 13MP primary camera with OIS, autofocus and LED flash, and finally there’s the 3000 mAh battery. As mentioned earlier, the LG G2 is the first next-gen smartphone whose buttons are present on the backside of the device, nothing on the sides except the SIM card slot.

 

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By the way, let us clear out one thing – we do not think that the button placement on the back of the device was a bad idea at all! This is just what you will hear from people who have either never used the LG G2 or have simply held it for a minute or two. To be honest, in our opinion the buttons on the back are very comfortable and handy to use once you get the hang of it.

We will discuss more about that in the later section where we have compared the LG G2 with two of the other most popular devices in the market – Samsung Galaxy S4 and Google Nexus 5. But for now, let us take a look at the key specifications of the LG G2 so that you will have a clear idea about what LG has to offer.

1. HARDWARE SPECS and FEATURES

In the Android smartphone world today, the LG G2 is one of the most powerful smartphones available! The flagship Android smartphone from LG is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, 3000mAh battery and an extremely crisp and clear IPS LCD touchscreen display.

Even though the LG G2 might not be running on Android 4.4 KitKat, there is a lot of goodness that you get thanks to LG. The LG G2 runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box and the device is expected to get the latest firmware update by February next year. If you are okay with using an Android smartphone that does not run on Android 4.4 KitKat, then this is one device that will fit you perfectly!

The best part about the LG G2 is that it weighs almost the same as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Google Nexus 5, and at the same time there is hardly a difference of 1 mm when it comes to thickness. To be more specific, the LG G2 is slightly heavier than the Galaxy S4 and Nexus 5 (just by 15 grams) and is also slightly thicker than these two smartphones (the difference is hardly 1 mm).

But wait, we haven’t come to the best part yet! We told you that the LG G2 is heavier and thicker, but now let us take a look at the bright side! The LG G2 has a massive 3000mAh battery, that’s 400mAh more than the Galaxy S4 and 700mAh more than Nexus 5. Apart from this main difference, the G2 has a beautiful 5.2-inch IPS LCD display that redefines ultra thin bezels! Last but not the least, the LG G2 also comes equipped with OIS, and we are sure that this will prove to be an added advantage for many consumers.

Enough with the comparison; now let us take a look at the key specifications of the LG G2.

LG G2 (Key specifications)

DISPLAY

  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels screen resolution
  • 424 ppi pixel density
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection

HARDWARE

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2 GB of RAM

STORAGE

  • 16 / 32 GB of internal storage
  • NO MicroSD card support

CAMERA

  • 13 MP primary camera
  • Auto focus and LED flash
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 2.1 MP secondary camera

BATTERY

  • 3000 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery
  • Up to 800 hours of stand by time
  • Up to 17 hours of talk time

OS

  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.4 KitKat update coming soon

WEIGHT and DIMENSIONS

  • Weight: 145 grams
  • Dimensions: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm

COLOR OPTIONS

  • Black and White

2. IN THE BOX

The LG G2 comes in a comparatively small box, which also has a piece of innovation since there is an inclination on the part that has to be removed (so that you can hold it and pull it out easily). Let’s take a look at what you get in the box.

  • LG G2 unit
  • USB sync/charge cable
  • USB wall charger
  • Quick start guide
  • LG Headphones
  • Warranty/Safety Card
  • SIM ejection tool

3. PRICE TAGS

The LG G2 also happens to be a high priced Android smartphone, but considering the fact that it is a flagship device and is made up of the best hardware in the market, the price is justified. So we have the prices for both models here for you (16 GB and 32 GB), but keep in mind that these are the prices for the unlocked and SIM free versions of the device. If you are planning to get it on contract, you will be able to save a lot of money, as there are some great offers on the LG G2.

  • $499 – 16 GB model
  • $599 – 32 GB model

4. READ THIS BEFORE YOU BUY!

If you are serious about buying a new high-end Android smartphone and are considering the LG G2 as one of the options, then this section has specially been written for you. We want you to know about everything that’s good and bad about the LG G2 and how this smartphone will change your life.

 

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Storage space
Not exactly a disadvantage, but we just wanted to mention this point so that consumers will be aware of the storage system in the LG G2. The LG G2 comes in two variants – 16GB and 32GB. There is no 64GB model and none of these devices has a microSD card slot.

So for the 16GB model only if you are sure that the storage space will be enough for you (out of which a decent percentage will be already used by the OS). But we would still suggest that you get the 32GB model instead since you won’t be able to expand storage later.

Hardware keys
With the LG G2, the company completely redesigned the way in which hardware buttons are placed on a smartphone. You must be worried about a number of problems that might surface due to this new design, for instance: I can’t see the buttons so it will be uncomfortable to use them or What if the sleep button gets pressed when the device is on a flat surface etc.

But believe us when we say that none of these problems will actually surface! It definitely seems that LG has done a good amount of testing to ensure that the new design does not create problems if not improve usability. In fact, we are so used to this new layout that we love using it and after 2 to 3 days of regular use, we exactly know where the keys are. So now only our friends have to turn the device to check out where the buttons are, we have already got over it.

IPS LCD display
The LG G2 has a beautiful 5.2-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with full HD 1080p resolution. This is one of the best displays we have seen on an Android smartphone, and as many say it – you actually have to look at the screen once to realize how awesome and crisp clear it is!

And just in case, if you are in a hurry but still want to check out the screen clarity, you can simply check out any of the two videos that have been added by LG by default. You are free to test it the way you want, but you are definitely going to be impressed with your findings.

LG apps and features
As an Android consumer, you might be familiar with the Samsung TouchWiz UI and the stock interface that Google offers in its Nexus range of smartphones. But we seriously suggest that you check out the UI that LG has to offer in the LG G2.

This UI is not really out of the world when it comes to design, so there is nothing that will blow your mind as such. But when you take a look at the various features they offer, you will be delighted. The best part about LG apps is the ability to resize the app window so that you can bring the app on to your home screen like a widget. You can have multiple LG apps on your home screen at the same time, and can also delete them or resize them back to full screen as and when you want.

Incoming call handler
The other really cool thing we loved is the way the LG G2 stock software handles incoming calls. Many of us are serious gamers and hate to be distracted in the middle of a game! But imagine how annoyed you might be when you are playing your favorite online multiplayer game with your friend, you are about to beat the heck out of your friends player and you suddenly get an incoming call.

If this has happened with you before, then the LG G2 is here to help. Because whenever you are in the middle of doing something or are simply using a specific app or game, you will not be interrupted with the incoming call window that would usually take up the entire screen and put your current app on hold. Instead, you will get a small popup window on the topside of the screen indicating that you have an incoming call. You can then pick it up if you feel like or simply tap on the screen again to continue doing what you were doing, the incoming call process will still run in the background. This is a really useful feature and can make a lot of difference to your gaming experience.

3000mAh battery = Excellent battery backup
If you have already used an Android smartphone earlier, you will know that there are very few devices that actually offer you a great battery backup. There have been very few devices that are able to provide a great battery backup and some of them include the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 3, and Motorola Droid Maxx etc. You will be happy to know that the LG G2 also happens to be a part of this list and can rest assured that the 3000mAh Li-Po battery will not let you down.

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5. ROOTING YOUR LG G2?

So if you are planning to root your LG G2 after you get one, we suggest that you do not install a custom ROM. We have our reasons, so check them out and make your own decision. We have already tried installing the Android 4.4 KitKat custom ROM and we found a number of problems. So just check out our list and please wait for a custom ROM that has been built with the LG stock ROM as its base.

  • You will lose cool default features like the incoming call popup and homescreen apps
  • The device heats up very quickly and does not play some game sounds properly
  • You will not be able to turn off the knock on feature (it will always be active)
  • You will not be able to change the soft keys layout or customize the buttons

6. CONCLUSION

So there you have it, almost everything you need to know about the LG G2, its design, features and hardware specifications. And just in case you still do not agree with us or believe us, simply ask an existing LG G2 consumer and things will be cleared out.

We also need you to know that we did not intend to prove that the LG G2 is better than the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the Google Nexus 5, even though in a way that’s true. Everyone has their own preferences, but there are things that you need to try out in order to believe and understand them.

To conclude this review, we simply want to tell you that LG G2 is a great smartphone. If you have been thinking of getting one, you have made the right decision and we strongly suggest that you go ahead with your purchase. If you want to know more about the LG G2, feel free to ask questions in the comments section below and if you are an existing LG G2 consumer, then feel free to share your personal user experience as well.

Last but not the least, here is a specifications chart that shows us the technical details of the LG G2, Galaxy S4 and Nexus 5. There are a lot of similarities between the LG G2 and Google Nexus 5, so we have listed them side-by-side. Also note that we have listed the Snapdragon 600 version Galaxy S4 here, not the octa-core international version.

Factors LG G2 Nexus 5 Galaxy S4
Screen Size 5.2-inch 4.95-inch 5-inch
CPU 2.26 GHz quad-core 2.26 GHz quad-core 1.9 GHz quad-core
GPU Adreno 330 Adreno 330 Adreno 320
Front Camera 2.1 1.3 MP 2 MP
Rear Camera 13 MP 8 MP 13 MP
Main Storage 16 / 32 GB 16 / 32 GB 16 / 32 / 64 GB
Micro SD Support NO NO Up to 64 GB
RAM 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Android 4.4 Android 4.3
Dimensions (mm) 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 136.9 x 69.8 x 7.9
Battery 3000 mAh 2300 mAh 2600 mAh
Weight 145 grams 130 grams 130 grams

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14 Comments »

  1. emily6  January 1, 2014 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    This is the best phone by far i just upgraded from the LGg to the LGg2 all around best phone only one ill ever use Keep the good work up for making a phone like these the galaxy does not hold a candle. Nancey !!

  2. ani  January 2, 2014 at 12:33 am - Reply

    awesomeeee phone !! so true !!

  3. Nick Clarke  January 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Very one sided review, didn’t really cover the negatives (all devices have them) and no real comparisons made to competing devices.

    Hope the LG endorsement money has been well spent

    • Xavier Kade
      Xavier Kade  January 4, 2014 at 3:14 am - Reply

      Hi Nick, thanks for your comment. I feel it necessary to clarify that we’re not affiliated with LG and haven’t received any endorsement from them for this post. The content is based on our writer/review’s own experience and there is inevitably some personal preference mixed in. We do try our best to review as objectively as possible, but if you find anything that you believe is worth revising, please do let us know. Thank you!

  4. JBrown  January 4, 2014 at 3:23 am - Reply

    It shares almost all the same specs as Nexus 5, costs more, and has a terrible bloated interface with useless, redundant features. Why on earth would anybody recommend this over the N5?

    Same CPU, GPU, RAM, speakers, almost identical camera, no distinguishable difference in quality. Both 1080p displays.

    One is lighter and slightly smaller, the other slightly heavier and a tad bigger.

    Well? …

  5. trina  January 4, 2014 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    I am curious of the area with the whole on the left side on the sprint lg g2.

  6. angelo sunshine  January 5, 2014 at 3:20 am - Reply

    the lg g2 is much better than nexus 5
    i have both these devices and the difference is huge
    and yes, the hole on the left is just there.. the speaker is only on the right side!
    audio quality is not that good though

    • trina  January 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      Yeah , I love this phone! So, up atthw top left by camera on the side is nothing?

  7. jack stasi  January 5, 2014 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    I can’t get the battery to last for more that 3 or 4 hours with very little use at this time. I am very concerned and will try to get some help from sprint and lg

    • angelo sunshine  January 6, 2014 at 12:38 am - Reply

      u really should do that..
      the phone lasts an entire day for me, even more than that actualy
      but ya.. i rooted it and got all the unwanted crap out of it

      • Slicerpro (@slicerpro)  January 6, 2014 at 1:30 am - Reply

        Angelo, what is your experience after rooting? Did you see the issues mentioned in this article?

    • Slicerpro (@slicerpro)  January 6, 2014 at 1:29 am - Reply

      turn off location-based services (like gps) when not in use, also screen timeout, set that to something like 2 min or less.

  8. angelo  January 6, 2014 at 10:03 am - Reply

    dude..
    the phone is great after rooting
    i tried out android kitkat as well
    that phandroid build.. but stay on stock.. i strongly suggest
    also DONT update your firmware after update
    u will get screwed

  9. raj  January 25, 2014 at 4:57 am - Reply

    this is the best phone..but when will you upgrade the 4.4.2 in LG G2

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