This company is a bit underestimated when it comes to producing tablets that look alike phones (or so-called – Phablets). Anyways, after 2 phablet devices (LG Optimus Vu and Vu II) this LG Optimus Pro is the third attempt to try and break the cold streak that LG has with their mobile devices.
On first glance you can notice that it is very thin. You will get the impression that it will break apart if you tap on the screen a bit harder. It’s little bit hard to use it and navigate through it by using just one hand. If you use your thumb to reach something that is on the other side of the screen, maybe accidently you will open something else with the bottom of your thumb. So one friendly advice – use both hands. LG maybe knew about this problem and they included some features just to make this one-hand using easier, letting you move the keyboard or the number pad right or left. The technology behind the display is IPS LCD with multi-touch functionality and it features light and proximity sensor.
This device is really attractive and different form its predecessors. It measures 5.91-inch tall, 3-inches wide and its 0.37-inches thin. On the left side you can find the volume button that will let you adjust the volume, right above it the QuickMemo shortcut button is placed and often you will mix them up but you will get used to it eventually. On the top of the device, you can find the 3.5mm headphone jack and TV antenna, and on the right side the sleep/power button is placed along with the Micro USB port.
The most noticeable thing about the G pro is the 5.5-inch full HD display. It has a stunning 1920 x 1080 resolution and 401ppi. They never had a display that is below average. This screen is bright and pretty responsive. What is most impressive about this display is the wide viewing angle and you can see clearly and without any reflective light difficulty. So it’s equally visible if you use it on sunlight or indoors. Colors are amazing and it has sharpest looking icons and text you’ve ever seen.
Right above the screen you can notice the 2-megapixel front facing camera and below the camera lens you can see two hot keys that when you are using the camera they light up. On the back of the device you can see the main camera equipped with 13 megapixels and flash. It lets you take pictures at 1920 x 1080 and it has 1080p HD feature for recording videos. It has auto focus and video calling feature.
This device is a power beast, it includes a 1.7GHz quad core Snapdragon 600 processor. It’s one of the first devices that had this kind of processor. It’s incredibly fast and it’s powered by 2GB of RAM. It has 32GB internal build-in storage and also has microSD/SDHX storage expansion upgradable to 32GB.
- OS – Android 4.1.2
- Battery – 3140 mAh
- Speakers: Included Loudspeaker and Earpiece
- YouTube player: Included
- Bluetooth – Yes 4.0
- WI-FI – 802.11
- USB – USB 2.0 / microUSB connector / USB charging
- HDMI – Yes
- Other: NFC, Computer & OTA sync, Tethering
Like any device out there, this smartphone has its own pros and cons.
- Pros: Big and bright display, Very fast quad core processor, High resolution camera, Lots of RAM, 4G mobile support
- Cons: Big sized for one-hand use, it doesn’t come with a stylus.
This device is available as of 12 February 2013. I’m not a fan of a big phones, but this is somewhere in between a smartphone and a tablet, so I’m using it like a small tablet and I didn’t feel any kind of disappointments so far.