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LG G2

- by Edward Choi

LG G2

LG G2

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LG introduced its new flagship phone, the G2. The name "Optimus" is no longer, and LG decided to go with the pure alphanumeric naming system.

The G2 is impressively state of the art. LG is an electronic powerhouse, and it put the latest and best into the new phone.

On spec, it matches or outdoes other flagship phones. The screen is 5.2 inches, but with the incredibly thin bezel, the overall phone size is not too much bigger. Qualcomm's latest quad-core 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 processor powers the unit, and 2GB of RAM supports it. The phone is available with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and in either black or white color casing. Even with the 1080P full HD screen, the G2 saves about 10% of energy using the GRAM technology, and LG's proprietary-designed 3,000mAh battery promises more than a full day's use. The optical image stabilization (OIS) camera takes good quality 4-8MP range pictures, and the optical unit does not protrude out of casing even with the OIS, thanks to the utilization of a 13MP sensor.

The most significant difference that users would notice is the volume rocker placement. It is on the back of the phone, right in the center, below the camera. The logic is, as LG explains it, that when a user holds a phone, the index finger would naturally touch the center back of the unit. This is somewhat brilliant, since most folks have hard time re-gripping the phone in search of a button on these large devices. On the G2, the index finger is already on the rocker. The rocker also has other functions as well - holding it down for a second would turn on the camera from its sleep mode, and holding it up for a second would turn on QuickMemo, the note pad.

Another outstanding feature of the G2 is the speakers. The 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback is first of the high end phones, and it promises better than ever, even better than CD quality music, on a mobile device.

Most other features are on-par with other flagship grade phones, and LG put in numerous other customization features on the UI. Even the system keys at the bottom front can be customized per user.

Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 is slightly behind the latest version of Android used by Motorola's Moto X, but that is to be expected, since Motorola is owned by Google.

The LG G2 will be available on all major carriers, and it is expected to be priced at the premium phone level. LG is continuing to challenge its South Korean archrival Samsung. The technology and the device itself may not be any inferior to Samsung's, but brand recognition, marketing and distribution are still huge hurdles to overcome.

The G2 is promising.

Specifications
Processor
2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 featuring quad Krait CPU

Display
5.2-inch Full HD IPS (1080 x 1920 pixels / 423 ppi)

Memory
32GB / 16GB

RAM
2GB LPDDR3 800MHz

Camera
Rear 13.0MP with OIS / Front 2.1MP

Battery
3,000mAh

Operating System
Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2

Size
5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 in

Colors
Black / White


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