Review: LG G2 – The button location and display sets the phone apart

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Smartphones are an integral part of any work we do in today’s world. Right from checking and replying to emails to getting directors to taking gorgeous pictures, smartphones can do that. But every few months, a smartphone comes out with improved specifications from different hardware manufacturers and most of them run Android.

If you are looking out for a phone that has a killer spec, and if you’re making a checklist of high-end specifications in a phone, then your probability of ending up with LG’s G2 is so high. Right from customizable software to IF blaster to the most powerful processor, the G2 has it all.¬†Samsung’s latest Galaxy S4, which is considered to be one of the most powerful Android smartphone, might have just lost its charm with the G2′s specifications. Today, let me tell you why the LG G2 kills off its competition, being a high-end powerhouse, and what the device still misses out on the software part.

Hardware

The first thing that would create the wow-factor, when you turn on the phone, is the display. LG has been making some exceptional displays on their mobile phones, and since LG wanted to get things right with G2, the company has put the best ever display the company can produce for the mass market in G2. The devices’ 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display is sharp, bright and crisp than their previous line-up of devices.

We compared the display with HTC One and the Galaxy S4, and we give the G2 a thumbs up. The display is probably the first feature that impressed us, besides the light weight character of the phone.¬†While we’re not sure what LG has done at the backend, surprisingly, the auto-brightness feature works as expected. The device is able to give a really good visibility even under direct sunlight, as well as in complete darkness.

One of the biggest changes that the company is betting on, is the change in the position of volume rocker and the power/lock button. LG claims that their research revealed, that most of the smartphone users place their fingers right at the place where the G2′s hardware buttons are. The hardware buttons are placed right below the camera at the back of the device, leaving the phone’s sides neat and clean.

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We tried the reactions from some of our readers while reviewing this device, and we got a mixed response for the new button placement. While most of our readers found that the new button placement is comfortable, some users took a lot of time to get used to it. But we think that LG would stick onto this design statement for some more devices to come.

On the other hand, LG has worked on the software front to address the power button position change in the phone, by introducing the Knock – Knock feature. If you love the phone except for the button placement, then this feature is for you. All you have to do is just to tap twice on the devices’ screen and the device comes to life.

While this is one of the most biggest change in the LG G2, the other design elements are just the same and there’s no big change in that. For some reason, LG G2 feels like it has got a lot of influence from Google’s Nexus which LG manufacturers.

While using the phone, the grip is what mattered the most. The device was little slippery and I had to carefully hold the device when using it in one hand. If the device had a matte finish at the back, the users would have felt a little safe while holding the device.

There’s more to the device other than the design elements of the device. LG is powering the G2 with a 3,000 mAh batter which is probably the best battery equipped in a smartphone. Sporting this kind of a battery in a device is definitely worth it. The device gives you some extra hours of usage when compared to other smartphones in that range.

Software

By this time, looking at all the devices that LG has come up with, there’s a really good improvement in the software the company is cooking in its new range of devices. The LG UI 3.0 is good, but for some reason, we think that the device has got a lot more stock apps than before.

The best part which is clearly visible in the new software inside the G2 is the optimization LG has made to the software to take advantage of every single feature that comes with the device. Right from the camera to the graphic processor, LG has clearly optimized the OS to be crisp and sharper than before.

While the overall software in the OS is good, there’s something which has to be told to you before you go ahead with buying the device. The notification drawer is probably the most used part of a smartphone and LG has done something which requires a lot of customization to do before you make the notification drawer usable. Considered to be one of the best feature in Android, LG has put a lot of control than regularly required into the Notification Drawer.

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