LG Optimus G Review-
Hello Yall! Its time for another great review on an item that really sits close to my heart, the LG Optimus G. Now, I personally own one of these, and they are amazing.
Lets start this review off with a short rating.
For Speed and Performance, I’d rate this 10/10.
For Design and Body, I’d rate this 9/10.
For Features and Functions, I’d rate this 10/10
For Support and Service, Id rate this 6/10.
Now lets get this review going, and explain why these are the ratings.
Speed and Performance:
The LG Optimus G, all versions, support a whopping 1.5 ghz, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor. What this means:
Since there are 3 main processor categories for smartphones now, which are Tegra 3, Exynos 4, and S4 Pro, we tend to see mainly Quad Core processors in smartphones now. Rumor has it though, that the new Galaxy S4 smartphone will have the Exynos 5 Octa. This means that it would have a solid 8 cores, but this is just speculation. For now, up until the S4 releases, the LG Optimus G is the fastest phone on the market, equal to the Nexus 4.
(You must realize that most smartphones now can be clocked higher, overclocked, than there normally clocked versions, to go at higher speeds. This can make it go faster, however it would severely weaken the device in terms of energy and heating up. So beware, and read up on overclocking if it is something you wish to consider.)
Design and Body:
Time for some of the more visual aspects. The LG Optimus G comes with a sleek, premium and solid build. What this means that it is very simple, but very hard as well.
The premium cut on the Optimus G, makes it very business and professional like. Also, with the very high density and clear screen, you get a look that is not matched by any brand. Finally comes the size. The dimensions of the phone are: 5.15″ (H) x 2.82″ (W) x 0.33″ (D), and it fits very nicely in the palm. The screen size is a solid 4.7″, 768 x 1280, display. For that reason, this phone is still rising.
Features and Functions:
Time for the Nitty-Gritty details. Most people want just a chart so they can compare it themselves, but many also do not know what these comparisons mean, and if you can actually compare them properly.
So lets look at the battery: The LG Optimus G comes with a 2100 mAh battery. According to the LG website, it has
- Talk time: Up to 10 hours*
- Stand by: Up to 13.5 days*
Now, in my usage of the phone, if you keep the brightness low, and every connection but wifi, and you only browse the web, you can easily reach 11 hours. Their 10 hour aspect is if you have some connections and applications running, as well as around 20% on.
Now the standby time is how long you can just keep your phone powered on, but the screen and basic functions off. So just when you click the power button, and not power it off. I personally have not been able to reach the 13 days, but I can easily believe it, as I have gotten to 3 days without charging, just on and off using my phone, with only 30% batter loss.
The next part is the screen. The LG Optimus G has a 4.7″ screen, as made out before, and it is very slick. What I mean by slick is that it is so smooth, so sensitive, so touch reactive, that you feel like you are gliding your fingers across water.
The LG Optimus G has a very nice 8 MP main camera, and a 1.3 MP back camera. Now most people see and 8MP Camera, and just feel that it is a must buy. The problem hear is that, sure it is a high resolution, but it is also slightly slower and more washed out than some other good camera phones. However, I feel this is fixed once updated to the new Android 4.1. And with the new 4.2 rumored to be released, we might see some major improvements on LG’s flagship phone of early 2013. (LG Optimus G Pro is rumored to come out as well 😉 )
Basic features wise, the LG Optimus G has 4G LTE, Dual Screen Dual play, Bluetooth 4.0, and mobile hotspot/USB/Bluetooth tethering options. The Dual Screen Dual Play feature basically means you can play a video, click this option, and have the video run in the background as you do whatever on your phone.
Check this video out for more info:
Support and Service:
Now hear comes the criticism, the bad part of the review. LG has had a long history of being on top with their products, always trying new things, getting into new categories and departments.
However, LG could never keep up with their support. The problem here is that LG almost never updates their phones. They are always behind HTC, Samsung and Apple on their updates. In fact, they might be the slowest. The LG Optimus G comes with a stock 4.0 ICS firmware.
That’s great and all, but when everyone else is getting 4.1 or 4.2, then we feel left out. It took just until late March, or early April of this year, so basically NOW, for LG to roll out the 4.1’s for the AT&T devices. It took late January for them to start in South Korea. Now this is not all bad, otherwise I would have rated this a zero.
This is the part where I tell you the good news. The Optimus G has a lot of fans. On the XDA forums, you can easily find new firmwares, ports, custom roms, updates, information, themes and much much more.
Here is a link to the AT&T version of the LG Optimus G on the XDA Forums: http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1921