Straight out of the retail packaging, the G2 has a design tone that makes it look very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4. Despite a 5.2-inch screen, the G2 is not much bigger than the Nexus 4, and puts the likes of the Sony Xperia Z1 to shame, at least as far as the form factor and the footprint is concerned. The enamel colour finish looks good, at least in white. It is a tad disappointing that LG has used all plastic on the G2, but it is good quality nevertheless.
Flip the G2 over, and there is a rather strange bunch of buttons there, you may think. That is because the new design theme has placed the volume rocker and the power key on the back panel, just below the camera. This looks different, and admittedly, takes some getting used to but nothing that is insurmountable. But, what this does is makes the sides clean, with only the SIM card slot on one side spine. The micro USB charging port is at the base, along with the hands-free speakers.
The G2’s 5.2-inch IPS display looks crisper and colours appear a lot more realistic. This fantastic display handles HD media playback very well. Like most phones, there are reflective tendencies as well, but the IPS panel affords better viewing angles from the sides as well as outdoors under sunlight. Among the recent crop of Android phones -- the Galaxy S4, the HTC One, the Xperia Z1, this display is by far the best in all regards -- crispness, colour reproduction, viewing angles, and legibility under sunlight.
Packed with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and Adreno 330 graphics, the G2 has more than enough power on tap. Beyond the benchmarks is the real world performance, which surely most of us are more bothered about. Like the other devices on Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM, the G2’s performance is excellent. Apps open snappily, the interface is smooth and no amount of background app load can slow this phone down.
However, like the other phones running Snapdragon 800, the LG G2 also tends to heat up considerably when loaded. Play a game on this for 10 minutes, and the warm back panel gets uncomfortable. With the 3000mAh battery packed in, the LG G2 lasts almost two working days out of a single charge. The brightness was set at 20 per cent, mind you, but the rest of the load -- constant 3G, mails and Facebook and Twitter syncing, IM chats and 2 hours a day of voice calls -- drains most phones in not much time.
While a 13MP camera is pretty much standard fare, what is not is the Optical Image Stabilisation that LG has packed into this clicker. Overall, this camera is fairly good for what it promises, with the real boost being the low light photography.
There is absolutely no doubt that LG has made an exceptional smartphone. And for once, an LG flagship is right up there with the rivals in terms of the overall package, and for some buyers, it may even be better than the rest. The display is by far the best one on flagships at the moment. The battery life is very good, the camera does the job well and the performance cannot be faulted. What this boils down to is your preference, and if you have any preset notions about any brand. Our recommendation is that you go ahead and pick up the LG G2. You won’t regret it.
>> Amazing display
>> Brilliant form factor
>> Very good camera even in low light
>> Battery life is good
>> Body still relies on plastic
>> Focusing takes time in low light
Processor: 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
Ram: 2 GB
Display: 5.2-inch full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Storage: 32 GB storage
OS: Android 4.2.2
Battery: 3000 MAH
Connectivity: 4G, 3G Internet, WiFi, Bluetooth, WiFi hotspot
Camera: 13.0-megapixel camera (rear) and 2.1-megapixel front
Price: Rs 41,500