LG G2 first take: Best LG smartphone raises the Android bar

LG G2 first take: Best LG smartphone raises the Android bar

Summary: LG's new G2 is rolling out for all major US carriers, bringing a large display, fast quad-core processor, big battery, and powerful camera with a unique button arrangement.


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  • Lots of great camera capture options to test

  • There are several settings in the camera too

  • You can speak to capture a photo

Topics: Mobility, Android, Smartphones

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  • Nice...but...

    ...one MORE new phone without a micro-SD card slot.

    Sorry, but I want to store my photos, files, etc., LOCALLY...on the phone...not on someone's cloud storage.

    I will not purchase a phone without an SD Card slot...period.
    • Ditto for non-removable battery

      I feel exactly the same way about a non-removable battery.

      It doesn't take more than one business trip where you find yourself out in a rental car, in a foreign city, needing to navigate back to the "what hotel did they book me in this time?" hotel after being out for dinner alone.
      And hell - less critical, but I've had this happen just being out with friends.

      Option A if critically low: pop in an extra charged battery, that you can carry in your pants pocket with your phone.
      Option B if critically low: Purchase a $150 device that's as large as a pack of cigarettes and tethers to your phone by a cord, justifying the purchase by the urgency of the situation at hand - what a Rube Goldberg nightmare on all fronts!

      I agree on the SD card as well. I don't want to store all my music, movies, pictures on my phone locally, much less all the time. If I can keep my internal storage 100% available to the phone, for anything and everything related to the phone, caching, etc - that's what I want to do.
      • Option C

        Buy more than 1 G2, and switch the SIM when battery is running out.

        Agree on the SD card too. Won't buy phone or tablet without having a SD slot.
      • Inertia of thinking

        G2 gives you twice the battery time versus sgs4. Or two batteries squeezed in one package right today. Think about it. And after thinking -- do you still want a shitphone with two batteries or G2?
        • Nope.

          Regardless - if you do reach a critically discharged point, your only choice is to plug your phone in for hours. Let's say you go camping - even an overnight trip, you are out of luck.
          Or you have to purchase one of those Rube-Goldberg expensive dongles that are simply a battery on a USB cable at a cost of 2x-5x what a pair of extra batteries and external charger costs on Amazon.

          And I'm not sure what you mean by two batteries squeezed into one - my Galaxy S3 has a 2100mah battery - I own two 2200mah batteries and an external charger as well (less than $40 total). This thing does not have a 4200mah+ battery.

          By contrast, if I needed one, also on Amazon (or anywhere) from numerous sellers, I CAN buy a giant extended battery that comes with a bulbous battery door, if I needed a 7000mah battery.

          None of these are options if you buy a G2.
          That's the point.
    • Never

      I have been in way too many situations where I needed my extra battery. I have no idea why anyone would buy a phone without being able to pop in a fresh battery.
      Also agree on the SD card too.
  • I'll wait

    For the Nexus 5. I now only consider nexus phones, although I am tempted by the HTC One google edition. My nexus 4 has held up well and for the price it was tough to beat. I only do prepaid plans so I usually buy phones that have been out for a while and experienced their first price drop. Or I buy used like I did with my nexus 4, $190 bucks for a slightly used 16gb version. It been flawless for the past 9 months which bodes well for a G2 based nexus.
  • it really does look awesome

    But I just got a EVO 4GLTE around christmas and I really cannot see needing to replace it...
  • No external card slot is a good thing

    As long as the built-in memory capacity is sufficient. I'm not sure I would be comfortable with the new placement of buttons, though; it could generate a lot of accidental 'clicks' on-screen just trying to turn the volume up or down if you're using it one-handed.
    • Sounds like Apple head-in-the-sand thinking.

      Why is not having an SD card slot better?
  • And when you need to change phones?

    "No external card slot is a good thing
    As long as the built-in memory capacity is sufficient."

    Really? What if your phone craps-out all of a sudden, and you can't access the "built-in memory"?

    I have had this happen, and was very glad my files were on an SD card.
    • It depends

      on what you keep on your phone. I only keep friend's contact info, music and apps on my phone so if the phone dies (has never happened to me) I don't lose anything that I can't readily replace.
    • SD Slot is a good thing but in some cases,

      I have had 2 micro sd cards fail on me. Lost photos and music. Had them backed up so not a big problem. OTOH, having no extra memory card, would be a big problem also if the phone died for what ever reason. Moral of the story? Backup, and keep backing up!
      Spiros Lambrinidis
  • Full review question

    I'd like to see correct numbers for full brightness and comparison of G2 and SGS4 in day light outside when sun is at peak. Existing brightness numbers are too different. And nobody makes photos of reviewed devices under the sun because they are either selling them themselves or live on ads from manufacturers.
  • tx

    thanks Matt for another excellent review. I pretty much only read you and Anandtech these days - too many apple fanboys out there.

    glad to hear you like the button placement. that's my only hangup about this phone, which I'm likely to purchase (esp after dropping my HTC Thunderbolt again today).

    was close to getting the Droid Maxx but apparently the G2 battery lasts longer.