The LG G2 was recently released on AT&T. It provides a good option for those looking for something a little different in their smartphone. With a fast processor, decent camera, and a minimalist approach to physical buttons, the LG G2 is a phone worth considering for Android users looking for a new device. It is available on AT&T for $199.99 with a new two-year contract.
The most interesting and sometimes challenging feature of the LG G2 is the minimal button placement. Recent smartphones have volume buttons and an on/off switch somewhere around the sides. The LG G2 places the on/off button on the back below the camera with the up and down volume buttons above and below the on/off button. It takes some time to get used to this placement. In fact, you may find yourself looking around the device a few times before remembering the location of both controls.
The phone itself is very fast. With a 2.26 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, the LG G2 handles basic functions and more complex ones very well. LG’s overlay interface seems very animated with many options for transitions. The device didn’t seem to lag during normal usage and flipping through the menus.
The display is a nice 5.2-inch IPS screen capable of full HD at 1920X1080. The screen is bright and provides good colors with 423 ppi. Colors on videos and pictures seem very good at almost any angle. While the screen is large, the device felt fairly comfortable to hold. It still fit into a pocket, but was probably at the top of the limit for comfort.
The LG G2 comes with only 32GB of internal memory with no option for expansion. This may be a challenge for those who are used to many Android devices allowing expansion through a microSD slot. There is also no replaceable battery as the unit is sealed. This was a bit disappointing for a new Android 4.2 device.
The camera on the G2 was good. The shots, especially in well-lit areas, came out very well. In darker environments, the 13MP rear-facing camera, helped minimize blur and provided OK pictures. The camera interface was a bit interesting. Even though you could use the volume buttons for various tasks, onscreen produced the best results and were much easier. The interface did seem a little more challenging to use than your simple point and click actions on other smartphones.
There are many other settings in the camera app that may be helpful for those looking to improve the quality of their pictures and videos. The camera can also capture 1080p video for 30 minutes. While this will consume much of the space on the device, the quality is very good. SmartZoom brings a hybrid video recording technology that merges normal video and selective zooming area of video. The Cheese Shutter allows you to take pictures through your voice.
In terms of negatives, there is much software on this device that can take up more space than many users may wish. With no way expand the storage, these extra apps were not necessarily welcome additions. The phone call quality was much less than expected given success and better quality on other phones through the AT&T network. Lastly, unless you turn off hints, random suggestions on how to use the device will appear on the screen. This became a little frustrating.
The battery life was especially good even with a 3,000 mAh battery. The device lasted the course of the day with internet browsing, checking email, a couple phone calls, and app usage. With juice to spare at the end of each day, it was a welcome positive for the LG G2.
One additional option available on the G2 is a Guest mode. The Guest mode can be accessed through entering a different pattern on the screen when unlocking it. This can be helpful if you are lending your device to a friend or small child. Only a small amount of apps will appear available on the home screen. There are some pre-selected, but they can be adjusted. This will keep others from sending unwanted emails on your behalf or making calls to others you do not know.
Overall, the LG G2 may not be for everyone. However, if something different is what you usually search for, the LG G2 on AT&T may be a good device for you to check out either at your local AT&T store or online.