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01 December 2013

LG G2

It's a performance powerhouse but the 'innovative' design may be its Achilles' heel

Gagan Gupta
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LG has had some impressive releases this year. Even if we don’t count the Nexus 4 (released in 2013 in India) and the just launched Nexus 5, there have been the LG Optimus G and G Pro, each of which were impressive in their categories. But now it appears LG is interested in pushing the boundaries of its flagship models just about every quarter. Not that we’re complaining.

The LG G2 comes with a unique piece of innovation. The power and volume control buttons are on the back of the phone, right under the rear camera. It’s an innovation that LG is particularly proud of, and honestly, we were quite impressed too – in the beginning, at least. Adjusting volume for phone calls gets super easy with the two soft-touch buttons at the back. Even operating the camera for selfies is now a lot easier, since you can use those buttons for clicking as well.

But then we used the phone to watch videos and play music, and that’s when things got a bit uncomfortable. While using the rear buttons when you’re on the phone feels perfectly natural, adjusting volume for media playback, doesn’t. You always end up spending a second or so searching for the right button at the back and even accidentally touching the camera lens in the process.

That quirk aside, the G2 looks really sleek with its buttonless face. The back of the phone is made of plastic and doesn’t feel as sturdy as the Optimus G and G Pro, but does have a premium-glossy finish to it. It is a unified design, as with all premium phones these days, so you don’t have the option of expandable storage or removable battery.

Using the phone is a joy. Everything about it is incredibly fast. The interface is smooth and responsive, no matter how many memory intensive apps we had open at one time. There was no slowdown or lag of any kind at all, which would need us to close some open applications. Even with the power button at the back, you can simply double tap on the screen to wake the phone, which works well every time. Moreover, the G2 has all the smart features that we’ve come to expect from premium phones, including auto-answer calls when you bring the device to your ear, or keeping the screen on while you’re looking at it.

Even the LG apps are more on the useful side; not the bloatware you get from some of the other manufacturers. The Quick Note and Quick Remote apps were a godsend a lot of times.

And with a 3,000 mAh battery packed inside, we didn’t run out of juice at any inconvenient time. In fact it easily lasted us for two days of regular use. It’s easy to feel that on pure performance, the LG G2 is an absolute beast. All you need to do is get used to having your volume control and power button at a very unusual location.

The numbers

Dimensions: 138.5x70.9x8.9mm
Weight: 143g
Display: 5.2-inch, True HD-IPS + LCD, 1080x1920 pixels, 424 ppi
Memory: 2GB RAM
Storage: 16/32GB
Camera: 13MP (rear), 2.1MP (front)
OS: Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Battery: Li-Ion 3,000mAh
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core 2.26 GHz
GPU: Adreno 330
Price: Rs 41,500 onwards (MRP)

Tags: mobile phone, mobile, hardware