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LG G2 review

The G2 is still a top performer, and now it's cheaper

I really like the LG G2. It's one of the better Android smartphones you can buy right now. The screen is large and gorgeous, and because the display almost reaches out to the very edges of the device, it doesn't feel any wider than it has to.

We liked

The display and camera are really killer, and performance is incredible. It ate up every benchmark for breakfast, turned out great photos and dazzled me with its high-resolution display. Oh, and on top of that, battery life was a charm.

Using the smartphone doesn't come with the headaches, hiccups and hangups that I get with other device, thanks mostly to the gorgeous display and powerful chipset.

So, is it all butterflies and roses for the LG G2?

We disliked

Well, no. The button placement drove me insane for the first few days, and it wasn't pretty. It's incredibly frustrating and takes some time to get used to.

Adjusting volume when on a call was relatively easy if you spent enough time feeling around for the volume keys, but adjusting volume for watching videos is a total pain in the rear.

There are a lot of on screen menus, but it will take a least a month to get used to the change in button placement.

I can take or leave the completely plastic build, too. LG typically makes smartphones with premium feel, and although nothing feels cheap about the G2, I wish that it had a soft touch or textured backside or body.

The phone gets smudged with fingerprints very easily, which is only a minor complaint and definitely not a deal breaker.

The UI is just awful at times though. Why is most of the notifications bar taken up with things that aren't notifications? Surely LG must realise that it's packing too much into the space if you can't see a message when it arrives.

Verdict

As far as Android smartphones go, you can do no wrong with the LG G2. If you can live with the button placement - which I have done, and even begun to enjoy - you'll come to love this phone.

The G2 has everything you could ask for in a smartphone: solid camera, great performance, excellent battery life and a design I can live with.

I even came to love the placement of the buttons because I was so enamoured with the phone - that's high praise indeed when something you dislike fades into the background on balance.

What matters is your daily experience with the phone, and while I'll admit it wasn't the best with the button placement, this thing is slick once you get over that.

If you want a top end smartphone, but don't have the budget to stretch to the new breed currently on offer the LG G2 is an excellent choice at an attractively low price.

First reviewed: September 2013

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
SAR Value0.41 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyG2
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 850, LTE 900, LTE 1800, LTE 2100, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution13 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time17.50 Hour
Product ModelD802
Screen Size13.2 cm (5.2")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)143 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density424 ppi
Front Camera Resolution2.1 Megapixel
SIM Size SupportedMicro
Height3517.9 mm
Width1800.9 mm
Depth231.1 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesG2
Battery Standby Time900 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameG2 D802 Smartphone
Processor Speed2.26 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon 800
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberLGD802.ANEUWH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing InformationDESIGN THAT EMBRACES YOUR INSPIRATION

G2 is an experience-driven, dynamic smartphone intended to meet your individual needs. With superior hardware and an impressive instinctive design, immerse yourself with it's unique and intuitive suite of contextual user experience features. From the socially connected youth who will use it for its fast-paced performance and sharing abilities, to family-oriented individuals who will enjoy the advanced camera and guest mode function-G2 is the phone for them all.
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory2 GB