6. LG G2 - the powerhouse underdog
LG's G2 might be the most eclectic phone on this list. On the one hand it's your typical spec monster Android phone, with cutting edge innards and a sharp screen. On the other hand it's a real left turn when it comes to design, with rear mounted power and volume buttons.
Verizon sells it in black for $150 on contract, with 32GB of internal storage.
Why you want it
It has the specs you crave. The screen is gorgeous and it's fast, fast, fast. The G2 packs a 2Ghz quad-core, 2GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera and a 5.2-inch 1080p display.
The camera is really good. In our review, we were really impressed with the G2's camera performance. It stands among the best snappers you can get on a smartphone, and LG's software gives it plenty of nifty tricks.
It's well priced. $150 is a fine deal for a phone with specs like this. It's a 32GB quad-core that's cheaper than a 16GB Galaxy S4. The off contract price also undercuts the S4 by $50, going for $550.
A removable battery. The G2's battery life is solid, but if you feel the need to swap out the cell, you have that option. Oddly, there's no microSD support.
Why you may not want it
The buttons are on the back. Those rear mounted volume and power buttons are not a bad choice, necessarily, but they will take some getting used to. The G2 isn't going to win any beauty contests either. It's a bit blasé looking over all.
An open body, yet no microSD. On everything but the Galaxy phones, being able to add extra storage is going the way of the dodo, but it's surprising that LG would build a phone with a removable battery, but no microSD.
LG's interface is all over the place. The UI on the G2 is a doing a TouchWiz impression, and it's just as overstuffed as Samsung's offering. While you may appreciate the plentiful camera options, everything else comes off as busy and occasionally tacky.
- Read our full LG G2 review