That hardware. If you're picking the Optimus G's best asset, it's a toss up between the internal specs and awesome display. A quad-core processor and an impressive 2GB of RAM makes playing games, browsing the web or just flicking across home screens smooth and downright fun. With all that memory, the browser can handle a dozen or so tabs with ease and the latest games are no sweat either.
The screen is big and sharp, making pictures and videos gorgeous. All that visual real estate is great for gaming, and even makes the Optimus G a decent e-reader substitute.
LG's UI is also nice. It compliments that standard Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich nicely, allowing you to resize and customize app icons and widgets. Also, we won't be waiting long for that Android 4.1: Jelly Bean update, it arrives in December.
The battery also impressed us. While it's nothing phenomenal, it had decent longevity for a quad-core device, which is essential since it's not removable.
The camera didn't impress us much. It's not bad, just not great. Despite the nice high contrast colors, you'll never take a picture that would be mistaken for anything but a cell phone shot. We didn't like making manual adjustments to improve indoor and low-light shots.
The size of the Optimus G will certainly be divisive. While we like big phones, a handset this large (5.19-inches long) won't please everyone, and neither with its plastic-feeling body. It might be made of polycarbonate Gorilla Glass, but it feels like plastic all the way.
The phone's speaker quality was not impressive. Calls often had static or buzz, and we were always tweaking the volume to compensate. The speaker phone suffered from similar issues.
We quite like the Optimus G. We're confident saying it's the best LG phone we've seen yet. The specs are tremendous, and it manages to have a big display, quad-core processor and 4G LTE without terrible battery life.