The LG G2 was perhaps the first smartphone to be announced with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC, but in India it has arrived after Sony launched the Z1. On paper, the device packs a lot of innovative features especially in terms of industrial design and software, which makes it an interesting device and a bit unique from others. We went hands-on with the smartphone at its India launch event today. Read on for our first impressions. Also Read - YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps stops working on these phones from today: Check if your phone is in the list
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Right from the get go, the G2 attracts attention not because of its basic design, but rather because of the narrowness of its bezels. LG has managed to cram in a 5.2-inch IPS display, which has a 1080p resolution in a frame of device that would normally have a 5-inch display. The display itself looks incredible. It has superb viewing angles, natural color reproduction and a pixel density of 423 pixels. Also Read - LG Gram 2021 series with 11th-gen Intel Core CPUs launched in India: Price, specifications
LG has opted to position the power key and the volume rockers on the back of the device instead of the sides. The company claims this is an ergonomic option for devices that have large screens and especially for people to control the phone while making calls. We found in our short time that, reaching to the back of phone to control it was a tad difficult and we think people will not adapt this change fast. That said, we will be able to give a verdict on this only after extended usage, so hang on for our detailed review.
The phone itself felt very light and ergonomic to hold. At the same time, one got the same plasticky feel that one is used to on Samsung smartphones, which took away the sheen from the device. We found that the black model was a fingerprint magnet thanks to its glossy finish.
As far as the UI was concerned the device was super smooth. We were able to glide through the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean UI with great alacrity and the experience was perhaps the smoothest we had ever seen on an Android smartphone.
LG has equipped the G2 with a 13-megapixel snapper with optical image stabilization. While we could not test the camera in great detail, we managed to take a few macro shots and the results were very impressive.
The G2 is loaded with a number of custom LG software features. There is one feature known as Knock On that allows the user to tap on the screen to unlock it, which is something similar to what we have seen in the Nokia Lumia 925. There is an universal remote app for the IR blaster. LG has also added a new way to multitask using swipe gestures. One key software feature of the phone is the ability to change to configuration of the standard Android software keys. LG offers various permutations and combinations, so the user can mix and match. We found this to be a very nice touch.
The phone also packs in 2GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery and is available in two storage options – 16GB and 32GB. Unfortunately, there is no microSD card slot. The phone can also relay 24-bit audio, which is a rarity amongst smartphones. Other frills include a 2.1-megapixel front camera, and NFC.
Overall at Rs 41,500 for the 16GB model, the G2 on paper is an impressive device. It has a sublime display and offers perhaps the creamiest Android experience of any device. At the same time users will need to deal with its cheap plastic chassis and eccentric industrial design.
Photo: Harshita Rastogi