I’ve been asked a lot where they sell the Nexus 5 here and for how much. XCite just bought a batch and they’re selling it for KD 155. That’s around KD 50 more than it’s original price. A small ripoff price in comparison to how much they were selling the Nexus 4. If you have extra cash laying around you can get one.[Link]
I didn’t really take LG seriously with mobile phones until I bought the Nexus 4 last year and was pretty impressed with how it performed overall. LG have released their strongest flagship device yet and so I passed by X-Cite to pick one up for this review. I was amazed how long the battery lasted before getting it charged.
I’ll first go through the specs for those of you who only care about the numbers. The LG G2 has a crisp full HD 1080p screen and a 13 MP camera with optical image stabilization, I’ll get into that later on. It holds the strongest processor between all the other flagships. To me the best feature is its huge battery, easily lasts more than 24 hours.
The first thing you notice is how all the buttons were moved to the back, that’s because a person normally has his index finger at the back. So LG figured it would be more comfortable for the user to have the power and volume buttons at the back. This also made the phone slimmer since buttons on corners make it thicker. The buttons need getting use to, some might not like it and some will love it.
Since XCite’s website wasn’t optimized for mobile devices (theme isn’t responsive) it was a good idea to launch a shopping dedicated app on Google Play and App Store. It’s pretty much like having Amazon app except this one is from XCite. As you can see it’s pretty vibrant with a Windows metro looking theme to it.
The two features I like are the ability to see the daily deals and the store locator. What’s handy is you can always open the app wherever you are and see what’s the closest showroom from where you are. I had to no idea they had this many showrooms to begin with, the biggest one being at Safat Alghanim.
Something I didn’t like on their website is also on their app, the faulty search results. They’re sometimes super inaccurate and I have no idea how their algorithm functions. I was searching from Jawbone’s fitness wrist sensor called UP and all I got were a bunch of HP laser mice.
I ended up getting something I’ve been wanting to get for a while now, the Bose QuietComfort noise-cancelling headphones. I’ve been hearing so much positive feedback on them. I’ll likely review the headphone and discuss whether it really is noise-cancelling. They’re great for when you just want some silence.
I got to pass by the new X-Cite in avenues to have a tour of the total revamp they have made. A small portion of the place use to be technology related while the rest was furniture. They’ve removed all the furniture and it’s now like a supermarket for electronic devices. My favourite part was the gaming zone expansion, they really put PC gamers in mind.
They now have a full section for Alienware products including desktops for the very first time. They don’t offer desktop customization like in Hawalli yet but they have some really decent Alienware laptops for gamers with 16GB of DRR3 RAM. That’s more than what I have on my gaming desktop, might go for an upgrade soon.
Designated rooms are available for those that want to get a feel on what it’s like having a full surround system and a big screen. Each room has different brands so you can compare the quality of sound. You now control everything on your iPad instead of a remote.
Consoles have their own section too, there are 3 wide tv screens you can test out the motion controllers with. One with a Wii Remote Control, one with Xbox Connect and the last screen with PlayStation Move. Ironically I found a hardcore gaming headset for the PS3 that costs more than the Playstation itself (shown in gallery).
A cool section in X-Cite is the customization booth. You can custom make any sticker you want for either your laptop or your mobile phone. They also offer engraving, not sure how long it takes though to engrave. I think extra space is for the better because it use to be crowded during weekends. The cinema section is still under construction, looking forward to seeing what it will be like.