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.
You don’t need to click the power button for the screen to switch on, alternatively you can just double tap the screen to switch it on and off. This feature really came in handy but I did find the screen going on a few times when I didn’t want it to because my thumb was on the screen.
The camera comes with Optical Image Stabilization which should fix all the blurry images. What the camera does is slightly move with your hand-movement so that the image is always on a fixed canvas. I tried moving the phone but the canvas barely shifted.
You no longer need to touch a remote control if you get the LG G2. It can control TV’s, receivers, DVD’s, Blue-Rays even air conditioners. It has 100’s of brands to pick from and set up is pretty easy. You can reach the remote app by sliding the notification bar.
Here’s a feature I know many are going to like. We always have that one annoying friend who wants to browse our phone. LG came up with Guest Mode, there are now 2 unlock patterns to unlocking your phone. One pattern goes to the main screen while the other goes to the Guest Mode. You pick what apps you want to have on Guest-Mode plus the notification gets disabled.
Above is a video from Kuwaitiful’s instagram. The first part shows how the remote control works, second part shows the double tap screen on/off and the third part shows a feature called LG On-Screen. What it does is let you see your phone’s screen on any windows device. This made chatting on whatsapp much more convenient as I used a full keyboard to type. Plus I don’t need to check the phone when I’m on the PC, since the screen is now on the PC itself.
There are 2 things I don’t like about the LG G2. First one is lack of external memory. The model I got was 16GB and out of the box it only had 10 GB of free space, the rest was already used by the operating system and ROM. While the other thing was no wireless charging and those that regularly read the blog know how much I love wireless charging on my Nexus 4.
Overall I’m pretty happy with the phone. I’m still waiting for Nexus 5 to be announced and if it didn’t massively improve from Nexus 4 there’s a big chance I’m getting an LG G2. I only wish it had a slightly smaller screen, not a huge fan of the new generation of huge screens. Available on XCite for KD 199 [here] and Amazon for KD 197.500 [here].