LG G2 Review: The battle of the Android flagship handsets

By on October 14, 2013, 2:01 AM

It’s hard to create a flagship smartphone that stands out from the crowd. When you get into a store and see the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, iPhone 5s, Nokia Lumia 1020, Moto X and others staring back at you, specifications and features blur together, making a decision to buy one more difficult than ever before.

What has LG done to make that purchasing decision easier? They've jam-packed nearly every feature you can imagine into the G2, from a powerful Qualcomm Snadpdragon 800 SoC and a 1080p display, to an optically stabilized camera and finely tuned software. LG has clearly thrown everything they can into this device, and on paper it looks close to a complete handset package.

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dennis777 dennis777 said:

I always thought that LG Phones had nice cameras? it seems that LG g2 is even better and sadly LG's UI is a bit laggy in my opinion.. wish they would not abandon this immediately like the previous flagphones they got (ahem optimus).

Guest said:

Excellent review! The screen with ultra-thin bezel looks gorgeous.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

It's a very nice phone but it's complicated and has just way too many features. Most of them I'd find useless. I'll stick with mid range phones.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I have to admit, this is a phone I can see myself falling in love with, I'm an iPhone user but if I was in the market to buy a phone right now I would get this if they did a pure Android version, The battery life coupled with that screen and camera is a dream come true!

Scorpus Scorpus said:

I would get this if they did a pure Android version

There's always custom ROMs

1 person liked this | Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I would get this if they did a pure Android version

There's always custom ROMs

I would agree that is an answer but lets be honest, for a top end "flagship" phone you'd expect it to come with software that is bullet proof, I shouldn't need to go to a third party randomer on the internet to make my £500 phone stable! xD

veLa veLa said:

I think this review was too kind to LG

Guest said:

Incredible phone, awful UI. Fantastic job with the hardware though, LG. I'll be waiting for the N5 with AOSP.

Guest said:

Again a well done review by TechSpot, waiting for the Note III review.

Guest said:

The iPhone 5s does the same thing. There is only a speaker in the right side grill.

MilwaukeeMike said:

It looks like this phone is meant to compete more with the S4 than the One. The One is still a little different with it's lower MP/good low light camera, stereo speakers and premium materials. That's probably good for HTC because the reasons to buy a One still exist.

Compared to an S4 (and probably the Note 3), this looks like some serious competition. I can't justify buying one because I own a new phone, but I think I'll have to strongly recommend this phone to a family member or friend so I can try it out.

JC713 JC713 said:

The back looks bad. The front is beautiful though.

Guest said:

After owning 2 LG phones in the past, I'd never buy an LG phone ever again. Their quality and support are just horrible. Nokia and Samsung are still clear winners in those spaces.

Guest said:

LG was my least favourite OEM until I bought the Nexus 4.

jesseinsf jesseinsf said:

People always forget about their ears. What I'm saying is they don't give a S*** about the quality of sound. This phone is the first phone that will support all music quality at 24bit/ 192khz (Studio Quality). Even Tim Schiesser forgot to review the sound and music listening and quality.

Guest said:

The speaker grill is not fake, one is a microphone and the other is for the speaker. It serves a purpose, it obviously would be weird just to put a speaker grill without having functionality. Just figured I would point this out for you! :)

Scorpus Scorpus said:

I did test the audio quality - check the performance section. The G2 is an average device in terms of audio playback, I saw no advantage to 24bit/192 kHz audio support especially as the majority of people will listen to standard 44 kHz audio.

slamscaper slamscaper said:

Nice screen! However, I'm a serious AMOLED fan. The black levels and contrast are just so nice. I wish LCD tech would just die already. IPS LCD is nice, but OLED is definitely more desirable to me.

Guest said:

Nice review, but I don't get why people always remark that plastic is cheap while aluminum is high quality. Aluminum dents unlike plastic, and plastic gives more impact resistance. I'll take plastic on my phone.

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