The LG G2
is termed as the best phablet smartphone
. The phone was introduced in the East African market late September and was slated to be available in Kenyan shops from
the last week of October. It retails at roughly KSH 60,000 though that’ll vary depending on the shop. For instance at jumia
its listed price is KSH 64,000 though you can pre-order at KSH 58,499.
LG G2 Side
LG G2 Back
LG G2 Front
The phone is available in black or white and has a crisp sleek look. The design is minimalist and eye-catching. It has a bar form factor with smooth rounded edges.
The first thing one gets to notice is the lack of buttons on any of the sides. LG came up with this concept based on their research which revealed that the larger the phone, the harder it is to access the side buttons. The buttons are on the back behind the camera. My friends and I are still trying to get used to this concept. The power button (also at the back) is raised slightly so that it feels like a bump.
Although it is labeled as a phablet, it is not really humongous like other phablets.
The device has a 5.2″ HD IPS corning gorilla glass display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920. This clear, sharp display is fantastic for reading text or watching videos. A really neat feature is the automatic screen brightness adjustment based on the ambient lighting.
The LG G2 fits perfectly in your hand and though light in weight, it has a “plasticky” – slippery feel.
You’ll never miss a notification because there’s a multicolored LED light at the top of the screen that flashes to alert you of any notification.
Under the hood, the LG G2 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-core 2.26 Processor and Adreno 330 Graphics Processor. This makes it lightning fast. Navigation is super responsive, apps launch and snap from the background to the foreground and vice versa, in the blink of an eye. The processing power gives the best experience when gaming. For instance, playing Minion Rush is the best of experiences on this device.
Playing Minion Rush
It runs android 4.2.2 JellyBean, has an internal memory of 16/32GB and 2 GB RAM.
The audio quality is in calls is clear. Though the earphones aren’t as powerful.
The battery consistently handles the rigors of constant WiFi/data connection, watching videos, checking email, social media and gaming during the day.
The 13 MP camera at the back takes awesome pictures. Image capture is instant. You don’t have to be perfectly still. With Optical Image Stabilization
technology, photos taken when there’s shaky movement still come out excellent with no blur.
The dual camera feature lets you activate the front and rear camera so that you can possibly put yourself in a picture/recording if you wish to.
The phone includes LTE
and NFC. Features I doubt will be of use in the East African market.
2. Quick Remote
– The LG G2 comes with an IR blaster and the Quick Remote app pre-installed. It allows you to control your TV, DVD player, Set top box, projector and many other devices. Though I noticed I had to be considerably close to the devices (TV and Set top box) for it to work unlike when I use a normal remote control.
Quick Remote add remote
3. Guest Mode – At some point your friend/kid/loved one might ask to use your phone. Using this feature you can enable a guest mode (like a PC guest account) and hand-pick apps and control capabilities available in guest mode. You can create a different lock pattern for the guest so that sharing a phone becomes easier.
While in guest mode apps in the normal mode continue running and you can still get notifications from apps running in normal mode but can’t access them from the guest mode.
Guest home screen
4. Gestures – You can enable the following gestures for a fulfilling user experience:
- Double tap to lock/unlock the screen (KnockOn feature).
- Automatic answering of calls when the phone is placed on the ear.
- Flip the phone to snooze the alarm or pause videos.
- Flip phone to silence incoming call.
One thing though, I haven’t been able to switch between multiple apps at once using a 3 finger swipe (Slide Aside feature). Maybe my technique is off. Should it be that hard to do it?
As my friends put it, LG has surely outdone itself this time with this flagship device. With all that hardware muscle, it clearly gives the Note 3 heated competition. (Personally I pick the G2 over the Note 3)
All said and done, this is a really awesome phone even though the recently released Nexus 5 is definitely giving it a run for its money.