LG has been known for their screens since smartphones became a mass market item and this phone is no different. The LG Optimus G Pro is packing a 5.5 inch full 1080 x 1920 HD screen with a pixel density of ~401 ppi. Putting pro on the end of the phones name not only made it faster, but bigger, stronger, and nicer to look at. In this review I will go deeper into what this phone has to offer and why I think this is one of the nicest displays I’ve ever seen on a phone.

Specs

Dimensions 150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm (5.91 x 3.00 x .37 in)

Weight 172 g (6.07 oz)

Screen Size 5.5 inches

Screen Resolution 1080 x 1920 (~401 ppi)

Battery 3140 mAh (Removable)

Internal Storage 16 or 32 Gb

External Storage Upto 64 Gb

Rear Camera 13 MP 4208 x 3120 pixels

Front Facing Camera 2.1MP

NFC Enabled Yes

Wireless Charging Yes. With the purchase of an additional back cover

Processor Quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600

RAM 2 Gb

Operating System 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Hardware

The hardware on this phone is beautiful, it is large yet still fits comfortably in your hand. The massive 5.5 inch screen will probably be my focus simply because it was what made testing this phone truly special. After using the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5 as my primary phones for years I thought that their “retina” technology was amazing and yet I was absolutely blown away by this phone. Its 401ppi full 1080 x 1920 HD screen destroys the iPhone 5’s 326ppi 640 x 1136 screen.

Unlike the Galaxy Note II, I felt that this phone fit well in my hand. It fits right in that ‘Phablet’ range and yet it was comfortable in my pocket, I was able to text on it fluidly and there was never a point where I was wishing that it was any smaller. The size of the Pro version is a significant change from the original Optimus G in a very comfortable way, that is welcoming. However, though this screen is so beautiful and powerful and it fits well in your hand etc. the first thing people say when they see the phone is “wow, that’s a big screen” and the issue with this phone is using it as just that. When we review these phones sometimes people just focus on the screen resolution, the processor speed, the RAM and storage space. And while yes these phones have become computers that are predominately used for texting, they are still phones too and this thing…is to big in that regard. When making phone calls, although they are very clear and the reception in my area was good, I feel like I’m holding a netbook to my head. It is so big that it covers up half of my head and it is just uncomfortable to use while moving for some reason. So as  a texting/video watching/gaming device it is perfect, as a phone however it simply feels awkward and uncomfortable.

Enough about the screen let’s get into the cameras. This phone has a 13 MP rear facing camera and a 2.1 MP front facing camera that makes your Instagram selfies just that much better. In all seriousness the rear camera takes some beautiful photos and has some cool features that I’ll talk more about when we get into software. The sound quality for videos was quite impressive and the 1080p@30fps capture really turned out fluid and realistic, which is definitely good for making any home movie or the next best YouTube video.

The powerful 1.7 GHz Quad-Core processor gave me a really nice, snappy, experience that never slowed down or showed any signs of wanting to. This is complemented by the 2 Gb of RAM that let me use the phone consistently without having to close apps every few minutes to keep the speed at top-notch.

And lastly one of my favorite parts of the phone, the LED notification light. I know it seems like a simple, insignificant thing but it is something that is very important to me. When I originally switched from Android to iOS (the OG Droid to iPhone 4) I knew that the thing I would miss most is that little green light letting me know I have a text message. After a while I got over it but through using this phone I came to realize yet again how much I really missed it. The notification light is in the ring around the home button and it is a great place to put it. I’ve always liked the single LED in the top corner but putting it around the home button was creative and looked great. Not to bright or intrusive but bright enough that you could still see it in a well-lit room from a good distance away.

Software

LG’s version of Android is pretty nice, and though I personally like the clean-cut sock look and feel of Android itself I enjoyed my time with the Optimus G Pro. The software was not slow by any means and it gave a great user experience. The LG keyboard, camera features, settings layout, and remote were some of my favorite parts of their ‘skin’.

The LG keyboard is comfortable and easy to type on, it also allows you to move the keys to one side of the screen so it is easier to text with one hand. I only used this feature a few times cause I prefer to use two hands anyway but it was a nice touch. As far as the camera goes, it gave a few cool options like multi-shot, and, my favorite, cheese mode which takes a picture for you when you say “cheese” rather than having to click the button. Again, being impressed by the little features.

The settings layout presented a bit easier user experience in a few areas and really focused on the display because that really is the part of this phone that stands out most, so it was nice that they really gave some attention to it. And finally the Quick Remote, this is something that I was really impressed with because it is a stock application that works amazingly with the IR Blaster. Other phones have the IR Blaster and no remote application thereby requiring you to buy an application from the play store just to get the full functionality of the phone. Even in doing that you don’t get the same great experience you do with this LG phone. I would prefer this app over any that I’ve seen in the play store and it’s something that I used daily while I had the device.

Conclusion (TL;DR)

This is a great device, I personally wouldn’t mind carrying this as my every day phone although It wouldn’t be my first option with other phones on the market like the HTC One and the Galaxy S4. For someone who wants a large phone that would be great for note taking and things of that nature this is perfect, it fits well in your pocket and has a beautiful screen but for myself it is too large to use as an everyday phone. 5 inches is nice, 5.5 is just a bit too much for me. However, in all It’s a very fast, beautiful device that truly packs a great user experience, and I really enjoyed my time with it.

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Alex Crupi

Alex Crupi

I am currently an engineering student at the University of Nevada. I'm am double majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics, so I will be here a few years. I love nothing more that researching, reading, and writing about technology. Though I might be an iOS sympathizer I was graciously allowed the privilege of writing for AndroidMeter.
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