Verizon LG G2 Review
OPERATING SYSTEM: Android 4.2.2
DISPLAY: 5.2-inches, LCD, Full HD (1920×1080 Pixel, 424 ppi)
PROCESSOR: Qualcomm Quad-Core Snapdragon 800, 2.26 GHz
MEMORY: 2 GB
INTERNAL MEMORY: 32 GB
CAMERA: 13 MP (Rear), OIS, 2.1 MP (Front)
BATTERY: 3000 mAh
Standby (3G): <900 hours
Talk time (3G): <17:30 hours
CONNECTIVITY: LTE, HSPA+, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0
WIRELESS CHARGING: Yes
DIMENSIONS: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm
WEIGHT: 143 g
I know this is a long write-up but for those of you who are going back and forth like was I wanted to be very specific in my comparisons of the Verizon LG G2 so I hope this helps!
As soon as I picked up the phone it felt great in my hand in that it fit! Coming from a Note 2 and spending the last year struggling to one hand the device I realized after just one day that I really missed being able to do that. This being a 5.2 1080p HD screen it’s by no means small but it is not too big either. I feel that this is my sweet spot, good size to view pics, videos and just right for being able to use it one handed and have a good size keyboard. My only complaint it the very slippery fingerprint magnet back cover but since I always use a case that’s not a big deal. I have 3 Cruzerlite cases on their way! I got the LG flip case with the Quickview window but it doesn’t show you the notifications like it said it would and it doesn’t stay closed if you hold it open for several minutes unless you turn the phone upside down. If they allowed you to choose apps that you could get notifications from and it would stay closed it would be far more useful.
The buttons on the back have been under great scrutiny since this device came out and I love it! I used to always accidentally hit the side buttons on my other devices turning volume down, powering off etc. It literally only took me one day to get acclimated and the hardest part of that was just remembering they were on the back. It really is a more natural placement when holding the phone. You can use the up or down volume buttons to take pictures and once you master the buttons it’s really easy to push the power/vol down button with one finger to do a screenshot.
This phone is very snappy and boots up fast. The only 2 apps that seem a tad slow to open are the Gallery and the stock Email app I use for my work Exchange account. The two however instantly go out to the internet to poll updates and they are not all that slow just a little slower than others. I can say for sure that the Galley opens much faster than the Note 2 ever did. I also have better signal strength that my Note 2. I am not basing this off of the bars I am basing this off being able to use the internet and the speed of the internet in areas that were historically bad for me.
The IPS display is just as they say…. Awesome and bright! It really is very pleasant to look at with sharp text, color accurate pictures with very responsive touch. There are no hardware buttons which I like and one nice feature is that LG lets you customize the bottom soft keys by rearranging and changing the color of the bar. I really think the LG skin is getting an undue bad rap… It is far less bloated that Touchwiz and is not overbearing. The one big complaint was that the notification area is very crowded and there is actually little area for actual notifications. However you can completely remove the Qslide bar (LG’s multi-tasking) and get back a good amount of space. They could do the switches different but for me it’s not that big of a deal once I got rid of the Qslide bar. I did disable a few pre-loaded apps that I won’t use and I always run APEX Pro only because there a few gesture swipes that I like to use but I could easily adjust to the stock launcher if I had to.
The battery is very good as well. The first full day I only got about 8-10 hours but I was really killing it with setup and playing around with it so that doesn’t really count. The second full day (see pictures) was much better and today was better than yesterday. Keep in mind I have 7 different accounts (email and social media) plus weather and other news apps that are all syncing all the time and I have been keeping my screen brightness at 90% because it looks awesome and I like it bright. The last 2 days I have been able to get 2-3 hours more than my Note 2 did under the same setup except that screen stayed at 75% because higher than that created too much power drain.
Last bit of information is about the camera. It is also awesome and produces fantastic pictures. It is by far superior to the Note 2 and as good if not a little better (in my opinion) than the GS4. My wife has a GS4 so I have directly compared the two in order to come to that conclusion. It has decent options and settings for fine tuning your shots as well.
I spent a long time going back and forth between this phone and the Note 3 reading every review I could find and asking every opinion of people who bought it. I have to say I have no regrets and I definitely made the right choice for me. This phone looks amazing, feels great, has great performance and I can use it one handed.
I like to be an early user of new gadgets and programs to watch how they grow and improve and on occasion have some input on the development which is why I am very excited to have been chosen by Project Glass to be a part of the #glassexplorer program.