Phones keep getting bigger, and LG is playing the game like everybody else. Following in the footsteps of competitors like Samsung and HTC, LG announced the Optimus G Pro last month, a smartphone-tablet hybrid device with a 5.5-inch screen and a 1080p display. It’s certainly larger than its predecessor, the Optimus G, but its screen size isn't the only thing that's been beefed up. The Optimus G Pro is also the first phone from LG to feature Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 600 SoC and the performance bump is noticeable.
While the “phablet” portmanteau has seen some overuse lately, these types of devices really do fit the criteria: a device that's approaching tablet-size territory, but you're supposed to use it as a phone anyway. The Optimus G Pro features a screen big enough to take notes with your fingers and read a novel on the plane, but it can also make phone calls and fit somewhat discreetly in your pocket—well, depending on your pocket. It won't be comfortable, but the Optimus G Pro's features might be worth sewing bigger pockets onto your pants.
Body and build
At 5.91 x 3.00 x 0.37 inches, the Optimus G Pro is only a few increments smaller in size than Samsung's Galaxy Note II, and it is about 13 millimeters bigger than the upcoming HTC One. It doesn't come with a stylus, either.