LG has just launched their latest flagship model, the Optimus G, in the hopes of competing with Samsung who has dominated the Android market with their Galaxy S3 phone.
How do you think it will do? Let us find out by looking at its pros and cons:
Screen and Hardware
The hardware on this phone is pretty elegant. It will not get you to notice it at first but further inspection will make you appreciate it more. The phone is a little at the heavy side at 5.44 ounce, but that is because of the Gorilla Glass used not only on the screen but the body as well. Through LG’s Crystal Reflection Design, they were able to cover the back with glass that gives users a different look at different angles and lighting conditions. It also features what LG calls a true HD IPS+ display screen. The 4.7 inch screen has 1,280×768-pixel resolution and pixel comes in at 320 ppi. Expect clear, crisp and vibrant images on this phone.
If you get your phone through Sprint, you will get the Optimus G with a 13-megapixel camera. The AT&T version only has an 8-megapizel camera, which is pretty standard fare for most flagship smartphones. Both share the same camera functions and it has a lot of interesting features that includes letting you choose the level of resolution from 1 up to 8 or 13, depending on what model you will be using. There are pretty intricate settings including white-balance modes, color effects, brightness, flash, and geo-tagging. It also has Voice Shutter – a feature that allows you to automatically take pictures with a customized voice command like “cheese.”
This phone is ridiculously fast. The quad-core snapdragon processor combined with its LTE capability made sure that it will have high speed. The average load time of websites is just 4-6 seconds when running on a 4G network. Game apps also run smoothly and there were no noticeable lags even though it is still running on ICS. There’s no word yet if there will be Jellybean updates in the near future.
There are some interesting features that look like they will really be useful instead of just being a gimmick to draw customers in. First there is the Dual Screen Dual Display that lets users mirror the contents of their screen on a monitor or TV, which can be used for business presentations. There is also QSlide, which lets you open another screen display on your phone so that you do not have to leave the previous display you are looking at. You also have QuickMemo that lets you doodle notes on documents and images, which you later share through SmartShare or FileShare.
Call and Audio Quality
This is where the Optimus G failed. The call and audio quality suffers because of underwhelming speakers. We can just imagine making VoIP calls on the device; yes it is fast, but speed is not everything. This is still a phone and on that aspect, this was a disappointment.
The 2,100 mAH battery is just not enough to power a quad-core powered phone. With moderate use, I probably won’t last for 24 hours without recharging.
There is no SD card slot for expandable memory so you will have to make do with its internal memory.
There is a lot to like on this phone especially the nifty features that are actually useful for a change. However, the short battery life and the bad audio quality can turn a lot of people off. Still, if LG sets the right price, this phone can compete with the best Android phones out there.