Monday, August 19, 2013

LG G2: The Smarter Smartphone.

After a long, anxiety filled wait, the judgment befalls upon us. The LG G2 Android Smartphone, a device ahead of its time?
 This 5.2 inch smartphone is a gorgeous beast ready to take on anything in its era.
Okay let's start with the boring things. 

The G2 measures 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm (5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 in) and weighs 143 g (5.04 oz.). It supports 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks.Has 32 GB of internal storage and runs Jellybean 4.2.2 (upgradable to 4.3).

Download speeds are HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50. Supports WIFI: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and Features Bluetooth 4.0.

It features NFC (Near Field Connectivity), an infra-red port which can enable the phone to work as a generic remote for everything you own and uses a Micro-SIM.

Okay, I think that covers all the boring stuff.

The G2 no doubt has the most advanced display seen on a smartphone. It has no bezels. (I mean it has very thin ones). They are so thin (0.1 inch) that makes the Galaxy S4 look awful. The 5.2 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution, 423 ppi) IPS displays almost edge to edge and uses up 75.9% of the phone. To put this in context, it’s the size of a Galaxy S4 and has a display of a Galaxy Note. Now that's just crazy.
 It is an LCD IPS (In-Plane Switching) display. 

This means the viewing angles are awesome. LG claims the display packs more sub pixels than competing FULL HD displays. The G2 packs 6 million sub pixels (6,220,800). Compared to its closest competitor, the Galaxy S4's 4 million sub pixels (4,147,200)
The G2's display has two touch sensors at both sides of the screen (most smartphones have one). This makes it much more responsive. All this is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

For the Casual music listener, anything that supports mp3 audio can get the job done. But for audiophiles among us, this phone will blow your mind away.  The LG G2 offers 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fidelity playback that reproduces studio-like audio quality. This is far superior to a CD (which offers 16 bit/44.1kHz sound). Since it’s running jellybean 4.2.2, formats shouldn't be an issue.
The G2 offers a feature called Audio Zoom that lets users focus on the voice on certain subjects when recording home videos
Features a 3.5mm audio jack 

The G2 features a 13 MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Now this technology isn’t new as it’s already available in some smartphones. This makes it the first android smartphone to offer this. OIS enables the camera to be steady when taking shots and videos. It also allows for longer exposures greatly improving low light photography.
It can record video in 1080p at 60fps.
The front facing camera is a 2.1 MP camera


The G2 is the first smartphone to feature the Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset in all its models. It is a Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 CPU with an Adreno 330 GPU.

The Adreno 330 could easily compare to the GPU in your PlayStation 3. LG revealed that the G2 uses Graphic RAM (GRAM) technology which helps reduce power consumption by 26% on still frames, and increase usage time by 10%. This enables to GPU to be idle when the screen is static like in a case of web browsing.

A smartphone without proper battery backup is no better than a laptop. The G2 packs a 3000mAh battery. This should give you enough juice to go through one day at normal usage.

All in all the LG G2 is a more than modern smartphone and I cannot think of anything that LG left out. Personally,  it's very comfortable on top of the competitors i.e. Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z and the camera oriented Lumia 1020.

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