The LG G2 is One Fast Smartphone

LG G2When people ask me which smartphone I recommend, I tell them the truth. I prefer a device running Android and thoroughly enjoy my old Samsung Galaxy and my wife's Samsung Galaxy S III. If someone were to gift me a new smartphone today, I'd ask that it be the Samsung Galaxy S IV. After-all, if it ain't broke...

This week I'm test driving an LG G2 with TELUS. It arrived yesterday and I excitedly unwrapped it and customized the settings to my liking, downloading my favourite Android apps and connecting it to my Google account. Even during a Raptors and Leafs win, and a World Series clincher, I wasn't able to put this baby down.

Look what was just delivered!

Firstly, the screen is bigger, and I like bigger. It's a little wider than the Samsung Galaxy S IV with a little less bezel, meaning it's all screen. It's brilliant HD that I'm assured is as good as or better than the iPhone 5, but I don't have an iPhone 5 to verify that claim. But damn, videos look great on this thing.

I've been using it like crazy for about 24 hours now without a charge, and the battery is at 49%. That's impressive. I should be able to get two days out of this with normal usage without requiring a charge.

I'm also told this LG G2 has a great 13 megapixel camera, but I'll be running those tests later, along with some further battery tests. Right now I'm just thoroughly impressed with the speed and response times compared to my old Samsung Galaxy. It's lightning fast.

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Here are the specs for this LG G2 from TELUS I'm having a great deal of fun with:

  • 5.2" HD-IPS screen with 1080x1920 pixels.
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection.
  • 16/32 GB internal storage, Lacks microSD card slot.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset.
  • 2.26 GHz quad-core CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB RAM.
  • Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, A-GPS, FM radio, Infrared port, Micro-USB 2.0 (with OTG support).
  • 13 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash.
  • Features Optical Image Stabilisation.
  • 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera.
  • Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass.
  • Available colours: Black, White.
  • 3000 mAh Li-Polymer battery.
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean).

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markosaar

Everything I've read says the hardware is fantastic, but LG's custom Android skin is clunky at best. Will be interested in hearing your take on it.

October 31, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

Wulv

I am waiting for the Nexus 5 release myself. Almost all the same hardware as the G2 with a different camera. My wife purchased the Nexus 4 after shattering her screen (multiple times) on her old phone and it was cheaper to buy the whole thing (well almost) than have her screen replaced. The camera on hers is rather meh, but she rarely uses it for photos. Hopefully the rumours are true and the 8MP sensor on the Nexus 5 will be Optically Stabilized.
Vanilla Android with actual updates as well is a bonus in my book.

October 31, 2013 @ 12:47 PM

markosaar

Yeah, the Nexus 4 is overall pretty great, and amazing value for a smartphone, but the camera is very very poor.

Anyway, looks like Google is handling the N5 launch much better than N4. We waited something like 50 days from ordering for my girlfriend's N4 to actually arrive.

They have the N5 already warehoused in Toronto: http://www.androidincanada.ca/android-phones/holy-nexus-5s-batman/

I'm currently on a Note II and really like the phone's size. I could do without the pen and Samsung software, but at least all the nuisances can be changed in options. Stock Android is just so much better though.

October 31, 2013 @ 1:03 PM

Ryan P

I too am waiting on a Nexus 5...to upgrade from my Nexus 4.

If I was you Mike, I'd go with the nexus/any Android phone not made by Samsung. I just really dislike Samsung

October 31, 2013 @ 1:12 PM

Douglas

I had a look at the LG G2 recently, mostly because my Galaxy S3 is in for service for the second time for the same reason while it is still in its one-year warranty. My S3, which I have been happy with overall, has fried four microSDHC cards. Each time, the scenario has been the same: The phone sitting on a desk or table, no physical contact with me, and it comes to life with "SD card removed". No, it's right where it has been all along - installed in its slot. Whatever data was on the card is unreadable. Fortunately, I had a friend with advanced hardware and software who was able to recover some family vacation photos. Music could be re-transferred. SanDisk has been great, as they've simply replaced the cards each time, although I had to pay to ship them to their Canadian support agent. Lexar, less so, but my local Staples gave me a new card with presentation of my Staples bill and said they would deal with Lexar. I've usually had an aversion to the lack of external memory expansion in a phone, but after the past few months, I may revisit that feeling. In the meantime, using my backup, admittedly "vintage" Sony Xperia X10 (usually equipped with my AT&T SIM card) seems positively antiquated and horrendously slow, mostly because it does not have enough internal memory. Any app or data that I have installed goes on the external microSDHC card in the Sony, which has not had an issue with any card I've used.

October 31, 2013 @ 1:55 PM

markosaar

@Douglas:

I recommend you look into a cloud-file service like Dropbox or Box.net. They have a feature that will automatically upload your phone folders, which then get synced to whatever computer you connect your account to.

October 31, 2013 @ 2:17 PM

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November 18, 2013 @ 12:32 AM

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