LG has just unveiled their G2 flagship smartphone. This summer has been packed with lots of smartphone announcements, so what makes the G2 stand out exactly? For starters it’s packing a massive 5.2″ full HD IPS 423 ppi edge-to-edge display, but LG promises that despite its large display, the G2 is comfortable enough to hold in one hand. The phone is also being powered by a uber powerful 2.26GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon 800 processor. Furthermore, the phone uses graphic ram to help the phone reduce display usage and increase battery life.
But perhaps what makes this smartphone especially unique is the dedicated rear key on its back side. LG has actually moved the power button and volume controls to the back of the device. This is a first for a smartphone. Their justification behind this new design feature is that this rear key is located in a natural place for your index finger, and that applies to both right and left handed users. The rear key can also be used for launching the camera, taking selfies, and for launching the Quick Memo app.
The 13MP camera inside the G2 is the first 13MP sensor on a phone to pack in optical image stabilization technology, which should translate into better low light performance, and the ability to take clear images, even in the likes of a moving car.
LG has also put an emphasis on audio quality in the G2. To that effect, the phone packs in 24bit / 192KHz Hi-Fi sound which should sound even better than CD quality.
On the user interface side, LG has thrown in a couple of neat enhancements onto Android. For example, with KnockOn, the LG G2 can be powered on simply by tapping twice on the display. But wait, there is more!
- Answer Me — Automatically answers the call after lowering the ringtone when the phone is raised to one’s ear.
- Plug & Pop — Recommends options or related features to choose from when the earphone or USB cable is detected.
- Text Link —Allows information embedded in text messages to be selected and easily saved in a memo or calendar and searched on a map or the internet.
- QuickRemote — Not only can LG G2 be used to remotely control popular home entertainment devices, it can also learn from conventional remotes and be customized to operate multiple devices with flexible layouts and keys.
- Slide Aside — Enables easier multitasking by simply “sliding” open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe.
- Guest Mode — Protects owner’s privacy by displaying only pre-selected apps when guests access the phone with a secondary unlock pattern.
The rear key on the LG G2 seems gimmicky, but you have to give LG credit for trying something different. As for the build quality of the device, unfortunately the LG G2 has a similar plastic and slippery finish to the Samsung Galaxy S4. That said, its display is pretty amazing with very vibrant colors. We also like that despite sporting such a large display, it feels very lightweight to hold. The phone is also compatible with gloves, right out of the box, which is certainly a nice touch. Also, the large 3,000maH battery seems very promising.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but you can just about bet on the LG G2 costing $199 with contract. It will also be available in a choice of white or black, and it will be available across all 4 major U.S. carriers.