43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Like the other guy on here..I bought the 32gb model....but from another source as it was waaaay cheaper then here (sorry Amazon,or whoever was selling it)....This is a fantastic phone in every respect...Powerful...Super quick...and Gorgeous screen...In fact there is so much this phone can do it's hard to praise it enough....LG have taken their own ideas and launched this flag ship and boy have they done a great job...Android maybe ( I know some do not like this) but it looks mature and has some great features...I'm not going to mention them here...just visit 'You Tube' and search...from there you will see just about everything it can do....and more.....In fact..it looks better in real life then on the photos...forget those that say it has a plastic feel...It doesn't...It's a quality phone throughout...
Setting up was a dream...it recognised everything from my other phones set up and copied it (Apps and all)...all from the Google set up I had previous...and by the way...Android Kit Kat will be available soon over the next few months....they have started to roll it out in waves.
That unusual position of the switch at the rear just falls right into place....but to be honest..you'll hardly use it except for the volume...double tapping to activate is a shear delight...I bought the official LG case and although expensive, it was worth every penny now I'm using it...It activates the phone on opening the caae and shuts it down on closing it.
Someone asked about the International version...this is what the 32 GB model is,due to the fact the British only have the 16Gb version officially....but fear not...the International version will have an English plug (well mine did..and they sent me a full adapter kit to take abroad with me)..The battery is amazing too...I had the phone on ALL day very heavy usage (12 hours minimum) and still had 15% left...this was setting up and getting the phone to my liking..Going back to the International versions...there is another one which none of us will get over here anyway..If you look around you will find a Korean version...Apparently...they will NOT accept a sealed back so therfore, with their version you can change the battery and install a Micro SD card too to expand the memory...shame that's not on offer elsewhere..This version is classed as a 32GB version but in fact you will get just over 24GB to play with...However..you can just simply buy a OTG lead ( On The Go) and attach a USB storage (to expand your memory) device such as a Flash drive...this is dead simple to use...just plug and play...the LG G2 has the software to use a flash drive...OH..just a thought..When you insert your Micro Sim card...Restart the phone to accept it or you will keep getting No Sim detected...and by a restart...I mean hold the power button for 3 seconds for a FULL restart, then everything will go great.
I never buy a phone for the photo or video quality ..but this is stunning...I was very surprised to the results it gave...The call quality was great too ( YES.it is a phone first and foremost..lol.)..clear and static free....and with all the other features this phone has there HAS to be a way to set it up to suit just about everyone...Opening Apps...to surfing the internet,it's blazingly fast and I have pushed this to the limit and it's Never stuttered once...If you want to check your own phone...download The Verge from Google..if your phone can open this site in under 20 seconds then your doing well...this phone managed 12 seconds to load the FULL site from start to finish...that's impressive...Ordinary sites just seem to load almost instant......I thought my old phone was reasonably quick ( HTC Desire HD)...but the LG G2 made it look like a Dinasaur.
As you can probably tell, I'm impressed...very impressed...there's not a lot you can dislike about this phone ( but I'm sure some will)..but if they do then they are being over picky...Nothings perfect...the LG G2 isn't either...but what small dislikes you find will be over come by the likes.
If your looking to upgrade soon, give this phone a serious look...you won't be disappointed..Cheers
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2014
Wonderful device for the money. Gorgeous 5.2 inch Screen cased into a frame no bigger than a Samsung Galaxy S4. Great 13mp Camera and credit due for thinking outside the box with the rear mounted power button. Well done LG!! My only gripe is no Micro SD Support which is unacceptable in my opinion these days. Get this changed for the G3!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2015
I am very pleased with my LG G2, after nearly a year owning it. At the time I came from iPhone 3G, then a Sony Xperia. LG G2 was larger than both, and I actually find it a perfect size for one-handed use (having tried larger Samsung Galaxies). Although I always have it in a chunky case, I actually wish I didn't, as its shape and feel in the hand (and the carbon-fibrey look of the back cover) are really very nice. The battery life was head and shoulders above anything I've had. I do mostly have easy access to charging - but when going on holiday or a festival I've got days of use out of it on a single charge by disabling some features or just putting it on airplane mode. I love the screen brightness and vividness (black is satisfyingly deep - not like the Xperia's 'glowing dark grey').
I took to the different volume and lock button position like a duck to water and now sometimes have trouble locating and figuring out what's what on the traditional side layouts! Also, tap-to-unlock/lock is an amazingly awesome feature. I also constantly try it by instinct on other people's phones (even my Hudl tablet!) and feel disappointed, even handicapped, when I realise that I can't use it.
The phone is fast, very fast. I've had no hiccups in games and video, and in everyday use there have only been a few occasions - mostly when I'm doing something while it's trying to update a huge app (but it's only a stutter for a fraction of the second). I think all phones become laggy as the hardware ages, but don't get me wrong - I am not annoyed with G2's slowness or stuttering one bit, even a year on.
The camera is excellent, I feel perfectly OK not taking my compact digital camera a lot of the time. On the highest setting, it makes 7-9Mb photos, and when blown up the detail is great. I usually tap on the screen to focus on a particular area, which also adjusts the exposure. It can take close-ups from as little as about 8cm away - good for flowers. The camera launches and is ready to use in under 2 seconds. In almost all cases, this is perfectly quick, but I do know that more modern phones are basically instant. The video does have a little trouble focussing in dark environments. It also makes immensely huge files, so I rarely use it. The sound recorder is surprisingly good (not in a noisy gig, but I've used it to record choirs and classical performances).
I did do a system wipe/reinstall on mine 6 months in, but it was due to an Android fault, nothing to do with the G2 (couldn't get into Settings - it's a rare but known issue). I've not had any lock-ups or crashes otherwise. I feel confident that I have a reliable phone. The retailer I got it from had a 1 year collect-and-fix/replace warranty.
I had to get the 32Gb version, seeing as how much space is lost to the operating system, and I do take lots of photos, even if I don't have many MP3s or videos on it. I am very glad I did. I don't know how most people could survive with the 16Gb version. The 32Gb version makes me not miss having a removable SD card.
Oh yeah, almost forgot - that other thing we use phones for - calling. I am very happy with the voice quality (volume and clarity) of the person calling me, it's much better than my iPhone 3G and Xperia were. The speakerphone is also pretty good and again much better than any other phone I've used - it actually works OK in a car, although while I can hear the caller OK, I have to shout. And the microphone is actually one weakness - in my experience of trying to use Google Now or G2's own voice assistant (which is not great) - I've not been able to get it to work anywhere other than indoors, in absolute silence.
My only real other issue is the sound volume when using Netflix and Now TV apps on the speaker - it is very low compared to my Hudl 2 tablet, and even using an external speaker does not help. It's just some weird output limitation. Sound 'booster' apps have not worked.
Oh, and another, less frequent thing - because it's not a native UK phone, 4G is NOT enabled by default (I lived for months with only 'H' showing!). Then I finally discovered that you have to do this annoying ritual after every time the phone is turned off (which hardly happens to me) - open the phone dialler, enter 3845#*802#. It will automatically open a secret console. Tap on 'LTE only', then 'Modem settings', then 'RAT selection, then 'LTE only' and OK on the 'success' confirmation. Finally, tap on 'GSM/WCDMA/LTE auto', OK, and quit to Home. This puts it into the correct mode, where it will hop between 4G, HSDPA, and GPRS - but they key is that it will actually make use of 4G, the highest data speed available in UK.
I would not hesitate to recommend this superb Android phone on screen quality, battery life, tap-to-unlock feature, speed, reliability, and price. My only real disappointments are the volume level when using some video streaming apps, and the microphone pick-up level when using voice assistant apps like Google Now. The latter I don't care about, but I do watch a lot of video on speaker, and prefer to use my Hudl for it now.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2014
I have not purchased my LG G2 32GB international version from this seller & mine was imported via Hong Kong. It is a fantastic phone, super fast, great screen and must of all a great camera. I`m on the EE network here in the UK and I was puzzled why I couldn`t get 4G when I visited certain towns/cities that have 4G coverage. After some research I have found out that the international version uses a different 4G frequency in the far east. To overcome this is simple. Type in dialer 3845#*802#,then the secret menu will come up > Go to LTE-Only > Modem Settings > RAT Selection > Select GSM / WCDMA / LTE auto. You should now receive 4G but everytime you reboot the phone you have to repeat this procedure. I know it is alot of hassle, but this is the only way around it . Hope this helps!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2014
I have owed a fair few 'smart phones', all on 'sim only', so have purchased all, sim free. My last phone was a 'Galaxy Note 2', which I could of liked more if I was able to load all of the Apps I frequently use into the memory. Let me explain, I added a memory card to the phone thinking this would extend the memory from 16GB to 48GB, wrong! The Samsung limits the amount of memory you can use for Apps to 2GB. Although some apps can be move to the memory card this still prohibited me from updating without receiving the message 'unable to update due to lack of memory', effectively rendering the phone useless, for my use. I had a good search around, and finally decided after reading many reviews that the 'LG G2' was the phone for me. Am I disappointed? Not a chance. I have owed an 'LG' before, a prehistoric 'LG GT250', which was rubbish, so was a little sceptical about purchasing another one. It just shows how technology has progressed, this phone is UNBELIEVABLY good. I loaded all the Apps I had on my Note 2, to the LG G2, and everything is fine. Every aspect of this phone is OUTSTANDING in every respect. I bought a flip case for under £3 on ebay, that solved the problem others have mentioned about gripping the phone. Another problem mentioned is that after updating the operating system you can no longer use 'Skype' or 'Viber', wrong again, go to app settings you will need to tweek them, then all is fine, I use both every day with no problems whatsoever. The screen is superb, the camera is superb, the call quality is superb, the ease of operation is superb. Everything about this phone oozes class. The speed of the phone is the fastest I have ever seen, outpacing the iphone, Galaxy S4, Note 2, with ease. You cannot incresase the memory on the G2, but with 32GB available you would be hard pushed to use all of that up. Whatever you load onto the phone it will respond instantly. There are some really nice features which , although available on other phones are enhanced on the G2. All works smoothly, and efficiently. All in all the best money I have ever spent on a technological product. The reviews I read were correct, I am delighted with this product. If you are looking for a phone that 'does it all' look no further. I should of mentioned the battery life. First smart phone I have found that I can use all day without a charge, and still have life left. Overnight it switches over to 'night mode' from 10pm - 6am, if it is charged up to 100% before then, in the morning there is still 98% charge left, amazing. I even use it as a remote contol for my Samsung TV, and it works perfectly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2014
I have the 16Gb version and only 10Gb is actually available for your apps and media. But in the UK they do not offer the 32Gb, when they do I will be sure to swap mine. I am struggling with the 16Gb 3Gb taken by aps and 3 Gb taken by a few photos and a few Music files. I have no movies on here let alone saved any photos from the camera itself. So I think with the 16Gb they should of offered a Micro Sd Slot next to the Micro Sim slot. 5 stars if this version was available in the UK
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2014
Great phone. Easy to use even with the volume buttons on the back.
DO NOT UPDATE TO ANDROID 4.4.2. The UPDATE causes audio problems if you plug it into your car using the headphone jack plug.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2014
Looking for a galaxy? Get one of these and have a holiday with the leftover money. These phones have an incredible amount of power, features and technology for the price. The slight edge that the equivalent Samsung has will be the last of your worries while you're boarding a flight to Prague with the change.
I would strongly recommend this phone if, you're carrying a 2 year old phone and need an upgrade. The only caveat here is to get the 32gb one as it doesn't come with an SD slot. No removable battery either but I've not had to replace the battery of a smartphone before.
One more thing, exclusivity! If like me you're ordering this from Ireland you may notice that you're the only person you know with one of these. This is surely a victory for the inner hipster you may or may not have.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2013
The smart phone is fabulous. It's fast and works extremely well. I'm slowly finding out by experiment the phone's various functions but it would have been really helpful to have had an explicit guide from LG about using the phone and understanding all its vast range of capabilities.
on 26 July 2015
Love this phone. It is one of the few that also works with Amazon Prime movies on demand. It has a large HD screen (1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2 inches, 424 pixel per inch density). It is Fast, this has the down side that it can get warm due to its excellent graphics engine, it has an excellent power saving mode. It takes excellent pictures in low light levels- rarely needs a flash. It has a multi-mode volume control on the back of the phone, which is a huge plus/minus - just weird - but you get used to it. I connects to all available networks with easy. It works well with both major WiFi network standards (2G and 5G) so connecting to my Virgin WiFi on 2G its about 18Mbps and 5G 65Mbps.
Using 4G on EE its about 15Mbps.
It has a very intuitive user interface, so much so that I have bought one for my brother and sister that are techno-phobs.
It also has one of the highest HTML5TEST.COM scores of any other phone, which means it works with more websites and mobile phone apps.
I did get a screen protector for it, and a drop protection case that clipped on to the back and reaches round to the edge - saves it from the screen shatter so common with iphones.
I bought mine for over £400 its now less than £200 - what a bargin.