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LG G2!! What a Revelation !! ( Updated Review 25 September 2014 ),
This review is from: LG G2D802 UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Black (Android, 16GB) (Electronics)
Please find my updated thoughts on the phone at the end of the review. Thanks
LG noooo way!!!! yes thats what we all end up saying once someone mentions LG to us . Everyone gets so much put off when they hear about LG and mobile phones. And guess what i plunged into the LG pond a few weeks ago and honestly dont feel like i made the wrong choice. I have spent enough time with the G2 to share my thoughts with the wider community and I am going to rate the phone in Five major areas ( the most important to an average consumer ).
Build Quality 4/5 :
The very first thing that grabs your attention is the screen and the way its been made to fit with no bezels ( or hardly any bezels ) & it just adds to the beauty of the phone.The body is made from plastic or polycarbonate in a typical Korean way ( more or less like Samsung Galaxy S4 ) but fits well underneath that beautiful screen.The power button and volume rocker is at the back of the phone just underneath the camera.They fit well and have a nice feeling to them when you use them & you eventually get used to of using them. I have read and also heard some people complaining about the cracking sound that the body makes when you push it in certain ways. Yes thats true but its not something which bothers me much as i am not gonna push the body hard with my fingers or palm. Why the hell would you do that in the first place anyway. I did use the phone without a case for the first few days and never heard no cracking sound. Yes when you push it hard around the edges and with your fingers in certain areas around the back then you do hear a cracking sound. But that holds true for Samsung Galaxy phones as well. In fact it is true for any phone made from plastic as plastic is a flexible material and it can make cracking sounds.So people stop worrying about the build quality as there is nothing wrong with it and there is no need to start returning your phone just because it makes cracking sounds. The phone is made to last and most people will buy a case anyway so its a pointless discussion. Overall i am very satisfied with the build quality and please stop comparing it with HTC One (which i still own ) as that phones build quality is simply outstanding and G2 can not match that.
Screen 5/5 :
This damn screen is a real treat to watch.Its an IPS LCD with Gorilla Glass 2.I have always been a fan of IPS LCD type of screens as colors on them are more natural compared to Super AMOLED types which are just a bit too overstaurated for my liking.It matches HTC Ones Screen ( Industry leading ) quality with style even though it only has 424 ppi ( a bit less then HTC Ones 469 ppi ). But putting both the phones together it was so hard for me to pick up the better screen as human eye can simply not pick up the Pixels at such a high resolution of 1080P. G2 screen is slightly bigger at 5.2" but still the phones body measures the same as HTC One ( 4.7" screen size ) and Galaxy S4 ( 5" screen size ). They have manage to do it by reducing the bezels and stretching the screen to all four corners. Results are outstanding and you have a screen which matches the size of the very first Galaxy Note ( 5.2" ). Few years ago we could never imagine holding the screen size equivalent to that of the Galaxy Note in a smaller body. The screen also has a Knock-ON feature which enables you to turn the phone on & off just by double tapping on it.Knock-ON occassionally needs more then a few taps on the screen but 98% of the time works flawlessly. An update from LG is on the way and hopefully it will make it work even better then before. The colors on the screen are flawless and very natural.Its one of the best screens i have seen out of the many phones that i have owned over the last few years. Screen is one of the two biggest factors for me buying this phone. Read on and lets see if you can spot my second favourite thing on the LG G2.
Peformance 4.5/5 :
LG G2 is powered by the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset running at 2.27 GHz & backed up by 2GB RAM. Peformance as we can expect is fluid,smooth,responsive and very fast. In some ways its shocking because i never expected LG to come out with a phone like the G2. They have come from no where and just produced a hell of a phone with great performance. I know they had phones like Optimus G and Optimus G Pro but them phones never took off the way G2 did. Obviously marketing did help LG in a lot of ways but marketing alone G2 is an exeptionally innovative and different phone from the likes of Galaxy set of phones. Firstly Knock-On is a show stealer and i use it everyday. The funny thing is that sometimes i use my knuckles to switch the screen on ( for checking messages ) specially when i am eating. You get so used to of this that you find it hard to adjust to pushing the buttons again to switch the screen on. It kinda spoils you lol if you know what i mean. LG skin on top of 4.2.2 is full of features and so much so that you start to think that it will effect the peformance of the phone. But amazingly the phone hardly lags or stutters ( occasionally it does in the widgets section or here & there sometimes but it is very managable and doesnt ruin your overall experience). All apps run smoothly and heavy games like GT Racing 2,Robocop,Deer Hunter,Real Racing 3 & many more run with no problems at all. Phone is fully packed with many many features ( like a top end Galaxy phone ) but still runs better then a Galaxy S4 ( i have lived with an S4 as well ). All in all performace is brilliant and with the 4.4.2 KitKat update due sometime in March things will only get better. I will update my review like my other reviews accordingly.
Camera 4.5/5 :
The camera on the LG G2 is very good if not the best. Its a 13MP Camera with OIS ( Optical Image Stablization ). I am not a fan of OIS on the G2 as it doesnt work as flawlessly as LG say it does. I generally have to rely on a steadier hand rather then OIS for my shots to be clear and accurate. But once you have taken the shot the right way then the results are outstanding and the picture quality is amazing. Colors are very natural and they have a real feeling to them. The three buttons at the back can also be configured to your liking to take a photo. Any of the three buttons can be used as a shutter button for snaps. The camera can can also record 1080P video footage and day time recording is very clear and accurate. It does struggle on video in low light conditions though and the lens sometimes struggles to focus on objects which is a shame because LG could have done a better job on that. But i am sure its more to do with the software then the hardware itself & future updates should fix these minor flaws. Low light performace on the camera side is outstanding and i am going to go as far as to say that G2 is the only other phone which can match the might of HTC One in low light performance. If you are a photo enthusiast you will love the camera on this phone with only a few compromises ( soon to be fixed with future updates ) To help you make your mind up let me put it this way. I am enjoying the camera on the G2 more then i enjoyed it on my HTC One in the last 10 months specially cuz of the higher Mega Pixels on the camera and work done by LG. Enough said !!!! :-)
Battery 6/5 :
Yes its not a mistake people. I have given the battery 6 out of 5 same way as a loving husband would rate his wife when he is in love with her just to make her feel extra special lol. This is exactly how i feel about the LG G2. Battery on this phone is extra special and something which i have never experienced before and i am so much in love with it. I am totally and thorougly in love with the battery life of this phone. This phone can last me all day no matter what i do with it. My general usage includes Whtsapp,Viber,Facebook,listening to music for a couple of hours ,surfing the internet and reading tech articles for a good few hrs,few videos on YouTube and various other internet related activities. This kinda usage has the ability to drain any top end phone within 14 to 16 hours but not the G2. This monster can go on & on & on & on and by the time i get to bed it will still have 40% battery life left. On few occassions i refused to charge it up to see how far it would take me into the second day. It did a marvelous job on standy times on that night ( by hardly draining the battery.... only 1% in 8 hours reminding me of the Sonys Battery Stamina Mode on my former Xpeira Z but G2 does it by default without turning on any battery saver feature ) and slept so very well. How did LG manage to do all this and acheive excellence is beyond belief. So much so that this phone has beaten Galaxy Note 3 in Phoneareans battery power test and has been declared the longest lasting top-shelf smartphone they ever tested. Please note that Note 3 ( 3200 mAh ) has a bigger battery as compared to the G2 ( 3000 mAh ) and still G2 managed to beat it. I am not going to into technical details here as it will confuse most people. Long story short G2 has the best battery life then any Android smartphone available in the UK ( Oppo N1 is the only other phone i know has bettered this result but its not officially available in the UK). Personally speaking i have never owned a modern smartphone with this kind of mind boggling and out of this world battery life and this my friends is the second of the two favourite killer features on this phone which made me buy the LG G2. I am married to the battery life of this phone and not looking to divorce it anytime soon.
Its not possible to discuss every single aspect of the phone specially the feautures. I have tried to keep everything as simple as possible to help people of all age groups. If you have any questions about the review or the phone then please feel free to contact me and i will try my best to answer your questions to the best of my abilities. I am a seasoned Android user and i am sure you can benefit from my knowledge and use it to your advantage. I will update this review once the updates start hitting the phone.Thanks
very much for taking the time to read my review.
Update 03 April 2014:
I received two minor updates in the last couple of days. One was approximately 50MB and the other around 20MB. Both updates were related to unnamed apps & I couldn't work out which apps got updated( updates never mentioned which apps ).But from my experience over the years with different phones I can tell that LG are optimising the core basic operating system apps before they launch the KitKat 4.4.2 update on the G2. It's a new approach I have seen with many vendors where they tend to update apps separately from the Operating system to reduce the upgrade times. I am also hearing and reading from various sources that KitKat is available on some network phones in the UK. It is supposed to be officially available in the UK but nothing on my sim free G2 so far.Anyways as soon as I receive KitKat I will update my review once again and let you guys know what's going on. Thanks
Update 14 April 2014:
Finally the much awaited KitKat 4.4.2 update came up on my phone a couple of days ago. I am happy to report that there is significant difference in the general speed of the phone. Its much more snappier then before and has been optimized further to give users a very pleasant experience. Battery life hasnt been effected and still lasts long just like before. Snapdragon 800 is still a very powerful processor and should be able to handle even future updates with ease. Longevity of the phone is not questionable at all from what i can see. LG have made hell of a phone and i am not looking to divorce it anytime soon. Infact battery life on this phone has made me respect LG for the kind of work they have done and i might even get the G3 once its released. To my surprise Knock-Code ( the new name for the advanced version of Knock-ON ) wasnt included in the update. The recent press releases from LG are positive and they will include Knock-Code in a future update very soon. Like always please ask me any questions that you may have and i will be more then happy to help. Thanks
Update 07 May 2014:
Received 22.01 MB update on my G2 little while ago. Was very curious to find out what it was ( suspected Knock-Code ) as it just stated enhancement to apps. After the update I found out that it indeed was Knock-Code which LG had promised like I said before. Just tested it & it works brilliantly. I have to admit that LG are making an impression here on me. I always wondered if there was a brand other then HTC which could give us customers a quality product ( after getting fed up with Galaxy phones cuz of bloatware & loads of issues with Touchwiz ). I always keep two phones & I think with timely updates + superb solid performance + exceptional battery life = the formula I was after. I am literally sold & seriously considering LG as my preferred brand over Samsung. I know you all are thinking about the old LG ( I have been there trust me ) but if this is the way they gonna come out then they can take my money any day. G3 ,G Smartwatch & much more ....Bring it on LG :-)
Update 25 September 2014:
Received a new update (105.87 MB) few days back. Logs of the update didn't inform me of any changes and I ended up installing the update anyway. Battery life and performance doesn't seem to be effected. The phones continues to get regular updates from LG and still has strong specs for the money. Couldn't be anymore happier with the G2 and it's masterful performance specially the phenomenal battery life. Keep up the good work LG and it's great to see this phone still ranked among the very best. Price tag just kills all the rivals in this category :-)
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Posted on 3 Jun 2014 00:27:37 BDT
bro, want to run this past you.
Got note 3 from 3rd party seller.fullfilled by amazon.classified as new.
But do not know whether it is new.
IMEI sticker was dodgy.
does the original IMEI sticker has the samsung logo?
Do not know whether this is used or new! price was 390.
Even the sticker saying reginal locked looked a dodgy printout.Should I return this?
The other point, what do you think of xperia z1?
Thanks a lot.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2014 03:53:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jun 2014 03:55:59 BDT
Was the third party seller Gamecybershop?
Technically original IMEI number shouldn't have the Samsung logo on it as it has got nothing to do with the maker.
Only you could know that if it was old or new as you bought it mate.£390 seems to be the right price.
Regional lock is quite simple mate. It basically means that if you buy a device from a country in the European region then the first SIM that is used on the device must be from a carrier/operator in one of the countries from the same region. Once the device is powered on with such a SIM then it will work on any SIM card anywhere in the world.
I couldn't comment where you should return it or not as I haven't seen the device. If its from Gamecybershop then it should be fine as I got my Xperia Z2 tablet from the same seller just recently . They take time for shipping though so I am guessing you might have got it from someone else.
Xperia Z1 is a good device with the only problem being that TFT LCD screen with viewing angle issues. Battery is also average considering it's a 3000 mAh and G2 with the same battery kicks arse in battery life plus gives you better screen ( IPS LCD). If you really wanted a Xperia phone then Z2 should be the clear choice instead
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2014 07:04:01 BDT
Thanks mate.seller was uk electronics.
Us here a way to check the total call time etc even though the device has been reset?I could remember old Nokia phones had a code for that.do you have it in Samsung phones too?
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2014 07:09:21 BDT
What I meant was that the sticker saying IG had a regional lock was a hand printed sticker.did not look official.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2014 07:18:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jun 2014 07:19:30 BDT
Yeah I remember that too...the secret codes...with Samsung I m not sure mate...cuz it's software & all gets wiped off so buffer memory gets flashed too...so I am guessing it might not be possible....
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2014 07:21:35 BDT
Never seen anything like that before...might as well ask someone on Note 3 reviews....they will definitely would have first hand knowledge...sorry bro
Posted on 15 Jun 2014 12:18:22 BDT
Thu C. says:
Hello Junaid. Thank you for this amazing review. I'm totally sold! Just looking at a LG G2 Docomo unlocked 32 GB. I know Docomo is japanese telecom company, but wonder if you are able to advice the difference between this version and the official LG version please? Thanks very much.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2014 12:57:01 BDT
Thanks for the kind compliments mate. I am glad you like the review. In the UK we only have the 16GB model available officially. Importing the 32GB from far east is not gonna be much of a problem apart from incompatibility with 4G LTE services in the UK. I actually have the 32GB imported version myself too. Got it from a private seller on ebay who imported it from Korea. Wasn't ready to live with a 16GB model with a beautiful & powerful phone like this. Anyways my guess is that the DOCOMO model will most likely be incompatible with the 4G LTE services in the UK as well. I never knew at the time till I ended up making a few phone calls to Three ( my network) & then eventually to LG UK. LG UK confirmed this all to me over the phone. For me personally it's not too big of an issue cuz I got Wifi at home & work. The only time I use mobile Internet is during my journey to work or home. 3G is still fast enough for me personally. If space is important to you then obviously it's a small compromise you will have to make plus you will be getting a 32GB version for a very reasonable price. I am glad now that with G3 releasing on the 1st July this memory issue has been solved forever ( SD Card availability).
Hope this all helps. Feel free to ask anything else mate should you wish. Good luck :D
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2014 15:40:36 BDT
Hi Junaid, its me again.
Ordered the note 3 but eventually did not like it.
I thought i could live with the middle button (home button) but did not like it much.
The netwokr kept dropping a lot as well.
Now back to looking for new phone.
Was thinking of going for a 32gb version LG G3 from germany (probably through amazon germany).what do you think?
Have you got any idea as to where these models come from, whether they would be compatible with UK networks?
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2014 19:51:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jun 2014 19:53:20 BDT
Lol welcome back my friend. I told you before I wouldn't buy a Samsung Galaxy these days. Apart from S5 & some new touches to Touchwiz everything else on the older Touchwiz is just unpredictable & laggy in performance.
As we have discussed already that 16GB is the only model sold in the UK officially so any other model imported from Europe or Far East will most probably be not supporting 4G LTE services ( as informed by LG to me over the phone ). Mostly they are imported from Korea where they are primarily manufactured. It says at the back of the phone " Made in Korea ". If you are willing to take that risk ( like i did ) then by all means get the 32GB version. As I have an HTC One M8 giving me 4G plus wifi at home & work so 4G is not a deal breaker for me as 3G is still fast enough on the G2.
If you can save some more money & wait till 1st July then G3 is launching soon. It has SD card slot plus nice battery life & decent performance. I will be def getting one in the next couple of months. Cheapest available is at mobilesdirect.co.uk ( £459 ) & that's a very good price for QHD phone & still beats the older 1080P models like M8 & S5 in price. You seem to be the kind of person who wants to buy & keep a phone for long term. Should invest a bit more & get a top of the range handset like the G3 & chill out for 2 years at least. Good luck :-)