LG Optimus G Android Smartphone Review - HotHardware

LG Optimus G Android Smartphone Review

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Although it's already flooded with a slew of excellent devices, the smartphone market has shown no signs of letting up. While Samsung and Apple are dominating the charts in terms of global hardware market share, Android's continued rise in the smartphone space has also been bolstered by devices from companies like HTC, Sony, and LG. In fact, LG was the company chosen to produce the most recently released Nexus-branded smartphone, the powerful Nexus 4.


The Optimus G that we're reviewing here has a lot in common with the Nexus 4, and it's impossible to evaluate this handset without drawing direct comparisons to its Google branded sibling. Before we break down the specifics, let's look at the internals found in one of AT&T's most powerful smartphones yet.

LG Optimus G
Specifications & Features
Network
AT&T and Sprint available
Bands/Modes
850/1900/2100 MHz (3G-UMTS); 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
(GSM/GPRS/EDGE); 4G HSPA+; HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul; Band 4 and 17 (4G LTE)
OS
Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Display
4.7-inch 1280x768 WXGA True HD IPS Plus
scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass
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Processor
Quad core 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
Memory
2 GB of RAM
16 GB internal memory
microSD expansion slot (16 GB included)

Usage Time
10 Hours Reported Talk Time; 13.5 Hours Standby
Dimensions
 5.15 x 2.82 x 0.33 inches
Weight
5.19 ounces
Battery
2100mAh Battery (Sealed)
Connectivity
Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot (up to 8 connections), NFC, microUSB, MHL, DLNA 1.5, aGPS, 3.5mm headset jack,
Camera
8 MP rear facing camera with LED flash
1.3 MP (720p) front facing camera

Price
$199.99 with 2-year contract ($549.99 off-contract)

If you weren't aware, the Optimus G was the first commercially available smartphone to use Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC (APQ8064) paired with an LTE radio. That's a 1.5GHz quad-core chip, inside a smartphone. That's about as cutting edge as it gets right now, and when you consider the beefy 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 GPU, it's pretty clear that the bar is set high.

From the onset, however, we're somewhat bothered by the stock operating system. Android 4.0.4 is now two full point releases behind the latest iterations of Android; Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is already available on select devices. But will the omission of things like Google Now and things like LG's own Android skin put a damper on those powerful technical specifications? That's what we plan to find out in the pages ahead.
 

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Google Nexus 4 is made by LG... here are the specs taken from here at hothardware.com:

"Under the hood you'll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz with Adreno 320 graphics and 2GB of RAM along with either 8GB or 16GB of storage and a 2100mAh battery."

And a line from this review:

"If you weren't aware, the Optimus G was the first commercially available smartphone to use Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC (APQ8064) paired with an LTE radio. That's a 1.5GHz quad-core chip, inside a smartphone. That's about as cutting edge as it gets right now, and when you consider the beefy 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 GPU, it's pretty clear that the bar is set high. "

Yet the Opimus smokes the Nexus 4..... What gives???

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"The Nexus 4 lacks LTE, and if that's a huge deal to you, be sure to take that into account,"

The Nexus 4 has an LTE chip on board. It is turned off by default.... It can be turned on... But it doesn't exactly work on every network in every location... lol

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acarzt:

"The Nexus 4 lacks LTE, and if that's a huge deal to you, be sure to take that into account,"

The Nexus 4 has an LTE chip on board. It is turned off by default.... It can be turned on... But it doesn't exactly work on every network in every location... lol

Yep I thought that was really odd as well.  From what I read it will only work on T-Mobiles band 4 once they get it running.  Maybe it was just an inside deal with T-Mobile?

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