PROS / The Optimus G Pro offers a gorgeous screen and a rich feature set for anyone that wants to go big.
CONS / It's heavier than any other Android phone we reviewed, including one with an even bigger screen.
VERDICT / If you want a highly affordable big-screen phone, The LG Optimus G Pro is a solid choice. It might feel a bit tight in your pocket, but it won't empty your wallet.
The LG Optimus G Pro is a giant of a phone. As LG's response to Samsung's biggest hitters, it offers stunning 1080p resolution on a brilliant display that reaches 5.5 inches from corner to corner. It's the sort of phone that helped coin the term "phablet" for devices that toe the line between smartphones and tablets. But where phablets are usually quite pricey, the Optimus is surprisingly affordable without sacrificing too much performance.
If you're not a fan of big displays, look elsewhere; the Optimus G Pro's screen is its best attribute. Stunningly bright with a diamond-sharp 401ppi pixel density, the phone makes great use of IPS technology to deliver visuals that you can see from any angle, in any lighting situation. Movies look spectacular; the web feels rich and complete; and sharing photos with friends was never such a pleasure.
Of course, you pay for that screen with size and weight: At 6.07 ounces, the Optimus is the heaviest Android Phone we reviewed. Its bulk all but eliminates the possibility of using it with one hand, or quickly tucking it into a back pocket. Should you choose to wrap it in a case, that bulk becomes even more of an issue. If you're in the market for a phablet, you probably won't care, but those concerned about portability should keep its size in mind.
The Optimus packs in the sort of great features you'd expect from a flagship device. For example, both its cameras shoot 1080p video and offer best-in-class megapixel counts: 2.1 megapixels on the front camera, 13 megapixels on the rear. You'll have to make due with digital rather than optical image stabilization, but you likely won't mind the absence; this phone takes beautiful pictures.
Its quad-core, 1.7GHz processor isn't exceptional, but it can handle most of the apps you might throw at it, and its other internal features make up for any slowdown you might experience. With expandable storage, a near field communication chip, a built-in infrared blaster and even an FM tuner, you'll feel like you have the handiest device in the room.
A huge, beautiful screen built into a huge, somewhat clunky phone – that's the LG Optimus G Pro. You wouldn't hold it to your ear and make a phone call; rather, this phablet is tailor-made for watching video, browsing the web and making use of its stunning display. It's not the most portable device in the world, but if you don't mind a bit of extra weight, you'll have a blast with your new, big-screen window into the internet.