PROS / The quad-core, 1.5GHz processor and HD display make this phone great for watching videos and playing games.
CONS / Despite its 4G connectivity, the phone's download speeds and connections are slower and less reliable than other phones.
VERDICT / For long commutes or to kill boredom, the LG Optimus G will be a great companion with its standard processing power.
The LG Optimus G packs as much technology as it can into a thin, sleek smartphone. Although it's not always reliable as a phone, this device rivals many laptop computers and tablets with its beautiful, HD display and powerful processor. If you like to play games or watch HD movies and shows on your phone, the LG Optimus G will be a great fit.
Weighing just over 5 ounces, the LG Optimus G is surprisingly heavy. Fortunately, the phone is thin and comfortable to carry. Built with Corning Gorilla Glass, the display is scratch resistant without forcing you to strain your fingers to press the buttons. The 4.7-inch display features beautiful HD images at 1280 x 768 resolution, a better quality than some television screens.
The LG Optimus G features a beautiful 8MP rear camera. On most smartphones, 8MP cameras result in grainy, pixilated pictures. Somehow, LG is able to optimize for the Optimus and deliver clear images with every shot. The camera can shoot video at a resolution of up to 1920 x 1080. This quality is lost when watching your video on the phone, but if you transfer the video to your HD TV, you'll get to see the fantastic 1080 footage.
While the phone is able to connect to 4G LTE networks, the LG Optimus G drops the connection far too often. If you can manage to stay connected to the 4G network, the browsing and download speeds are decent at best. The phone handles call well enough, and when connected to Bluetooth, the near-field communication signal is strong. For as powerful as this phone is, the unreliable network connections are a disappointment.
The LG Optimus G's battery offers better-than-average performance, able to handle up to 10 hours of talk time on a single charge. The phone is equipped with 16GB of internal storage space, and LG ships the phone with a 16GB memory card for a total of 32GB. You can upgrade the storage space with up to a 64GB memory card.
The standout element of the LG Optimus G is its additional features and incredible power. With a quad-core processor rated at 1.5GHz, your phone will handle any game you download and play. Android 4.0 runs smoothly and makes usage fluid. The phone features many useful apps, like Android Beam and QSlide. With Android Beam, you can transfer the data from your phone to another by holding the phones together and tapping your screen. QSlide allows you to multitask, so if you need to reply to a text message but don't want to pause your movie, both programs appear on the same screen. QSlide takes time getting used to, but it's a useful app if you want to do everything at once. These features and more make the LG Optimus G a great smartphone to show off and use.
The LG Optimus G is a powerful device with a beautiful display. If you plan on playing a lot of games or watching a lot of movies, this phone will handle anything you throw at it and, thanks to QSlide, will let you do multiple things at once. The phone drops its 4G connection far too often and cannot surf the web or download files as quickly as other 4G smartphones. Fortunately, the Optimus G offers enough features to keep you entertained and busy.