LG G2: Perfect fit

Written by Sudhir Chowdhary | Updated: Nov 14 2013, 14:42pm hrs
LG G2LG G2, is generating a lot of excitement in the gadgets industry.
If you have been paying attention to the new arrivals in the mobile phone segment over the past few months, you will have seen that devices by Apple, BlackBerry, HTC, Sony and Samsung have managed to captures people imagination with form, function and decent specifications. LG Group, a major South Korean chaebol (family-run industrial group) that maintains core businesses in electronics, chemicals, and telecommunications, also managed to generate a bit of a buzz now and then. As somebody closely monitoring mobile phone and tablet markets on a regular basis, let me state that LG has brought a lot of innovation to the mobile world and its latest offering, LG G2, is generating a lot of excitement in the gadgets industry. It is one of the most appealing Android phone I have seen this year, with an amazing screen, incredible power and a fantastic battery life. The phone retails for R41,500.

Of all the recently-launched phones, the G2 is unique in the sense that it comes with a fresh design idea; it has buttons on the back. Yes, you read it right. The phones physical buttons for power on and off and volume controls are located on the back of the device, right next to the camera. The rationale being that rear-key placement is apt for intuitive finger usage. I personally believe that this rear-key placement is where it always should have been; most convenient and natural position for your finger. After all, our fingers always come to rest in this position when we are talking on the phone.

In terms of usage, the more you interact with the G2, the better your experience will be. Its packed with features that give you more control over your interconnected lifestyle. The phones 5.2-inch full high definition IPS display gives you superior visual experience with true-to-nature colours, sharp text, high-definition details, and a cinema-like 16:9 aspect ratio. Its rich, 423 pixels-per-inch resolution shows off every detail, and its IPS display gives lifelike colour representation without any eye strain. In my view, the IPS screen on the G2 is a real beauty. Its pin-sharp and pleasingly vibrant.

The G2 features a super-high resolution 13 megapixel camera that is enhanced by optical image stabilisation (OIS) technology. OIS stabilises the focusmeaning its great for action shots or low-light situationswhile photos and videos are taken. Plus, multi-points AF hones in on multiple faces or moving objects with nine AF points, while super resolution lets you zoom in closer without losing quality to ensure detailed images with eight times the normal zoom. For blemish-free images, G2s camera lens is protected by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass, the second strongest material after the diamond. In my usage, the results were impressive, with the camera able to pick out detail and colour with uncanny accuracy. It also performs well in dimly lit locations.

The G2s 3,000 mAh battery gives fantastic life to the device, so you can keep going all day. The shape of the phone is thinner with round smooth edges for an optimised grip. Thus, the battery is constructed as a step design, in order to fill the dead space created by the sloping edges. This gives G2 the ability to maximise capacity within the devices flexible design. Plus, the added GRAM chipset saves battery life with 20% less power consumption.

Talking about the hardware, let me say that the phone comes with incredible power for extreme multitasking. Be it for watching video or playing games, browsing the internet or juggling multiple apps with zero lag time, the devices 2.26 GHz quad-core processor featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset will never let you down. By dividing tasks efficiently between its four cores, G2 can easily run multiple processors at once, delivering upto a 50% increase in graphics performance and faster CPU speeds, LG officials claim.

Here are a few more features which stand out. You can just knock twice on G2 to gently wake your phones display without picking it up or pressing the power key. G2 senses the gesture and turns the display on, courtesy its KnockON feature. Then, there is an Audio Zoom feature which lets you zero in on a specific audio source by zooming in on your subject while recording video. Afterwards, you can hear it more clearly during playback. This unique feature uses three stereo mikes, which amplify sound from the specified angle and de-emphasise the surrounding noise, so you can zoom in on the sounds you want to hear, and tune out those you don't.

Another feature that deserves a mention is QSlide. This brings a PC-like experience to the G2, with the ability to view three windows at once on t he display. With this feature, you can open two QSlide apps over your main screen, and even adjust their window size and transparency. I am sure this feature will appeal to working professionals in their everyday life.

There are a lot of smartphones out there now, but the G2 is a clear winner with its amazing screen, incredible power and a fantastic battery life. Nice work from LG!

Specifications

*Dimensions: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm

*Display: 5.2-inch Full HD IPS

(1080 x 1920 pixels)

*Processor: 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

*Display brightness: 423 ppi

*Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2

*RAM: 2 GB LPDDR3 800 MHz

*Camera: 13 MP (rear); 2.1 MP (front)

*Memory: 32 GB/16 GB

*Battery: 3,000mAh

Estimated street price: Rs 41,500