- Editor's Rating
- Supreme dynamic range, color vivacity and screen sharpness
- High level of multitasking is supported
- Entirely fluid performance
- Photograph quality
- Noninventive design
- Lack of contrast durability when exposed to direct sunlight
- Poor video recording results
Quick TakeThe LG Optimus G Pro is an excellent contender in the "phablet" market, giving the Galaxy Note line a run for its money.
The LG Optimus G Pro is the successor to last year’s LG Optimus G and is a phablet smartphone – meaning it bridges the gap between a smartphone and tablet with a 5-inch display. Brighthand spent some time with the device and called it an “absolute winner,” noting everyone who buys it will be pleased. Brighthand said the Optimus G Pro gives Samsung’s Galaxy Note II a run for its money, but notes there is still room for improvement. The Optimus G Pro is available on AT&T’s network for $200 with a two-year commitment.
The Optimus G Pro measures 150 x 76 x9.4mm and weighs 172 grams. Most users will need to use two hands to operate the smartphone. Brighthand said the device has a premium feeling with traditional design and noted its “robust, convincing and solid craftsmanship.\” The Optimus G Pro has a 5.5-inch True HD IPS Plus display with 401 dpi Full HD resolution. Brighthand called it the best imaging among top smartphones and noted the sharp imaging with excellent contrast, but said it was difficult to use in direct sunlight. The touchscreen can also be used when wearing gloves. There is a loudspeaker above the display, home back and menu keys under the display, an LED indicator light, programmable Q-slide, volume controls, power key, audio jack, microUSB and IR transmitter.
Running on a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with four Kriat 300 cores, the Optimus G Pro also features Adreno 320 graphics, 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded to up to 64GB via a microSD card. Brighthand noted the Optimus G Pro runs all tasks fluidly with no lag. The smartphone runs the Android 4.1.2 Jellybean operating system overlaid by the LG Optimus user interface. Preinstalled software allows the Optimus G Pro to record using both the front and rear-facing cameras at the same time. It also supports multitasking with a second screen like a television, which Brighthand was particularly impressed with. Brighthand noted the Optimus UI is less invasive than the HTC Sense UI or Samsung TouchWiz UI.
Brighthand found the 13-megapixel rear-facing camera to provide good image quality, but poor video quality, noting it loses many of the fine details in video mode. The device also has a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The Optimus G Pro comes with a spare battery in some markets with a docking station, and Brighthand notes the excellent display affects power consumption more than the software or other usages.
Overall, Brighthand was extremely impressed with the LG Optimus G Pro, calling it the “best ‘phablet’ on the market. Brighthand was thrilled with the display, support for multitasking, photo quality and performance, but thinks LG could improve the design and video recording capabilities. In the end, Brighthand found the LG Optimus G Pro is a good smartphone “for anyone in need of a big and powerful cell phone – for businesses, as well as entertainment.”