- Editor's Rating
- Great screen
- Fast performance
- NFC tags included
- Disappointing camera
- No MicroSD card slot on the Sprint version
- HDMI only via MHL connection
- Non-removable battery
Quick TakeNot a bad device, but one that fails to live up to its potential.
The LG Optimus G is a good, but underwhelming, smartphone. Available from both Sprint and AT&T, the phone has a suggested retail price of $200 with a 2-year contract, at the time of the review. The device has a minimalistic design with the back, front and rear panel coated with glass, which Brighthand notes makes the phone slippery and easier to drop and break. The phone also features just one micro USB connector and no HDMI output, battery cover or access to a SIM or memory card.
The screen has a 1280×768 resolution which Brighthand noted has \”great brightness, sharpness and good quality colors.\” The phone also comes with a quad-core processor, which is rare for phones available in the U.S. but Brighthand noted the performance of the processor was \”surprisingly inconsistent.\” The LG Optimus G received a 6144 on the Quadrant benchmark test, which is only 20 percent more than well-performing phones with a dual-core processor. The Sprint model of the phone, which is the one Brighthand reviewed, comes with 32GB of internal storage, 25GB of which is available out of the box, but the AT&T model comes with 16 GB of internal storage, which can be upgraded to a 32GB or 64GB memory card ? an option that\’s not available for the Sprint model.
The LG Optimus G runs on an Android 4.0.4 operating system. Brighthand noted that an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jellybean is in the pipeline, but it is uncertain when it will be available at the time of the review. The phone supports Sprint\’s LTE network, but Brighthand noted that very few cities are enabled with the network, meaning most users will rely on the 3G coverage. The camera is another feature of the device that varies between carriers. The Sprint model features a 13 megapixel camera, while the AT&T camera is 8 megapixels. Brighthand found the quality of the 13 megapixel camera reviewed to be poor with \”a not very crisp focus, weak performance in anything other than broad daylight, excessive noise and a tendency to lose sharp edges and textures.\” The device has a 2100 mAh battery, which Brighthand found to have a decent life.
Overall, Brighthand found the LG Optimus G to be a good smartphone, noting it is fast, has lots of storage, a good screen and decent battery life, but noted the quad-core processor and 13 megapixels are supposed to be the selling points of the device and they \”seriously fail to impress\” and \”without those, there isn\’t really much to recommend it over other more noteworthy devices.\”