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LG G2

8.4/10 AVG.
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8.4/10
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The LG G2 currently has an Informr score of 8.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 49 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Beautiful display
  • Great camera
  • 1080p video at 60 frames per second
  • Plenty of power to age well

What's bad

  • No microSD card
  • Non-removable battery
  • Materials feel cheap
  • Weak loudspeaker

Much like it's predecessor, the LG Optimus G, the G2 pushes the specs of Android devices to the max. With a 2.3-gigahertz quad-core processor, 5.2-inch 1080p display, 13-megapixel camera and 2GB of RAM, the phone is ready for anything you might throw at it. Coupled this power with a sleek design and the phone is certainly near the top of the pack for next-gen smartphones. GSMArena described the phone best as a “beautiful monster.”

Packing all of these features into a light, compact smartphone required LG to break the mold when it comes to case design. To keep the phone as thin as possible, the power and volume buttons were placed on the back of the phone. While this takes a little time to get used to, it works quite well. A combination of long presses and short presses provide a variety of shortcuts to phone features. Hubert Nguyen of Ubergizmo said, “It is not as strange as it may appear. Unlike most smartphones today, it is a completely ambidextrous system so lefties will be happy.”

Another useful feature is Knockon. Tap the screen twice and the phone wakes up. Speaking of screens, the 1080p IPS LCD display is stunning and does not suffer from the outdoor visibility issues of many of its AMOLED counterparts.

Unfortunately, there are a few concerns to keep in mind about the G2. Though the curves and case design of the phone are pretty, the phone has a cheap, plastic feel when handled. The high-gloss case and screen are prone to fingerprints and smudges as well. While the 3,000-mAh battery offers respectable battery life, it is not removable. For the power users out there, this means carrying a phone charger with you and hunting for charging ports.

Brian Klug of Anandtech summed up the G2 well when he said, “It's built on a great platform, with great battery life and includes a number of design decisions that show honest to goodness innovative thinking on LG's part.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.26 GHz
Screen Size
5.2"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Notebookcheck

Were it not for the hardware keys on the backside of the device, you would be surprised to learn that the G2 and its mini-version were from the same product line.

- Daniel Schuster, Notebookcheck
Good Housekeeping

Though it doesn’t do anything exceedingly novel, the LG G2 is a solid phone that performed among the best on many of our lab tests. With top-notch processing power and an eye-catching 5.2” display that is great for consuming media, the G2 is a solid Android choice.

- Good Housekeeping team, Good Housekeeping
BitBitByte

You see, if all you care about is stock Android and timely updates, the LG isn’t the best phone for you. If, however, you’re also looking for other things such as battery life, a camera that doesn’t suck and some (at times) genuinely useful software additions, the LG G2 is quite th...

- Mike Norris, BitBitByte
BitBitByte

That title will either resonate well with you or get discarded as a load of B.S. You see, if all you care about is stock Android and timely updates, the LG isn’t the best phone for you. If, however, you’re also looking for other things such as battery life, a camera that doesn’t su...

- Mike Norris, BitBitByte
PhoneArena

As I'm readying my Nexus 4 for its upcoming return to service, I couldn't help but return to this piece one last time for a proper conclusion. Whether you'll like a certain phone or not is predicated upon a confusing myriad of intertwining and sometimes downright conflicting collection of factors. A...

- Chris P., PhoneArena


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


LG released the G2 on September 12, 2013.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG G2 user manual here.


LG backs up the G2 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your G2 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5.2"

The LG G2's screen size is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.26 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.26 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0.2 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3000 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 1501 minutes, 682 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

LG G2 Specs

Overview
Release date September 12, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/850/900/1800 /2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev. A, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0.2 Lollipop)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.26 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.81 W/kg
Body: 1.06 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 711 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 682 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 642 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1501 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 29 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.8 x 7.1 x 0.9 cm (5.4 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 155 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 423 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Self-timer, White balance, Exposure compensation, HDR, Voice activation
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, DivX, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG D802

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Critic Reviews


Notebookcheck

Can't fill its big brother's shoes

from Notebookcheck

LG follows the "mini model" trend with the release of their G2 Mini, a shrunken down version of their G2 flagship. As is also true of other manufacturers like HTC or Samsung, LG puts very different hardware in their mini smartphone. To date, only Sony has managed to clothe the hardware at work in their full-size Xperia Z1 with a smaller garment (Z1 Compact). In our review device's case, the term "mini" is not quite as applicable, as the G2 Mini still has a 4.7-inch display (G2: 5.2-inches). Despite its relatively large display, LG neglected to outfit their device with HD resolution. The smartphone's quad-core SoC is produced by Qualcomm and answers to the name Snapdragon 400 MSM8926...

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LG follows the "mini model" trend with the release of their G2 Mini, a shrunken down version of their G2 flagship. As is also true of other manufacturers like HTC or Samsung, LG puts very different hardware in their mini smartphone. To date, only Sony has managed to clothe the hardware at work in their full-size Xperia Z1 with a smaller garment (Z1 Compact). In our review device's case, the term "mini" is not quite as applicable, as the G2 Mini still has a 4.7-inch display (G2: 5.2-inches). Despite its relatively large display, LG neglected to outfit their device with HD resolution. The smartphone's quad-core SoC is produced by Qualcomm and answers to the name Snapdragon 400 MSM8926.

The difference between the 5.2-inch G2 and the smaller model is big -- very big. Were it not for the hardware buttons on the backside of the device, the G2 Mini could easily be confused with the LG L90. On the plus side, the smartphone has expandable memory and a removable battery -- features that the G2 clearly lacks. The G2 Mini is currently available online for 289 Euros (~$395). The LG L90 is around 80 Euros (~$110) cheaper at the moment. Because the difference between the two models is barely noticeable, we recommend taking a closer look at the L90 or the Moto G, unless the G2 Mini's LTE module is a deciding factor. 

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Good Housekeeping

A great all-around phone

from Good Housekeeping

Though it doesn’t do anything exceedingly novel, the LG G2 is a solid phone that performed among the best on many of our lab tests. With top-notch processing power and an eye-catching 5.2” display that is great for consuming media, the G2 is a solid Android choice.

Read full review

Though it doesn’t do anything exceedingly novel, the LG G2 is a solid phone that performed among the best on many of our lab tests. With top-notch processing power and an eye-catching 5.2” display that is great for consuming media, the G2 is a solid Android choice.

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BitBitByte

All around beast

from BitBitByte

You see, if all you care about is stock Android and timely updates, the LG isn’t the best phone for you. If, however, you’re also looking for other things such as battery life, a camera that doesn’t suck and some (at times) genuinely useful software additions, the LG G2 is quite the contender. It’s 90% of the Nexus 5 with a better battery and camera, if another view is needed. And if you’re somewhat versed in the world of rooting and custom ROMs, the G2 then jumps ahead of the Nexus 5 as it has access to all of the stock Android you could want with the notable improvements in hardware noted above...

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You see, if all you care about is stock Android and timely updates, the LG isn’t the best phone for you. If, however, you’re also looking for other things such as battery life, a camera that doesn’t suck and some (at times) genuinely useful software additions, the LG G2 is quite the contender. It’s 90% of the Nexus 5 with a better battery and camera, if another view is needed. And if you’re somewhat versed in the world of rooting and custom ROMs, the G2 then jumps ahead of the Nexus 5 as it has access to all of the stock Android you could want with the notable improvements in hardware noted above.

While it’s been revealed that LG has sold far less G2s than they planned for, the fact remains that the price ($100-$200 on a two year contract) combined with class leading specs and awesome battery life make this an easy recommendation to most Android users, and easily one of my favorite Android devices ever. LG has a winner (albeit a sleeper) on their hands. 

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BitBitByte

Possibly the best Android phone on the market

from BitBitByte

That title will either resonate well with you or get discarded as a load of B.S. You see, if all you care about is stock Android and timely updates, the LG isn’t the best phone for you. If, however, you’re also looking for other things such as battery life, a camera that doesn’t...More

That title will either resonate well with you or get discarded as a load of B.S. You see, if all you care about is stock Android and timely updates, the LG isn’t the best phone for you. If, however, you’re also looking for other things such as battery life, a camera that doesn’t suck and some (at times) genuinely useful software additions, the LG G2 is quite the contender. It’s 90% of the Nexus 5 with a better battery and camera, if another view is needed. And if you’re somewhat versed in the world of rooting and custom ROMs, the G2 then jumps ahead of the Nexus 5 as it has access to all of the stock Android you could want with the notable improvements in hardware noted above.

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PhoneArena

It is likely one of the very best packages on the market right now

from PhoneArena

As I'm readying my Nexus 4 for its upcoming return to service, I couldn't help but return to this piece one last time for a proper conclusion. Whether you'll like a certain phone or not is predicated upon a confusing myriad of intertwining and sometimes downright conflicting collection of factors...More

As I'm readying my Nexus 4 for its upcoming return to service, I couldn't help but return to this piece one last time for a proper conclusion. Whether you'll like a certain phone or not is predicated upon a confusing myriad of intertwining and sometimes downright conflicting collection of factors. And it gets even worse when you have to choose from a wealth of options, as is the case in the upstream niche for smartphones. If my notes above weren't conclusive enough for you, then perhaps some of the most common questions I've been asked about the LG G2 will give you some further insight.

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Macnn

Fast Android phone with solid build quality

from Macnn

LG has made a solid flagship device, but it is questionable whether that is sufficient in a time when two companies make all of the profit and account for about half of all units shipped worldwide. This, of course, led the company to stick its volume and lock buttons on the back of the device, a...More

LG has made a solid flagship device, but it is questionable whether that is sufficient in a time when two companies make all of the profit and account for about half of all units shipped worldwide. This, of course, led the company to stick its volume and lock buttons on the back of the device, a novel but perplexing choice. Despite that choice, and despite the underwhelming features LG painted atop Android, we would still recommend the device.

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UnleashThePhones

It’s got a gorgeous screen, great camera, it’s smooth and quick

from UnleashThePhones

No matter which way you look at it, the LG G2 is a pretty solid flagship phone. It’s got a gorgeous screen, great camera, it’s smooth and quick thanks to the Snapdragon 800 processor, and it’s still slim and portable enough to slim into your jeans. Granted, I havent been a huge...More

No matter which way you look at it, the LG G2 is a pretty solid flagship phone. It’s got a gorgeous screen, great camera, it’s smooth and quick thanks to the Snapdragon 800 processor, and it’s still slim and portable enough to slim into your jeans. Granted, I havent been a huge fan of LG’s phones in the past. I havent ‘hated’ any of their phones but I never thought they really stood out, mostly because of either the design, or the software. With the G2, LG has done a really, really great job, and it admittedly came as quite as a suprise to me.

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The Mobile Indian

It is different

from The Mobile Indian

The LG G2 is a smartphone that doesn't involve any gimmick like blowing air or waving the hand over the front camera to unlock the phone. After a long time we are seeing a phone that shows off decent innovations which are high on the utility front. LG has done some great work on the design by introducing the Lock/Volume key at the back...

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The LG G2 is a smartphone that doesn't involve any gimmick like blowing air or waving the hand over the front camera to unlock the phone. After a long time we are seeing a phone that shows off decent innovations which are high on the utility front. LG has done some great work on the design by introducing the Lock/Volume key at the back.

Its display is quite good and even the camera will not disappoint you. A couple of issues with the device are that it is a fingerprint magnet and that the loud speaker is not really loud.

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Coolsmartphone

As high end and high spec as you’d expect

from Coolsmartphone

The LG G2 is a great phone, with a bit of fiddling it’s an amazing phone, with a bit of hacking it would be an astounding phone. It’s just the normal person buying one of these won’t probably be able to even turn off some of the unnecessary features. Which will more than likely leave them wishing they had bought a Galaxy S4, HTC One or the Nexus 5 instead...

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The LG G2 is a great phone, with a bit of fiddling it’s an amazing phone, with a bit of hacking it would be an astounding phone. It’s just the normal person buying one of these won’t probably be able to even turn off some of the unnecessary features. Which will more than likely leave them wishing they had bought a Galaxy S4, HTC One or the Nexus 5 instead.

I’m not sure what LG could have done to make the G2 a better phone, it is the ideal size, the spec is amazing, in my eyes the build quality and design is pretty cool, leaving only a few details like Micro SD, Wireless charging, less software “enhancements”, an even better camera and a wide range of colours (bright yellow) being the only options to improve the G2.

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Gadget Review

A great choice that pushes smartphone tech forward three steps, but still takes a step back

from Gadget Review

The LG G2 is a wholly impressive smartphone. It has a few setbacks; a weaker than expected cell antenna, a battery that’s decent but not as good as it should be considering the capacity, and some nifty new features that aren’t fully thought out. It’s also one of the most powerfu...More

The LG G2 is a wholly impressive smartphone. It has a few setbacks; a weaker than expected cell antenna, a battery that’s decent but not as good as it should be considering the capacity, and some nifty new features that aren’t fully thought out. It’s also one of the most powerful Android smartphones on the market, has a beautiful 5.2-inch display that’s perfect for viewing media, and its a clear step forward for the industry. Few phones can claim as much; heck, I’m having difficulty saying the same for the iPhone 5s. The G2 is, without a doubt, a phone you’ll love for at least two years.

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User Reviews


celeb

I love this phone beacause its simply the best

The good, the bad and the ugly

I have the LG G2 for a month now. It takes some time to like it, but I love it now. Initially I was looking for a Nexus 5, since I like the idea of having a concept phone with a clean Android OS. Basically the LG G2 is the same phone, minus the clean Android OS (bad?), but with a lot more battery life...More
I have the LG G2 for a month now. It takes some time to like it, but I love it now. Initially I was looking for a Nexus 5, since I like the idea of having a concept phone with a clean Android OS. Basically the LG G2 is the same phone, minus the clean Android OS (bad?), but with a lot more battery life (good!). All in all, it turns out to be a good compromise. Android KitKat still runs fluently, the additions LG made are not bothering, and the battery life is truly great. One thing must be said. The back of the phone... Ouch. Not beautiful (some might even say ugly). Where did that come from...? Of course looks are not everything, but this wonderful combination of great specs, hardware and screen deserves a better finishing, than this glossy plastic... Small hint: Case Mate has a Tough Case, that works well and looks good on the LG G2. Less

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