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LG Optimus G review

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LG Optimus G
LG Optimus G
LG Optimus G
LG Optimus G
LG Optimus G

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The LG Optimus G currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 37 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The LG Optimus G is one of the slimmest smartphones ever produced, and yet it’s also one of the most powerful. If you ask LG to describe it in two words or less, “crown jewel” is probably the best you’ll get.

And it is quite valuable indeed. Its design was the basis for one of Google’s own flagship phones, the Nexus 4. Its main features include a 4.7-inch HD touchscreen display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. It comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed and is scheduled to be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the future. There’s no question that it’s one of the most feature-rich Android handsets out on the market at the moment. And it doesn’t hurt that it looks mighty fine, too.

It’s clear that LG worked very hard to deliver as many great features as possible to its customers with the Optimus G. It tends to get hot fairly quickly during usage, but that’s because it comes with one of the most powerful mobile processors ever created. If you’re inclined to give LG a shot and are looking to make the Optimus G your main device, prepare for your expectations to be met.

Need to Know: LG Optimus G

1. Runs on one of the fastest and most powerful mobile processors ever created. (The Good)

2. Uses a 4.7-inch 1280x720 HD screen in an 8mm thin casing. (The Good)

3. Doesn’t come with Jelly Bean as the default OS. (The Bad)

4. Battery life could be longer. (The Bad)

Operating system
Operating system
1.5 GHz
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
13+ MP
13+ MP
2100 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

GSM Dome
GSM Dome

Overall, we give this handset an 8.7 out of 10 for design, a 9 for hardware, a 9 for OS and UI, for a total of 8.9 out of 10. It’s still a very good phone, but LG is very close to launching a flagship to follow this unit. The advatange is that its price will probably drop more soon.

- James A., GSM Dome

If your looking for a well rounded handset, with a great camera, great design and a unique Android Skin with some very useful additions, then the LG Optimus G is for you! Sadly, if you’re looking to get a device upgradeable to Jelly Bean 4.2.x, then maybe take a look at the Nexus 4, as LG has stated...

- Michael Faro-Tusino, UnleashThePhones

The LG Optimus G is a wonderful device for both carriers. Each has its small differences, but they’re both great. You can expect insanely fast performance, a beautiful display, solid software that won’t disappoint, and a premium feel. However, the fragility of the glass is an issue you must consider...

- Dima Aryeh, DroidDog
Tech Ticker
Tech Ticker

Does getting an LG Optimus G make sense considering the breed of next-generation smartphones are just around the corner? Admittedly, LG is a bit late to the party but Optimus G is a formidable device. It packs some serious performance and gives a run for its money to devices like Galaxy S III that c...

- Kunal Gangar, Tech Ticker
The Mobile Indian
The Mobile Indian

Everything boils down to this one final moment: is the device really worth its price? The Optimus G is a powerful device and we would not call it an over priced one. It costs between Rs 33,000 to Rs 36,000 in the Indian market. It offers superb performance, a brilliant display and great battery back...

- Rahul Gupta, The Mobile Indian

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Common Questions

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

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

If your Optimus G 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

The LG Optimus G's screen size is 4.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 Quad-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2100 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 930 minutes, 315 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Optimus G Specs

Release Date November 2, 2012
Regions Available Canada
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 Quad-core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.67 W/kg
Body: 1.22 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
13+ Megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
1+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 436 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 315 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 930 minutes
Standby Time Up to 14 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.2 x 6.9 x 0.8 cm (5.2 x 2.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 145 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Themes: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: OTA
DLNA Support: Yes
Audio Formats: MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: No
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Wi-fi Encryption: WEP/WPA/WPA2
Viewable document types: DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps: -
Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): LG E970

16GB microSD card included
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