Hey gang, Valkor here. The race for the perfect smartphone is starting to really heat up, with all the majors pulling out all the stops and putting their best foot forward. This round I took a journey to NYC to see what LG has in store. I was a little late for the action, but I was able to get everything I needed to know about the "LG G2" smartphone. While it's doesn't have the plethora of extras as the Galaxy S4, it does have one nifty feature that's small but makes all the difference.
The LG G2 is the latest in the "G" series, which touts the phrases "Learning From You". What exactly does that mean? I believe it means LG has been listening to their customer's wants and needs, and have compiled that info into a smartphone that, for the most part, looks pretty snazzy with some nice features to boot. And check out these specs:
- 5.2" Full HD IPS display
- 13MP OIS Camera/ 2.1MP front-facing
- 2.26GHz Qualcomm®Snapdragon™ 800 featuring quad Krait CPU
- 2GB LPDDR3 RAM 800 MHz
- have an internal storage of 16/32 GB
- Runs on Android Jellybean 4.2.2
- Battery is 3000mAh
Let's take a look at some of those features, shall we?
- Rear Key: This is one of those features that'll make you slap yourself silly for not thinking of it first. Rear Key puts the power and volume control at the center/backside of the phone making it so you don't have to reach around the phone to find either option. Whoever thought of this feature deserves a kiss on the mouth (not from me... maybe...) because it's actually a genius idea. It's well located and button presses are soft and responsive. I know we're treading into review territory, but I truly enjoy this feature.
- Knock Knock: allows you to tap or knock on the screen to see any updates/times/messages etc.
- Slide Aside: For those who like to multitask, Slide Aside lets you to push aside up to three open apps, using a three finger swipe to the left, allowing you to go back to your home page and work on something else. When you're ready to go back you simply slide back to the right to bring up the running apps. I was also shown that after you swipe your items off screen, then turn off all running apps, the items you were using will remain intact and right where you left them. Smart. Very smart.
- QuickRemote: The only remote you'll ever need and works with most major electronics. If the phone doesn't have information of your model of tech, it can learn from it by pointing the specific remote at it. I kinda wanna see that in action.
- Guest Mode - I don't enjoy sharing my phone and I get a little nervous depending on who uses my phone as I wonder what they'll do with it (points a finger at Alacran, who almost made me gay for a day on Facebook - not funny McGee). Guest Mode allows you to input a code, limiting another person's access to what you want them to access.
The LG G2 will be available later this year for the big Four carriers (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile), hopefully in time for the holidays as I'm sure there are many out there who would love to have Santa drop one of these bad boys under their tree. There's other features I didn't go over, but I'll save that for a full on review. Until then check out some additional pics and I'll have more from LG, so stay tuned.