The mobile division of LG released its new smartphone today, Wednesday, in New York. The G2 has a 13-mega pixel camera like the Samsung Galaxy S4, running Android 4.2.2 and has a vivid 1080p HD display. The volume rocker and power button are located on the back which may be seen as problematic for some users. These keys sit below the main camera and LED flash.
This is the first globally available handset to boast Qualcomm’s lightning-quick Snapdragon 800 processor for all models and providers, not just a select few. This quad-core CPU clocks in at 2.26GHz with 4G LTE Advanced, with 2GB of RAM. It is available with either 16GB or 32GB.
The G2’s 3,000mAh battery has a reported usage time of up to 1.2 days. That’s a sizable power source considering that the long-lasting Motorola Droid Razr Maxx used a 3,300mAh battery and the upcoming Droid Maxx has a 3,500mAh unit. The 5.2-inch, 1080p IPS LCD display, measures just over 0.3-inch (8mm) thick, and is 5.45 inches tall by 2.79 inches wide.
The black or white handset’s smooth texture makes it prone to fingerprints and smudges. To unlock the G2, simply double tap its touch screen (this is called KnockOn). To lock it and put it back to sleep, tap the display again. Long press the volume-down button on the back to launch the camera, and hold the volume-up key to open LG’s note-taking app, QuickMemo. The G2’s Answer Me function automatically lowers the ringer volume of an incoming call if it senses the handset is being picked up, and it will answer the call when the phone is held next to the user’s face. It also has a QuickRemote function that allows the user to operate the G2 as a remote control device for televisions and other electronic items.
The device will be shipped to more than 130 international carriers in the next eight weeks, beginning with South Korea. Next in the release is North America, Europe, and other key markets. Carriers will announce their own dates one by one.
Unlike the Optimus G Pro (which was only available on AT&T or unlocked), the G2 will be carried by all four major carriers. Gamers will notice the handset’s extra memory muscle when handling graphics, as well as the G2’s blazing fast Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor.
The G2’s absent microSD card slot and embedded battery may be a deal breaker for some users. The phone’s design and operating system keep up with the high standards set by today’s superphones, but doesn’t push past its current rivals.
Technology is changing all the time. The G2 is the latest smartphone today, but may one day be considered old-fashioned.
Forrest L. Rawls