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LG Optimus G review

An awesome phone, but a little too late?

While we don't love the way the UI on the Optimus G looks, we do love how it works. This is one genuinely fast smartphone, powered by a new(ish) quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5GHz and with 2GB RAM in support.

This speed and power is noticeable across the entire user experience, from the smooth and fluid animation, the fast app switching to the fact that the phone can essentially display three apps at one time.

LG Optimus G   Qslide

That's right: three apps at once.

This is a feature LG calls QSlide. Basically there are a half-dozen QSlide enabled apps, including a browser, calendar, calculator, note-taker and video player. These apps can be launched over the time of any other app on the phone, and using sliders, the transparancy for these mini-apps can be adjusted so that everything onscreen is visible all at once.

For example, you could have a YouTube video open a Chrome browser window, while you scan a favourite website on the QSlide browser. Or you could be watching a video at 50% opacity while playing Candy Crush Saga underneath it.

Apparently this feature is big in Korea where DVB-H TV broadcasts are common and people are reluctant to miss a moment of their soap operas while replying to text messages. For the rest of us, it is a neat trick, but not something we found we used besides testing it.

LG include a 2100mAh capacity battery with the Optimus G, which is a decent sized battery, without being amazing. Battery life during our tests was 4.5-hours continuous web browsing on a Wi-Fi connection -- which is pretty good. Anecdotally, we saw a solid day's worth of battery during the business week, but no more.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
SAR Value0.43 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOptimus G
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution13 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time15 Hour
Product ModelE975
Screen Size11.9 cm (4.7")
Screen Resolution1280 x 768
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)145 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density320 ppi
Front Camera Resolution1.3 Megapixel
Height131.9 mm
Width68.9 mm
Depth8.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time335 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameOptimus G E975 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon S4
Product LineOptimus G
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberE975.AITABL
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

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