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LG Optimus G review

An awesome phone, but a little too late?

As with calling, messaging and email are delivered without surprise, even though these apps have been redesigned from Google's spec by the LG team.

The Messaging app benefits from having a number of user-selected skins that can change the look and feel of the app entirely. Some are fun, others are more business-like, catering to a range of tastes and purposes.

LG Optimus G   message skins

One annoyance with LG's design is that it has removed the 'back' button from within the message window, so that when you finish reading and replying to a message there is no way to return to the inbox. You can press the 'Back' on the handset's virtual navigation keys, but this will exit the app if you enter the app straight into a message, ie: from the notification panel.

The Email app has a similar problem, but we did find a "back to inbox" option hidden away in the menu.

LG includes its own keyboard design into the mix, too, replacing the default Android layout and side-stepping a third-party option like Swype. This keyboard is pretty easy to use, and has its own continous letter tracing input option (like Swype) but it is far less accurate and has a few annoying quirks too.

LG Optimus G   keyboard

In particular, we dislike how when you press on an auto-correct error you aren't given the choices that were there when typing the word. Most other Android keyboards do this, but with the LG keyboard you have to manually delete the word and start again.

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
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