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LG Optimus G review

An awesome phone, but a little too late?

Though it has big numbers associated with it, the 13-megapixel camera is probably the most disappointing aspect of the Optimus G. If anything, 13-megapixels just means a few million more pixels in each digital mess this camera produces.

OK, digital mess might be taking it a bit far. The Optimus G does take reasonably nice photos on bright sunny days: so long as there isn't a strong light source behind the subject and your hands are still to assist the auto-focus.

LG Optimus G   cam test 1

Beyond these perfect photo opportunity, the Optimus G will struggle. In decent indoor lighting you will probably have a 50% chance at a photo you'd choose to keep, but the auto-focus is a constant concern.

LG Optimus G   cam test 2

Mixed lighting conditions bring the camera in the Optimus G to its knees. Subtle differences in light often result in poor shots, while a strong light source in frame will ruin any photo. We attempted to take several shots at a football match, but the stadium lights bloom like firecrackers.

LG Optimus G   cam test 3

LG Optimus G   cam test 4

The camera has plenty of software tircks and gimmicks though; obviously where LG spent the bulk of their development in this area. There is a burst shot mode that lets you choose your favourite shot from a small collection, there is the ability to take selfies by screaming "cheese" and there is even a feature that takes several shots before you press the shutter in case you miss that perfect moment.

Ultimately, these features mean little when the photos end up looking so average anyway.

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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