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LG Optimus G review

An awesome phone, but a little too late?

If there is one thing the Optimus G does very well, it is browse the web. The default browser borrows heavily from the Google Chrome browser, in its layout and UI, and feels great to use.

LG Optimus G   browser

It has a few neat tweaks all of its own, too. There is a tiny slide-up navigation panel at the bottom of the screen that gives you quick access to Forward and Back controls, Home and Bookmarks. You can leave this panel always on, or slide it down to minimise it.

LG Optimus G   browser tabs

You use a pinch gesture to zoom in and out of content on the page, and the browser can resize and realign text to fit into these new dimensions after zooming in.

Importantly, the Optimus G is 4G network-ready, so if your telco has 4G services set up, the Optimus G might be compatible. In Australia, where we are testing the Optimus G, the handset has regularly speed-tested in excess of 30Mbps, which is faster than you'll even need for a bus trip full of lolcats.

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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