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LG Optimus G review

An awesome phone, but a little too late?

Our Verdict

If the Optimus G had landed last year, it would be a stand-out. In 2013, it risks being lost in the pack.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 32 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 13 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 15 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 768
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Stunning IPS screen Fast CPU
  • Miracast screen sharing
  • Cool, unique LG apps

Against

  • Faceless design
  • Average camera
  • No expandable storage
  • Some annoying software quirks

LG smartphones have always been at the forefront of media codec support, and the Optimus G is no exception. It can play Mp4, DivX, WMV and H.264 video files and huge range of audio including FLAC.

LG Optimus G - True Grit

This is more important now than before, as the Optimus G has the potential to be your home media server, to a certain degree. Incorporating the latest Miracast wireless streaming protocol, the Optimus can stream media to a Miracast compatible TV or monitor.

Of course, being a new protocol means that most TVs in living rooms won't support Miracast now, so LG is selling an HDMI dongle to bridge the gap.

As easy as Apple

This is a remarkably easy to use technology, not unlike Apple's AirPlay. Once connected, the Optimus G can stream 1080p video content to a TV, and better still, you can continue to use the phone while the content streams in the background.

If you don't want to watch a movie, you can use Miracast to share your phone's screen wirelessly with a larger display. This is a great solution for road warriors who want to conduct presentations off of their phones rather than a laptop.

It isn't great for gaming, though. Despite sounding like the perfect way to get Real Racing 3 on to your TV, there is just a little too much latency in the Miracast connection to interact with a fast-moving game.

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
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density320 ppi
Height131.9 mm
Width68.9 mm
Depth8.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
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

NEXT GENERATION QUAD CORE SMARTPHONE

Optimus G powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro APQ8064 processor, delivers a superior mobile experience for web browsing, games, user interfaces, graphics applications and longer battery life.

MASTERPIECE DESIGN WITH 'CRYSTAL REFLECTION FINISH

The Zerogap Touch offers an immersive and real touch sensing experience. Also, the Zerogap Touch reduced the thickness of the display for a slimmest design and sharpest viewing, even outside.The smooth metallic highlights, which was possible through the Laser Cut Contour, also offers a clean finish of simplicity with a unibody form.