My first take at the new LG G2. I had big hopes for the LG G2 after having a very positive experience owning the LG Optimus G Pro. Well, as expected it had top of the line 2013 specs. Nice 5.2″ display, super slim bezels, fast and being the 2nd Android phone with an OIS lens. But I and many of my friends/family were just utterly disappointed that they decided to not include Micro SD support as well as the removable battery for the international version. This instantly made the G2 a no buy device. Especially the lack of Micro SD slot made the phone far lacking than my previous 16GB G Pro with a 64GB Micro SD card inside or my friend’s S3 with 32GB card etc etc. The fact that the Korean version of the G2 comes with support for both just makes it even worse. Why not for the international version?!?! The extra 400mAh battery capacity is not worth an extra 64GB of storage space and the 32GB version pales in comparison while being more expensive! At least 5 people around me told me they are not going to buy the G2 due to lack of Micro SD support. So whoever made this decision at LG deserves an uppercut.
This is for the people in Australia. (note the [Oz] in the title) I’m sure many know this already but LG Optimus 3D is available for pre-order at Optus website and if you pre-order by tomorrow the 29th, Optus states that you should get it by the 4th of July at the latest.
Quick Summary of specs: (not full specs)
– Android 2.2 Froyo OS (upgradeable to 2.3 soon)
– 4.3″ WVGA resolution 3D-capable LCD (no need for glasses)
– 1GHz Dual-core OMAP4 SoC (Dual core ARM Cortex A9 CPU and SGX540@300MHz GPU)
– 512MB of DDR RAM (half the RAM but double the bandwidth)
– Dual 5MP camera on the back for 3D video recording up to 1080p@24 or photos.
– 8 GB Internal storage + MicroSD support
– HDMI out
Pre-Order here: http://www.optus.com.au/store/phone/lgoptimus3d
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It was a big week this week with MWC being held at Barcelona with many companies announcing their latest and greatest mobile devices. Most devices has specs that were somwhat expected with upgraded screen sizes, processing power etc.
But to me, one device stood out from the rest. LG Optimus 3D.
This Android 2.3 gingerbread phone had some feaures no other companies had anything close to. Glass-free 3D capable 4.3″ LCD and a dual-lense 3D camera that can record up to 720. (1080p in 2D) It also didn’t skimp on the rest of the specs with a dual-core OMAP4 4430 with a faster clocked SGX540. Anandtech benchmarked it against the other big guns from Motorola, Samsung etc and Optimus 3D came out on top.
UPDATE: Pre-order price at UK onlie store clove.co.uk is 429 GBP pre-VAT. Expected release date is mid-April.
Anandtech Optimus 3D benchmark article
Official LG Promotion video
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GSMArena shows the 3D effect even through a low-res youtube video
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Mobileburn got a nice overview of the phone from an LG employee
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Those videos alone are enough for me to drool over. I want it now!
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Not a proper review really. Information is scattered everywhere as I wrote it as it came into mind.
But hopefully it’s still better than nothing for those who are looking to purchase this. =)
I just got two of these for my mum and dad who wanted a cheap phone but also wanted multi-lingual IME for SMS etc and possibility of turn-by-turn GPS and Golf GPS. This phone is one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) brand-name Android phone out there as it costs less than AU$200 outright here in Australia.
It came with Android 1.6. Soon as I took it out of the box, I upgraded it to official Eclair 2.1 OS update. Process went butter smooth.
Resistive screen is actually not bad at all and quite responsive as long as you get used to it or use your nails. It’s no where near as bad as the LG KU990 Viewty phone’s resistive screen and quite close the excellent Nokia N900’s resistive. Resolution is decent for anyone who aren’t heavy web browsers that need the extra space. There is no pinch-to-zoom support due to the nature of resistive touch screen.
I got around 460 for the Quadrant benchmark score. (apparently you can get over 1000 if you use apps2sd and use extra swap partition) Tried Angry Birds and it plays it smoothly enough. So it can handle some gaming just fine.
Camera has a dedicated 2-step shutter button and although small, it’s still better than not having one that’s for sure. I tried out the new Google Navigation while driving and it works extremely well. My dad tried out the golf GPS apps (SkyDroid, GolfShot) and he LOVES it. So that works well also. Amazing to have such features and capability in such a budget phone really.
Overall, phone is as snappy as any other more expensive Android phone in general menu navigation etc. It comes with Korean read/write support out of the box that my parents need. (as well as tons of other international languages) Due to the resistive screen, it also has hand writing options and works very well once you get used to how it recognises your writing.
It just charges off a MicroUSB cable and also uses it for data transfer. No need for special chargers anymore.
I was actually quite surprised at its build quality or its “feel” of it. It looks and feels quite good. Definitely not cheap imo. Especially the pink colour one! It is actually a really nice pink and looks like a much more expensive phone. Very nice.
Anyways, other than having a resistive screen, it’s an excellent quite-capable little Android smartphone that is very affordable. I definitely recommend it for those who are looking for a cheap phone that can do many things more expensive ones can. =)
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