Monday, March 4, 2013

LG Optimus G review: Samsung Galaxy S III, beware

NEW DELHI: LG, the world's third largest phone-maker, has launched its flagship phone Optimus G in India. This smartphone is the inspiration for Google Nexus 4 and has done exceedingly well on various parameters. But it faces fierce competition from rivals like Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X, which have been around for quite some time and have some loyal following in the market. So, does LG Optimus G have what it takes to beat these proven performers and does it deserve a price tag of Rs 30,000 plus? Let's check it out...


LG Optimus G features a 4.7-inch True HD-IPS Plus display with 318ppi pixel density and 1280x768p resolution. It is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor that is supported by 2GB RAM and comes with 32GB internal storage but NO microSD card support. Connectivity features in the Indian version of the phone include NFC, 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0.

The front panel has three capacitive keys below the display, while the LG logo, sensors and secondary camera are located on top. On the right is the Power/Lock key and volume rocker as well as sim-card tray are on the left. The bottom has the mic and microUSB port and the top houses the earphone jack. The back has the 13MP camera with LED flash, speaker grille and the LG logo.

The box comes with a pin that is used to eject the sim-card tray. Without this pin, we resorted to objects like safety pins and board pins and found it quite hard to open the tray. The back panel is non-user removable and encases a 2,100mAh Li-Po battery.


The all-new LG Optimus G is a compact smartphone that fits easily into the palm, despite its sizeable display. In fact, it is about the same size as Samsung Galaxy S II in spite of the noticeable display in screen real estate. The phone appears solid and is easy to grip due to the glass-covered rear. The back panel has a diamond patterned texture beneath the glass that shimmers in light in accordance with the viewing angle. Despite all the good things about the design of the phone, it appears quite industrial and does not evoke much excitement.


The Indian version of LG Optimus G is powered by Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) straight out of the box, unlike the international version that has Ice Cream Sandwich. The software is layered with Optimus UI that adds some nifty functionalities, such as QSlide, orientation change on home screens, Quick Translator, Safety Care, SmartShare etc. The cool Home Screen transition effect is also something we liked.

One feature we would like to talk about is QSlide. It consists of apps that can be accessed directly from the Notifications Bar and hover over the screen, just like Pop Up Play video player in Samsung phones. Here you get apps like Video Player, Memo, Calculator, Calendar and Internet Browser, while more can be downloaded from the Google Play. In Notifications Bar, you also get quick access to 14 commonly used features, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mobile data and silent mode.

If you have an artistic bent of mind, you would probably like QuickMemo; let us illustrate it with an example. If you are browsing the web and find something interesting, you can highlight that part on the screen with QuickMemo and save as well as share it. You can choose various colours, resize the area you wish to edit and even suspend the task and resume it later.

The phone has a feature called Eco Mode that optimises the CPU performance to enhance its battery life, claims LG. Another battery-saving feature is Power Saver, which kicks in when the battery reaches 30% of its capacity and turns off Wi-Fi as well as mobile data and lowers brightness of the display, among other things. Apps other than the Google Suite that come preloaded on LG Optimus G are Polaris Office 4, Task Manager, Video Editor, Video Wiz, Tasks, Notebook, Remote Call Service (for remote diagnosis of the phone in case of some problems), Quick Translator, Dictionary, File Share and Application Manager.


LG Optimus G has a blazingly fast processor that carries out all the tasks effortlessly. It also delivers a stellar performance on benchmark evaluations; on AnTuTu compound test, our unit notched up a score of 18296. This is higher than the 16301 score of Samsung Galaxy S III and 14022 of HTC One X, its two chief rivals in India. On Vellamo benchmark test, LG Optimus G once again did better than the two phones. This phone is the fastest in its league right now and does better than Google Nexus 4 as well.

Camera, Music and Videos:

The 13MP camera of LG Optimus G is a paper tiger and not up to the mark. Despite the high resolution sensor, the images suffer from noise indoors and in low-light conditions. However, photos taken from up close are good and will please consumers. The camera has some cool features; you can just say Cheese and it will take a picture. TimeCatch will take several photos of the object you are focussing at in a burst, and then you can select the best one, a la Nokia Lumia. Optimus G did not deliver images with sufficient details and true colours that are expected from a 13MP unit, but it does render decent white balance to them. However, we felt that the 8MP units of Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X also delivered similar photo quality.

The music player of the phone is quite basic and offers essential functionalities, but nothing too exciting. The audio output was good and the video player ran videos in popular formats without any glitches. You can zoom while playing and recording videos with Optimus G.

Daily usage:

During our review of LG Optimus G, we were quite happy with its performance and especially impressed by its snappy processor. The add-ons by LG (like QSlide and QuickMemo) added to the functionality of the phone. The size of the phone and viewing angles as well as contrast were good too. However, the sunlight legibility of the phone was disappointing and the camera - in spite of being good - did not impress us because of a 13MP sensor with 8MP performance. Battery easily lasted around 13hours with a mix of gaming, internet browsing, voice and video calling, messaging etc when Eco Mode and Power Saver were turned on.


The chief rivals of LG Optimus G are Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X. The former has enjoyed a great run in all markets including India, whereas the latter is equally potent despite not-so-impressive sales. The biggest advantage that Optimus G has over the two is its processor, which is the chart topper in this segment. The software customisations of Galaxy S III are better, but Optimus G has enough to offer as well.

Last words:

LG Optimus G is a powerful phone that will serve buyers well, but they may have to compromise with poor screen legibility and industrial looks with this phone. It will certainly be the best buy for those who do not want to be identified with the crowd of people touting Samsung's current flagship. Moreover, buyers will never feel they are missing out on anything with this phone. The fact that it is the inspiration for Google Nexus 4 speaks volumes for LG's new smartphone as well. However, LG has a lot of catching up to do in terms of market strategy if it wants to beat Galaxy S III sales.

What we like:

Powerful processor
Compact size
Good battery life

What we don't like:

Poor sunlight legibility
Average camera performance
Industrial looks

Price: Rs 30,990

Key specs:

Display: 4.7-inch True HD-IPS Plus touchscreen with 318ppi pixel density, 1280x768p resolution;
Operating system: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with Optimus UI;
Processor & RAM: 1.5GHz Krait processor & 2GB RAM;
Storage: 32GB in-built memory;
Connectivity: 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0;
Camera: 13MP camera with LED flash on the back and 1.3MP unit in front; and
Battery: 2,100mAh Li-Po 

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