According to a recent report issued by Consumer Reports there is a new phablet in town. LG's newest flagship handset the LG Optimus G Pro (exclusive to AT&T) is a noteworthy competitor to Samsung's popular Galaxy Note II.
The new handset is essentially a LG Optimus G with a 5.5-inch (400 ppi) display. Measuring in at 5.9 x 3 x 0.4 inches, the LG Optimus G Pro is slightly more compact than Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which measures 6 x 3.2 x 0.4 inches. As with the slimmer form factor the Optimus G Pro weights slightly less than Note II weighing in at 6.1 ounces compared to 6.3 ounces. Additionally, the AT&T and Sprint versions of the Galax Note II each cost $300 with a two-year contract, $100 more than the cost of the Optimus G Pro.
The LG Optimus G Pro employs a number of additional features; including "Audio Zoom" a unique ability that allows the device's camera to zoom in on multiple subjects while simultaneous amplifying the audio and filtering out background noise outside of the frame. Mike Gikas of ConsumerReport.org noted that the ability is not perfect, but it's still the best option available on the market.
Another neat feature employed by the Optimus G Pro is ability capture video (not still images) from the front and rear cameras simultaneously. The idea of the feature is to allow the shooter to be part of the video, and users can easily insert the second recording anywhere on the phone's display and even resize the video, though it's still regulated to its rectangular shape.
LG's new handset offers a cornucopia of additional features including an IR buster that allows the device to be programed to control HDTVs and set-top boxes. Quick Memo allows users to quickly jot down notes on anything on the screen including emails, messages, or even the home screen. Users also have access to Video Wiz, an app that can easily amalgamate audio clips, sound clips, and still images into a multimedia presentation.
Consumer Reports found the LG Optimus Pro to be a great alternative to the Samsung offering. The device offers many of the same features that the Galaxy Note II offers, including the ability to jot down memos and annotate photos. At $100 less than its competitor the LG Optimus G Pro is also affordable.
Source: Consumer Reports
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