LG Optimus G Pro Review: King of the Phablets

by Dragan Petric Reads (54,316)
Editor's Rating
8.60

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Service, Warranty & Support
    • 10
    • Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Design
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 10
    • Value
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 8.60
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Supreme dynamic range, color vivacity and screen sharpness
    • High level of multitasking is supported
    • Entirely fluid performance
    • Photograph quality
  • Cons

    • Noninventive design
    • Lack of contrast durability when exposed to direct sunlight
    • Poor video recording results

Quick Take

The LG Optimus G Pro is an excellent contender in the "phablet" market, giving the Galaxy Note line a run for its money.


If there is a device that can measure up to the most powerful Android OS smartphones of today (HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4), it is definitely the LG Optimus G Pro. Furthermore, with its 5.5-inch display, this device represents a direct rivalry with the exceptionally successful Samsung Galaxy Note II, as it is much more modern and advanced due to its 1080p display resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset, 13-megapixel back-facing camera, interchangeable battery (which can be charged wirelessly), and many other features.

The Optimus G Pro is a successor to last year’s LG flagship model, the Optimus G, and is currently one of the best mobile phones from the South Korean manufacturer. Supreme hardware, which it is equipped with, is a means by which LG has created numerous software innovations. And at this point, that is the only way for top model manufacturers to diversify their devices from the competition’s.

LG does a relatively good job to guarantee that everyone who decides on an Optimus G Pro will be pleased and get their money’s worth. However, there is still room for improvement – enough room that HTC and Samsung’s flagship models are a shade more attractive to those who do not care about the screen size. But there is no dilemma among ‘phablets’ (i.e. phones with a display that is larger than 5 inches); the Optimus G Pro is an absolute winner at the moment.

LG Optimus G Pro Left EdgeBuild and Design

It is unrealistic to expect any sort of elegance from a 5.5-inch phone and it is clear at first glance that nobody will be able to use it with just one hand. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the LG Optimus G Pro is smaller and lighter (150 x 76 x 9.4 mm and weighs 172 grams, compared to 151 x 80 x 9.4 mm and 183 grams), however, this is an insignificant difference in practice. Furthermore, Samsung’s offering feels more natural when held in hand due to the more natural roundedness of the edges, clearly adapted to the ergonomics of the average hand.

Similarly, the Optimus G Pro is somewhat more traditional than the Galaxy Note II in its design and it is only a pattern engraved under the protective layer of the battery cover (which is made entirely of plastic) that gives it a touch of recognizability. The pattern is reminiscent of the one previously seen on Nexus 4 (and LG Optimus G), the difference being that the squares are much larger here – surely due to the phone’s size.

The build of the device also gives the impression of a changing pattern when viewed from various angles. Slightly because of this and, for the most part, due to the highly robust, convincing and solid craftsmanship, LG Optimus G Pro offers a premium feeling when held for the first time and it is clear that a flagship model is in your hand.

LG Optimus G Pro Top EdgeDisplay

The 5.5-inch True HD IPS Plus display with full HD resolution is undoubtedly LG Optimus G Pro’s main dealmaker. This screen provides the best imaging on current top smartphone models, surpassing even the impressive Samsung full HD Super AMOLED screen. LG has realized immaculate imaging sharpness by maintaining the pixel density above 400 ppi by stretching the 1080 x 1920 resolution to a 5.5-inch diagonal (the screen has precisely 401 ppi). It is further emphasized on such a lush surface, providing a supreme experience for anyone trying this device out.

Apart from the sharpness, its excellent contrast is also praiseworthy, as both black and white tones are exceptionally convincing. With very natural color saturation, the display has a rich and smooth dynamic range, and objects like icons, letters and other signs on the screen look as if they were engraved. Compared to the already great screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note II (which offers a pixel density of “just” 276 ppi as it has HD, not full HD resolution), the difference in the imaging sharpness and color vivacity is evident to the naked eye. Apart from all this, the screen can also be used with gloves.

The only issue with the Optimus G Pro’s screen is with the poor contrast durability when the phone is exposed to direct sunlight. The otherwise fantastic visibility angle is then significantly lost and the phone needs to be turned at an angle in order to find a position in which the imaging is pleasantly visible.

LG Optimus G Pro Bottom EdgeOther Buttons and Ports

The front side of the device includes a loudspeaker, placed in the center above the display, with the proximity sensor and a secondary 2-megapixel camera to the right. Apart from making video calls, it can be used for dual video recording, which means both cameras can simultaneously record footage on the device.

The physical home key is located under the display, surrounded by capacitive Back and Menu keys, while there is a multicolored LED indicator under the Home key, which can be adjusted according to personal preferences to the tiniest detail.

The left side includes the also programmable Q-Slide key and the volume control switch, while the right holds the Power key, where an averagely big thumb should just be able to reach. The upper side of the Optimus G Pro includes a 3.5 mm audio jack and an IR transmitter that turns the device into a remote control. The micro USB slot with MHL support is located in the middle of the lower side.


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