- Great screen
- Fast performance
- NFC tags included
- Disappointing camera
- No MicroSD card slot on the Sprint version
- HDMI only via MHL connection
- Non-removable battery
Not a bad device, but one that fails to live up to its potential.
Available from both Sprint and AT&T, the LG Optimus G touts a quad-core processor, 32GB of memory, and depending on the carrier a 13 megapixel camera, all for a suggested retail price of $200 with contract. Is it more than the sum of its parts? Brighthand takes a look.
Build and Design
The first impression that the Optimus G gives when coming out of the box is one of simplicity. It’s a very minimalistic design: not a lot of curves, not a lot of flash to it, but it is very shiny. In an odd design choice, LG coated the back of the phone with glass as well as the front and the rear panel is a thin layer of glass over plastic. It looks cool, sure, but I’m not convinced how well that’ll work out in the long run. Not only will you have to worry about twice as much glass to break in the event of dropping your phone, but dropping it will become far more likely considering that glass back also makes the thing very, very slippery to hold.
But the more you look over the device, the more you come back to simplicity. One micro-USB connector. No battery cover. No doors to access a SIM or memory card — at least on the Sprint version I got, which I’ll talk about later. Besides the screen and the rear glass, the Optimus G has almost no real design elements. If you like the no frills approach, it’s on display here.
I didn’t have any real complaints about the build quality on the Optimus — it feels pretty solid. But I do still worry about that rear glass. Only time will tell.
In a rather odd move, the screen on the Optimus G isn’t the “normal” HD resolution of 1280 x 720: it’s actually 1280 x 768. That gives you a little extra width in the screen compared to other HD devices. But when it comes down to numbers, it’s only about a 7% increase in actual resolution, so you’re not going to see a big difference.
Overall, the G’s screen is quite good, with great brightness, sharpness, and good quality colors. It’s not quite as high contrast as the AMOLED screens found in the high-end Motorola and Samsung phones, but you’re not going to have much reason to be disappointed even if you hold it up next to one of those. It’s a very good quality LCD. You’ll probably miss the power savings of AMOLED more than you do the contrast.