Hands-On With The LG G2

The LG G2 was just announced and we recently got some hands-on time with the powerful and sleek device. The G2 proves to be a worthy successor to the Optimus G, and so far we’re liking it a lot. Here are a couple first impressions for the sexy new handset.

The front of the handset is all screen — a 5.2-inch screen to be exact with very little bezel (1/10th of an inch). The G2’s display is a 1080p IPS+ HD panel that is ultra crisp and clear. There’s little else, other than the standard set of sensors (ambient light, proximity) and 2 megapixel camera on the front of the device.

The handset has rounded sides with a smooth back finish. This sides, by design, are buttonless. The top of the device is home to a headphone jack, while the bottom holds the charger port. The backside is the surprising part of the phone with two buttons — a rear rocker that controls the volume of the phone and the power button. There’s also a 13-megapixel camera with flash that sits atop the rocker.

The LG G2 has a stunning 5.2-inch 1080p HD IPS+ display, 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, 13 megapixel rear camera, a 3,000mAh battery, and either 16 or 32GB of internal storage. It is the first handset to offer this high-end Qualcomm processor beating out the Moto X, which clocks in at 1.7 GHz.

The in-hand feel of the device is great. Even with  a 5.2 inch device, the G2 fits great in the hand, and this is mostly due to the tiny bezel. The rear side of the device feels nice and smooth, curved slightly on the back. This is a bit different compared to the original, which featured a more boxy device with hard edges.

The rear buttons of the G2 may take some time to get used to, but we do think that people will grow accustom to the design choice and maybe even prefer it. Being able to tap on the screen of the device to turn it on is a very nifty feature, alleviating the need to pick up the device to unlock it.

Overall, the LG G2 is a solid device that we look forward to putting through its paces in our full review. For now, just know that LG’s upcoming smartphone is solid and you can look forward to it on all four major US carriers sometime in the future.

Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at the LG G2 and hands-on video!


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