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Want something different? Take a close look at the LG G2 smartphone

By Alvin R. Cabral

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Published: Fri 18 Oct 2013, 4:35 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:38 PM

Since we’re in the age of seemingly never-ending innovation, gadget makers should always think of something new, right? Well, so far — and this is stating the obvious — smartphone makeovers quite revolve around software and aesthetic upgrades. And just when everyone thought what could be the next 
big thing, LG decided to give it a go and come up with rather 
something unique — the LG G2 smartphone.

By now, you know what this gizmo flaunts; your physical buttons are nowhere on their usual places, because the power and volume buttons are slapped on 
the rear of the G2.

LG explains that through their intensive engagement with consumers — “Learning from You”, as the G2’s slogan suggests — they concluded that since the index finger is placed on that spot practically all the time during a call, it may be better to place the buttons over there. While it’s unique alr-ight, first-time users may have trouble with this thing. I ended up pressing the volume-up key when I intended to end the call, on a few occasions.

Anyway, going inside, the G2 performs as good as advertised with its 2.26GHz quad-core CPU and 2GB or RAM, although — as usual — smartphone makers put a little of their personalisation in their devices, so there are certain things you need to get used to in the G2’s user interface.

But don’t worry, because whatever I’m saying here doesn’t mean you’ll have to pull your hair out, trust me. My usual run saw the G2’s battery conk out at around a day-and-a-half, which is good enough for me.

You’ve got a 5.2” full-HD IPS display, but personally I would have appreciated it better if it 
went up to about 5.5”.

One thing to point out, though, is the fact that you don’t have to buy a microSD card for the G2… because it doesn’t have a slot for it. So you’ll have to make do with its 16GB internal storage. Seriously, why is it that some of the good phones unveiled recently don’t have microSD slots?

Other key features? Wake up 
the G2 with a double-tap with KnockON, avoid others snooping around your stuff with Guest Mode, get more sound detail from a specific source with Audio Zoom, and a host of other stuff that will make us run out of ink here.

AND SO…

Design-wise, although the G2 doesn’t look cheap, I personally feel it isn’t that stunning. The 
button placement may put you off beat at the beginning, although you should get used to it, given a little time.

It’s an amazing phone from LG, but keep in mind it doesn’t have a microSD slot. alvin@khaleejtimes.com

THE LAUNCHPAD

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