A mountain of functionality: LG's G2 reviewed
4.6Overall Score
Price (RRP): $699; Available from Optus on plans to begin with; Manufacturer: LG

K2 is one of the world’s tallest peaks. G2 is a new high point in smartphones, providing a mountain of functionality and NBN-busting speeds. LG is offering much to admire and enjoy here.

Features

The second flagship smartphone of the year for LG, the G2 is a different beast from its brother the Optimus G, which was released early in 2013.

Gone is the “Optimus” moniker that LG has been bandying about for the past few years, with the phone just called the “G” now, and the number ‘2’ indicating that it is the second version.

Version 2 is more than just a slight enhancement, however, with a new body, new chip, new screen, and new practically everything else.

First the specs, and LG has moved on from the older quad-core chip in the Optimus G to a much newer 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor which is paired with 2GB RAM, an Adreno 330 graphics chip and 16GB of storage. Just like the previous Optimus, there’s no expandable storage beyond the 16GB provided.

The screen is also bigger, pushed from 4.7 inches to a roomy 5.2, and now sporting a Full HD panel over the standard HD version used in the previous generation.

Connectivity is pretty high-end, though, and LG has made sure to include Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP (for music streaming), Near-Field Communication, infrared, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless networking and 4G support across TD-LTE, as well as Cat 4 LTE (though we didn’t test either of these features in this review, thanks to Telstra currently lacking support for either).

Multimedia is catered for with a 13 megapixel rear camera with flash, autofocus, and optimal image stabilisation, as well as the ability to record Full HD videos at 60 frames per second, while the front facing camera can handle 2.1 megapixel photos and Full HD videos at 30 frames per second.

The design of the handset is all plastic, a change from the glass body of the previous generation but, just like in the last version, the back cannot be removed, and everything is contained. This includes the battery, which is rated for 3000mAh.

Few buttons exist on the smartphone’s sleek case, and in this device, LG has elected to use Google’s on-screen soft buttons instead of its own, so these are built into the version of Android, and can change position based on how you want to use the phone.

The only physical buttons on the G2 are on the back, with a volume up, power button, and volume down located just below the camera.

Ports are equally sparse, and include a 3.5mm stereo headset jack and microUSB charge and data transfer port on the bottom, flanked on each side by speakers.