• PRODUCT REVIEW: The LG G2 is for speed freaks

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    LGG220131118For a while, I felt like this was just the same (not so old) Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean phone, but this turned out to be one of the most user friendly devices I have ever used.

    It is not so complicated, everything is there on the screen with thorough explanation of what is to be done next after installation. Its Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 is simply one of the fastest available in the market.

    Display: the phone is not too big nor too small with a dimension of 5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches, sized just right for grasping. Scratchproof Corning Glass and 5.2 inches True HD-IPS + with 1080 x 1920 pixels display shows crisp and vivid colors. The LCD capacitive touch screen comes alive with 16M colors. When transferring photos to laptops and viewing on a bigger screen, pictures stay true to the original shade and hue. Its size is highly recommended for those with carpal tunnel syndrome.

    But sound, when used as a speaker phone and playing music, is not quite surround sound. The headset speaker included in the package is okay but sounds can be enhanced when speakers are inserted in the 3.5mm jack.

    The Bluetooth version v4.0 with A2DP works fast when paired with any device.

    Uploading images from email is a breeze. Just make sure you have the right app to open the file.

    I used it as a hotspot for two devices, transferring files via Bluetooth and browsing the web via mobile; it was still fast. But when calls were made, data transfer stopped.

    One area where it can be improved is its rear camera, 13mp with automatic and manual function which is not at par with other competitors, and neither is the 2mp front.

    Battery life is neither substantially better or worse than any other smart phone available.

    LTE distribution rocks even if five devices share the same frequency. I tried it on lower data connectivity with the competitors, and this one was simply much faster.

    The LG G2 is available with 16gb or 32gb memory.

    Standard retail price is P27,490 (for 16gb), which is not bad, all things considered. Simply put, it delivers good value for money. But with the growing number of smart phones now in the market, and about to be released, buying this unit should be dependent on the needs and wants of the user.

    Also, with Christmas just around the corner, smart shoppers may want to check out what retailers have to offer as pluses. They may not veer too far from the suggested retail price, but it’s in the freebies where they differ.

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