Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
01st Mar 2013
At LG's recent press conference, many expected the company to bring its recently-launched flagship Optimus G Pro to Indian shores. However, the company decidedly unveiled the Optimus G E975 instead. The phone sports a 4.7" IPS screen and is backed by a quad-core processor. No prize for guessing that it competes with Samsung's GALAXY S III.
For those who came in late, the Optimus G was announced last year in August. So, while it's not the latest handset from LG's stable, it does comes pre-installed with Jelly Bean. So I'm not complaining. We took the Optimus G for a quick spin, and here's how it went.
At first glance, the Optimus G resembles the Optimus 4X HD: It's hard to tell them apart, save for the rounded corners of the Optimus G. The back of the device sports a textured pattern covered by a glass panel, much like the Nexus 4. After (accidentally) dropping it on the floor, I can tell that it's not as delicate as the iPhone4 \ 4S's back. However, it's still made out of glass, and so I'd advice its users to be careful. Compared to the GS3 though, this phone looks more compact with its smaller bezels. Also, the metal on the sides has been used cleverly. Similar to most flagship phones, the Optimus G's battery is also non-user replaceable. Overall the design is very clean, and the build quality is good too.
Display And Specs
The phone features a 4.7" IPS screen with pixel dimensions of 768x1280. The display, like other high-end phones, is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 2. The screen is bright and the viewing angles are broad. That being said, I feel the contrast ratio could have been better.
The Optimus G draws power from a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, coupled with 2 GB of RAM. It's one of the few Android phones currently available in the market to pack in a 13 MP camera. It covers all the essential connectivity features including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro-USB port, NFC, and GPS. Like most flagship phones, it lacks a microSD card slot. Then again, 32 GB of internal storage is usually sufficient for most users. More tech specs can be found at the bottom of this page.
The handset features Android Jelly Bean OS with LG's Optimus UI on top of it. From whatever time I managed to spend with this handset, I found the basic operations and transition effects to be lag free. The interface looks exactly like what we've seen on the 4X HD, save for a couple of new features. Speaking of which, LG's QSlide feature is interesting. With it, you can view two different screens simultaneously on the phone. Unlike, Samsung's Multi-Window function though, QSlide let's you to control the opacity of these windows. For example, you can type an email while watching a movie. Both windows though, will be translucent.
I didn't get to test the camera properly, but from a few test shots, I can say that the resulting images were sharp. LG has also added nifty software tweaks to its camera such as Cheese Shutter, which lets you take snaps by simply saying Cheese, Smile, or LG. Time Catch Shot takes five pictures, so you can choose and save the best one.
To sum it up, the Optimus G is a promising handset from LG. Although it has taken quite a long time to reach the Indian market, it doesn't make the Optimus G outdated: Its hardware is good enough to compete with any Android flagship. However, considering that the GALAXY S III is now available for 29 grand, the Optimus G's Rs 35,500 price tag seems to be a bit high.