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It may have taken several years, but LG has finally released its first premium smartphone, the G2. And the flagship device ticks all the required boxes for a high-end smartphone.
It has a 5,2-inch full-HD display and packs in a 2,6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, a massive 3 000mAh battery and a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation. It also features 2GB of RAM, 16GB on-board memory (not expandable), 4G/LTE support, Bluetooth 4.0, near-field communication and a built-in infrared blaster that lets you control any compatible infrared remote-controlled device.
Competing with the likes of the HTC One, Sony Xperia Z1 and Samsung Galaxy S4, the G2 has stiff competition, but how does it really compare?
One of the G2’s unique selling points is that it has no physical buttons on its edges. Instead, at the back, where your index finger usually rests — whether you are left- or right-handed — you will find the power button and the volume up and down keys. LG placed all the buttons at the back after researching human behaviour for 18 months and decided that this spot was most comfortable for users.
The G2 is no slouch when it comes to power - it's packing the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset that resides in the Samsung Galaxy Note III. This chipset features a quad-core 2.26GHz CPU which delivers blistering performance and is backed by 2GB of RAM.
LG opted for a 5,2-inch screen, which makes it the only smartphone with a screen that size. It’s managed to cram a large screen into a phone size that is physically quite similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4, although it weighs 13g more than the S4’s 130g. It has a full 1 920×1 080 HD IPS screen and 16:9 aspect ratio that allows you to view it from any angle.
It almost goes without saying, but the G2 is insanely powerful. It doesn't stumble or stutter during intense tasks, and is even capable of running two apps side-by-side using LG's QSlide functionality.
On the connectivity front the G2 comes with 4G LTE, which means you can benefit from increased network speed, assuming your mobile contract supports it, of course. There's also Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and NFC – the latter of which can be used to make contactless data transfers.
Storage consists of either 16GB or 32GB, depending on which model you pick up. Taking into account the aforementioned lack of a MicroSD card slot, you may wish to plump for the higher capacity version if you're keen on downloading loads of apps and games.
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The G2 is one of the most well-rounded devices I have come across after a long time. Based on almost three weeks of using the G2 as my primary smartphone and almost a fortnight with the Galaxy Note 3 before that, there is not even an iota of doubt in my mind that high-end Android smartphones have finally reached the point where the iPhone starts looking massively behind the curve.
The G2 marries a handy form factor with stupendous performance at a very attractive price point. The 32GB variant is available for approximately Rs 37,999 at a time when competing products are priced significantly higher. The LG G2 will easily be on the top of my recommendation list when anyone asks me about buying a high-end Android smartphone.