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First Look: The powerful, blazingly-fast LG G2

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First Look: The powerful, blazingly-fast LG G2

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LG's current flagship handset, the G2, sports a spacious 5.2-inch screen, a 13-megapixel camera, and an ultraspeedy Snapdragon 800 processor.

It's fast, it's got a brilliant edge to edge screen and yes, it's got its buttons on the back. Hello everybody, it's Lynn La here from CNET and today we're gonna take a closer look at LG's newest flagship handset, the G2. The G2 is LG's most powerful smartphone yet. It's equipped with Qualcomm's ultra-fast Snapdragon 800 Quad-Core CPU. And with a processing speed of 2.26 gigahertz, rest assured, it's fast and smooth. It sports an expansive 5.2-inch LCD display that has a 1080p resolution and 423 ppi. Thanks to what LG calls dual routing technology, the screen runs edge to edge with the 0.1 inch thick bezel. The screen is bright, images are crisp and vibrant, and you can use the touch screen with gloves on. One of the unique features of the phone is the fact that its power and volume keys are on the back. LG claims this position is more intuitive and comfortable for the user. Personally, I found this location neither life-changing nor that jarring. It does take some time to get used to and you run the risk of smudging the camera lens with your finger. But eventually, it's generally easy to get the hang of. Like other smartphone frontrunners available now, the G2 ships with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It'll come with your expectant number of Google Apps, but LG also crams a lot of new UI features and motion controls. For instance, Knock On, allows you to wake the phone up with a simple double tap. There's Guest Mode, a privacy protection setting that launches when a guest unlocks your handset with a different drawing pattern than your own. Capture Plus lets you take screen shots of entire web pages and Slide Aside, enables you to pull up 3 apps of your choosing by somewhat awkwardly swiping 3 fingers across the display. In addition to a 2-megapixel front facing camera, there's also a 13-megapixel camera as well. It can record 1080p full HD video and comes with a few features. Including image stabilization and tracking zoom which lets you zoom in on a particular object or person while recording background video. Powering this all is a 3 ampere-hour embedded battery that gives you a reported talk time of 18 hours or standby time of 29 days. The G2 also features 2 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of internal storage. Unfortunately however, there is no expandable storage option. The handset is available across all 4 major US carriers. On AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, it's currently going for about $200 on contract. On T-Mobile's prepaid plan, it will cost a total of $604. Again, I'm Lynn and you've been checking out The LG G2.

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