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The LG Optimus G Pro: Buy or pass?Three testers take the LG Optimus G Pro on the road to see if it fits into their busy lifestyles, testing out design, usability, and new features.
-Time for a road test of the LG Optimus G Pro. I personally-- I'm totally in love with this phone. Have any of you heard of a phablet or just that silly name. -Yup. -No. -No, no. Yes. So, what we're gonna do today is each of you will take one phone out and look for specifically design, the features, and the kind of usability of the phone, and then report back to me, okay? -Yup. -All right, here's your LG Optimus Pro. For you, for you, for you. -Thank you. -I feel like santa right now. -Hey, I'm Peter Brown. I'm an editor at GameSpot, a gamer by day, techy by night, and I really like playing around with mobile devices. -Hey, I'm Summer Hoff and I'm [unk] here in San Francisco and my favorite thing to do is hop on the back of my boyfriend's motorcycle and drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. -Hello, my name is Alex Brown. I'm a student filmmaker and I love shooting on my tablet device or my phone. I wonder if I can really get my hands on. -I think the phablet form factor for the device is probably a strength for gaming 'cause I think you can obviously see things a lot more clearly and the dimensions really help. It doesn't feel like you have to really like bury the device too deep in your hands to get a good grip on it. I can hold it kind of gingerly, so, that way, I can, you know, see more of the screen and I'm not worried about dropping it. -I really like the design, the smooth edges. It's big, but it's nice and thin. Tough, feels like bold, you know. Put it in my pocket, doesn't even feel like I have my phone in my pocket. -Simply, awkward as far as talking on the phone. Maybe, it's because I'm a woman and my hands are smaller and my fingers. Something that I like to do all the time when I'm talking on the phone with people is being able to do stuff with my other hand, but I feel like, with this, I kind of have to-- I don't know. It's just-- It wasn't working for me and it just didn't feel normal or right. -[Foreign Language]. -So, how many cases of [unk] do you think that you go through a week or a month here? -I would say about a couple of kegs a week. -I love that you just said that. -Using this phone with my retailer is not very easy. It's not user friendly and I was having a hard time taking notes with him and I couldn't figure out how I would open up a presentation to show him. Also, I couldn't figure out how to open up an e-mail to show him numbers of how my business is and how it's healthy. And I couldn't figure out how to take notes on it. -The keyboard is nice and large 'cause I have big fingers. I don't have a problem hitting the keys and hitting double keys. I can see myself leaving my tablet at home and just taking this to class and using this, taking notes and stuff. I can't see really any downsize to the phone. It seems pretty fast. It's a nice size. It's definitely a good crossover. -It's weird. We're just trying to play a game and the screen got dark. And so, when I went to the settings menu to try to up the brightness, I got a message saying, "unable to brighten more due to temperature increase," which is really strange, but I guess it was playing with 3D game and the processor got a little too warm, but I was only playing the game for 30 seconds, a minute before that happened. So, that's kind of a downside. It doesn't seem like it got a good control and heat management, unfortunately. -Wow! The camera is really good. I can catch some [unk] shots of this. It's pretty good. It's definitely 1080p. It's really clear. The clarity is really nice. It's not grainy at all. It doesn't look like I'm shooting with a cellphone. It looks really good. Only thing it lacks is I can't rack focus, but it's a camera on the phone, so it's really nice. It's a great camera. I could definitely go out and shoot with this-- shoot a film with this. -One of the things that struck me as odd is this button right here. It sort of brings up an odd memo overlay and so, when I was trying to just do something simple, I found myself inadvertently pressing this and then drawing on the screen, having to back out. It's kind of gotten the way of productivity. -I'm trying to find actually where the camera function is and I can't actually seem to find it which is very frustrating. Oh, there's the camera. All right, I'm Silly Sally. It's not-- Okay, cool. It actually looks like it's really good quality. The detail is actually really beautiful. I'm impressed with that. Having a phone that takes really beautiful photos is very important to me. -All right, you guys spent a little while with the phone, testing things out. Let's go, let's go kind of down the line. What are-- What are your first impressions after using it? -I loved it. I love the screen. I love the bigger screen. I really wanna get one now. -Really? -Yeah, it really motivates the upgrade. -Okay, so, we've sold one LG Optimus G Pro. So, for our-- Let's move on to Summer. What did you think? -I was actually extremely frustrated with the phone. I couldn't figure out a notepad. I couldn't find the camera forever. The operating system is very different for me. So, yeah. -Okay. -I wouldn't buy it. -All right, cool and you're the [unk] now 'cause we've got a tie verdict too. -Yeah and I've kind of mixed feelings about the device. I like that it's really light. I think the size is pretty good. The build quality is pretty sturdy [unk] you can take the back off to replace the battery if you want or add memory. From a gaming standpoint, not strong enough-- -Right. -but as a phone, it's a good phone. -So? I think I know what you're gonna say, but would you buy it? -Yeah, I would buy it. I'm gonna be waiting for this to come out. -All right. -Yeah. -Pick a no, no. -No. -No. -What about you? -Unfortunately, no. It doesn't interest me. -Oh. Okay, so, two nos and a yes. I guess that's kind of a failing grade for our LG Optimus G Pro.