CNET First Look
LG's ultra thin, super fast G2The LG G2 is the first smartphone to rock Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 processor worldwide and flaunts a trim design plus unique physical controls.
Hey, guys. This is Brian Bennett for CNET.com, and right now, we are taking a first look at the LG Optimus G2. Now, this super phone is the latest flagship model that LG has created. What's so great about this phone? Well, first of all, it's one of the first phones-- actually "the first phone" to globally become available with the Qualcomm 800 processor. It's quad core. It has 2GB of RAM and it also has its own dedicated graphics RAM which is pretty impressive. I don't believe there's a phone out there that has that yet at least in the US or globally. So, other features on this device are a 5.2-inch LCD. It's IPS. It's 1080p resolution. It's big. It's bright, bold. It's pretty cool. It's running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It's not 4.3. Hopefully, they'll update that in the future, but some of the other interesting things is that it is very thin. It's just over 8 millimeters thick. So, on back, we've got some interesting design features. We've got a volume control here. We've got volume up, volume down. We also have a button that will unlock the device and lock it. We have a 13-megapixel camera here with flash. It also has optical image stabilization to reduce like shaky hands, that sort of thing, and the actual battery is embedded. It's a 3000-milliamp battery, but it uses what LG calls is a stepped design for the battery that helps it keep its thin profile. So, one interesting feature on the LG G2 is this feature called knock-on which lets you tap the screen twice just to unlock the phone and you can also knock it again to tap and shut everything down. It's pretty cool. Now, another thing here that's really nice is you can just use the volume key on the back here just by holding this down and that will automatically fire up the camera so you can quickly jump and take photo which is a pretty cool feature. Now, holding the volume up button will kick in the quick memo feature, like so, and then, you can just jot down a quick note, you know, whatever you want like that with a finger. While you're on call, you can also save those messages and attach them to call notes so you can see them in the call log for later retrieval, so you don't miss important information if you don't have a pen and paper handy. So, that's pretty cool feature. So, another really great feature on the LG G2 is something called slide to side. Essentially, you can open up to three different applications, push them to the side of the screen, and save them for later use and retrieval. Another really interesting feature on the LG G2 is that you can separate the interface with profiles and have a guest mode. So, right now, we've set it up so you can just draw a G here, and boom, that will take you to a guest mode. And if you look at it, it looks very kid friendly. So, this is something you wanna hand to your toddlers and they won't mess with the e-mail or wipe your phone by accident or start sending tweets in your name. That's something that will actually probably come in pretty handy. So, right now, we don't have pricing on the LG G2 just yet. What we do know is that it will be available on four major US carriers that will be Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon. So, that's pretty big news. Hopefully, we will see it by Q3, Q4 right in time for the holiday season. I'm Brian Bennett for CNET.com and this has been a first look at the LG G2. Be sure to check back soon for a full review.