The LG G2 features 3G and 4G connectivity and performs admirably across both network types. Connections proved strong during call and online use, and we suffered no unexpected signal loss or dropped calls during our time with the phone. Call quality was sharp and clear and volume was easily managed using the rear-mounted controls.
Taking smartphone sound to the next level, the LG G2 supports 24bit/192kHz audio playback. There are limitations to this though – the internal speaker and rubbish bundled headphones won't know what to do with it. Used with a premier pair of headphones though, the benefits are there to be heard.
Away from the dazzling display and questionable button placement, another area where the LG G2 separates itself from the competition is its battery life. Using a unique stepped design battery, the LG G2 manages to squeeze a sizeable 3,000mAh Lithium-Polymer juice pack under the hood. In real-world terms this is said to equate to two days’ worth of moderate to heavy usage. In reality, the LG G2 battery life falls short of this two day promise, but not by much.
Putting a considerable strain on the battery with frequent browsing, video viewing and gaming sessions, the LG G2 still lasted us the better part of a day and a half. With more managed use, a two day battery life would be achievable, just, and this puts the G2 a step up on the competition.
However, the phone’s power supply is not removable, meaning a spare battery cannot be carried for emergencies or heavy business use.
If you’re set on a flagship Android handset, the LG G2 has made it a three-way race alongside the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. Which of these three you go for will invariably come down to personal preference, but the G2’s plastic build quality sees it fall behind the HTC One in our eyes.
The LG G2 screen and processor are what separate this phone from the masses, and there is no getting away from just how impressive this combination is. Sadly, this stand-out quality does not cover the negatives of the camera and the G2’s button placement.
Available on contracts between £32 and £37 per month, the LG G2 is a shade cheaper than its rivals which could give it the edge. The G2 is a strong package that has put the manufacturer back on the map.
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The LG G2 is an impressive return to smartphone prominence for the South Korean company but one which still falls slightly short. It is a worthy rival to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One but thanks to plastic build, peculiar button placement and less than gripping camera is unlikely to worry its more illustrious competition too much.