Review: LG Optimus G E975

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By Charlemagne Losaria Last year, LG released the much-anticipated Google Nexus 4. It became an instant hit primarily because of its specifications and design. We would like to think the LG Optimus G E975 as the Google Nexus 4’s sibling primarily because of the similarities in the specifications department and the primary material used on the phone, which is becoming a trend for flagship phones these days — glass. What’s in the box

? USB charger ? USB cable ? 3.5mm headset ? Two NFC tags ? SIM eject pin

Design The LG Optimus G E975 is one of the slimmest smart phones out there measuring at 8.5mm. To achieve this profile, LG opted for the concept of a non-removable battery as seen on other slim flagship phones by HTC. Design wise, the handset inherited the blocky form, very much similar to the LG Prada series but has also been integrated with the glossy glass back panel with dotted design first seen on the Google Nexus 4. A thin chrome trim runs along the edge of the handset completing its premium look. The LG Optimus G has no micro-SD slot (though it has a built-in 32GB memory, 25GB can be accessed by the user) and supports micro-SIM. The build is very solid and sturdy, producing no creaking sound even when pressure is applied. Display One of the key selling points of the LG Optimus G is its screen. It features a 4.7-inch true HD-IPS+ LCD display with 768 x 1280 resolutions. It has an excellent wide-viewing angle without the loss of contrast. Gorilla glass 2 was also used for added protection. It has a very thin display bezel measuring at about 3 mm. One can appreciate this once the display turns off, as you will not almost notice the difference between the screen edge and the bezel making it appear like a single black slab. Also, the gap between the glass and the LCD is very minimal on this handset; it will appear as if you are actually touching the LCD panel and not the glass. The screen is very responsive — it detects even the slightest touch. Performance Powered by the same engine as the Google Nexus 4, we’re very impressed with the performance of the LG Optimus G out of the box. This is one of the most powerful handset we?ve encountered so far. We literally experienced zero lags swiping and switching in between applications. Thanks to the 2GB RAM, multiple applications can be run in the background with no lags whatsoever. If you’re the gamer type, you’d be happy with this device’s performance as it was able to run true HD games without lags at all. Benchmark results were very high as well for this handset. [caption id="attachment_9891" align="aligncenter" width="172" caption="Antutu Benchmark Score: 17719"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9892" align="aligncenter" width="170" caption="Quadrant Score: 6123"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9893" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Nenamark2 Score: 59.2fps"][/caption] Camera Camera has not been one of LG’s strongest suits before. But we were really impressed with the work LG has done this past couple of years and it shows with LG Optimus G’s 13MP camera. We all know how difficult it is to take self-portraits using touchscreen phones that do not have camera shutter buttons. One nifty feature of the camera is you can capture shots using only your voice. You can program which words will trigger the camera capture or select from the default lists such as “cheese” and “smile”. The volume buttons doubles as camera shutter buttons within the camera application as well. Genius LG, just genius. Phone UI Big changes where implemented on LG?s Optimus UI 3.0. Previously, it has been criticized for looking too similar with Samsung?s TouchWiz UI. The Optimus UI has matured with nifty feature integration and has toned down the colors for a minimalistic, more professional look. One nifty feature added by LG is having apps like the video app, for example, which pops up in the screen so you can watch your favorite series while doing other things. This feature is aptly called Qslide. We’ve seen Samsung do this much better with the multi-window functionality, but what separates Qslide is the ability to set the transparency level of the video player so you can check your Twitter or Facebook with less obstruction. Qslide-supported apps include the video app, the Internet browser, the memo app, the calendar app and the calculator app and can be easily accessed via the notifications panel. Final words We really liked our experience with the LG Optimus G. The screen is very vivid and sharp, and the phone is super-fast and lag-free. The battery life is exceptional as well. Our only beef with the handset is it did not have a microSD slot and a removable battery. At the time of this writing, Widget City prices the LG Optimus UI E975 at P20,990.]]>

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