Optimus G is the first U.S. phone powered by Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor, has an impressive display, NFC capabilities, and 4G LTE-enabled.
LG Optimus G runs on the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Although we’d prefer to see Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on this device, we can’t really fault LG for not being more current. With Ice Cream Sandwich, the Optimus G receives all of Google’s services, like Chrome, Car Home, Gmail, Maps with Navigation, Search, Shopper, and YouTube. The Google Play stores for Books, Magazines, Movies & TV, and Music are included as well.
LG Optimus G has a 4.7-inch screen a True HD IPS+ display, that translates to a 1,280×768-pixel resolution (WXGA). The Optimus G’s 15:9 aspect ratio is a little off the 16:9 standard, but that hasn’t bothered us so far. Pixel density comes in at 320ppi. This device have a 13MP camera.
The Optimus G has the usual connections of Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. There’s also NFC support, which LG told us can be used in conjunction with packaged LG Tag+ stickers that can activate customizable phone settings.
The good: Sprint’s LG Optimus G sports a 13-megapixel camera, a zippy quad-core CPU, and an attractively bright touch screen.
The bad: The Optimus G doesn’t have a microSD card slot, its battery drained fairly quickly, and sounds from the audio speaker were harsh.
The bottom line: Despite its short battery life, Sprint’s LG Optimus G is the best LG phone on the market due to its zippy processor, lovely display, and 13-megapixel camera.
LG Optimus G comes in black and white, and has a familiar square slate design.