Review LG Optimus G Pro + Specs

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Review Performance LG Optimus G Pro - The LG Optimus G Pro is that "other" phablet on the market. At 5.5", it's big even when compared to today's giant flagship Android smartphones like the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z. That's the same screen size as the Samsung Galaxy Note II, which was previously the only 5.5" smartphone on the market. But LG got smart after their fiasco with the LG Optimus Vu, an extra wide-body super-sized smartphone offered on Verizon in the US. The Optimus G Pro is actually phone-shaped and not quite as wide as the Note II, and it's much narrower than the 4:3 aspect ratio Optimus Vu. That means though it's large, and still not particularly well suited to those with small hands, it's a bit more phone-like and easier to hold and use with one hand than the Note II.

Review Performance LG Optimus G Pro

Design and Ergonomics

Like the Note II, the Optimus G Pro is a shiny, plastic phone with a removable back cover that grants access to the 3140 mAh removable battery, microSD card slot and micro SIM card slot. The design is generic: it simply looks a like larger version of many other Android rectangular, black plastic smartphones on the market. It has a bit less style than the invitingly slim and curvy Note II, but it feels every bit as solid and well made. In fact the battery door isn't as wafer thin as Samsung's, though the phones share a similar weight. It doesn't look in the least bit budget, but the design simply doesn't stand out.

Calling and Data

The LG Optimus G Pro has very good call quality on AT&T's network: we heard almost no background noise and voices were clear with good treble to bass range for both incoming and outgoing voice. Call volume is average, and the single rear firing speaker is adequate but not wildly loud for speakerphone calls and multimedia.

Review Performance LG Optimus G Pro

Performance and Horsepower

The Optimus G Pro runs on the cutting edge Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU quad core CPU clocked at 1.7GHz, just like the HTC One. It uses Adreno 320 graphics and this is currently the fastest CPU and GPU you can get in a smartphone. That said, as we've seen before, LG's smartphones score a bit lower than the competition in synthetic benchmarks. Can you see or feel the difference? No, because it's faster than the OS and demanding apps like 3D games require.

Software

The phone runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with a promised upgrade to 4.2 (also called Jelly Bean since it's not a major update). It has LG's Optimus UI that reminds us of Samsung's TouchWiz, but it's more toned down.

13 Megapixel Camera

The huge, sharp 1920 x 1080 IPS display and the 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and HDR are the Optimus G Pro's biggest selling points. We see improvement here over the 13MP camera on some Optimus G variants from last year, and it takes truly lovely and natural looking photos.

Battery Life

Big phones have room for big batteries, and the LG Optimus G Pro has a relatively huge 3140 mAh battery. That's 40 mAh more than the Samsung Galaxy Note II, but that's not enough added capacity to make a difference. The phone has a very fast but also very power efficient CPU, and Qualcomm's LTE 4G chipsets are now surprisingly power frugal, and that helps the LG power through a full day on a charge easily with moderate use.

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Websites: wireless.att.com, www.lg.com
Price: $199 with contract, $549 without contract
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Specs:

  • Display: 5.5" IPS display. Resolution: 1920 x 1080. Has ambient light sensor, accelerometer and proximity sensor.
  • Battery: Lithium Ion Polymer rechargeable. Battery is user replaceable. 3140 mAh.
  • Performance: 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad core CPU with Adreno 320 graphics. 2 gigs RAM, 32 gigs internal storage (with approximately 22.8 gigs available).
  • Size: 4.47 x 2.78 x 0.53 inches. Weight: 4.67 ounces.
  • Phone: GSM quad band world phone with 3G HSPA+ and 4G LTE.
  • Camera: 2.1MP front camera and 13MP rear camera with LED flash.
  • Audio: Built in speaker, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack.
  • Networking: Integrated dual band WiFi 802.11b/g/n, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0.
  • Software: Android OS 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with LG Optimus UI enhancements. LG QSlide and QuickMemo, standard suite of Google Android apps and AT&T apps.
  • Expansion: 1 SDXC microSD card slot.

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