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Top-notch specs with a battery to match

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A combination of high-level specifications and great battery life makes the G2 one of the best flagship Android phones out there. However, those rear-facing buttons won't be for everyone.

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Critic reviews

8.1
25 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    9.2
  • Battery life
    8.8
  • Camera
    8.2
  • Ease of use
    7.4
  • Design and form factor
    7.1
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.4
  • Media support
    8.3
  • Durability
    7.2
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.3

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User reviews

8.8
45 reviews
9.0
Engadget Sep 9, 2013

The miraculous endurance of the G2 paired with a high-level screen and processor, make it one of the most tempting smartphones I've seen in the last six months.

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8.0
CNET Sep 13, 2013

If you're willing to live with some minor design compromises, you can't go wrong with LG's ultrafast G2 workhouse.

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8.0
Computerworld Sep 18, 2013

For users interested primarily in specs and hardware, the G2 has plenty to offer. But for most smartphone shoppers, this phone is going to have a tough time standing out in the crowded menu of enticing Android options.

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8.0
AllThingsD Sep 19, 2013

The G2 is a very capable Android phone — it’s LG’s best effort to date. Unfortunately, the design issues and clunky software prevent it from beating out the competition.

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8.0
PC Mag Sep 23, 2013

The Android-powered LG G2 is both super-sized and super-powerful, but it doesn't quite have the chops to unseat the mighty Galaxy S4 as our Editors' Choice smartphone on AT&T.

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8.0
Wired Oct 17, 2013

When you tally it all up, the LG G2 does enough things extremely well that its drawbacks seem, if not trivial, then at least manageable.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Sep 13, 2013

You'd be hard-pressed to find a phone that can last as long and perform as smoothly as the LG G2, but you'll have to decide if the unconventional design is worth it.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Sep 25, 2013

T-Mobile has seriously beefed up its smartphone roster over the past year ... The two best reasons to snatch up the G2 are its blazing Snapdragon 800 processor and long battery life. We also like the nifty multitasking features.

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10
Pocket-Lint Sep 13, 2013

The G2 is easily a competitor for every other high-end smartphone out there. The "weird" button layout works for us, and it's paired with some smart touch functions that are well thought out. The phone looks and feels great, and just works as a smartphone should.

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9.0
Wired UK Sep 13, 2013

If you're looking for a high-end Android phone that offers a big, bright display you can use without stretching the tendons in your hand, the G2 is pretty much ideal.

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7.0
TechHive Sep 12, 2013

The G2 is packed with the latest top-tier hardware, and it features a long-lasting battery and a perfectly capable camera. But it’s beset by small problems ... It makes you remember that LG is still missing the je ne sais quoi that sets other top phones apart from their competitors.

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10
Digital Versus Oct 3, 2013

The LG G2 is a super-powerful smartphone with a stunning display. It's perfect for multimedia (games, movies, photos, Internet) and has remarkable battery life.

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9.0
Ubergizmo Sep 2, 2013

I would say that the LG G2 is excellent where it matters: super-responsive, amazing display, excellent battery life and very high photo quality. To me, these are the most important aspects of a smartphone, and the LG G2 hits a home run on everything that really matters.

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9.0
GSM Arena Sep 7, 2013

What makes the difference in the G2 is that it isn't like some of its predecessors - late, irrelevant, and boring. It's a breath of fresh air for the company and we hope it brings some of the LG's glorious days back.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Sep 19, 2013

The LG G2 is an impressive return to smartphone prominence ... but one which still falls slightly short. It is a worthy rival ... but thanks to plastic build, peculiar button placement and less than gripping camera is unlikely to worry its more illustrious competition too much.

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8.0
What Hi-Fi Jun 3, 2014

Newer rivals may better its specs and performance now, but that doesn't make the G2 a has-been. LG's flagship phone remains a worthy contender.

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10
Expert Reviews Oct 11, 2013

A beautiful screen and great camera and battery life make the G2 a phone to be reckoned with - we just wish it had expandable storage

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9.0
Good Housekeeping Apr 1, 2014

Though it doesn’t do anything exceedingly novel, the LG G2 is a solid phone that performed among the best on many of our lab tests. With top-notch processing power and an eye-catching 5.2” display that is great for consuming media, the G2 is a solid Android choice.

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8.0
MSN UK Sep 12, 2013

The best LG smartphone ever? You betcha. Better than HTC and Samsung’s top guns? Not quite – but the G2 definitely hits the upper echelons of the Android hierarchy.

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8.0
BGR Sep 12, 2013

Unless you approach smartphone purchases as most people approach television purchases, where the display is the most important factor and other features are a distant second, the G2 may be a tough sell.

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8.0
HotHardware Oct 17, 2013

The G2 is tremendously powerful, has a battery that can easily last a full day even with extensive use, offers a brilliant new position for the power and volume rocker switches, and touts one of the nicest mobile displays we've ever seen.

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9.0
MobileBurn Sep 27, 2013

The G2 has excellent battery life, a good camera, a gorgeous display, and a unique control system that I think anyone should love. However, the over-the-top software decisions make it hard to see below the surface.

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First Looks

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Engadget Aug 7, 2013

The multitude of new hardware and software features definitely make for a compelling flagship. Our first impressions were positive, and we walked out of today's event wanting more.

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Gizmodo Aug 7, 2013

All things told, the G2 is still a phone we're looking forward to giving a full rundown, but that's almost entirely because of the hardware. The software (LG's heavy skin running over Android 4.2.2) is a massive disappointment on first glance.

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CNET Aug 7, 2013

However, it won't be all smooth sailing for the G2. The absent microSD card slot and embedded battery may be deal breakers for some, and both the phone's design and OS keep up with the new heights set by today's superphones, but can't push past rivals.

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AnandTech Aug 7, 2013

The LG G2 looks like a big step forwards from the original Optimus G and includes an impressive list of new features.

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GigaOM Aug 7, 2013

It’s a gorgeous phone, and probably the best-sized big-screen smartphone I’ve placed my hands on. LG spent quite some time emphasizing the thinness of the G2’s design, and with good reason — this phone feels strikingly slim when you hold it.

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PC Mag Aug 7, 2013

LG's new superphone gives you the most screen and battery you can hold in one hand—and potentially a big usability pitfall. I spent about half an hour with the LG G2, and I'm impressed by the screen and battery but very, very worried about its rear-mounted power button.

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Computerworld Aug 7, 2013

In short, the LG G2 gives all the appearance of being a premium smartphone. If it costs the expected premium price, it could be very popular among the higher-end prosumers who are looking for a large, sleek device that can be easily used with one hand. The rest of us may have to reconsider.

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SlashGear Aug 7, 2013

You end up with a faster phone, a better screen, and what’s shaping up to be a more impressive camera than the Optimus G and the G Pro, after all – but it falls short of addressing the increasing role of context in our mobile devices.

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Pocket-Lint Aug 7, 2013

So, initial impressions are good. Great, even. And it's nice to see that LG is willing to bring a flagship phone to the UK for the first time in an age. And one with a healthy 3,000mAh battery, to boot.

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PC World Australia Aug 8, 2013

LG has officially announced its latest flagship Android phone, the G2. It has high-end specifications and a huge 5.2in screen, but the real interesting feature is LG's decision to move all physical buttons to the back of the phone.

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Android Central Aug 7, 2013

It’s not the “Android device for all” that the Moto X is, nor is it the market-flooding device that the Galaxy S4 has grown to be. Instead, it’s an LG device through and through, and it packs enough technical features and other goodies to appeal to the nerd in all of us.

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TechRadar Aug 7, 2013

The screen is so stunning when watching Full HD content that it's hard not to instantly fall in love - and the processor, RAM and general speed of the phone is top notch. However, the design is middling, the implementation of Android 4.2 only so-so...

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GSM Arena Aug 7, 2013

From what our relatively brief first encounter shows, every self-respecting geek will do well to put the LG G2 on their shopping shortlist.

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Ubergizmo Aug 7, 2013

From our short time with the G2, we certainly became believers in the rear-button layout and found it to be extremely comfortable, especially when handling a phablet device.

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TrustedReviews Aug 7, 2013

Not just LG’s best phone to date, the LG G2 is shaping up to be one of the best phones ever made. Its 5.2-inch screen is simply stunning and the powerful specs beneath the hood will future proof the phone for some time yet.

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Phone Scoop Aug 7, 2013

Everything I saw was quick and smooth. There were no hiccups or problems in the devices on-site. And there shouldn't be. This phone has one of the fastest mobile processors available under the hood in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.

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Phandroid Aug 7, 2013

This device is a bit unique, with LG putting the volume rocker and power button on the back instead of the standard position of the sides or top of the device ... the early impressions are that it isn’t quite as natural and intuitive as it needed to be.

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ChipChick Aug 7, 2013

The rear key on the LG G2 seems gimmicky, but you have to give LG credit for trying something different. As for the build quality of the device, unfortunately the LG G2 has a similar plastic and slippery finish to the Samsung Galaxy S4. That said, its display is pretty amazing with very vibrant...

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T3 Aug 7, 2013

It doesn't take a genius to see that LG needs this handset to be a big hitter and there's a lot of interesting new features that mean this looks, feels and performs up there - if not better - than the top phones already on the shelves.

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The Next Web Aug 7, 2013

The device itself is relatively comfortable to hold, which is a decent achievement considering its size. It has a solid weight to it, and although you might think the buttons on the back would be easily pressed accidentally ... this didn’t happen in our early tests.

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Android Community Aug 7, 2013

So far it’s giving off a pretty good impression. The screen is truly stunning, gets extremely bright, has crisp colors and great viewing angles. The design of the phone is quite nice, and the thin bezels are a welcomed edition.

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DroidLife Aug 7, 2013

So far, I must say I am very impressed with what LG has created. The phone is lightweight, looks stunning. takes phenomenal pictures, operates at blazing speeds, and brings some interesting proprietary software which we will highlight a little later.

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Techno Buffalo Aug 7, 2013

We like that the phone appears rather bare since the only real buttons are on the back of the device, but found it very, very awkward to use at first...The phone itself reminds us a lot of the G Pro, which is a good thing since we enjoyed that device. We’re not crazy about the plastic design.

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IntoMobile Aug 7, 2013

The LG G2 is a solid device that we look forward to putting through its paces in our full review. For now, just know that LG’s upcoming smartphone is solid and you can look forward to it on all four major US carriers sometime in the future.

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Business Insider Aug 7, 2013

Today LG unveiled its latest smartphone, the G2. The consumer goods maker believes that its latest smartphone is revolutionary because the volume and power buttons have been moved from the side of the device to the back.

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Android Police Aug 7, 2013

From the short time I had with the device, it seems that LG is more than ready to compete with the likes of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One. The number of unique software features and the streamlined look of the G2 is enough to set it apart, but time will tell if it can compete in market share.

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PC Authority Aug 7, 2013

The G2's 5.2in "True HD" 1920x1080 screen is just as eye-popping as the Galaxy S4's and, next to the 4.7in HTC One, it's easy to see that there's bags more screen real estate in essentially the same sized handset. The bezels are so unnoticeable, frankly they should be embarrassed.

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BGR Sep 12, 2013

Unless you approach smartphone purchases as most people approach television purchases, where the display is the most important factor and other features are a distant second, the G2 may be a tough sell.

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Game Informer Aug 7, 2013

The LG G2 is certainly going to be one of the hottest smartphones that we will see this year. It has the most potent chipset in business and an ample battery to keep it going for a long time. It has one of the best screens we have ever seen and at 5.2" it has more of it than its main rivals.

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MobileBurn Aug 7, 2013

Aside from the aforementioned brightness and great colors afforded by the IPS display structure, it also benefits from the very narrow bezel that permits the screen to be larger than average without making the device too much bigger than it needs to be.

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Stuff Aug 7, 2013

It is a big phone to hold but if that's not an issue, you'll be rewarded with a stunning screen, promising camera (from our first look) and a processor that we can't wait to test out properly. None of the extra features, or the rear buttons, are enough to sway us at this stage.

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9.0
zaki67 zaki67

This phone is very underrated ,I change phones a lot and after the Galaxy S4 I loved the battery life of the G2 and the speed of the camera.

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9.0
michaelbay michaelbay

There are only a few of things wrong with this phone, most of which are the carrier's fault: The gloss back Inconsistency of rear buttons depending on carrier model Limited case options Pre-installed software and some bloatware Unforgivable, worst ever default notification sounds (boys choir)...

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9.0
yoshiex yoshiex

Fantastic phone. I got it for my wife to replace her Galaxy III and it's a massive upgrade. Fast fast fast interface, fantastic battery life, fantastic camera...beautiful screen. This is a real winner.

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joannmp joannmp

After an exhaustive evaluation of phones compatible (or expected to be) with Sprint's tri-band LTE (now called Spark), I settled on the LG G2 despite my concerns about non-removable battery and lack of SD card support internally. The battery life is amazing, and I can attach an external SD card...

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10
DaBriRo DaBriRo

LG tough of the natural landing position of your fingers when you hold your phone to your ear and put the buttons right there. That level of attention to detail shows in many different aspects of this phone. It has a lot of useful features like it's guest mode and some others.

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Tkmcguire1 Tkmcguire1

I have a degree in ITTechnology and am a Tech enthusiast so I am always trying new phones. In the last year I have had the DNA ,iPhone 5 and 5s the Sony Z1,Galaxy S4 and last before this the Nexus 5. All I can say is this phone is a beast and takes everything I throw at it,Beautiful...

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9.0
simiancreased simiancreased

The Battery life is awesome in LG G2, I can barely get 16+ hours average without any battery saving mode and my auto sync is on. This is awesome! The only thing I don't like is the call reception or voice clarity in my LG G2. Compared with my previous HTC One, the call quality is not so good. I...

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9.0
Rinzler Rinzler

So this phone has been pretty well done. A common misconception of this phone is the OS, and how heavy its skin is. Honestly, the OS is easy to tone down. With a little tinkering, I've got the skin to be less ugly, and it looks really nice. And obviously you can always download a good launcher if...

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1.0
geekerman geekerman

I hate hate HATE this phone! Awful design flaw with the home, back, and menu buttons. Yeah, it's a pretty good phone overall as far as its graphic and processing power, but the home button makes it completely not worth it. I say that because no matter what you are doing (texting, facebook,...

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