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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality No comments good
  • Display No comments great!
  • Battery life No comments great!
  • Camera No comments good
  • Ease of use No comments so-so
  • Design and form factor No comments so-so
  • Portability (size / weight) No comments good
  • Media support No comments so-so
  • Durability No comments good
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) No comments poor
Detailed review
Unlike some of the reviews that have been posted about the G2 that just blames the LG G2 for not being the vanilla Google Experience, I want to talk about the G2 package as a whole. I had every gimmick-y phone existed, I still have my N-GAGE for proof. Taco me later.

The device is a solid device for the everyman and everywoman. There are many great pieces including the screen, QSlide apps are productive and serve their purpose. The messaging app is a great way to get my texts on the home screen and not having to open the app. Other apps such as the tasks are not tasks are not linked through the Google Tasks app, so that's disappointing. Otherwise, I can make a call, check the calendar, and calculate my tip al on the main screen at the same time.

With that said, the biggest issue with the device is the lack of support of third party apps. For instance, I love the Quick Window case for the most part. However, the app that runs the widgets can't be modified so you are stuck with basically two time apps, and a music app that is not compatible with Google Music. This is disappointing, and I had to disable the music app as it took over the headset controls all the time.

Therefore, I love the device on the whole and it's parts are great as long as you want to play in the LG ecosystem. However, the ecosystem is reminiscent of the smartphones of the 2000s with localized music and proprietary software. The LG G2 gets an 8 as the device works great, but the software is unwieldy to get anything higher.

Comments (5) subscribe to this review's comments

geekerman

you seem like a phone connoisseur of sorts; how can you like this utter crap-phone?
TheToddMN

Crap is a matter of perspective. I could argue that my Treo 650 was the best phone that ever came out. With being able to steam music over bluetooth, a fully customizable home screen using ZLauncher, and able to properly get email with a keyboard that worked. However, I believe that we can all say that it is not.

As I mentioned in my review that the ecosystem is terrible nearing atrocious. With Kit Kat, it's no better. Even breaking Google Play Music, forcing me back onto IHeartRadio and Radio.com for long term listening at my desk. The screen is still amazing and I even needed to change off of a colored background as it was too bright for my girlfriend at night. With that said, the battery life is still amazing with 8 hours of streaming music over wifi is a nice touch. Finally, unlike my Att 8525, yeah I went there, it holds up well to being kicked around in my pocket all day. Even the 8525 would lose it's tightness and seem flimsy. While the G2 has been dropped with and without case with little to no damage.

So, to answer you , yes it's crap. I hate it. I wish it was a lot better. However, I've realized that there's never going to be the be all end all of devices. Therefore, it is a solid everyday device for the media lover whose taste is as awkward as their music collection.
geekerman

fair enough... I have a G2 and detailed how much I despise it, in the review I wrote here today.
TheToddMN

Tom,

I was reading some of your comments that you left for other reviews about the device, have you tried another launcher or running a custom rom on it? I read that you wanted to change it out for another device. Why change the device when the G2 specs are comparable to many of the best phones now?

Just saying,

Todd
geekerman

HI Todd,
I thought this thing didn't display my name... that's kind of disconcerting...
but anyway. I think I need to go ahead and do that - installing a new ROM. The thing is I don't know very much about how to do this... I have heard I need to root it but I'm afraid of bricking the thing. Yeah, I used to have a Galaxy S4 and was pretty happy with it. Not so cool of them to come out with the 5 one year later, but anyway. Samsung's physical home button doesn't interfere with the typing as well as *all* functions of the smartphone, so that's why. But if you can change this by rooting it, then I guess it's worth a try.