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83
Engadget
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Review

The Optimus G is a phenomenal piece of hardware that combines refined design with superb build quality and provides gobs of performance without sacrificing battery life.

Pros
  • Refined, elegant designSuperb build quality Phenomenal performanceGreat battery life
Cons
  • Jelly Bean missing at launchFrustrating camera software
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Scores

Engadget

83
 

User Reviews

90
CavemanRC
I've only had the phone for a few days, but so far mostly good. There's the...read more
100
clintondsouza
in all a perfect phone...i can just say it has everything you need and nothing...read more
90
kaerey
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
4.722
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Carriers (US)
AT&T
Model
AT&T

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Standby time (max)
335 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (2100 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Lte (GSM) (HSDPA) (Yes)
Subscriber identity
Micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.7 inches
Screen resolution
Other (1280x768)
Pixel density
320 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
TV-out
Yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))
Model
Sprint

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Standby time (max)
335 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (2100 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (13 megapixels) (Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
32 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Cdma, Lte
Subscriber identity
Embedded

Display

Screen size
4.7 inches
Screen resolution
Other (1280x768)
Pixel density
320 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
TV-out
Yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))
Model
GJ

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Standby time (max)
335 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (2280 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (13 megapixels) (Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Lte
Subscriber identity
Embedded

Display

Screen size
4.7 inches
Screen resolution
Other (1280x720)
Pixel density
312 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
TV-out
Yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))
Model
L-01E (NTT DoCoMo)

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
2g, 3g (up to8 hours) (up to9.6 hours)
Standby time (max)
350 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (2280 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (13 megapixels) (Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Lte
Subscriber identity
Embedded

Display

Screen size
4.7 inches
Screen resolution
Other (1280x720)
Pixel density
312 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
TV-out
Yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))