I’ve got a LG G2 Android smartphone, and my first impression is that it is a very slick device. Pretty cool and very impressive that it is both smaller and lighter, but still has a larger display than my Sony Xperia Z1. The LG G2 has a 5.2-inch display, and the Sony Xperia Z1 a 5-inch. The LG G2 feels much nicer in your hand, than the Z1, and you can easily handle it with just one hand. Yes the LG G2 is made of plastic, but it is a kind of plastic that doesn’t feels so plastic, not as the Samsung Galaxy phones for example. My Sony Xperia Z1 is made with only metal and glass, so of course it feels more luxurious and has a higher build quality than the LG G2.
Terrible UI / Skin
The huge drawback with the LG G2 though, is LG’s UI, the skin, it is just terrible, very terrible. Looks awful. You can fix it quite much by installing a launcher though, but you still have the very ugly and busy notification menu left, even with another launcher. So the only way getting rid of all the LG junk, is to use the Xpose framework, or installing some kind of custom rom. I will probably do either of that later on. For now, I am satisfied with swapping the LG launcher to the Google Experience Launcher (GEL) though. You don’t get rid of all the LG junkware that is pre-installed though..
When scrolling in apps like Google+ or Chrome, it is not as smooth as it is on the Sony Xperia Z1 though, I don’t really know why, because both phones have a Snapdragon 800 processor, and have almost identical AnTuTu Benchmarks results. So when it comes to smoothness and flow, the Xperia Z1 wins.
Awesome 5.2-inch IPS display
The 5.2-inch IPS display is amazing on the LG G2, now when having both phones at the same time, I can see how much better the display is on the LG G2 compared to the Sony Xperia Z1. I also really like the very thin bezels that makes the phone so small compared to the Z1. When I compare it to my old Galaxy S3, they have almost an identical size, but the G2 has a 5.2-inch display compared to the S3’s 4.8-inch. Kinda amazing really.
I haven’t tried the camera yet though, and personally I have a hard time believing that the LG G2 can beat the Sony Xperia Z1’s incredible camera. It will be very interesting to compare them.
The LG G2 is running Android 4.2.2, and I don’t know when or if it will get KitKat, but maybe that doesn’t matter for me, if I choose to flash a custom rom on it instead.
So my fist impression LG G2 is that this is a very slick and nice phone, one of the best phones this year.
Here is my unboxing video:
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