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CES: LG Optimus G hands-on review

We catch a glimpse at LG's LTE Android flagship
Tue Jan 08 2013, 10:09
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LAS VEGAS: THE INQUIRER managed to get its hands on LG's flagship 4G Android handset, the LG Optimus G, at CES in Las Vegas on Monday.

While LG is remaining tight-lipped about its UK release plans for the Optimus G, given the fact that the country has just launched its EE 4G network we're thinking that the handset might appear sooner rather than later.

Because of this, when offered the chance to have a hands-on look at the Optimus G at LG's Consumer Electronics Show 2013 keynote, we couldn't resist.

Design and build
Visually the Optimus G looks a lot more like previous Optimus handsets than LG's latest Nexus 4 smartphone.

This means that the Optimus G looks is fairly angular and slightly boxy when compared to HTC's and Samsung's latest One and Galaxy handsets.

Despite looking different than most handsets the Optimus G is similarly sized, falling into the large smartphone size bracket, measuring 132x69x8.5mm and weighing 145g.

While this means that the device will feel slightly unwieldy to small handed smartphone users, we found that the Optimus G hit the same size sweetspot previously nailed by the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X+.

We were slightly concerned regarding the Optimus G's build quality, with our hands-on time with it leaving us unconvinced that its unibody plastic chassis could survive even a minor bump or scrape unscathed.

Screen
The Optimus G features a 4.7in screen that is loaded with True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen technology.CES LG Optimus 4 UI

With its 768x1280 resolution and 318ppi pixel density, we found that the display had decent viewing angles, brightness and colour balance levels.

However, comparing the display to that of the Lumia 920 we had on hand, we did notice a slight disparity in quality, with the Nokia phone's screen looking slightly crisper, though this could have had more to do with the showroom's lighting level and we can't be sure before doing some more thorough tests.

 

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