Another day, another awesome tech toy for us to play with here at FHM HQ! This time around, we got our sweaty hands on the Optimus G, a sleek smartphone from LG that comes at the heels of its good-lookin' predecessors, the Optimus Vu and the Optimus 4X HD.
So, what's the deal with the Optimus G? We'll give it to you straight: It's one impressive device, and it makes us want to give LG a high-five! Below are our reasons:
It's lean...and definitely mean
There's no doubt about it: The Optimus G is a solidly built and classy-looking device. We actually think the G in the product name may actually stand for gwapo. And we won't fault the users who end up thinking and feeling they're gwapo as well when they touch and hold this bad boy.
The entire unit's encased in glass—yes, even its white backside, which also sports a gorgeous shimmery dotted pattern that appears and “disappears” depending on the viewing angle. Nice touch. As expected, the 4.7-inch HD IPS Plus (in-plane switching for more viewing angles) touchscreen dominates the front, with the LG logo, indicator light, and front-facing camera squished up top, and the Android softkeys holding court at the bottom. The sides were also given a thin metal trim, completing that premium and sosi look and feel.
LG also went minimalist for the Optimus G's controls and ports. As is customary, the Power button's the only thing found on the right side. The micro USB port's at the bum, while the volume rocker and microSIM slot are on the left. A 3.5mm jack up top rounds everything out.
Where does the “mean” part come in, you ask? This 8.45mm Android Jelly Bean phone was given the traditional block shape, but it certainly isn't a blockhead. LG gave the Optimus G a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU for brains. And what a brain it is: a full benchmark on Quadrant Standard Edition gave this phone a 7,385 score, right at the top of the heap. For non-geeks, that basically means, at least for sheer raw processing power, it's top-notch! Numbers don't lie, brah!
On to other concerns. There's 32GB of internal storage, and 2GB of memory. NFC and LTE are also on board. Serial snappers who also print their mobile photos should be happy with the camera: It has 13-megapixels of imaging awesomeness! Hooray for selfies and foodporn shots!
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