LG launched the G2 is New York yesterday.
It features android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS panel with just 0.1 inch of a bezel. This is achieved using a dual-routing method in which the touch sensor uses two connectors instead of one. This translates into 75.9% of the screen occupying the front of the phone. It also has a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC, a 13MP camera with optical image stabilisation, 2.1MP front-facing, 24 bit/192kHz HiFi playback (that is incredible), a non-removable 3,000mAh battery, 2GB RAM and your choice of 16 or 32GB internal storage.
The volume and power button are on the rear of the device. There are no buttons on the side. The volume buttons are launch the front camera for self portraits and the quick memo function. The phone also features functions like double tap the screen to turn the phone on, or off.
LG has a big launch planned with over 130 countries within 8 weeks. In fact if you read the spec sheet it becomes one long list of drool worthy items.
Except it fails before it even starts. The memory is being offered in 16 or 32gb, and once again a top flagship is ruined by lack of memory. The 16gb is being offered by Three UK, and it only has 10gb useable. It also appears it has no micro SD slot.
So, video, photos, your Real Racing 3, Asphalt 8, Nova 3 installs have just taken all that free memory. Such a fail. 16gb should not be offered on top flight phones. Apple offer upto 64gb on their iPhones and 128gb on their iPads so it is possible. Cloud storage is not always dependable. No Internet connection and you have access to nothing.
Now, lets take one key feature LG were promoting, the high quality audio sound at 24 bit/192khz. Have you any idea how much larger a mp3 file is at this level. Don’t worry if you are not aware, but rest assured they are considerably larger. And LG felt no need for a micro SD card support. Words fail me.
I feel with each new flagship launch, we take 10 steps forwards and 20 backwards.