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LG Optimus G Pro Review


 

Hello! It’s Zac again!  Today I will be doing a review on the LG Optimus G Pro.

Hardware

The LG Optimus G Pro is a very fast Phablet. The hardware is also excellent. The screen is 5.5 inches using an IPS+ HD display, with a PPI of 401 (meaning: it  looks really good). It has a blazing fast 1.7 Ghz Quad-Core Snapdragon 600 processor backed with 2GB of ram to make everything run smooth and very fast. It comes with 32 GB of storage space and you can also add 64 GB micro SD card to have more storage. It has NFC , Bluetooth 4.0 and dual band Wi-Fi. This phone is also 4G LTE capable. One drawback is that its speakerphone is very tinny and when you turn up the volume all the way it does not have crisp sound.

 

Design

optimus-g-proThe Optimus G Pro weighs 6.14 oz. so it is a little heavy, but it’s just .37 inches thick. It’s sleek and feels solid. There is a nice pattern on the back of the phone that I think makes it more attractive. It is quite large though, so it’s not easy to use with one hand if you have small hands.

 

 

Display

The display is amazing. It’s perfect for movies and games. It carries 1920 X 1080p resolution in that 5.5 inch screen. It’s very crisp and the colors are right on tune.  The display is also very bright and there is no difficulty seeing it when it’s really sunny outside.

 

Camera and Video

The camera is quite nice. The Optimus G Pro has a rear facing 13 Megapixel camera with a 2.1 Megapixel camera on the front. The rear camera has a 15X zoom and flash. There are 7 shooting modes: Normal, HDR, Panorama, VR Panorama, Burst Shot, Beauty Shot, and Dual recording. There is also an intelligent auto mode on the phone’s camera which automatically adjusts scene, ISO, and White Balance. The camera performs well when you take pictures with good lighting. In low lighting the camera it’s okay, though not great.  In comparison it does do better than many other smartphones though so I’ve provided some shots so you can take a look for yourself.

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The front facing camera is decent though the pictures seem kind of faded. The front camera does have a beauty shot feature where it removes blemishes on your face.

The rear camera shoots videos in 1080p at 30 fps and captures good video and audio. There are four options for the video camera, normal, WDR recording, Live Effect, and Dual Recording. There is an anti-shake feature which makes video much better. The front camera also shoots in 1080p and lets in much detail and light.

 

Battery

battery-testThe 3140 MaH battery on the LG Optimus G Pro is excellent. It is supposed to get 15 hours of talk time with a standby time of about 24 days. I got about 31 hours out of it. That was with playing a few games, listening to music, texting, and Facebook and Instagram all day with the brightness at 50% and still had 19% battery life. The battery charges wicked fast. It will charge the battery from 5% to 100% in about an hour to an hour and a half.

 

Software

The Optimus G Pro is running Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) right out of the box. LG has put its own skin on the phone. It runs smoothly and never lags. There is also a built in IR blaster so you can control your television, home theatre, etc, with your phone.

 

Calling

The talk time on the phone is about 15 and a half hours. It has a noise canceling microphone to make it easier for other people to hear you. Call quality is very clear.

 

Data Speeds

Data speeds are pretty fast. I got about 46 download and 17 upload with a strong 4G LTE signal, which was twice as fast as the Wi-Fi speed.

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Benchmark Tests

I used Antutu and the Quadrant standard  to test the speed of the phone, here are the results:

Antutu Benchmark

Quadrant Standard Benchmark


Extra features 

Home button LED

Whenever you receive a notification, incoming call, email, etc, the home button lights up as your notification light.

Home Button LED

(I’m in love with this!)

 

 

 

 

Smart Cover

smart-coverYou can buy a smart cover for the LG Optimus G Pro that unlocks your phone when you flip open the case, and when you close the case it puts the phone to sleep. Check it out here.

 

 

 

 

Qslide apps

QSlideYou can overlay two apps over whatever you’re doing on your phone, so you can do three things at once. (Only works with the note pad, calendar, calculator, and video.)

 

 

 

 

 

QuickMemo

Quick MemoWith QuickMemo you can write on your screen while using most apps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smart Video

While you are watching a video in the video app, you phone will pause video when the phone detects you are not looking at it, and it will automatically start the video when it sees you are looking at it again.

 

Smart Screen

Watches your eyes to see if you are still looking at the screen to keep the screen on or not. This feature isn’t always accurate, sometimes it will still go dark while I am still looking at the screen.

 

Video Wiz

Video WizYou can create your own movies by putting in your own music, video or pictures, choose the theme, and much more.

 

 

 

 


 

Pros

  • Blazing Fast
  • Amazing battery life
  • Excellent display
  • Great camera
  • Home button LED
  • Very customizable UI

 

Cons

  • Speaker is tinny and fuzzy at high volumes
  • Phone is a bit on the heavy size

4 comments

  1. Tony

    LG Optimus G Pro really makes people feel loved LG satisfied. Highly configurable with fast processing speed, and touch screen is perfect. Weakness is the only surviving PIN.

  2. Anonymous

    I love that you can just say “smile” or “cheese” etc. instead of having to worry about pressing the button! This really comes in handy & is something that I always hated about my iphone.

  3. The Stav

    What an excelent device even by the standards set by the newer incoming flagship smartphones.
    It really has everything except for the high quality look of the iPhone or the Sony. So what, when an excellent ‘smart cover’ is available in a multitude of colours.
    The price has also dropped significantly in my country making it exceptional value.
    Once you have tried a phone of 5″ or more, you won’t go back.

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