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Video: Hands-on and Software Highlights on the LG Optimus G

LG held a brief Optimus G event today in New York and our buddy Kover was able to stop by to get some hands-on time with it. In the 6-minute video below, one of the LG reps on hand takes us through some of the fancy new features that LG is hoping will help sell this device, similarly to how Samsung pushed sharing instead of specs with the Galaxy S3. I can’t help but admit that I’m impressed by what LG has done here, even if the look of the skin is a little too cheesy for my liking. But hey, that can be hidden for the most part with a third party launcher. 

As far as first impressions go, Kover said that even though we tend to talk about all new phones being “smooth and fluid,” this phone brings it to a whole new level. Even with a heavy dose of “eye-candy animations, the phone doesn’t hiccup.”




  • Tyler

    LG’s high end smartphones have always been sub par when compared to the competetion, until this. The only thing that makes me hesitant about this phone is battery size and OS updates. LG doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to updating their phones. None the less its a very solid phone.

  • CopierITGuy

    I can’t believe that I’m actually going to type this, but I may actually consider this LG device. As a staunch anti-LG hardware person, I have to say that this even impressed me. Let’s see how it performs in real life scenarios as more people get their hands on it, but there is potential here.

    And that lock screen is too cool for school!!!!

    • zUFC

      Same here dude. I can’t beleive it. I never even though of considering a LG. But this thing is just too sweet. And even though it’s missing a few things we would like (removable batt, SD slot, etc) the ONLY thing that is driving me nuts about it (not be a 100% perfect phone for me) is the stupid hard on-screen buttons!!!!! why why why

      And yes, that lock screen is the best i have ever seen. I can’t beleive they thought of it first

  • r0lct

    Only thing I didn’t like was the fact you need to save the note, then open the note app, then share. Wonder they can’t just let you share at the moment you save.

  • feztheforeigner


    LG got good!!!!1!

  • Yeah Mon, LG is doing what innovative companies should be doing. TAKING THE LEAD IN INNOVATION. And I will be so kind and give them my hard sweated dollars. NOW I can get rid of my OG DROID X. My first stop will be crashing a iP5 rally.

  • Made me want to hear this song… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLnWf1sQkjY … Jizz, In My Pants…


    LG definitely has my attention now. Can’t wait to see the US version.

  • AnGeLFaCe777

    Nice Job Droid Life ! I have always loved LG ever since they came out with the voyager. I am glad to see that they are coming back strong. Nice Job LG !

  • I like how her chest is in focus yet the phone is blurry.

  • Zach Armstrong

    Looks like a pretty awesome phone not a big fan of LG though.

  • MotoRulz

    whats not to like? LG is coming strong with this G.

    • AnGeLFaCe777

      Very very strong !

  • Wow LG got a second look from me on a phone! I see some very cool innovation going on with this so thats pretty cool.

  • Mike_Cook7

    Can’t say I would use web surfing through a video but dam that is pretty dam smooth, my GS3 has more hiccups than that (well did with the wiz on)

  • If this phone runs this smooth with ICS I can only imagine how smooth it will be once it has JB

    • AnGeLFaCe777

      If it ever gets Jelly bean, LG has a history with slow updates.

  • im so indecisive right now ._. no sd slot and no removable battery? i dont like where the development is leading. this is my main issue with htc. is it even rootable then? and how do i shut it down if it freezes? and do i throw it away after 3-4 years when the battery is worn out? 🙁 I’d rly like to get it, its an amazing phone

    • AnGeLFaCe777

      Will you stay with your device 3 to 4 years? Most people get a new device within one year or two. Slim device with big battery it is the best approach.

      • sure i’d stay with it, when its still a good phone. i have the optimus speed now, so i’d like to upgrade sometime cause it gets rly annoying from time to time. but all my previous phones i used till they were completely torn apart^^ but you have no answers to my questions?

        • AnGeLFaCe777

          What was your questions? You answered my comment, but you did not ask questions.

          • what i asked before. if theres a possibilty to root without an sd card and if theres someway to swap batteries, build in another one after a few years.

          • AnGeLFaCe777

            I do not know about rooting so much since i have not done it. If the device has a non removable battery you can not change it. You need to know how to charge the device. For instance do not leave the device charging when it reaches 100 %. That is one of the reason most people kill their battery and they run out of battery more often. Motorola is putting big batteries on their device and making the device slim. I feel that is the right approach.

          • okay, thank you for that. guess i have to google a bit to see wether or not i can root it. i think its possible with htcs too, i will check on that. but what do you do if the phone freezes? wait for the battery to empty? oO

          • Tyler

            Sometimes there is a combination of keys you can hold that will turn off the phone, such as volume rocker and power button or something like that.

          • oh okay, thx. guess i have to wait for some reviews before i decide. tho i want it so bad >.<^^

          • AnGeLFaCe777

            Power button and volume button at the same time that will give you the reboot if your device freezes.

          • thx for the input 🙂

    • Colin Vesper

      There’s no sd card slot? Are you kidding me?

      • as far as i know, there is none. some articles said it had one, but mainly articles written before the release. now all hand ons and reviews say there is none. unfortunately. thats what i thought was worst on apple and htc 🙁

        • Colin Vesper

          That and doubts about the battery life make me sad about this phone. That was one thing that always made me want to get another android phone over the iphone is that I could use my 32 and 64 cards still. It’s ridiculous to not have an sd card slot.

          • y thats pretty bad. but there are other cool phones coming too. oppo find 5 could be one.

  • RB

    Now THIS is software innovation. Nice. Not to mention the balla hardware to come with.

  • skubadoo

    I want this. Now.
    Best unlock screen ever.
    It’s almost like they took project butter to the next level.
    I also want to be able to watch movies and do work at the same time. Now that is real multi-tasking..

  • jsf6262

    Is this really only going to have a 2100mAh battery? That would be a real shame.

    • Liderc

      A 2100mAh battery is a shame?

      • jsf6262

        Well it’s not that bad – I think it’s the same as the GSIII? But it would be nice to see more OEMs making large batteries like Motorola, even if it’s kind of a brute force solution to battery life. Looks like the new processor, battery, and screen on the Optimus G are all very efficient though, so it could be no problem at all.

        • Christian Chew

          @disqus_ePZrcAX1n5:disqus While I can’t vouch for how ‘true’ their spokesmen’s words are, LG’s advancement in battery technology is supposed to more efficient even with the same mAh power. I believe in their video they quoted something like 6% increase in power as well as an 800 charge cycle as opposed to the standard 500 charge cycle.

      • AnGeLFaCe777

        Yes it is a shame if the device has quad core. Learn about technology !

        • Liderc

          Quad cores use less battery, learn about technology…idiot.

          • AnGeLFaCe777

            That does not justify the small battery moron. The droid Razr maxx its not quad core nor does it has hd display and it comes with 3030 mah battery. Go back to Arkansas.

          • Liderc

            It’s not a small battery, it’s 2100mAh. Since you can’t spell, you go back to Arkansas, since I’m assuming you think that was an attempted insult. Keywords, attempted insult.

    • AnGeLFaCe777

      I did not think about that. GS3 has 2100 mah battery but it is not quad core.

      • voltism

        international version is…

        • AnGeLFaCe777

          That’s there we are in USA.

  • Silver Veloz

    The more and more I see this, the more impressive it looks. Great job LG.

    • michael arazan

      it’s definitely designed for heavy multitasking, kudos on that

  • ChuckDz3

    That was the coolest unlock animations I have ever seen.

    This phone has definitely grabbed my attention. Never thought about LG as a potential brand for my next phone, but this is pretty awesome.

    • Geocranium

      The only thing that I don’t like about LG’s phones is how they’re very rigid-looking. Probably my favorite form factor has been the curvyness of the Galaxy Nexus.

    • AnGeLFaCe777

      This can be the device of the year believe it or not. I am big Motorola fan but this device is awesome. I hope LG can update their device like Motorola does.

  • kselby

    That guy is staring into my soul!