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Quick First Look: LG Optimus G on Sprint and AT&T

I’m about to jump on a plane to leave beautiful San Diego, but before that happens, I wanted to toss up this quick video tour of the LG Optimus G on both Sprint and AT&T. LG handed over review units of each device last night, giving me all of a couple of hours to try to dive into them. Full reviews will come later, but the video below should give you a good feel what we’re working with here, along with some first impressions. To put it simply, this phone is insanely fast. 

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  • HTC1

    I don’t crewhat anyone says about LG, that phone is awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!! ans yes,I was a LG hater.

  • blaford

    Any word on if this phone will come to verizon? I really like the
    square, masculine appearance and the specs are fantastic. I can’t stand
    all these round, effeminate phones like the galaxy nexus, s3, or pretty
    much everything apple has ever made.

    I’m scared that vzw will pass on this and get the nexus with that
    hideous chassis. I wonder, should I just go with the razr hd maxx or
    wait it out?

    • Shawn Goede

      I’m sure that it will go to Verizon but prob won’t see it till late Nov

    • Linx

      I thought I was the only one to feel that way. The only reason that I will NEVER get the S3 is because I would feel like I’m using a woman’s phone. The rounded edges are just too much for me…Can’t Do It!

  • Asimoalex

    Is it weird that as I watch this I wonder what Kellex looks like ….I don’t believe Ive seen him before

  • SUPREME4LIFE

    So we get excited over lg phones.? Smh specs mean nothing.

    • peacekeeper05

      So because it’s from LG you are assuming that this phone will not be a good performer? what a douche.

    • Shawn Goede

      Lg has the best true color display

  • wm snyder

    Nexus should be better not comparable or Trade off. The Nexus is supposed to be the best of everything!

    • DROID VADAR

      AGREED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

      Actually the purpose of the Nexus program isn’t really to put out a device with THE best specs. Nexus devices are supposed to be more of a reference device.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Kelex, why is the GS3 so slow to focus. Its a terrible video. Maybe use another phone for the second video.

    • SUPREME4LIFE

      He said gnex not gs3

      • RoadsterHD1

        my bad.

    • BakerDude

      Moron. Watch, and LISTEN, to the video again. He clearly states what phone he is using to record the video and… It’s NOT a GS3!

      • RoadsterHD1

        Hey t a k e it eeaassyy…..

  • Knlegend1

    Dear Verizon,
    This is the LG you want on your network. That is all!
    P.S. Also the Lumia 920 and 820 not that Lumia 822. If you haven’t seen it look it up. I swear you I leaving for At&t.

  • Pdiddy187

    Bolth.

  • ezpotato

    this should have been the lg nexus, god dammit.

    • peacekeeper05

      It has basically the same everything. Just the shape is different.

      • dan

        Except that the nexus has 8GB storage and no LTE.

        • peacekeeper05

          of course an LTE version and a higher storage option is to be expected. Why would you even need a larger memory for just a prototype unit.

  • Russell Sprague

    why the hardware keys? come on people!

    • http://www.facebook.com/metalmatze1234 Along Came Morgi

      i cant spot hardware keys apart from the volume control and the power button, so whats wrong with them oO

    • Knlegend1

      Hardware keys???? Seriously this is the best looking phone with the smallest bezel I’ve seen. The Galaxy Nexus doesnt’ even look this good.

    • C-Law

      They’re capacitive like most phones. At least they aren’t physical buttons

  • Steve S,

    Welcome to SD! Its raining here this whole weekend. Enjoy! I love this phone. I perfer the Sprint version. I like this more then the Nexus they will be making.

  • Stevedub40

    Hey, I live in SD! What brings you about in our neck of the woods?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      CTIA?

  • ManiDePRico

    love the screen turn off animation (at 3:27)!

  • 04stangman

    F-Ugly!!!!!!!! Square piece of trash.

    • Ibrick

      So you’ll take 2 then?

    • blaford

      Square looks much better. Can’t stand girly phones.

  • DanWazz

    Good looking phone. I like that lockscreen. Sprint version wins due to lack of Sprint branding.

  • Fifth313ment

    It sucks that the ATT version gets the crappier 8MP camera but the microSD card slot. And the Sprint version gets the great 13MP camera and no microSD. Arg and I really wanted to the Sprint version. But both don’t have a removable battery and with no microSD card too is a no buy!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Sprint Version has 32GB internal… so that should take care of any space issues… but I also like having data on an SD card…. Only phone i’d buy without an SD is a Nexus

    • MPMyth

      More MP’s just increases the file size. My 4 year old 6MP Canon p&s takes better shots then any camera phone I’ve seen. It’s all about optics/lens and the sensor. It’s entirely possible that cramming more pixels into such a small sensor actually reduces your image quality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.petrillo.1 Steven Petrillo

    Please Verizon come through and bring us a version of this phone. I would prefer the 16 gig internal/SD card variant.

    • Ibrick

      I would think if it does come to VZW, which I hope it does, that it would more closely follow Sprint’s CDMA version.
      I have a feeling VZW went with the RAZR HD instead though..

      • BakerDude

        Why does Verizon have such a hard-on for Motorola? I just don’t get it. Do they make more per device?

      • Paul

        I think it’s more that they went for the Incredible X instead. The Razr is going to be more of their option for those that are most concerned about battery life.

        • Ibrick

          Could be the case of course, however, VZW nor HTC for that matter, have even confirmed the DLX/DIX even exists, and the RAZR HD and Optimus G are set to release around the same time.

  • chris125

    Now this is what verizon should have gotten instead of the intuition

  • slider112

    Swanky blanket… ;)

    Also, LG is making a real push here recently…

    • https://twitter.com/#!/fitman88 Fitman88

      Agreed. I can’t wait to see where the technology (and LG) will be when I’m finally able to upgrade from the gnex in 2013..

  • moelsen8

    wait, are those capacitive keys?

    • Southrncomfortjm

      Doesn’t look like it. It just seems like the soft-keys turn off if you aren’t touching the screen. Kind of like that feature actually.

      • moelsen8

        that’d be neat if true..

      • strikeir13

        disagree. check out 3:28 when he turns the screen off. The black behind the keys is different than the screen, which to me looks more like soft capacitive keys than on-screen keys.

        • Hobbzey

          Agreed.

    • C-Law

      Yes they’re capacitive.

  • Southrncomfortjm

    Wish they would have just turned this phone straight into a Nexus instead of just “basing” the next Nexus off of it.

    • Captain_Doug

      As long as the internals are the same, I like the look of the new Nexus better. This plain square isn’t super appealing to me. However if they tamed the specs down for the Nexus I’m with you.

      • Southrncomfortjm

        Core specs (processor, ram) are the same. Storage is different, as is the lack of SD card on the Nexus. Also not clear if its the same camera. The performance should be the same, if not better on the Nexus since the Nexus runs stock Android rather than a skinned version.

        • chris125

          this has better camera 13mp vs 8mp on nexus

          • NYCHitman1

            Megapixels aren’t everything, but I have heard that the 13MP cam is supposed to have the infamous Carl Zeiss lens/sensor.

        • Captain_Doug

          Good to know. However isn’t the storage an assumption at this point? I agree that an SD card slot probably won’t make it’s way to the final product but for a test device, 8GB makes sense. I hope anyway. I could live with 16Gb but hopefully they have higher options as well.