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LG G2 Official Image Surfaces on the Eve of Its Unveiling (Updated)

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Thanks once again to @evleaks, we have another official press image of a device moments before it has been officially unveiled. This time it’s the LG G2 which will be introduced by LG at a press event in NYC tomorrow morning. Tim is already in NYC preparing for the festivities, which we’ll also have a live blog of.Β 

The image above confirms the massive display, but also the rear-placed volume rocker and power-lock switch. Since the device appears to be incredibly slim, this placement of the physical buttons is probably a smart play, even if it could take some getting used to.

The G2 is expected to sport the world’s slimmest 5.2″ FHD display, Snapdragon 800 (quad-core) processor, 2GB RAM, microSD card slot, removable battery, on-screen navigation buttons, and at least Android 4.2.2 with LG’s newest custom skin on top.

Rumors suggest that we could see a multi-carrier launch for the G2, a first for LG. Verizon is reportedly already on board.

Update: Β Here is another picture –

lg g2 front

Ready for the G2?

Via: Β @evleaks

  • Everett

    I so wish I could get this phone :`( but now I can cuz of the non removable back, never thought I’d be the guy to say that but I do have a 64gb sdcard on my GS3 and can’t settle for less than 32gb. Do I really wanna give LG extra money? Especially when korea gets a removable back -_____-

  • Liderc

    Take that stupid LG logo off the front and I’d buy it.

  • Daniel

    This would be awesome if it were SMALLER, it at least ticks the boxes for removable battery, on-screen nav buttons, and microSD, but how awesome would this be packed into a 4″ or 4.3″ screen making it hand-holdable

  • Higher_Ground

    Gotta say, I’m liking the look of this phone. Too bad about that LG logo on the chin, you’d think the logo on the back was enough, but I guess they gotta muck it up somehow.

  • prestone1

    the livestream of the event is here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQLLee2vMFk

  • mustbepbs

    So much screen to break..

  • Joshua Bailey

    So I am assuming that silver button betwixt the volume buttons is the power button. There doesn’t seem to be any buttons on the side/top/bottom.

    Going to make it interesting for cases.

  • Steve B

    So, take that LG logo off the front and you have the Nexus 5. Snapdragon 800 here I come.

    Absolutely cannot wait for my contract to be up with Verizon in December.

    • Joshua Bailey

      Me neither.

  • turb0wned

    Annnnnnddd… Wait for the release date…. Come soon…. That is one thing I wish all these manufacturers would do more like Apple. Announce the phone and give an exact date.

  • geedee82

    I hope I can scratch that LG logo off the front…

  • Chippah

    BORING! (Homer Simpson device.)
    The design is just too safe and bland..

  • xeno3d

    Will this become the new nexus? Speaking of which, would anyone advise against buying a nexus 4 from google play right now?

  • artsr2002

    The leaked user manual from before puts this thing within millimeters of the size of the S3, my current phone. This makes this a killer phone for me. The s3 is just about the perfect size and the G2 includes a .4″ bigger screen at 1080p for basically the same size. Awesome.

  • yummy

    Must spend ad dollars, must spend ad dollars.

  • Jason B

    Verizon’s G2 will have a bootloader locked down like Fort Knox.

    “What’s that? You want to unlock that? We’d rather you step on a mine (with our branded Verizon logo). Problem solved. Sorry, our DROIDs put those out there.” *shrug*

  • carlisimo

    Are those the power and volume buttons on the back?

  • onlygoodtime88

    i think its cool that LG is trying new things it shows they are not lazy like some phone brands that keep just upgrading

  • gadget_hero

    Ok, I like everything about this phone, but WTF LG buttons on the back. No. This isn’t the next big thing.

  • schoat333

    What the?

  • Race as bed technology has not ended, but it looks like LG is rising strongly with rivals such. LG is always good luck

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    so the s800 has an always listening capability too. Interesting, even something for advanced gestures. Maybe this is the hardware i’m interested in.

  • n11

    This thing looks half-decent! I’d get rid of the LG logo on the bottom though.

  • Travillion

    That’s a beautiful phone, and as I fully intend to replace my GNex with the Nexus 5, I’m thrilled that this may be a preview of that. However, I don’t know that I can ever be fond of a power button and volume rocker on the back of the phone. Just doesn’t sit well….

  • Jackson

    The back buttons are interesting etc but the main thing that will most likely make me part from my n4 is the fact that this is like all screen even more than the moto x so I see it being smaller in frame than the s4 quite easily

  • Nate595

    ugh is it really 5.2″, I don’t want a phablet. 5″ max for me.

    • Knlegend1

      Since it has on screen buttons that .2 really makes it around 5 inches just like the s4.

      • Nate595

        Yeah good point.

  • anon

    but the big question is is the bootloader unlocked

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I can’t believe people like this form factor. I hope it’s the size of the s4, because it doesn’t have capacitive buttons. And hopefully packs some cool features coupled with the horsies.

  • Knlegend1

    That actually looks good

  • Taglogical

    I was waiting for Moto X to see if it had what it took to replace my Bionic; now I’m thinking that my next phone will be this G2 from o’le Lucky Goldstar; who knew /shrugs

  • kwubba

    My next phone….especially after the recommendation of a Icrap user to buy the Motorola X phone..

  • pd240

    LG looks to be really stepping it up. Although I never owned one, the nexus 4 looked like a great phone. The G2 will definitly be the first LG phone on Verizon that has been worthy of a spot in the flagship category.

  • akazerotime

    Boy that’s ugly. How can anyone hype this phone? I mean look at the 4G icon!!! Dealbreaker. /end sarcasm.
    No really how can any phone beat this on specs prior to a VoLTE phone is released.

  • Tony Stark

    I wonder if they will sell an adhesive or something along those lines to cover up the LG logo on the front… Would make for a nice Nexus style front.

  • SmokeNMirrors

    This IS the Droid you’re looking for! Oh, but wait…

  • JD_26

    Is it Just me… or this is the only phone that ive seen in a long time that seems to be liked by a huge majority of ppl ….

    this is what a flagship should be …. well done LG … keep em coming … !!!

  • Back2Back

    What’s crazy is if Verizon would have brought out the HTC One I would have that phone, but this phone looks like something I have been waiting for.


    The crapiest part about this phone is that LG makes it… it won’t ever see another OS update, it won’t be popular, and it will have a ton of “jank” just like all the other ones! (mainly the browser) LG offered top tier specs in their last phone, but it was super “janky/laggy” and no one liked it… because once LG builds the phone they don’t keep it up to date or don’t care to. They just let it go… and let the contract expire and you’re supposed to buy a new one… That’s stupid!! If they came with and had the newest (or closest to) software/OS and kept me fairly up to date, I would definitely consider them… until I see different, have fun making phones that no one wants or wants to keep!
    Moto is showing us that you don’t need crazy specs for a good user experience. Just make it “nice” and people will buy it! I agree its all about the user experience!!

  • cmdr430

    I`m sorry, but HTC has got it right. As far as I am concerned, any phone that comes out now that does not have the speakers on the front is pure lose.

  • Danny Boy

    Looks like nice hardware. Screen is too big for me though; LG’s software scares me too.

  • Damian

    I’ve never been so excited for an LG phone!

  • steve30x

    Where is the speaker grill for audio on this phone??

    • Rene Barba

      On the bottom?

  • Charlie

    from everything i’ve read, it appears this will be the base for the Nexus 5. i think it’s beyond realistic to think that VZW will carry the N5, especially if they already have the G2. So, the question becomes (at least to me): will LG offer a Google Edition of the G2? and/or will Google offer the N5 thru the Play store with CDMA/LTE radios (so that those of us locked into VZW can buy an N5 off-contract)??

    this thing has the makings of a beast, but after owning the OG and GNex, i can’t go with a skinned phone….ever! the Moto X has some appeal, but i just don’t know that it’s a device i can live with for an extended period. I hear Moto may also be coming out with another device after the X (in Q1 2014) – codename Nova or Luna or something like that…?? If that was/is a Moto X with the X8 SoC, more current specs, and a Google edition option – i would probably hold out. but, it will be tough to pass on the G2.

    • aDROIDfreeworld

      Google play edition phones are unlikely to ever hit big red, unless Google and it’s partners team up and say “you will allow all future GPE/Nexus phones on your network or we (insert OEM name here) will never bring another one of our devices to your network again.” But until Goolge and its partners have agreed to let bygones be bygones, and tag team Verizon into submission… It will NEVER happen. Motorola had the biggest bargaining position when they were recently purchased by Google. They could have held the DROID brand over Verizon’s head like fresh crystal in front of a meth head to force their hand… But for some reason they didn’t. So as of now Samsung is really the only other OEM with enough sway to pull such a move off.

  • Little Piggie

    I have to say, the phone looks absolutely amazing. WHEN it comes to verizon it will be my Thunderbolt replacement!!

  • Trevor

    Whew, good thing that LG logo fit on the front of that thing.

  • onlygoodtime88

    i want it i’m waiting i hope it comes to T-mobile

  • onlygoodtime88

    the volume buttons on the back are there for easy access because when
    the phone is in your hands your fingers are always go to the back. its
    alot easier than reaching on the right side just to put the volume up
    and down. this while yourο»Ώ hands on the back you use your fingers just
    click the volume buttons.

  • Philip J. Fry
    • jose

      WAT’s on the page? Verizon release date?

      • kixofmyg0t

        Verizon Moto X off contract price.

  • The. Great. Cornholio!

    Is LG up next for Play Edition and Developer Edition phones?

  • Zach Armstrong

    This would make a perfect Nexus or Play Edition device

  • pouxonu

    Finally glad to see LG getting some love. Looks great and hope it comes to Verizon.

  • Tony Byatt

    Pretending my Nexus 4 is a G2, that volume button placement doesn’t seem like a bad idea…

    • joejoe5709

      The only hard part is when it’s face up. I usually grip the phone with one finger on the lock button so it’s all one swift motion. The best I could do is grip it the same way and tighten my finger on the back so that the inside of my finger hits right below the camera. Definitely odd, but alright I guess. Maybe it’ll have some form of Active Notifications and wake up when you take it out of your pocket, etc.

  • ahhh yes

    Screen is too big for n5 material need to be 4.5 -4.9 with little body like the x. But keep specs and charge $450 for 64gb

    • aDROIDfreeworld

      Keep dreaming.

  • Sporttster

    I like minus the bizarre rear switches….that’s just….absolutely bizarre!! How’s that gonna work with a case?!?

  • Alex S

    Any chance of a Google Edition?

  • The. Great. Cornholio!

    Are we entering the realm where we need two different screen size ranges for the Nexus phone program?
    If this is the prototype, cool; but I think the Moto X showed there’s still a market for the under 5in crowd. (not what she said).

    • joejoe5709

      I highly doubt it, but not a bad idea really. Maybe a Nexus5 for Key Lime Pie 5.0 and then a Nexus4 and Nexus10 successor later in the year for an incremental update.

      • The. Great. Cornholio!

        Nexus and the Nexus XL, lol

  • Roy Furious

    Old and busted, meet the new hotness.

  • paul_cus

    Looking good, LG.

  • Christian

    Damn LG and copying TouchWiz. This phone with stock or stockish Android 4.3 would be both beautiful with regards to hardware and software. Maybe throw in their lockscreen, camera app (sorry, but stock android camera app leaves a lot to be desired), and some custom widgets and I’d buy over all the other phones out or coming out soon.

  • id10terrordfw

    After having an Optimus G on the death star, you can bet this will be my JUMP from the One on T-Mobile.

  • Alex

    When in september would this come out on verizon?

    • marko358

      September 14th, 2016

    • Mike

      September 20th, 2016

      • Alex

        DAMMIT!!! really though, is it going to be early, mid, or late sept? My nexus is actually “plugged in” and will die if unplugged.

        • jose

          Not sure if serious or…

  • tyguy829

    I keep getting excited about this phone, but then keep reminding myself that there is no way this will have an unlockable bootloader on Verizon. There is no way I will be able to live with this stock touchwiz-ish stuff. Just give me one phone Verizon to replace my gnex. Please.

  • Daniel J. Peters

    I heard this will be available for $199 retail, no contract, but I don’t care, as my next phone will be an iphone. But, you should buy this phone.

  • justjmatt

    The volume rocker is a little odd in my opinion, but who knows maybe it works out really well. Also, I can assume it has on-screen buttons (which, after using a GN2 and a Nexus 7, I do see the advantages of on-screens)

  • Hunterh2

    Verizon Gnex replacement?

    • aDROIDfreeworld

      Since it will have a nice skin on it? Not happening.

  • The Gooch

    Wonder what the protective cases will look like and how will they accommodate the button placement….

    • marko358

      What about when it’s in a car dock? Those back buttons become useless.

      • The. Great. Cornholio!

        Maybe some type of voice assist?

  • XphoneTroll

    Note 3 will be the king here.

  • AK

    My body is ready.

  • Eric

    This looks awesome. I really like the buttons on the back but curious how that’s gonna work out. It will probably be awkward to use.

    • paul_cus

      Eh, not really. I have the Panasonic ELUGA and they did something similar with the buttons. You get used to it pretty quick.

  • Mario

    “I have an iPhone and will be getting another iPhone” – Ron (Android Blog Writer)

    • Tyler Durden

      Aaaannnnnnd it’s ruined.

      • joejoe5709

        Agreed. Overplayed.

        U mad bro? πŸ˜‰ Haha

  • joejoe5709

    Ok. Welcome to the game, LG. Very nicely done. My only real “complaint” is the massive screen, but other than the Moto X that’s the way it goes these days.

    I wouldn’t mind a Nexus5 based off of this little guy. πŸ™‚

  • Aprat

    My only issue with the buttons on the back is they could prevent getting an extended battery.

    • Higher_Ground

      It looks a lot like the back of the gnex, just with a larger camera “window” for the rocker. My guess is that extended batteries will either be small, like the oem extended battery for the gnex, or they’ll just have to have a depression where the rocker/power button is and that would make it difficult to work. But that would probably only be for those 3000+mAh batteries so not too many people would worry about it.
      I do wonder about what unforseen complications those buttons will cause, too.

  • bboyairwreck

    i love the volume control on the back. I do kinda wish this had just a tiny bit more of a unique design. Like a Moto X & HTC One or S4 they all have that certain body shell look. Nevertheless I’m sure this is a well built phone like the Nexus 4. Cant have it all lol =]

  • MJ04

    LG’s UI reminds me of Touchwiz for some reason.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Yes… Some reason.

    • Because everything they do is like Samsung. πŸ˜›

      • RoadsterHD1

        Kellex, do think the Moto X experience will be better than these spec’s on the LG? how do you see both of these, Experience or Power?

  • bonix

    Okay the volume rocker I can kinda understand but the power button? If my phone is sitting on the table I have to pick it up to unlock it and look at any messages. That would get annoying

    • C-Law

      Why not just push down on the middle of the screen? I doubt the button is flush

      • bonix

        So if I’m using it on a table it would have a chance of randomly locking!

    • JDub

      Right. How can they expect us to burn that many calories to pick up a phone.

  • Tyler Durden

    I love it. Just worried about updates. 4.2.2 is becoming old once 4.3 and 5.0 comes this Fall.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Troll bait

      • Tyler Durden

        Oh i better not speak thy truth

      • zoloft_us3r

        I rest my case.

    • joejoe5709

      It’s a flagship with decent specs released (supposedly) pretty close to the release of 5.0. I would be very very surprised if this doesn’t get 5.0. Might skip 4.3 though.

      • tyguy829

        Yeah but when? 2015? Oh and if Verizon adds this to the spectrum family, I will choke a baby.

        • joejoe5709

          5.0 is likely a pretty massive update like ICS was so I bet it’ll take four months minimum and six months maximum. But who knows.

          • tyguy829

            no way… the Note 2 came out in September, 4.2 came out in November, and the Note 2 is still on 4.1. And that was a pretty minor update compared to what 5.0 is supposed to be.

    • calum wilper

      especially since the G1 hasn’t been updated since it came out….

  • MJ04

    thats looks beautiful. Hopefully LG keeps this phone up to date.

    • Daniel Walsh

      The HTC One looks way better.

  • Mike Lee

    Sheeeee’s beautiful!

    This better come to Verizon. I will be buying this off contract to keep unlimited if it does. If not, T-Mobile here I come! Contract up in December.

  • jh123416

    Replace my VZW GNex, NOW!

    • EC8CH

      if you haven’t flashed 4.3 to yours yet, you should. Made mine as snappy as the day I got it. Really shows how crappy 4.2 was on the old GNex.

      • pookietookie

        Really wish AOKP would get to 4.3. That’s my ROM of choice.

        • Kamesen

          I took stock 4.3. I was willing to take any promise of improvement… Pretty happy right about now.

        • Philip A. Kaiser

          With you there. Willing to wait a couple weeks. They are close.

      • jh123416

        I think I am now that you told me haha. How do I do that? With the binaries from the Google dev site? Any help is welcome.

      • calum wilper

        i gotta say, after flashing my gnex with 4.3 i’m totally willing to live with it for another year, i love my phone and if this G2 is as locked down as i bet it will be, i probably will.

        • j

          same reaction.

        • jh123416

          How do I do it? Any help?

          • calum wilper

            have you ever flashed a rom before? are you rooted? unlocked? custom recovery?

          • jh123416

            No, stock Android 4.2.2. I have rooted my OG Droid a loooong time ago.

          • calum wilper

            ooooooh boy….. i recommend starting here! http://www.wugfresh.com/nrt/ it’s a nexus root toolkit and while it’s not totally necessary it simplifies the crap out of everything. it’ll get you unlocked and rooted. then from there, i’m running this:http://rootzwiki.com/topic/36706-romaosp4372513-shiny-ota-like-stock-android-43-jwr66v-no-bugs/ which is essentially stock 4.3 and i love the crap out of it. Instructions are at the bottom.

          • Gnex

            I would personally recommend using fastboot and ADB, even for beginners. Using toolkits on Nexus devices is unacceptable!

          • calum wilper

            whatever floats your boat man, i’ve done it all once, i don’t feel the need to do it every time i want to install a ROM

          • Gnex

            Fair enough.

          • Caleb Boerner


          • jh123416

            Alright just downloaded wugfresh (I actually downloaded it a few months ago but got rid of it for whatever reason). I’ll follow that

          • calum wilper

            it’s definitely the simplest way to do things i’ve found, the only thing that can be kind of a pain is the driver installs but it’s more time than anything

          • jh123416

            Do I need to root the device or just unlock it?

          • calum wilper

            technically you don’t need root, that rom actually isn’t rooted anyway. you just need to unlock to install a custom recovery

          • jh123416

            Alright so I did the full driver configuration and got the success message. Now I can use the backup button and unlock?

          • calum wilper

            unlock first, then back up. then… do you even rom bro? πŸ˜›

          • jh123416

            haha haven’t done this since the OG Droid! Under the unlock button it says I should backup first though

          • calum wilper

            oh hey look at that! i’ll be honest i haven’t backed up in forever cause i’m lazy and i’ve had really good luck with my data transferring from rom to rom with no bricking. but yeah man do it, also since it’ll wipe your device don’t bother booting back up and signing into your gmail and stuff, just go straight to rom install

          • jh123416

            Alright, so it’s done with wugfresh. I didn’t sign back into Google. Now go to that other link?

          • calum wilper

            yup, hit skip right downloads if you like, download is right at the top: baldwinguy77_toro_aosp_072513-141310-signed.zip. in wugfresh’s advanced utilities you’ll find: flash zip and two options on it for doing it from your computer or from your sd card. just do it from your computer. also the process goes backup> unlock> install custom recovery> install rom> boot and enjoy> have a beer.

          • jh123416

            So I download that zip and use wugfresh’s advanced utilities to install it?

          • calum wilper

            mhmm, but make sure you use wugfresh to install custom recovery before rom install

          • jh123416

            A little confused. how do I install the custom recovery before rom install?

          • calum wilper

            in those advanced options you’ll see a little check bock in the middle column that says boot or flash, check flash, that’ll light up more buttons, one of them will say recovery. click that one

          • jh123416

            Alright, when I clicked “recovery” it says “Choose recovery to flash” and the options are LATEST TWRP, LATEST CWM, or OTHER

          • calum wilper

            personally i use CWM which is clockwork recovery, but both those recoveries have the same functionality

          • jh123416

            Ok, recovery is installed. Now the third column of the advanced utilities options and “File on this computer”?

          • calum wilper

            yeah, download the ROM, i recommend just sticking it on your desktop for easy access. then click flash zip with file on this computer selected, you’ll then be able to pick the zip, install and BAM!

          • jh123416

            So I just add the “baldwinguy77…….zip”? Do I have to hit any checkboxes?

          • calum wilper

            at the bottom right you may want to enable wipe options and pick data and cache just to be on the safe side, but you already made a backup so you can leave all that alone

          • jh123416

            And…. we’re done! Up and running 4.3! Thanks a lot!

          • calum wilper

            Glad i could help! enjoy!

          • LucasMonroe

            Thanks Calum! I had never done this before and followed your instructions to load 4.3!

          • calum wilper

            hey man no problem, glad to help

          • EC8CH

            hope it works as well for you as it does for me…

          • jh123416

            Absolutely picked up performance! Anything I can do for the radios?

          • EC8CH

            The latest available are from 4.2.2 (LTE FK01/CDMA FK02).

            Here’s the link to all the VZW GNex radios:

            You won’t see these updated until Verizon pushes out an update… if ever.

        • EC8CH

          Yeah… With 4.3 it will be a little easier to sit back and see how all these new phones shake out.

      • joejoe5709

        You tease. The moment Carbon ROM gets 4.3 I’m all over that. I can’t wait. My phone gets more and more glitchy by the day as if it just knows it’s being replaced. I’d love a fresh start with 4.3.

      • akazerotime

        EC8CH, I’m curious on what 4.3 ROM you are using

      • jh123416

        How do I get 4.3 on there? Any help?

  • John Burke

    I could definitely dig a 5.2inch LG-made Nexus 5

  • John

    Found the replacement for my S4.

    • jh123416

      Already? Jesus.

      • Tyler Durden

        Jesus isn’t going to answer you.

        • Jesus

          Never doubt me again.

          • uzo ufondu

            I laughed much longer than I should have at this.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I’m ready to replace mine too.

      • Jesus


    • Godzilla

      dafuq? Dont be that guy, seriously, dont be that guy who has a new phone every 2 weeks.

  • EC8CH

    Before you all get excited it’s probably best to find an iPhone user and ask them if you should consider this phone.

    • Stevedub40

      As long as said iPhone user is going to buy another iPhone.

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        We cant forget this fact of course πŸ™‚

    • Taylor Abrahamson

      LOL, I see what you did here

    • We should keep circle jerking this.

      • kidtronic

        Eew man.

      • RaptorOO7

        Apple fan’s do it everyday.

        • You’re right, so we should act like them.

    • NemaCystX

      Haven’t we picked on Ron enough? EC8CH here’s a towel to clean off your face, i’m sure you need it.

      • T4rd

        No, Ron will never live this down. Unless he at least acknowledges what an idiotic comment that was on this site of all places. =p

    • alex

      Two top upvoted comments. someones learning the droidlife audience.

  • Will P

    What time will the live blog start?

  • EC8CH

    I can feel my rage building as this beast is turned into a Nexus and not made available on Verizon.

    • πŸ™

      • MJ04

        what do you think about this phone?

        • I think it looks awesome. The specs here will destroy any other phone on the market for some time or at least until the Note 3 is out.

          I do wish the design was more unique. Like, make it neon green or something. Another black phone, with a big screen is just so played out.

          • MJ04

            i think it looks great but do you think Verizon will get a GS4 Google Edition?

          • No, that’s not Verizon’s idea of a good time.

          • MJ04

            Damn. i know the Moto X will be stock android and on Verizon but i dont know if i like it.

          • Fozzybare

            not stock.

          • kidtronic

            It’s not technically stock, and if the Gnex is anything to go on, it wouldn’t matter anyway. Verizon is still going to withold updates until it feels its an ideal time to release them.

          • RaptorOO7

            Agreed the Moto X is NOT stock, you want stock get a Nexus, you want timely updates get a Nexus. If you want cutting edge specs with a swappable battery don’t get the Moto X. Oh and the always on crap will always eat up your battery.

          • Steve B

            “Oh and the always on crap will always eat up your battery.”

            I’m not a Moto X fanboy and I’m definitely not getting the phone, but your statement in incorrect. The architectural of the X8 chip is designed specifically for the always on crap. It uses an ultra low power processor dedicated to just this.

          • Kamesen

            And this was all BEFORE they debuted the Verizon Edge plan. Now they have an even greater incentive to withhold updates since you have a “better way” to upgrade to the latest hardware and software. Such crap.

          • kidtronic

            Not only is Edge a ripoff, but it will likely end up punishing those opt out. Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t. I’m selling my GS3 and buying my next phone off contract. After that, I’m holding out until VoLTE and a compatible Nexus. Hopefully, that comes sooner rather than later. I’m sure they’ll drag their feet, but that’s an area where they will actually have to compete and I’m sure AT&T won’t waste any time considering they have nothing to lose. Competition is a wonderful thing.

          • MJ04

            it’s pretty much all stock. what do you mean?

          • kidtronic

            It’s visually (very) close to stock, but there are unique software features baked in. I’m sure it will be WAY easier to upgrade than other, more obtrusive “skins” but carriers will remain an obstacle.

            Edit: As far as the user experience goes, it’s basically stock with enhancements. I was just referring to differences in code.

          • MJ04


          • KleenDroid

            I’m on a stock S4 running the Google Play Edition rom.

          • Steve B

            Are you stupid or just an idiot?

          • MJ04


          • DainLaguna

            What exactly is it going to destroy those other phones in? Synthetic benchmarks? This is a problem every new device faces until the next king unseats it.

            That’s why bleeding edge specs will always be a poor indicator of why you should or shouldn’t buy a phone. Some guy’s are already talking about unloading their s4. Insanity. They’ll notice no difference. Outside of being free from freaking touchwiz though lgs skin is probably no better.

          • Mike Aurin

            It works. Hopefully this phone won’t need a gimmick to be successful. Or at least the extent of the gimmicks is the volume rocker on the back. Let them make a commercial revolving around hat.

          • Daniel Walsh

            HTC One looks way better.

          • DW2

            I disagree. The HTC One is very elegant and does look nice. However, its design hides its huge bezel. This phone, on the other hand, has almost none coupled with on-screen buttons. Maximum screen surface with minimal obtrusion surrounding it. Lovely!

          • Philip A. Kaiser

            The nice thing about the large bezels on the HTC one are they actually do something. Forward facing speakers are a pretty big deal. I don’t know about you, but I am tired of having to make the “cup” hand to re-direct the speaker noise audible while watching a video.

          • Eion

            The one thing I enjoy most about the HTC One is the front facing speakers. It amazes me that other manufacturers have not followed suit.

          • Bbob

            How do you get the schmutz out of the tiny holes on the front of the HTC speaker grilles? Anyone have this problem?

          • RaptorOO7

            I agree the FFS are awesome, but so far HTC hasn’t delivered on 4.2.2 and there is no indication it will arrive anytime soon. So beyond design, they must deliver on updates.

          • Liderc

            Despite making the phone larger, I do like the idea of forward facing speakers. It’s very helpful when showing youtube videos in a public place.

          • Philip A. Kaiser

            Exactly. It is sad when you have a high def kick a$$ phone but then when you want to show someone a video, you can’t hear squat. Then, you are making the cup-hand thing to bounce sound waves. Lame.

          • EC8CH

            Yep, this and the Moto X are the two designs I like the best…. maximize the screen on the front and nothing else. Too bad they had to put that LG logo on the front though.

          • Higher_Ground

            yeah do they really need it front AND back?

          • RaptorOO7

            The HTC One IS a solid phone, but I will be selling mine for this. The FFS are awesome but the navigation buttons are so so and its been a few months so time to get something new already.

          • Steve B

            The HTC One is probably the highest quality and best built phone maybe ever, but it is one absolutely ugly phone. Terrible design, ugly front, stupid nav keys, massive bezel. The back is the only thing that looks tolerable.

          • RaptorOO7

            I have the HTC One, and its a nice but looking better is up to the user.

          • kidtronic

            No offense, but I don’t think pumping out phones in obnoxious hues is the answer to LG’s problems. The S800 will basically be standard for a high end smartphone before the year is done. They need to stop with the bland, utilitarian designs and and establish a compelling design language if they want people to give them a second look in the stores. Cramming it to the brim with the latest silicon and Samsung-inspired features won’t be enough.

          • RaptorOO7

            High end specs matched with an ultra affordable price point should be more than enough to get a users attention. It already out specs the GS4 (outside of S. Korea) and will go toe to toe with the GN3.

            I never noticed any lag with LG’s skin compared to Samsungs’s TW UI which lags like crazy.

          • kidtronic

            I don’t know anything about the price of this thing, but its specs won’t be anything special a month or two from now. I doubt a slightly larger screen and faster SOC will be enough to sway many potential S4 owners. And honestly, anything is better than TW to me. That skin is abysmal.

          • tomn1ce

            Get a neon green case for it πŸ˜›

          • RaptorOO7

            Yeah, like maybe they could offer it would a would back in say 4-6 months later. Seriously who cares if it’s another black phone, you can dress it up anyway you want with cases, skins, whatever you want. I don’t need funky color options to “make it my own”.

            The Moto X sucks compared to this phone.

          • Sean

            Anger management is actually an affordable therapy. You should get yourself checked out.

          • RaptorOO7

            Seriously, that is the best reply you could muster. Very disappointed. Anger Management was a mediocre movie at best and can likely be found in the bargain bin for $4.99 so get yourself a copy.

            As for me, I neither need anger management and my post hardly rises to level of “anger” just pure mocking on the Moto X which is a $12 BILLION dollar mistake for Google. You know what they paid for the company and 18 months later we get the Moto X.

          • subliminal

            Sounds like a subliminal message to get us to buy something else…

          • T4rd

            Even though he already has something and plans on getting the newer version of it when it comes out?

          • Voltism


          • Joseph Pojunis


          • Jason B

            I doubt browsing the internet, checking Facebook, and checking emails are CPU limited.

            Seems nice though. It’s up for consideration.

          • trophynuts

            But does it come with Jank pre installed?

          • How will cases work with this phone? Have a huge hole in the back for the volume rocker?

          • JoshGroff

            Think Otterbox, where there’s soft buttons built into the case that push the buttons when you push them. (Hard shell cases would either have a cut-out or moving parts)

          • Higher_Ground

            that or rubber buttons that simply transfer the pressure like it wasn’t there.

          • If anything, I wish they wouldn’t require putting their logo on the front and back of the phone. I strongly dislike the LG logo.

          • Bizi

            Kellex did Motorola give you a phone? Have you been paid in anyway by Motorola to push the X?

            Just curious

          • Liderc

            You won’t be satisfied until every phone comes in pink will you? Black phones look nice, colors clash, black doesn’t. Nothing better looking than the front of the Galaxy Nexus.

    • joejoe5709

      Seriously. I’d take a Moto X Nexus as a consolation though.

      • MJ04

        they are releasing a Google play edition of the Moto X soon

        • googlyeyedfrog

          not on Verizon though πŸ™

          • michael arazan

            Verizon gets the unlocked Dev edition though, allegedly

          • googlyeyedfrog

            yeah, for $650 off contract probably

    • DainLaguna

      Nah…you want to see rage? Just wait until this becomes the next nexus and people bitch it out for no SD slot or removable battery.

      Enjoy the positive feedback lg. They need you right now, but when they don’t, they’ll cast you out. Like a leper.

      • Nathaniel_Graham

        Upvote for the Dark Knight reference

      • joejoe5709

        Way to burst my bubble, dude. Hopefully Google listened to us with the last couple Nexus phones and adds these things. There’s about a 3% chance of that happening, but I’ll still dream about it.

        • kidtronic

          Considering the relatively strong demand for the Nexus 4 despite not having any of those features, I think its safe to assume they’ve gone the way of the dinosaurs.

      • RaptorOO7

        If the rumors are true and the G2 and Nexus 5 shared the same crib together the relationship ended there. The G2 went on to Harvard, the Nexus 5 to Yale, one got laid the other well, was in chess club.

        It’s Google’s call as to how the Nexus gets designed, spec’d out and built. If Google doesn’t (stupidly so) want microSD, swappable battery and other specs the G2 has then it’s Google’s call and not LG’s issue to deal with. If they are making the phone so what, it’s made on contract for a customer. Enough said.

        • DainLaguna

          I get what you are saying, but you have to remember that OEMS LIKE being used to make nexus devices….the n4 made lg relevant again.

          I know folks appreciate those features and that its googles decision to include or exclude them. That’s not the irony in my statement; its that no matter how many ‘oohs’ and ‘aaaahhs’ it gets, it’ll be criticized into oblivion for loosing those particular nuances.

          We all want the next nexus, but never fail to complain about the same things. It just makes me chuckle how divided and tough to please some of the android community can be.

    • Little Piggie

      I want to say they already unofficially confirmed its dropping on all carriers.

    • Bob G

      Obligatory leave Verizon comment.

      (because it’s true).

      • kidtronic

        I may be living under Verizon’s tyranny now but when I have my unlimited data and VoLTE Nexus, then we’ll see who has the last laugh. (Spoiler Alert: Me)

        • RaptorOO7

          Good luck with that, since Verizon will never allow another Nexus on their network and Google won’t be chained to Verizon again after the GNexus. So enjoy the unlimited data and VoLTE, but when you never see another Nexus approved for Verizon we will be the one’s laughing.

          • kidtronic

            Rules for LTE are different than they were for CDMA. Google made sure of that when they bid against Verizon for spectrum until it hit a certain threshold. Once that happened, a clause went into effect basically saying that they would have to allow any compatible device to access their LTE network. LTE works the way GSM does in terms of openness. That’s why you can use any GSM compatible phone on ATT. Once VoLTE kicks in, Verizon won’t really have a say in the matter.

          • T4rd

            This is what I’m hoping for too. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Verizon still found a way to block phones from using their LTE network. The new Nexus 7 is a good sign so far though. We just need VoLTE on their network now and hope they don’t lock it down somehow by that point.

          • kidtronic

            As part of their licensing terms with LTE, they aren’t allowed to restrict access. I doubt any significant loopholes would have made it through negotiations that would allow them to skirt their obligations. Hopefully I’m not being too optimistic, but I have a feeling Google knew exactly what they were doing.

          • Philip A. Kaiser

            You are right. Only reason they get away with it now is because they use a hybrid network with LTE and 3g. When 3G is gone, they have to follow the feds rules to the letter of the law.

          • With the purchase of their 4G LTE spectrum Verizon was also subject to a clause that said they couldn’t charge for tethering on limited data users…they still continued to do it for about a year until the FCC called them out and required them to pay 1.25 million…they never paid back a cent to the customers effected!

            Point is, Verizon has proven that they flat out don’t care about limitations imposed by the FCC so I wouldn’t put ANYTHING above them!

          • T4rd

            Yeah, that’s what I keep hoping. I just see Verizon blatantly disregarding those licensing terms or something and still blocking phones from their network and not caring about whatever fines or litigation comes of it, lol. I hope you’re right though.

          • Steve B

            This would be silly. The FCC would bankrupt them with fines.

          • T4rd

            Unless they fine by the billions, I doubt it. That would be awesome though, lol.

          • Steve B

            Haha, yeah, It would be steep enough that Verizon would comply. You don’t F with the FCC.

          • michael arazan

            Nexus 7 lte for verizon. Since you weren’t specific.

            If verizon let the Nexus tablet on, I think there is still a chance for another nexus phone, but it’ll probably be over volte and lte only when the time comes.

          • Steve B

            Yeah, you’re going to have to brush up on your VoLTE rules. Once Verizon goes full VoLTE they’re required by law to allow any compliant device onto their network. Starting in late 2014 or early 2015 we should start seeing phones build like the current gen Nexus 7.

        • AJ McKay

          As soon as people’s GS3 contracts are up (the last of the Unlimited Grandfathered plans by my count) VZW will force people to switch from unlimited. It only makes sense. Once the last of the grandfathered folks are off contract, VZW won’t be in breech of contract by dropping unlimited and therefore they won’t be forfeiting ETFs.

    • Robert
      • James Hill

        Ah the nostalgia.

    • Alexander Garcia

      Unfortunately, I will rage with you. =(

    • Jon

      Oh dear god please let this be the base model for the new Nexus 5! …and no more than $399! I was looking at T-Mobile Jump plan in store yesterday. A very good deal. hint hint

    • Mehmerizing_You

      TOP Android smartphones WILL NEVER TURN INTO NEXUS smartphones. 100%.
      The idea of NEXUS “based” on hi-end SAMSUNG’s, LG’s and other companies’ products is ridiculous!

  • Aww Yeah

    Here go. All I need is Verizon to release it in a timely matter and the camera to be good. WOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Verizon? Lol we’ll be eating Droid Crow for a few months before anything else comes.

  • Daniel Walsh

    Plastic lol? First!

    • Tyler Durden

      Yeah. It’s durable.

    • Mike

      Nothing wrong with plastic phones, they don’t crack/dent as easily

    • joejoe5709

      Better than glass.

  • Kamesen

    Now THAT is Nexus 5 material!

    • Daniel Pogue

      Perfect phone for a Nexus 5