About a month ago I got to use the LG Optimus G on the Sprint network. Optimus G is a newer Android phone that has power and storage to rival the future designs of the smartphone. A phone with enough power to not only get work done or the ability to do two things at once but the battery power to stay functional for the day.
The Good – LG Optimus G
Let’s start with the processor – a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor. This processor will let you not only record video and pull up your favorite apps but will also allow you to do two things at once. Send a text while a video plays – Email someone while you are in mid-game – then come back to where you were.
You can even record a video and snap a picture at the same time.
The Optimus G has a great 4.7 inch IPS Plus HD display with Adreno 320 graphics. It works well in the daylight as well as dark. Watch video at 1080p without skipping a beat.
The LG Optimus G also has a 13 MP camera to capture great video and still photos. The raised area around the camera gives a small hood to the photo so extra light (like the flash) doesn’t bring flare.
There is 32 GB of internal memory in the LG Optimus G. That means you can store photos and video on your device without quickly running out of space. I have used 16 GB phones and am always taking off apps and photos just to put other stuff on.
The Bad – LG Optimus G
Really not much negative on this phone. The biggest issue is the battery drain of the Android OS. At first the dual 100mAh battery kept the phone running for the day. Even on standby the phone lost it’s charge after 36 hours.
Once I started loading apps, the battery really started to lose out. In comparison, the iPhone5 with apps loaded can sit on standby for 2 days whereas the Optimus G needed to recharge within the day. Both phones re-charged within an hour using a wall plug, 3-4 hours using the car charger.
4G on Sprint – Optimus G
Unfortunately I was not in a 4G LTE market (Wisconsin doesn’t seem to be on their map). The speed of the 3G (or what Sprint calls “3G and More”) was pretty good though at .88 MB/s down and .39 MB/s up. I was downloading video and other programs with little lag.
These speeds are noticeable on other Sprint phones as well. Jennifer has a different phone and we compared speeds to see a good match.
Using the DLNA connectivity on Optimus G
If you have a TV or computer that can connect using DLNA then you can pair your phone. Since I have a Roku, I decided to use the Playto Lite option and push video and photos to the Roku player. The camera can also stream out music and other files to the TV.
LG Optimus G vs. iPhone5 vs. Nokia 920
During the video I do a side-by-side comparison of the three phones. The LG Optimus G definitely has the most screen space out of all the smartphones. If you are looking for a larger display then the Optimus G will fill the bill without being too big.
Overall – LG Optimus G
A decent Android phone in the Optimus G. I liked a lot of the features LG and Sprint brought to the table. While I was disappointed I couldn’t use the LTE speeds I was happy with the functionality of the phone on “3G and more”.
The Optimus G is $199.99 with 2 year contract on the Sprint network. An Everything data plan is $79.99 a month.