LG G2: The New Contender

 
LG G2

LG G2

As a phone, the LG G2 sounds like every Android geek’s dream. Supriya Joshi tests it from a photographer’s standpoint.

There are way too many cellphones in the market today. Amongst the recent crop of great cameraphones are the iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z1. And here comes LG’s answer to these cameraphone—the G2. On paper, it has some great specs and has promised to make the user experience a memorable one.

A Plethora of Features
The LG G2 features the Android 4.2.2 operating system, 2.26ghz quad-core processor and a 5.2inch Full HD display with 424 PPI density. Needless to say, this baby purrs… it is a superbly fast phone that beats most flagship devices, when you look at the smartphone experience. As for the photography department, it features a 13MP camera with optical image stabilisation, along with several shooting modes.

A Unique Design, But Does it Help?
The first thing you will notice about the G2 is that the buttons have shifted to the back of the phone. So, right below the camera module you will find the volume buttons and the power button. LG’s reasoning for this change is the placement is more ergonomic for our fingers to rest. There are way too many cellphones in the market today. Amongst the recent crop of great cameraphones are the iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z1. And here comes LG’s answer to these cameraphone—the G2. On paper, it has some great specs and has promised to make the user experience a memorable one. The volume buttons can be customised to either zoom in to the subject or to shoot. But because of their close proximity with the camera module itself, it is very easy for your fingers to slip over the lens, so for a photography enthusiast, this change does not make sense.

The G2 has a good dynamic range. The AF was also quick to respond. Photography/Supriya Joshi

The G2 has a good dynamic range. The AF was also quick to respond. Photography/Supriya Joshi

 

Some Fun Modes
The Shoot & Clear and Time Catch Shot modes are interesting. In Shoot & Clear, the phone removes unwanted elements from the frame to give you the best image. However, you have no manual control on what element to remove. In Time Catch Shot, the camera starts shooting as soon as it is focused on a subject and will continue until you press the shutter release button. You can then choose which shots to save.

Control, But with Quirks
The LG G2 is one of those rare phones that actually allow you to focus manually. This is something that does come of use while shooting extreme close-up photos.

One minor irritant is the fact that the camera resets to its default settings every time you switch on the camera app. It does not remember any changes you may have made, and this wastes precious time while shooting.

The Best Phone, But…
The G2’s image quality is decent, but not as good as other flagship phones. Colour reproduction is very good, but there is quite a bit of smudging that is seen, especially in low light photos. The G2 may be the best Android phone today, but the Galaxy S4 and Xperia Z1 have better cameras. It is a compromise… you need to decide if you can sacrifice a bit of camera quality, to get the best possible Android in the market today!

 

At A Glance
Specifications
13MP, 2.2ghz quad-core processor, Full HD 1080p@60fps video, LED flash, optical stabilisation

What We Like
Innovative modes, great battery life

What We Dislike
The button layout, poor low light performance

Why Buy It?
It’s a complete package. But mostly it is a great cellphone with an ok camera. The G2 has a good dynamic range. The AF was also quick to respond.

 

Final Ratings
Camera Features
Manual focus, LED flash, Google Play store
13/15

Image Quality
Poor low light performance, good colour reproduction
27/35

Video Quality
Superb video, good sound
18/20

Handling
Buttons at the back of the phone takes time getting used to
11/15

Speed and Responsiveness
Good AF speed, good shot to shot time
14/15

OVERALL: 83%

Tags: Cellphone reviews, February 2014, LG G2, Supriya Joshi