LG Optimus G 

Released November, 2012
  • Android 4.1.2
  • 4G
  • 4.7"
  • Quad core 1.5 GHz
The display is great - very bright, good viewing angles, and outstanding colors.
by Android Police (Oct, 2012)
The S4 dual core matched NVidia's Tegra 3 CPU on benchmarks, so we're excited to see what two more cores can do.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2012)
7.2 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the LG Optimus G

Performance

Processing power and speed

Optimus G
7.7
Nexus 4
7.4
Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Optimus G
8.2
Nexus 4
9.2
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Optimus G
5.2
Nexus 4
5.2
Talk time, Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Optimus G
8.0
Nexus 4
8.7
Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com and 4 more

7.2

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Optimus G
7.2
Nexus 4
7.5

Benchmarks Real world tests of the LG Optimus G

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Optimus G
459
Nexus 5
2,453
Xperia SP
2,105

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Optimus G
2,500
Xperia Z
2,926

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Optimus G
1,353 ms
Nexus 4
1,971 ms
Nexus 5
827 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Optimus G
2,992
Nexus 4
1,794
Xperia SP
2,263

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

Optimus G
5,697
Galaxy S III
3,481

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Optimus G
8.2 fps
Nexus 4
15.4 fps
Xperia Z
15 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the LG Optimus G


8.0
I'd give the HTC One X's excellent Super LCD display an edge for viewing angles and glare-reduction, as well as a more "close to the surface" look where text and images seem painted on the screen.

8.0
These apps can be launched over the time of any other app on the phone, and using sliders, the transparancy for these mini-apps can be adjusted so that everything onscreen is visible all at once.

Overall

8.0 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

LG makes excellent IPS displays and the Optimus G's is very sharp and colorful with neutral color balance and very clear text.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2012)
The display is fused directly to the glass, so you don't feel like there's a window pane between you and what's on screen.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2012)
Easily the second best display I've ever seen on an Android phone.
by Android Police (Oct, 2012)

Camera

The lighting was far from perfect, but the LG flagship still did pretty well for a smartphone and way better than its modest 1/3.2" sensor size suggests.
by GSM Arena (Sep, 2012)
We've also done a few macro samples with the Optimus G. The smartphone's camera can focus from pretty close range, allowing to go really close to the subject.
by GSM Arena (Oct, 2012)
We were able to snap a few of photos with the LG Optimus G 13 megapixel camera and its new 5-element lens.
by GSM Arena (Sep, 2012)

Video

The video player on the Optimus G has a fairly simple interface, giving you just a grid of all the videos on the device.
by GSM Arena (Oct, 2012)
Above the display on both devices, you will find the earpiece, the usual set of hidden sensors, and the 1.3MP video-call camera.
by GSM Arena (Nov, 2012)
Above the screen we find the earpiece, a couple of hidden sensors and the 1.3MP video-call camera.
by GSM Arena (Oct, 2012)

Cpu

The Snapdragon S4 chipsets with two Krait cores were already able to keep up with their quad-core Cortex-A9 competitors, but the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset matches the Tegra 3s and Exynos 4 Quads in terms of core count and should make easy work of any challengers.
by GSM Arena (Sep, 2012)
What S4 Pro chipsets do is combine four Krait cores with next-gen Adreno 320 graphics (Plus employs Adreno 225).
by GSM Arena (Sep, 2012)
The first dual-core droid was manufactured by the Koreans and, while they showed up late to the quad-core party, they're back with a bang with the Optimus G - the first phone to employ the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset.
by GSM Arena (Sep, 2012)

Carrier

All three of them are haptic-enabled and pleasantly backlit in white (with a dedicated setting for the backlight duration).
by GSM Arena (Oct, 2012)
Therefore, I'd say the 8MP AT&T version wins for overall versatility and practicality.
by Android Police (Oct, 2012)
One other notable difference is that the AT&T version is loaded with a fair amount of AT&T crapware, most of which can be disabled, thankfully.
by Android Police (Oct, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type Super IPS LCD2
Size 4.7"
Resolution 1280 x 768
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 317 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.1.2
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Weight 147 g
Thickness 8 mm
Size 72 x 131 x 8 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
RAM 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. SDHC
  3. SD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 1.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G
Networks
  1. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  2. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  3. HSPA (unspecified)
  4. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  5. EV-DO Rev.A
  6. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  7. LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
  8. LTE Cat 3 (100/)
  9. LTE (20 Mb/s)
  10. HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
  11. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  12. CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 600 min
Standby time 19,440 min
Capacity 2,100 mA·h
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