LG G Pro 2 review: High price, lack of LTE make it hard to recommend

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tech2 rating

3.5/5

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3.2/5




While we patiently wait for the LG G3 to launch next month, we have a little something in between to fill that void. The LG G Pro 2 is the successor to the Optimus G Pro and is built along the lines of the G2. The G Pro 2 boasts of a larger display, faster internals and LTE support for India. Launched in early May, the G Pro 2 is targeted at the premium “phablet” user while the G3 will be LG’s flagship for 2014.

 

So how does it compare with the other giants like the Oppo N1 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3?

 

Design and Build

LG has stuck with a minimalistic look and has shaved down all the bezels around the display, as much as they possibly could. You’re left with a phone with more than ninety percent of the front being dominated by screen, which looks absolutely stunning. The 5.9-inch, Full HD display is of the True IPS+ variety, which boasts of vivid colours and superb viewing angles. Touch sensitivity is also very good and you can easily work the display even with gloves on.

LG G Pro 2 review: High price, lack of LTE make it hard to recommend

Good build and design

 

We have a 2.1MP camera in the front along with all the necessary sensors and a notification LED. There aren't any capacitive buttons as everything is on-screen. The headphone jack, microUSB port and IR blaster are placed on the top and bottom respectively. There aren’t any buttons on the side as everything has been shifted to the back. The buttons are a little hard to reach due to the width of the phone.

The G Pro 2 is massive to say the least

The G Pro 2 is massive to say the least

 

The power button also houses a notification LED so you don’t miss an alert even with the phone facing the other way around. We get a 13MP snapper with something called OIS Plus, a software alternative to the real Optical Image Stabilisation.

The back is similar to the G2 but the textured pattern makes it easy to grip

The back is similar to the G2 but the textured pattern makes it easy to grip

 

The back cover has a rather rough texture which aids in gripping the device. Even though the device is mostly plastic, it doesn’t feel cheap or tacky. Chrome accents aren’t overdone and the phone actually looks good in white.

 

Features

In terms of features, we’re looking at pretty much the same set that we first saw in the G2. There are plenty of customisation options for the notification bar and the home screen. The G Pro 2 also get Knock Code, which we first saw on the LG L90 Dual. You also get Content Lock, which hides your private data and Mini View, which lets you better use apps that aren’t optimised for large displays.

A very familiar UI

A very familiar UI

 

The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset running at 2.2GHz. You also get 3GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. Games and apps are pretty much flawless on the G Pro 2 and we really liked the fact that the interface functions extremely smoothly as well without any noticeable crashes and freezes. Android 4.4.2 KitKat runs without a hitch.

 

Good numbers in benchmarks

Good numbers in benchmarks

 

You get a whole bunch of apps bundled like Life Square, Voice Mate, Voice Recorder, Polaris Viewer 5 and Box pre-installed.

 

Media

The G Pro 2 packs in a 1W speaker onboard which delivers loud and clear audio for alerts. Even at fifty percent volume level, ringtones are really loud, making you dial it down a notch of two. Along with the equaliser presets, the G Pro 2 also adds DJ-like effects which lets you play with the pitch and speed of the audio track. Out of the 16GB of internal storage, you get about 9.84GB free to use.

 

Media playback is very good

Media playback is very good

 

Connectivity

The LG G Pro 2 is a single SIM handset with TDD-LTE capabilities. The D838 model sold in India supports the 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands, but not the 2300-2400 MHz required for LTE in India. You also get dual-band 3G and quad-band 2G. Other features include Wi-Fi ‘ac’, Bluetooth v4.0, USB OTG, GLONASS and NFC.

 

Plenty of extra apps to play with

Plenty of extra apps to play with

 

Camera

The 13MP sensor doesn’t have the hardware-based OIS of the G2 but rather a software alternative called OIS Plus. The feature set is pretty the same as the G2 with one small exception – the G Pro 2 now supports 4K video recording. Along with this, you also get Full HD at 60fps support. The camera is very quick to focus and you can easily get some very detailed macros, even indoors.

 

Indoor shots are not quite grainy

Indoor shots are not as grainy as we expected

 

Battery life

Battery life is rather excellent and is one of the highlights of the phone. Even after our 8-hour loop test, we managed to get 53 percent battery to spare. This goes to show that the phone will easily last you two full days without having to charge.

 

Battery life is among the best features of the phone

Battery life is among the best features of the phone

 

Verdict and Price in India

The LG G Pro 2 is available online for Rs 45,500, which we feel is a bit expensive considering you can find more powerful and feature rich phone for less. LTE support would have been a defining feature but that's missing and everything else we’ve already seen before on the G2, only this time, it’s on a larger scale. As far as phablets go, the G Pro 2 is easily amongst the best in the biz even though the size will be a deterrent for many. With the G3 coming up, we expect it to get a healthy price reduction as well.

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LG G Pro 2 D838 Specifications

The LG G Pro 2 D838 features a 5.9-inch Full HD IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and is powered by a 2.26 GHz quad core processor and has 3GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 64GB via microSD card and has a 13-megapixel rear camera and 2.1-megapixel front camera. It comes with Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) OS and support a 3,200mAh battery capacity with 3G.

Display

Form FactorBar
Screen TypeFull HD IPS Capacitive TouchScreen
Screen Size5.9 inches
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Number of Colours16M

Processor

ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad Core
Speed2.26 GHZ

Memory

Internal Memory16GB, 3GB RAM
Extendable Memoryup to 64GB

Camera Features

Sensor Resolution13MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels
Video RecordingYes
Front facing camera2.1MP

General Features

OSAndroid
Version4.4.2 (KitKat)
Bluetooth FeaturesYes
MessagingSMS, MMS, E-mail
GPSYes, with A-GPS support
USB ConnectorYes
NFCYes (Android Beam)

Carrier Networks

2GGSM 900/1800/1900
3GHSDPA 900 / 2100

Data

GPRSYes
EGPRS or EDGEEDGE
WiFi802.11a/b/g/n

Body

Dimensions157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3 mm
Weight172.5

Sound

Media PlayerMusic formats: MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC, eACC+, AC3|#|Video formats: DivX®, WMV, MP4, H.264/H.263
SpeakerphoneYes
Audio connector3.5 mm

Battery

TypeLi-Polymer
Capacity3200

After Sales Service

Warranty Period1 Year

Price

Warranty Period1 Year




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