A few physical changes and tweaked software highlight Verizon's version of the LG G2
What's that, you say? You want the LG G2, but you want it with more logos and a skinnier set of buttons on the back? And maybe a couple fairly significant software changes? Sure thing. Verizon's got you covered with its version of the G2.
Things have changed a little bit on the physical side, and a little bit on the software side. We'll walk you through it all after the break.
Here's what's up. From the front, Verizon's G2 looks exactly like the European G2 we've been using (and AT&T's, for that matter) — save for the Verizon logo that's been wedged into the space to the right of the earpiece. Look, we're not gonna hop back on that anti-logo bandwagon right this second (you folks go to town in the comments all you want), but it really does look like it's wedged in there. If it were just a tad lower it'd be OK, maybe. Put it in line with the bottom of the earpiece. But for whatever reason, it's climbing north, and it just looks odd.
Anyhoo. Things change a little bit on the bottom as well. Instead of what looks like dual stereo speakers with pinhole grilles, you get a three-hole grille on one side of the USB port, and a single pinhole mic (which is disguised in other versions of the G2 with another grille) on the other. So much for symmetry.
'Round back is where things really change. Verizon's gone and changed the look and feel of the volume and power buttons, but they're functionally the same. We do like the addition of the little raised lines on the power button, though. They make it easier to find. Just in case you forgot, there are Verizon and 4G LTE logos back here, as well as a more stylish LG logo.
Software-wise, Verizon's changed things up a little, too. Instead of the tabbed settings menu in the stock G2 (Samsung's doing this as well these days), you're left with a more traditional list. An odd thing to change, but whatever. There's also quite a bit of bloat between Verizon and LG customizations, but that was to be expected.
Otherwise, things are mostly as we've left them on the G2. It's got the same Knock-On feature, and the buttons on the back may look different, but they act the same. Stay tuned for plenty more from the Verizon LG G2.