LG G Pro 2

Everything you loved in the smaller LG G2, and then some, is in the G Pro 2

The game that is the oversized Android smartphone — don’t say “phablet,” we beg you — has become one of leapfrog in the past couple years.

Consider: The original Samsung Galaxy Note in 2011 was a surprise hit. Turns out folks do want phones that big. Then LG rolled out the forgettable Optimus Vu. Samsung continues on in 2012 with the Note 2. But then LG — seemingly (ahem) inspired — fires back in early 2013 with the original Optimus G Pro, sleeker and slimmer than its competitor. Last fall sees the Galaxy Note 3.

And now we have the LG G Pro 2. Even bigger. Even better. Unburdened by the “Optimus” name, which LG tells us didn’t really do that much in terms of brand recognition anyway. If things look familiar, they should. Much of what you’ll see here is present in the LG G2 (and some of the additions will make their way back to the G2).

Let’s take a walk through this oversized phone, shall we?

Why a 'preview,' and not a full LG G Pro 2 review?

LG G Pro 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Using a Korean phone on U.S. networks doesn't do much for battery life.

As was the case last year, we’ve come into possession of the Korean version of the G Pro 2, and that means a few things. First and foremost is that we’ve got a sweet TV antenna for watching television over the air, but only in Korea. Then there’s the plethora of software that we’ll never see in a U.S. release. (Yes, Korea has more than its share of carrier bloatware, too.)

And finally there’s the issue of network and battery life. One directly affects the other more than anything else in a smartphone, and so there’s no good way to get a feel for real-world battery life. (Theoretical testing is fine for what it’s worth, but we prefer real-world stats.)

So think of this preview as one of our “casual” reviews. We’ll get more into the nuts and bolts when we’ve got a proper U.S. version. But there’s still a lot to see here — and we like what we’re seeing.

The LG G Pro 2 hardware

LG's hardware prowess continues to shine.

The G Pro 2 is further proof that LG has finally come into its own with hardware design. What started back with the Optimus G and the Nexus 4 continues here.

Let’s start with the basics. The G Pro 2 sports a 5.9-inch display at 1080x1920 resolution. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor (quad-core at 2.26 GHz) and has an Adreno 330 GPU. It’s running a full 3 gigabytes of RAM, has a 13-megapixel camera out back (2.1MP in the front) and comes with a 3,200 mAh battery.

LG G Pro 2

A 1080p display on a 5.9-inch phones works just fine — and LG makes displays as good as anyone.

On paper, the only one of those specs that raises an eyebrow is a 5.9-inch display at 1080p. But do the math, and that’s still some 373 pixels per inch — still more dense than the magical “retina” threshold. And in actuality, the display looks great. There’s basically no gap between the glass and the display itself, so images seem to almost float above the phone. Simply put, LG Display (LG Mobile’s sister company that provides the panels) continues to outdo itself here.

The phone’s design helps some here as well. The bezels on the outside of the display are down to just 3.3 mm, and the glass is flat instead of chamfered, giving everything a really sleek look. The physical home button and capacitive buttons are gone, the LG logo’s been moved to the bottom, and anything that’s not display has a subtle but noticeable shiny pattern. Not as cool as the “crystal reflective process” used in the Nexus 4 and Optimus G, but still attractive.

LG G Pro 2 The flatness of the front also helps accentuate what’s going on out back. Gone is the glossy plastic of yesteryear, replaced by a matte gray with a sort of crosshatch texture. And while we wouldn’t call the original G Pro boxy by any means, this year’s model has a much nicer slope to it, where the back heads outward to the edges. It’s not flexible or bendable like the G Flex, but between the slope and the texture it’s definitely easier to hold. LG G Pro 2

The G Pro 2 switches to on-screen buttons, but LG still makes them more difficult than they need be.

And, of course, there’s the matter of the buttons. The volume keys and power button are out back, just like on the G2 and the G Flex. All three serve their intended functions as you’d expect, and they also have secondary uses. The power button serves as a notification light when the phone is face-down (there’s an LED on the front of the phone for when it’s resting on its back), long-pressing volume-down fires up the camera app (and also serves as a shutter button), and long-pressing volume-up opens Quick Memo.

As we mentioned at the outset, we can’t get a real feel for battery life until we get U.S. versions of the G Pro 2. But sitting here on Wifi, the Snapdragon 800 platform acts as expected — fast. We’ve got a spare battery in our retail box; it’s unknown whether any potential U.S. versions will include that extra nugget.

The LG G Pro 2 software

LG G Pro 2

A few cool new features added onto LG's workmanlike user interface.

Ah, and then there’s the software. A bit of good news here — the G Pro 2 is running Android 4.4.2 out of the box. We’ll have to see how LG does with updates this year — historically it’s not been great. The original G Pro still languishes on Android 4.1.2.

LG’s user interface hasn’t changed all that much, and we’re still not huge fans of it. But there are some new features worth noting.

Add in your own recent apps button

Now that the physical buttons are gone from the phone (the G2 killed them off for good, actually), you’ve got proper on-screen buttons. The layout is back-home-menu — yes, a legacy menu button. You can add in a proper recent apps (multitasking) button, but the menu button remains. There also are button options for the notifications pulldown (so that you don’t have to reach all the way up top to get to them), QMemo and QSlide. You can have up to five buttons visible at any time.

Knock Code

Knock Code is the big deal for LG this year, and rightfully so. With the G2, LG introduced the ability to “knock” — tap twice, really — on the display to wake the phone. Using it as a pattern unlock mechanism is a great continuation.

The gist is that you’ve got a 2x2 grid, in which you tap as few as four and as many as eight times, in any combination you want. That gives (and we’ll trust LG’s math here) some 86,367 potential unlock codes. Just as important is that it’s quick and easy to use, and the phone walks you through setting it up at first boot.

And, yes, you’ll have to set a backup PIN code for when you forget your knock code. Also: the traditional Knock-on works fine, even without a code. But set up a code. Protect ya neck.

Mini View

So you bought yourself a 5.9-inch smartphone but find yourself wishing it were smaller. (That’s known as “phablet remorse,” by the way.) LG’s added in Mini View. Swipe through the on-screen buttons and your screen will shrink to a size that’s just a bit bigger than the iPhone. Swipe to the right to put it on the right edge of the screen, and left for left. You can extend the window to make it larger, and hit the X to close.

Or, you know, just buy a smaller phone that you can use one-handed.

The LG G Pro 2 camera

LG Magic Focus

OK, there’s a lot going on here, too. LG’s traditionally had pretty good cameras, and that trend appears to continue with the G Pro 2. By default you’re shooting at a 16:9 aspect ratio, or 4160x2340. The full 13MP resolution takes things to 4160x3120, or a 4:3 aspect ratio.

LG's cameras have always been pretty good — but Magic Focus just isn't necessary.

The usual modes are here — HDR, panorama, bust mode, beauty shots, the ability to erase people, etc. — but the one new one LG’s talking about is “Magic Focus.” Basically that takes five shots at different focal points, then allows you to choose where on the image you want to focus — or to put the entire scene in focus.

It works, but it’s going to be a bit complicated for most folks, and simply retaking a picture with the proper focal point might be quicker. It’s certainly not as cool as what Lytro’s doing, but it’s something different.

There’s also something new when it comes to selfies. (When is there not?) LG’s calling it a front-facing flash, but really it just shrinks the preview window when you’re using front facing camera and replacing the space with a white background — that’s your “flash.” It doesn’t seem to do all that much unless you’re in a pretty dark space, though, but at the same time it doesn’t seem to hurt any. (Well, maybe except for your battery.)

The bottom line (for now)

If the Note 3 just isn't your thing, the G Pro 2 absolutely will deserve a look.

There is a whole lot to like in the LG G Pro 2. (Even if the name is still a mouthful.) The display is bigger and as beautiful as ever. The design shows that LG's got the chops to hold its own.

The software? Well, there's still some room for improvement. On the other hand, it's completely functional. The world "utilitarianism" comes to mind, still, and maybe that's not the worst thing in the world. But neither is it the most friendly.

Knock Code is a great addition. The camera looks like it should be a keeper — we're going to keep testing it. And a 3,200 mAh battery — replaceable, at that — means not having to say you're sorry.

Now we just need some U.S. availability.


Reader comments

LG G Pro 2 preview — even bigger, even better


Looks pretty tempting.

Between this, the new One, and the Z2 it's looking to be a great 2014 for smartphones competing against the venerable giant Samsung.

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Why on earth would you want either this or the Gflex? Both are stupidly large without serving a purpose...notice how the Galaxy Note is shrinking over time...at least there's a reason that screen is so big...

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You mean staying the same size with a bigger screen

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

Opinions are like buttholes. Everyone has one but no one wants to hear it. Say something critical but be constructive and people are much more likely to value your bu.... opinion.

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Okay, here's something constructive...without stylus support (and I mean real note taking support...not "we support snub nosed stylus's that succeed in replicating your finger)...this is a bigger waste of time and money than the Gflex. Not as fast as a Galaxy S5, with a worse display, and LG's track record of software updates....and likely to cost as much if not more than the S5 (if anyone bothers bringing it stateside)

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How does it have a worst display than the S5?

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Some people really like AMOLED displays I am one of them. The colors may not be as accurate but they are prettier and on my phone that's what I want.

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I like Amoled displays, as well. But, does that make LG's displays worse?

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Its less saturated than the Note, but the blacks arent as good, obviously. There is some off axis fade, but nothing like as bad as the awful N5. Its a good IPS basically.

Hey genius, a Big phone serves the purpose of people who want a Big phone. Can't make it any simpler than that. I'm not a fan of stupid curvy phones whether it's made by LG or Samsung. Software updates? Old news, guy. LG has stepped it up.

They've supported their flagship... Whoopdie do...they should do that. That some leak appeared for older devices an ota does not make.

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"After his smartphone was returned to him, he discovered that it was now running Android 4.4.2 already. The person who worked on the device then revealed that an official update would be making its way out to device very soon, probably in a month." - It's not a guarantee, but it looks pretty good to me.
I'm just wondering if a family member was killed in a tragic phone accident, and it happened to be manufactured by LG?

I was told my G2's update was coming in late March. Got it a month early. I think I heard Charlie Sheen.

Haha #winning lol

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Well, I haven't seen a Pro 2 yet in the flesh unsurprisingly, but I still consider the G Pro 1 the sleeper hit of 2013 and the best phone of the first half of 2013. it was just crushed by AT&T exclusivity in the States and, of course, the wicked combo of LG's rotten skin & horrible update policy.

Now, a proper G Pro 2 rolled out to ALL the carriers by early summer Stateside would be absolutely fantastic, especially if they don't gimp it by removing the microSD slot and the removable battery. What's missing? I don't care for styli or the S-Pen at all, so I don't consider that a loss. I'd like to see the Pro 2 bumped up to a Snapdragon 801 for the US launch and maybe receive a 64GB storage variant. USB 3.0 is also a truly nice addition that no one but Samsung seems to take seriously .

So yeah, my dream phone for 2014 would be a refreshed Pro 2 GPE edition with 64GB, 801, and USB 3.0. Barring that, I could live with a GPE Pro 2 just fine.

This is actually very comparable to the s5, the G pro 2 has its advantages over the s5 and vice versa it has a larger display, and much larger battery that is also removable and better speakers, they both have SD card, the difference in speed most likely won't be noticeable and we havnt seen any comparisons on the cameras yet. The only advantages I see is the dust/water resistance of the s5.

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Well I dunno about you but I'm much more impressed with the g pro 2 than the s5.
Its an interesting device,and as much as I hate to say it LG seems to be the only ones bold enough to be creative(for better or worse).

I'm just waiting for a G Flex with a 1080p display.
F Samsung...
I want storage options, (internal and external), without all the extra bloat eating too heavily into it.

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(ZeroLemon 7000mA battery and ZeroShock Case)

You keep harping on this and I said nothing.

You obviously know how to flash a ROM so buy the phone, flash cleanROM and rock on. My Note has a lot of stupid programming on it, but flashing brings it down to half its size.

Then I guess this is not the phone for you. People said the Note 2 was stupid and too big and just look at how famous it was and still is. I still love my Note 2. I'm waiting for this phone before I decide on Note 3 but on the end I think the spen will keep bringing me back to the Note. But I have high hopes for this phone. If you don't like big phones it's easy, DON'T BUY IT.

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Stupidly large? No it isn't. Look at the darling Samsung. Bet you don't complain about its big screen do ya.

Note 4 will have higher specs. possibly SD 805. So doubtful.
Definitely giving the Note 3 a run for it's money

I actually tend to agree -- me personally, I think the "Note"-series is Samsung's flagship line and their "G"-series is rapidly becoming their "mainstream" or even midrange product line -- but until the Note 4 is actually introduced, we won't know for certain.

And giving credit where credit is due, I think that spec-wise, the LG G Pro 2 looks like a fairly formidable phone. As you mention, it gives the Note 3 "a run for the money" and I would even add the Samsung G5 to that list. In fact, although I think the G5 is a definite even if only an incremental improvement over the G4, I think the Note 3 is still the better Samsung phone; but I digress.

I have no idea why I was typing "G" instead of "S"; maybe the LG phone was on my mind. Excuse my brain fart.

It happens, lol. Technically, you're not wrong. It's the 5th Galaxy phone. So, you get a pass.

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Note 4 will compete with the pro 3 and so on. Lol, seriously it makes it hard to stay with a device for very long.

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I had the original Note. Used the S-Pen for two days. It was kinda cool at first, but my finger was perfectly fine for everything I do on my phone, and happens to always be "at hand". Not everybody wants a big phone for the purpose of using a stylus.

The spen isn't just for replacing your finger. If that's all you used it for then yes, that wasn't the phone for you. Unfortunately not everyone with a note uses the stylus just to replace their finger. They actually use the features that come with it.

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For drawing, it makes absolute sense, but I don't draw on my phone. As far as anything else you'd use the s-pen for, I agree with Steve Jobs. But, to each his own.

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I can definitely understand. I had the Note 2 since it came out. Tried other phones just to see and I kept coming back to my spen which I use more and more. Just yesterday I used it to write a note then I needed to share that note so I did a multi window so I could see the Note and type at the same time. It was priceless. Although I would love to end up using this phone as my main phone the spen feature on the Note line will just never be beaten, yet.

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Everything you could have already had 5 months ago minus the S-pen and with some ugly buttons on the back. Note 3 is still King of the large screen phones.

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Great phone, 5 months late. When will geese OEMS learn to release before Samsung. This is just 5 month old lg note 3.

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Am I alone in wishing oems would stop making phones bigger? I'm not saying there isn't a niche market for the phablet, but Samsung seems to have that guy on lock. How about working on other innovation like battery life or better yet, new hardware materials that render the need for a case obsolete? It seems a shame that everyone makes beautiful devices with attention to ergonomics, but then we have to cover them up to protect them, thus rendering design obsolete.

You realize phone manufacturers can work on multiple things at once right? LG isn't some guy in his garage pumping out phone.

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That garbage is not old. Talk to me when all models have KK (relevant) and just the distance between Samsung getting done and LG

Lets see. N5, KK doesnt run that great as far as I see. MotoG update buggy, HTC One update stopped pending a review, S4 update, buggy and needed a patch. KK is buggy crap, im glad LG is taking its time to fix Googles mess.

I can't speak for anyone else's experience, but I've got nothing but positive things to say about Kit Kat on the AT&T G2. It flies, and they removed bugs. Haven't seen any new ones.

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Let me know when Samsung gets around to updating anything other then the s3/s4 and note 3 lol they released 80+ different phones/variants last year how many will see KitKat?

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Dude I don't know if u realize but the Lg G2 got kitkat before the S4 and the Note 3 on At&t. How is that for slow updates compared to Samsung?

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you are because they don't just make one phone.
There's a market for every size phone and stay in this business you need to cater to all of them.
Even if Samsung seems to have that market on lock, competition is always good.

Well, I'm a fan of the bigger devices. I don't want any OEM to stop making the bigger smartphones. Sure, tech can be improved. But, I shouldn't lose my choice of smartphone, simply because you don't like it.

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Tech companies should also make high end devices for people who don't want giant phones. It goes both ways you know.

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The 5" category and the approx. 6" category are both cutting edge. But if you're talking about 4", I agree it would be smart to make minis that are actually top spec'ed.

I completely agree! We should all be given choices.

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For a long time I refused to even consider any smartphone that didn't have a physical keyboard, but finally, I accepted that OEMs weren't going to make any high-end devices with physical keyboards. Clearly some people want high-end QWERTY phones -- I did and so did a lot of other commenters -- but the overall perceived demand was low.

Likewise, despite the many comments from people who say they want small phones with high-end specs, the OEMs seem convinced that this market is too small to care about. Small phone lovers may have to also come to accept that the minimum size for high-end specs is 5" and likely to get larger.

In any case, last month, I decided to upgrade from a Droid 4 to a Galaxy Note 3, and I'm very happy with it. I had to give up my QWERTY, but the big screen makes up for it, and at least typing on a virtual keyboard is a more pleasant experience with a large screen.

I'm all for choice, but unless Ara succeeds, small market niches may continue to be underserved. Though personally, I'd love to see a high-end phone with a 5" screen AND a good physical keyboard.

So long as they continue to put decent specs in the 4.5 to 5.0 inch range they can make a 12 inch phone for all I care.

Lol, now, let's not go crazy.

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Lol, I'm afraid to say, but you do have a point.

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Lol, I'm afraid to say, but you do have a point.

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Actually, I think a 12-inch "phone" would be a great idea. In fact, I was arguing for that ten years ago. That is, I was hoping that someone would add telephony features to my laptop then and tablet now.

Again, I think it is a great idea but as long as people expect heavily subsidized phones from their phone companies, (at least US) manufacturers have very little incentives to actually build and market them.

Fair enough. +1

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I think, it does. It's only the versions that reach the States that lose that capability.

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wish that soft touch back was on my G2 u_u. what was LG thinking x(.

This is actually pretty nice, but imo, the Note 3 is still the best large Android phone.

I wouldn't buy an LG phone if you gave me the money to do it. They pump out smart phones but still have that feature phone mentality.
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Then you'll be missing out, they are making great phones. I loved my G2 and only got rid of it because I left Verizon.
LG > Samsung

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Please stop repeating that old news. It's not true anymore with LG. They've upped their game significantly.

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Tell that to the people that bought the original G Pro and/or Optimus G. And, don't mention rooting and ROMs, because that's not a viable option to/for a lot of people.

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A leak is not an update. I have seen leaks sit for months without actually being released, and I have seen leaks that lead to absolutely nothing.

Talk when they actually do something

I'll talk now. I like what I'm seeing from LG. You guys can be angry at old mistakes all you want. I'm looking to the future.

I'm not angry. Hell, I can't be angry, I've never owned either of those two devices. I'm just pointing out what I see.

I sure do hope LG does great. They seem the most poised to compete with Samsung, HTC aside.

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Tru dat. I'm in favor of any manufacturer that pushes our phones forward. Right now, I like LG the best, but that could easily change before my next purchase. I just wish LG, HTC, etc had Samsung sized advertising budgets, so Joe Schmoe would know about 'em.

The G2 is perfect as it is. Even if the software didn't get updated, it wouldn't really matter with the Optimus UI. It's not like you would be able to tell the difference between 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4. The Optimus G's UI looks exactly the same as the G2's. If it's not a vanilla Android phone, the updates are almost meaningless, unless there's some type of bug that needs to be fixed on the phone.

Well, I'd welcome an update if it not only fixed bugs, but also added features or increased performance. But, I do agree, the necessity of the updates has decreased dramatically; and the differences between versions are almost indistinguishable, aside from the version numbers in the Settings menu.

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WTH are you talking about? Aside from the gimmicky G Flex, LG is making killer phones with great software. My Kit Kat G2 is a bad mamma jamma.

And how long did it take to get kit Kat on that phone again? Since it was launched after 4.3 was well into its release cycle...

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True, but as I pointed out above, LG has left users of its other devices (OG Pro and Optimus G) in the dark, with regards to updates or even timetables for an update.

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So a leaked is came out...so? Official support...nope. Its classic LG through and through...support the new...answer people with year old device languishing with out of date software that they should upgrade.... Next you're going to defend them with "Is doesn't matter now that Google.services gets updated..."

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And then some, LG made a shit ton of phones and a leak for a phone that should have already been at least on 4.3 by now. What about all those L series devices.

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LG is clearly supporting their newest devices, AND they're currently working on the software for their older devices.
SMH, So much anger.

What about the galaxy ace, mega, etc etc there not the only ones not updating there whole line of phones, Samsung released 80+ different phones/variants last year guess how many of those actually will see KitKat?

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Lol, FINE! They both suck at updating devices! Fair?

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We do agree, though: Samsung releases WAY too many phones.

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LG updated one phone in 2 years, One phone and ya'll calling them champs.
God what happened to the days when bloggers held companies feet the fire.
Samsung got creamed for that entire Behold fiasco.

When the heck did anyone call LG champs? Why are you talking about phone manufacturers like they're football teams? Are you a fan of rap battling?

Illustrator Joe has convinced me. Even though they're doing good things now, LG should never be forgiven. Burn them, and never forget the evil they did.

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You mean 4.4.2? Yeah, it's awesome to see Sprint get that update out.

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i have wanted one of these since the G2 came out a few months back. dat bezel. the possibility of a phone this big with bezels that thin and even a sense of style... oh i drool. im usually reserved for HTC but boy do i want one of these G Pro 2s!

The smartphone is going through that SUV phase, where you had that monstrous Hummer vehicle as the "ultimate SUV", only to find out that it was too big, too gas guzzling, too awkward ....

At some point the "larger" smartphone is going to hit that ceiling, where bigger is more a hindrance than an asset. I think 6" is getting there, but unless the market stops buying bigger phones (more than 5.5"?) the manufacturer will keep making them bigger.

Yeah, I had the original Note. It was a 5.3" but with a screen ratio that made the phone extra wide in your hand. I got tired of such a bulky phone, but I was still loving the large screen. Then, the G2 came out, with a 5.2" 16:9 screen. Same screen height, but so much sleeker and lighter. Just the right size. I'm fine with companies making two separate categories. Flagship and Phlabship, lol.

SUVs are still around. They have become more efficient. Much like phablets. I think your megas and your xperia z ultras will go by the wayside, but the notes and others will still be around. They will always be popular with business people and people with large hands. And much like jeans, the trend will change and phones will get smaller, but you will still have a demand for the baggier jeans and bigger phones.
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You have a Z2 already and you're pondering moving on? That's wild to me. What country are you in?

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And I do think I keep the Z2 I liked the Z1 but the Z2 as of now is probably the best phone on the market followed by the G2. To make it short. I love the Z2. Sony improved everything that needed to be improved from the almost perfect Z1s.

Sony Xperia Z2

I have the G2 but I am tempted to get the z2 like what LG and Sony are doing right now.

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You can't go wrong with the Z2 it is even considered the best phone as of now. I honestly don't even think the new Galaxy 5 is better. Sony really step up their game a lot. Raising the bar.

Sony Xperia Z2

G2 looked a bit too round and sharpness was lacking. Im guessing LG took some inspiration from their Nexus 5 I guess.

edit: forgot to mention the G pro doesn't have curved glass on the edges unlike the G2.

With the Xposed Framework you can modify the menu button layout without root if I'm not mistaken. That would be nice for this phone.

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That was my question. I have yet to find an answer...

EDIT: Apparently, it requires root access for installation, but it doesn't require it to run. That's interesting.

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I just saw a YouTube video of it a couple weeks ago. My memory could be playing tricks on me, though.

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I just don't want LG's version of Android. They're making great lumps of glass and plastic that tempt me, except for that blocker.

LG has definitely stepped their game up. If this were in stores when I was looking at the Note 3, I would have seriously considered it. I really like the knock feature.

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That's the issue. They should have released this in November or with the g2. They would have made waves. The knock on code is cool, but I wonder how well it will work after hearing about issues with knock on. Then, you wonder about lg and updates. That's a whole other story.

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Well, truth be told, I don't care for updates that much. Don't get me wrong: I get as giddy as the next person, when I see an update pushing out that might include some cool new features. But, they're definitely not as necessary as they used to be.

I like the Note 3. But, I'm always in the market for something new. And, I've never had an LG device. But, this release cycle is killing me. I feel like this phone would be better served, if it debuted and was released during the summer.

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I liked getting updated to Kit Kat, but yeah, my G2 was sweet already on 4.2. It was just a nice bonus, and I was surprised it could run even faster. That "17% faster" was no BS. The thing was already fast, lol.
I agree it seems like the G Pro 2 ran late. They need to tweak the cycle.
After seeing the difference between Sammy's S4 and S5, I'm really interested to see what LG does with the G3.

I'm sure, the G3 is going to be a monster of a phone. I can't wait, to see what LG has planned for it, either.

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Anyone else prefer physical home button instead of on screen buttons? Physical Nd capacitive buttons were what tipped the scales for me to choose the G Pro over the G2.

I must be in the minority on these forums, I wonder what the regular Joe prefers. I'm not your typical mobile user (I guess I'm called a "power user" and a tech enthusiast), but I still prefer the physical home and back buttons.

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it gives the phone the sleek look on the front (i.e. the black nexus 5) and i like it. honestly the fact that it takes up some space on the screen doesn't bother me. I came from phones with physical buttons and switching to soft keys was not a deal breaker for me.

I'm with you. I've got no problem with the home button

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Same here, but then again, I used to be a physical keyboard guy. I always like a way to exit or escape off the screen just in case.

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Man, if they made a phone with a slide-out keyboard and 5+ inch screen, I'd probably be a day one buyer.

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I never liked sliders since either the screen or the keyboard too hit in equity, or both. I haven't used a slider keyboard that felt nice to type on, not even the Bbry 9800.

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Hmmm, that's a good point! I think I had that issue on the Droid 4, which was the last QWERTY phone I had.

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I like it since I prefer the tactile feel and I can't accidentally press the home button like I can the on screen buttons. Also, when watching movies or playing a game, I don't want to have to do any gesture or action to hide or toggle the on screen buttons. I like knowing the physical home button is there , away from the screen, whenever I need it without hindering the video or game experience.

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Well my last LG was a cookie or a snap can't remember and wow it was so unresponsive and tiny at around 3" I think lol Anyway this G Pro 2 looks great and by the sound of things it's a vast improvement as was the G2, which I was nearly tempted with but opted for the Nexus 5 instead.
In terms of design I like the G2 and I like this G Pro 2 with that Matt back yup it works atleast by what I can see in the pictures, and I like the fact that LG tried something different with the button placement but not for all and one thing is a guarentee "you can please some people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time"
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You're in third place for longest run-on sentence, lol.

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Things that make you go "hmmmm."

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I'm not personally against SD cards. But, I'd take 64GB of internal storage, over the option of an SD card slot, if I had to choose between the two.

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I prefer the simpler, cleaner set up of having large capacity to begin with. I was really hoping the G2 would have the 64gb option when I ordered it. Hopefully, the G3 will.

This phone is very tempting. I really like it a lot. I just wished it had stylus capabilities. Why can't other OEMs implement this?

Does Samsung have a patent on the stylus tech? If they do, then that might explain why neither LG nor Sony included a dedicated stylus with either of their over-sized devices.

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Ok, that answers that. Thanks!

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I actually hope this comes to verizon. Love what LG is doing lately with their high end specs they stick in devices. Most likely will be either this or the g3 if they both come to verizon.

It depends on if AT&T is going to have another exclusive on it...

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I'm I the only one who noticed the "protect your neck line"? Has the rough and tough world of mobile tech made Phil go "street"?!

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and my Verizon GS3!

I don't think you were.I think no one else had the nerve to call Phil out on his thug lifestyle.

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

Hey Phil,your blackness is showing.You better slow down,you're starting to offend some of your white supporters.

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This is a fail as a successor to the G Pro. While the slide to shrink feature is nice, the physical phone doesn't fit in one hand any more. The best thing about the G Pro was that it was smaller than the Note 2 with a bigger screen, better screen. They should have stuck to that. 5.6 inch with even slimmer bezels with the same overall dimensions would have made this a true successor. Now it's just a stupid big phone. With the G continually growing, I guess I will wait for the G3 to grow to 5.5" to replace my G Pro.

If my poor 2+ year old Note1 survives, might give one of these a go.
I had to order another charge port...busted another one! That's 4 in 2+ years.

I have a G2 and I love it... dare I say even more so then my Nexus 4, if only for the fact that its just works. Its great looking and it has features I use. I used to be a purest and wanted my stock android with all the latest updates, but what I didn't get was features.. With the G2 I do. Will the new G pro be an upgrade, I think so.. New display, bigger display, knock code, and maybe a few others thrown in later, of course this would be a worth upgrade. I used to skawk at the people with their huge note phones until I got my G2, and now, it only makes me want a G2 even bigger, which this phone would provide. Personally I could care less about what Android version its running if it works well, and so far I have not been disappointed with LG. I got KitKat, and it has not made me hate or love the phone any less. If TMo gets this phone I will use Jump to switch to it.. Unless something mindblowing comes along in the next 4 -5 months.

All OK except for the ugly skin.. why would anyone want to buy this cartoon looking phone? LG make your skin flatter, cleaner and simpler. And yeah you suck at updates even though few people buy the phone with the argument that they buy for the features that exist now. Get on with the game.

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I am thinking about going with the LG G Pro 2, but currently on HTC One, might just hold off until the new One is out soon this month. Really liking the G Pro 2 though, looks a solid build.

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Solid proof that you can make a phone plastic without a gross cheap glossy texture AND without trying so hard to replicate some exotic material. Well done LG.

Samsung should of done the GS5 backing like this wouldn't have been as bad. I also wish the G Flex would of Had these specs, I would of been all over it.

Htc one has something no other phone has. Software partnership with netgear Mira cast. You can cast while talking on phone or having screen off. That's a real good feature. Lg g3 might have 2k screen and z2 is all around good.

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