So we've got the LG G2 here for a little one-on-one time. That's the good news. But we also need to make clear that this is a preproduction unit. The hardware is solid, but the software's not quite final. (As we found out already in a new hands-on video.) Not a huge deal, and it gives us time to play around with some of the more unique features of this phone before we get into review mode.
So let's flip over to the back of this phone, where the volume rocker and power button live. Crazy, we know. But maybe — just maybe — it's our kind of crazy.
A few quick thoughts:
- Yes, it takes some getting used to. Even after switching back and forth between having the power button on the side for most phones, and up top for HTC's — this takes a little getting used to. But it's hardly insurmountable. You'd be surprised just how quickly your brain gets used to it.
- (And straying from the back of the phone for a bullet point, the "Knock-knock" feature helps alleviate some of that pain.)
- This is a big phone, but I don't have big hands. LG's done a nice job positioning the buttons, though. Once you remember they're there, it feels pretty natural, especially when you pull the phone out of your pocket.
- That said, I do keep overshooting the button and end up with my finger on the camera lens. We'll see if further use takes care of that.
- I saw someone say they were concerned about greasing up the lens even more than they already do. But I figure if you already have to wipe it off anyway, what's the big deal about your finger hitting the lens because of where the buttons are?
- I love how the power button lights up when you press it — I just wish I could actually see that. Cool feature for someone on the other side of the phone, I guess, but I have no intentions on leaving it face-down. That's actually a cultural thing, though. For many folks, when you're in a meeting you put your phone face down as a sign of professional respect. (And there's something to be said for that, I think. Take a look next time you're sitting around a table with co-workers.)
- The buttons themselves have just the right amount of click to them. Nicely done.
One more thing: We know already that Verizon's changed up the design of the buttons a little bit. It'll be interesting to see what the other U.S. carriers do.
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