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After yesterday's huge unveiling of LG's latest flagship in Korea, LG today brought the Optimus G to US shores for a debut here in New York. In case you missed Phil's extensive hands-on, this is the device LG hopes will help them compete with the Galaxy S 3HTC's One line, and of course the iPhone 5. The Optimus G has just about everything you'd want in a smartphone and then some: the 4.7-inch True HD IPS+ display is a stunner, and performance is blistering thanks to the Snapdragon S4 Pro on board. The Optimus G is the first device of its kind with Qualcomm's Pro chip,  a quad core SoC which comes equipped with integrated LTE. Other highlights include the 13 MP camera, Ice Cream Sandwich, and NFC on board. LG told reporters today that it's expecting the Optimus G to reach American shelves sometime in Q4 2012.

But, as Phil said, the highlight here is LG's revamped UI, which comes jam packed with a ton of goodies that LG hopes will be enough to catch your eye. Some are less useful than others, though a few standout, including Quick Memo, which you'll see below. Quick Memo allows you to write on the screen, but rather than traditional memo apps, you'll be able to return to normal operation of the phone with an overlay of what you've written. As you'll see in the demo below, it's especially useful for jotting down phone numbers and web addresses. 

Another feature LG is particularly fond of is QSlide: it's a way for you to watch video while doing other things, but rather than Samsung's approach of relegating the video to a small corner of the device, LG has placed the video behind the rest of the UI, leaving a faint vision of what you're watching beneath whatever else you're doing. This type of graphics-intensive multitasking, LG says, is made possible by the quad-core chip.

We'll have much more on both the Optimus G's UI and hardware in the coming weeks. Until then, be sure to check out Phil's hands-on and video walk through of what will almost certainly be one of the most powerful phones on the market this holiday season.



Reader comments

LG Optimus G arriving in the States in Q4; we go eyes-on its UI


Looks like LG is finally getting serious now they need to prove they can support their phone. Good job on this one LG.

Thanks for the vids. I like to see these vendor unique features. I think it's the future of what makes each manufacturer's phone unique.

Building features on top of standard Android is what puts you ahead. The days of spending resources adding UI to Android have passed. Don't need Sense or TouchWiz UI tweaks. Bring on features that make Android and the phone more valuable to the consumer. Focus on function over form at this time.

If Samsung or HTC or whoever wants to devote a lot of time developing nice UI pieces, keep writing them and just release them in Google Play.

After the massive failure with the G2X, I don't think I'll be trusting LG with any of my money. looks decent though

With their history it is definitely hard to give LG any trust. Somebody else had brought up that just a few years ago Samsung was one of the worst when it came to updates. I remember this because it was the reason I didn't own any of the early Samsung Android phones. Obviously things have changed quite a bit now. If LG has learned anything this could be the device that helps them right their ship like the Galaxy S did with Samsung a few years ago. Or it could end up being a great device that underperforms in sales like the One X has.

To be fair, Samsung failed to support their low-end phones. Android wasn't even a thing back then and manufacturers were still experimenting and trying to see where it will take them. LG on the other hand abandoned their flagship phone (the 2x).

I know it is hard to describe the quality of a camera without mentioning megapixels, but I hate how people judge a camera by its megapixels. It's entirely possible that the HTC One X and the Galaxy S3 have just as good cameras as the Optimus G, or that this camera is marginally better.

The camera is the most important feature to me but is only mentioned is passing so far. I guess I'll have to keep coming back to AC daily to get the full rundown on the camera with samples.

Well played, Phil.

That qslide feature could well make this my next phone!! watch it not come to the UK now I want it!!

hope the rumors that it might have a nexus model as well... although would that have the qslide as well?

Unless Google were to make their own version of qslide and work it into AOSP, that would be a no.

Holy crap, that was extremely impressive. Buttery smooth UI (even on ICS), cool features that add to the Android experience. LG's the Android underdog right now. They have the potential to be great, let's hope they can make it happen :)