LG Optimus G.

We're just sitting down for a little more intimate time with the LG Optimus G here in Seoul, South Korea. And that means a couple things. For one, it means pictures that don't suck as much. For another, we're getting a better feel for the phone and the new user experience that LG's celebrating.

A few quick, initial thoughts, with the caveat that these are preproduction units:

  • For one, this thing is fast, fast, fast. OK, that's three. But it's worth repeating. The quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro is a little ridiculous. 
  • The display is gorgeous -- 4.7-inches of deep blacks and vibrant colors. 
  • Know how much I like HTC's lockscreen? And Samsung's? LG's is as good. You've got some icon shortcuts,  which do the obvious. But when you simply unlock the device, you get a preview of what you're unlocking to. That's a very nice detail.
  • The 13-megapixel camera has a quick shutter speed. Maybe not quite instantaneous, but it's damn quick. You've got a bunch of options in the camera app, including HDR and panorama.
  • The camera app also does a bit of magic wherein it's actually recording before you press the shutter. So if you don't quite snap the shot in time, you don't necessarily miss the pic.
  • Now that we're actually sitting down with the phone, we've got a better feel for the heft of the device. It's certainly not the lightest on the block, but neither is that a big negative for us. That might change a little when we see different internals in the U.S. versions.
  • The keyboard is surprisingly good. It's not perfect -- secondary functions could be triggered a little more quickly. But it's very much usable out of the box. That's not always the case with manufacturer's keyboards.
  • I'm very much digging the smooth, glossy back with the diamond design, called a crystal reflection finish. It might be a little too slick for some, though.
  • You know how almost every phone has ignored the cool TV-off effect that first showed up in Gingerbread? LG's got its own version, with the display focusing into a single point before blinking off.
  • Watching Korean TV on a phone is still cool.

That's it for now. We've got a bevy of better pics after the break.