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The LG G2 design story

The G2, and it's odd button arrangement, isn't going to suit everybody. But I think everyone has to admit that some thought went into the way the phone was built, and for better or for worse, LG wasn't afraid to try something different. We like different. That's how we get things like the Galaxy Note series, or a 7-inch Nexus tablet. You never know how well something will be received until you just do it.

The video posted after the break goes into the year long process of designing the G2, the initial prototypes that didn't cut it, as well as what all is involved to get such tiny bezels on a big bright screen. Anytime a manufacturer wants to let us in on any inside-baseball information, we love to take a look. I figure plenty of you would as well. Check it out after the break.

Source: LG on YouTube

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • I think it's the best looking phone of this year. Then comes the HTC one Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm a big LG fan, been using the revolution and now the spectrum for the last two years. I love so much about the G2, except the lack of expandable memory and replaceable battery. The G2 feels great in hand, but would it really have sacrificed the design of the phone that much to be able to open it up and get the battery out? Obviously, since the Verizon version is different, we can tell LG is willing to adjust their design to accommodate requested features. I would like to see wireless charging standard on all models. I really hope they don't join HTC and Motorola in adopting fixed battery and non expandable memory as a permanent design element from here on. Also, they sure are bragging about the work that went into a slick glossy back. My spectrum came like that, and I thought it was tacky. Fortunately the extended battery door has a much nicer matte finish. Too bad that won't be available for the G2.
  • The Korean version have removable battery (2600mAH) and microSD card support. If you're willing to shell out for the hefty cost.
  • Pretty damn nice design.
  • I agree. I can finally firmly hold my phone without adjusting the volume by accident. I can load it into my holder on my windshield without adjusting the volume. I can naturally adjust volume and power without a problem. I can hand the phone to someone including strangers and have them take a picture without adjusting the volume... It's a great new design. The phone has been awesome so far. The screen, battery and CPU are the best available on Verizon.
  • Looking forward to playing with one in person at my TMo store. Tomorrow hopefully. I'm hoping the rear buttons are the wide versions like the ATT model. Andrew said the Verizon G2 had narrower buttons. Posted via Android Central App
  • Like the G2 but personally I like the Optimus G Pro (in white) a lot more.
  • Great video, thanks for posting. I find all of the work that goes into making these smart phones a reality absolutely fascinating.
  • My cousin who works at T-Mobile said that the volume buttons feel natural when adjusting it with one hand.
  • the South Koreans are simply killing it!
  • Reason for the narrower buttons on the Verizon model are to accommodate the wireless charging.
  • This looks amazing in white.
  • Have fun using the volume when its on its back. Lol LG fail...Nexus 5 for the win Posted via Android Central App
  • I do enjoy using it. Being 6'2 and having to buy all my gloves in XL, the phone is perfect for my hand. This phone is the furthest thing from fail possible. Your comment shows your true lack of knowledge for this product. Better yet, your comment makes you look like the simple fool you are.
  • The ironic part is that nothing of what LG did here was a fail. Your comment, well, it was the fail here.
  • LOL the internet rules! I love watching people pick others apart like that. I award you 100 points for your insult.
  • Dumbest comment I read all day... trust me, that's saying something. Congratulations... you win fail comment of the day award... it's poop... you win poop Posted via Android Central App
  • And the nexus 5 will be made by lg, so stop bashing a company for something you don't like! Posted via Android Central App
  • I don't love the design. It's sort of a shame to see this much effort went into such a typical shiny plastic. Besides changing the placement of the volume rockers, it's lifeless. The HTC One not only destroys it in appearance, the materials add class and value. For me it's HTC One, iPhone 5S, Moto X, Note 3, then this (then Z1).
  • Pretty cool Posted via Dope Android Central App
  • Thing is Jerry. Do YOU like it? All the Android phone makers are adding their ideas to the mix; but will this be one of the ideas that STICK?
  • Only had mine for couple days now but I love it!! Not perfect of course but they sure got a lot of things right with this one. Posted via Android Central App
  • I live in Canada pre ordered and should get by the end of the week with a free window case from Rogers. Posted via Android Central App
  • Samsung people speak English, why don't LG??? I to press pause constantly to read subtitles, very annoying. Posted via Android Central App
  • Awkward button placement, but it bring the unit uniqueness.
  • Didn't the FCC docs list the Nexus 5 as being a smidge smaller WHILE having side buttons? Not that I care much eitherway, I'd take both options over HTC's top mounted power buttons (one of the few things that have always bugged me about my HTC phones)...
  • I didn't notice the sun flare moves on the weather widget Posted via Android Central App
  • that´s right!
  • LG G2 Unboxing -
  • you better win the LG G2 with Yugatech's index finger challenge