AN AV­ER­AGE CAM­ERA SPOILS THE FUN

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

As we were wait­ing for the Google Nexus 4 and the re­cently an­nounced Op­ti­mus G Pro, LG de­cided to launch the Op­ti­mus G in In­dia in­stead. Avail­able for ` 34,500, the LG Op­ti­mus G has a quad-core pro­ces­sor and a 13MP cam­era. That sounds really good on pa­per. But does it ac­tu­ally per­form?

The stylish rec­tan­gu­lar body has a black glossy fin­ish and a non-re­mov­able back. The Corn­ing Go­rilla Glass 2, an im­pro­vised ver­sion of the dam­age re­sis­tant glass, makes this de­vice really sturdy and scratch re­sis­tant.

There is some port or but­ton on each edge of the phone. Weigh­ing 145 grams, it has a 4.7-inch IPS+ dis­play with a 1280x768 pixel res­o­lu­tion.

The bright dis­play really im­pressed us and it was com­fort­able read­ing on it. The colour re­pro­duc­tion sig­nif­i­cantly en­hanced the video ex­pe­ri­ence.

Though an An­droid Jelly Bean phone, this doesn’t look much like the oth­ers of its ilk thanks to the Op­ti­mus user in­ter­face run­ning over the An­droid UI. This was a sur­prise with an­i­ma­tion ef­fects that made the de­vice faster than most other high-end smart­phones. We also have to thank Qual­comm’s Snap­dragon S4 quad-core pro­ces­sor for this. This phone could han­dle mul­ti­ple apps at the same time.

How­ever, the cam­era was a bit of a spoiler and just about av­er­age. The 13MP shooter did a fairly good job in day­light, but used in­doors or in low light the im­ages ended up with a lot of noise. The 2,100mAh bat­tery gave us a day on av­er­age use.

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