FI­NALLY, A WOR­THY PH­ABLET CHAL­LENGER

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

LG might not be among In­dia's favourite mo­bile brands, but that does not mean the com­pany isn't good at man­u­fac­tur­ing smart­phones. It is now try­ing to re­cre­ate the suc­cess of its Nexus 4 with the Op­ti­mus G Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note II com­peti­tor.

The LG Op­ti­mus G Pro stands out with the 5.5-inch housed in­side a 9.4mm chas­sis. This makes it eas­ier to grip then the Galaxy Note II or other 5inch+ ph­ablets. There is a hint of metal­lic sil­ver on the sides, while the shiny plas­tic back panel doesn't feel flimsy.

The True Full HD IPS Plus LCD ca­pac­i­tive touch­screen has a bright, life-like dis­play with wide view­ing an­gle. But the screen is hard to see in bright sun­light.

The Op­ti­mus UI in the G Pro shows a small cir­cle dis­play­ing the contents of the home­screen ap­pears that en­larges to cover the dis­play. The home­screen looks stan­dard with five app icons ac­ces­si­ble on the home­screens. But th­ese dis­ap­pear when in the app tray.

Apart from the reg­u­lar apps on board, LG has added an app that backs up and re­stores all in­for­ma­tion such as home screen, set­tings, ap­pli­ca­tions, con­tacts, etc. to be used in the fu­ture in case the data is lost. There is also a Note­book app that works well with the fin­ger or any ca­pac­i­tive touch sty­lus. We have spot­ted a re­mote con­trol app in al­most all the lat­est flag­ship smart­phones and there is one on this one too. Launch­ing the Quick re­mote (a univer­sal re­mote) app al­lowed us to choose the de­vices from var­i­ous cat­e­gories such as TV, set top box, DVD, Blu-ray, air con­di­tioner and pro­jec­tor.

The LG Op­ti­mus G Pro is pow­ered by a 1.7GHz quad core pro­ces­sor with 2GB RAM. Al­though the Quad­rant score at 12120 was slightly lower than the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, there wasn't any lag while brows­ing or multitasking. The 13 MP cam­era on board does a de­cent job by pro­duc­ing nat­u­ral look­ing colours with less noise. The 3140 mAh bat­tery gave us a day with heavy us­age.

THE LG OP­TI­MUS G PRO HAS A 1.7GHZ QUAD CORE PRO­CES­SOR WITH 2GB RAM

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