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As the name sug­gests, the G2 mini is a smaller vari­ant of the G2 smart­phone. There­fore, it in­her­its most of the de­sign traits, which are thank­fully pos­i­tive.

As the power and vol­ume but­tons are shifted to the rear of the de­vice, there is ab­so­lutely no hard­ware but­tons on the front and sides of the G2 mini. This keeps the de­sign clean.

The G2 mini also sports very thin bezels, which al­lows LG to cram a 4.7-inch dis­play into a com­pact body. This re­sulted in the G2 mini hav­ing one of the high­est screen-to-body ra­tios along with the Mo­torola Moto X.

The 4.7-inch IPS dis­play has a res­o­lu­tion of 960 x 540 pix­els. With its screen size and res­o­lu­tion, icons, text and im­ages do not look as sharp as com­pet­ing phones. Nev­er­the­less, the screen is suf­fi­ciently bright and of­fers good view­ing an­gles.

Like its big­ger coun­ter­part, the G2 has a ta­pered back that sits com­fort­ably in the hands. The tex­tured sur­face not only gives a bet­ter grip, it also keeps fin­ger­prints and smudges at bay.

Re­mov­ing the rear cover will give you ac­cess to a re­mov­able bat­tery and the mi­croSD and mi­cro-SIM card slots. Sim­i­lar to the Ascend G6 4G and Sony Xpe­ria M2, the G2 mini sup­ports mem­ory cards up to 32GB to aug­ment its in­ter­nal stor­age of 8GB.

The G2 mini is pre­loaded with An­droid 4.4 KitKat and sev­eral of LG’s unique soft­ware fea­tures such as Knock Code and Guest Mode. Knock Code is a se­cu­rity fea­ture that re­quires you to set a min­i­mum of two to a max­i­mum of 8 taps to un­lock the phone, while Guest Mode safe­guards your pri­vate con­tent when shar­ing the phone with oth­ers. As with all the phones in this com­par­i­son, the G2 mini is pow­ered by Qual­comm sil­i­con. To­gether with 1GB RAM, you’ll get a fluid user ex­pe­ri­ence. LTE Cat 4 con­nec­tiv­ity is sup­ported as well on the G2 mini.

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