Road Test: LG G Pro
Why have a TV and a phone when you can have a phone the size of a TV? You could also use it as, say, a tea tray or chopping board – and it’s perfect for hiding behind in coffee shops when you don’t want to be spotted, further disrupting the newspaper industry.
The LG G Pro is big. Very big. It’s a massive, 5.5” hunk of plastic that overwhelms your hand. It’s also a great smartphone once you make peace with the size. And it has a nasty user interface – but you might be able to look past that too.
The first thing that strikes you about the G Pro is the screen, which is not just big, but also beautiful. With a full HD display and bright, vibrant colour reproduction, this is one of the best screens available and scores the G Pro big points in our books.
Unfortunately, this beautiful monitor is also used to display atrocities in the design department. As is usually our gripe with manufacturers running the Android operating system, LG has decided that Google’s design department isn’t good enough and has developed its own skin for the operating system, complete with big, clumsy switches for settings toggles and some truly terrible icons. Like Samsung, LG has actually made the Android experience worse in its attempt to differentiate.
Seriously guys, leave it to Google. It has better designers than you.
It’s not all bad, however. Some of LG’s “improvements” are acceptable, such as its functional lock screen and notification area. In general, however, I’ve never longed more for a stock Android experience, free of clutter. Then there’s the hardware. This is a very sturdy product that feels solid without being heavy. The build quality is really very good, especially compared to the plasticky finish of, say, the Samsung Galaxy S4. The G Pro is also quite thin, which
means that it fits comfortably into pockets, despite the oversized screen.
It also has an impressively large battery that performs very well, especially for a phone this size. The camera is quite good in well-lit environments, but fairly terrible in low light situations.
This phone will not appeal to everyone – but for those users who want a ‘phablet’, the G Pro is one of the best choices available. The rest of us will want to wait for the far more appealing LG G2 that was recently unveiled – although it might take a while to get here if the wait on the G Pro was anything to go on.