LG’s G2 a se­ri­ous com­peti­tor

Weekend Witness - - News - KYLE VENKTESS Techno Agent

EAR­LIER this week LG held the Dur­ban leg of the G2 smart­phone launch at the Oys­ter Box.

LG was never seen to be one of the lead­ing mar­ket com­peti­tors in smart­phone de­vel­op­ment, but that has since changed with the launch of the G2.

Stack­ing up against ma­jor ri­vals from Ap­ple and Sam­sung, the LG G2 holds its weight.

The de­vice has a far more unique de­sign than de­vices such as the iPhone and S4.

In the stan­dard de­sign of to­day’s slate­shaped smart­phones, vol­ume but­tons and other keys are sit­u­ated on the side of the de­vice.

LG recog­nised that while a user is mak­ing a call, the in­dex fin­ger is nor­mally placed on the cen­tre of the back of the de­vice. In this they have opted to place vol­ume and cam­era but­tons on the back of the de­vice un­der the cam­era.

This means while en­gaged in a call, it is eas­ier for the user to ad­just the vol­ume and tak­ing a “selfie” is far eas­ier as a re­sult of hav­ing the cap­ture but­ton on the back end of the de­vice.

In all fair­ness hav­ing th­ese but­tons on the rear of the de­vice is con­ve­nient, but LG could have gone one step fur­ther by mak­ing the rear but­ton an op­ti­cal mouse, which could make scrolling web pages eas­ier, and the de­vice it­self more func­tional.

On the fac­ing side on the de­vice, the but­tons con­trol­ling nav­i­ga­tion and other keys were re­moved to op­ti­mise the size of the screen, mak­ing it a few inches big­ger. The de­vice has one of the big­gest dis­plays on a smart­phone that edges on be­ing a tablet at a size of 5,2 inches, with a True HD IPS dis­play as op­posed to the Su­per Amoled dis­play on most other de­vices.

The G2 also has a 13­megapixel rear cam­era and a 2,1 fac­ing with 16­gi­ga­byte on­board mem­ory and op­tion for shar­ing in­for­ma­tion, while run­ning the An­droid Jelly Bean firmware.

For its unique­ness and abil­ity to hold the at­ten­tion of its user, the de­vice gets an eight out of 10. • Let me know what you think @Kyle Venktess on Twit­ter. • kyle.venktess @wit­ness.co.za

PHOTO: LG

The LG G2 is one of the most unique slate­de­signed smart­phone de­vices on the mar­ket.

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