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LG G2 Unboxing and Initial Review: Rear Key an Innovation or Gimmick?

Unboxing the LG G2!
Unboxing the LG G2!

LG G2… Unboxed!

We finally got our hands on the LG G2 a few days ago and we could barely contain our excitement when we were unboxing it. This device is definitely intriguing since it has a very different design. Instead of having the controls and buttons on the sides where they’re traditionally located, LG put the volume rocker and the power lock just below the primary camera at the center of the back. According to them this is the more natural way of holding and using a smartphone. We’ll definitely put that to the test during our full review. For now we’d like to share with everyone our unboxing.

Before we get to the review here’s a quick look again at the specs:

LG G2 Spec Sheet

  • 2.3GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal Storage, Non-Expandable
  • 5.2-inch Tru-HD IPS+ LCD Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution, 424 pixels per inch
  • WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, NF, GPS/aGPS
  • 3G, HSPA+, 4G, LTE
  • 13.0-megapixels primary camera with LED Flash, OIS
  • Records Full HD 1080p video @ 60 fps
  • 2.1-megapixels secondary camera
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • 3,000 Non-removable Battery

Definitely not a slouch. That 3,000mAh battery also looks yummy.

Packaging and Unboxing

Nice box.
Nice box.

LG’s thrust for practicality extends even to the box of the LG G2. Instead of the usual sealed tight rectangular box, they had the top lid taper upwards so that you’ll have an easy time popping the lid open during the unboxing. Definitely have to give LG some props for that one. Makes life easier for tech bloggers like us, hehe. In terms of box design they did away with the usual product hero shot up front and just plastered a colorful LG G2 logo on it. Technical specifications are still listed on the back of the box.

For the unboxing we definitely had an easier time opening the box because of the tapered lid. Once we removed the cover we were immediately greeted by the gorgeous black surface of the LG G2 (albeit covered in the usual ugly screen protector with images and text). We quickly picked the phone up, removed all the tape (there’s a lot), and started to play around with the rear buttons. More on this later.

LG G2 is officially unboxed!
LG G2 is officially unboxed!
What's inside?
What’s inside?

Unfortunately there are no freebies. We found the usual stuff inside: USB to micro USB, wall charger, a SIM tray pin key tool, earphones, and manuals. Global brands like LG can definitely learn a thing or two from the local players. Putting in freebies like screen protectors, micro SD cards, and cases is always an awesome gesture that can earn them loyal customers.

Hardware Initial Impressions

Volume rocker and power lock below the camera
Volume rocker and power lock below the camera

The biggest differentiator of the LG G2 is the hardware design. As we mentioned earlier LG removed the buttons form the sides and neatly positioned them below the rear-facing camera at the top center location of the back of the device. It took us a few minutes to get used to it but after the initial learning curve it definitely felt for natural controlling volume and power lock via the buttons at the back. There was also much less accidental “ons”, “offs”, and volume spikes. In short… the Rear Key idea for the LG G2 actually works, and it works well! We’ll try out other uses of the Rear Key during the full review.

Here’s a video of LG showing how you can use Rear Key:

Not the thinnest
Not the thinnest

In terms of form factor, the LG G2 is not the thinnest smartphone in its class. It’s around 8.9mm thick which is just okay (not too thick, not too thin). The chassis is unfortunately mostly made of glossy plastic which is a magnet for fingerprint smudges.

Up front we have the 5.2-inch display which is just fantastic. Colors come out really well. Definitely the best display LG has put on a smartphone.

Fantastic display quality
Fantastic display quality

Software Initial Impressions

LG G2 up close!
LG G2 up close!

We’ve only been playing around with it for a day but based on our initial tests we can say that the LG G2 delivers a near-flawless Android experience. We only encountered a lag spike once and that was when we were trying to look for a specific person in our 4,000-strong contacts list. Other than that all the animations and transitions were blazing fast and apps loaded without any issues.

LG G2 on the Unbox Podcast

In case you guys haven’t watched it yet, we unboxed and featured the LG G2 during our recent podcast. Check out the full episode below!

Initial Verdict: Very Promising

Lots of potential, this one.
Lots of potential, this one.

As far as initial impressions go we’re very happy with with the LG G2. The Rear Key feature was a bold step on their part and so far we’re liking it!

Watch out for our full review next week. We’ll be sure to include the camera, battery, and over-all performance in it.

The LG G2 is now available locally for Php27,490. Definitely competitive pricing.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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35 Comments

  1. a knock on, guest mode feature and a rear key and other great features in one phone.no doubt this is the best phone in the market.

  2. I agree with you saying that G2 has a lot of potential. It was able to bring into one smart phone a lot of new things which are really helpful and creative. The rear key was a bold step but never the less proved itself as a really amazing innovation.

  3. the rear key button is very convenient if you come and experience it, its hassle free and the OIS camera captures great photos even if its a moving target it is very clear and high quality.

  4. 🙂 especially the QuickRemote, I can operate all appliances using my smartphone and LG didn’t prioritize there appliances only, it can also be use to the other brand. NICE!

  5. loving this phone everyminute! its stylish quick window case live up to its purpose and its super cute! the battery is awesome! can go through a day online and its still in good battery condition! 🙂

  6. thanks unbox for these insights! I had encountered the G2 in the flesh and i must say that this smartphone is the one to beat! i mean the guest mode got my attention because i want to keep my files secure, but additional specifications like the audio zoom and the multi point AF really took my interest to the next level.. I love the G2 and I hope others can expirience it as well! 🙂

  7. a phone that is worth buying. from the Q-slide system app you can do multi tasking.also the battery will even last long bec of the 3,000mAh SiO+ battery so the LG battery jammed right up to the curved edge.

  8. LG G2 FEVER na talaga to. Problem with being CARELESS? I heard LG now has Scratch-Resistant+Sapphire Crystal Glass that ensures greater durability and captures clearer image! fuuuddddggggeee! I want it!

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