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LG Optimus G Pro Review – Best Phablet

LG Optimus G ProLG Optimus G Pro was launched in India last month for Rs 42,500. It is the successor of LG Optimus G and it belongs to the Phablet segment. Currently Samsung is leading the Phablet market around the globe with their Galaxy Note 2. Samsung even launched a new series called as Mega to offer large screen devices to the users. So does LG Optimus G Pro have what it takes to stand against the existing Android smartphones in the market? Read on to find out.

Recently we did the unboxing of the LG Optimus G Pro and you can check out the unboxing video below:

LG Optimus G Pro retail box consists of:

  • LG Optimus G Pro (3,140 mAh Battery)
  • QuadBeat Pro headsets
  • USB data cable
  • USB charging Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide

Display & Design

LG Optimus G Pro has a 5.5 inch full HD display which has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and 401ppi pixel density. The device measures 150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm and weighs 172 grams. The display is vibrant and bright. The sunlight visibility is quite good, though the screen is bit reflective under the sun but text is still readable. The touch sensitivity of the device is amazing. The bezel at the sides of the display is very thing making it look like an edge to edge display.

LG Optimus G Pro display

Above the display you have a centrally located ear piece, proximity & ambient light sensor and a 2.1 megapixel camera which can record full HD videos @ 30fps. Below the earpiece you notice LG branding.

LG Optimus G Pro above display

Below the display you have two touch buttons – back & menu and a physical home key which is located at the center. A notification LED is also present behind the home key. The notification LED can be configured according to user preferences.

LG Optimus G Pro below display

On the right side of the device you have a power/lock key and a small notch to remove the back cover.

LG Optimus G Pro side

LG Optimus G Pro edge

On the left side a volume rocker and a quick memo button is present. Users can configure the quick memo button to launch any of the app instead of the quick memo.

LG Optimus G Pro other side

At the bottom of the device a microUSB port & a microphone is present.

LG Optimus G Pro bottom

You have a 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster and a secondary mic for noise cancellation at the top.

LG Optimus G Pro top

LG Optimus G Pro comes with a removable back panel. The back has a checkered pattern at the back which gives a sparkling effect under light. It is quite similar to the one we have seen in Nexus 4 but here we don’t have a glass back. At the back you have a 13 megapixel camera along with LED flash, loudspeaker and LG branding just below the camera.

LG Optimus G Pro back

LG Optimus G Pro back cover removed

The device has a removable back panel and underneath you will find a 3140 mAh battery, micro SIM card slot and a slot for micro SD card.

Hardware & Performance

LG Optimus G Pro is powered by a 1.7 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor along with 2GB RAM and Adreno 320 GPU for enhanced gaming experience. In normal usage the phone does not lag anywhere and it runs quite smoothly. It is capable of running any app including high end games with ease. We performed few benchmarking tests on the device to measure its performance, so here is the video showing the results of 3 benchmark tests- Antutu, Quadrant Standard and nenamark2 that we performed on the device.

As you just saw in the above video, the device is quite powerful and it is capable of handling majority of games and apps available on the Android platform without any problems. To test the gaming capabilities of the device we played 3 games on it – Asphalt 7, Modern Combat 4 and Temple Run 2. Here is the video of the gaming test we did on the device:

After seeing the above video you will agree with me that the device can run any game available for Android platform with ease. It is capable of doing multitasking with ease and with the enhanced Q Slide feature company has taken the multitasking to another level.

Software

LG Optimus G Pro runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS along with Optimus UI on top. Company has provided lots of themes and pre-loaded apps in the device. At the lock screen users will notice a magnifying glass effect in the form of a bubble while unlocking the device. The interface is quite similar to the one we have seen in the LG Optimus G and you can read more about it here.

One of the interesting app present on the device is Quick Remote which allows users to use the device as a remote to control various appliances such TV, AC, Set Top Box etc. The app can be access via the notification bar, from the lock screen or by simply launching the quick remote app.

On the lock screen users can press the home key to access the quick options for the quick remote app. So¬† now you don’t need to worry about changing he channels even if you can’t find your remote. Here is a small video which shows how can you use the LG Optimus G Pro as a remote.

Besides Quick remote, the phone comes preloaded with Qslide apps and Quick Translator. Q Slide allows the users to run an application in a window mode and adjust its transparency and position. Users can run up to 2 Q slide apps simultaneously thereby taking multitasking to a whole new level.

Quick Translator is a translation app which allows the users to scan a word, line or block of text using the camera present on the device and convert that text to various other languages. Here is a video depicting the Q Slide feature & Quick Translator app:

Camera

The LG Optimus G Pro has a 13 megapixel camera at the back along with LED flash. The camera supports full HD video recording at 30fps. The device also has a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera which can also record full HD videos.

The camera has various modes such as HDR, VR Panorama, Burst short and Dual shot where the camera can take photos from front and back camera simultaneously. The image from the front camera is super imposed on the image from the back camera or vice versa while using the dual shot. Here is a video explaining the interface and settings of the camera app present on the Optimus G Pro:

Here are sample images captured using the back camera present on the device :

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As you can see the camera is capable of capturing good quality images in even the low light conditions. The overall quality of captured images & video is pretty good.

Battery Life

The device packs a 3,140mAh Lithium Ion battery. With moderate usage the battery would easily last for a day. After completely charging the battery we used the device for an entire day during which we made few calls, played games on the device for around1 hour, browsed internet, our 3G connection was on and various applications such as Twitter, Facebook & Gmail were on sync mode.

Still at the end of the day there was around 30% battery left in the device. So despite having a massive 5.5 inch full HD display the battery backup of the device is pretty decent. With low usage the users would even get 2 days of battery life which is quite good for a device. The device supports wireless charging.

Conclusion

LG Optimus G Pro is now available in India at a best buy price of Rs 38,000. The device has good build quality & design. It is powerful enough to handle all your apps and multitasking with ease. Company has added few interesting apps such as Quick Translator & Quick remote in the device which works quite well. Looking at the specifications & features it offers the price is well justified.

It is undoubtedly the best phablet available in the market. It would give a tough competition to the other high end smartphones available in the market. If you are looking for a high end smartphone with larger screen then we highly recommend you to buy LG Optimus G Pro.

Pros:

  • Display
  • Performance
  • Software (Q Apps)
  • Camera

Cons:

  • NA

We really like the device and we could not find any cons in the device.

Author: Akshay Aggarwal

Akshay is a Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Technology and Gadgets. He is very passionate about blogging and has been blogging since 2009.

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