The Optimus G was an important stepping stone for LG because it demonstrated that the company could deliver hardware on a par with Samsung and innovate on the software front with features like QSlide. Ultimately, though, the phone fell a bit short with a lackluster design and below-average battery life. It also didn’t help that Verizon ignored the handset. The follow-up, the Optimus G Pro, is looking a lot better.
LG's new flagship combines a 5.5-inch 1080p display with a beefier 3,140 mAH battery, but the star of the show is a revamped version of QSlide that lets you run multiple apps on the screen at once. You can also shoot videos using the front and back cameras at the same time. On the other hand, the remote control functionality pales in comparison to the HTC One, and the design reminds us a lot of the Galaxy line.
Outlook: Although LG’s phablet should turn heads in 2013, it will have to do so quickly before the Note III debuts. Getting support from Verizon would be a big help, too.
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