LG already had Optimus G (our review) and Nexus 4 (our review) to compete in the smartphone arena but with the rise of larger-sized devices (aka phablets), it became necessary for other companies to spruce up the competition to the Galaxy Note series. Optimus G Pro was announced earlier this year but the phone wasn’t available widely as the release was restricted to its home region. LG announced to widely roll out the device in other markets, including India and it was announced earlier this month. We take a thorough look at the device to see if its competitive enough to take on the current crop of powerful smartphones.
The Optimus G Pro was designed to compete with the Galaxy Note II in mind and it wouldn’t be surprising if on the first instance, you thought it to be a Samsung product. But despite the initial similarity, there are few nuances where LG has differentiated its offering with its cross-town rival.
As I mentioned, the Optimus G Pro has a 5.5-inch IPS display that supports a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. This makes the Optimus G Pro, one of the few devices to have a full HD display with a screen size larger than 5-inches. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 tops out at 5-inches while HTC’s One has a screen size of 4.7-inches with the same resolution.
The IPS display looks brilliant and is really bright when you max out the brightness. Text, images and videos are expectedly crisp due to the high resolution and has a very good viewing angle. Colour reproduction is also good.
Overall, there’s nothing much to complain about the display except for the size. But then, if you dislike the size, this phone isn’t for you anyways.
Hardware and Performance:
The Optimus G Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz and 2GB RAM. We think its suffice to say that with the combination of the latest SoC and RAM, the device is more than capable to handle most tasks effectively. The internal memory is 16GB with about 11.5GB available to user but can be expanded further via microSD card.
Just like the Optimus G, the Optimus G Pro runs LG’s proprietary Optimus UI. Although the UI is more or less the same, there are few apps that you’ll find only on LG’s user interface. For instance, the Q series of apps like the QSlide, QuickMemo, QuickButton and QRemote.
QuickMemo and QuickButton are somewhat related. QuickButton – as the name suggests – is a dedicated physical button on the device that gives quick access to a particular app. Now a user can easily configure it to the app of his choice, the default app when you press QuickButton is QuickMemo. QuickMemo if you remember, is LG’s note-taking app that allows to quickly take down notes while on a call or just doodle with variety of pencil and colour settings.
Optimus G Pro comes with a 13MP camera and brings in lots of features to spruce up the picture. The camera supports variety of camera modes like HDR, Time Machine, VR Panorama, Dual Photo etc. On the video front, the camera supports recording in full HD 1080p resolution and supports modes like WDR, Dual video recording that uses both the cameras to shoot the video.