LG G2 hands-on [VIDEO]

Following LG’s announcement of their new flagship G2, we were able to get some personal time with the device. This 5.2-inch 1080p smartphone comes chock full of powerful goodness, with a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 13MP camera with optical image stabilization, a 3,000 mAh battery, Android 4.2.2 and more.

This device is a bit unique, with LG putting the volume rocker and power button on the back instead of the standard position of the sides or top of the device. Kevin had a chance to try this new configuration out, and the early impressions are that it isn’t quite as natural and intuitive as it needed to be.

With LG saying they want their phone to be natural for anyone to use, Kevin feels he shouldn’t have to “learn” how to use the back of the phone to turn it on and adjust the volume. Other than that, though, he notes the phone is solidly built and pretty smooth (which it’d better be considering the crazy hardware sitting inside). Go ahead and check out our quick hands-on video above, and find some more pictures below.

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  • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

    That LG logo where the home button should be is so damn ugly. A perfect example of how a large bezel should be used for buttons.

  • Anthony McKay

    LG no! lol that volume/power button on the back.. just no! Go home til I decide what to do with you! Other than that?.. Sweet Lincoln’s mullet this is a bad ass phone! Put a Nexus logo on the back right there with stock android you got yourself a deal!

    • Del373

      I was unaware that Lincoln sported a mullet.

      • Anthony McKay

        Well he did….. and it was a sweet one..

  • johnny989

    Please God and or Eric Schmidt, let this turn into the Nexus 5…please oh please oh please

  • Jordan Caviness

    “I’m Kevin Krause with phandroid.com”…. makes me sick

    • johnny989

      If you lose sleep over it, you need to reevaluate some things

  • Del373

    I can see that they’ve kept the stylish lock screens that I fancy so much. This very well could be my next phone.

  • jessez93

    okay this is jelly bean, no need for the ugly ICS google search widget! lol

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  • Casey Jones

    Hows the sound? I hope it sound similar the ONE.

  • BigCiX

    LG just hit a home run with this run…..I agree with Johnny…..make this the Nexus 5 with slightly refreshed spec (since the Nexus is released later on).


    I don’t like that black border around the LCD

  • Philly Jim

    Wow just when I thought I was content with my One this looks really tempting, its going to be very interesting how this stacks with the HTC T6 or the Note 3 , yes I know kind of in a different category , but not really , but i think the note 3 will have to have some outstanding specs along with the T6 , this just really raises the bar across the board , in my opinion.

  • duke69111

    Where are the speakers and I wonder how well the power and volume buttons will work with a case?

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Cases will have cutouts on these areas.

    • dave0611

      at 27 second mark he tilts the phone and you see the bottom. Looks like at least one speaker there.

  • ant-roid

    Spec whores!! Im getting a moto x. In turquoise!!

    • barondebxl

      Thats really cute. Im getting a note 3.

  • Autobot

    put your phone down and the screen turns on when the back power button is pressed. I can also see the power button getting scuffed up and paint scrapped off by having the phone laying on the power button for long.

    • malcmilli

      i dunno.. these things tend to respond to human touch, if touch screens to respond to gloves i’m pretty the back button would react the same way and not respond to hard surfaces

  • Joshua Simpson

    I’m not getting it. Is Kevin now with Phandroid, or iSource? /: |

  • Juan Guzman

    Very tempting, but I think I am going to replace my Note 2 with a Moto X and next-gen Note 8.0.

  • roberthenderson

    Those on-screen buttons are hurting my unborn children they’re so ugly.

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      LG no! lol that volume/power
      button on the back.. just no! Go home til I decide what to do with you!
      Other than that?.. Sweet Lincoln’s mullet this is a bad ass phone! Put a
      Nexus logo on the back right there with stock android you got yourself a

    • John Wentworth

      On screen buttons rock, you are sorely mistaken

      • roberthenderson

        what rocks about on screen buttons? Having to tap your screen twice instead of once to actuate your main buttons? Having two rows of mismatched buttons stacked on your home screen? The little screen redraw that happens when they fade away? Having them to interfere with gameplay?

  • OptimusKLP

    Why do you guys get Kevin Krause to do these hands on vids?

    • Xx1WarChild1xX

      Yeah what a troll Kevin had become, it seems the only guy here at phandroid with a spine seems to be raveesh speaking his mind about him floating back onto phandroid to troll is about how great features the iPhone has, how he wishes android was up to par with ios and hating on how android is dominating the market and calling it fragmentation… Good for you raveesh waituh be our voice.

  • Roaduardo

    No Micro SD slot? Ah titties… Still a brilliant device.

  • John Wentworth

    I like that it has on screen buttons, if it was available when I purchased my S4 I might have gone for this instead.