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Hands-on: LG G Pro 2 [VIDEO]

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LG is stepping up its game with the LG G Pro 2, a device that takes one of the best smartphones around (the LG G2) and transforms it into an unstoppable beast. This device was one of the first in my MWC list of devices to check out.

Those of you who follow Phandroid probably know how much I love LG’s latest devices. These devices come with top-of-the-line specs, great new features and awesome design. In these terms, the LG G Pro 2 was far from being a disappointment.

LG G Pro 2 specs

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  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 5.9-inch IPS Display (1920 x 1080)
  • 3GB DDR3 RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB ROM
  • 13MP camera
  • 2.1MP front camera
  • 3,200mAh battery (removable)

Problems with the LG G Pro 2

In short, the LG G Pro 2 is one hell of a smartphone, but I can’t guarantee it’s for everyone. The device is unusually big with a 5.9-inch display. This can make it a bit harder to manage with one hand, and even with both if you have small hands. It sounds big, it looks big and it feels big. There is no way around that.

Furthermore, the design with the buttons on the back has proved to be a bit odd for some tastes. Some people also dislike LG’s UI, and the Korean manufacturer definitely hasn’t backed off on its customizations.

What makes the LG G Pro 2 awesome?

Once you get past these few issues (which is a subjective matter) you will find nothing but awesomeness in this phone. The Snapdragon 800 and 3 GB of RAM make the G Pro 2 run smooth and fast. The IPS display also brings you the same image quality the G2 offers, and the device’s new camera improvements are stunning.

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This bad boy can record in full 4K video, which you can see being demonstrated in the video above. Another feature we absolutely fell in love with was LG’s new “Natural Flash” technology.

Using LED flashes on smartphone usually means the image will come out unnaturally white and bright. Photos are well-lit, but simply don’t look natural. With LG’s “Natural Flash” technology, images come out with a warmer tone and more details. Here is a sample displaying the differences.

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Impressive, right?!

I also love LG’s new Knock Code feature, which takes Knock-On (double-tap display to wake) and adds a layer of security to it. You can now tap a sequence, and if the same sequence is not used the phone will stay locked. You can also see a demonstration of this in the video above.

Conclusion

As an LG G2 user, I was hoping to see the G Pro 2 exceed my expectations. I definitely walked out pleased, even if the screen is overwhelmingly big.

The device feels well-built, looks good and works like any super phone should. LG took an already awesome device and made it better. That is an equation you can’t beat!

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Continue reading on the LG G Pro 2 forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.




  • david

    any phone over 5.5 inches should have a pen input for small tablet like design more options with a pen and more productive still don’t understand why companies have not taken after the note line

    • toomuchgame441

      Please shut up, wtf would everyone need a pen on a 5.5+ inch device??

      • Jesse

        This is my next phone, coming from a Note 2. I definitely don’t think it not having a stylus is a big deal. I seldom ever use it and there are plenty of people out there like me. People that want a bigger screen for entertainment. I use a BT ear piece for calls, so no issues with size, especially being you can shrink the screen size if you want. Also it is coming with removable battery and SD Scott. This is a beast of a phone! Tired of Sammy, almost as bad as Apple anymore. I like what LG is doing as of late. Never thought I would say that.

      • david

        you cant hear out others opinions then you shut up. And for business type users can achieve and multi task better with pen on small screen proven better input loser. exactly what I need scrolling through excel unlike your use for gaming loser

        • toomuchgame441

          You sound like a complete tool. Your statement regarding EVERY device being over a 5.5in requiring a stylus makes no sense. Not everyone requires stylus interaction with their larger device. If YOU do then you already know what device will suit you. Now shut your sensitive a** up.

          • Phil_A_Shio

            Haha well said.

    • max

      it suucckkkkkkzzz thats why

    • Ajmcnicol

      cause stylus is still a niche market..not many people use one (though seems like u do..doesnt mean the MASS market does).

      For instance, i have a note2…love it..never use the pen. I love the big screen cause i use it for media consumption (netflix, youtube, etc..), games, and i have big hands.

  • CGS

    It’s beautiful but I’m probably going with the GS5 or the new One. Prob GS5 as I’m not ready to give up the SD card slot yet. But I wish I could have it for a day or two.

    • Chad Vincent

      Rumor and some hints in the FCC filings suggest the new One will have SD.

      • CGS

        Niiiice. Maybe that will be my next phone, then. I was really stoked to see what the GS5 would be like, and now I’m just irritated after seeing it.

    • HotInEER

      The G Pro 2 has a SDcard slot.

      • CGS

        Really? Well I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere, it’s not in this article or video either. *shrug* All the spec lists only mention 16 or 32 GB.

        • Boris Breynin

          I think i found my new phone :)

          • CGS

            The G Pro 2? After the GS5 announcement I’d probably choose this but I still can’t figure out if it has an SD slot, or not.

          • Boris Breynin

            Yup G Pro 2 is my next victim i mean phone lol. Sd slot for G Pro 2 is left i think bc according to phone arena they wrote in the report that they left the sd slot in it.

        • HotInEER

          Yes, it has it. The original one had it also, SDcard slot and removable battery, that’s why some were upset when the G2 didn’t.

  • DavidB23

    Another gigantic phone

    • Henri Weich Conradie

      Another gigantic critic.

    • HogHead

      Big phones are the way too go, I wish the HTC One had a bigger screen

  • http://www.swornbrotherhood.com/ nemesys06

    so they added 4k recording, made the screen bigger and added 1Gb ram. not much of an improvement to call it “pro”. I was expecting the snapdragon 805 to be honest. my wife has the g2 and it is a great device but this is not as much an upgrade as I was hoping. at least up the clock speed on the cpu. I feel as this is just the note 3 minus s pen

    • max

      No handset is running the 805 yet, expecting to be coming out in may at the earliest. Youre free to wait and hope for the G3 I guess

    • Henri Weich Conradie

      Otherwise you can always wait and buy an iPhone 6 (bursts out laughing).

    • Ajmcnicol

      Um..it makes perfect sense. What u take a model..improve it then u use the same nomenclature and add Pro. It has Bigger screen…more ram..better recording..that warrants the Pro. If it had an 805…it wouldnt be called the Pro…it would be called G3.

    • HogHead

      This is the update to the LG g pro not the LG g2, hint that’s why it has pro in it

  • Ajmcnicol

    Id get this over the Note 3. Similar/better specs, no pen (i never use it), and LGs UI is much less bloated then TW.

  • http://www.facebook.com/loyleecomedy Loy Lee

    Correction from the video: the G2 and the Gpro2 are running the same processor, the snapdragon 800 and the G2 battery is 3000 mAh which is not the same as the Gpro2

  • raok

    This has everything I want in a phone/phablet: Speedy processor, hu-uge sharp screen, OIS camera, bigger battery, expandable storage, 3GB RAM, knock-on/knock code and I feel it’s an attractive looking device. LG, if you’re reading this, please bring this phone to Canada!