This post brought to you by LG. All opinions are 100% mine.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a good bit of action in the smartphone market. There have been company consolidations, updates to existing models and some impressive brand new phones. Before you purchase your next phone, you should take a minute to check out the LG G2. The 5.2″ Full HD IPS display is just the beginning of its impressive features.
Let’s get right down to business; the LG G2 has a powerful 2.26GHz Quad core Snapdragon 800 processor. It offers a generous 2GB of RAM, and it has 32GB of built-in storage. The 13MP rear camera offers Optical Image Stabilization, an 8x Digital zoom, a sapphire crystal glass lens, and a 9 point multi-point autofocus for great shots. It even shoots full HD 60fps video. The 3,000 mAh battery should keep it chugging along throughout the day. And there is 24bit x 192kHz Hi-Fi Sound to compliment that gorgeous 1920×1080 Full HD IPS Display.
First up there is Guest Mode.
Guest mode allows you to hand your phone to someone else — without giving them access your applications and content. You can select which applications they are able to access, and you can even select the home screen that they will see. You also have the ability to create a separate pattern lock for other users if you frequently allow the specific person to access guest mode. For example, if you have a child who likes to play games on your phone, then you can create a pattern lock for him or her, giving access only to those games you want them to play or apps they are allowed to use. It’s a great mode that doesn’t assume a single device is always in the same person’s hands.
Next there is Audio Zoom.
Audio zoom complements the high-definition video you are able to shoot using the 13 megapixel rear camera. It allows you to zoom in on a specific audio source while you are shooting your video, so that you are able to actually hear that person over the background noise in the video. This is a great feature to have if you are planning to take video of groups, but you are really only interested in one or two of the participants. It is made possible thanks to the LG G2′s 3-D stereo microphones; they amplify sound from the specified angle and, in the process they de-emphasize everything else. It’s a feature we haven’t seen previously, and we’re excited to check out.
Then there’s Text Link.
It allows you to take information in text format from one application and access it in another. For example, a single link can allow you to access information in your calendar, search the web, or plot a map — rather than having to hunt around for that information or copy and paste information from one application into another. It’s one of those small conveniences that we suspect you won’t think you need, but once you start using it you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Next there is Knockon.
The days of picking up your phone and pressing a button in order to unlock it are over. Now you can simply knock twice on the phone, and it will turn the display on. Again, it’s one of those small conveniences that will make using the phone even more enjoyable.
Plug and Top is the next convenience feature.
The LG G2 is smart enough to know whether or not you just plugged in headphones or a USB cable. Plug in headphones, and it offers up applications that make use of those headphones. Plug in a USB cable, and it offers up applications such as file transfer that use that accessory. It will save you from having to plug in a cable and then go hunting for the right application to use.
The LG G2 also offers a few great features that make use of its powerful camera.
A dual recording/dual camera lets you activate both the front and rear cameras simultaneously so that you can record yourself at the same time you are recording the subject in front of you. It literally puts you in the picture, and it shows you reacting to what you’re seeing as you record.
Zoom tracking allows you to focus on a specific subject in a video and track that individual without excluding everything else going on around him or her. When using this feature, you will get the larger video but also a smaller window with that specific subjects overlaid on top of the bigger picture. It promises to be a fun and rather unique way to capture the action.
Zoom to track adds a layer of interaction into the activity of watching a video. Simply select any moving object on the screen while watching a video and the camera will track that object throughout the clip. For example, if you’re watching a concert and you want to focus in on the drummer simply select her and the video will zoom in so you can watch her movements even more closely.
The final camera feature worth noting is capture plus. Capture plus lets you capture an entire screenshot of a full webpage and then control the borders of the image. As LG explains, “it’s a much better way to save online articles, recipes, receipts or other documents you’d like to read or print later. Clip Tray allows you to copy and store multiple items in a slide up clipboard at the bottom of the display, much the same way you would on a computer. It is a great way to gather lots of content from various sources and then access it all at the same time later on.
Oh, and did we mention the innovative rear key button? It sits right where your index finger likes to reside.
As you can see, the LG G2 has a great deal to offer; a huge screen and powerful specs are just the beginning. Combined with many of the special features LG has built into this phone, the G2 offers a great alternative to some of the other smartphones we’ve been seeing.
Are you in the market for a new phone? If so, what features are you most interested in?