Editor’s Note: Before we begin this review, we need to say that this review will be based solely on the device’s ability to play games. Network coverage and performance varies wildly between regions, so we will not take that into consideration for our review. We are going to focus solely on games.
When it comes to being a mobile gamer, most people find themselves in one camp or another. You are either an Android gamer or you are an iOS gamer. While the iOS side is solely an Apple operation, you have a lot of different choices for your next Android device. Thankfully, LG came around and gave us all an irresistible option that will almost certainly take your gaming experience to a whole other level. Introducing the LG G2, a full-featured phone that highlights a large screen and a super fast processor. While having superior hardware is great, you may be asking yourself, “How does this device stack up to the competition?” Let’s investigate.
The LG G2 features a 5.2″ display, which is one of the largest screens available today. While you could get your hands on a Galaxy Note 3 and find a bigger screen, this phone has a display that will more than cover your needs. However, the LG G2 features a higher pixel density, resulting in the best screen size to pixel density available today. This means that you’ll be able to run all the latest games in full HD quality. Even games that feature on-screen controls won’t be a problem with such a large screen. With such an excellent size and quality, the device is a gamer’s dream. Having a device that presents the game exactly as it was intended is really all you can ask out of a screen. With the G2 offering exactly that, plus one of the largest displays available, this phone deserves high marks all around.
Chipset & OS: 10
Under the hood, the LG G2 has a super powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, which runs at 2260 MHz. This processor is one of the most advanced on the market today and handles everyday tasks with ease. It isn’t the king of the hill at this point, but it still has plenty of power. In fact, the games we played rarely slowed down at all, even when multi-tasking and pulling background data to the phone. We tested the phone using all the latest games and companion apps, which are quickly becoming the new thing with the latest games. Either way, the phone functioned perfectly and we are confident that if your current phone is lacking in horse power, the LG G2 will take care of that with power to spare.
Battery Life: 10
The LG G2 contains a 3000 mAh battery, which is good for about 20 – 25 hours of talk time on a single charge. This is an excellent feature for this phone and is one of the largest battery capacities out there. Rest assured that you’ll be charging your phone less, which means that you’ll have more time for gaming no matter where you go. We were very impressed with the amount of time we got from one charge and it even outperforms all the portable consoles on the market today including the 3DS and Vita. If you are looking for a powerful gaming machine that you can play for hours on a single charge, the G2 is definitely the way to go.
Other features / Availability: 7
On most fronts, the LG G2 is the perfect gaming device. It has a huge screen, tons of power under the hood, and a super long battery life. However, the problems with the G2 come in when you look at some of the other features of the phone. For us, not having a memory card expansion slot was a big deal. Not having an SD card slot makes switching to or from this device more difficult. You are essentially stuck to the limitations of the internal memory, and while being confined to 32 GB is great as far as internal memory goes, it isn’t so great when other phones can expand by up to 64 GB on an external card. We really felt this hurt an otherwise perfect phone and contributed heavily to the score in this category.
To make up for this shortcoming, you do get an FM receiver built into the phone and a great 13 megapixel camera that also takes 1080p, 60 frames-a-second video. While this phone isn’t the only phone to have these options, it goes a long way in proving that this phone can be more than just a phone.
Overall, the LG G2 is a great phone and something you should strongly consider as your next gaming peripheral. It has a big screen, fast processor, and lasts all day on a single charge. It is a shame that the phone lacks an expansion SD slot, but it is an otherwise top class phone that beats out its competitors in many, if not most, of our points of comparison. Gamers will have to keep an eye on LG; the perfect gaming device is tantalizingly close with the G2 and the potential in the next phone is nearly endless. If you want a great gaming phone, the LG G2 comes highly recommended on our list.