We have done plenty of reviews of devices in the past. Based on the readers’ comments, we have always found a few common questions being asked about any device. So this time, we thought of innovating a little and reviewing the device by answering the five most basic questions that anybody will have about any Android smartphone.
If you would like a little more detailed or in-depth analysis of the LG Optimus G Pro, you can check out our initial impressions of the device in the link below.
Before we get going with the questions and their answers, we would like to clarify that we have had the device for now over three weeks and our impressions of the device since our early report have not changed much. It is still an amazing smartphone, one that really does go a long way to competing with the very best in the ‘Phablet Series’ of devices. Now, we have that out of the way, let us answer the five most asked questions about the LG Optimus G Pro.
Is the Phone Too Big For Me?
This is the first question everyone who saw me with the LG Optimus G Pro asked me. The answer I always give is, like with everything, size is relative. If you have larger than average hands then the device is pretty much fine. However, if you are a girl reading this and have smallish hands, this device may well look absolutely gigantic in your hands.
If you plan to use the G Pro with just one hand then you will be disappointed ’cause that is simply not possible with the dimensions of the phone. The phone does not feel odd when in jeans and as long as you wear regular dude jeans, you will have no problem carrying the device in jeans. The ladies counterpart would anyway carry the device in a bag so it is not a problem.
The device does not feel bulky at all, but does look like a massive brick wall strapped to your face when you use it to make calls. However, the size is what makes the device a perfect device for reading lengthy stuff on the move. So, if you have no problems carry a slightly bigger phone, then the G Pro size would not be an issue for you, but if you like small phones, then yes, the G Pro is too big for you.
How is the screen of the Device?
The LG Optimus G Pro has a 5.5 inch display which is true HD in nature and of IPS LCD variant. Each pixel is sub divided into three pixels, and generally the screen is fantastic to look at. Although a PPI of 401 may not be most inspiring, but do not go just by the numbers. The display is one of the very best we have seen on a mobile display.
The outdoor visibility was top notch and we were very impressed how the device adjusted the brightness when on Auto Brightness. The responsiveness of the screen is good and the device registered all the touch inputs. The large size of the screen means, the phone is an absolute pleasure to type on.
The screen of the LG Optimus G Pro is wonderful to catch videos on too and the viewing angles although not remarkable are decent. The device plays games well and some of the heavier games like Nova 3 or Temple 2 were handled well without frames dropping. There were no checkerboard patterns when scrolling in the web browser. The colour reproduction on the device was realistic and although the blacks are not very deep, but things look good without piercing through your eyes.
Does The LG Optimus G Pro Lag?
The LG Optimus G Pro is one of the smoothest devices we have used in a long time. Although the benchmark results are not the most groundbreaking, the device performs very well and despite overloading it with apps and putting through lots of processes, the G Pro remained just snappy enough to never require a task killer.
The transitions of the device are good and smooth, and thanks to plenty of customizations, you can actually set the device up to suit your personality. The LG Optimus G Pro rendered just about the heaviest pages well and there was no lag during locking or unlocking of the device. The phone did take a split second though, when we launched applications from the lock screen straight away.
The SnapDragon 600 Processor keeps things really smooth while the Adreno 320 dedicated GPU renders the graphics well
How is the Battery Life and Camera?
The Battery on the LG Optimus G Pro is rated at 3140 mAh. It easily lasts a day with moderate usage, but with heavy usage the device battery did take a solid nosedive. You would have no complains with the battery of the device as LG seems to have done a very solid job as far as battery goes.
The Camera on the LG Optimus G Pro is a 13 MP Shooter. The Camera app is one of the best features of the device and you have some terrific features such as VR Pano in built as well as settings to play with the Scene Mode, Exposure and ISO.
The USP of the device is the ability to record simultaneously from from the front and back camera. This makes sure that both the sides of the device are recorded and do not miss out on the action. The images captured were decent. The Camera is not going to blow your mind away, but you won’t be disappointed too if all you really do is share images on Social Networking sites, anything more, you will want a dedicated point and shoot camera.
I Like the G Pro. Tell me more about it’s Features.
The LG Optimus G Pro is one of the feature packed phones we have come across. Yet, LG have not overloaded the device with massive amount of bloatware. What is present, is useful and sort of stuff you will use. We have already spoken about the dual recording and the ability to capture VR Pano shots. Some more of the features you get with the LG Optimus G Pro are as follows.
The LED Light around the home button changes color:
The home button on the LG Optimus G Pro doubles up as the notification light as there is a color changing LED around. As a result, you can know who is calling based on the LED colour you have assigned to the contact and simply take or reject the call based on the colour.
Q-Slide Apps and Quick Remote are Wonderful Add ons:
The device has miniature apps called Q Slide apps which can be launched on top of any existing apps and used such as Calculator. You can launch more than one Q Slide app at a time.
Quick Remote app is one of the best things in the G Pro as it allows you to control electronics of your house such as TV, AC, DTH, Blu Ray Player etc right from your device. You do not need any third party apps for the feature to work, and right out of the box things work great.
Video Wiz and a built in Video editor in the G Pro make the G Pro an intuitive editor, so you can combine images and videos in a nice video and overlay a nice audio to have a movie maker right on board.
Quick Translator and Safety Apps
Quick Translator is another handy app that allows you to translate a line, word or even a page to a language you know. This is really helpful for those who like travelling abroad and have a problem reading what is written on busses or airports. The safety app is a handy add on too where you can easily sound off alarms or notice it to your contacts in case you are in a tight situation that requires immediate attention.
Is the LG Optimus G Pro worth the 40K that it is available in the market? The answer is still subjective to what you really want. If you are looking for a well built phablet with true HD screen and have a thing against Samsung, then yes, the G Pro is a great device. If size is all that matters to you, then there are several other options in the market. The G Pro does plenty of things well and if you like a True HD Screen and want a big device, then definitely the LG Optimus G Pro deserves your money.
If you have any more questions and would like to know anything more about the device, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.