OK Then. I Have this piece of … hardware for few weeks now. General impression? The more I use it the more disappointed I am. I knew what features it would not have (with one exception maybe). But those it has I was expecting to be fully functional - no, they are not.
But some goods first: performance is OK. The screen operation is smooth - almost everything opens quickly. Camera opens quickly enough so one still has chances to capture the moment. Colors are nice, brightness is also sufficient, battery life better indeed than most handsets I met. Some nice features like extended toolbar - hotspot shortcut included in it.
Now the bads. In order of my rising frustration:
NO Ambient Light sensor - this is really odd - I missed that in specs (or the specs missed it?). I was hoping to use it for GPS but without the sensor it gets hard sometimes. One would do better getting some 7" tablet if GPS is considered.
Yes, I use LUX app but it does not give constant adjustments when no sensor. Also, it is not working properly with the native KitKat brightness settings. When LUX is enabled the native (and any other) brightness settings are corrupted - not working at all. And I do not blame LUX as it works as expected on JB phone.
Bluetooth control. I tried to connect "phone" and "media" to the car's BT and to run GPS on it. It works, but - you cannot stop the music in any way. Or rather you can but pausing musing mutes everything else so my GPS gets muted too. What a ridiculous behavior. I have spent too much time investigating it and could not get it working properly (of course no problems on SG). Hence, I decided to disconnect media and leave only phone on BT. Now music is stopped and GPS messages go thru the handset's speakers.
QuickRemote - this is the biggest joke in the whole set. Ok, I confirm, it works too. But have you seen "bigG2" remote? You have Audio, Projector, Universal remote and even AC in it. Here, merely TV, DVD & BR, period. "One moment " - you would say - "you can always use learning function"… no, my dear, there's no that function either. 3rd party apps? No way - LG locks down the IR blaster so no app recognizes it. Happy?
QSlide multitasking - this is like a toy rather. Nothing really useful. I would like it if it let me put two external apps on the screen like GPS and something else but this is not the case. Oh… moment. LG has such an interesting functionality called "Slide aside". This is it! …But sorry - not in G2mini. "G2big" has it.
Knock-Code - I still don’t get what's the fuss about. This is really a minor feature. Actually, it is not too comfortable as it is not always working as it should. OK - for switching off the screen it works nice but for unlocking - not really. Many times I had to repeat the combination. Also knocking to wake up only (double tap in the middle) is not what it should be. Seems like the device enters some deeper sleep mode after few minutes and then it does not react after 2 knocks immediately. You need either repeat or knock 3 times.
Where is that nice two-level battery meter showing time lines for system awake, wifi activity, GPS activity etc. Nothing like that. Oh, that in that price tag the client is not so serious about technical details, right? Believe me, I'm very serious about it. Hey, but wasn't it available in my cheap SG with JB? Of course it was.
Call answering. There is a feature to drop the call with the power button. But why on heavens there is no chance to answer the call with any hardware button. I don’t even care to finish the call in most cases except when my ex is calling ;) but many times I really need to pick the call quickly just while pulling the handset out of my pocket and without looking at it. But no, there is no such an option. Oh, wait… My old, cheap SG has it…
Camera stabilizer. Why not to give any software-stabilization for 8mpix camera? This is the mystery of the LG marketing gurus.
Not to forget some crazy bugs like that one when plugging in the charger and it shows that very nice animation of the plug with adequate sound and - it does it 10 times! Reset helps - sometimes.
So, the impression the phone makes is like a crippled G2's advertisement or a demo, or trial version that seems telling you "here is an ersatz what you could have but if you want it fully functional get the real smartphone for 2x the money". Yeah… now I know it. But sorry, I will not - I have bought this piece already and will stay with it for a while. And then I will stay away from the whole frivolous brand.
Got my lg g2 mini lte yesterday. Its an awesome phone , no lag bright screen and very good battery
bosna, 28 Apr 2014i bought this phone today,only what i can say about it is AMAZING ! I never had a better phone... moreu sure g2 mini can use sd card to install games & apps? i'm getting mine on 15th may, and i'll be very dissapointed if this turns out to be false
Wow ... android kit-kat on an affordable phone .. i really really like it .. im excited to buy it .. but how much is this ??
well I think this phone will actually give you a better experience than any of same price phones its cheap and has a lot's of feature. like the knock on feature's i hope the Integra version will soon release on our country...
bosna, 30 Apr 2014no it has not any notification light when charging or for missed calls/messages Too bad, this could have set this apart from S4 mini. I would rather have an LED light than a front facing flash. Can you use the front facing flash to trigger when a txt or missed call comes in?
wantsG2Mini, 29 Apr 2014can you confirm if this phone have notification led lights? the lights are important to me. if... moreno it has not any notification light when charging or for missed calls/messages
bosna, 28 Apr 2014i bought this phone today,only what i can say about it is AMAZING ! I never had a better phone... morecan you confirm if this phone have notification led lights? the lights are important to me. if you charge the phone, does it have the red led?
i bought this phone today,only what i can say about it is AMAZING ! I never had a better phone,the camera shots very clear and sharp photos,there is no kind of lag in this phone and the display is great ,i don't have any problems with it.The internal free memory is 3.78gb but big + is you can move apps and games to sd card !Gaming is great on this device ,all games work smoothly without any problem.The speaker is also nice ,loud enough and clear.I really can't find any negative thing about this phone,it's just perfect .My phone has scored 17687 on the antutu benchmark .Really if you can't decide what phone you need then pick this ,you won't regard it ,it's good in all aspects.
Do you know guys, if this phone supports bluetooth LOW ENERGY?
I mean : Can I sync my Polar Loop / Adidas MiCoach HRM /Fitbit etc with this phone?
Thanks for the answers.
Anonymous, 25 Apr 2014its good phone NO problem ... everything is fine.Does it hav MHL ...??
Anonymous, 18 Apr 2014dual sim version is much better !
it a good phone at its price range.
i bought one unit ... moreBro hwz the performance...?
Does phone gets heatd whn we use internet or play game.....?
N for hw much rs did u brought it....?
DrAbhi, 20 Apr 2014Brother plz tell me that It have OTG or not. And in wt price u Got it??Yes it support OTG.....