The LG Optimus LG features a 4.7" True HD-IPS+ LCD screen of 768 x 1280 resolution and 470 nits of brightness. The so-called borderless design is trying to minimize the bezel but doesn't get rid of it completely. There's just enough to let you comfortably hold the phone without worrying that your palm of fingers will touch the screen.
LG uses a screen technology called Zerogap touch - basically a laminated screen so there's no air between the screen layers (which causes glare) and it uses in-cell touch technology. The top layer is Gorilla glass for protection.
We put the LG Optimus G through our usual display tests and here's how it scored. You can find more about the testing procedures here.
|Display test||50% brightness||100% brightness|
|Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2|
|LG Optimus G||0.14||197||1445||0.33||471||1438|
|LG Optimus 4X HD||0.34||369||1077||0.68||750||1102|
|Nokia 808 PureView||-||-||-||0||455||∞|
|Samsung Galaxy Note II||0||215||∞||0||402||∞|
|Motorola RAZR i||0||169||∞||0||370||∞|
|Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III||0||174||∞||0||330||∞|
|HTC One X||0.15||200||1375||0.39||550||1410|
|Apple iPhone 5||0.13||200||1490||0.48||640||1320|
Sadly, the LG Optimus G screen is pretty reflective, which leads to a rather mediocre performance in strong sunlight.
We snapped a shot of the display under a microscope and here's what the RGB matrix of the Optimus G looks like.
LG Optimus G display matrix
The viewing angles are good thanks to the IPS+ tech, but not without some color shift and contrast loss.
When we put the LG Optimus G side by side with the Galaxy S III and Optimus 4X HD it was clear that the Optimus 4X HD is inferior but the Optimus G has quite decent contrast for a non-AMOLED unit and actually has more accurate color rendering than the over-saturated AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S III. Overall, the image quality is nothing short of impressive.
The LG Optimus G is about the same size as the other Android flagships but does well to set itself apart with its bold and assertive styling. It may not have as good handling as the Galaxy S III, but it comes very close and generally feels pretty comfortable in the hand. The build quality is rock solid.
The magnificent screen up front and the excellent handling for a device this size, make the Optimus G a pleasure to use. It may come a few points short of a perfect score for looks, but it still feels like a proper flagship - now let's see if it behaves like one.