LG Optimus G for AT&T and Sprint review: Double impact
Both the LG Optimus LG for AT&T and Sprint feature a 4.7" True HD-IPS+ LCD screen of 768 x 1280 resolution and 470 nits of brightness. They employ the so-called borderless design, which is another way of saying there only the bare minimum of bezel. 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 - it basically means the all the screen layers are laminated together to prevent glare and the in-cell touch layer is actually inside the LCD. 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 quite reflective, which leads to a rather mediocre performance in strong sunlight.
Nokia 808 PureView
Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III
Samsung Omnia W
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Galaxy Note
HTC One S
Samsung Galaxy S II
Huawei Ascend P1
Nokia Lumia 900
Apple iPhone 4S
HTC One X
Apple iPhone 4
Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
Sony Xperia U
LG Optimus G
LG Optimus 4X HD
HTC One V
LG Optimus Vu
HTC Desire V
LG Optimus 3D
Nokia Asha 302
Nokia Lumia 610
Gigabyte GSmart G1355
Sony Xperia miro
HTC Desire C
LG Optimus L7
Samsung Galaxy Pocket
Sony Xperia tipo
Samsung Galaxy mini 2
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 close in feeling 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.