Besides the 4.7" IPS display, the G2 mini front panel accommodates the earpiece, the 1.3 MP secondary camera, capable of 1080p video capture and the proximity sensor. Sadly, the status LED light of the G2 is missing here, so is the ambient light sensor.
The left and right side of the LG G2 is completely bare.
The top of the LG G2 houses the secondary mic and the IR emitter for the remote control functionality.
The bottom has the primary microphone, the loudspeaker and the MHL-enabled microUSB port. The G2 mini's connectivity port supports TV-out, USB on-the-go and USB host.
LG G2 mini's back is where things get interesting. As we already mentioned, there's the trademark LG configuration that includes the volume-rocker with the Power/Lock key located in the middle. On top of that button trio is the 8MP camera and the LED flash are here. The G2 also has a 13MP version.
When the screen is locked a long press on the Volume Up key launches the Quick Memo tool, while a long press on the Volume Down control fires up the camera. You can use this key as a shutter button, too.
The Power/Lock button lacks a LED-lit rim that doubles as a notification LED on the LG G2. That's a pity, really, as this leaves the phone without any notification light to speak of.
The key placement spares you lots of unnecessary finger stretching, the location of all three keys is really convenient but it takes a bit of time getting used to it.
You can pop the battery cover and get access to the 2440 mAh battery, which, fortunately, is user replaceable. We're happy to report that the microSD card slot and SIM card slot are on the top left and are hot swappable.
The LG G2 mini is built around a 4.7" display. It's an IPS LCD unit with a nice quality. Unfortunately, we are a bit let down by the resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. As a result of the relatively subpar resolution, the pixel density is just 234 ppi.
It's not the sharpest around, which is understandable. Nevertheless, it's a fairly bright screen with good viewing angles, although there's contrast compression and color shift at extreme angles.
|Display test||50% brightness||100% brightness|
|Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2|
|LG G2 mini||0.12||91||752||0.52||398||748|
|Sony Xperia E1||-||-||-||0.72||489||677|
|Nokia Asha 501||-||-||-||0.37||354||947|
|Nokia Asha 503||0.28||178||647||0.56||358||635|
|Nokia Lumia 520||-||-||-||0.51||422||834|
|Sony Xperia E||0.19||157||813||0.50||433||875|
|Sony Xperia E dual||0.21||181||844||0.54||473||870|
|Sony Xperia tipo||-||-||-||0.75||561||751|
|Samsung S7500 Galaxy Ace Plus||0.27||239||873||0.6||528||888|
|Apple iPhone 5||0.13||200||1490||0.48||640||1320|
|Motorola Moto G||0.35||315||906||0.57||550||967|
|Sony Xperia C||0.18||151||842||0.66||639||962|
The sunlight legibility isn't the worst we've seen, but it definitely leaves room for improvement. You'll struggle to read or view anything outdoors if it isn't cloudy.
The LG G2 mini houses a 2440mAh battery, which LG says is the largest in its class and we are inclined to agree (the Moto X packs a 2200mAh battery in a similarly sized package). LG has been doing very well in the battery department ever since the LG G2 and it has done the very best it can in the G2 mini as well.
As a result, the phone's endurance rating is 76 hours, which is one of the best scores any mid-ranger has ever posted. This means you can easily get two days of 1 hour web browsing, video playback and 3G talk each in a single charge.
For a more detailed breakdown of the LG G2 mini battery performance check out our blogpost.
Our proprietary score also includes a standby battery draw test, which is not featured in our battery test scorecard but is calculated in the total endurance rating.
Our battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you want to learn more about it.