Not much has changed when it comes to the phonebook in Android 4.4 KitKat. It's quite straightforward and easy to navigate, with a dedicated tab for your favorite contacts for quick access.
There's plenty of contact information you can assign to each contact and it still remains neatly organized.
The LG G2 mini has great earpiece volume and there are also native video calls available right in the phone app. Smart Dial also works like a charm and searches both names and numbers.
The LG G2 mini's loudspeaker earned a score of Below Average in our dedicated loudspeaker test, which means that you are ought to miss important calls and notifications in noisier environments. You can find more about the testing process here.
|Speakerphone test||Voice, dB||Ringing ||Overal score|
|LG G2 mini||65.2||67.7||64.6|
|HTC One (M8)||65.8||64.7||75.7|
|Apple iPhone 5||66.8||66.1||67.7||Below Average|
|HTC Desire X||63.6||61.6||69.6|
|Samsung Galaxy S II Plus||65.7||61.5||66.6|
|Samsung Galaxy S III mini||66.5||63.0||76.0|
|Sony Xperia V||65.5||61.1||66.2|
|LG G Pro 2||66.7||64.9||75.7|
|Sony Xperia go||66.5||66.1||77.9|
|Samsung Galaxy Express||67.7||66.6||75.7|
|Samsung Galaxy Grand||74.1||66.2||76.0|
|Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo||72.1||65.8||73.3|
|LG Optimus L7||66.7||66.6||75.6|
|Motorola RAZR XT910||74.7||66.6||82.1||Very Good|
Laid out in threads, the messaging department is quite neatly organized.
Thanks to the 4.7" screen, typing is easier than on smaller droids, LG or otherwise. Swype-inspired finger tracking is also present, but has limited language support.
Additional input methods include Google's voice input, as well as split and regular landscape keyboards. Also included is handwriting support for multiple (downloadable) languages, and a special keyboard that can be nudged to either side of the screen for one-handed operation.
Adding any multimedia content to the message, like photos or video, automatically turns it into an MMS. You can also customize your speech bubbles and background.
The Gmail app includes the usual inbox filtering options (Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates). LG's own Email app is similar to Google's, except that it can handle multiple POP or IMAP inboxes, which is useful for when you want to keep track of multiple accounts.
The Hangouts app is Google's attempt at a one-stop shop for all of your IM needs. The app offers group video chats, emojis, photo exchange, history sync across multiple devices, and can even be integrated to handle your SMS/MMS conversations as well.