As suggested, posting below what I committed to G2miniLTE.
And to be clear: When talking about the hardware itself it seems really solid. My main criteria for selection were quad-core, removable battery,
# Screen resolution is actually perfectly enough for anything. I don't understand the demand for higher and higher resolution in such small devices. What resolution do people have in desktop comps or laptops? Most laptops sell with 1280x720. My fingers are not small enough and eyes not good enough for any higher resolution. The backlight pattern or IPS matrix are more important factors than 4K resolution.
One must also remember the pixel count impacts the battery drain.
# QSlide. Yes you can do it as they do on youtube. You can with Calendar,Memo, File manager, Calculator, Internet, Phone, Videos, Messaging, E-Mail. But nothing more. No other app can be used in that mode. I cannot open GPS like that, or MXPlayer, or Boat browser, or K9mail, or…. limited to the above set. OK, in this case I can understand technical issues.
// Posting below what I committed to G2miniLTE.
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.
[Update] Curious is why LG did not implement an original brightness control thru the cam while they implement such exotic things like "Smart screen" or "Smart video" - implementing "Smart brightness" should be a peanut (enough would be to adjust bri periodically when screen is on, with a user-defined period) And why not to make it standard so all the IR apps could work with it!?! Didn't they learn anything about locked standards?
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.
Update: "Slide aside" also is not what I need. QSlide is closer but too limited.
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 or more! 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.
Robertkoa, 22 May 2014Nikolov yes , post it here for people who are interested in those features very good review a... moreHi thanks for reading.
> Some of these issues may be solved by Software Updates.
I hope so. If they dare to consider them as issues.
i have the dual sim D618 its really good. cam is clear even the sound vol. what i love the most is the battery, it can for 3 days. beautiful handset too.
Anonymous, 22 May 2014I am also curious about the call quality .
Here is a new Review where they said call quali... moreThe call quality is quite OK as for me but it must depend on the caller. When calling my operator service on 'earpiece', the sound is loud enough to hear it at arm's length.
Notice also the device has two microphones, that's why the caller may get not too good quality when people talk in speaker mode. How? When in normal 'earpiece'mode the microphone which is used is hidden in the left speaker - should be fine in most cases, but if in 'speaker'mode the mic is on the top so you need to reverse it. Otherwise the sound can be muffled.
farzad, 21 May 2014please help me
call quality loud and clear???
I am also curious about the call quality .
Here is a new Review where they said call quality was bad, but not sure what Country/Network is was on.
USERS:Are your calls good, loud, clear, on earpiece and speaker on this phone ?
AnonD-266090, 22 May 2014Hi, if you're interested in some observations (not too positive) on this phone (LTE ver.) then... moreNikolov yes , post it here for people who are interested in those features very good review and even though negative points , important.
I thought Q Slide enabled multitasking like pulling up an App like Calculator while on Internet etc. ?
Also the screen low pixels at this price is valid.
Is the Camera similar to SG 3 8 megapixel, and call quality good?
The other criticism of this phone being expensive for what it is /does is valid IMO because for a hundred dollars more you can get full size G2-
BUT if you want a smaller full featured phone only 5" tall , very few Androids ( Moto G , Moto X)
fill this Void.
LG G3 Mini will have 720 p screen but who knows when that will be available.
Some of these issues may be solved by Software Updates.
I want ctriticisms of the LG G2 MINI so keep them coming positive and negative...
It's expensive.Prices almost are same with G2.I hardly don't recommend it for now.
Hi, if you're interested in some observations (not too positive) on this phone (LTE ver.) then see my post on G2 mini LTE site, http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_g2_mini_lte-reviews-6117.php
I should have posted it here as my comments have nothing about LTE but general phone functionality rather. Should i copy-paste it here?
can you use the touch focus during the video record? or it just works at the beginning of record?
and how much free RAM do you have? in normal daily use!
it this phone supports OTG, if you guys were to choose form LG G2 mini and XPERIA M2, what would you choose
Rozak, 21 May 2014I have 350$ for buy a phone. Plz can you help me lg g2 mini or sony xperia c?Go for g2 mini
Rozak, 21 May 2014I have 350$ for buy a phone. Plz can you help me lg g2 mini or sony xperia c?It depends on you. Y not watch youtube reviews for both amd then u'll get an idea about the user interface and physical dimensions.
I personally like the g2 mini because of its battery, size and software.
I have 350$ for buy a phone. Plz can you help me lg g2 mini or sony xperia c?
Come on LG,
Snapdragon 400 Cortex-A7 (same as Moto G)
540 x 960 pixels, 4.7 inches
and you are asking freaking double the price of Moto G 8gb. i though LG should come up with affordable price, but still no sign,
and that's why you said at the end, low sale in this quarter...
LG if you our precious money than price your phone sensibly. otherwise we simply said no to you.
Anonymous, 23 Mar 2014LG L90: 131.6 x 66 x 9.7 mm , Li-Ion 2540 mAh battery
G2 Mini: 129.6 x 66 x 9.8 mm, Li-Ion ... morei am hoping that lg will make a g2 mini pro
or a g3 mini pro .
with the 13 megapixel camera from the tegra d 625 g 2 mini ( already exists ) and the tegra cpu that already exists.
same perfect size screen is 4.7" and phone is
easily fit in pocket only 5.1" tall dimension.
but upgrade screen resolution.
2 gig ram.
if lg merely adds ram and higher screen
resolution to the d 625 tegra -it will be the most powerful compact and one of the
tip performers on benchmarks.
forward this to lg-wake them up !
AnonD-256582, 22 Apr 2014I just got it! the phone is almost like G2 except for being full HD. its handy easy ko carry n... moreThanks Mackie for your comment about the Camera.
I read a review that said the Camera was slightly better than the Galaxy S4 Mini camera but good to know.
Also read rwviews about speaker volume low but I see here they were wrong, I have an older LG Motion and its small but loud speaker.
Just waiting for the LG Mini Tegra to be released because it looks like the LTE Bands for the Latin America LG MINI TEGRA D625 are perfect for TMobile USA , however not being released in USA so I will get factory unlocked Version.
Let me know if you hear of The LG MINI TEGRA LTR D625 released anywhere !
sony mobiles price range is never that attractive as expected often, its not for middle class guys.
if the price range is affordable means the specifications are as stupid as expected.
at least 1gb RAM & 4gb inbuilt with much needed more space for apps is general demand now a days by any national/international brands under 12K figure.
And, this is key of success as well at present time for any smartphone manufacturer atleast in INDIA.