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Review: LG Optimus G Pro for AT&T

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Screen

The G Pro's display is fantastic. It measures 5.5 inches across the diagonal and packs an impressive 1920 x 1080 pixels. Yep, it's full HD. You can't see the individual pixels, even when you hold the phone up close to your eyes (the Note II's screen looks fuzzy when held next to the G Pro). The G Pro's display is an LCD panel with LG's in-plane switching technology. It's simply one of the best displays I've seen on an LG device. It is crisp, sharp, bright, and colorful. Viewing angles are good; there's no change in color or brightness when it is tipped back and forth. You have to crank the brightness up all the way to use it outdoors, though.

Signal

The G Pro did an excellent job at finding and connecting to AT&T's HSPA+ and LTE 4G networks. It displayed three or four bars of coverage in most places I took it. More to the point, though, it never disconnected from the network nor lost signal entirely. The G Pro always connected calls on the first dial, never dropped a call, and always delivered speedy mobile data performance. AT&T's HSPA+ network, which offers abundant coverage, offered mixed speeds on the G Pro during my tests. AT&T's LTE network is much quicker -- when you can find it. I routinely hit peak download speeds in excess of 35 Mbps with the G Pro on AT&T's LTE network.

Sound

The G Pro is a good voice device thanks to mostly clear calls and a loud earpiece speaker I was easily able to hear callers even when standing next to a shrieking gaggle of kids at a birthday party. In quieter environs, you can turn the volume down to 50% for a really nice experience. The speakerphone on the G Pro is OK, but not as good as the earpiece. There's more noise introduced in calls, and the speaker isn't as loud. It works best when placed on a flat, hard surface, such as a desk or table. The speakerphone is best used in a low-key home or office, but not so much when you're out and about, or in a noisy car. Ringers and alerts are acceptably loud, but could be better. You probably won't miss most calls, and the vibrate alert is good.

Battery

The G Pro has fantastic battery life. The massive 3,140mAh battery provides enough power to get well more than a single day's use from the G Pro. In fact, I had trouble killing off the battery entirely, despite my best efforts. If you mostly check email, social accounts, and browse the web, you might be able to get two full days out of the G Pro. Only if you toss it a lot of streaming web video will you begin to see a marked decline in power levels. Even then, you'll be impressed with how long the G Pro keeps a charge.

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