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Review: LG G2 for AT&T

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LG was very excited to talk about the G2's 5.2-inch full HD display when it debuted the device in August. It said the extra 0.2 inches made a huge difference in usability when compared to the Samsung GS4, for example, which has a 5.0-inch screen. Whatever. It's slightly bigger. The 1920 x 1080 IPS LCD screen is quite beautiful to behold. It is bright, sharp, and colorful. I noticed only a little brightness drop-off when the phone is tilted side-to-side and there's no blue-shift. It can be used outdoors, but you need to crank up the brightness a bit, especially if you're planning to take some pictures. Full HD screens continue to be awesome, and the G2's is another good example or how far phones have come in the last few years.


The G2 performed well on AT&T's network. I was able to spend about half my review period on AT&T's HSPA+ network and the other half on the LTE network. The G2 remained connected tightly to both. Call set-up times (gap between pressing send and hearing the device ring) were longer than I'd like, but they always connected on the first dial. The G2 did not drop any calls. Data speeds were excellent on both HSPA+ and LTE, though they slowed down a little bit when the coverage was weak.


Sound quality of calls was quite good. I was pleased with the volume and tone of voices coming through the earpiece. Voices were perhaps a bit sharp, but not in a painful way. Set all the way up, I was able to hear calls easily in a busy restaurant during lunch hour. In fact, I could have turned it down a bit. The speakerphone loses some quality, but volume was still pretty good. I was able to hear calls over background music and several conversations. People with whom I spoke through the G2 said I sounded good, but a little distant. Ringers and alerts were plenty loud, and the haptic feedback was strong. One note: LG managed to find an email alert that's more annoying than Verizon's "DRRRROOOIIDDDD" alert. LG got the Vienna Boys Choir to sing "Life Is Good!" in their little high-pitched voices, and that's the default email alert. I found it incredibly annoying, but it can be changed.

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The G2 offers acceptable battery life. It lasts a full day, despite the bright screen and quad-core processor. For a big phone with lots of features, it's nice to see a solid, waking day of battery life. Don't expect it to last much more than that, though. It'll konk out overnight if you forget to plug it in.


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