We go hands-on with LG's new "superphone", the Optimus G
LG has finally launched the Optimus G Android smartphone in Australia, dubbed the device a "superphone". Let's go hands-on as we unbox the Optimus G.The Australian retail packaging for the Optimus G.
The back of the box details a few key features of the Optimus G and includes Telstra's 4G branding.
The Optimus G in the sales packaging.
Unboxing the unit.
Along with the Optimus G itself, LG includes an AC adapter, a USB to micro-USB cable, a quick start guide, a mobile muster recycle bag (to recycle old mobile phones, batteries and chargers) and a set of earbuds.
The headphones included with the Optimus G are in-ear buds with a stylish LG logo on the outside. An in-line microphone and answer call button is included and the cord is flat and doesn't easily tangle.
There's also a SIM card eject tool in the box.
The Optimus G has a 4.7in IPS screen and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor. It also has 13-megapixel camera, 32GB of internal memory, 2GB of RAM and a large 2100mAh battery.
The camera includes a feature called Time Catch Shot, which captures photos before and after the shutter button is pressed in order to ensure users capture the best image possible.
The Optimus G's specifications make it a high end device but most flagship smartphones of 2013, including the [[artnid:446088|Sony Xperia Z]] and the upcoming [[artnid:454199|HTC One]], feature full HD 1080p displays, a feature the Optimus G lacks.
A standard micro-USB port on the bottom charges the LG Optimus G.
The Optimus G comes with a number of LG-specific software features including a QSlide function that can display up to three apps on the screen simultaneously, and a dual screen/dual play feature that allows wireless mirroring to a compatible television and the ability to display different content on the TV and the phone screen.
The Optimus G is 4G capable and is sold exclusively through Telstra in Australia.
The back of the Optimus G has a pattern printed below the glass, which LG calls "Crystal Reflection". It's definitely a fingerprint magnet.
A power/lock screen button is on the right side.
A volume rocket is situated on the left side, along with the SIM card tray.
The Optimus G has a top-mounted 3.5mm headphone jack.
[[xref:www.telstra.com.au/optimus-g|The LG Optimus G is available today through Telstra]], Fone Zone, Leading Edge and JB Hi-Fi stores across Australia. The phone sells for $0 upfront on Telstra's $60 "Every Day Connect" plan over 24 months, which includes $600 worth of calls, unlimited SMS messages and 1GB of data.
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