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First look: LG Optimus G Pro

SEOW TEIN HEE previews LG's juggernaut Android smartphone
The Straits Times - June 6, 2013
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First look: LG Optimus G Pro

Handling

While it can be held easily in one hand, I had to use two hands to interact with the user interface across its 5.5-inch display.

It took a lot of effort and stretching for my thumb to move from the lower right corner to the top left corner. Its removable rear cover is a thin piece of glossy plastic, with a pixelated pattern like that on the LG-made Google Nexus 4.

Display

The almost edge-to-edge design of the display leaves a very thin 3.65mm bezel surrounding the screen.

An in-plane switching panel delivers a wide viewing angle. Videos and images are presented in full high-definition resolution at 1,080 x 1,920 pixels, giving a sharp detailed screen density of 400pixels per inch.

Camera

A 13-megapixel camera at the back; and a 2.1-megapixel camera in front, deliver clear video call quality. The VR Panorama camera feature captures and stitches photos into a 360-degree image.

A Dual Camera feature, similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S4, simultaneously activates front and rear cameras to capture subject and shooter.

Newly introduced to the LG smartphone is Pause & Resume Recording, which allows one to pause and then resume recording in a single continuous video file.

Hardware

A faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, clocked at 1.7GHz, runs the show. Its RAM remains at 2GB to handle intensive multitasking.

The phone comes with 16GB of internal storage. Unlike the earlier LG Optimus G, the Pro version allows microSD expandability.

A massive 3,140mAh battery powers the device. When it is exhausted, it can be removed and swopped with another battery.

Software

LG's user interface customisation includes quick shortcuts in the system notification. QSlide displays a pop-up video on top of the main user interface and QuickMemo lets you take a screenshot, scribble a note and leave it as a secondary layer while you move between menus.

The intuitive Smart Video feature pauses video playback when you turn away from the screen.

Wireless charging

Wireless charging is introduced on this LG smartphone, using the same Qi standard found on the Google Nexus4.

Any wireless charger that supports the Qi wireless standard, such as Nokia's wireless charging pillow, will charge this battery.

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