Hands-on with the LG G2: It’s got buttons on the back

Hands-on with the LG G2: It’s got buttons on the back

Shortly after its announcement event, we’re going hands-on with the new LG G2, a smartphone with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. But most importantly, it has buttons. On the back.

While it may seem like a sarcastic note, LG believes its button placement is key. After holding the phone ourselves, it doesn’t seem too unnatural a shift. It is not, however, in any way monumental or game-changing — although LG would like you to think it is.

Another conference. “Great.”

This one’s different, trust us. Our new event for New York is focused on quality, not quantity.

Enough talk, let’s get to the pictures:

The device itself is relatively comfortable to hold, which is a decent achievement considering its size. It has a solid weight to it, and although you might think the buttons on the back would be easily pressed accidentally (while using the phone on a table, for example), this didn’t happen in our early tests.

As far as the interface goes, this follows the usual story: bleeding-edge specs, but LG has no idea what to do with them.

All in all, it’s a decent device — one your parents wouldn’t regret buying without considering the competition — but it’s simply not special, and that’s what LG needs if it wants to stand out against rivals like Samsung and Motorola.

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