My Thoughts on T-Mobile and their LG G2

HIMAN1998

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OK, I have been on the Verizon ship since 2007 or so, and on their smartphone ship since 2010. Now, I am only a sophomore in high school, so this review might be slightly different than one from an adult. Well, here goes.

When I found out about T-Mobile buying out contracts from Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T, I felt as if I had to have them. For me, Verizon had been screwing up with Android since I had the Droid 2 back in 2010. They are the slowest at putting updates out (their S3, my previous phone, got 4.3 back in mid-December), they don't carry Nexus devices anymore, they screwed up with the Galaxy Nexus. All of these of course are my opinion, but they are important things to me. So with T-Mobile doing this, I jumped on it (no pun intended). I told my parents all we would be gaining for doing the switch, and what we would possibly lose. All we would lose as a family is some signal out of town, but we gained so much more. A cheaper plan, all of us got a new device, we gained GSM, which is a huge plus for me since I am going to Spain this summer. T-Mobile has international texting included in their plans for free, calling is 20¢ a minute, and let's face it, as a teen, I don't talk on the phone much at all through voice. I do a lot of texting, though. I gain the international texting all because I went to GSM. Their service in my area is excellent, I haven't been in an area that I have been below 2 bars of LTE, even places where I had 3G on Verizon. At my house, I now have 2-3 bars of LTE in my room. My room is a basement, and with Verizon I would drop signal all the time. That hasn't happened to me yet. Now on to the phone review.

Let me explain why I chose the G2 over other devices that I could have gotten. My first choice was the Note 3 until I saw the price per month, which was $5 more than on the G2, and the only thing I gained was a bigger screen and 1GB more RAM. Everything else is virtually the same. I was at first cautious about LG, as I have never had a device made by them since I had a flip phone. I was also cautious about button placement. I quickly adapted to the new layout. The phone is blazing fast, and it has amazing battery life. It has a 3,000 MaH battery in it. My phone choices other than this that I had to choose between personally were the S4, Nexus 5, HTC One, and the Note 3 mentioned earlier. I was first gonna go with the Nexus 5, but didn't mainly because the camera on the G2, S4, Note 3, and HTC One all outperform it. Then it came down to what was inside. With the release of the S4 and HTC One coming before the release of the Snapdragon 800, they have a lower clocked quad core. That left the Note 3 and the G2. The thing there was price. I didn't want to pay $30 a month for the Note 3, so I went to the G2 for $5 less. I fell in love with the camera on the G2, it is so much better than the S3.

Now I will go to software and how it handles itself in the OS. This device runs 4.2.2 with specs that could easily power 4.4. Same specs as the Nexus 5. It handles 4.2 well, and it handles it's own custom UI well. I had Nova Launcher on there for 5 minutes before even giving LG's UI a try. Their UI is very good, smooth, and fits the phone well. I uninstalled Nova because of this. The only thing I don't like is the icons, but I can deal with that. Within LG's UI, I haven't had any hangs in the system, and I haven't had any apps stop responding. The phone handles this all well.

On to the build quality of it. It feels like a very solid built phone. It doesn't creak, it doesn't feel hollow, and it doesn't have gaps like some of these "non user-serviceable" phones have around the edge. The buttons feel solid. The screen sensitivity is amazing. The only issue I have is the glossiness of the back picks up smudges like crazy. I can get a case to take care of that.

Any other thoughts about it from me? Yes. This phone has been under appreciated by what I have seen, and it hasn't picked up as much good reputation as others. It is hidden by the HTC One, the S4, the Note 3, and the iPhone 5S and 5C. LG has never really been in the game to be top, they are out there to make the products that are amazing for their price, and this one hit that right on the spot. The reason I didn't go with an iPhone is because the last one I owned, a 32GB 5, was honestly nothing too special. I'm not going back to a phone that I can't do what I want to it for customization. That is also why I left Windows Phone 8 after about 1 month of usage. Too much of a boring design. This is the one phone I have found that has completely sold itself to me in the first day of owning it.
 

Dontazemebro

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My Thoughts on T-Mobile and their LG G2

Nice review but I disagree that the LG and Note 3 are similar except for bigger screen and extra RAM. The s-pen functionality alone sets it apart from any competitor on the market, the G2 is more comparable to the S4 than the Note 3. Also it seems like a few of the features on the G2 were blatantly ripped from the galaxy series and not as polished. Although I would give the G2 the heads up on better screen & bezels.

BTW - if you want to change your icons without using a launcher, try the app desktop visualizer .
 
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viskon

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Nice review. The G2 is a very underrated phone, as you said. If LG can support their products with better updates, I'm sure they'll pick up pace in the market. Enjoy the phone!
 

scott craft

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I also think the G2 is underrated. I've had the Verizon version for a couple of weeks now and I think it is terrific. LG did a really good job with their overlay.
 

Beeplance

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Very well written, much of your review encapsulated my thoughts of using the LG G2 as well, been using it for over a month. My only downside was the same as yours, the smudges of the back cover, but it doesn't present much of a problem besides that. :)
 

HIMAN1998

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Nice review but I disagree that the LG and Note 3 are similar except for bigger screen and extra RAM. The s-pen functionality alone sets it apart from any competitor on the market, the G2 is more comparable to the S4 than the Note 3. Also it seems like a few of the features on the G2 were blatantly ripped from the galaxy series and not as polished. Although I would give the G2 the heads up on better screen & bezels.

BTW - if you want to change your icons without using a launcher, try the app desktop visualizer .
I might try that app. The thing that mattered to me more was the specs, im gonna be keeping this phone for a couple years most likely.

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I am gonna be doijg a battery test today and see how much i have left at the end of the day for me, which tonight is midnight.
 

blackhand1001

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LG really should just ditch their skin and go the motorola route. Add a few well polished tweaks and features and make it light and fast. Their current skin is ugly and messy.
 

scott craft

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LG really should just ditch their skin and go the motorola route. Add a few well polished tweaks and features and make it light and fast. Their current skin is ugly and messy.
I really like the LG skin. I find it to be much nicer than touchwiz on my wife's Note 2 with more useful tweaks. I don't think it's sluggish but the Moto X is snappier.
 

HIMAN1998

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LG really should just ditch their skin and go the motorola route. Add a few well polished tweaks and features and make it light and fast. Their current skin is ugly and messy.
While I like the route Motorola has taken, I actually am starting to love LG's UI. The things I didn't use I could turn off.

I can't do the battery test today, I'm going somewhere in a few hours where it is very important that I have my phone working, so I charged it to full so I can be sure.
 

blackhand1001

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While I like the route Motorola has taken, I actually am starting to love LG's UI. The things I didn't use I could turn off.

I can't do the battery test today, I'm going somewhere in a few hours where it is very important that I have my phone working, so I charged it to full so I can be sure.
Yeah, its just that Motos software is so light. This is the current ram usage on my phone and I don't even use a task killer. I have 2 exchange accounts on push, the phone is caching my most popular apps so they open faster, and it still has this much extra ram. Compare this to the note 3 which on average uses around 1.7gb of ram if you don't use a task killer to kill a bunch of the samsung crap. Even after closing all that crap it still uses about a 1gb of ram.

 
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To the OP. All of verizon high end phones are gsm factory unlocked out of the box.

iPhone 5S G2. Note 3.

Verizon May screw with the data settings on android and windows phones to mess with gsm. But you can root android to get the apn settings working.

iPhone 5S u don't have to mess with the apn settings if used on official carriers even overseas.
 

scott craft

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Yeah, its just that Motos software is so light. This is the current ram usage on my phone and I don't even use a task killer. I have 2 exchange accounts on push, the phone is caching my most popular apps so they open faster, and it still has this much extra ram. Compare this to the note 3 which on average uses around 1.7gb of ram if you don't use a task killer to kill a bunch of the samsung crap. Even after closing all that crap it still uses about a 1gb of ram.

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My G2 is around 1-1.3gb of ram whenever I check it which isn't often. It doesn't bother me though because I never feel like the phone bogs down. I don't use a task killer either.
 

bursthead

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I will definitely check out the G2. But I will not touch t-mobile with a 10 foot pole.
 

Savor

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Very underrated phone just like its predecessor, the LG Optimus G. I really love the lockscreen. Only has been overshadowed by its Nexus cousins because of price and stock Android.

Wow to that RAM usage from Moto. I use abt 600 MB on the One. Under 500 sometimes if on airplane mode. Disabled alot of bloatware and limited my 3rd party apps to under 40. Sometimes it is good to turn off the phone and turn it back on to free up some more RAM. I was at abt 1 GB at one point until turning off the phone and deleting some files/apps. But kudos to that Moto skin for being so lightweight.
 

HIMAN1998

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To the OP. All of verizon high end phones are gsm factory unlocked out of the box.

iPhone 5S G2. Note 3.

Verizon May screw with the data settings on android and windows phones to mess with gsm. But you can root android to get the apn settings working.

iPhone 5S u don't have to mess with the apn settings if used on official carriers even overseas.
Another reason I wanted to leave Verizon is honestly because their service if you went into one of their stores sucked. Took an hour to do a 5 minute thing. At T-Mobile I immediately was a customer instead of just waiting around.

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I will definitely check out the G2. But I will not touch t-mobile with a 10 foot pole.
The only place I've been that I didn't have service so far was inside a movie theater. Everywhere else is fine. As long as you are in a major area, service will be fine. And with what they are doing, it is very worth it to switch.
 

vikingjunior

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It's fast but jerky not silky smooth like N5. Also reports of GPS problems and screen flickering keep me away. Although it's a nice choice.
 

Savor

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I just got the battery low alarm. Heres a screenshot. I still have 15% left on battery.
Any chance you can download Du Battery Saver or GSam Battery Monitor or Wakelock Detector to give us screen time usage stats? Most default battery monitors doesn't give you that stat. Same with iPhones. I judge battery life based on screen time usage and how fast it decreases during standby.
 

Fireblade

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It's fast but jerky not silky smooth like N5. Also reports of GPS problems and screen flickering keep me away. Although it's a nice choice.
I call this bs.
Great GPS, ni screen flickering, and with Nova Launcher smooth as silk.

My actual battery monitor
 

HIMAN1998

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Any chance you can download Du Battery Saver or GSam Battery Monitor or Wakelock Detector to give us screen time usage stats? Most default battery monitors doesn't give you that stat. Same with iPhones. I judge battery life based on screen time usage and how fast it decreases during standby.
I will do that today.