G Pro 2 http://www.stuff.tv/lg/g-pro-2/all en-GB Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2 http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-3-vs-lg-g-pro-2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two big phones, but which made the biggest impression on us? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1146" height="860" title="The LG G Pro 2 (left) and Samsung Galaxy Note 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/g2-pro-vs-note-3.jpg?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;re calling this one the battle of the phablets. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a>&nbsp;is the undisputed king of the big-phone market, while the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pro-2/review">LG G Pro 2</a> is the super-sized version of our 2013 Smartphone of the Year, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2</a>. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plastic vs plastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fans of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s</a>&rsquo; metal build or the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z2</a>&#39;s glass-clad body will be left feeling disappointed with both the Note 3 and G Pro 2, but that&#39;s not to say they&#39;re poorly built.</p> <p>Both feel solid in the hands, but the Note 3 offers a little more grip, thanks to its faux-leather textured back.&nbsp;Opinion on Samsung&#39;s fake stitching is split, but some people will find it a little bit too tacky for their tastes. Alright, most.</p> <p>The Note 3&#39;s only other er, notable, design feature is its S Pen, which sits tucked away in the bottom-right corner of the handset. We had trouble removing it from its slot quickly, but that does at least mean it&#39;s unlikely to fall out on the train.&nbsp;</p> <p>The G Pro 2 looks like a scaled up&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a>, and that&#39;s because it is. The power and volume buttons are in the same position on the rear, which may take a little getting used to, but fortunately, the G Pro 2 can also be locked and unlocked with a screen tap combination if you&rsquo;re not a fan of the button placement. More on that later.</p> <p>The G Pro 2 also shares the G2&#39;s sexy slim bezels, cramming more screen into a body that&#39;s only slightly larger than the Note 3&#39;s. Coupled with its svelte 8.3mm depth and clever Mini View UI option, that means it&#39;s just about usable with one hand. Its textured plastic back, meanwhile, is a big improvement over the G2&#39;s slippery plastic shell.</p> <p>Both phones also have removable backs, enabling you to swap out the battery and add extra storage via microSD card.</p> <p>It&#39;s tricky to choose a winner here. We rather like the G Pro 2&#39;s rear button placement, but the Note 3&#39;s grippy back is welcome, especially as phones of this size can be precarious to use with one hand. So, honours even. <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g2/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-lg-g2-weigh/feature">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Galaxy Note 3&#039;s faux-leather back won&#039;t be to everyone&#039;s taste" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Note-3-back_0.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The G Pro 2 and its back-mounted volume" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-g-pro-2-smartphone-review-back-001.jpg?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the Note 3 and G Pro 2 have stunning full HD displays, with impressive colours and viewing angles. Despite each stretching a 1080p resolution over more than 5 inches of screen, you&#39;ll have no sharpness complaints. Obviously the fact that the LG has the bigger display - 5.9in to the Samsung&#39;s 5.7in - means it has a slightly lower&nbsp;pixel density (373ppi versus&nbsp;386ppi) but the difference is unimportant in daily use.</p> <p>What <em>is</em> important is the relative display tech used in each.&nbsp;The Note 3 sticks to Samsung&#39;s preferred Super AMOLED tech, which means deep, true blacks and vivid colours.&nbsp;LG has instead retained the G2&#39;s IPS+ LCD screen; LCD displays tend to serve up purer whites and more realistic colours than their AMOLED counterparts. </p> <p>Which one you prefer is largely up to you and ultimately either screen will delight your eyes on a daily basis. But for cramming in a slightly larger display into a body that&#39;s only a smidgen bigger, we&#39;re going to give this round to the G Pro 2.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> LG G Pro 2</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/10-best-samsung-galaxy-note-3-apps/feature">10 of the best Samsung Galaxy Note 3 apps</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The G Pro 2 uses an IPS+ LCD screen..." alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/g-pro-2-screen.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="940" height="705" title="...whereas the Note 3 has a Super AMOLED display" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-3-screen.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feature-packed snappers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MmnaFOiInII/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>Both the Note 3 and G Pro 2 have 13MP rear cameras. Both devices can record 4K video at 30fps, 1080 video at 60fps, and slow motion 720p video at 120fps.</p> <p>So far, so even. So this round&#39;s a draw, right? Not quite.</p> <p>The G Pro 2, being the newer device, has a few more tricks up its sleeve than its rival. For starters, it takes the already excellent OIS (optical image stabilisation) of the G2 and builds on it, with its OIS+ technology delivering even better performance in dim conditions. Frankly, it beats most competitors hands down in this regard, with only minimal noise visible&nbsp;in low-light shots.&nbsp;</p> <p>Results are better still in good light, matching those from the G2,&nbsp;and the fact that you&nbsp;can use the rear volume button as the shutter is a further bonus.</p> <p>Like the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8), the G Pro 2 also lets you refocus on different parts of a shot after you&#39;ve taken a photo. LG calls this Magic Focus, and in use it works pretty well. To get the most from it you&#39;ll need plenty of space between foreground and background - not to mention steady hands - but it&#39;s a nice feature to have.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Note 3&#39;s snapper is every bit the G Pro 2&#39;s equal in most regards. It fires out excellent images in good light, with impressive contrast and vivid colours. But with no optical stabilisation it can&#39;t match the G Pro 2 in low light conditions, and while in typical Samsung style it&#39;s packed with camera tricks, none are as useful as Magic Focus.</p> <p>So while both phones are among the best mobile snappers out there, this round goes to the G Pro 2.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> LG G Pro 2</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 25 best free apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Note 3&#039;s snapper excels in good light" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3119_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Magic Focus on the LG G Pro 2" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%2520G%2520Pro%25202%2520camera%252002.jpg?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G Pro 2 and Note 3 both have identical quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 brains, along with 3GB of RAM to help them run hordes of apps simultaneously.</p> <p>And, as you&#39;d expect, both phones blaze along without a problem, handling everything from hardcore games to full HD video to multi-tabbed web browsing without a stutter.</p> <p>All of which makes it all the more surprising that the G Pro 2 produced a disappointing AnTuTu score of just 20,679, whereas in our tests the Note 3 managed a massive&nbsp;34,652.&nbsp;Now real world results are always more important than benchmarks, but at the same time we wonder whether the G Pro 2 will suffer when presented with more demanding games in the future. And while we&#39;re not going to penalise it for that now, it&#39;s something to bear in mind when making your decision.</p> <p>Throw battery life into the equation and there&#39;s only winner in this category. While both devices pack a removable 3200mAh battery, the Note 3 comfortably lasts a day, whereas the G Pro 2 struggles to do the same. Maybe that slightly larger screen is counting against it here? Whatever the reason, a full day&#39;s use is the minimum we demand from our smartphones, so this round&#39;s going to the Samsung.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> <strong>Samsung Galaxy Note 3</strong></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Note 3&#039;s battery is a solid full dayer" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/note-3-charger.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The G Pro 2 scored surprisingly poorly on AnTuTu" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%2520G%2520Pro%25202%2520performance%252001.jpg?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The Note 3 is a gaming powerhouse" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3108_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS tweaks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung and LG are among the most zealous of Android tweakers and both the Note 3 and G Pro 2 have been heavily skinned - for better and worse.</p> <p>The Note 3 gets Samsung&#39;s TouchWiz interface in all of its cartoony glory, and if you can manage to forgive it the garishly in-your-face design it has plenty of nice features.</p> <p>So, in no particular order, they include: a FlipBoard-powered stream of all your news and social updates; MultiWindow, which lets you&nbsp;view two apps simultaneously; a shrunken down display option for one-handed use; Smart Rotation, which automatically adjusts the screen&#39;s orientation to match that of your face; Quick Glance, which lets you wave your hand over the Note 3 when it&rsquo;s locked to summon notifications; Story Album for arranging your snaps; S Health for tracking exercise.</p> <p>Still with us? There&#39;s something for everyone, basically. And a lot that&#39;s probably for no-one.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Multi Window on the Note 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3104_1.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Mini View mode on the G Pro 2" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%2520G%2520Pro%25202%2520build%252002.jpg?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mmnzlz7dD3Q/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>The G Pro 2 isn&#39;t quite so overflowing with software goodies, but it does feature one of our favourite of all OS tweaks in the form of the new Knock Code.</p> <p>LG&#39;s G2 was the first phone to introduce the concept of tapping your phone to turn it on, but that feature can now also be found on the HTC One (M8) and Sony Xperia Z2, making it a bit less special. But, like The Beatles in their mid-&#39;60s heyday, LG has already moved things on again by the time its rivals have caught up.</p> <p>Rather than just tapping anywhere, Knock Code&nbsp;lets you determine where and how many knocks on the screen are required to unlock the phone. The genius of this is that it combines the switching on and passcode in one; nobody&#39;s likely to guess that you tap it twice at the top right, once on the bottom right, once more at the top left, then twice on the bottom left to unlock it. Well, unless you now use this exact sequence.</p> <p>It&#39;s far from the only software extra here. The ability to customise shortcuts for the front touch buttons is also welcome, as are&nbsp;Smart Stay (which keeps the screen on while you&#39;re looking at it), Content Lock (which sets a second password for specific photos, videos and notes) and Dual Browser, which pretty much does what the Note 3&#39;s MultiWindow does.&nbsp;Slide Aside - which lets you access frequently used apps with a three-finger swipe - merely annoyed us a little. Oh, and like the Note 3 there&#39;s a Mini View mode which shrinks the display down so you can use it easily with one hand. Unfortunately, it won&#39;t shrink the handset at the same time.</p> <p><em>Winner:&nbsp;</em><strong>Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android 4.5 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Other features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We might just as well have titled this round &#39;Stylus vs No Stylus&#39;. Because while the Note 3 has one as standard, the G Pro 2 doesn&#39;t. Sure, you can buy one for it, but it won&#39;t be pressure-sensitive like the Note&#39;s S Pen, and it won&#39;t be so well integrated with the OS.</p> <p>For us, a stylus is a big win for a device of this size, enabling you to really take advantage of all that screen space by scribbling notes which you can then convert into digital text. Or just writing yourself lists. Or doodling in a meeting. Whatever you choose to do with the S Pen, you&#39;ll get use from it, so in terms of extra features the Note 3 is a clear winner.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Samsung Galaxy Note 3</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5-long-term-test/feature">Galaxy S5? You&#39;ll never tear me away from my Nexus 5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Note 3 has a stylus... but the G Pro 2 doesn&#039;t" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3101_0_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The S Pen in full flow" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3102_0_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The art of handwriting&#039;s not dead" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3103_0_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At first glance this might seem like a pretty close contest; each phone takes two rounds, with a further two ties. But in reality the Note 3 is a clear winner.</p> <p>The only area in which the G Pro 2 majorly trumps its rival is in low-light photography. But the Note 3&#39;s superior battery life and supremely useful S Pen stylus give it a big advantage over the LG phone in day-to-day use, and for that reason it&#39;s our winner here.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Samsung Galaxy Note 3</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="And the winner is... the Samsung Galaxy Note 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G Pro 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3159_0_2.JPG?1398263379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-3-vs-lg-g-pro-2/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-3-vs-lg-g-pro-2/feature#comments G Pro 2 Galaxy Note 3 LG Samsung Smartphones Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:29:41 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434058 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G Pro 2 http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pro-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The march of the phablets shows no signs of abating, and being a super-sized version of the excellent G2 makes the G Pro 2 a mighty soldier </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Pro 2 review" alt="LG G Pro 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20display%2001.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">With the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a> LG proved it knows how to make a truly superb smartphone, so it&#39;s little surprise that its new phablet, tasked with taking down the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a>, has plenty of G2 DNA running through its veins.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Official UK price currently unconfirmed </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Better grip than its predecessor </div> <div class="field-item even"> Improved KnockOn feature </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Impressive spec and features for the expected price </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Harder to reach rear buttons </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lower than expected battery mileage </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build: look Ma, one hand! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">There have been some ridiculously huge phablets. Now those, you&rsquo;ll never, ever want to stuff into the pockets of those tight skinny jeans - even if you&#39;re able to. And you can forget one-handed texting unless you&#39;re an NBA baller.</p> <p dir="ltr">The G Pro 2 is not in the same oversized league.&nbsp;This 5.9in device&rsquo;s slim bezel keeps the overall width to a manageable 81.9mm, allowing most people to handle it fairly effortlessly with one hand. Activate the Mini View by swiping left or right at the bottom of the screen and the downsized UI you get protects even the most phallangically challenged from thumb strain. Admittedly the off-skew 3.4in to 4.7in UI is a little off-putting at first, but it&#39;s darn useful, too.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though its 5.9in display crosses into the phablet region, its 172g weight doesn&rsquo;t have the heft commonly associated with phablets such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z-ultra/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z Ultra</a> or even the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a>. The slim 8.3mm profile is another design victory, and the ease with which it slips into your pocket makes it a real winner.</p> <p dir="ltr">Unlike the earlier G Pro&rsquo;s slippery smooth rear, the G Pro 2&rsquo;s textured design provides a much firmer grip. Its physical volume and power buttons, as with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a>, are inconspicuously placed at the rear. In theory, your index finger will rest naturally on the back and instinctively reach for the buttons, but while this design worked well for the G2&rsquo;s shorter body and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/lg-g-flex/review" target="_blank">G Flex&rsquo;s</a> curved chassis, the flatter and lengthier G Pro 2 requires ET-like digits to be truly comfortable.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z-ultra/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z Ultra review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Pro 2 review" alt="LG G Pro 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20build%2001.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Pro 2 review" alt="LG G Pro 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20build%2002.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Pro 2 review" alt="LG G Pro 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20build%2003.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Pro 2 review" alt="LG G Pro 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20build%2004.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen: a movie marvel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">OLED might be the screen tech of the moment, but don&#39;t go dismissing the G Pro 2 simply because it&#39;s a standard LCD. The 5.9in display is rich but realistic in its colours, and just as sharp as an OLED-toting rival such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a>. Take our word for it - a drop from the Note&#39;s 386ppi to 373ppi for the LG is imperceptible to the naked eye.</p> <p dir="ltr">From a comfortable viewing distance, full HD movies are amazingly clear and sharp, as are photos and fine text on websites.</p> <p dir="ltr">The G Pro 2 also automatically adjusts screen brightness to the right level under bright daylight. No adjustments required - it won&rsquo;t blind you in the dark, and it won&#39;t vanish in the daylight.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20display%2001.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20display%2002.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20display%2003.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: G2-like quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">You&rsquo;ll find the usual hardware suspects on the G Pro 2 - a 13MP snapper, armed with an optical image stabiliser to combat those shaky hands and blurry shots.</p> <p dir="ltr">The images do not disappoint. Clear, detailed shots taken under bright daylight are unsurprisingly easy on the eyes, but what makes the G Pro 2 a real belter is its night time shots - the G Pro 2 allows just the right number of photons to land on the sensor with the right shutter speed lighting dim scenes brilliantly. Admittedly, a certain degree of imaging noise is still visible, but far less than with competitors&rsquo; snappers.</p> <p dir="ltr">Shooting modes from its earlier siblings are retained. They include dual camera, which snaps from both lenses at the same time, superimposing your gurning mug onto the pic. Time catch shot is also available, and came in pretty useful when it snapped multiple shots and saved the best frame of Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx at the Earth Hour that we got to go to in Singapore.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20camera%20test%2001.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20camera%20test%2002.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20camera%20test%2003.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20camera%20test%2004.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">New to the G Pro 2 is the Magic Focus mode. Think Lytro, which lets you re-focus your images after you&rsquo;ve taken them. Not exactly a unique feature, since everyone&rsquo;s doing it - HTC calls it uFocus on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> while Samsung went with Selective Focus. But that doesn&rsquo;t make it any less fantastic, especially when you get to pass off as a competent photographer by creating selective bokeh effects to make photos more artsy.</p> <p dir="ltr">Unlike the more sophisticated, hardware-based One M8 system, though, the G Pro 2 requires distinct contrast between the foreground and background, and that means there&#39;s a definite knack to creating a distinct focus between two objects. If you&rsquo;re taking notes, here&rsquo;s another - you&rsquo;ll need steady hands. Even a slight movement in Magic Focus mode can screw up the focusing dynamics.</p> <p dir="ltr">That rear volume button also doubles as the shutter button, which seems weird until you take a selfie. Intuitively, your index finger reaches for and presses the volume up button when you hold the phone in one hand. And it works perfectly well with two hands, too.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20camera%2001.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20camera%2002.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%20camera%2003.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%20camera%2004.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance: faster than the specs suggest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Although it&rsquo;s using the slightly older Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (most 2014 flagship devices are using at least the 801 chipset), the G Pro 2 cruises through menu and screen transitions effortlessly. We&#39;ve been simultaneously throwing everything we&#39;ve got at the device - at least 10 apps, including resource intensive games such as <em><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.madfingergames.deadtrigger2&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Dead Trigger 2</a></em>, <em><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rockstar.gta3" target="_blank">Grand Theft Auto III</a></em> and a few other basic apps such as <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp" target="_blank">WhatsApp</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.katana" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and the usual shebang - and nothing&#39;s troubled it. We&#39;ll thank the 3GB of RAM for helping make this something of a multi-tasking maestro.</p> <p dir="ltr">Playing full HD movies is even more a piece of cake for this monster of a phone. We haven&#39;t spotted any frames being dropped even when apps are punching their way through the background. Web browsing is also just as speedy on LG&rsquo;s pre-loaded browser and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android.chrome" target="_blank">Google Chrome</a> and you&rsquo;ll probably get the Road Runner experience if you&rsquo;re on the 4G/LTE network, as we are. In short, your Instagram feed will be fully loaded before you can say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.</p> <p dir="ltr">After all of that super-slick speed it&#39;s a little surprising to see the G Pro 2 produce an <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antutu.ABenchMark" target="_blank">AnTuTu</a> score of just 20,679. We can&#39;t answer for that, but we can point out again that benchmarks are far from the be all and end all of power testing. What matters is the real-life performance, and the G Pro 2 performs like a peacock in mating season.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20performance%2001.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20performance%2002.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Pro 2 Tech Spec </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> - Android 4.4</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong> - 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 3GB</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 5.9in IPS+ LCD with 1920x1080 resolution (373ppi)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong> - 13MP rear, 2MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 32GB internal, microSD expandability</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - 3200mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3mm</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS: heavily skinned, but with some occasionally useful features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">As with many competitors, LG has been particularly guilty of wrapping Android in an overly thick skin in the past, and the G Pro 2 doesn&#39;t change things.</p> <p dir="ltr">Little touches such as Slide Aside (which lets you access up to three frequently used apps easily with a three-finger swipe) are useful, but it doesn&rsquo;t feel as intuitive or quick as Android&rsquo;s default multi-task menu.</p> <p dir="ltr">To be fair, the South Korean chaebol has thrown in a few features that work really nicely. Customising up to five shortcuts for the front touch buttons might sound insignificant, but it makes a whole lot of difference considering the G 2 Pro&rsquo;s unusually long body. The notifications shortcut, for example, is a life-saver. Instead of stretching your thumbs to pull the notifications menu down, a simple tap on the button does the trick. The same applies for the recent apps function, which is usually activated by tapping and holding onto the home button.</p> <p dir="ltr">We spent most of our time with KnockOn, tapping the display instead of hitting the rear power button to wake or sleep the device. For a while, it worked perfectly, until we noticed that the device came to life too easily whenever we grabbed the phone. At this point, we activated the new KnockCode which lets you determine where and how many knocks on the screen are required to unlock the phone. Caveman simple, but superbly, satisfyingly nerdy.</p> <p dir="ltr">Then there&#39;s Content Lock. This second layer of protection, located in the Security settings, locks and hides specified photos and videos in the gallery, and any notes within the Memo app, with another password, therefore protecting them from the prying eyes of partners, offspring and thieves.</p> <p dir="ltr">The likes of the QSlide video widget and Smart Stay (which keeps the screen alive while you stare at it) are still around and work well. Dual Browser, which splits the screen to house two apps for concurrent use, theoretically sound useful, but actually kind of defeats the purpose of viewing text and images on a generous 5.9in display.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android 4.5 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20OS%2001.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20OS%2002.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20OS%2003.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery: not frugal enough </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">With the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a> proving LG can do frugal, we had high hopes for the G Pro 2&#39;s battery life. Disappointment follows.</p> <p dir="ltr">During an hour of minimal usage, and by minimal, we mean not a single WhatsApp message or Facebook stalking involved, its juice dropped from 100% to 90%.</p> <p dir="ltr">By the end of an average 12-hour work day, with ample amount of messages sent through WhatsApp, Gmail and Facebook, we were down to a mere 14%, which dropped below 10% after a 30-minute drive.</p> <p dir="ltr">An hour of HD movies or games will cost you over 20% of your battery, too. Even sitting untouched and on standy for 10 hours saw it drop 40%.</p> <p dir="ltr">To cut a long story short, getting a day out of the G Pro 2 is a tricky business, and that&#39;s not really good enough.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20battery%2001.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20battery%2002.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Pro 2 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The brilliance of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> took everyone by surprise, but now the company&#39;s achieved it once, expectations for every one of the companies future phones have risen dramatically.</p> <p dir="ltr">That the G Pro 2 takes so much of its design and features from the G2 is no surprise then, and there are lots of reasons to like this phablet take on the formula. It&#39;s light, easy to handle and fits snugly in a pocket - all rarities in the phablet world.</p> <p dir="ltr">The G Pro 2 has plenty when it comes to features, too, with KnockCode proving a particularly useful and inventive example.</p> <p dir="ltr">And on top of that it&#39;s plenty powerful, mocking its relatively small AnTuTu score by juggling mountains of apps without stutter or lag.</p> <p dir="ltr">But the battery life is a problem. We weren&#39;t necessarily expecting the sort of power-sipping that the G2 demonstrated, but we were expecting (and always expect) a full day of moderate use. The G Pro 2 can&#39;t manage that, and that leaves the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a> safe in its position as best phablet in the world - at least for now.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Smartphones in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G%20Pro%202%20verdict.jpg?1398272008" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">It&#39;s got value, performance and features on its side, but the G Pro 2 falls down on battery life</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Pro 2 review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pro-2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pro-2/review#comments Android G Pro 2 LG Smartphones Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:05:23 +0000 Tom Parsons 1435860 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/mwc-2014/video-lg-g-pro-hands-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG’s gigantophone is back and it’s bigger, better and even has a few neat tricks up its sleeve </div> </div> </div> <div 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Pro 2 hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN9948.JPG?1393466538" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The G Pro 2 is LG&#39;s answer to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a>, and we wrapped our hands around its huge screen here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.</p> <p>Here&#39;s what we made of it after putting&nbsp;it through its paces as best we could while trying to avoid being elbowed by passionate tech journalists:</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The G2, embiggened </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G Pro 2 is essentially a blown up version of the G2, with the same rear power and volume button placement.</p> <p>Its rear has a grippier texture, which is an improvement over the slippery back of the G2, and oddly enough, it doesn&#39;t feel much heavier in the hands, as the extra weight is spread out across the larger body.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="MWC 2014: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9928.JPG?1393466538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="MWC 2014: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9927.JPG?1393466538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a 5.9in screen, the G Pro 2 is firmly in super-sized phablet territory, but it still slipped into our pockets without a problem.&nbsp;</p> <p>You will however struggle to use it with two hands due to its size, though LG does throw in a few software tweaks to help tame its giant screen. We&#39;ll get to that later.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="MWC 2014: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9921.JPG?1393466538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Knock Knock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mmnzlz7dD3Q/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>One of our favourite features of the G2 is its Knock On feature which wakes and locks the screen with a double tap.</p> <p>The G Pro 2 takes this one step further by letting you create a custom combination of taps to lock and unlock the device itself.</p> <p>It replaces Android&#39;s standard PIN and Pattern unlock, and we found it quite fun to use.</p> <p>The demo units at LG&#39;s MWC press event were set up with four taps, set in a square pattern. Combinations with up to 8 taps can be created, if you&#39;re feeling particularly paranoid, and there are 80,000 possible combinations according to LG.</p> <p>It&#39;s an innovative feature and a very decent alternative to the Galaxy S5&#39;s fingerprint scanner, as it works when the screen is off.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 on the other hand, requires you to wake the screen up with the power button before swiping, which takes a little longer.</p> <p>LG will be bringing Knock Code to all its high-end devices, and we&#39;d bet our entire collection of gadgets that Knock Code will be landing on the G2 when it eventually gets updated to Android 4.4 KitKat.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Snap Happy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G Pro 2 has a 13MP camera with nine-point autofocus and it builds on the G2&#39;s already excellent Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) with a new OIS+ system which enables the shutter to stay open even longer without causing blur, resulting in more light being guzzled up.</p> <p>The end result is better performance in low light conditions. While we couldn&#39;t test this out in the brightly-lit press room, we look forward to taking it for a spin in a dimly lit pub.&nbsp;</p> <p>The G Pro 2 also has 4K UHD video recording and 120fps slow motion video capture.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="MWC 2014: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9934.JPG?1393466538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MmnaFOiInII/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>Like the Galaxy S5, the G Pro 2 will let you fiddle around with the focus after you&#39;ve taken a picture. LG calls this Magic Focus, and you&#39;ll be glad to hear that it delivers.</p> <p>It works by taking two separate shots at different focal lengths, and you can tap anywhere on the screen to bring a particular area into focus.&nbsp;</p> <p>We actually prefer LG&#39;s implementation to Samsung&#39;s, as it lets you tap anywhere on the screen. The Galaxy S5 on the other hand has separate buttons for background and foreground focus.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A whole lotta screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G Pro 2&#39;s bezels are deliciously thin, and LG tells us that it&#39;s got the highest screen to bezel ratio around. Score.</p> <p>The 5.9in full HD IPS screen is sharp, despite having a lower ppi count than its 5.2in G2 sibling, and its colours are punchy without being over saturated. Viewing angles are also good, and colours remain consistent without appearing washed out.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="MWC 2014: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9938_0.JPG?1393466538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Software tweaks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the G Pro 2 isn&#39;t running stock Android, it does offer some useful tweaks. Mini View &nbsp;is a feature which scales the screen down for easier one-handed use, which will come in handy when bashing out a quick text while walking, minimising the chances of any altercations with pavements - natural enemies of smartphones.</p> <p>Dual Browser lets you run two apps side-by-side, in a similar fashion to Samsung&#39;s Multi View, and it justifies the G Pro 2&#39;s super-sized screen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="MWC 2014: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9949.JPG?1393466538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="MWC 2014: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9950_0.JPG?1393466538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G Pro 2 might lack the stylus skills of the Galaxy Note 3, but for non-doodlers it&#39;s very tempting alternative, thanks to its solid build, powerful insides and impressive camera.</p> <p>Stay tuned for our full review where we&#39;ll have more time to make the G Pro 2 sweat in a real world workout.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress 2014 &ndash; the biggest MWC smartphone news so far</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="MWC 2014: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review" alt="MWC 2014: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9928_0.JPG?1393466538" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/g-pro-2/mwc-2014/lg-g-pro-2-hands-review/feature#comments G Pro 2 LG MWC 2014 Smartphones Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:46:17 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1432933 at http://www.stuff.tv Watch out Galaxy Note 3: the LG G Pro 2 is official, and it's a beast http://www.stuff.tv/lg/mobile-world-congress-2013/watch-out-galaxy-note-3-lg-g-pro-2-official-and-its-beast/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG unveils its champion phablet for 2014, and it&#039;s specced to match Samsung&#039;s best </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="543" height="407" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g-pro-2-official.jpg?1392301926" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After months of leaks and rumours LG has finally uncaged the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pro-2/review" target="_blank">G Pro 2</a>, and it&#39;s specced to match its fiercest rival, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a>.</p> <p>Armed with a 5.9in full HD IPS display and powered by a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and 3GB of RAM, the G Pro 2 will also land with a large removable 3,200mAh battery.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Pro 2 revealed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch out Galaxy Note 3: LG&#039;s phablet is official, and it&#039;s a beast </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/mobile-world-congress-2013/watch-out-galaxy-note-3-lg-g-pro-2-official-and-its-beast/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/mobile-world-congress-2013/watch-out-galaxy-note-3-lg-g-pro-2-official-and-its-beast/news#comments G Pro 2 LG Mobile world congress 2013 Smartphones Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:46:02 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1432376 at http://www.stuff.tv