Display

As always, every smartphone reviewed has to go through our CalMAN 5 workflow to determine accuracy of calibration. I have to applaud LG for fixing their issues with the G2’s uneven saturation sweep, as it’s gone in the G Pro 2. However, it seems that LG is still missing the targets for the sweep, especially on the secondary colors.

CalMAN Display Performance - Saturations Average dE 2000

The white point is also quite blue, likely because this phone is intended for the Asian market, although I don’t know if things will change if this phone makes it to Western markets.

CalMAN Display Performance - White Point Average

Overall, the G Pro 2 doesn’t really rock the boat when it comes to color accuracy, although LG seems to be taking the right steps to rectify some of the issues that they’ve had. The Gretag Macbeth chart performance improves a bit as well.

CalMAN Display Performance - Gretag Macbeth Average dE 2000

It’s important to keep in mind for the grayscale data that I use an i1pro, which means that the extremely low brightness values are likely to be inaccurate, so I’m not posting official contrast numbers for the G Pro 2 quite yet.

CalMAN Display Performance - Grayscale Average dE 2000

Brightness seems to be relatively low at maximum relative to the best LCDs at 400 nits or so, but it’s in line with the LG G2. The minimum white level is 7.63 nits for those that use their phones in dark environs, so this certainly makes it easier on the eyes than the HTC One, which goes down to around 12 nits at the lowest brightness.

Brightness (White)

I’ll be sure to update this review with additional information, as time constraints dictate that I can’t quite get all the data collected to do a proper comparison across multiple phones for minimum 100% APL brightness.

Camera

I must defer to Brian in this case, as the camera is effectively unchanged from the LG G2. There is the OIS+ feature, and LG has added a few extra features such as 4K recording, flash for the front facing camera, and a natural flash feature that tries to emulate a dual temperature LED flash without the dual temperature LED. The OIS+ feature definitely works, and it’s effectively EIS on top of the OIS. Compared to the G2, I can definitely see a difference, although I don’t have a camera rig to show the effect. What doesn’t quite work out is the natural flash feature, which despite its best efforts, doesn’t seem to noticeably reduce the change in color balance that happens when flash is used. As seen below, I took the first photo with the flash off, and the second with the flash on.

One of the simplest features is the front facing camera flash, which is actually a great idea despite its simplicity and makes an enormous difference when it comes to low light photos with the front facing camera.

The Magic Focus feature also works, but like most HDR modes, it needs still subjects to work right. Otherwise it's pretty easy to end up with severe ghosting. The UI also only lets you refocus once, which is a bit disappointing.

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  • gostan - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    A writing style that's very unlike anandtech. Reply
  • JoshHo - Thursday, March 6, 2014 - link

    How so? :) Reply
  • ASEdouard - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - link

    I feel it reads exactly like a usual Anandtech mini review. Reply
  • Hrel - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    Am I the only one who doesn't want to stop EVERYTHING I'm doing because I have to 2-hand my phone to check a text?! Seriously, I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

    4.5" is very near the upper limit of how big a phone can be. You gotta stay with .3" of that... on the absolute highest side of the scale.
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  • ddriver - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    Grow bigger hands :) Reply
  • retrospooty - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    I think its a technique issue. You shouldn't need 2 hands on a 5 inch phone. 5.9 maybe, but not 5. Reply
  • Hrel - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    I'm a 6'4" 240lb German Man. I can one hand a basketball. But I have to contort my hand to reach the upper left corner of a Galaxy S4. That's 5", that's too damn big. Reply
  • ddriver - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    Is anyone forcing you to buy big phones? I don't understand why people have to complain for stuff that is not mandatory but entirely optional. Reply
  • fokka - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    believe it or not, people want good phones, maybe even phones with flagship specs. but for various reasons, not everybody likes the ever growing form factors of the recent years. the problem now is that besides the z1 compact, there are almost no high end phones left under 5 inches, and phones continue to grow.

    if you are fine with those big phones, that's great. other people would prefer to get the same power in a device an inch shorter though, because they find it more practical. but sadly that got harder and harder. that's why we complain. we don't need you to join us, i just hope you can understand us a bit better now.
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  • ddriver - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    What is the purpose of a flagship phone with a tiny display? The tiny display only further cripples the functionality of a mobile device, there are much less things you can do on a small display, so why would you need the extra CPU performance or RAM? A phone with a small display will suck at watching videos, viewing photos, reading books, web browsing - so why do you need the performance? Reply

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