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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  • jonup - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    And it appears Samsung might have stop cheating with KK. Reply
  • R0H1T - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    Thanks for the link, evidently I didn't read the GS4 review on this site, but I don't seem to recall very many Samsung (phone)reviews out there with KitKat installed on the device so do you have any link cause I'm curious as to how the performance is without the usual cheat sheet. Reply
  • Hrel - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    You guys should review this new laptop soon: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=34... Reply
  • kmmatney - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    Looks pretty awesome - but I like the line in the description "Insanely Lightweight: 6.39 pounds". I have a 17.3" laptop, so the weight is no big deal to me, I'm used to it. There must be a lot of metal in there, used for heatsinks and heatpipes. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    From the first page, Note 3 comparison: "newer SoC" -> Pretty sure they have the same SoC, you even state so in the table. :-) Reply
  • JoshHo - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    Sorry for leaving the typo up for so long. I thought I corrected it, evidently not...

    You might be able to tell that I thought the G Pro 2 was 8974AB for quite a while...
    Reply
  • gonks - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    What's up with javascript benchmarks? I have a SGS4 (International) and it gets better numbers than most of the phones tested here, both with chrome and stock browser in Android 4.3, it's just odd Reply
  • aryonoco - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    So I'm just wondering, is Brian still the smartphone editor or not?

    Don't get me wrong, you are doing a very fine job Joshua, but there is a part of me which misses Brian's quirky sense of humour! :-)
    Reply
  • Arbie - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    aryonoco - Brian couldn't review this phone because it has a micro-SD slot. Foolish LG is evidently unaware that nobody wants those and they're going the way of the dodo. Reply
  • ddriver - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    LOL spot on. Reply

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