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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  • fenneberg - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    Also, - Brian + AT do not like a spare battery in a shirt with larger, hidden cell phone pockets. Reply
  • blzd - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    Did you fail to notice the whole chart indicating your phone cheats on benchmarks? It's included with ever phone review such as this one. Reply
  • Gunbuster - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    I know it's trivial but who designs the charger so it covers up your own company logo? Total marketing fail. Reply
  • retrospooty - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    Uh.... Pretty sure that pic above is the anti theft device put on by whatever show the pics are taken from. Same as you see in any mobile phone store so no-one walks off with the device. Reply
  • Gunbuster - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    That makes it even worse. Would you show up at a trade show and then put black tape over your company logo? Reply
  • kmmatney - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    I'm pretty sure their booth has a lot of large company logos, so I don't think anyone isn't going to know who makes the phone... Reply
  • Scrote - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    On the first page, in the photo at the top what is that green light thing sticking out of the phone? Reply
  • CoryS - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    That's the security cable connected to it at a booth. For some reason he used a picture they probably took when it was announced as the cover photo. Reply
  • Scrote - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    Thanks ^________^ Reply
  • kmmatney - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    I have an LG Optimus Pro G and one big problem I have is that the buttons are far to easily pressed, so I find the phone unusable without a cover. So the glossy back cover plate doesn't matter, since you need a cover anyways. I don't now if the button pressing is due to bad design, or just the phone being so big. Reply

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