After successfully teaming up with Google for the Nexus 4, LG is back with its own flagship smartphone called the G2. Read our LG G2 review to see if it can take on the iPhone 5S, Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1.
Most flagship smartphone launch at more than £500, and occasionally more than £600 on a SIM-free basis. However, sometimes a device turns up and bucks the trend. One of those devices is the Nexus 5 (and the Nexus 4 before it) and LG has also followed suit. See also: LG G2 mini hands-on review.
The LG G2 launched at just £399, so not quite as cheap as Google's subsidised phone, but a significant amount cheaper than rivals such as Samsung's Galaxy S4. Now we've updated this review a few months on, a quick search on the internet reveals that the G2 can be obtained for under £300 which is astonishing.
Unfortunately, most smartphones are still purchased on long and expensive contracts but there's never been a better time to buy your phone outright and choose a SIM-only plan. Ok, you still need to outlay a fair amount to being with but if you can manage it, you'll find yourself saving money in the long run.
SIM-only plans offer good value for money and when a newer and better deal comes along you can switch quickly and easily because you're not tied down to a contract. The other thing is that new smartphones come along so darn fast, that if you're stuck in a two-year contract then you're phone is going to be out-of-date long before you're due and 'upgrade'. And we use inverted commas here because you're unlikely to be offered a brand new device anyway. Buying outright means you can sell your phone at a good price when something new takes your fancy. You only need to pay the difference rather than the full price.
This is exactly what the LG G2 provides and when you look at the spec sheet, it's simply amazing what you get for your money. A gorgeous 5.2in screen is squeezed into a body which is about the same size as the Galaxy S4. The front of the device has a higher screen to bezel ratio than any other device and the super-slim bezels on the side give an edge-to-edge look which oozes class.
Moving on from the screen, there is a blisteringly fast quad-core processor and a 13Mp rear camera which has optical image stabilisation. Storage is a small downside since there's only 16- or 32GB on offer and there is no microSD card slot for adding more. It's about the only thing which the G2 doesn't have. The G2's hardware is up there with the best devices around but the price is much lower.
Put off by the buttons on the back? Well they work really well. The power button isn't really a bother because you can double tap the screen to turn it on and off and the volume buttons are perfectly placed to make adjustments during a phone call. The only way they don't really make sense is using the volume keys as a camera shutter button – your finger just gets in the way of the lens.
See also: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs LG G2 comparison review.