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by: Greg Gordon   ·    25 October 2013

LG goes large with the G2

LG is set to shake up the premium smartphone market with a high-end model that's as good as the best in the business.

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A new flagship smartphone from Korean consumer electronics giant LG is going to turn heads – and it's about to arrive in South Africa.

Of late LG has been operating in the shadow of compatriot Samsung which has grabbed the headlines with everything from its Smart TVs to its Galaxy range of tablets and smartphones.

But the new LG G2 is receiving rave reviews because it's packed with more features than you could sensibly use in a frame that's solid and well-designed.

Stunning looks

Looks-wise, the G2 is a stunner and the huge edge-to-edge 5.2-inch full HD display is at about the limit of what's possible for one-handed operation. There are no physical buttons on the front of the phone or on the side – they're on the back where, the company says, research showed it resulted in fewer dropped calls due to bumping buttons accidentally.

Turning the G2 on from standby mode takes two taps on the screen and another two to send it back to sleep which is really convenient.

The 13MP camera captures crisp details and an optical image stabiliser keeps things bright and sharp. The lens is flush with the body so it fits into a pocket easily.

Musical

Increasingly, consumers are using their smartphones to store and play their music collections at home, in the car or anywhere on the move. The LG G2 is the first smartphone to feature 24 bit/192kHz audio playback. In English that means the sound quality is better than that on a CD – refreshing in an age where MP3s compress a lot of the dynamics out of music.

Battery life is impressive and the Android operating system is augmented with some really useful and practical features including:

* QuickRemote – the phone can be used to control home entertainment devices like TVs and Bluray players, for example and can be programmed to run several components at a time;

* Answer me – raise the phone to your ear and the ringtone volume drops before the call is automatically connected;

* Slide Aside – slide open apps using a three-finger swipe;

* Text link – information in text messages can be selected and used to search maps and websites or placed in calendar entries or memos.

The LG G2 joins other high-end smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5s, Nokia Lumia 925, HTC One, Sony Xperia and Huawei Ascend P6, extending the range of choices for consumers.

There are no physical buttons on the front of the phone or on the side.