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LG shows off new high-end smartphone

LG Electronics has unveiled a new flagship smartphone called the G2. The design of the G2 places all of the buttons on the rear of the device -- the Rear Key concept springs from LG designers recognizing that the larger phones became, the more difficult it was to access side keys. LG moved the main buttons to the back of the phone and located them where the user's index finger naturally rests.

The LG G2 features a 5.2-inch full HD resolution display. The phone also features a very thin bezel on the side that's only 2.65 mm thick. The phone comes equipped with a blazing Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor operating at 2.26 GHz. Feeding that hungry beast is a 3000 mAh internal battery promising more than a full days use per charge.

The G2 also has a 13-megapixel camera on the rear featuring optical image stabilization technology. The G2 is also the first smartphone on the market to utilize 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback of also to of audio content offering sound superior to CD-quality.

The G2 can be had in 16GB or 32GB storage capacities, and runs the Android 4.2.2 operating system. Unfortunately, the G2 doesn’t include a microSD slot, so you’re out of luck if you want to expand storage beyond what’s available from the factory.
The LG G2 will roll out over the next eight weeks over 130 wireless carriers in South Korea, North America, Europe, and other world markets.

Source: LG

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By retrospooty on 8/9/2013 3:34:13 PM , Rating: 2
"I'm not 100% sure this is fair. A lot of iPhone benefits are intangibles that are often difficult to articulate"

Such as?

By karimtemple on 8/12/2013 9:49:24 AM , Rating: 3
Like I said lol, it's difficult to articulate. Let me try putting it this way:

Android's strength is choice. iOS's strength is usability. People who have actually used both and prefer one usually base their preference on those strengths. Even with Android having made significant strides in the last 15 - 20 months to answer to iOS's strengths, the Android vs iOS narrative to this day is still All The Options vs Smart Defaults.

For example, quick settings in the notification pull-down. Believe it or not, both Android and iOS will be credited as having added quick settings in 2013 (yes, Android first). There had been a link to the settings menu in the Android pull-down, though. But millions of people have had quick settings in their pull-downs on Android for a long time, through third-party software. That's the power of choice.

Alternatively, iOS tries to offer an experience where even straight out of the box you won't have much need for choice. Whenever one mentions how incredible the iOS keyboard is or how smooth the system looks and feels, the Android Defense is that there is always software and rooting and custom ROMs. This means nothing to the iOS User. They don't want to mess with their phone. They want it to "just work."

Apple's supposed "it just works" is a pretty funny joke, but there is some measure of truth to it. Android has a lot of settings, and once you spend some time with it you can get things going your way. But with iOS, provided your personality allows you to put up with the lack of choice, the settings are already smart. There's relatively little you need to change, if anything.

An example of iOS difficult-to-articulate "intangibles" is this Smart Defaults quality.

It doesn't matter that your Android manufacturer's stupid added-on software is ugly as sin and slows down your phone, because you can download launchers and themes and uninstall bloat. But iOS is already fast and not ugly.

You can install Dolphin Browser to get a smoother browsing experience (no, really, try it) and a feature that let's you shoot back up to the top of the page you're on. But iOS comes with that.

You can replace the Google keyboard with another keyboard that will actually give you a ".com" button when you're in an address bar (WTF, Google). But iOS already does that.

It's just a lot of these simple, small things that blur together into what feels like a better experience to iOS users. The product tries to anticipate their comfort and needs, and consequently it tends to "just work." This is all glued together (and amplified) by what is to this day the absolute most-responsive and fluid user interface to date possibly on any system ever, let alone mobile phones.

The Android Defense, historically, has been to offer the user a box full of parts and a panel with a bunch of switches on it. I was talking to someone last year and their Android Defense was "I play N64 on my phone with my Wiimote!" I couldn't respond without laughing. I like Android a lot, once it started getting its act together late 2011, and the Power of Choice was strong enough to get me off of iOS (via giant screen phones), but it can't rightfully be said that iOS isn't a great system and a better choice for a lot of people depending on their personalities and needs.

By retrospooty on 8/12/2013 9:59:29 AM , Rating: 2
That is a fair assessment. IOS has always been better for the "easy button, I dont want to think about it and I don't want to learn about it" crowd while Android caters to the more technically inclined and/or customizers.

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