LG Electronics, the consumer electronics firm that is making a comeback in mobile phones business, is launching a new smartphone into the market called the G Pro, which is said to be different from what’s currently obtainable in the market. The introduction of the G Pro will definitely engineer a comeback for the brand as a strong contender in the smartphone business. So, this is a phone for people with giant man-hands who are interested in big screens, fast processor and ultimate experience from a mobile device. The Optimus G Pro comes with a 5.5-inch screen, but LG’s offering manages to trim the side bezel just enough to make it feel more like a smartphone than a phablet.
LG has ticked all but a few of the boxes with this phone. The full-HD (1920×1080) screen is great, the touch keyboard is responsive and can be shifted to either side to accommodate one-handed typing, there’s a physical home button, there’s ample storage (32 gigabytes) with an easy-to-access expansion slot, and the quad-core Snapdragon processor handles Android with ease. The G Pro’s 5.5’’ full HD IPS Display dazzles viewers with 16.9 cinema-like viewing and 400pi – providing superior graphics, accurate colours, sharp text, and articulated images – delivering an immense experience.
As for the phone’s features, the battery is able to last through an entire day and a half of moderate use, but heavy use wears it down more and it will have to charge after a day of usage, which isn’t bad at all. The camera takes serviceable photos, colour reproductions are fantastic and low-light images are just incredible on this device. This is a phone for those of you who want to get creative with your photo-taking. Users can double the fun by activating both front and rear dual cameras, record videos or take still photos of both the subject matter and the user – simultaneously, thanks to Dual Recording/Dual camera, you can always be part of the shot while capturing life’s most exceptional moments with this picture-in-picture technology.
Users can as well personalise all their video recording and pictures with the G Pro Live Effect. The 13 MP Full rear-facing camera, which produces brilliant detailed imagery (2.1 MP front-facing Full HD camera), will help you record life like pro. Like most phone makers, LG has lathered its own custom interface over the top of Android. I’ll duck as Android purists whip beer bottles at my head before saying that LG’s interface is actually pretty good. There are plenty of customisation options, everything’s relatively intuitive and the added shine doesn’t slow down the overall operation of the phone noticeably. Pricing is not yet available but market watchers say the device is priced between N70,000 and N80,000. The G Pro’s Rainbow LED will help users identify their notifications, dedicate a special colour for your family, friends and apps. This will keep them forever on top of things.
There are a few nice software extras as well, such as the ability to use the phone as a remote for your TV and other home entertainment equipment. Quick Remote (Q Remote) 2.0 with embedded infrared (IR) technology allows users to operate multi home entertainment system while also utilising the touch display to control the cursor and keyboard on a big screen TV’s display interface. The fascinating thing about this is that one can use the remote function across all brands, not only limiting it to LG devices. This is one of my best features on the G Pro – I can easily control all devices in my house and office without actually seeking individual remotes.
LG will be giving the first 50 people to buy the G Pro each one free magic pouch and one pocket photo, the device that helps you print a picture immediately after taking it. All you have to do is place the back of your G Pro on the device and it prints immediately.
Bottom line: If you’re looking for a giant smartphone with cutting-edge technology as it stands in Nigeria today, the LG Optimus G Pro beats other smartphones in same category with its features, cheaper price and higher-resolution screen. There are almost certainly other contenders that’ll make their way to the market later this year, but none of them will come at the pricing of new LG smartphones in the market.
By: Ben Uzor Jr