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LG G2 smartphone has potential to push your buttons — good or bad

The LG G2 is a great phone, but the big thing that sets it apart from the competition is the same thing that will certainly divide customers.
by Richard Hall Modified: October 28, 2013 at 7:55 pm •  Published: October 29, 2013

The LG name has kind of fallen to the side when it comes to smartphones. It's like the company is always playing second fiddle to Samsung, so it boggled my mind that LG would release what initially seemed like a ho-hum device with respect to its competitors.

Then I handled the LG G2 and fell in love.

The G2 has a typical spec sheet at a typical price ($199 on contract at AT&T), but what truly sets it apart from other devices is its button placement, and a couple of features LG calls Knock On and Answer Me.

The problem is: The button placement is the biggest thing that differentiates it and it's also the biggest line in the sand for customers. There's no middle ground — people either love or hate that the power/lock and volume buttons are on the back of the device, instead of the sides or bottom.

Personally, I think the buttons on the back are great. I naturally hold smartphones by placing the tip of my index finger on the back of the device, and the G2 fell perfectly into my hand. I had an easy and comfortable time adjusting the volume and locking the phone when I was done using it.

Aside from the button placement, a couple of gesture features make the phone a pleasure to use. One is called Knock On, which allows the phone to be unlocked by tapping the screen twice. I didn't think much of it at first, but I found myself using the feature more and more as I spent time with the G2. With that power/lock button on the back, it makes sense for LG to include Knock On as a feature.

Then there's Answer Me, which allows calls to be answered by simply putting the phone up to your ear. It doesn't sound like much because all it does is eliminate the need to hit the answer button when a call comes in, but I also found myself using this feature more than I expected.

The downside to smartphones is the screens and software don't always lend themselves to a solid multitasking experience. LG wanted to give users a better experience so the G2 comes with a beautiful 5.2-inch, 1080p IPS display, and a couple minor software enhancements called Slide Aside and QSlide.

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by Richard Hall
Digital Media Specialist
Richard Hall is an award-winning newsroom developer, editor and blogger for NewsOK. He was born in Austin, Texas, spent his childhood in southern California and has lived in Norman since 1999. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008.
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