LG Optimus G review: Grand Slam

Grand Slam

GSMArena team, 22 October 2012.


The LG Optimus LG features a 4.7" True HD-IPS+ LCD screen of 768 x 1280 resolution and 470 nits of brightness. The so-called borderless design is trying to minimize the bezel but doesn't get rid of it completely. There's just enough to let you comfortably hold the phone without worrying that your palm of fingers will touch the screen.

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The Optimus G display

LG uses a screen technology called Zerogap touch - basically a laminated screen so there's no air between the screen layers (which causes glare) and it uses in-cell touch technology. The top layer is Gorilla glass for protection.

We put the LG Optimus G through our usual display tests and here's how it scored. You can find more about the testing procedures here.

Display test 50% brightness 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
LG Optimus G 0.14 197 1445 0.33 471 1438
LG Optimus 4X HD 0.34 369 1077 0.68 750 1102
Nokia 808 PureView - - - 0 455
Samsung Galaxy Note II 0 215 0 402
Motorola RAZR i 0 169 0 370
Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III 0 174 0 330
HTC One X 0.15 200 1375 0.39 550 1410
Apple iPhone 5 0.13 200 1490 0.48 640 1320

Sadly, the LG Optimus G screen is pretty reflective, which leads to a rather mediocre performance in strong sunlight.

Contrast ratio

  • Nokia 808 PureView
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III
  • Samsung Omnia W
  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • Nokia N9
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
  • HTC One S
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
  • Huawei Ascend P1
  • Nokia Lumia 900
  • Apple iPhone 4S
  • HTC One X
  • Nokia N8
  • Apple iPhone 4
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
  • Sony Xperia U
  • LG Optimus G
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
  • HTC One V
  • LG Optimus Vu
  • HTC Desire V
  • LG Optimus 3D
  • Nokia Asha 302
  • Nokia Lumia 610
  • Gigabyte GSmart G1355
  • Sony Xperia miro
  • HTC Desire C
  • LG Optimus L7
  • Meizu MX
  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket
  • Sony Xperia tipo
  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2

We snapped a shot of the display under a microscope and here's what the RGB matrix of the Optimus G looks like.

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LG Optimus G display matrix

The viewing angles are good thanks to the IPS+ tech, but not without some color shift and contrast loss.

When we put the LG Optimus G side by side with the Galaxy S III and Optimus 4X HD it was clear that the Optimus 4X HD is inferior but the Optimus G has quite decent contrast for a non-AMOLED unit and actually has more accurate color rendering than the over-saturated AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S III. Overall, the image quality is nothing short of impressive.


The LG Optimus G is about the same size as the other Android flagships but does well to set itself apart with its bold and assertive styling. It may not have as good handling as the Galaxy S III, but it comes very close and generally feels pretty comfortable in the hand. The build quality is rock solid.

The magnificent screen up front and the excellent handling for a device this size, make the Optimus G a pleasure to use. It may come a few points short of a perfect score for looks, but it still feels like a proper flagship - now let's see if it behaves like one.

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The Optimus G held in hand

Reader comments

  • AnonD-171420

The G977 version does not come with USB - host, came without this functionality.

  • Groot

I got this phone (LG E970) in February 2013. I'm using it to post this comment. Since "Day 1" I have been more than happy with this phone. Using and "experiencing" other phones owned by family members does not compare to this ph...

In 2012 yeah, the LG Optimus G is very good. I bought this smartphone in early May 2014 still using it till now. Upgraded to KitKat now, so far I am satisfy with it. Many other models are better, LG G2, LG G3.