- Decent hardware specs
- Good connectivity
- No built-in pen
For some people, oversized phones belong in the ’90s, and have no place in the modern world. There is, however, the issue of people having thick fingers or bad eyesight, arguments in favor of slightly larger phones for a specific segment of the market. Nowadays, almost every smartphone or tablet that enters the market, does so with the promise that it is lighter and more compact than its competitors. Despite thinner devices on the market, the idea of a large enough display to appeal to that segment of the market that actually wants such devices, is very much alive. This is exactly why LG came up with the Optimus G Pro, a smartphone that resembles a tablet by size, but has all the characteristics of a smartphone.
We already told you about its size, but we haven’t yet discussed the issue in depth. For instance, despite the fact that Optimus G Pro weights around 173g, the device feels pretty solid in the palm of your hand. As for the build, the device uses an aluminum frame that separates the plastic removable battery from the Corning Gorilla glass, which makes it very resilient and tough.
Probably its most prominent feature, the Optimus G Pro’s display is a 5.5 inch IPS screen capable of 1080p HD resolutions, with a 400 pixel per inch value. Just like most latest generation LG devices, this device’s display can be read in almost all lighting conditions, be it dim light or under the bright summer sun. Additionally, with Optimus G Pro, LG went for a vibrant colors capability and a crisp contrast, which makes text-based applications easier.
As for the phone’s processing power and hardware specs, LG decided to give the device a 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor with 2 GB of RAM. For graphic processing, the Optimus G Pro uses an Adreno 320 chip that even though isn’t enough to warrant a special description, is good enough to handle a wide range of applications.
In terms of software, Optimus G Pro uses an Android 4.1.2 OS that in all fairness, works great with the device’s specs. In fact, no obvious lag can be observed when switching screens, running applications or browsing the internet. This is mainly due to the G Pro’s hardware specs, but we feel that it can perform even faster if and when LG finally decides to update its software.
The device’s battery is a 3140mAh capable of withstanding more than 8 hours of continuous use. Okay, so this may not be what some would expect from a large device, but considering how big the G Pro’s display is, we feel that 8-9 hours is more than enough. As always, the device usually lasts as long as its user allows it to last, so power-draining applications will undoubtedly take a toll on its battery life.
All things considered, the LG Optimus G Pro feels like a decent enough device to warrant a closer inspection if you ever find yourself within its vicinity. Although the phone may not appeal to everybody due to its size, we honestly feel that its hardware specs and overall good performance while running most applications makes it a viable solution for people who prefer these type of phones. As for the price, an LG Optimus G Pro will cost you around $99 on AT&T with a contract, and around $439 separately. This being said, LG’s Optimus G Pro won’t break any selling records any time soon, but it will definitely appeal to those looking for a decent alternative to what the market currently has to offer.