Smartphone geeks wonder: Why get a Samsung Galaxy S4 if you can get something else that is cheaper and as functional? And then, is it possible?
If you're looking for the fastest Android phone on the market right now, this LG Optimus G Pro from the same homeland as Samsung will please you as much _ or maybe more _ than Korea's flagship phone, the Galaxy S4.
On the specification side, it's pretty much identical to the S4, but with a larger screen and better battery capacity. This phone can also run any graphic-intense games on the Google Play market, such as Horn, smoothly.
The phone has a minimalistic, smooth look with an elegant yet big 5.5-inch, high-definition screen. I'm quite surprised that a phone with this screen size can be so thin. Also, it has no sharp edges at all, which means it will not hurt or dig in to your hands when used extensively, and that's great because the phone is quite big compared to most others.
Screen: Full HD IPS 5.5-inch CPU: Snapdragon 600
CPU: 1.7 Quad-Core processor
Special: Dual camera, dual recording, Note, integrated TV remote, quick memo
Camera: Full HD 13MP (rear) & 2.1MP (front)
Battery: 3140 mAh
Price: Around 20,000 baht
The most prominent integrated feature is its 13MP camera that comes with plenty of practical options, for instance, the ability to take photos and video with both front and rear cameras at the same time, or taking photos the moment you say "cheese", or enhancing your skintone (indispensible for people that want to look better on their social media pages). These imaging features are really fun to use and can be a boon in many situations, for example, when you have to take group photos or videos of your gang and want to be part of them without asking strangers to take them for you.
And like most smartphones these days, you'll have to recharge the phone every day, or at best every 32 hours if you use it regularly for phone calls, webpage and video viewing with 3G always on (this phone is also 4G capable), and some gaming. The good thing is that the phone comes with a fast-charging adapter.
Its fashionably fast and responsive user interface has been neatly designed and comes with the capability to do a lot of customisation to its look and feel, transition effects included, so you can do a lot of jazzy changes to show off to your friends. With this phone's fast CPU and well-thought-out user interface, you can guarantee that your Apple devotee friends will not be able to pull up their usual excuse for not using an Android _ lag and slowness.
There are some weak points though. It's a bit too big for one-handed use, even for a big-handed person like me. The size of this phone is similar to Samsung Note 2, which can also be called a "phablet" (a device whose size is larger than mobile phone and smaller than tablet). I really wish they would include a touch pen with this for more precise note-making, which it's capable of with the Note application. And its speaker located behind the phone means that the sound will be a lot less loud when on the floor or table. Personally, I didn't think that the Optimus G Pro screen would make a big difference, but after using it for a week and then going back to my old phone, my current screen seems very dim and blurred. If I was going to buy a phone at this minute and if, like me, you like to view a lot of webpages on your phone without the need for a lot of gimmicky features, I'd go for the LG purely because of its great screen, good mobility and general value. The pearly white colour can be a bit too feminine for most men, so guys, I suggest getting a black one instead.