Recently LG released few of the smartphones, which belong to G series. And on the top of the list in the G series, LG G2 wins the tag of most advanced and spectacular phone of LG. Also, LG launched the mini version of LG G2 i.e. LG G2 mini. As in most cases, a smaller version of the flagship to be not only smaller, but also a little easier on the characteristics. The device has a 4.7-inch IPS-display, quad-core hardware platform from Qualcomm, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel Camera with autofocus and the most recent version of Android. Let’s find out if it is worth buying or not?
Design and Ergonomics
The smartphone has rounded corners, mesh speaker with metal insert over its thin frame around the screen. Manufacturer does not specify what kind of material is used as a display protection. Feels like – plastic but it is scratch resistant. The right of the earpiece are the proximity sensor and the front camera. Under the screen you can see the logo and virtual control keys.
LG G2 mini dimensions are as 129.6 x 66 x 9.8 mm, weight 121 g. Absence of hardware softkeys makes LG G2 mini one of the most compact smartphone with a 4.7-inch screen. The closest competitor is able to match the dimensions – Motorola Moto G, it is even 0.1 mm narrower, but longer, thicker and heavier, though, that G2 mini battery is 370 mAh more. But to beat the very slim smartphone with 4.7-inch screen in the face HUAWEI Ascend P6, LG G2 mini failed.
On the faces of the housing, keys are missing. On the top you can find a headphone jack, a microphone and a second hole-in IR transmitter. On the bottom is a Micro-USB connector and two holes covered with nets. Under the left hidden microphone Elementary, under the right – a multimedia speaker.
Removable rear side panel covers its entire surface. It is made of opaque plastic with a textured pattern. The cover has two holes, one for the main camera lens and the second flash. Edge corresponding keys for volume control are slightly raised, which helps in their blind detection. Volume keys are short and barely perceptible click, while the power button to trigger, we need to exert more effort.Volume control keys can perform other tasks, such as pressing the top button in sleep mode causes the application QuickMemo, and bottom – starts the camera. When the camera is running both keys can be used to freeze-frame.
Under the removable panel there is the battery having capacity 2440 mAh, and three slots, two for Micro-SIM and one for MicroSD.Build quality is excellent: close parts fit together; the body does not creak when squeezed and cannot be torsion.
To unlock the screen you donot necessarily use to slide, you can use double tapping on the screen (“tuktuk”) or with a combination of touch (Knock Code). Knock Code not just outputs smartphone from sleep mode, but also unlocks the screen. Sequence of keystrokes can be done in any part of the screen, that is, you do not need to reach a certain area, and just type your code in the part where your thumb. The code may consist of two to eight consecutive button in virtual square. Such combinations may be 80,000.