As many of you are already aware, I must have the newest phone out on the market and usually the top tier ones are too good to ignore. This is another one of those cases where I find myself loving the phone when I check it out in the store and buying it after playing with it for about 10-15 minutes. That being said, how much do I like it a couple days after I do buy it? Well lets find out!
Over the next 14 (now 13 since I got the device last night) I will be posting daily updates about thoughts about this phone. Likes, dislikes, annoyances and surprises. Don't expect me to come out of the gate saying this phone is the end all of phones, it isn't in my eyes yet, LG has some making up to do for poor phones in the past (exclude Nexus 4 of course).
So without any further ado, lets get to it!
Day 1 - Purchase Day and Initial Impressions
I found myself talking to a couple different people through out the day about the device so I figured I would go check it out after work considering I hit about 2-3 AT&T stores on the way home. I get to the store around 5:45 - 6pm EST and I go check out the phone. The first thing that stood out to me immediately was the gorgeous screen. Reviews, pics and videos don't do this phone justice. The screen on the this device is clean, crisp and ultra clear. Once I got over the gorgeous screen I played around with it and boy this phone is FAST. Nothing made it stutter or hiccup in performance and and damn well shouldn't with a Snapdragon S800.
After playing for about 20-30 minutes I ended up getting the AMEX card out and walking out with Black LG G2. First day I can't really say much considering after I purchased the phone I downloaded a couple of apps that I use on a daily basis, set up my gmail and set up my home screen.
I am going to address the elephant in the room, the buttons. I have been on the side of "I don't think I will ever get use to them" for a while now. Well, I can safely say that I can get use to them. I have had the phone less than 24 hours and I already have become accustomed to using them on the back. It feels very natural to hold the phone and use the buttons on the back as well as the double tap to sleep and wake feature which is an excellent add-on.
So after a short day 1 experience, I can say that the screen is brilliant, performance so far is top notch, buttons are great on the back and the phone feels amazing in the hand. Lets see what a full day brings tomorrow (now today) .
Day 2 - LG UI Destroyed This Phone
So a full day has gone by with the device and I am sad to say that the device is back in the box ready to go back to AT&T once the store doors open. Why? The LG UI. I tried to love it and I tried to rationalize it but the UI that LG put on this device made it look cluttered and cartooney the more and more I looked around the phone. I tried to love the phone for the screen and and the battery as well some of the good features but in the end, that UI was just an abomination.
I would be able to live with the UI if I could use something like Nova or Apex, but by switching to a third party launcher disables the use of the double tap feature to sleep and wake the screen. Huge issue for me there considering I would get annoyed real quick having to pick up my phone just to press the power button to turn the screen on.
The other thing worth mentioning... the sound. While its not bad, when you turn the volume all the way up it gets very distorted. Not something you would want it today's world.
So as much as I would have loved to do a full 14 days with this device, I don't think my sanity would take it. After much discussion/arguements between myself and the TAC staff (mainly Cory and Dylan ) I came to the conclusion that I was trying to rationalize the phone because of that S800 CPU and screen. However, the old saying still remains... You can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig.
For now, I will resume all mobile computing on my trustworthy Nexus 4. When I got to AT&T to return the device I will consider exchanging it for a Moto X so that I can have a Nexus like experience with 4G LTE. That being said, we will see what happens.