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Old August 7th, 2013, 09:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here are couple of good ones I found. Right now it's only hands-on reviews, but hopefully in-depth reviews would come soon.

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AnandTech | Hands On with the LG G2 - LG's latest flagship

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LG G2 hands-on: First look - GSMArena.com

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I want this on phone so bad but I'm waiting for news on the next Nexus.
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Well rumors say that the next Nexus will be based on this phone. Hopefully its true.
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LG G2: An in-depth look at its impressive design, display, camera and software
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LG G2 Hands On: Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5, you're on notice | Digital Trends Reviews

I'm not audio expert but quite intrigued by G2's Hi Fi sound feature. Also its OIS camera seems great.
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I'm not audio expert but quite intrigued by G2's Hi Fi sound feature. Also its OIS camera seems great.
You won't notice it without high-end gear. Dac/amps and good phones. You may hear a slight improvement but its not going to be noticeable until you get good gear.
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I'm not audio expert but quite intrigued by G2's Hi Fi sound feature. Also its OIS camera seems great.
As you know, LG G2 audio output was reportedly great: uncompressed 24 bit 192kHz. This was talked about a lot at the LG event. Like you, I was somewhat excited by this because I love to listen to music on my phone. (I love my earphone Klipsch X7i.) Two problems with this:

1. Uncompressed 24 bit 192kHz downloads take up a ton of space...and with only 10GB or 22GB (16/32 GB models, respectively), your internal memory space is limited.

2. (biggie)...is this article I just read: 24/192 Music Downloads are Very Silly Indeed

And that article makes sense. In addition, even though LG audio chip may be nice, you still have other interferences and noise from other circuitry that will likely make a mess of things. It kind of like buying Yugo and then selecting an expensive headunit with the lowest THD. That headunit is great and all, but in a noisy Yugo environment, it is useless and no better than a Kmart $20 headunit.

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This was also posted by a knowledgeable person on Sprint forum:

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My scientific opinion is that the belief that the DAC on smartphone makes a difference is baloney. In particular, the Internet forum fascination with Wolfson DACs in portable devices has reached almost mythical proportions. But so many of those posters seem incapable of ruling out other factors, including amplification quality and, of course, placebo effect.

I have been studying digital audio for 20 years -- almost twice as long as I have been studying wireless. And as much as I wanted to believe that there are audible differences in competent, modern DACs, no one has been able to show that reliably using scientific testing methods. I am a longtime Stereophile subscriber, and I greatly enjoy the magazine, especially for its rigorous test and measurement reports. But some of the subjective prose from Stereophile writers, audiophile press in general, and forum posters is utter bullshit outside of their own readily convinced minds.

By the way, the info that I have is that the LG G2 is using an in house Qualcomm DAC.

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In other words, don't hold your breath to hear much difference (if at all). I was initially hopeful that the components and chip to be higher-end...but I doubt that you will be able to hear much difference when compared to other high-end smartphones.

I remember that a site once tested Samsung and Apple audio output and both did extremely well with producing a flat response and very low noise. (At the time [iPhone 4S], Samsung made the audio chip for Apple I believe.)
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So this phone has no SD slot. Not that it matters because my One X doesn't neither and I have plenty room left.
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Official full reviews are starting to flow in.

LG G2 Review! Lightning fast, beautiful, and with a twist - Android Authority

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Honestly I didn't have very high anticipation for G2 camera despite having OIS, but it seems outstanding!

Camera Comparison: LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, HTC One
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GSMarena review. Battery life and camera samples are pretty impressive.

LG G2 review: Beautiful monster - GSMArena.com
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GSMarena review. Battery life and camera samples are pretty impressive.

LG G2 review: Beautiful monster - GSMArena.com
Glad to hear the positive report on battery life. My last 2 phones have had abysmal battery life so its high time I can run all day without having chargers stashed at various locations.
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LG G2 display review: LG G2 takes on Xperia Z Ultra's Triluminos display, the GS4, HTC One and the iPhone 5: screen comparison

Good, but not perfect...actually just slightly above average.

I just don't understand why manufacturers, esp. when they celebrate how good they are with display technology, don't calibrate their displays better!! iPhone may have a small screen and low resolution, but their display is also top-notch in terms of clarity and colors. And Apple don't make their own iPhone screens...so, this is all about quality control!
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On the other hand, G2 camera is top dog: Camera Comparison: LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, HTC One

Bravo on LG for making a winner!
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Good, but not perfect...actually just slightly above average.

I just don't understand why manufacturers, esp. when they celebrate how good they are with display technology, don't calibrate their displays better!! iPhone may have a small screen and low resolution, but their display is also top-notch in terms of clarity and colors. And Apple don't make their own iPhone screens...so, this is all about quality control!
I didn't get the same conclusion reading that article.

First off, the comparison is among the top phones on the market. One can't look at a sports cars 2nd place performance and conclude it's only "average". Average in a pack of the best, maybe, but still quite above average compared to everything else out there.

Secondly, the only ding I see in the article is for color accuracy. From what I've read, LG does include other color profiles and the ability to customize.
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I didn't get the same conclusion reading that article.

First off, the comparison is among the top phones on the market. One can't look at a sports cars 2nd place performance and conclude it's only "average". Average in a pack of the best, maybe, but still quite above average compared to everything else out there.

Secondly, the only ding I see in the article is for color accuracy. From what I've read, LG does include other color profiles and the ability to customize.
While maybe true, remember that the G2 is the flagship of LG...and its cost reflect such. Most people reading these forums want the top dog. Two issues from the review with the G2:

1. Brightness is around 400 nits. This is on the (lower) border of acceptability for outside viewing. iP5 has been rated above 600 nits! Why can't a display get bright when owner wants it? Why the ceiling? Battery conservation? If so, then that sucks. What is the point of GRAM or whatever it is if you can't read the screen in sunlight? Let the owner be able to crank it up when needed!

2. Color reproduction. Again, remember, this is LG...an expert in display technology. Why can't it tune the damn display before leaving the factory? They make the display! In contrast, both HTC and Apple source their display from other folks (LG being one of them). YET, they get the colors right for consumers without having to use profiles. Proper color reproduction/saturation is a great thing to have because it allows you to see colors that are meant to be seen.

I am just frustrated that is all. LG made a big deal about their 5.2" screen being the best...it can't even beat a one year old phone in what matters most (to me)! (Yes, screen size is great and all, but i use my phone outside a lot too.)
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From the article you linked to. Emphasis added.

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It's a relatively close battle in the so important brightness department between the LCD screens that we have here, but it can easily be seen that the humble 4" IPS panel of the iPhone 5 has a slight edge above the others. Being able to produce brightness of more than 500 nits, the iPhone 5 really is the champion here when it comes to outdoor visibility. Of course, you'd rarely want to view you display at such a brightness indoors when there's not that much ambient light present, but we all know how important it is to be able to read your handset's display easily when out and about.


Thankfully, the Z Ultra, the One and the G2 aren't far behind, as their maximum brightness of 400+ nits allows the to achieve some pretty good visibility as well. The Super AMOLED-powered Galaxy S4 is noticeably worse in this respect, which is to be expected with the significantly lower brightness output of AMOLED screens. While the GS4 isn't really unreadable in bright daylight, it does appear dimmer than the other four.
So it's slightly worse than the iPhone for brightnss, but not once did they complain about it saying it has pretty good visibility. The S4 is clearly inferior here due to the SAMOLED, and that hasn't hurt sales one bit.

I agree that color profiles should be more accurate, but once again the most inaccurate screen, the S4 hasn't seen too many complaints either. Another thing to note was that most review samples aren't running the latest software build. I seem to remember reading another review where the color accuracy was exemplary, although customizable and had other settings, like a cooler setting to mimic SAMOLED type displays (why anyone would want this ???). So this was just one review, and it was quite favorable.

As for flagship/top dog, you can pretty much say that the iPhone isn't the top dog in most every category, it just does many things very well. The combined whole is more important that the individual parts.

What I get out of that article is that the screen is one of the best available. It may not be the best in every category, but it's pretty darn good. So out of the 300 phones on the market right now, this screen comes in 2nd or 3rd. That's not too shaby if you ask me. I just disagree with the premise that the screen is "average".

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I am just frustrated that is all. LG made a big deal about their 5.2" screen being the best...it can't even beat a one year old phone in what matters most (to me)! (Yes, screen size is great and all, but i use my phone outside a lot too.)
And that's perfectly understandable.

But brightness comes at the cost of battery, and perhaps that wasn't a tradeoff the LG engineers were willing to make. The smaller screen size of the iPhone takes much less power to make brighter. The G2's screen is 70% larger by area!
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So out of the 300 phones on the market right now, this screen comes in 2nd or 3rd. That's not too shaby if you ask me. I just disagree with the premise that the screen is "average".

To conclude.
Why are we comparing 300 phones? If so, then LG Viper is near the top too! The point is that among top phones today, LG G2 display is the latest and it fails to impress. Finishing 2nd or 3rd place while being the new kid on the block is unimpressive, no?

Yes, Apple has that whole integration thing going on where everything gels together. That is software (and integrated hardware). Display quality is by itself. You either get it right or get it wrong. LG emphasized this G2 display...this is the latest and greatest...yet, fails to be class-leader. I don't give a crap about $50 smartphone (part of your 300)...i am talking about phones that i am buying or in the market for!

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And that's perfectly understandable.

But brightness comes at the cost of battery, and perhaps that wasn't a tradeoff the LG engineers were willing to make (the smaller screen size of the iPhone takes much less power to make brighter).
Excuses excuses....

Fine. That is what AUTO brightness is there for! However, if i am outside on a sunny day, i want control over it! Yes, it will make my battery life shorter...but isn't that what the big battery and new battery tech are for? Isn't that what GRAM is for? But, ok, just put a warning about battery life and be done with it...let the owner crank it up to make it readable!

I am tired of my Note 2 washing out in sunlight! Anandtech previously noted that 400 nits is the BARE MINIMUM for readability outside. We are right there with the G2! Woooohoooo...NOT!

BTW, i am not trying to be mean to you...just my frustration at an otherwise great device!
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BTW, i am not trying to be mean to you...just my frustration at an otherwise great device!
I don't take it that way. All is good.

But if you're waiting for a perfect device, than keep waiting.

As you said, the brightness is very important to you. But not everyone shares that requirement. Design is a lesson in compromise.

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No, I don't think it's that unimpressive. And that's where we disagree. The G2 might just have one of the best cameras and battery life on a Android phone. It also has some of the fastest internals. And in that article that you linked to, it basically gave all the flagship screens a tie, indicating that some excelled in one area, and lagged in another. But nowhere did it indicate what the screen was unacceptable in any area. Most reviews have been fairly impressed by the screen.

Just because the one metric to you is important doesn't mean the screen is suddenly lackluster. Perhaps more people find it important to have the higher PPI for reading?

No device, even the iPhone, had the best of everything when it came out. I understand you may be frustrated, but take a step back and look at it objectively.

I love myself a good car analogy. Take a sports car that has the fastest 0-60 time, fastest 1/4 mile, best braking, best lap time, and yet has a 3rd place lateral g measurement. Does that make it not a great sports car? All of a sudden is it "unimpressive", especially if it out handles 99% of the other cars out there on the road (even if your not in the market for those other cars)?

Now expand that to the LG G2. It appears to have one of the best cameras out there, at least in Android and Apple land. Battery life tests pretty much blow the competition out of the water. Hardware wise is probably the fastest thing out there. Display size/Package size ratio is unequaled. And it's display quality is maybe 2nd or 3rd best out of flagship phones (and 99% better than most every other phone out there).

Now tell me that unimpressive.
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I am tired of my Note 2 washing out in sunlight! Anandtech previously noted that 400 nits is the BARE MINIMUM for readability outside. We are right there with the G2! Woooohoooo...NOT!
BTW,
This article compares the brightness of your Note 2 to the iPhone 5.

The G2 is going to be 2-3x as bright as the Note 2.

http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-57540240-85/screens-test-part-2-galaxy-note-2-vs-apple-iphone-5/
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I have no problem with G2 screen putting out over 400 nits. That's plenty bright. Beyond 600 nits, your eye would be hurting probably. Keep in mind that most AMOLED screen tops below 300.

I think G2 is getting great battery life partly due to their "graphic ram" technology. It's saving power to screen when it's static.
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Has anyone seen any reviews of the Verizon version specifically? I can only dig up the photo on Verizon's site, but can't seem to find a ton on the form factor of Verizon's version.
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Just because the one metric to you is important doesn't mean the screen is suddenly lackluster. Perhaps more people find it important to have the higher PPI for reading?

I love myself a good car analogy. Take a sports car that has the fastest 0-60 time, fastest 1/4 mile, best braking, best lap time, and yet has a 3rd place lateral g measurement. Does that make it not a great sports car?

Hardware wise is probably the fastest thing out there. Display size/Package size ratio is unequaled. And it's display quality is maybe 2nd or 3rd best out of flagship phones (and 99% better than most every other phone out there).

Now tell me that unimpressive.
PPI is worthless. We all know that. Resolution is also not that important, unless in a peeing contest. Moto X proved that Apple (conservative) way is just fine in this day and age.

For an average person, i would bet that brightness (aka readability outside) is far more important than PPI and resolution...and since all screens nowadays are very pixel-densed (above 320PPI), i would go even further to say that brightness is the MOST important feature of a display. 2nd? Color accuracy. Everything else is of little importance to me (and most folks).

So, although the article tries to be neutral and fair, you have to see thru it and get what is MOST IMPORTANT to you...or in this case, me (and probably most avg folks). I learn this the hard way with my Note 2.

Your car analogy does not work. If you know cars, then you know that a car can't be all #1s in those categories and suck at lateral g. They are all inter-related. Not so with a phone display! Phone display stands out as an independent factor in a phone experience. Software can correct color accuracy to "some" degree, but brightness is not correctable with aftersale software updates...at least, none that i know of recently.

Most folks and I don't care about LG Viper or those other 99% phones that you buy at Walmart for pre-paid services. What i care about is how G2 compares with its peers, its competitors, and its class. Remember, by the time that G2 comes out, its internals are no better than its modern peers. Its camera is great among Android (for now), but may not be much better (if at all) than iP 5S.

Impressive? Yes. But, a disappointing display is a disappointing display. Notice that not one review/preview said that G2 display was class-leading. Not one. Until i can get my hands on it, i find this a bit disappointing. Remember, LG introduced this display as being the latest and greatest among ALL screens.
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Damn dude. Big time pessimist? The screen is among the best out there. That's fine with me. A 5" screen at this point in the game isn't going to get much better. It's going to be glorious.
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Take a look at the display section on GSMarena review of G2 I posted above. G2 got 667 nits at max brightness, right on par with One and iPhone5 near the top. Not sure why there is discrepancy with anandtech chart.

In any case, believe me G2 screen should be plenty bright, especially compared to AMOLED screens on most Samsung and Motorola phones. Just because there are even brighter LCD screens doesn't make it poor screen in brightness.
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LG stated in their press release that their newest 5.2" LCD screen in theory has 535 nits max. So yeah...I trust anandtech over anyone any day of the week.
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LG stated in their press release that their newest 5.2" LCD screen in theory has 535 nits max. So yeah...I trust anandtech over anyone any day of the week.
Even so, it's still brighter than any AMOLED (including note 2) by big margin. Get over it. G2 is not perfect but screen brightness is not something to worry about.
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Well we should all know soon enough since some G2s are now being seen in the wild. With any luck, I won't have any trouble finding one on Thursday so I can give this thing the old once over before making my final decision.
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PPI is worthless. We all know that. Resolution is also not that important, unless in a peeing contest. Moto X proved that Apple (conservative) way is just fine in this day and age.

For an average person, i would bet that brightness (aka readability outside) is far more important than PPI and resolution...and since all screens nowadays are very pixel-densed (above 320PPI), i would go even further to say that brightness is the MOST important feature of a display. 2nd? Color accuracy. Everything else is of little importance to me (and most folks).

So, although the article tries to be neutral and fair, you have to see thru it and get what is MOST IMPORTANT to you...or in this case, me (and probably most avg folks). I learn this the hard way with my Note 2.

Your car analogy does not work. If you know cars, then you know that a car can't be all #1s in those categories and suck at lateral g. They are all inter-related. Not so with a phone display! Phone display stands out as an independent factor in a phone experience. Software can correct color accuracy to "some" degree, but brightness is not correctable with aftersale software updates...at least, none that i know of recently.

Most folks and I don't care about LG Viper or those other 99% phones that you buy at Walmart for pre-paid services. What i care about is how G2 compares with its peers, its competitors, and its class. Remember, by the time that G2 comes out, its internals are no better than its modern peers. Its camera is great among Android (for now), but may not be much better (if at all) than iP 5S.

Impressive? Yes. But, a disappointing display is a disappointing display. Notice that not one review/preview said that G2 display was class-leading. Not one. Until i can get my hands on it, i find this a bit disappointing. Remember, LG introduced this display as being the latest and greatest among ALL screens.
Wow, you have little perspective here. Its either the best, or it sucks. The car analogy was apt, as I said it was 3rd in lateral Gs. And if you looked at the other metrics I listed, a car can indeed have be best in all those categories and not have top lateral Gs. Superior HP and braking are a bit more important for those listed.

I think you need to realize that most reviewers got early release samples. And if I remember correctly, Anandtech was a quick review, not in depth.

Finally, you seem to mention average consumers. But most consumers have chosen Samsung phones for Android. You know, the ones with SAMOLED displays that are neither bright nor have decent color accuracy. So you are flat out wrong. People don't care about those things.

You'll either like the device or not when released. It certainly may be disappointing to you. But by the other responses here, its clear your in the minority with your opinion on the display.
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Agreed.

I (and most average people [and I know because I can read everyone's minds]) am looking forward to looking this thing over tomorrow in the store!

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Oh, and not sure if you guys have seen this Phonedog review.

There is also a part 2.

Only 2 negatives I see are the fingerprint magnet aspect of it (around 9:05) and the fact that the Knock On feature seems to not work intermittently.

A CSR told me that Verizon will only be carrying the black version, too. Blows.
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I (and most average people [and I know because I can read everyone's minds]) am looking forward to looking this thing over tomorrow in the store!

Me too, I hope. I'm waiting to hear back from my guy as to whether he'll have any and if he'll accidentally misplace one until I get there.
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Droid Life did a nice vid on some of the onboard software:

Video: LG G2 Software Feature Tour – KnockOn, Slide Aside, QuickMemo, and More – Droid Life
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Oh, and not sure if you guys have seen this Phonedog review.

There is also a part 2.

Only 2 negatives I see are the fingerprint magnet aspect of it (around 9:05) and the fact that the Knock On feature seems to not work intermittently.

A CSR told me that Verizon will only be carrying the black version, too. Blows.
That's confirmed from Verizon in a press release. The explanation is that the Verizon version will be the only one to also get wireless charging.

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And???
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I see the Verizon version is thicker because of wireless charging. I wonder what its spec thickness is compared to the nominal spec thickness for the G2.
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That's confirmed from Verizon in a press release. The explanation is that the Verizon version will be the only one to also get wireless charging.


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That's confirmed from Verizon in a press release. The explanation is that the Verizon version will be the only one to also get wireless charging.


And???
That's typical VZ bull. It has to be black because of wireless charging? Where's the logic in that?

This might be a deal breaker for me. If the Note 3 wasn't coming next month, I'd probably grin and bear it. But it is so hard for me to choose between the two regardless, this might be the thing that tips me towards the N3.
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Let me be the first to say that i might be wrong with the G2's display brightness. This is what i get for trusting Anandtech so much!

Link: LG G2 review: An Android phone like any other | TechHive

The review is crap. But, it did mention how bright the display is and has a picture of G2 in somewhat sunny condition:


So, as of now, i stand corrected. Sorry guys. LG G2 is back on my short list...now, if only Sprint would let me order it! Like i said above, display brightness is a MAJOR point for me due to what i use my phone for.
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That's typical VZ bull. It has to be black because of wireless charging? Where's the logic in that?

This might be a deal breaker for me.
Talked to a VZ rep and they said white will be coming, just not upon release. AT&T is in the same boat, black only on release (at least that's all I could find on their site). T-mobile I think is going to have white when they release it on the 18th so maybe we just have to wait a week?
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Let me be the first to say that i might be wrong with the G2's display brightness. This is what i get for trusting Anandtech so much!

Link: LG G2 review: An Android phone like any other | TechHive

The review is crap. But, it did mention how bright the display is and has a picture of G2 in somewhat sunny condition:


So, as of now, i stand corrected. Sorry guys. LG G2 is back on my short list...now, if only Sprint would let me order it! Like i said above, display brightness is a MAJOR point for me due to what i use my phone for.
Anandtech usually does pretty good work, but sometimes makes mistakes. As I said, early software could have been a culprit. Also, not impossible the reviewer didn't understand all the software customizations and turn off auto brightness and pump it up to 11 before taking the measurements.

That's why I like to read as many reviews as possible.
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That's typical VZ bull. It has to be black because of wireless charging? Where's the logic in that?

This might be a deal breaker for me. If the Note 3 wasn't coming next month, I'd probably grin and bear it. But it is so hard for me to choose between the two regardless, this might be the thing that tips me towards the N3.
Being in the engineering and design world, it might have some logic. You need to design a different back, and the marketing folks decide that they'll only make one color and look at the demand. No one wants to make something that might not sell.

Just speculation.

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Oh, and I picked it up today.
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http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2440163&page=9
Note 3 is very nice as well, but I didn't want the bigger size and I still have the same gripes with the software.

So I pulled the trigger. But since off contract, I can do what I want so not tied. If I see something that changes my mind, I'll just sell this and move on.
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Link: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. LG G2: Neighbor squabble - GSMArena.com

LG G2 actually looked worst than GS4 under sunlight!!
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Link: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. LG G2: Neighbor squabble - GSMArena.com

LG G2 actually looked worst than GS4 under sunlight!!
Idk i had to turn my brightness down as it was hurting my eyes.
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LG G2 actually looked worst than GS4 under sunlight!!
They also rated the G2 screen brightness of 667 nits, which is different from every other review, and above what your own research says the max for the display.

All I can say is the S4 display pales in comparison. Not only is it not nearly as bright or color accurate, but you can't see it near as well in the sun.
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