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    Default Is the the Optimus the most under rated Android device? Or am I missing something?

    I walked in the AT&T store today to see which phone I was going to purchase. Options at the time were the S3 or Note 2. Then I went hands on with the Optimus G.

    I'm confused on why this isn't considered one of the best android devices on the market? Keep in mind I only had 10 minutes with the device hands on. I'm looking to be educated here.

    This phone at first glance is an absolute beaut. Awesome screen, nice build, and it looks like LG did a great job with its skin. Am I wrong? Can I hear about some user experiences?


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    Default Re: Is the the Optimus the most under rated Android device? Or am I missing something?

    Don't post from your ipad, lol jk. This phone is just amazing. If sprint, at&t, and LG would have marketed it more it would have been a huge seller. I love mine!

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    Default Re: Is the the Optimus the most under rated Android device? Or am I missing something?

    Agreed. This phone is amazing. But if LG gives this phone jellybean soon it would awesome

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    I couldn't be happier with mine... it was either this or the HTC one x+... hands down this way better and $100 cheaper...

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    Yeah I was shocked. I have a few questions for current owners.

    So rumors of a Pro version are swirling with a 5 inch screen, any timeline on this?

    What's the Developer community like for the Optimus? Would any of the nexus 4 Roms work with this phone? Is the boot loader easily unlocked?

    Thanks in advance everyone.


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    Default Is the the Optimus the most under rated Android device? Or am I missing something?

    Quote Originally Posted by jas2743 View Post
    Don't post from your ipad, lol jk. This phone is just amazing. If sprint, at&t, and LG would have marketed it more it would have been a huge seller. I love mine!

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    Haha this is why I'm here, can't make my mind up on what I want.


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    Quote Originally Posted by j1787 View Post
    Yeah I was shocked. I have a few questions for current owners.

    So rumors of a Pro version are swirling with a 5 inch screen, any timeline on this?

    What's the Developer community like for the Optimus? Would any of the nexus 4 Roms work with this phone? Is the boot loader easily unlocked?

    Thanks in advance everyone.


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    Quote Originally Posted by j1787 View Post
    I walked in the AT&T store today to see which phone I was going to purchase. Options at the time were the S3 or Note 2. Then I went hands on with the Optimus G.

    I'm confused on why this isn't considered one of the best android devices on the market? Keep in mind I only had 10 minutes with the device hands on. I'm looking to be educated here.

    This phone at first glance is an absolute beaut. Awesome screen, nice build, and it looks like LG did a great job with its skin. Am I wrong? Can I hear about some user experiences?


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD

    This phone is a beast. Extremely underrated. Battery last all day with heavy use, screen is amazing camera is really good but UI is wonky and it's the fastest phone I have seen or owned. As someone mentioned, this is getting JB soon and then it will somehow be faster and better.
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    Default Re: Is the the Optimus the most under rated Android device? Or am I missing something?

    The Dev community is great. I expect many roms in about two weeks. They just got JB almost working for Sprint, and AT&T had it. The marketing just wasn't there for the OG. I think it may be due to the Optimus line not always being so high end.
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    Default Re: Is the the Optimus the most under rated Android device? Or am I missing something?

    All you have to do to see what accolades this phone deserves is to look at comparisons online between it and the Galaxy S3... Regardless of which one ends up on top of any given review, the Optimus G is seen as a valid competitor for the S3... and yet people seem to clamor for the S3. The difference in popularity has to either be marketing or recent history of other phones by the manufacturer.

    A different angle to demonstrate the power of marketing... What keeps the iUniverse devices in the headlines even though they are outnumbered by Android devices? Is it greater capability? It is marketing, and add to it the drones on tv... You don't see the people on the morning news shows talking about the latest Android devices, but every time someone at Apple farts, they are all over it and talking about how wonderful it smelled, and how they love their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

    But, I digress...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
    All you have to do to see what accolades this phone deserves is to look at comparisons online between it and the Galaxy S3... Regardless of which one ends up on top of any given review, the Optimus G is seen as a valid competitor for the S3... and yet people seem to clamor for the S3. The difference in popularity has to either be marketing or recent history of other phones by the manufacturer.

    A different angle to demonstrate the power of marketing... What keeps the iUniverse devices in the headlines even though they are outnumbered by Android devices? Is it greater capability? It is marketing, and add to it the drones on tv... You don't see the people on the morning news shows talking about the latest Android devices, but every time someone at Apple farts, they are all over it and talking about how wonderful it smelled, and how they love their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

    But, I digress...
    I would have to agree.

    Samsung's marketing machine really pumped up the S3... which worked since iPhone sales are down. Sprint did 1 commercial for the Optimus G.

    For me it was which phone felt like a quality phone. The S3 still felt like all other Samsung phones, cheap-feeling plastic and light with a big screen. The Optimus G at least felt like and looks like a quality phone.

    To stay out of the flame wars about which phone is better, the Optimus G definately is underrated.
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    I replaced my AT&T S3 with an Optimus G yesterday because my S3 intermittently could not receive incoming phone calls. I was told by a representative at Costco's wireless kiosk the problem was AT&T's programming and there won't be a fix for 1-2 months. Since my phone is my business # I had no choice because my existing and potential clients must be able to call me. They told me AT&T will not admit this issue and it is only with S3's.

    Most unfortunately, this morning AT&T tech support called me to explain the problem was a known issue since 1-09-13 and it was randomly effecting all AT&T 4G/LTE devices in 4G/LTE markets. Had they called me last night prior to 6:30pm I would still have my S3. I called AT&T Tech Support at least 8 times over the last week and not a single tech support rep could explain this to me, each had a different "story" about the problem. The rep that called me this morning stated there was no reason their tech support should not have been aware of the issue and they should not have opened a new case about my phone. AT&T has by far the worst Tech Support I have ever experienced both for their wireless & UVerse services. I believe it makes a strong case for buying an iPhone just so you can deal with Apple rather than AT&T tech support.

    My initial impression of the Optimus vs. the S3 is LG's interface is absolutely stone age compared to the S3. I don't think it's even as sophisticated as my Captivate Galaxy 1 was. I spent 4 hours tonight 1 of them with LG tech support trying to set up my MS exchange email. The LG interface doesn't have an option for TLS so LG is trying to set it up through K-9. I have to call them again later this morning. If they can't set it up the Optimus is useless to me. I have set up my Exchange email on every smartphone I've had for the last 6 years. Really, are you kidding me, a brand new high level phone like the Optimus G and no TLS option for Exchange email setup???

    While I agree the Optimus is more solidly constructed especially the back case the facts of the matter are in a protective case you'd never know the difference and the S3's flimsy plastic back cover does allow an extended range battery. If you've never used an S3 you may think the Optimus G is a comparable phone. I would strongly disagree, the Optimus G is not in the same league as the S3 despite it's quad core chip. The S3's Samsung interface has a tremendous amount more of options than LG's interface right down to the number of pre-installed ringtones & notification tones. I use Outlook as my business calendar & Google as my personal calendar reason being I don't want the business owners I do business with to view my personal calendar when I'm setting appointments. This LG displays my Google calendar events on the lock screen, perhaps there is a setting to change that I haven't yet discovered. I use my phones 100% for business purposes and the S3 IMO is a far superior phone interface featurewise.

    It's true that Samsung's advertising had a lot to do with the sales success of the S3, everybody agrees on that point but it's also the phone itself. The S3 didn't outsell the iPhone in the 4th quarter of last year only because of the advertising. People who bought the phones told other people how much they liked them creating more sales.

    I am very disappointed AT&T tech support called me 15 hours after I got the Optimus G. Especially considering I spent almost a week and 10 hours of my time calling their tech support. The workaround to this problem is to reactive my 3G Captivate until AT&T has resolved the issue. My point here is not to flame the Optimus G but rather to give you my experience with both phones. I think I am the only person on this thread that has actually used an S3 for a couple of months and I realize I have not actually used the Optimus G to any extent which as why I stated these are only my initial impressions. I will also add that every AT&T tech support person I spoke with personally owns an S3 and the one this morning told me there was a good reason she hasn't had an LG phone in a long time. I think the Optimus G is to make an automotive analogy like a Chevrolet Cruze with a Corvette ZL1 engine. It has the raw power but that's where it ends.
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    Default Re: Is the the Optimus the most under rated Android device? Or am I missing something?

    I hadn't noticed the lack of support for Exchange because for me this is a personal phone and I have no need for the connectivity. It does surprise me that a high end phone does not support all of the major email interfaces.

    As far as the interface in general, I have grown weary of dealing with a different interface on every device, and started using the Nova Prime launcher for my devices. The little pieces of bling that certain manufacturers add to their interface to differentiate themselves bore me.

    Your comment comparing the Optimus G to a Chevy Cruze with a ZL1 engine is good... But I don't necessarily see it as a bad thing... Go ahead and pull up to the line with your 'Vette, and you may win because my LG can't control all of the muscle, but I'm not racing, and don't care as long as I have the power to do what I want to do.

    Thanks for the report, I will definitely steer people clear of the Optimus G if they are looking to interface with an Exchange server.
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    Default Re: Is the the Optimus the most under rated Android device? Or am I missing something?

    Quote Originally Posted by unixpsycho View Post
    I would have to agree.

    Samsung's marketing machine really pumped up the S3... which worked since iPhone sales are down. Sprint did 1 commercial for the Optimus G.

    For me it was which phone felt like a quality phone. The S3 still felt like all other Samsung phones, cheap-feeling plastic and light with a big screen. The Optimus G at least felt like and looks like a quality phone.

    To stay out of the flame wars about which phone is better, the Optimus G definately is underrated.
    Actually I saw 2 lg commercials but yeah it is a good underrated phone.

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    Default Re: Is the the Optimus the most under rated Android device? Or am I missing something?

    The optimus s did and still has a massive dev community for it and its love two years old, older than the og evo 4g. Really it depends on which optimus phone you get, always for your research before buying an lg.

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    Default Re: Is the the Optimus the most under rated Android device? Or am I missing something?

    I use my LG optimus G with my companies exchange server daily and have never had 1 issue. So I'm not sure I would steer people clear of it if they use exchange. I personally have loved this phone. I replaced my GS2 with it and havent looked back. The TouchWiz interface became so overdone to me that it annoyed me. I actually prefer the LG interface. To me it is much more similar to the standard android interface. But to each his own. If you've only had the phone a day or two, I'm sure AT&T would return it for you.
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    I want to thank everyone for their feedback, both positive and negative. I still haven't made a move. I'm in the "lets see what launches next" trap, which never ends...I know.

    Does anyone know how easy this phone is to install a custom rom? I love vanilla android. I would just go nexus, but no LTE for me is a deal breaker.


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    Default Re: Is the the Optimus the most under rated Android device? Or am I missing something?

    I agree that the phone is way under rated but one thing to remember when it comes to the rumors about what's coming is that there is always something better on the horizon but most of the things coming put of mobile world congress will take months to get here in the US if ever. If you are ready for s new phone now, choose one that is available now and enjoy your new phone. If you don't like the software on the G eighty customize it or get the Note 2. As awesome as the GS3 is remrmber it was released last May I believe so its 8 months old already and I can't advise a power user sign a 2 year contract for an 8 month old phone unless you are like me and willing to pay fill retail for s mid contract upgrade. I bought a full retail new Optimous G off eBay and its worth every penny.

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    Default Re: Is the the Optimus the most under rated Android device? Or am I missing something?

    I want this phone but I have one question - In the stock LG UI, you know the quick settings bar that scrolls sideways in the notification bar when you pull it down? The one with settings toggles like wifi, BT, etc in it? I don't want to lose that, but I DO want to install a launcher like Nova or something like that.

    Is it possible?
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    Default Re: Is the the Optimus the most under rated Android device? Or am I missing something?

    Quote Originally Posted by omniusovermind View Post
    I want this phone but I have one question - In the stock LG UI, you know the quick settings bar that scrolls sideways in the notification bar when you pull it down? The one with settings toggles like wifi, BT, etc in it? I don't want to lose that, but I DO want to install a launcher like Nova or something like that.

    Is it possible?
    No. If you install a custom launcher it overwrites the app drawer, notification, etc but you can no doubt find a nova theme or a third party app that replaces that functionaluty.
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    Default Re: Is the the Optimus the most under rated Android device? Or am I missing something?

    I did the same thing a couple weeks ago. Walked into an AT&T store to upgrade my line...was either an S3 or wait for the S4 and as I was walking through the phones I saw the OG. I was blown away instantly by the extremely sexy design of the phone. I love the minimal look....no curves or bumps. Just a flat, thin rectangle with everything flush to the body. No camera lense protruding out, no phsyical buttons, etc. I said "well ...let me do some quick research" so I pulled out my old phone and looked up some reviews and was stunned that I had never heard of this phone before. The specs were INSANE so I said " it" why not and purchased it and for $99 which was a STEAL. It blows away my girls S3 in Quadrant and even she says it makes her S3 look and feel slow. I havent been able to bog it down no matter what games I play, how fast I open and close apps or try and navigate screens and menus...the phone just zips along.

    Its all about marketing. LG hasnt marketed it at all. I think I've seen a few commercials for it a few months ago but that was it. The reason everyone and their mom knows about the S3 is the fact that every where you go there is a commercial. Either on TV, in a magazine, on a website, etc. Samsung is spending MASSIVE amounts of cash on making sure everyone knows about their phone. If LG followed suit then more people would know.
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    @omniusovermind :

    I'm using Nova launcher (on top of stock Sprint LGOG) with a Jellybean theme and I still have the stock quick menu like you describe - couldn't be happier with this phone...if that's your requirement, I'd say go get it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fragophobe View Post
    @omniusovermind :

    I'm using Nova launcher (on top of stock Sprint LGOG) with a Jellybean theme and I still have the stock quick menu like you describe - couldn't be happier with this phone...if that's your requirement, I'd say go get it!
    sweet, I just had another person confirm this for me too
    I'm going to wait for the XperiaZL launch here and then decide between the two, since it's launching close to my upgrade date in April anyway. I was going to wait for the Motorola X but that company has buggered me one time too many, even after Google took them over. I highly doubt they replaced all the knobs running the company anyway.
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    Default Re: Is the the Optimus the most under rated Android device? Or am I missing something?

    Some of the LG high-end Optimus phone in 2012 (IMO) are very good in performance and looking
    My LG Optimus LTE2 (Spectrum 2 for South Korea) is an example
    Beautiful UI and lockscreen, but might quickly become boring, very smooth (even in 4.0.4), and when I upgraded it to 4.1.2, there was nearly no delay between scrolling
    It has powerful specs: dual core Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz, 2 gigs of RAM, 1280x720 screen, scores about 5k5 ~ 6k quadrant (smokes both One X and GS3)
    And to imagine: an Optimus G with quad core S4 pro + 4.1.2 = beast!
    Only downside to me is that it seems like LG is not a type for those who often take photo, as its camera is not so good (mine is 8 mp but picture quality is just nearly below average) and the music quality as well, even with Dolby Sound Enhancement on (It's just a type of equalizer)
    LG only loses Samsung because Samsung spend a MASSIVE amount of money for advertising and they are slow on software update, else it may be a formiddable foe to Samsung too
    In conclusion: If you don't care too much about branding, photos, LG is a good choice beside Samsung, don't just listen to review on the internet, try it for a few minutes for your best experience with the phone
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    Default Re: Is the the Optimus the most under rated Android device? Or am I missing something?

    I had the same predicament, but didn't have the cash to go straight to Nexus when my phone broke on me a week ago. I love it though, by far the best phone i've ever owned. If you check out the XDA forums, there's some awesome options & development, including basically turning your phone into the Nexus 4, but keeping lte and the extra expandable memory. Personally i'm waiting a few weeks to see if all the bugs get worked out, but it's worth a look at least for vanilla android options.
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