Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Aug 2013 16:24 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

After Samsung announced the Galaxy S4, its futuristic slab of a smartphone, it was only a matter of time until LG countered. Today, at a jazz hall in New York City, LG dealt its hand in the form of the new G2, and not surprisingly it's a lot like the other phone shipping from Korea this year.

It has its power and volume buttons on the back. I'm pretty sure that's a comfortable location - but boy it looks terrible. Like Samsung, LG also slaps an absolutely horrible skin on top of Android, further adding to the dreadfulness of the G2. Yet another reason this is essentially an S4 with the buttons on its back.

I guess I'm not the target customer for this stuff. I wonder if any of us here are.

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Guest Mode
by Priest on Wed 7th Aug 2013 17:23 UTC
Priest
Member since:
2006-05-12

Guest mode was one of the features that actually looks pretty cool. The phone supports multiple profiles and you just use a different unlock pattern to log into a different profile like guest mode.

I am always shy about handing people my phone because the information on it is personal. Aside from that the specs are a little ahead of the S4 across the board mostly: http://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/LG-G2,Samsung-Galaxy-S4/ph...

It also has an SD slot and removable (3000 mAh) battery which is something that a lot of S4 competitors lack. Looking purely at specs and nothing else it looks solid.

The S4 got a free pass because the only real competitor it had at launch was the HTC One which isn't available on Verizon.

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RE: Guest Mode
by btrimby on Wed 7th Aug 2013 18:41 UTC in reply to "Guest Mode"
btrimby Member since:
2009-09-30

Guest mode was one of the features that actually looks pretty cool. The phone supports multiple profiles and you just use a different unlock pattern to log into a different profile like guest mode.

I am always shy about handing people my phone because the information on it is personal.


Oddly enough, multiple profiles is something supported on Google's Nexus tablets but not their nexus phones. At least I can't find it on my nexus 4.

I can't imagine this is by choice on Google's part... is there some stupid patent getting in the way?

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RE[2]: Guest Mode
by Bishi on Wed 7th Aug 2013 19:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Guest Mode"
Bishi Member since:
2009-08-27

Choice. 99,9% of phones are used by just one person, and multi user support adds some overhead, so they disable it on phones.

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RE[3]: Guest Mode
by Fergy on Thu 8th Aug 2013 06:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Guest Mode"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Choice. 99,9% of the time phones are used by just one person, and multi user support adds some overhead, so they disable it on phones.

Fixed that for ya

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RE[4]: Guest Mode
by JAlexoid on Thu 8th Aug 2013 08:56 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Guest Mode"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Choice. 99,9% of the time phones are used by just one person; And multi user support adds some overhead, so they disable it on phones.

FTFTFY.

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RE[2]: Guest Mode
by glarepate on Wed 7th Aug 2013 22:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Guest Mode"
glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

I can't imagine this is by choice on Google's part... is there some stupid patent getting in the way?


You guessed 'er Chester.

Can you guess who wants to claim that a multi-user computer that can make calls is a novel and inventive thing if you just call it a phone?

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RE[3]: Guest Mode
by JAlexoid on Thu 8th Aug 2013 08:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Guest Mode"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Nokia, actually.

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S4
by tkeith on Wed 7th Aug 2013 18:47 UTC
tkeith
Member since:
2010-09-01

Looks and sounds nicer than the S4 to me. Buttons on the back probably makes more sense, when anyone grabs my phone they always hit the volume button by accident. Still, I think using small bezels to make your phone smaller is a better idea than making your screen bigger on your huge phone.

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orfanum
Member since:
2006-06-02

From Samsung being singled out and enjoined to "stay classy" in regard to a practice common to the industry to this utter & simplistic dismissiveness over this latest LG phone, I am beginning to think you didn't chew your kimchi properly once, Thom, and have somehow remained in the rut of Koreanophobic trauma as a result.

You need to go up the mountain, mate, and return with a tad more objectivity.

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orfanum Member since:
2006-06-02

Thom, it may not be related (God forbid that it should be) but can you rationally explain why my status as a trusted user has seemingly evaporated within minutes of the above remark?

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ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

I dunno, maybe your calling him "Koreanophobic" damaged his trust in you? It would me.

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broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

I am also personally starting to get tired of Thom's snarkyness as well. I feel like he has lost some of his objectivity. I dont come here to read his opinions, I come here for the news.

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sandyman Member since:
2011-11-25

"I am also personally starting to get tired of Thom's snarkyness as well. I feel like he has lost some of his objectivity. I dont come here to read his opinions, I come here for the news."

Well how about spending the time and effort that he does to write some articles

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