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 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 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[2]: Guest Mode
by glarepate on Wed 7th Aug 2013 22:22 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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