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LG Optimus G Pro super phablet is out! And wow…

What may probably be the best phablet on the market (from LG’s perspective at least, and probably from yours too once you check out the specs below) has just been launched.

Say hello to the LG Optimus G Pro.

01The G Pro takes the best of LG’s current smartphone flagship, the LG Optimus G, and adds more.

The rear cam remains a 13MP shooter, but it's the added camera features that are intriguing.

The rear cam remains a 13MP shooter, but it’s the added camera features that are intriguing. Oh, and the G Pro lost the glass encasing on the back, replaced by a reflective checkered design.

Home Button

A physical home button. This was removed in the Optimus G, but it’s back in the G Pro.

Before we get any deeper, here’s the G Pro’s specs at a glance.

LG Optimsu G Pro SPECS

All right, let’s go check out the new stuff.

Editor’s note: Wow, a 3140mAh battery. That’s slightly more than the Samsung Note 2′s already legendary long-life battery, and a big step up from the original LG Optimus G’s 2100mAh battery.

The keypad is now wider and sports a number row up top.

The keypad is now wider and sports a number row up top.

Camera UI changes.

Camera UI changes.

Two showcased camera features are the dual camera dual recording (which lets you record using both front and back cameras) and the pause and resume video recording (which allows you to pause a recording, as you would a video, and then resume recording. By the way, the dominant and mini screens in the dual recording feature can be swapped.

Two showcased camera features are the dual camera dual recording (which lets you record using both front and back cameras) and the pause and resume video recording (which allows you to pause a recording, as you would a video, and then resume recording. By the way, the dominant and mini screens in the dual recording feature can be swapped.

Quick Remote is an IR emitted with an app interface that lets you take control of an appliance.

Quick Remote is an IR emitter with an app interface that lets you take control of an appliances…

...like these ...

…like these …

...and of various brands, like this one.

…and of various brands, like this one.

A removable back lid means expandable storage and user replaceable battery. Both, actually, are a welcome change. The LG Optimus G flagship Android did not have these. That's a big battery, by the way, lasting you, easily, the entire day.

A removable back lid means expandable storage and user replaceable battery. Both, actually, are welcome changes. The LG Optimus G flagship Android did not have these. That’s a big battery, by the way, lasting you, easily, the entire day.

Final interesting camera feature - the VR Panorama mode.

Final interesting camera feature – the VR Panorama mode.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Despite the slightly bigger body, the G Pro remains comfy in your hand.

I’m not a fan of the shiny reflective checkered back – I prefer the glass-encased back of the Optimus G - but I understand this may have been done to cut down on weight. Still, the back side is not slippery.

The display may have improved for more outdoor visibility. I could only test this against the glare of the spotlights, but if this turns out to be true, it’s good news, as the Optimus G, the flagship Android not the G Pro phablet, has bad visibility against direct sunlight.

Expandable storage and removable battery are welcome changes. As a phablet, this will be your go-to media device, so, despite the all-day battery, you still want to be sure you can swap them when needed. Same with the Micro SD card, for more movies.

The dual cam dual record feature seems like a selfie extension right now, but maybe it would have its uses. I’m going to wait for my review unit to test this.

I could not, despite the best intentions of the product girl/ model, really hear out the Audio Zoom feature. If this feature really works and is reliable, it’s a good way to eavesdrop. This could even be the deal-maker for this phablet.

The VR Panorama Mode seems to be stitching photos only as neatly as the shooter is patient. This could explain why the promo girl was shooting VR panorama shots badly. With a steady hand, like mine, the results could be better.

Quick Remote is the best way to annoy clerks at an appliance center, as you routinely turn on and off and change settings on TVs and other devices. I promise to do this the moment I get my review unit. I promise.

 

LG OPTIMUS G PRO SPECS

Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.7 GHz, Quad Core 600 Processor
Android OS v4.1.2 Jelly Bean
5.5″ Full HD IPS Display, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 400 ppi
13 MP Rear Camera, LED Flash
- VR Panorama Feature
- Simultaneous camera recording
- Pause and resume recording
2.1 MP Full HD Front Camera
Internal Memory 16GB, Micro SD Card Expansion
LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
Quick Remote – IR emitter for control of appliances
3,140mAh User Replaceable Battery
Weighs 172 g | 150.25 x 76.14 x 9.4 mm

SRP 27,990.00

 

Irwin Allen Rivera

Irwin Allen Rivera

Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. He and his wife maintain www.storiesaboutph.com, where you can read the best short fiction in English, by Filipino authors, for free. Irwin's English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appears in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing full-time. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007).

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