LG G2 Mini, Big GaMe Hunting

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LG G2 Mini

Although this review may come a little late, it could hit the spot for those of you who are interested in a mid-range device for covering the need of a capable smartphone that would also go easy on the average consumer’s pockets. I’m talking about the LG G2 Mini, the little sibling of the G2 which was released a few months ago, in April. Although it doesn’t offer quite the same features as its bigger brother, it manages to deliver a swell experience and could be a good choice to make if you’re on a limited budget and also desire a manageable device that sports a reasonable size. With these being said, keep reading if you want to know more about this fella.

In its retail box, the LG G2 Mini comes along with an AC adapter, a microUSB cable for re-charging your handset and making data transfers, a pair of headphones and the user manuals.

The LG G2 Mini stands at 129.6 x 66 x 9.8 mm and has a weight of 121 grams, being very light and compact for a phone that holds a 4.7 inches display. Its design is inherited from its bigger sibling, having the same rounded corners and very slim bezels. Although it’s made from plastic, it seems to be nicely put together and quite solid too. The polycarbonate back cover is removable and features a nice finish that rejects fingerprints. The controls are also here (if you were looking for them on the handset’s sides, you should keep in mind where they actually are).

The frontal part of the body is occupied by a 4.7 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, has a pixel density of 234 ppi and features Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. The image quality is pretty good, but will fail to impress under direct sunlight.

On the inside, the LG G2 Mini comes loaded with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which has been significantly customized by LG with their Optimus user interface. The Mini version steps in its brother’s footprints, as it holds all its goodies regarding software capabilities and features, including double-tapping for locking/unlocking, the Knock Code for unlocking your handset with a pre-defined knocking pattern, the Q-Slide shortcuts for launching different apps, the Smart Screen functionality for keeping your device “awake” while it detects if you’re looking at it or no through the front facing camera, Smart Video, which pauses a video if it “sees” that you’re looking away from the screen and much more.
The G2 Mini is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, having a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 32 GB. Its hardware is certainly not the best out there, but does a good job and will keep your handset away from having hiccups, freezes or anything like that. The overall experience is smooth and pleasant, as G2’s Mini Mi is a very capable performer and won’t disappoint its owners.

At the connectivity area, the LG G2 Mini holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, 3G, dual-band 4G LTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n with DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE and A2DP, microUSB 2.0. There’s an Infra Red port on board too for allowing you to remotely control your home appliances via the QRemote application.

For surfing the web, you have the Android browser, which has been customized by LG here and there, and Google Chrome. Both browsers are extremely capable and full of features, offering a plethora of settings and options hidden under a minimalist and intuitive design. The pages are loaded very fast and look nice on the phone’s display, making this Mini guy a great browsing tool.

For taking pictures, the LG G2 Mini owns an 8 megapixels camera with autofocus that takes stills with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and features a LED flash for assisting in low light conditions. The camera application offers a whole bunch of options and settings for adjusting the image quality, such as ISO, brightness, white balance,  several modes (such as HDR, Panorama, Beauty shot) and so on.
The images produced with the G2 Mini offer a wonderful quality, which is defined by accurate colors, good contrast and a big amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also very capable and will deliver some good looking 1080p videos @30 fps.
There’s also a 1.3 MP front facing camera on board for making video calls.

For listening to music or watching videos, you’re being offered some awesome players that do a great job. The audio player knows formats such as FLAC or WAV, supports equalizer presets and much more, and the video player has no issues with playing the popular formats such as DivX, XviD, MP4 and even the AC3. Subtitle support is also here.

Some other useful tools from the LG G2 Mini’s backpack are the Polaris Viewer 5 for viewing document files (you’ll have to get something else for editing), a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps and Navigation for getting yourself around the world, an FM Radio with RDS and much more.

The LG G2 Mini holds inside a 2440 mAh battery and will stay alive for more than two days under a moderate usage.

LG G2 Mini Big GaMe Hunting

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