In his 2014 article, Hi Beezle made a a case for the value of aging flagship devices, especially in emerging market environments where subscribers are looking for the best value at the best prices possible. He summarizes that article with this:
In summary, the sweet deal with the average ageing flagship is its relevance specs-wise without being a burden on the purse. It tends to leverage the manufacturer’s competences to bring to market a device that will be supported for a decent amount of time, considering the rapid innovative nature of the mobile market.
So, when I got the chance to get my hands on the LG G2, a 2013 Android flagship, I jumped at it. I wondered what value it would still deliver to the everyday smartphone user in 2015. The specifications remain impressive two years after though:
- a 5.2-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection
- Android 4.2.2 upgraded to Lollipop
- a Snapdragon 800 chipset with a Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 16 or 32 GB internal storage
- 13 megapixel camera with LED flash and optical image stabilization
- a 3,000 mAh battery
Still very good specs today. There is no microSD card slot though. Something unique about the G2 is the location of its power and volume buttons – at the rear of the phone:
It is taking some getting used to for me, as my head just doesn’t expect the buttons there. Perhaps after a few days of use, I shall adjust. It is also interesting that this 2013 flagship has received a number of software updates and so currently runs official Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Impressive.
The G2 is a very compact device and has was designed to minimise useless space. As such, the bezels are very minimal. For a phone with a 5.2-inch display, it is very compact.
There’s an Infrared port at the top edge for controlling your TV, DVD player and home theatre with the phone. It also packs a 3,000mAh battery. Many 5-inch smartphones I know do not have a battery capacity exceeding 2,500 mAh, so this looks really good. I am expecting superb battery performance.
LG’s custom user interface is light and easy to use. I fell in love with it on the L90, a mid-level phone that I considered near perfect. Everything runs smooth and feels nice. No performance issues here.
As far as I can tell, the Lg G2 is still very up-to-date. It would be serious value for money if only it didn’t go for as high as ?75,000 in the market right now. Perhaps at N55,000,I’d jump at this. If you find a used unit in good condition for around N45,000, it is a steal. Call Swot Solutions to ask if there’s one available, should you be looking.
What do you think? Specs-wise, its very much capable, but is the LG G2 still great value at its current cost?