A look at LG G2’s value two years after

LG G2 homescreen in hand

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:
LG G2 camera rear buttons

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.

LG G2 Software Info in hand

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.

LG G2 bottom in hand

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 G2 Dropdown in hand

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.

LG G2 AppDrawer in hand

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.

LG G2 on table

What do you think? Specs-wise, its very much capable, but is the LG G2 still great value at its current cost?

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9 comments

  1. Most phones have a two-year lifespan in terms of updates. However, if you’re not interested in updates for the sake of it, it’s a good investment.

    My current Android phone is a 2013 model, doesn’t have Lollipop and I can honestly say I don’t miss it. I was tempted to buy this phone, but decided to go a bit cheaper and got a good deal. So Hi Beezle is right – yesterday’s flagship can be a better deal.

  2. One of the best reviews I have read on a phone.Short but impressive. I wish I could lay my hands on one too. I bet it will daily drive me for a long period of time. For it to have survived update to Lollipop 5.2 is something.Thanks Mr Mo.

  3. I believe Elroy wrote an article on new budget device vs older flagships. the G2 was and still is a great device. but as far as aging flagships that still work like a charm, I’d say the Google/LG Nexus 4 is king. it’s not as good specs wise as the G2 (screen size, processor speed, battery capacity, camera quality etc) but it still runs smoothly. had mine for over 2 years and it would still be my daily driver if my niece hadn’t dropped it (glass back shattered, getting that fixed).

    PS: the SONY Xperia Z, HTC M7 & Samsung Galaxy S4 deserve honorable mentions, all from the same period, running Lollipop as well

    1. Oh snap 3WT, as soon as I saw this, I thought to myself I’d prefer the Nexus 4 G2 spin-off, which will get the Lollipop update…and probably the one after that.

    1. that’s a problem with our retail chains here. prices don’t drop after a certain period here. to clear your inventory of old stock, you need to give customers some incentives. my cousin got a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 last week for $200 off. here that’s just not possible. besides the mark-up on the merchandise, the prices are pretty static after a few “discounts”.

      when I went to drop my Nexus 4 off for repair at Computer Village, I saw the Nexus 4 at SLOT for 67,000. i just started laughing

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