Life’s Good for the second ‘Pro’

by Goh De No
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If you like the Note 3’s size but want anything but Samsung, LG’s ready to take a “Note 3 killer”.

The LG G Pro was launched last year to go head-to-head with the Galaxy Note 2. And just recently, LG launched a new instalment of the G Pro.

But the biggest question mark is how it stacks up against the Note 3.

Tech Specs

At 5.9 inches (0.4 inches wider than its pre- decessor), the G Pro 2’s screen is the most important and noticeable difference compared to the Note 3’s 5.7-inch.

The screen also covers more than 77 per cent of the phone’s face with a bezel of only 3.3mm.

It comes with a full HD 1920×1080 resolution display and 373 pixels per inch, the latest Gorilla Glass 3, and also has the ability to recognise “knock” patterns.

The LG G Pro 2 in three flavours. Image courtesy of LG.

Similar to the LG G2 and G Pad 8.3, which have the Knock-On feature (tapping the screen anywhere twice to wake the phone up), the Knock Code allows you to create patterns with your taps. An example is by tapping the bottom left of the screen once, then the top left twice to unlock.

Knock Code allows anything from two taps to eight, which allows for 86,367 different knocking combinations.

The second most important specification on a smartphone now would be the camera. LG’s G Pro 2 comes with an optically stabilised 13-megapixel camera. One can assume that the hardware on this camera is similar to the G2’s really standout shooter, but LG has added an “Electro Image System”, which is an upgraded software for even sharper shots.

The G Pro 2 can also do 4K video at 120 frames per second, something the G2 camera can’t do.

With either 16GB or 32GB of storage and an expandable slot, I’m not sure the 4K will be used often, but if it is, better opt for the 32GB and a 64GB microSD card.

Its chip is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, a 2.26 GHz quad-core Central Processing Unit paired with 3GB of RAM.

The battery is at 3,200 mAh, just 200 more than the smaller 5.2-inch LG G2. Whether or not this means that you’ll be carrying a power bank around if you buy the G Pro 2, is still yet to be seen. The advantage, however, is that the battery is removal.

In terms of software, LG has the latest An- droid 4.4 Kit Kat on board, with a lot of LG modifications.

As for the the phone’s design, it’s a repeat of the G2 with the volume rockers and power on the back. It may sound like a bad idea, but I assure you, it’s one of the best modifications a smartphone can get in 2014.

I fell in love with the G2’s rear buttons im- mediately and the functionality of having the volume buttons to act as a shutter for your camera is really handy.

LG G Pro 2 Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Having a huge phone has its perks and you would usually be able to use it in a different way to a normal 4- or 5-inch phone.

The Note 3 delivers just that, with a S-Pen branded stylus that has Air Command capabilities and brings out a whole new line of functionality it gives you that added pro- ductivity.

Being able to write numbers, names and e- mail addresses and having the ability to draw a circle around the aforementioned data and turning it into a saved contact immediately is very useful.

However, this is what the G Pro 2 lacks.

And unless there is a stylus included, it’s just another really good humongous phone.

The G Pro 2 doesn’t have that “something special” to draw users to it or help utilise the large screen for productivity at work, among other things.

Overall, it’s pretty disappointing to have a product come out five months after its direct competitor and still lack behind.

The G Pro 2 does have a fantastic camera and the ability to do a Lytro-like “magic focus” feature that allows you to select the depth of field only after the photo is taken, and an improved flash for taking better pic- tures of faces.

However, I think the Note 3 is still a far better phablet than the G Pro 2, purely because of the stylus and because Samsung stepped up from the plastic back cover while LG is still stuck with the plastic.

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