When it comes down to pure hardware (and even the basic design), the Optimus G is essentially a non-stock-Android Nexus 4. If that means nothing else to you, it should translate into one thing: the guts are pretty awesome, and if you get the chance to throw stock Android on it, the experience is fantastic.


If you've been considering grabbing this device for yourself – on either AT&T or SprintAmazon Wireless just dropped the price to $50 for new contracts and upgrades on both carriers. So, no matter which way you slice it, half a Benjamin lands you a pretty impressive phone that fared quite well in our review:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 quad-core at 1.5GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 320
  • Network Compatibility: AT&T: GSM quad-band with LTE, Sprint: CDMA with LTE
  • Operating System: Android 4.0.4 with Optimus UI 3.0
  • Display: 4.7" TrueHD IPS+ 768x1280 (320DPI, 15:9)
  • Memory: 2GB RAM / 16/32GB storage (depends on model)
  • Cameras: 1.3MP front, 8/13MP rear (depends on model)
  • Battery: 2100mAh, non-removable
  • NFC: Yes
  • Ports / Expandable Storage: microUSB / microSD (AT&T model only)
  • Thickness: 8.45mm
  • Weight: 145g


Hit the links below to buy.

Sprint, AT&T

Cameron Summerson
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  • VandrĂ© Brunazo

    Is 4G the only advantage this have over the Nexus 4? Or is there anything else?

    • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

      4G and SDcard

    • http://twitter.com/Atyp3 David Steven

      And removable battery

  • utopianh

    I can't believe this is still on 4.0.4

    This is inexcusable considering the advantage they have of it sharing the internals with the Nexus 4 and speaks volumes of how little as an OEM they are focused on software. Look at Asus, they've been able to pump out updates quickly for the Transformer Pad due to it sharing the same internals as the Nexus 7.

    • http://profiles.google.com/xencillo21 Luis Enrique Cornejo

      And LG told Google for making the next Nexus, because they wanted faster upgrades for their devices, but... Did they show us anything about "faster upgrades"? For example: At least, they should have shown us the LG Optimus G pro with Android 4.2.2(or 4.2.1) instead of Android 4.1.2.... I've analyzed that Samsung has NOT faster upgrades because of they having more Nexus devices, but because they hired the Cyanogenmod founder Steve Kondik. And they hired him not only because they wanted help for creating their new OS called TIZEN, but also for using new versions of Cyanogenmod as base for making their devices upgrades faster.

  • s44

    "it should translate into one thing:"

    ...battery life sucks.

    • Joseph Cascio

      Battery life does NOT suck. I'm at 30% with 1d 7h 37m 5s on battery time with 4h 7m 54s screen on time. My honest review is, the phone is great. However, if you want the latest and greatest OS (and are not a ROM flasher) don't get it. I don't see this phone being upgraded past 4.1.2. Also, I should mention that ICS on it is the best stock experience ever.

      I am currently running 4.1.2 because I flashed a ROM and this phone is still better than anything else in the market. And for the price, It is a steal.

      tl;dr - Get it if you want a great phone, at a great price, but don't care about updates. Seriously get it if you are a ROM flasher. There is a mod that turns the phone into a full fledged Nexus 4 capable of flashing N4 ROMS. Great battery, amazingly fast, display is beautiful, SD Card slot, LTE, ALL for $50 bucks.

  • http://profiles.google.com/xencillo21 Luis Enrique Cornejo

    I want the LG Optimus G off-contract and inside Virgin Mobile USA or Boost Mobile Prepaid service this year for saving my money monthly. AHHHH YEAHHHH!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/miki.gavette Miki Gavette

    I can't believe this is still on 4.0.4, me tooo