I'm really liking the new hardware designs from manufacturersEvan Selleck - Contributing Editor
A little later today, LG will unveil the Optimus G1's successor, and hopefully move forward with their efforts to make a killer flagship device. Following in the footsteps of devices like the Optimus G and Optimus G Pro shouldn't be too hard, though, as both devices have designs that are simple enough. Then again, most of our flagship devices have a pretty simple design cue: Pretty big display and a thin profile.
With that in mind, the G2 does have some mighty big shoes to fill, based on specifications. The Optimus G Pro, which is currently available from AT&T, is a beast of a device. Not only does it feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display, with a pixel per inch count of 400, it's also got 2GB of RAM and a 1.7GHz quad-core processor tucked inside. The battery's also measured at 3,140mAh, which is impressive all by itself.
So for those of us out there who are expecting the G2 to blow the socks off the competition, LG will have to have a device that has plenty of attention grabbing features, even if most of them come from under the hood.
But, truth be told, I'm just happy to be seeing some new hardware design.
There's no doubt that the G2 will have to have some impressive specs or features to have a chance at making any kind of impact in the mobile industry, but there's a big part of me that hopes LG will just win some favor by trying something new with their design aesthetic. Will that be enough? Probably not, but I have to give them a lot of credit for trying.
And that's why I'm really interested in what LG has coming later today. Not whether or not it's running the newest version of Android, or even that it's running the newest processor from Qualcomm. I want to see how those buttons on the back of the phone work when the phone is being held in the hand. Do they make sense back there? Is it comfortable? Or does their placement mean you'll have to put your thumb right there in the middle of the big screen to use them comfortably?
HTC may have made a big leap with their 4 UltraPixel camera, but one of the reasons I love the handset so much, are the front-facing speakers. HTC's BoomSound is great, and it's actually made me lose my headphones less than usual. That's a unique design feature, and one that really makes the One stand out. I hope the G2's buttons on the back of the phone, something that's different from all the rest, make it stand out in all the right ways.
So, tell me, why are you interested in the G2? Is it the features, the new hardware design, or just the specifications? Or do you only plan on picking up another phone entirely? Let me know!