The LG Optimus G Pro is that "other" phablet on the market. At 5.5", it's big even when compared to today's giant flagship Android smartphones like the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z. That's the same screen size as the Samsung Galaxy Note II, which was previously the only 5.5" smartphone on the market. But LG got smart after their fiasco with the LG Optimus Vu, an extra wide-body super-sized smartphone offered on Verizon in the US. The Optimus G Pro is actually phone-shaped and not quite as wide as the Note II, and it's much narrower than the 4:3 aspect ratio Optimus Vu. That means though it's large, and still not particularly well suited to those with small hands, it's a bit more phone-like and easier to hold and use with one hand than the Note II.
The LG Optimus G Pro (not to be confused with the Optimus G) is an Android smartphone with a full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS display, quad core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro CPU, 2 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of storage. It's exclusive to AT&T in the US, and sells for $199 with contract and $549 without. It's $100 cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Note II, but comes with twice the storage and no digital pen. Clearly for those of you who want the big screen but could care less about the pen, the less expensive LG is worth a look.
The phone runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with a promised upgrade to 4.2. It has LG's Optimus UI that reminds us of Samsung's TouchWiz, but it's more toned down. The phone supports motion features: turn it face down to silence an alarm or ringer and to pause video, and as with Samsung recent Galaxy phones, it can watch you face to prevent the screen from turning off when you're looking at it. As with other recent LG Optimus Android phones, the G Pro has QSlide for multi-tasking (with only 4 apps), QuickMemo for taking notes and screenshots anywhere and collaboration over the network with other LG Optimus phones.
The huge, sharp 1920 x 1080 IPS display and the 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and HDR are the Optimus G Pro's biggest selling points. We see improvement here over the 13MP camera on some Optimus G variants from last year, and it takes truly lovely and natural looking photos. Colors are a little overly bold when viewed on a PC monitor, though they might not look it on the phone's display when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S4 or Note II's photos viewed on their super-vibrant Super AMOLED displays.
Like the Note II, the Optimus G Pro is a shiny, plasticky phone with a removable back cover that grants access to the 3140 mAh removable battery, microSD card slot and micro SIM card slot.
Here's our LG Optimus G Pro on AT&T Video review. Our full written review will follow soon.