LG G Pro 2 Review: See You 2morrow: Connectivity, Web Browser

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All-around connectivity suite

The LG G Pro 2 comes with a plethora of connectivity options. For starters, it has quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE for global roaming, dual-band 3G with HSPA and a dual-band 4G LTE for quick mobile Internet.

Local connectivity is plenty quick with dual-band Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n/ac. The Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) capabilities also include Miracast wireless display protocol, DLNA, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Hotspot.

SmartShare is a service that lets you control a DLNA network - you can play media from other devices (e.g. NAS) on your phone or play something from the phone onto another device (e.g. a DLNA-enabled TV).

Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct is a technology, which lets devices connect to each other without the need for a Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) hotspot. The beauty of it is that only one device has to be Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct-ready for the magic to happen.

Using this technology two (or up to eight) devices can share files in a more advanced, quick and secure way, paving the road to the eventual demise of Bluetooth.

There's also Bluetooth 4.0 LE support for short-distance connectivity.

NFC is also on board with support for Android Beam. With NFC Beam you can share contacts, URLs, memos, messages, calendar events or even a call request to another NFC-enabled device or a tag.

For wired connections, the LG G Pro 2 relies on its SlimPort - a regular microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) on the outside, but actually a DisplayPort based interface allowing you to output video and sound to an external display (via an adapter). It's not as quick as the Note 3's microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0, though.

The Universal Serial Bus (USB) port has yet another feature - it enables Universal Serial Bus (USB) On-The-Go. You'll need an adapter for that too (again, there isn't one in the box). This is probably the only way to expand your storage in case the 23GB of free memory isn't enough for you.

The G Pro 2 has several ways to push out multimedia but it can do more than that - the IR emitter and QRemote app allow it to control your whole multimedia setup, the TV or a projector, the stereo, disc players and set-top boxes and even the air conditioner.





IR remote control • devices are organized into rooms • adding a recent device

You can add multiple devices to QRemote and organize them by room so it can easily handle your home theater setup, the TVs in all the rooms at home, as well as the office projector and AC.

The app is accessible from the lockclassy screen by tapping the Home key, which saves you a click when you want to utilize the G Pro 2 as a remote. There's no QSlide version of the remote, but you can add it to the notification area.

Overall, the LG G Pro 2 can replace multiple remotes and media players (Android has apps for practically all the popular movie and TV show streaming services and the Play Store is one of them to start with).

The remote can be configured to launch automatically when the G Pro 2 connects to your home Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) network.

The last connectivity option worth noting is the 3.5mm audio jack at the bottom of the G Pro 2. LG has added this cool feature called Plug & Pop. Once you plug in a pair of headphones, a pop-up menu with four shortcuts will appear at the bottom of the screen. The default four assigned shortcuts are Music, Videos, YouTube and Phone. You delete those or you can add even more apps from the dedicated Edit button.



Plug & Pop

Great web browsing experience

The LG G Pro 2 features the standard Android browser (with some LG modifications on top), but also comes with Chrome preinstalled so you are given a choice correct from the start.

The standard browser offers the typical minimalist interface, with the address bar (used both for typing web addresses and initiating web searches) on top and a control bar at the bottom (with options hidden by default).





The LG G Pro 2 default web browser

Scrolling down moves the address bar out of view. The bottom control bar houses the back and forward keys, homepage shortslit as well as recent window and bookmarks keys. You can cover that bar by dragging it down.

The button just to the left of the address bar - it puts the browser into QSlide mode, turning it into a floating mini app. You can't switch between tabs in this mode, but the control bar at the bottom is still available.



Browser in QSlide mode

The web browser comes with Incognito mode, which enables you to surf the web without the browser keeping track of your hitale or storing cookies.

The browser can save pages for offline reading: they go in the Saved section of your bookmarks, and can be accessed even when you're no longer connected to the internet. The bookimprint list shows a thumbnail of the bookmarked page and you also acquire a hitale section in addition to the Saved pages list.

There is also the so-called Capture Plus setting, which allows you to hold a screenshot of the whole web page you've opened.

Find on page, always request desktop site and share page options are available from the advanced menu. If you tap and hrecent on some text you acquire the usual markers and select/copy/find/web search/share options.

The G Pro 2 supports double tap and pinch zoom. There's text reflow too - it adjusts the columns of text to fit the classy screen width. If you've pinched to zoom in, you need to double tap the classy screen to create the browser reflow the text. Text remains legible even at very low zoom levels thanks to the high pixel density.

Finally, the LG has made available for you to have two separate browser apps at the same time, which is really need for accurate multitasking.



Dual browser mode

Chrome is also available on the G Pro 2 out of the box. It doesn't support Flash or QSlide, but it will sync tabs (among other things) with the Chrome browser on your computer.





Chrome for Android is also on board


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