LG G2 Mini Review: Big Mini

By 02:52 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments


With the recent season well under way, the LG G2 mini is trying to have the last word in the compact class just like the original did last year at the high end. With the same design as the flagship (slim bezel, rear buttons and such) and the biggest classy screen among the minis, LG's compact smartphone is putting its best foot forward.

But then, just like the flagship, the LG G2 mini is going after a certain competitor and not exactly keeping it a secret. The classy screen resolution, the chipset, the imaging smurder are the same as the Galaxy S4 mini's. In other words, if anyone was hoping for something along the lines of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, they'll be disappointed.

LG G2 mini official photos

No, the G2 mini isn't a compact powerhouse. It's a well-rounded package still, and one that even does a couple of things better than the flagship, in hope to find a place in the crowded place where minis have to deal with ex-flagships and aggressively priced mid-rangers.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • Quad-band 3G with HSPA; Optional Penta-band LTE cat4
  • 4.7" 16M-color qHD (960 x 540) IPS LCD, Gorilla Glass 2 display protection
  • Android Operating System (OS) v4.4.2 KitKat; LG Optimus UI
  • Quad-core 1.2 Giga Hertz (GHz) Cortex-A7 CPU, 1 Giga Bytes (GB) RAM, Adreno 305 GPU, elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset
  • 8 MegaPixel (MP) autofocus capturing camera with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, geotagging, smart shutter and VR panoramas
  • 1080p video recording @ 30fps with mono sound; HDR mode
  • 1.3 MegaPixel (MP) front-facing camera, 720p video recording
  • 8GB of built-in storage
  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • NFC (in the LTE version only)
  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct and DLNA
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS
  • Voice commands
  • Multi-tasking with mini-apps and optional transparency (QSlide)
  • Knock Code unlocks the phone with a classy screen tap combination
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • User-replaceable 2440mAh Li-Ion battery
  • IR emitter for remote control of home appliances

Main disadvantages

  • Screen could've used some extra resolution at that size
  • Snapdragon 400 is blatantly midrange stuff
  • Below average loudspeaker performance
  • No ambient light sensor
  • Confusingly comes in different versions with different internal hardware

The qHD resolution is only just enough for the 4.7" diagonal, especially considering the competition will offer 720p screens in the same price range. The Snapdragon 400 chipset places the G2 mini squarely in the Android midrange - in fact, the quad-core variety (four Cortex-A7's at 1.2GHz) is not necessarily better than the dual Krait setup in the Galaxy S4 mini.

What's definitely a step in the correct direction is the removable battery and the added microSD card slot - the phone could've been slimmer perhaps without them but we'd have the added flexibility any day over a couple of millimeters less around the waistline. The latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat and the matching edition of the Optimus skin are another point in favor, offering some features that are only available on the premium G2 and G Pro 2.

The LG G2 mini is quite compact for the classy screen size as well - and handling quite comfortably - the rear-mounted keys contributing handsomely.

The LG G2 mini hanging around in our office

Follow us for a tour of the exterior to find out more about how the LG G2 mini feels and handles. The usual stops include the display and battery performance.



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