Posted on Mon 30 March 2015

in which I talk about a smartphone

I’ve had an LG G2 for about two years now. There are lots of new flagship Android phones coming out now. Is it time to change?


I need a device which can reliably make and take calls. For some reason my house is located in a dead zone for all the major carriers except Sprint. Move 400 meters in any direction and they all work well. I get decent LTE coverage, too.

I need a large screen, but the device must be small enough to be comfortably used one-handed. The G2’s rear volume/power buttons help with that.

I want a high resolution screen – but it turns out I can’t see any better than the G2’s 424 ppi screen anyway. 1920x1080 and 5.2”.

It should be fast – looks like none of the most recent flagships are significantly faster than the Snapdragon 800 in the G2.

I want battery life. The G2 has the best battery life of any smartphone I’ve ever used: I routinely pick it up at 6:30AM and put it down to recharge at 11PM with about 20% remaining. I have a battery grapher here that says that on average I have the screen on for 6 hours a day, and that my record is just over 11 hours of screen on time. I’m pretty sure that was a weekend when I was using it as a book reader.

The slightly modified OS it’s running – SuperG2 KitKat – is incredibly stable. I’ve had uptimes of 500+ hours between reboots, and I can’t recall the last time it rebooted spontaneously.

Finally, I didn’t buy insurance on this phone and I’m glad. Insurance would want a $100 deductible, and cost about $8/month. I can get a new-in-box G2 for about $250, or a used one for under $200.

LG’s chosen successor, the G3, doesn’t seem to improve on any of these points. The G4 will probably be out in August. We’ll see how it goes. In the meantime, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9 look like very nice phones – but they offer no extra value to me over the G2.

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