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5 cool things about the LG Optimus G Pro

first_img LG Optimus G Pro OpenLG Optimus G Pro Open3140mAh battery is no jokeLG Optimus G Pro ClosedIn case you forget what carrier you are onLG Optimus G Pro displayThe viewing angles for the G Pro are averageLG Optimus G Pro angles1080p screens are so very pretty3140mAh battery is no joke While only available to AT&T customers, the LG Optimus G Pro is an impressive piece of hardware that is well-suited to compete with the other high-end smartphones.Like every other major manufacturer, LG’s version of Android isn’t quite the experience Google had in mind. LG’s time spent working on the Nexus 4 doesn’t appear to have had any significant impact on how the company thinks Android should look and feel. Nevertheless, their latest handset manages to bring some unique features that will help make it stand out in AT&T’s lineup. In preparation for our full review of the LG Optimus G Pro, we found a couple of things that stood out enough that they merited showing off separately.Notification lightAndroid phones and tablets have been released in nearly every conceivable (rectangular) shape and size with all sorts of oddball features, so it seems unlikely that something as simple as a notification light would be enough to impress anyone nowadays. LG has a history of doing clever things with their notification lights, features that are just enough to make their users stop and appreciate them.While most Android manufacturers are either doing away with the notification light entirely or making it as small and as useless as possible, the LG Optimus G Pro takes the already impressive power button notification light from the original Optimus G and moves it to the front of the phone. Recessed in the only physical button on the front of the device, the ovular notification light offers the full rainbow of colors, and demonstrates them every time you boot the phone. The breathing, pulse-style notifications are different colors for different kinds of notifications, including the obvious green and red for charging and low battery.It’s a mostly insignificant thing to think about when choosing a smartphone, but on the LG Optimus G it helps make the phone feel like a premium experience.Programmable QuickButtonNear the top left hand corner of this massive 5.5-inch phone is this extra button. It sits above the volume rocker, pretty far out of the way of anything unless you’re holding the phone with both hands in a heavy typing or gaming session. The default for this button is LG’s QuickMemo service, which takes a screenshot and allows you to doodle on it in a way that bears striking resemblance to the Samsung Galaxy Note’s screenshot service. If you don’t think you’re going to use QuickMemo particularly often, LG has made the button available to you to do what you please.The QuickButton feature on the Optimus G Pro allows you to use it to trigger whatever app you set. You can give yourself a hot key to your browser or social network of choice, or maybe to launch your music player. LG has a handful of recommended apps that they have made which offer slightly more than just a launch shortcut. These LG made apps include the camera, which will allow the QuickButton to double as the shutter for taking photos. Alternatively, you can just set it to do nothing and pretend it never existed. If you have that one go-to app on your phone that you use more than anything else, however, QuickButton can be pretty useful.Native TV app in notification drawerEverything seems to be coming out with an IR blaster these days, and along with that comes a TV remote app of some description that offers control over your entire entertainment center. There’s no need to re-invent the wheel here, IR blaster apps have been around since long before the modern smartphone and the companies that have been keeping up to date with this technology have more than enough experience in making apps that work well in this arena. Still, LG took a crack at it and surprisingly came up with a much better way to access the remote from your phone.If you allow it, the TV remote app on the G Pro can embed itself in your notification tray when you have turned on the TV app. This allows you quick access to things like volume and power without leaving the app that you are already in. HTC has done something similar with theTV app on the HTC One, but trying to use it for volume control takes you out of the app you are currently in. This experience is significantly better, and although the UI for the TV app in general isn’t the best I suspect this is a feature that will be quickly implemented in future versions of everyone else’s TV apps.Next page: One-hand mode and Vu Talk on the Optimus G Pro… VIEW PHOTO GALLERY 1 2last_img read more

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