I have to say that I am very disappointed with the tone of Chad's review of the G2. I will agree that I am not a huge fan of their implementation of Android. The worst of the whole skin is indeed the notification shade. Outside of the brightness and volume sliders that cannot be turned off, the rest of the included LG home launcher is by far the most customizable and responsive OEM launcher in Androidland. Seriously. Even the app shortcuts in the dock can be re-arranged. All icons can be customized, transitions can be changed, and even themes are supported.
The screen is pretty much the best in class right now - head and shoulders above my wife's S4 (yellow, yellow whites. They're yellow.) Compared to my S2 or my wife's amoled S4, sunlight visibility is outstanding. Colors pop but pictures just look more realistic, especially skin tones. I was an amoled guy before, but this phone has fixed that.The fine detail and color fidelity is just better.
Battery life is unbelievable. I get at least 20 hours on each charge, even under pretty heavy use. The processor is efficient at low clock speeds and the battery capacity of the phone allow you to actually use it instead of having to worry about GPS or wireless or location services. Just turn the phone on and go.
Camera is in another class compared to the Galaxy S4 or HTC one. Low light shots capture detail that would be a blotchy, noisy mess on the GS4. Detail in all other lighting scenarios is also better on the G2. Anything indoor is not even close. Not low light, just indoor without a flash. You know, the majority of the pictures we take being indoors without flash? Yeah. It's another world. The camera isn't perfect, but it's the best balance of performance and detail on any Android phone.
I wish Chad were more concerned with actually doing an objective review of the product instead of trying to entertain everybody by trolling the phone on air. The G2 is a fantastic phone with pretty good software that has a few problems, not unlike any phone on the market. For Chad to call it a no buy is really playing into the hands of Apple and Samsung. By the metrics that he arrived to his verdict on this phone, any phone but Nexus phones, the Moto X, and maybe the HTC One would all be no buys. It's unfortunate, but it seems that Leo really sees something in him on air that he likes. Maybe he's good at doing a kids Minecraft show, but reviewing products is not in his wheelhouse.
P.S. On the original broadcast he made some disparaging comments about a custom ROM and the developer of that ROM that show his lack of experience in this area. His comments about 'not trusting a ROM' from a guy who uses a certain font on his posts on XDA was beyond ignorant. The developer is scrosler and he has been producing cleanrom for the HTC One, Nexus 7, S4, S4, Note 2, etc. for a couple years now. They are custom roms built on the factory rom bases that allow full use of all of the specific hardware of said phone but allow the customization and performance of other custom roms. scottsroms.com
. I use his Cleanrom 2.0 on my G2 and it is amazing.
Again, trying to pull a few laughs by making fun of a person who develops these roms basically for free and let thousands of people use them for free comes off as a little disingenuous. I have come to expect better from Twit and I'm sure we will see a marked improvement going forward.