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LG Optimus G, Black 32GB (AT&T)

by LG
3.0 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
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  • Display: 4.7-inches
  • Camera: 8-MP
  • Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz
  • OS: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 2.82 inches, 0.33 inches, 5.15 inches
  • Weight: 5.12 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: LTE
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 600 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 324 hours
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Product Description

Product Description

Stay entertained with this LG Optimus G E970 mobile phone that features a 4.7" high-definition IPS touch screen for crisp images and easy navigation, as well as built-in Wi-Fi for simple Web access. The 32GB total memory capacity lets you store your favor

4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus Screen
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LG Optimus G
At a Glance:

  • 4G LTE connectivity

  • Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

  • 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus Screen

  • 1.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor

  • 8 MP HD camera; 1.3 MP front-facing camera

  • 1080p HD video recording
At a Glance

With quad-core power and next generation features, he LG Optimus G gives you the power to live without boundaries. Multitask like never before with UX features like QSlide, QuickMemo, and Dual Screen Dual Play. Play as hard as you want with a 1.5 GHz power-optimized quad-core processor and advanced graphics or watch HD movies on the 4.7-inch true-color IPS Plus display without sacrificing battery life.

Powerful Performance

  • 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2 GB RAM to get more done in less time
  • 32 GB onboard memory for storing thousands of your favorite photos, videos, and songs
  • 2100 mAh Li-Polymer battery for extended talk time and media experiences

Enhanced Multitasking

  • QSlide allows you to text or browse the web all without navigating away from the video you are watching
  • QuickMemo allows users to write, draw, or jot a memo directly on any captured screen for sharing instantly with others as an attachment or a URL

Limitless Entertainment

  • 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display for watching HD movies in vibrant true-to life color on the go
  • 8 MP advanced camera with zero shutter lag, time catch shot, cheese shutter, and low light shot noise reduction
  • Live Zooming allows users to zoom in on a captured video during playback and see close-in details during video playback
  • Live Shot allows users to capture the perfect still-photo while simultaneously recording HD video

Elegant Design

  • High gloss tempered glass design at just 8.45 mm thin with a Crystal Reflection pyramid patterned back

What's in the Box

Phone; Travel charger; USB data cable; 16 GB microSD card (installed); Quick Start Guide


  • Display size: 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus Screen


  • 1.5 GHz: Quad-Core Processor

Operating System

  • Android: v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)


  • Capacity: 2100 mAh Li-Polymer
  • Talk time: up to 10 hours
  • Standby time: up to 13.5 days

Wireless Technology

  • 4G LTE: Band 4 and 17
  • Wi-Fi connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • NFC


  • Size: 5.15 x 2.82 x .33 inches
  • Weight: 5.19 ounces


  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Internal memory: 16 GB + 16 GB microSD card (installed)
  • External memory: microSD card up to 64 GB

Camera & Video

  • Rear-facing camera: 8 MP HD
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3 MP
  • Video: 1080p HD video recording, Live shot


  • Optimus 3.0 UI with QuickMemo and QSlide for enhanced multitasking

AT&T 4G LTE Network

AT&T's 4G LTE network allows for quicker access, smoother media streaming, and faster web experiences. LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile broadband speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Additionally, LTE technology offers a faster response time due to lower latency--the processing time it takes to move data through a network--vastly speeding download times for web pages as well as improving services such as mobile gaming and two-way video calling.

By the end of 2011, AT&T plans to launch its 4G LTE network in 15 major metropolitan areas, covering at least 70 million Americans. Coverage will continue to expand in the next few years and is planned to be largely complete by the end of 2013.

And when combined with 4G HSPA+ technology, AT&T is capable of delivering a quicker, more consistent mobile broadband experience than ever before. AT&T has deployed HSPA+ to virtually 100 percent of its mobile broadband network, which enables 4G speeds when combined with enhanced backhaul (via Ethernet or fiber). Backhaul is one of the major pieces of a telecommunications network. Think of it as the limbs connecting AT&T's cell towers with AT&T's backbone network that provides access to the Internet.

Tech Talk

LTE = Long Term Evolution
Advanced wireless technology capable of increasing AT&T's already-fast network speeds. Now in select markets with deployment ongoing.
HSPA+ = High Speed Packet Access
Paired with enhanced backhaul--the accelerated pipeline between our network backbone and cell towers across the country--this technology boosts network performance.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System

The Optimus G runs the Android 4.0 operating system (dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich), which adds powerful new ways of communicating and sharing while improving on the best Android features: easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets, and more.

Android IceCreamSanwich

The new Ice Cream Sandwich interface features an onscreen navigation bar that replaces the hardware buttons for Back, Home, and Menu found with older Android-powered phones. And with Google+ integration, you can video chat with groups of up to 9 friends as well as easily upload and share photos and videos. Other features include:

Face Unlock

You can now unlock your phone with just your face using the Face Unlock option. It takes advantage of the front-facing camera and state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to register a face during setup and then to recognize it again when unlocking the device. Just hold your phone in front of your face to unlock (or use a backup PIN).

And the lock screen now lets you do more without unlocking. From the slide lock screen, you can jump directly to the camera for a picture or pull down the notifications window to check for messages. When listening to music, you can even manage music tracks and see album art.

Home Screen Folders

Quickly access related apps right from the home screen by organizing apps and shortcuts into folders--just drag one app onto another to create a folder.


Multitasking is even easier and more visual in Android 4.0. The Recent Apps button lets you jump instantly from one task to another using the list in the System Bar. The list pops up to show thumbnail images of apps used recently--tapping a thumbnail switches to the app.

Voice Input

The new voice engine in Android 4.0 lets you dictate the text you want, for as long as you want, using the language you want. You can speak continuously for a prolonged time, even pausing for intervals if needed, and dictate punctuation to create correct sentences. As the voice input engine enters text, it underlines possible dictation errors in gray. After dictating, you can tap the underlined words to quickly replace them from a list of suggestions.

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 0.3 x 5.2 inches ; 5.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: Optimus G (E970)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,732 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By E. Terpstra on November 27, 2012
I've been an iPhone user since the 3g, and was sorely disappointed with the iPhone 5. All they added was LTE and an extra row of icons? Really Apple? That's innovation?

Nope. I'm just plain bored with iOS at this point and want something truly new. I'm super satisfied with the decision to cut the cord with Apple and try out Android for the next 2 years. If you are a die-hard Apple fan, this won't change your mind, but if you're on the fence, this is review is probably relevant.

Here is why I'm sacrificing all the $$ I spent on the app store over the past 4 years and returned my iPhone 5 for the Optimus G...

Screen - 1280x800 vs 1156x640. The OG is truly HD, with a higher pixel density. It's also physically larger, which is nice.

Storage - 32GB on the base OG model. Only 16GB for a simlarly priced iP5. The OG is also expandable with a larger SD card.

Maps - Google maps have been around for years. Apple maps, not so much. It shows in the quality (especially street-view).

NFC - Google wallet? Pay for gas by swiping my phone? Nice. Apple passbook, not so much.

Miracast - Just like AirPlay, but you don't need an AppleTV. It's a bit more of an open standard, so you'll have more choice in receiver hardware.

Speed - Probably a tie here. LTE is LTE, so the internet is blazing fast on both phones. iOS is crazy optimized for apple hardware, so runs faster on lesser spec'd hardware. The OG makes up for this with brute force - Quad core cpu, Adreno 320 gfx, 2GB RAM, etc...

Apps - This was the primary pain point when switching. I've probably spent around $200 on apps in the Apple App store, plus there are 1 or 2 apps that I use regularly that aren't available for Android (yet).
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This is an amazing phone. It's got the fastest processor currently available in an Android phone in the S4 Pro (as of 11/21 anyways) and it's got 2GB of dual channel RAM. This thing is smoking fast.


-Fast. Everything I do on this phone is silky smooth and responsive. And this is only ICS, meaning that it will be even better when it gets Jelly Bean and its graphical enhancements (aka project butter).

-Well Built. This phone feels sleek and expensive, but at the same time not too heavy. Just be careful, since with glass on both the front and the back this phone will slide off the arm of the couch or out of your pocket if you put your feet up too high. It will happen more than you think.

-Development Potential. It's gotten off to a slow start, but they just unlocked the bootloader over at XDA forums so custom ROMs are inbound. Also, this is basically the same phone as the Nexus 4 aka the Google Developer phone. This will get a lot of custom ROMs once more people start getting their Nexus 4 and start developing for it.

-Screen. It's beautiful. The best screen I've ever seen on a phone, and IMHO better than the One X. Not by a lot, mind you, but I think this is a little more true to color with cleaner whites. This is all based on personal preference, but I really love the screen on this phone.

-Battery. YMMV, but for me it lasts plenty long enough despite the fact that it's new and I can't help but constantly mess with it. At the end of the last few days I've been putting it on the charger before bed with 25% or more left, and when it's not so new and I'm not constantly tinkering with it I can see that number going up to 35-40% at the end of every day.


-Glass Everywhere.
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I bought this phone from the AT&T store a few days ago. The first thing that strikes you about it is its size. It looks huge compared to older phones or an iPhone. It is slightly smaller than a Galaxy S3 or a HTC One X, but is still very large. The phone is remarkably thin, and looks very nice.

The dimensions do make one issue though, it feels unstable in your hand. There's no curvature, so you're just holding the two rounded slick edges, and it feels like you are going to drop it. It also has the feeling that it wouldn't survive a drop well. I'd recommend getting a case, but as of the time I bought it, none are available on Amazon, and the two at AT&T are ugly and bulky.

Now for the phone:
Looks: Gorgeous. It looks like a slab of black glass. Both sides are glass, so when you pick it up, you don't know which side is up without looking at it or feeling for the buttons.

OS: The custom UI installed is not too different from stock Android, so I like it. It's not like that awful Blur that my last phone had.

Power: The quad-core hasn't even broken a sweat yet. I don't know what I would be able to do on a phone that would bog it down. Plenty of memory.

Battery: Through moderate data use (LTE and WiFi) and minimal voice use, the battery lasts throughout the day. It doesn't look like it would go two days, though.

I haven't even come close to using all the features like the NFC or the overlay-multitasking yet, I may come back and update this once I try those out.
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