One of the first things that I noticed about the LG Optimus G Pro was the size, at 5.91″ x 3.00″ x 0.37″ (HxWxD) it’s a touch big in my hands, with that being said I’ll admit to you that my hands are a little on the small side. So if you have small hands, the Optimus G Pro may not be the best choice, but that’s all a matter of preference as to how you like your phones. I’m personally content with a smaller phone, but hey, that’s just me. Fortunately AT&T has plenty of retail stores that you can check out the LG Optimus G Pro for yourself and see how it feels in your own hand. Not something I can exactly experience for you. What I can talk about is my user experience with the LG Optimus G Pro, and ultimately it was a great one.
There is certainly no shortage of performance from the LG Optimus G Pro. When compared to the original LG Optimus G we saw some significant gains when it came to the processor performance. Though it’s interesting that the browser performance in the LG Optimus G Pro was actually lower than that of the Optimus G, not by huge margins though, and not likely anything that would be noticeable either way in anything but a side by side comparison. The processor performance was the key though. Take 3DMark Ice storm for example, the LG Optimus G scored 7759 while a respectable score, it isn’t breaking any records. The LG Optimus G Pro was nearly 20% higher with a score of 9287 3DMarks!
I think the best feature of the LG Optimus G Pro, at least for me was the camera! Every picture I took turned out great. I didn’t play with the settings much, but I really didn’t need to at all, at least not for the photos that I was taking. It was a bright sunny day, and all the conditions were right. Isn’t that when most of our pictures are taken, outside while we’re being active and having some fun in the sun!
Right now you can pick up the LG Optimus G Pro for only $59.99 with a 2-year contract or if you’re not eligible for an upgrade right now you can purchase it outright for $599.99. Right now AT&T is rolling out the AT&T Next program. The AT&T Next program allows you to upgrade your device every year with no penalties, no down payment, no activation fees, no upgrade fees, and no financing fees. It simply adds a small charge to your monthly bill, and anytime after 12 months you can trade in your device for the latest and greatest of your choice!
I have had a phone and plan with AT&T for as long as they have been AT&T in this area, before that it was Cingular, and prior to that it was Cellular one. Maybe I’m dating myself here a bit, but I’ve been with them for a number of years, and AT&T’s service is the best I have used in the Chicagoland area. Over the past couple of years I have had work phones on T-Mobile as well as my current work plan from Sprint. In the last three years, two of my work phones on T-Mobile, a Blackberry Curve and a Motorola Admiral. We switched to Sprint and they gave me an iPhone 4 (really prefer Android phones), I still prefer to use the AT&T phone. I’m pretty sure that I’ve dropped more calls between those services in three years than I have in my entirety with AT&T!
Legit Bottom Line: Overall the time I spent with the LG Optimus G Pro was a great experience. I didn’t run into any problems when using the phone, or the data plan. The feature that really made my day was the camera! It’s by far the best camera I’ve used on a smartphone so far. I’m by no means a professional photographer, and everything I tried to capture worked great. It was even able to catch pictures of my kid who never wants to sit still long enough for a photo!