LG made the decision on Monday that it will no longer be active in the smartphone market. Nevertheless, LG has ensured that the smartphone is equipped with useful functions and innovations in recent years.
LG: how the smartphone got big
To begin; we are going to sincerely miss LG. The company announced this on Monday it withdraws from the smartphone market. Nevertheless, we have to say that the manufacturer also screwed it up a bit. For years, signals came from all over the world that update policy needed much more attention. That let LG lose a lot. Waiting months (sometimes a year) longer for an Android OS update, and always waiting to see when a security update would become available. But despite this negative point, the manufacturer has also brought a lot of good things.
The innovations we see nowadays with smartphones can be called quite minimal. Here and there some improvements in the design and the camera, but there were real innovations years ago. And LG has provided several innovations that have made the smartphone even better today.
In our section ‘The forgotten smartphone‘we have already covered LG devices several times, and in the coming period we will also look back on smartphones released by the Korean manufacturer. On Monday, LG announced that it is withdrawing from the smartphone market for good. In this article, we look back at the memorable devices released by LG in recent years. Consider, for example, the LG Shine, LG Chocolate and the transparent one LG Crystal.
The beginning in 2006
In 2006 LG released the LG KE850 Prada from. This was the first phone with a capacitive touchscreen. Unlike the resistive touchscreen, which responded to precise touch with a fingernail or stylus, this type of screen responded to the heat of the fingers. So not Apple, but LG was the one to put a capacitive touchscreen in a phone.
A year later, in 2007, LG released the LG KU990 Viewty from. It was the manufacturer’s first device that could make slow-motion videos, albeit with a resolution of 320p at 120 frames per second. With the Viewty series, the focus was placed on the camera.
We stick to the innovations in the field of camera. In 2011 the LG Optimus 2X Speed, which was the first phone to offer the possibility to film in Full-HD resolution. The LG Optimus 2X Speed also broke new ground in another area. It was the first smartphone with a dual-core processor. In the same year, the LG Optimus 3D released; a special smartphone with which you could take 3D photos. It was also one of the first devices with a dual-camera set-up.
Where the LG Optimus 2X Speed was the first phone in the world with a dual-core processor, the LG Optimus G appeared in 2012, the first smartphone with a quad-core processor. We then also saw the quad-core processor in the LG Optimus 4X HD. The Nexus 4 was also released in 2012; where the device was described as a true flagship killer that could compete with real high-end smartphones with its specifications. The Nexus 4 was the first Android phone to support Qi wireless charging. LG was also allowed to release the successor to the Nexus; the LG Nexus 5X, while Huawei the Nexus 6P was allowed to release.
In 2014 we saw the third generation of the G series; in the form of the LG G3. This device was one of the first smartphones with a 1440p screen. Another innovation from LG came in 2016. In that year the LG G5, which we also discussed extensively at the time in the LG G5 review. This device was equipped with a wide-angle lens. LG was able to ensure that manufacturers are now showing off the many possibilities of their wide-angle lens. Years ago, such a lens on a smartphone was virtually unimaginable. Not only that was an advantage of the device, the device also had a modular design, where you could add extra functionality by changing a module. Unfortunately, LG abandoned that concept again with the next generation, so the accessories cost you a lot of money and you could only use them on the LG G5.
Another device that had enough innovation on board was the LG G Flex. It was the first flexible device with a curved screen. In addition, it had a special coating on the back that could ‘heal’ scratches themselves. There was also the LG G4 with leather casing and fell the LG G2 on by the buttons on the back; a very interesting development that also worked well in practice. The keys from the LG G2 to the G4 were on the back. In the past, the company came up with the LG Cookie, a real hit in the cheaper segment.
LG also recently tried to make an attempt to come up with an innovation. The LG Wing, which we discussed in the LG Wing review, featured a rotating screen that lent itself to new functionality. Unfortunately, this did not catch on with consumers. We also saw this in devices such as the Velvet, G8 series and the like. Speaking of the G8 series, the LG G8s featured palm recognition. Great devices, but no innovation, relatively high price and thus the infamous update policy.
LG, we’re going to miss you.
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