By Michael Fisher | July 1, 2013 7:00 PM
Most new-device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review.
Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity.
For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not many people revisit the device to see how it feels a few weeks or months later, because everyone’s already focused on the next big deal coming down the pipe.
So let’s do something about that. Let’s see how we feel about devices when they’re not shiny and new anymore. This is After The Buzz.
When it debuted last fall, the Optimus G was LG’s finest-ever smartphone effort. Finished in gleaming glass and chrome with an eyeball-rattling texture pattern around back and a brilliant display up front, the G defied our expectations at nearly every turn. That trend continued on the software side, the device running a custom software skin that was anything but subtle, yet still managed to deliver a far more responsive experience than its 4.0.4 underpinnings would suggest. In our full review, we gave the Optimus G high marks for its accomplishments, but expressed concern about its prospects for long-term support. Nearly eight months later, it’s time to come back around to the 2012′s LG flagship to see how well it’s held up in the time since. It’s time for the After The Buzz treatment: the LG Optimus G review redux has arrived!
Join us as we examine the ups and downs of the Optimus G, from a bumpy Jelly Bean rollout, to a slip-and-slide glass-on-wood test, to an examination of just how stylish a flagship smartphone needs to be. We’ve got camera samples, Optimus UI swipes and flicks, and more than a few outtakes down in the video below – so while you wait for more news on the Optimus G2, click on ahead and find out what keeps its predecessor relevant today. And then stay tuned for the official announcement of our Optimus G giveaway, featuring this very device!