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Flashback: LG’s best phones before and after switching to Android

LG will be out of the mobile market in a few months, it just needs some time to push Android OS updates for its premium smartphones. You’ll miss LG’s innovation spirit – We’ve already looked at LG’s greatest inventions – Today we wanted to talk about its greatest phones.

There are a lot of interesting phones to cover, so we’ll split the history of LG phones into two main periods — before Android and after Android — and look at what we think are the top 5 phones from each era.

before Android

We’ll start with LG KG800 Chocolate. The Motorola RAZR became a design icon in the early 2000s, but the first chocolate was also successful and its design language set the tone for LG phones for the next several years. There was also LG KE800 Chocolate Platinum And the LG KG810 Chocolate Folder In the first generation of LG’s Black Label series.

It was launched in 2006 and by the middle of 2007 the chocolate chain had reached 10 million sales. By December 2007 the number had increased to 15 million. Not quite the RAZR’s sales, but it’s still a huge hit for LG.

Of all the chocolates, the CDMA-based LG VX85000 slider was king. It became one of LG’s best-selling phones of all time, with 21 million units moved. Side note: The best of the lot was the basic LG KP100, which sold 30 million units.


LG KG800
LG KE800
LG KG810
LG KU800

LG KG800 • LG KE800 • LG KG810 • LG KU800

We’ve already covered a file LG KE850 Prada In detail – the first capacitive touch screen phone. It had an all-touch user interface (as you can tell by the name), LG takes a lot of pride in sleek design. Sadly, its contribution to the mobile world was overshadowed by the Apple iPhone that emerged a few months later.


LG KE850 Prada
LG KF900 Prada
LG Prada 3.0

LG KE850 Prada • LG KF900 Prada • LG Prada 3.0

LG’s mobile division hit its peak in 2009 when optimism was running high. The company was projecting that it would sell 120 million phones that year, then 140 million in 2010, and by 2012 it would be the second largest smartphone maker in the world.

The original Prada wasn’t a smartphone, but that wasn’t a problem because LG had a successful line of touchscreen feature phones. humble LG KP500 cookie (2008) had a 3.0-inch touch screen (240 x 400 pixels), a nice design and an affordable price of 200 euros. LG sold 9 million units in 9 months, which later grew to 13 million. -ups, just like you did with Chocolate and Prada.


LG KP500 cookie
LG GS290 Cookie Fresh
LG T375 Cookie Smart
LG Cookie Lite T300

LG KP500 Cookie • LG GS290 Cookie Fresh • LG T375 Cookie Smart • LG Cookie Lite T300

Among LG’s phone innovations, we’ve listed the LG KU990 Viewty, which was the first phone to record slow-motion video (Viewty did well for itself, moving 5 million units). LG Optimus 2X became the first phone to record 1080p video. LG G5 was the first dual camera phone.

But we wanted to highlight another camera phone from the company, namely LG KC910 Renoir from 2008. This was the successor to the Viewty and upgraded the camera to an 8MP sensor and xenon flash, and also kept the Schneider-Kreuznach optics.

Flashback: LG's best phones before and after switching to Android

Renoir competed in the 8 MP Grand Shootout where it tied with the Sony Ericsson C905. Also, this device added GPS and Wi-Fi via the Viewty spec sheet, so it was a much better phone besides the camera as well.


LG KC910 Renoir

LG KC910 Renoir

The last phone in the pre-Android era that we wanted to highlight is LG KM900 circuit (2009). It has a 3.0-inch screen with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels – that’s 311 ppi, a year before Apple introduced the iPhone 4 with its “Retina”. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass, while the body of the phone was made of metal. .

Flashback: LG's best phones before and after switching to Android

Square was nice in software too, with its S-series touch UI. With capacitive touch, of course, that’s no cookie. It costs almost twice as much at €350, but it’s still much cheaper than the €630 iPhone 4. It wasn’t perfect, but the Arena was one of the best non-smartphones ever. Definitely one of the best LG has ever made.


LG KM900 circuit

LG KM900 circuit

After Android

LG has really been at its best when making feature phones. He dabbled in Symbian, but before the arrival of Android, he didn’t put much effort into making smartphones. We’re not going to look at the few Windows Phone devices you’ve made since there aren’t many fond memories there.

To highlight the gap between LG’s feature phone and smartphone periods, let’s take a look at LG G2 (2013). It was a great phone with by far the smallest 5.2-inch screen footprint of its day, and it had an ingenious design with the volume rocker and power button on the back, just below the camera. – Double tap to wake up.

Flashback: LG's best phones before and after switching to Android

The G2’s 13MP camera had OIS ahead of most other Android devices, and the phone also had a powerful Snapdragon 800 chipset. It was pretty, fast and only sold about 3 million units, about a third of which went to South Korea. Off. That’s nowhere near cookie-cutter numbers and well below the 10 million target.


LG G2

LG G2

sequel, LG G3 (2014), it got better, eventually reaching the 10 million mark which G2 didn’t. G4 also targeted 10 million (even 12 million), but it couldn’t even surpass G3.

Flashback: LG's best phones before and after switching to Android

The LG G3 was still a very good phone as we echoed in one of our flashback posts. It had one of the first 1440p displays and one of the first cameras to support 4K, and it offered laser autofocus to boot. However, LG never managed to catch the traction that Samsung had for the Galaxy S series — the Galaxy S5 reached 10 million in just 25 days.


LG G3

LG G3

The LG V10 (2015) was the beginning of something new. It was a semi-professional line for serious people with serious demands. It was a rugged phone with a stainless steel (316L) body, Dura Skin back cover, and popular MIL-STD-810G rating.

Flashback: LG's best phones before and after switching to Android

Audiophiles quickly embraced the V10 because it came with quad Beats headphones tuned by AKG and a high-quality 32-bit DAC. It was an odd phone, too, with a line projecting above the 5.7-inch main screen. This was used to display status information, notifications, shortcuts, and more. And next to it were two selfie cameras – wide and ultra-wide. That inspired what happened next.


LG V10

LG V10

The LG G5 (2016) was one of LG’s most ambitious phones ever. It was the first phone to feature an ultra wide angle camera on the back and was probably the first Android phone with modular add-ons. Magic Slot also has the advantage of preserving battery user access.

Few mods ever made and the best one, the B&O DAC, was rendered obsolete by the introduction of the Quad DAC with the LG V20. However, the G5 still had excellent sound quality, and that modular system died out pretty quickly with very few units reaching consumers.

Flashback: LG's best phones before and after switching to Android

In the end, the LG G5 flew close to the sun and the V series took LG’s best. It got to the point where reports claimed that the G series would be killed. In the end, that proved true (there was no G9 in 2020), but the G series didn’t get a true replacement.


LG G5

LG G5

LG dreamed big until the very end. With him leaving the phone business behind, we’ll probably never see his foldable phone, but we’re glad we at least have one LG Suite (2020). Here’s a creative take on a second screen – the large 6.8-inch P-OLED screen can snap quickly to landscape orientation, making it ideal for multimedia.

Flashback: LG's best phones before and after switching to Android

The secondary 3.9-inch G-OLED display below that was just the right size for continuing to text or scroll through your social media feeds, without pausing your movie or game. Speaking of gaming, this was a great way to get some on-screen controls that don’t hide the game. It was a clever design and we found many uses for it in our review.


LG Wing 5G

LG Wing 5G

The LG Wing is a throwback to older LG devices like the V9000, for example, which brings it full circle. One of these appeared on the first Iron Man Movie. What other company will be making designs like this out of the box in 2021?

The transition to smartphones was the beginning of the end for LG – just as it was for Nokia. The company put up a good fight and introduced many innovations along the way, but it never found an audience wide enough to turn a profit. And it never returned to the levels of success it enjoyed in the 2000s.