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LG G Pro 2 Hands-On: We Test LG's New 5.9-Inch Phablet

24/02/2014 12:56 GMT | Updated 24/02/2014 13:59 GMT

The new LG G Pro 2 is from that class of ridiculously huge phones - 'phablets', in tech speak - which, depending on the size of your pockets, you either love or hate. And unlike the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and its actually-pretty-great S-Pen stylus, or even the curved screen of the LG G Flex, there's nothing in terms of truly stand-out or unique features in the G Pro 2 to make it immediately appealing unless you just want as much screen as possible to go with your top-of-the-line processor and camera.

On those more standard fronts, at least, the G Pro 2 looks set up to perform really well. The 1080 x 1920 pixels display is beautiful, and the 3GB RAM and Snapdragon 800 processor are close to the best around. The 13-megapixels camera is strong, with improved image stablisation and auto-focus, and there are no other hardware concerns of note.

The G Pro 2 also has a number of software tricks up its sleeve, including the ability to run two apps at once in dual-screen mode, LG's cool new 'knock to unlock' feature and a few other bells and whistles.

The downwside is that as well as being huge, the G Pro 2 also feels a little cheap. LG might talk up the 'metal-like' feel of the back, but there's no getting around the fact that it's actually made of thin plastic, and feels cheap. The immediate impression is not of fine workmanship or quality, but of a decision to not care too much about the details. Which is a shame.