09/08/2013 06:26 BST | Updated 07/10/2013 06:12 BST

LG G2 Review Round-Up: Tech Press Grades 5.2-Inch Android Flagship (PICTURES)

LG has unveiled the 'G2', its new flagship Android smartphone. The device has impressive specs, including a full HD, 5.2-inch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM.

It also has buttons on the back, which at first makes a twisted sort of sense, and then later seems like total genius.

We haven't taken a personal look at the phone yet, but here's what the tech press has made of it so far:

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CNET: 'Speed Demon'

"It certainly handles like a speed demon. Menus flew by with almost blinding swiftness while apps and home screens opened and closed in the blink of an eye… One big drawback to the handset's smooth texture is that both the black and white models easily accumulate fingerprints and smudges."

Trusted Reviews: 'One of the best phones ever made'

"On first impressions the LG G2 is a much needed step forward on the smartphone scene from the Korean manufacturer. Not just LG’s best phone to date, the LG G2 is shaping up to be one of the best phones ever made. Its 5.2-inch screen is simply stunning and the powerful specs beneath the hood will future proof the phone for some time yet."

Stuff: 'A Lot To Be Impressed With'

"It's got the slightly lacklustre fit and finish of an S4, but doesn't have the S4's excuse of expandable storage and swappable battery. As with the HTC One, the specs are fixed from day one, but unlike with the HTC One, you won't own the sexiest phone on the planet. Still, there's a lot here to be impressed with. Following the huge success of the Nexus 4, it looks like LG is finally getting into its smartphone stride."

T3: 'Damn Good'

"Rear buttons aside, the overall the design isn't revolutionary but then when was the last time we saw a phone design that really blew us away? What really stands out with the LG, though, is the combination of a superbly crisp screen and top-notch speed. There's no doubt this is a really strong phone that's going to give the S4, HTC One and the iPhone a damn good battle."

UberGizmo: 'They Might Be Onto Something'

"From our short time with the G2, we certainly became believers in the rear-button layout and found it to be extremely comfortable, especially when handling a phablet device. Whether or not having physical buttons on the rear of smartphones catches on with competing manufacturers is yet to be seen, but considering LG was the first company to include an IR blaster on their phones as well as being the first to offer an improved screen cover accessory, they might be onto something with its G2."

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