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

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

LG will exit the cell phone market in just a few months, it pleasing wants some time to push out Android OS updates for its top class smartphones. LG’s modern spirit will seemingly be overlooked – we already checked out LG’s finest innovations – today we wished to focus on its finest phones.

There are a ways too many attention-grabbing phones to duvet, so we are able to divide the history of LG phones into two main sessions – before Android and after Android – and gape at what we mediate are the Top 5 phones from every period.

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Before Android

We will birth with the LG KG800 Chocolate. The Motorola RAZR grew to turn into a blueprint icon in the early 2000s, but the first Chocolate used to be a success as successfully and its blueprint language location the tone for LG phones for loads of years to approach. There used to be also the LG KE800 Chocolate Platinum and LG KG810 Chocolate Folder in the first period of LG’s Dim Mark Series.

These launched in 2006 and by mid-2007 the Chocolate series had reached 10 million gross sales. By December 2007 the amount grew to 15 million. No longer reasonably RAZR gross sales, but aloof a grand success for LG.

Of all the Chocolates, the CDMA-based mostly totally LG VX85000 slider used to be king. It grew to turn into one of LG’s best-promoting phones of all time, engaging 21 million objects. Aspect show: it be best ever used to be the overall LG KP100, which sold 30 million objects.

LG KG800
LG KE800
LG KG810
LG KU800

LG KG800 • LG KE800 • LG KG810 • LG KU800

We admire already covered the LG KE850 Prada in detail – the first phone with a capacitive touchscreen. It had an all-touch UI and (as you are going to be ready to notify by the identify), LG took mountainous pride in the ravishing blueprint. Alas, its contribution to the cell world used to be overshadowed by the Apple iPhone that came out just 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 cell division had its heyday in 2009 when optimism used to be working high. The company used to be forecasting that this would possibly perhaps well sell 120 million phones that 365 days, then 140 million in 2010 and that by 2012 this would possibly occasionally also be the second biggest smartphone maker in the world.

The normal Prada wasn’t a smartphone, but that wasn’t a explain as LG had a worthwhile line of touch-operated featurephones. The humble LG KP500 Cookie (2008) had a 3.0″ resistive touchscreen (240 x 400 px), a cute blueprint and an cheap €200 ticket. LG sold 9 million objects in 9 months, which later grew to 13 million. These numbers led LG to begin loads of practice-ups, pleasing relish it had performed with the Chocolate and the Prada.

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

LG KP500 Cookie • LG GS290 Cookie Unique • LG T375 Cookie Gorgeous • LG Cookie Lite T300

Among LG’s phone innovations we listed the LG KU990 Viewty, which used to be the first phone to narrative sluggish-motion video (the Viewty did successfully for itself, engaging 5 million objects). The LG Optimus 2X grew to turn into the first phone to narrative 1080p video. The LG G5 used to be the first correct twin digicam phone.

However we wished to highlight another digicam phone from the company, the LG KC910 Renoir from 2008. This used to be the successor to the Viewty and upgraded the digicam to an 8MP sensor and xenon flash, it also stored the Schneider-Kreuznach optics.

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

The Renoir competed in our 8 Megapixel Grand Shootout where it tied with the Sony Ericsson C905. Also, this one added GPS and Wi-Fi over the Viewty spec sheet, so it used to be better phone besides the digicam as successfully.

LG KC910 Renoir

LG KC910 Renoir

The supreme phone in the pre-Android period we wished to highlight is the LG KM900 Enviornment (2009). It had a attractive 3.0″ demonstrate with 480 x 800 px resolution – that is 311 ppi, a 365 days before Apple came up with “Retina” and the iPhone 4. And the show used to be protected by Gorilla Glass while the phone’s chassis used to be produced from metal.

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

The Enviornment used to be heavenly in tool as successfully, with the S-Class touch UI. The utilization of capacitive touch, clearly, that isn’t very in actuality the Cookie. It cost practically twice as great at €350, but aloof great much less expensive than the €630 iPhone 4. It wasn’t supreme, the but Enviornment used to be one of the best non-smartphones ever. No doubt one of the best that LG ever made.

LG KM900 Arena

LG KM900 Enviornment

After Android

LG in actuality used to be at its best when making featurephones. It dabbled with Symbian, but before Android arrived, it by no potential in actuality save great effort into making smartphones. We’re not going to gape at the few Residence windows Phone devices it made as there aren’t many fond recollections there.

To highlight the chasm between LG’s featurephone and smartphone sessions, let’s gape at the LG G2 (2013). It used to be a mountainous phone with by a ways the smallest footprint for its 5.2″ demonstrate in its day and had a ingenious blueprint with the Quantity rocker and Strength button on the support, pleasing below the digicam. And it used to be amongst the first to blueprint the now-standard double tap to wake.

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

G2’s 13MP digicam had OIS before most other Androids, the phone also had a highly efficient Snapdragon 800 chipset. It used to be heavenly and fleet and it only sold around 3 million objects, just a few third of which went to South Korea. Oof. That’s nowhere shut to Cookie numbers and successfully below the 10 million target.



The sequel, the LG G3 (2014), improved on the disaster, sooner or later reaching the 10 million ticket that the G2 by no potential did. The G4 also targeted 10 million (even 12 million), but would possibly perhaps well not even surpass the G3.

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

The LG G3 used to be aloof a in actuality correct phone as we recounted in a Flashback submit. It had one of the first 1440p displays and one of the early 4K-succesful cameras, which supplied Laser autofocus to boot. Nevertheless, LG by no potential managed to garner the charm that Samsung had cultivated for the Galaxy S series – the Galaxy S5 hit 10 million in only 25 days.



The LG V10 (2015) used to be birth of one thing new. It used to be a semi-skilled line for serious of us with serious demands. It used to be a rugged phone with a stainless metal physique (316L), Dura Pores and skin support duvet and it popularized the MIL-STD-810G ranking.

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

Audiophiles snappy embraced the V10 as it came with Quad Beats headphones tuned by AKG and a top of the range 32-bit DAC. It used to be a kooky phone too, with a line demonstrate above the 5.7″ fundamental demonstrate. This used to be old to show residence info, notifications, shortcuts and more. And next to that were two selfie cameras – large and ultrawide. That impressed what came next.

LG V10

LG V10

The LG G5 (2016) used to be one of the most heroic LG phones ever. This used to be the first phone to blueprint an ultrawide-attitude digicam on the support and used to be perchance the first Android with modular add-ons. The Magic Slot also had the supreme thing about conserving the battery particular person accessible.

Few mods ever materialized and the best one, the B&O DAC, used to be made frail by the introduction of Quad DAC with the LG V20. The G5 aloof had very supreme audio quality, though, and that modular blueprint died reasonably snappy with very few modules reaching patrons.

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

In the quit, the LG G5 flew too shut to the solar and the V-series took over as LG’s best. It purchased to the point where reports claimed that the G-series will seemingly be killed off. In the end, that proved to be pleasing (there used to be no G9 in 2020), but the G-series by no potential purchased a pleasant replacement.



LG used to be dreaming grand till the quit, on the other hand. With it leaving the phone enterprise, we are going to doubtlessly by no potential gape its rollable phone, but we’re elated we at the very least admire the LG Fly (2020). That is a ingenious opt on the second show – the mountainous 6.8″ P-OLED demonstrate would possibly perhaps well even snappy snap to landscape orientation, supreme for multimedia.

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

The secondary 3.9″ G-OLED demonstrate below that used to be pleasing the pleasing measurement to preserve texting or scroll by your social media feeds, with out pausing your film or recreation. Talking of gaming, this used to be a mountainous arrangement to admire some on-show controls that manufacture not duvet up the recreation. It used to be one of these artful blueprint and we realized many uses for it in our review.

LG Wing 5G

LG Fly 5G

The LG Fly is a throwback to dilapidated LG devices relish the V9000, shall we inform, which makes it a plump circle. Regarded as one of these used to be featured in the first Iron Man film. Which other company will seemingly be making such out of the field designs in 2021?

The transition to smartphones used to be the starting of the quit for LG – pleasing relish it used to be for Nokia. The company save up a correct fight and supplied many innovations alongside the arrangement, but it by no potential realized a large satisfactory viewers to turn a profit. And it by no potential returned to the phases of success it loved in the 2000s.

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