Dell Latitude E7240 BIOS issue fixed

Dell Latitude E7240 BIOS issue fixed - root cause and resolution steps

Dell Latitude E7240 drivers
Dell Latitude E7240

The previously reported issue with the Dell Latitude E7240 seems to be fixed now with the latest drive update on Dell's support site. I've already installed the release and currently am monitoring if it will show any difference compared to previous behavior. 

Dell Latitude E7240 keyboard test

Oral-B TriZone 500 electric toothbrush tested

Test and review of the electric toothbrush Oral-B TriZone 500 color edition (orange)

Oral-B TriZone toothbrush
Oral-B TriZone toothbrush

We haven't paid too much attention to health improving products in our blog and that is why we are initiating a series of consumer tests and reviews of some interesting gadgets that do good for your health. 
Today we are testing the budget electric toothbrush Oral-B TriZone in its orange version.

Samsung UE32H5030 - quality cheap 32 inch Full HD LED TV

Specifications and full review of the affordable 32 inch Full HD LED TV Samsung UE32H5030

Samsung UE-32H5030 review
Samsung UE-32H5030 - 32 inch Full HD LED TV

In today's review I will share my impressions with the cheap 32 inch Full HD 1080p LED TV that I've been using for the last couple of days - Samsung UE32H5030.  And this is not my new TV as I am still with the lovely Sony KDL-32EX650 which has been doing great job for me in the last couple of years.

Another successful year for the Test and Review blog

Test and Review in 2015

Our lovely product review blog enters 2015 after many challenges and difficulties but that all is in the past. We are all eager to start hard work in the new year and deliver more quality reviews to our readers.

For 2015 our intention is to cover the same basic categories including consumer electronics (TV, Hi-Fi, digital cameras, etc.), computers, tablets and smartphones and of course some car reviews as well.
As I haven't posted any new reviews recently I would like to give you a short heads-up on what's coming in the next few weeks - we will have consumer test and full review of a very nice and affordable Braun electric toothbrush, interesting Lanaform air-purifying system, new budget 32-inch Samsung TV and some others.

That's all from me for now, stay tuned for more interesting stuff and don't forget to have fun in the cold snowy days this winter.

Samsung UE40H7000 Full HD 3D LED TV - video review

Video review of the premium 40 inch Full HD 3D Smart LED TV Samsung UE40H7000

Samsung UE40H7000 is one of the popular premium LED TVs these days but it is also quite expensive, especially when compared to other 40 inch Full HD LED TV from top brands. Here is a quick video review presenting some of the main features of Samsung's H7000 series:

Samsung UE40H6200 40 inch Full HD Smart LED TV

Samsung UE40H6200 40 inch Full HD Smart LED TV review

Samsung UE40H6200 is yet another LED TV that we particularly like and that is why today we will pay some more attention to it. We can easily say that the UE40H6200 is the cheaper version of Samsung UE40H6400 which comes with fancy smart remote control, better refresh rate and 2 pairs of 3D glasses. Other than that they are both offering rich colors, great picture quality and high performance thanks to the quad-core processing technology.

Here is an interesting video where you can learn more about this 40 inch Full HD Smart LED TV:

As for the price, we can say that the Samsung UE40H6200 is quite affordable especially if you consider all it has to offer. You can easily find this TV for around $500 in North America and around 400 Euros in European markets.

LG 32LB5610 - the best cheap 32 inch Full HD LED TV

Quick review of the affordable 32 inch Full HD LED TV LG 32LB5610

LG 32LB5610 LED TV
LG 32LB5610 - the best cheap 32 inch  Full HD LED TV

Christmas in coming and I know a lot of you will rush into searching for the best presents. Many families will probably buy a new LED TV as a family Christmas present and that is why we will pay some more attention on the best online TV deals that you can find these days. 

Today we stopped our attention at one of the most affordable 32-inch Full HD LED TVs on the market - the LG 32LB5610 which main features and specifications we will discuss in while.

Samsung UE40H6400 Full HD Smart LED TV review

Price, specifications and quick video review of the 40 inch Full HD 3D Smart LED TV Samsung UE40H6400

Today we are taking a look at one of the best sellers in the 40 inch Full HD Smart LED TV segment. Samsung UE40H6400 combines great picture quality and excellent set of features including Smart TV, active 3D technology and excellent sound quality as well.
If you are in the search for a good mid-range big screen TV for less than 500 Euros then it will be very hard to find a better offer than the Samsung UE40H6400.  I am not going to discuss all the specifications of this LED panel as you can easily check these online but I am just going to mention the main things that should be considered when comparing the UE40H6400 with another TV - quad-core processing, Full HD 1080p, active 3D with 2 pairs of 3D glasses included, Smart TV with smart touch remote, 400 Hz CMR.  As you can see this Samsung TV has plenty to offer and if you want to learn all about its product specifications you can check the official Samsung UE40H6400 page.

And here is a quick unboxing video and review of the Samsung UE40H6400:

And if you don't need any Smart TV features or 3D then you can check the cheaper 40-inch LED TV Samsung UE40H5000.

New Samsung LED TVs for 2014
Best HD and Full HD LED TV for 2014

Samsung UE40H5000 40 inch Full HD LED TV

Samsung UE40H5000 40 inch Full HD LED TV price and specifications

Samsung UE40H5000 40 inch Full HD LED TV

Today we are discussing one of the budget friendly big screen TVs and more specifically the Samsung UE40H5000 40 inch Full HD LED TV. It has a nice, clean and elegant design with the thin frame and stand decided almost entirely in black.
This TV is relatively new on the market and we still haven't got the chance to test it but once we do I will make sure to share the information with you.
Basically the UE40H5000 is a 40 inch Full HD LED TV that doesn't offer 3D technology nor Smart TV capabilities but on the other hand comes with a quite appealing price tag of around 400 Euros or $500. In UK the UE40H5000 is offered around £300.
And here are the main specifications of the Samsung UE40H5000:

3D Ready
Accessories Included
Remote control
Audio Quality  
DTS Studio Sound, DTS Premium Sound 5.1, Dolby MS10, 3D Sound
Digital tuner  
Freeview HD
H57.8 x W90.8 x D19.6cm
Energy Rating
5 years
Hard drive 
External USB playback
Internet Ready  
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN)
Model name / number
NFC enabled  
Number of tuners
1 (Freeview HD)
2x HDMI, 1x SCART, 1x USB 2.0
Power Consumption - Annual
66 kWh/year
Power Consumption - On Mode  
Power Consumption - Stand By
Recording Capacity (hours)
Refresh Rate  
Screen Resolution 
1920 x 1080 pixels
Screen size 
Speaker output  
Table Top Stand
Timer Facility
TV Screen Type 
Viewing angle (horizontal / vertical) 
178 degrees
Visible Screen Size (measured diagonally)

As you can see the UE40H5000 doesn't offer any high-end technology and features on board but it has the most important spec for a TV - very good picture quality in 1080p resolution and that is why we strongly recommend it to those who want a big screen TV but don't want to spend a pile of cash.

Disappointing battery life from Dell Latitude E7240 ultrabook

Dell Latitude E7240 scored very low in the battery life performance tests after couple of months of use

Dell Latitude E7240 battery

After several months with the high-end ultrabook Dell Latitude E7240 I have to admit that I am not really impressed with its battery life performance figures.

HP Pavilion X360 11-n010dx - a real competition for the Lenovo Yoga 11?

Quick video review of the 11.6" laptop with touchscreen HP Pavilion X360 11-n010dx

If I have to be honest I no longer like HP laptops since I had to return my brand new HP Envy X2 after just two days of using it. I think this manufacturer used to make some of the best high-end laptops but they completely failed in their attempts to make a good hybrid computers. Today we are taking a closer look at one of their latest releases in the ultra-portable laptop market - the Pavilion X360 11-n010dx.

As I previously shared with you I was very happy using my HP EliteBook 6930p for about 5 years and it is still going pretty strong. But I needed a more compact device with stronger battery life that would last for a good day on the go. Then I tried with the Enxy X2 which looked awesome and had this great built quality and uni-body  design very similar to the MacBook Air. Unfortunately here is where all the good things ended up - the detachable screen was way to uncomfortable to use as a tablet and the performance of the ultra low voltage Intel processor combined with 2GB of RAM was just terrible. That is the reason why I had to return this hybrid ultrabook/laptop and got something a bit more expensive but I am really please with my new Dell Latitude E7240 which unfortunately also had some driver issues (just like any other ultrabook offered on the market today).

But enough said about my previous experience with HP and Dell. Now lets talk about a bit more about the HP Pavilion X360 which just like the Envy X2 has a very good built quality but here we don't have the detachable screen which in my mind is a good thing. This 11.6 inch laptop is very light and compact and also has pretty good specifications for daily use. Here is a quick video review of the HP Pavilion X360 11-n010dx so you can learn about its specs and performance figures:

HP Pavilion X360 11-n010dx video review

I  hope you liked our HP Pavilion X360 11-n010dx review and if you want to explore some more interesting laptops please check the rest of our laptop reviews.

Best HD and Full HD LED TVs for 2014

Short list with the best HD and Full HD LED TVs for 2014 - sizes, prices, specifications and performance

Today at our consumer blog will be taking a closer look at some of the best performing HD and Full HD LED TVs for 2014, we will discuss prices, specs and consumer opinions for TV sets of different sizes and price ranges.

Do you like the all new iPhone 6 - poll results

Poll results from our recent survey "Do you like the all new iPhone 6"

It seems like the marketing blurb called iPhone will continue for some more time. Most people would say that they are not interested in the extremely expensive iPhone but they would still buy it.
So, as a short recap of what our readers voted about - 50% said that they don't like the all new iPhone 6, 42% say that they are totally not interested and only 7% seem to like the new Apple smartphone and are probably ready to buy it. 

I will leave the comments on these results to you.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
3 very big reasons not to buy iPhone 6

Driver and BIOS issues with Dell Latitude E7240

Driver and BIOS issues and problems with Dell Latitude E7240 - fan noise and heat

Dell Latitude E7240 issues

I have been using the 12.5-inch Dell Latitude E7240 ultrabook for more than a month now and I wanted to share few things that I think owners and future owners of this computer may find interesting.

The issues

The things that I want to cover today are related to fan noise and overheating of the laptop and what is it related to. You probably know that most ultrabooks have issues with overheating and that is why many people now prefer the ultra low voltage (ULV) equipped laptop and hybrid devices as they generate less heat and are much less intense on battery consumption even though ULV processors sacrifice on performance a little bit (well not a little but latest quad-core Intel Atom processors do just fine with most everyday computing tasks).

The issue that I recently noticed with my Latitude E7240 was caused by drivers recommended by Dell for this particular model. After re-installing OS couple of times (tried with Windows 8.1 and Windows 7) I was stuck with 32-bit Windows 7 Professional which unfortunately could only read 4GB of my preinstalled 8GB of RAM. I decided that I will use the laptop this way for a while and started downloading and installing all drivers and updates recommended for the Latitude E7240 on Dell's support page and on My Dell.

After updating everything, including BIOS, sound and graphics drivers, networking drivers the machine was running pretty smooth. Unfortunately very soon I noticed something wrong - the laptop was often overheating and fan was running on maximum power even when processor load was less than 50%. Of course the first thing I did is to remove some of the 'useful' drivers that I had on my ultrabook - removed the HD premium sound, the Intel WiFi pro interface and couple more and magically my laptop was running much more cool and quiet.

 Of course there was a noticeable difference in sound quality and other performance figures and features but I am using this laptop mostly for work so these were not as important. 

Soon I am going to switch to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 and will update you on how the Latitude E7240 behaving under any of these operating systems. I have some worries about installing Windows 8.1 as many Latitude owners reported fan noise and heating problems due to mismatched controller settings but I will probably will give it a try and see how it will go. 

Sony KDL-48W600B 48-inch Full HD LED TV specifications

Full specifications of the 48-inch Full HD LED TV Sony KDL-48W600B

Sony KDL-48W600B LED TV
Sony KDL-48W600B
·   Audio
·        Audio Power Output : 8W + 8W
·        Speaker Configuration : 2ch, Full Range (30 x 80 mm) x 2
·        Speaker Position : Down Firing
·        Audio Features
·        Sony Original Surround : S-Force Front Surround
·        Headphone/Speaker Link : Yes
·        Alternate Audio (Digital) : Yes
·        Clear Phase Speaker : Yes
·        Signal-to-Sound Architecture : Yes
·        Digital Out Format : Dolby Digital, PCM
·        Auto Mute (on no signal) : Yes
·        Reflector : Yes
·        Sound Mode : Standard; Cinema; Sports; Music; Game; Compressed Audio
·        S-Master : Yes
·        Advanced Auto Volume : Yes
·        Sound Booster : Yes
·        Stereo System : MTS (AUTO SAP)
·        Audio Out : Fixed / Variable
·        Dolby® : Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
·        5.1 Channel Audio Out : Yes
·        Convenience Features
·        Picture Adjustments Lock : Yes
·        On-Screen Operating Instructions : Yes
·        On/Off Timer : Yes
·        Auto Shut-off : Yes
·        On-Screen Display for External Input : Yes
·        Info Banner : Yes
·        Parental Control : Yes
·        Channel Block (with password) : Analog & Digital
·        Auto Photo Mode : Yes
·        BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes
·        Picture Frame Mode : Yes
·        Twin Picture : PAP (Variable)
·        USB Play (Contents) : MPEG1 / MPEG2PS / MPEG2TS / AVCHD / MP4Part10 / MP4Part2 / AVI(XVID) / AVI(MotionJpeg) / MOV / WMV / MKV / WEBM / 3GPP / MP3 / WMA / WAV / JPEG / MPO / RAW(ARW)
·        Scene Select : Photo; Music; Cinema; Game; Graphics; Sports; Animation
·        Show/Hide Channels : Yes
·        Panorama : Yes
·        Skin Naturalizer : Yes
·        USB Super Multi-Format Play : Yes
·        Label Inputs : Yes
·        USB Play : Yes (USB viewer supports FAT16, FAT32, exFAT and NTFS file systems.)
·        Channel Jump : Yes
·        On-Screen Clock : Yes
·        Edit Channel Labels : Yes
·        Channel Surf : Yes
·        Multiple Language Display : English; Spanish; French
·        Sleep Timer : Yes
·        Input Skip : Auto
·        Design Features
·        Stand Design : AL Shaft Silver
·        Display
·        Screen Size (measured diagonally) : 48"(47.6")
·        Display Resolution : Full HD
·        Viewing Angle (Up/Down) : 178(89/89) degree
·        Aspect Ratio : 16:9
·        Screen Size (cm) : 120.9 cm
·        Dynamic Contrast Ratio : Over 1 million
·        Viewing Angle (Right/Left) : 178(89/89) degree
·        Display Features
·        Backlight Type : LED
·        Display Device : LCD
·        Dimming Type : Frame Dimming
·        Energy Saving & Efficiency
·        Power Saving Modes : Yes
·        Energy Star® compliant : Yes, V5.3 & V6
·        Dynamic Backlight Control : Yes
·        Power Consumption (On Mode) for Energy Star : 39.8W
·        Power Consumption (Standby Mode) for Energy Star : 0.21W
·        Backlight Off Mode : Yes
·        General
·        Hotel Mode Menu : Yes
·        Closed Captions (CC) : Analog; Digital
·        Demo Mode : Yes
·        HDMI™ InstaPort : Yes
·        Finish (Surface Color) : Black
·        Start Up Sony Logo Display : Yes
·        Audio Return Channel : Yes
·        Inputs and Outputs (Interfaces)
·        Subwoofer Out : 1 (Side / Hybrid w/ HP and Audio Out)
·        Analog Audio Input(s) (Total) : 2 (Rear)
·        Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Input(s) : 1 (Rear / Hybrid)
·        Audio Out : 1 (Side / Hybrid w/ HP)
·        USB 2.0 : 2 (Side)
·        Composite Video Input(s) : 2 (1 Rear / 1 Rear Hybrid w/ Component)
·        AC Power Input : AC Adapter
·        HDMI™ Connection(s) (Total) : 4 (1 Side / 3 Bottom)
·        Headphone Output(s) : 1 (Side / Hybrid w/ Audio Out)
·        Ethernet Connection(s) : 1 (Rear)
·        MHL : Yes
·        RF Connection Input(s) : 1 (Bottom)
·        HDMI PC Input Format : 640x480@60Hz; 800x600@60Hz; 1280x768@60Hz-R; 1280x768@60Hz; 1360x768@60Hz; 1024x768@60Hz; 1280x1024@60Hz; 1920x1080@60Hz
·        Digital Audio Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
·        HDMI™ PC Input : Yes
·        Dimensions
·        TV with Stand (W x H x D) : 42 7/8 x 26 5/8 x 7 1/4 in (1086 x 675 x 181 mm)
·        TV only (W x H x D) : 42 7/8 x 25 1/2 x 3 5/8(2) in (1086 x 646 x 90.5 mm)
·        Package Carton (W x H x D) : 54 5/8 x 29 3/8 x 5 3/8 in (1385 x 743 x 135 mm)
·        Network (connectivity)
·        Wi-Fi Standard : a/b/g/n
·        Wi-Fi Frequency : 2.4Ghz / 5Ghz (for Wi-Fi Direct / Screen mirroring: 2.4Ghz Only)
·        Wi-Fi Direct : Yes
·        Skype™ : Ready
·        Guide and Search : Yes
·        TV Tweet : Yes
·        TV SideView™ : Yes
·        Screen mirroring : Yes
·        Related Search : Yes
·        Search : Yes
·        One-Flick entertainment : Yes
·        Social Viewing : Yes (Tweet only)
·        X2 Widget (System) : Yes
·        Photo Share : Yes
·        Net AD : Yes (depends on ad provider)
·        Seamless Streaming : Yes
·        DLNA Content : MPEG1 / MPEG2PS / MPEG2TS / AVCHD / MP4Part10 / MP4Part2 / AVI(XVID) / AVI(MotionJpeg) / MOV / WMV / MKV / WEBM / 3GPP / MP3 / WMA / LPCM / JPEG / MPO
·        Sony Entertainment Network : Yes
·        Wireless LAN : Integrated
·        Opera Apps (System) : Yes
·        Wi-Fi Certified : Yes
·        Internet Browser : Yes (Opera)
·        Power
·        Power Consumption (in Standby) : 120V : 0.4W / 240V : 0.5W
·        Power Requirements (voltage) : DC 19.5V
·        Power Consumption (in Operation) max. : 75W
·        Regulation and Standards Compliance
·        VESA® Hole Spacing Compatible : Yes
·        Service and Warranty Information
·        Limited Warranty Term : 12 months
·        TV System
·        TV System (Analog) : M
·        Number of Tuners (Terrestrial/Cable) : 1 (Digital / Analog)
·        Channel Coverage (Analog) : VHF: 2-13 / UHF: 14-69 / CATV: 1-135
·        Channel Coverage (Digital Terrestrial) : VHF: 2-13 / UHF: 14-69
·        TV System (Digital Terrestrial) : ATSC
·        TV System (Digital Cable) : Clear QAM
·        Channel Coverage (Digital Cable) : CATV: 1-135
·        Color System : NTSC
·        Video
·        Video Signal : 1080/24p (HDMI only); 1080/60i; 1080/60p (HDMI / Component); 480/60i; 480/60p; 720/60p; 1080/30p (HDMI only); 720/30p (HDMI only); 720/24p (HDMI only)
·        Video Features
·        3D Comb Filter : Yes
·        MPEG Noise Reduction : Yes
·        Blinking Type : Frame Blinking
·        Intelligent Picture Optimizer : Yes
·        Wide Mode : Full; Normal; Wide Zoom; Zoom; Caption; Normal / Full1 / Full2 for PC
·        4:3 Default : Yes
·        PhotoTV HD : Yes
·        Picture Mode : Vivid; Standard; Custom; Photo-Vivid; Photo-Standard; Photo-Original; Photo-Custom; Cinema1; Cinema2; Game-Standard; Game-Original; Graphics; Sports; Animation
·        24p True Cinema™ Technology : Yes
·        Auto Wide : Yes
·        CineMotion® Reverse 3:2 Pulldown Technology : Yes
·        Video Processing : X-Reality PRO
·        Live Color™ Technology : Yes
·        Deep Color : Yes
·        Portable Game Mode : Fine Full; Fine Normal; Portable Game1; Portable Game2
·        Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) : Yes
·        Motionflow™ Technology : Motionflow XR 240
·        LED Motion Mode : Yes
·        Face Area Detection : Yes
·        Super-resolution for Game Mode : Yes
·        Intelligent MPEG Noise Reduction : Yes
·        Weight
·        TV with Stand : 22.7 lbs (10.3 kg)
·        TV only : 21.9 lbs (9.9 kg)
·        Gross (Package Carton) : 33.1 lbs (15.0 kg)

ASUS X200MA laptop specifications

Full specifications of the 11.6 inch touchscreen laptop ASUS X200MA

 CPU Family: Intel Celeron
Processor Number: 1007U
CPU Speed: 1.5 GHz
Memory Size: 4096 MB
Maximum RAM: 4096 MB
Memory Bus Speed: 1333 MHz
Memory Type: DDR3 SDRAM
Total Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
Number of Hard Disks: 1
Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
Hard Disk Speed: 5400 RPM
Hard Disk Interface: SATA
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Screen Resolution: 1366 x 768 Pixels
Screen Size: 11.6 in
Screen Type: LED backlight
Graphics Device
Graphics Device: Intel HD Graphics
Graphics Form Factor: Integrated
Integrated Microphone: Yes
Speaker Type: Built-in
VGA Port: 1 x 15-pin Mini D-Sub
USB Ports: 1 x USB 3.0 2 x USB 2.0
RJ-45 Ports: 1 x RJ-45
Headphone/Audio Line Out: 1 x Combo Headphone/Microphone Jack
HDMI Port: 1 x HDMI
Network (Wired)
Network Card: Base-T
Network Card Speeds: 10/100 Mbps
Wireless Communications
RF Network Standard: 802.11
RF Standard: b/g/n
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth 4.0
Mobile Broadband: WiFi only
Webcam: HD Webcam
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8
Primary Battery Cells: 3 Cells
Power Adaptor Output: 19 V DC
Electrical Voltage: 100 to 240 VAC
Electrical Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz
Form Factor: Mobile Computer
Case Colour: Blue
In The Box: Asus X200MA (11.6 inch) Ultrabook PC
Width: 30.2 cm
Depth: 20 cm
Height: 2.56 cm
Weight: 1.24 kg


Around 300 Euro

Asus X55V laptop review

Google Nexus 6 is finally released

Google Nexus 6 by Motorola is now released and will hit the markets very soon

Google Nexus 6 Motorola

Google Nexus 6 by Motorola has been released recently and is expected to hit the major markets very soon. Orders for the new Google smartphone should begin in the next couple of weeks but for some countries there might be huge delays.
The all new Nexus 6 has 5.96 inch AMOLED display with QHD resolution of  2560x1440 and strong 3220 mAh battery which should last for a whole day of active use. Nexus 6 is powered by 2.7 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 805 processor and Adreno 420 GPU. This gigantic phone will be offered in couple different versions depending on the color - white or blue back cover. You can also get it with either 32GB  of internal storage space or 64GB in case you need more space (as you know Google smartphones don't offer microSD card slots as Google is vastly promoting their cloud services).
Nexus 6 will be also equipped with 13MP rear-facing with optical image stabilization and a 2MP front-facing camera.
The big Nexus will come with the latest Android Lollipop operating system and of course no additional interface on top which actually makes Nexus smartphones so good and preferred.


Prices for the Nexus 6 in North America are expected to be around $650 for the 32GB unlocked sim-free version and in UK the price tag should be around £450. 

Google Nexus 6 hands-on video review

And if you are interested in smartphones I would also recommend you to check our full LG G2 mini review and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo test and review.

LG G2 mini - first impressions and consumer review

First impressions and in depth consumer review of the affordable Android smartphone LG G2 mini

LG G2 mini review
LG G2 mini

Today I will share my first impressions with the budget friendly smartphone LG G2 mini and we are going to take a quick look at the phone design and interface. And when I say budget I don't mean cheap, it is just much more affordable that the bigger LG G2 and almost twice as cheaper compared to the recently released but similarly equipped LG G3 S.

Some of you that are familiar with LG's smartphone model line have probably noticed that there is the G2 mini has very similar specs and price tag compared to the LG L90. The only significant difference is the position of the hardware buttons that on G2 mini are located on the back of the phone while on the L90 they have more traditional location on the two sides. LG L90 also has 3 sensor buttons under the screen while on the G2 mini these controls are all integrated in the Android interface and take some useful space from the display itself.

LG G2 mini packaging
The original LG G2 mini box with some specs on it

LG G2 mini looks and feel

It is probably this category where the LG G2 mini scores the most points. It is entirely made of plastics but it is very well made and unlike some Samsung smartphones it doesn't feel extremely plastic and does not use the formula 'one design fits all sizes'. The G2 mini is also very light measured at only 121 grams which helps for the comfort in daily use.

LG G2 mini display

G2 mini back

The grippy bag of the G2 mini makes it easy to hold and it also looks quite durable and resistant to scratches so it would be perfectly fine to use this smartphone without additional case in the long run.
The back cover of the phone is also removed quite easy so you can easily exchange batteries in case you get an extra battery.

LG G2 mini back cover
LG G2 mini battery compartment

Size and dimensions

Even though this G2 is called mini it is not a small phone or at least compared to popular phones like the iPhone 5 which is even a bit smaller that the LG. It is called mini because when compared to the fully sized LG G2 or the latest G3 it really looks like a very compact device.

LG Leon smartphone review

Here are couple of comparison images where you can see how the G2 mini looks next to Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus:

G2 mini vs Note 3 Neo
G2 mini next to the Note 3 Neo

LG G2 mini vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
LG G2 mini compared to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

I remember when couple of years ago the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was considered a very big phone but now when place next to the mini LG G2 it looks just like any other compact smartphone on the market.

LG G2 mini dimensions: 66 x 129.6 x 9.8

Main features and specs

The G2 mini has all the features of a modern smartphone including fast WiFi N connection, GPS + A-GPS support, Infrared, Bluetooth v4.0, NFC, MicroUSB v2.0 and 3.5mm headphone jack. All these features work thanks to the fast 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm processor and 1 GB of RAM. Well, some may say that 1 GB RAM is too low for a modern smartphone but the fact that LG put the same amount of memory in their latest flagship smartphone the G3 S means only one thing - LG  is aiming at achieving long battery life without sacrificing in performance significantly.

LG G2 mini comes with 1.3 MP front facing camera and 8 MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, The rear camera has BSI sensor and also features Face detection and High Dynamic Range (HDR) shooting mode.

G2 mini 8 megapixel camera
LG G2 mini 8 megapixel rear camera with flash

LG G2 mini has 8 GB of internal flash memory and the ability to add additional 32 GB by inserting microSD card in the slot which is under the back cover of the phone right next to the micro SIM slot. The phone also has FM radio tuner built in so you don't need to have Internet connection in case you want to listen to some radio.

LG G2 miniG2 mini microSIM microSD

LG G2 mini has accelerometer and digital compass as well.


LG G2 mini has 4.7-inch QHD IPS display with resolution of 960 x 540. The display can be marked as one of the weak points of the G2 mini as most customers would expect at least HD resolution from this 16-million color screen. Again, probably LG didn't put better display here as they wanted to keep the low price point of the device and also make it as effective as possible by implementing hardware resources with lower power consumption and this way achieving great battery life which is one of the big selling points of the G2 mini.

LG G2 mini screen
LG G2 mini is bright enough in the dark, not so much in direct sunlight


LG G2 mini has very strong 2440 Li-Ion mAh battery which should be good for two days of use (depending on the load it may vary between 1 and 3 days). With the non-demanding processor and display the G2 mini promises to perform very well in this category and it actually does.


LG G2 mini comes with Android v4.4 (KitKat) and LG's Optimus UI which is lighter compared to Samsung's TouchWiz interface and also uses less hardware resources. Probably at some point later the G2 mini may receive Android L update but I don't think that will happen before the beginning of 2015.

G2 mini interface
LG G2 mini interface


LG G2 mini is offered around $200 (200 Euros in EU).

LG G2 mini seems to be a very capable and budget friendly smartphone, equipped with all the basics of a modern phone. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a multimedia smartphone as the low resolution display may disappoint some demanding customers. LG G2 mini will probably best suit customers that need lightweight device with great battery life and low price tag. The G2 mini is also offered in few different color choices - white, black, gold and red.

If you like smartphone reviews I would recommend you to check our recent Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo test and review.

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