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LG 47G2 LED Google TV Review

The G2 has hardly any drawbacks, but the Google content is still in its infancy. Right now, it's just a little overpriced.

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Introduction

The G2 is unique in LG’s 2012 line-up since it is the only series to feature Google-hosted content. The TV includes a QWERTY keyboard remote, access to Google Chrome, and ability to share Chrome apps between your PC and TV. These features set the G2 series apart from LG’s other smart TVs. The 47-inch model carries an MSRP of $1,699, which is a pretty steep price for that screen size. It has decent color, a healthy smart platform, and compelling 3D. The additional Google apps and widgets are useful tools, and make browsing more pleasant, but I'm still not sure if the price is justifiable.

Design

LG continues its tradition of sleek, stylish TVs.

The G2 boasts the same curved platform stand and motion-based functionality as other high-end LGs from 2012. The thin, edge-lit LED has a brushed metal bezel, touch-response controls and only weighs about 30lbs. It hints at futurism without appearing too outlandish and makes for a handsome product once fully assembled.

On the left side of the LG 47G2, you’ll find a cluster of horizontally-oriented inputs of the USB and HDMI variety. There are three USB inputs and four HDMI inputs, providing ample options for flash/external hard drives and HDMI-connected devices. Their side placement makes them easy to access, though I imagine a cluster of four HDMI connections trailing from the side of the TV might look a little ugly.

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Smart TV Features

The G2 features a unique menu system and has combined LG's Home Menu with a smattering of Google-based content.

The internet half of LG and Google’s TV partnership is where the G2 shines.

The G2 series is entirely unique in LG’s line-up. Most LG TVs share a similar menu interface. However the G2’s interface—meant to be streamlined for the hybrid Magic/QWERTY remote—is a standalone setup that was initially confusing to work with. Basic menus for adjusting picture and sound settings are tucked away inside larger menus. These menus are laid out with lots of text in the center of the screen. It’s not a bad thing, but is very different from anything else LG has done this year.

The internet half of LG and Google’s TV partnership is where the G2 shines. The remote’s scroll wheel, wand-like motion properties, and full QWERTY keyboard eliminate many of the web-browsing problems I often find so frustrating on traditional smart TVs. The remote may not have the ease-of-use of a PC, but it might just be on par with tablet and smartphone use after some practice. LG’s smart platform was already impressive, but the addition of Google content makes it that much better.

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Picture Quality

The LG 47G2 is a solid performer, with no major flaws or drawbacks.

Color tests revealed it to be very accurate by international standards, covering the full spectrum of red, green, and blue with effortless ease. Perhaps the one anomaly we saw during testing was how narrow the G2’s contrast ratio is. It is neither very dark nor very bright, suffering from a middling of extremes that gave it a below average contrast ratio.

It excelled in color, motion, and power usage, however, and even its speakers were above average. It’s good to see that, despite the Google partnership being such a big part of this TV, it’s still a solid product at its core.

3D

LG's passive 3D is some of the best tech in the industry, and the G2 is a sound example of that.

Towards the beginning of the year, we reviewed LG’s LM6700 series and were blown away by the quality of its 3D. Since then, we’ve approached each LG 3D TV with Christmas-morning anticipation, hoping to see the same quality repeated for each series. The G2 did not disappoint.

3D experiences are light and crisp, a feeling cemented by LG’s passive, lightweight 3D glasses.

On top of subtle, convincing 3D, the G2 comes packed with a usable, albeit somewhat mild, 2D-to-3D converter. These 3D experiences are light and crisp, a feeling cemented by LG’s passive, lightweight 3D glasses that fit any cranium comfortably. The best part? The G2 comes with six pairs of passive 3D glasses, free of charge.

Conclusion

Still not sure if the G2 is priced fairly? I’d recommend waiting on a price drop.

The LG 47G2 is a fine TV, but it’s only mildly different than the other 3D, smart TVs in LG’s 2012 line-up. You’re investing in the cross-integrated Google apps, but it doesn’t feel as fleshed out or as rewarding as it could.

For the same price, you can get LG’s 47LM6700, which has everything the G2 has, plus a wider array of connectivity options, but doesn’t have the additional Google content. Consider that LG's 32-inch LM6200 retails for over a thousand dollars less than either the G2 or the LM6700, and still gives you good color, 3D, and access to LG’s smart platform.

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