Oct 16 AT 10:01 AM Taylor Wimberly 11 Comments

AT&T opens preorders for LG Optimus G, available Nov. 2


Starting today, AT&T customers can now preorder the LG Optimus G for only $199 with 2-year contract. Customers who buy the AT&T LG Optimus G off contract will pay $549, which is a pretty good price for a high-end Android phone with 4G LTE. We are expecting Google to reveal the LG Nexus later this month and I loath carrier contracts, but this might be the only chance for AT&T subscribers to get this device with 4G LTE.

Early reviews of the LG Optimus G have been mostly positive, with the only major complaints being the massive amount of AT&T crapware pre-loaded on the device. AT&T’s version only has an 8 megapixel camera, but we know that megapixels don’t really matter and camera samples from Sprint’s 13 megapixel version have proven this.

I would strongly consider this device if I was currently on AT&T 4G LTE, but I would probably wait till the end of the month to see what Google does with the next Nexus. It is highly likely that we will see an unlocked LG Nexus that is compatible with AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network, and there is always the small chance that we could see a carrier branded version (but I doubt it).

If you are in the market for a new AT&T phone, let us know what you are planning on buying.

Via: AT&T Blog

Source: AT&T LG Optimus G

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  • RX-78-7

    Looking at this and the LG Nexus

    • RX-78-7

      Dunno if it’s me, but isn’t it a somewhat different(design) from the press shots of the Korean version?

      • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

        Yes, the edges and the corners are slightly different than the global version. I think the crystal reflection pattern on the back has also changed.

        • UCLAKoolman

          The AT&T model also comes with an SD card slot, notification light around the power button, and an 8MP camera instead of the 13MP camera on the international edition.

          Surprisingly, the Verge noted that the 8MP camera takes better photos than the 13MP one. This is promising since the rumored LG Nexus has the 8MP sensor…


          • RX-78-7

            Hopefully more people read it, maybe that would help with the perception that more MP equals better image quality.

  • iamXiV92a

    I’m waiting for Google as I’m sure AT&T will stifle the Android updates to the carrier locked version somehow… (I really hate that this happens)

    • Voliam

      That is the BIG caveat for me on AT&T, pushing out timely updates. They don’t have a good track record to say the least.

  • stenzor

    If the next nexus is based off this phone, I’d be fairly happy.. hopefully they don’t cut out too much good hardware though.

    ..also: Loathe

  • gpatrick15

    If the next Nexus doesn’t come in an AT&T LTE variant, the Lumia 920 may seriously be my next device.

    • thejuiceman236

      If this is $549 Unlocked I’m expecting the LG Nexus to be $450 or less for a 16GB model.

      @gpatrick15 – i am tempted so badly to get the Lumia 920 but Windows Phone 8 scares me. In particular less apps, a worse Google apps experience, and no notification center. But i am in LOVE with the Nokia hardware.

  • michael

    Was waiting on Note 2 but this may change mind ,why would anyone pay off contract for hspa which doesn’t come close to LTE ,I know I have One x and it ran hspa until 2 months ago ,now running LTE