Originally Posted by EniGma1987
Is that still true of all their modern phones though? I am not up on LG except that I always hear the arguments going back and forth about them being terrible or not. I took a quick look at XDA and most of their phones look like they have plenty of development threads with ROMs or kernels. This is the one phone (other than Ubuntu Edge) that finally meets the specs I wanted for my next phone upgrade so I really hope it has the community dev support to back up the hardware.
The newer ones are fine, if you're willing to give up your warranty (Bootloader unlock). Build quality is mediocre though the devices are all shiny. Nexus 4 had problems with reception, wifi wakelock, band switching (from HSDPA to HSPA+), extreme overheating (cooling system too weak), material weakness (rear glass shattered from temperature differences alone), and serious light bleeding and discoloration issues on earlier model screens. The super smooth rear also made it so slippery, they had to redesign it (around March/April 2013 AFAIK) and added 2 plastic nubs on the bottom to give it some grip.
The newer LG launcher (LG UI 3) is apparently much faster than it used to be, still completely unnecessary though... Bloatware is on all their devices, though everyone does that these days.
If you want the ultimate newest and best (you mentioned Ubuntu Edge), I wouldn't advise you to go with an LG. Wait for the Galaxy Note 3, an improved or newer Xperia Z, or maybe one of those super-thin Lenovos, if custom ROMs aren't a priority. The Ubuntu Edge looks like it will have the performance and UX crown for a while, however the uncertainty and the long wait are absolute no-gos for me (at that price point).Edited by Waltibaba - 8/8/13 at 3:53pm