Join us as we travel back in time.
We guarantee that the very mention of LG will stir up memories in your mind that you forgot even existed.
Unfortunately, LG announced that their mobile journey would come to an end on the 31st of July. It seems they want to focus their attention elsewhere on things such as cars. We can’t blame them though, who wouldn’t love to be a part of making a car?
With all these stirred up thoughts and feelings, we think now is a perfect time to get nostalgic and look back at the very best of LG’s mobiles.
LG put the L and the G in flagship.
We really mean that people. The first addition to the G series came way back in 2007 which seems a million years ago now.
To put into perspective just how long ago this was, while we’re getting our nostalgia on, this was the year of Rihanna’s banger Umbrella and Gwen Stefani’s Sweet Escape – the speedy song that we know features the word refrigerator in there.
As with any journey back in time, it’s best to start at the beginning of a story and in this case that’s with the impressive LG Prada.
Not quite the Prada that you may be used to right now, but nevertheless still as epic. Emerging in 2006 and finally making an appearance in 2007, LG beat Apple in producing the first mobile with a capacitive touchscreen – a pretty mighty achievement we think.
It had a 3-inch screen, 8MB of storage, a 2MP camera and a pretty brick like design. Still, it had the touchscreen win on its side and set LG up on its mobile path.
Another phone from the same Era as this was the LG Viewty which brought a new level of fun with its 5MP camera, digital image stabilisation and autofocus!
Its claim to fame and showstopper feature was certainly its slow-mo recording. It could capture 320 x 240px video at 120fps.
We think this was the reason that it sold over 300,000 units in Europe, which was pretty major back then.
The next iconic mobile to mention is the LG Renoir which was the first full touchscreen phone with an 8MP camera. Although we’d laugh in the face of an 8MP camera in today’s mobile word, this was big way back when.
It also boasted a built-in GPS for geo-tagging photos. That’s right, it wasn’t as simple back then as it is now to tell the world where you were.
The next stop on our legendary LG journey is the LG Arena. We’re putting on the breaks and getting off the tour bus here to bring to light the fact that this phone was covered in Gorilla Glass. This is the super-tough material that gives phones today their impressive durability.
The LG Arena also brought us multitasking, back when Apple didn’t. It featured a multi-touch browser, Google Maps, and a Microsoft Office package – making it a pretty big deal.
The next mobile is one that we think might bring back all sorts of memories from your younger years. The famous LG New Chocolate was born in 2009 and quickly became a customer favourite.
It’s 4-inch screen had a stunning 21:9 aspect ratio and supported Dolby Mobile which was perfect for watching movies while on the go.
This phone was legendary, so LG had a lot to live up to. Sticking with the sweet theme, we saw the LG Cookie and boy did it live up.
Packing a resistive screen and a stylus, this phone quickly became a best seller – the best-selling touch phone actually, according to LG themselves.
LG sold a whopping 2 million LG Cookie’s in just five months and an even more impressive 5 million in nine months.
We’ve done a lot of talking about the early stages of LG and now we want to move into more recent times. The LG Optimus and LG Optimus 2X are what defines LG’s history.
They followed the same plan as the LG Cookie and appealed to LG fans that love nothing more than a good bargain – which of course made them hugely popular.
As the worlds first phone to boast a dual-core processor, the LG Optimus used performance to get people on its side and the LG Optimus 2X only enhanced this sneaky trick.
As we proceed on our awesome journey, we reach the G series, and we simply wouldn’t be able to talk about LG’s success without it.
The LG G2 was a bezel-less phone before bezel less phones were cool, and this made it widely popular. Its volume and power buttons were located on the back, and although this was loved back then we think it might be a little problematic right now.
Imagine trying to turn a banger of a song up and accidentally turning your phone off entirely – what a nightmare!
While everyone was lapping up all that this phone had to offer, LG graced their fans with the most futuristic phone that the mobile market had seen for a long time – the LG G Flex.
And what a flex this was folks. While it doesn’t compare to the foldable phones we have today, the screen, the battery, the motherboard, and everything else in between, literally flexed.
Unfortunately, this phone soon had more problems than one and eventually the Flex line was killed in 2015 – the competition was tough we can’t blame them for trying, but it was certainly fun while it lasted.
LG certainly had fun at the wake and dropped the LG G4 in 2015. This was a curved phone with optional leather back covers and decorative stitching. The back buttons were accompanied by a fingerprint reader which was another huge step into the future for LG.
Of course, in true smartphone fashion, we then saw the LG G5 which added a dual camera to the back of the phone, bringing every aspiring photographer’s dream to life.
We then saw the impressive LG G6 launched in 2017 which brought a much appreciated IP68 rating, perfect for those whoops moments.
But that wasn’t all. The G6 is the perfect phone to assess just how far LG have come. We saw an enhanced screen with HDR10 and Dolby Vision truly revolutionising how we watch our favourite shows and movies.
There were a few more LG devices along the way, but these are by far the most iconic mobiles in LG history.
There’s a long line of innovation that can quite clearly be seen and it’ll be a sad day come the 31st of July.
They brought about many firsts that won’t be forgotten and we hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look back just as much as we have.