I was able to spend sometime this weekend getting used to the G2. I found that I got hooked on the knock-on feature real quick. I caught myself knocking on my S4 when I picked it up and wondering why the screen didn't light up. I like the way LG did the quiet mode too. I got hooked on quiet hours when running CM on some phones and it was good to see the G2 has a good version of it. Being able to allow certain contacts to get through is a must for me. They did a good job on that one.
I also like the way they did the adjustable quick toggles in the camera software. I'm happy with the pictures it takes in daylight and shade. I didn't mess with the camera all that much but I did find that if I set my S4's camera exposure to -0.5 and turn on the anti-shake feature the pics look like the G2's pictures.
I was happy to get it rooted so I could install Adaway, TBU, and a couple of other root apps on it. I'd like to get the bootloader unlocked and maybe get Hyperdrive, CleanRom, or JellyBelly, on it. But I'm pretty happy with just being rooted. Overall I'm very pleased with the G2. The battery life continues to be great and I haven't run into anything that irritates me about it.
We took a road trip this weekend from Katy Texas to Fort Worth and back, staying off of the main freeways to enjoy the scenery, and the signal reception and GPS navigation worked great. I seem to be the only person here that likes the S4 but keep in mind that mine doesn't stutter, lag, and gets great battery life. So I took it along for the ride as mainly a benchmark device for the G2. I had one or the other in my hand most of the time while my wife drove. That helps me keep from clutching the dashboard in terror.
Hotspot is included in the share plan the G2 is on so I tether a lot. I had the Nexus 10 tethered to it most of the trip to use for navigating the back roads. I was able to serf the net and play games on the G2 while the N10 scrolled the map of where we were. No problems at all.
The pictures and signal reception were great on both devices. But when I was outdoors in the sun I had a hard time seeing the S4 screen even when cranked up to max and the G2 showed off it's brightness advantage. The S4 had been holding it's own up until then. If I spent a lot of time outside, I would want my G2 with me.
Things I would like to change about the G2 would be to add a Wifi Hotspot toggle to the drop down toggle selection. For now I have the icon on the desk top, but I like to keep the desk top clear if I can.
And I would like to be able to take advantage of the whole screen size by making the navigation button area transparent all the time. I've never been a big LMT fan but that may be the best option for me. The way the G2 is designed the only time it uses the whole 5.2 screen is when playing videos. The rest of the time the screen (for dialer, email, apps, and games) is only about 4.8. I pulled a Samsung Galaxy S3 (because it has a 4.8 screen) out of the drawer for comparison. The S3 display is the same size top to bottom but the G2 was slightly wider than the S3.
With the better sound, brighter maximum brightness, battery life, quiet settings, camera app, and back buttons, the G2 will definitely replace my beloved S4 as my primary phone. I'm very happy I bought it.