Monday, January 13, 2014

Food + Technology: Testing the LG G2 for Verizon Wireless

I've recently partnered with Verizon Wireless of the Philadelphia Tri-State Region to see how certain devices that operate on Verizon's 4G LTE network stand up to the technological needs of a food blogger.

LG G2 for Verizon Wireless | Taste As You Go
LG G2 for Verizon Wireless

Before the holidays, I partnered with Verizon Wireless of the Philadelphia Tri-State Region on an unexpected (but really fun!) new project. To see how food bloggers like me can benefit from the latest technology out there, they had me choose from a list of devices that operate on their 4G LTE network, known as the "fastest and most reliable in the U.S.," to test to see how the right device could improve my blogging endeavors.


LG G2 for Verizon Wireless | Taste As You Go
LG G2 for Verizon Wireless

I admit, choosing the first device to test was a daunting experience. I can't claim to be super tech-savvy and I hardly keep tabs on the latest and greatest smartphones coming onto the market (that's Stephen's job), but I do know how I use mobile apps to stay in touch with readers when I'm away from my computer, stay organized in terms of blogging projects, and keeping wish lists of recipes to try, kitchen tools and gadgets to buy, and features I want in my Dream Kitchen.

My review of the LG G2 certainly won't be full with technological specs or all of the proper terminology (there are plenty of other blogs you can read for that info!), but I still think there's some value in sharing my general thoughts about the device.

First of all, I couldn't get over the phone's beautiful display. Graphics were bright and crisp and the colors were amazingly vibrant. Right out of the box, I couldn't wait to start taking food photos to see how my restaurant discoveries or kitchen experiments would look before uploading them to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

LG G2 for Verizon Wireless | Taste As You Go
LG G2 for Verizon Wireless

Clearly, I had a lot of fun. ;-)

Great Lakes Brewing Co. | Taste As You Go
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

While I found that photos uploaded in no time thanks to the 4G LTE network, I did experience some "before" and "after" discrepancies. Take, for example, this photo of the bottle of Christmas Ale I shared with my grandmother on Christmas Eve. On the LG G2, the photo looked fantastic without too much editing or the use of an Instagram filter. But after I uploaded the photo to my various social media channels, the photo was way too dark and it was impossible to see the label on the bottle. It took three attempts to get the photo to look the way I wanted it to on the phone and on Facebook and Instagram.

It was extremely frustrating, and I still don't know what happened to cause the discrepancy. Thankfully (?), this only happened a handful of times, and when it did happen, I had a few extra minutes to retake the shot and upload again. If that problem became a regular thing, though, then I probably would have gone out of my mind.

LG G2 for Verizon Wireless | Taste As You Go
LG G2 for Verizon Wireless

The LG G2 is slim and light and much less cumbersome than my current phone, which meant I could slip it into my back pocket without worrying about my backside looking lumpy.

(Yes, I realize that the girl part of me is much more concerned about this than the food blogger part of me.)

Plus, the battery life is crazy impressive. When I first started using the LG G2, I carried the charger around with me everywhere because I was used to needing to plug my phone for a quick recharge during the middle of the day. But the more I used the Lg G2, the more I realized that the midday charge was unnecessary, especially when I stayed connected to a wireless network. Even with constantly checking my social media apps. HUGE PLUS.

Here are some of my favorite photos taken with the LG G2. They aren't all of food, but I think that's okay... I couldn't help myself.

Mussels & Frites with Chipotle Lobster Bisque - The MINT Gastropub - Bethlehem, PA | Taste As You Go
Mussels & Frites with Chipotle Lobster Bisque - The MINT Gastropub - Bethlehem, PA

Fasnacht - Vegan Treats - Bethlehem, PA | Taste As You Go
Fasnacht - Vegan Treats - Bethlehem, PA

Christmas Decorations at the Hotel Bethlehem - Bethlehem, PA | Taste As You Go
Christmas Decorations at the Hotel Bethlehem - Bethlehem, PA

Cinnamon Rolls | Taste As You Go
Cinnamon Rolls | Taste As You Go

Spicy Italian Sausage and Sauteed Broccoli Rabe | Taste As You Go
Spicy Italian Sausage and Sauteed Broccoli Rabe

Stack of Unread Magazines | Taste As You Go
Stack of Unread Magazines | Taste As You Go

Baking Carrot Cake | Taste As You Go
Baking Carrot Cake | Taste As You Go

Carrot Cake | Taste As You Go
Carrot Cake | Taste As You Go

Owls at Pottery Barn | Taste As You Go
Owls at Pottery Barn | Taste As You Go

Mr. and Mrs. Rittler - Christmas 2013 | Taste As You Go
Mr. and Mrs. Rittler - Christmas 2013 | Taste As You Go

Chloe Judd | Taste As You Go
Chloe Judd | Taste As You Go

Pizza Night - Arugula Pizza with Prosciutto | Taste As You Go
Pizza Night - Arugula Pizza with Prosciutto

While I had to send the LG G2 back to Verizon Wireless after the end of my test period, I'm definitely considering upgrading to that phone once my current contract is up. Assuming that I can figure out what caused the discrepancies in my "before" and "after" photos and that I don't find another device that I like even more between now and then! ;-)

Taste As You Go Disclaimer: Verizon Wireless provided me with an LG G2 to test at no cost to me. I did not accept monetary compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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