Feature Review: QSlide on the LG Optimus G
One of the more impressive software features of the Optimus G is something LG is calling QSlide. QSlide is a brand new multitasking function that is making it’s debut on the Optimus G. With it, a user can view two full-sized applications on the Optimus G’s 4.7 inch screen at the same time.
It is very quick and easy to figure out how to use LG QSlide. The feature works by overlaying two applications on top of each other and adding a transparency slider to the screen. With this slider, you can determine which application screen is the most visible. This allows you to watch a video while doing all sorts of different tasks, such as browsing the internet, composing an email or replying to a newly received text message. Need to take notes while watching a presentation? No problem, LG’s QuickMemo app and all of it’s useful features works while you are using QSlide. In fact, using Q Slide allows you to access your entire device, you can simply return to the home screen and launch a app just like you normally would while the video continues to play.
Unfortunately, the feature has one limitation. It will only work with videos that are stored on the device itself, meaning either internal memory or an SD card and the videos must be played with LG’s stock video player app. This excludes all video streaming services such as YouTube, Netflix and HBO Go.
Other Android manufactures have introduced innovative multitasking functions of their own. These usually involve a multiple window approach that ends up shrinking each application down to a smaller size so that more apps can be displayed at once. I have to admit, I prefer LG’s method. The Optimus G has a large and beautiful display, and I want to be able to use all of that space for my apps.
The most obvious and direct competitor to LG’s QSlide is Samsung’s Pop-up video feature, which allows you to play a video in a second, re-sizable and moveable window. I’ve had the opportunity to use both, and I can confidently say that I enjoy using QSlide more.
The problem with Samsung’s Pop-up video is it always seems to be in the way. With QSlide, you have a rather small control bar that rarely (if ever) needs to be moved to a different location, with Pop-up video you have a much larger object on the screen. I found myself needing to move and adjust Pop-up video too much for it to be a really useful feature. With QSlide, I just adjust the transparency, do whatever additional tasks I need to do and go right back into my video.
In closing, I’m a much bigger fan of LG QSlide than I thought I would. Before I had the Optimus G in hand, I honestly thought QSlide would end up being one of those features that sound nice, but aren’t all that useful in practice. I quickly found out I was wrong and I’m a little surprised by how often I use the feature. The Optimus G has an amazing display that is fantastic for watching full HD videos on and the inclusion of LG QSlide only makes the video watching experience better.