- Display: 5.5-inches
- Camera: 13-MP
- Processor Speed: 2.5 GHz
- OS: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
Simple is the New SmartBehold the latest smartphone in LG’s award-winning G Series. Now, with a larger, clearer display, a laser-precise camera and superior smart interactivity, we can confidently call the G3 the best smartphone that LG has ever made.
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1. Gorgeous big screen.
2. Fast smooth performance.
3. MicroSD and removable battery.
4. Better looking user interface.
5. Nice camera.
1. Additions are mostly useless or inferior copies of others.
2. Still plastic exterior.
3. No waterproof.
4. No fingerprint sensor.
1. Good battery life but inferior to predecessor.
I have been using this LG G3 for the past few days. I plan to give you an idea of what the phone is like and whether or not you should consider it when it comes time to upgrade your phone. I have used many phones over the last couple of years including the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) and the LG G2. I plan on using comparisons to some of these phones to give you an idea how the LG G3 stacks up against them.
The LG G3 display is 5.5 inches in size and has an impressive resolution of 2560 x 1440. Most of the other high end phones on the market have a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Everything on the display looks sharp. The colors are nice but not as saturated as the Samsung AMOLED screens. LG has made a big deal about the resolution on this phone but to be frank I can't tell the difference when I compare it side by side with the LG G2 or the S5. In fact, I like the screen on the S5 a little bit more. I like the colors in the S5 better. Doesn't mean the G3 is bad though. It is simply a matter of preference. The LG G3 has the upper hand when it comes to videos because of the extra screen size. It is amazing that LG managed to cram that big of a display in a phone that is not much bigger than the HTC One.
One thing that troubles me a little bit is that the display is not as bright as others I have seen. During daylight I had to crank the brightness all the way up and even then I struggled to read web pages. It was readable just not very comfortable. Most smartphones require that you increase the brightness when under direct sunlight but usually it delivers a good performance. I can't say that was the case with this one. Maybe there is a problem with my unit. That problem was not present indoors. Normally I keep the phone brightness at 60%.
The LG G3 comes with Quad Core Snapdragon 801 CPU running at 2.5 GHz. The unit I am using comes with 3 GB of RAM. The phone runs very fast and smooth. Everyday tasks run very smooth without any stutters. The good amount of RAM memory allows me to have many open applications at the same time without causing the phone to stutter. The phone can handle all of the games available on the Play Store. I spent a couple of hours yesterday playing Grand Theft Auto San Andreas on the phone and it was buttery smooth. No stutters, no lag.
It is obvious to me that we are getting to point where hardware is getting ahead of the software. I have a hard time separating the performance from one phone to another. For example, the LG G2 is a year old phone. However, at this point the difference in performance is minimal at best. There is not a whole lot of difference. Everyday things like text messaging, making calls, opening and closing apps, playing games. They are all the same. The HTC One (M8) feels to me a little bit faster than the LG G3 but that is because the animations are quicker. Once again, the difference is minimal. All of the current crop of smartphone are fast, really fast.
I was completely fooled by LG when they started leaking pictures of the LG G3. I was ecstatic when I saw that the phone was going to be metallic. I was very disappointed when I saw it was nothing more than an imitation of metal. It is the same plastic design from last year but this time it has a coating that looks like it is metal. Now with that said, I like the fact that it is not nearly as fingerprint prone as the LG G2. It also feels less slippery than the G2. That is an improvement. The G2 is a fingerprint and oil magnet. It gets pretty ugly after a while.
The front of the LG G3 is made up predominantly of the display. The borders around the display are razor thin. Even thinner than the ones on the LG G2. There are no physical buttons like on the Galaxy line of phones or the IPhone line. There are no front face speakers like the HTC One. The very small borders in the display allows for easier handling of the phone. This phone is very big, there is no way around this but at least it is manageable. You will still require the use of two hands more often than not. The width of the phone is closer to the Galaxy S3 than the Note 3. After a few days you will get used to it and will be handling it like a pro.
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Screen – If you love AMOLED, you’ll hate this screen. It’ll seem washed out to you and not as crisp. If you hate AMOLED, you’ll love this screen. It’s that simple. AMOLED screen always seem to have that “In Your Face” feeling to me. They actually hurt my eyes and I’ve never been a fan of them. After spending years in the Motorola line, I never got used to a sharp display. The toned down QHD display of the G3 is perfect for my eyes even when it’s 100%.
Battery – A lot has been said about the battery life on this phone. The screen does pull down the battery more than other phones, but it still lasts all day. That’s all I care about. Can I get through an entire day with the phone? If so, then the battery is good. I typically watch a little NetFlix, read some emails, play a few games, maybe turn on the hotspot for a little browsing with my tablet, then go to bed with it around 20-30%. As far as I’m conserved, that’s good battery life.
Size – My opinion, this is one of the best features of this phone. The 5.5” display does not feel like it’s that big because the phone is not that much bigger than its predecessor the G2. The thin bezels are a thing of beauty and most of what you see is the screen, not blank real-estate. However, the bottom bezel is just big enough that it works great for holding the phone while playing games without touching the screen.
Software – While the Android software is pretty much the same 4.4.2 that LG put out for the G2, they have added a few features that work well with the bigger screen. QSlide is a nice feature and one, which if you remember it’s there, can be very useful. It allows you to open an app in front of the current app as a window. Of course there’s only certain apps this works with. I am mixed about the SmartTips. I haven’t seen anything that is useful to me, but maybe I don’t need anything “Smart” enabled? As for Smart Bulletin Screen, I turned it off. It would have been better if they had designed a “Blinkfeed” style window here instead of a combination screen for SmartTips and LG Health.
IR Blaster – This one is finicky. I found that the IR port had to be directly facing the equipment to work. I most cases, you have to point it right at the device and not in the general direction. For me, it’s not a big deal as I really never used it on the M8.
Camera – I love the camera. It’s basically the same one from the G2 and I loved the G2’s camera. I haven’t really noticed any difference in the focus speed of the camera, so I am not sure if the laser focus is a gimmick or not, but the camera itself works just as you’d expect and it is right up there with the premier phones of today.
Signal – I do wish LG had improved the radios. I went around with the G2 and G3 reading decibels in different areas. I saw no difference between the two phones leading me to wonder if they even did anything to the G3’s radios. SpeedTest were also identical and I live in an xLTE environment. I have even had the G3 slip into 3G mode where the G2 always stayed in 4G. I’d have to say this is the biggest disappointment for me. (If it continues to slip into 3G mode in certain areas, then I will consider switching back to the G2.)
Conclusion: If you’re looking to move from the latest and greatest phone (IE: HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, or even the LG G2), I would advise against it. There’s just no noticeable upgrade from today’s premier devices. However, if you’re unhappy with your current phone, then the G3 is one to consider. I do believe that this phone will be my main carry device for the next year or so. Well, maybe until the iPhone 6 is released…