When Sony , HTC , Samsung released launched their Flagship devices, it seemed like LG arrived a bit late to the party but the time that they took to release their next Flagship device was worth it and just like the tagline “Simple is the New Smart” , LG really astounded through the power of simplicity with super specifications. LG G3 is LG’s latest Flagship device that was a highly anticipated device and it really offers some features that’s not found in other Top Flagships. LG became the first commercial company that introduced 2K Display in a smartphone and with specifications that this device has, makes it a “Complete Package”. After using this device for some days, Here’s the Full Review of LG G3.
Design, Built Quality and Handling:
LG really did an excellent job as this device is undoubtedly one of the best-looking smartphones right now in the market. It has a sleek, angular, modern design. All the renders look like that it has a metal finish but no it’s not. It’s actually plastic that has brushed metal looking finish. The back cover is made of high quality Polycarbonate and it has been treated to give a brushed metal look. The curved back actually makes this device comfortable to hold and lightweight. This attractive brushed metal feel actually removes the fingerprint issues but still it could be scratched and offers no protection from accidental dents.
At first, it looks like LG G3 has a unibody design but it has a removable back panel and gives you access to the battery and microSD card slot. The bezels are so thin and you get a bigger 5.5 inch Display. On the side, there is nothing as it has same Rear Button layout like LG G2 and LG G Pro 2 but this time, it looks very neat, nice, more clickier and blends in beautifully with the design of this phone. It’s not so heavy and the solid build, curved back with brushed faux aluminium texture of the plastic actually feel s pretty premium in hands.
On the upper side of the display, there is earpiece, 2.1MP Front-Facing Camera and a series of sensors. Below the display , there is a blank area with a Smallish LG logo at the center. There is nothing on the left or right side of the device. On the bottom, there is USB port, primary microphone and 3.5mm audio jack. When you’ll look at the top, you’ll find a IR port and secondary microphone.
On the back panel , there is 13MP Primary Camera that has Dual LED-Dual Tone flash on the right and Laser Autofocus sensor(first of it’s kind) on left. Just Below the camera, there is the rear button layout just like the G2 but it’s better and refined as now Volume Rocker forms a concave pad and Power Key in between them and feature pleasant textures. On the bottom of the panel, there is Speaker Grille on the left of LG logo. The Rear Panel is removable and when you’ll remove it you’ll see 3000 mAh Removable battery, micro-SIM slot and microSD Card Slot. It also has built in support for Qi wireless charging. You can Double Tap to unlock and lock the device. When you’ll hold Volume Button Up, it’ll open the Notes App. Holding Volume Button Down will open Camera app but you can’t change shortcuts though.
Display is one the most notable feature of this device. It has a very impressive 5.5” QHD True HD-IPS + LCD Display, having pixel density of 534ppi and it’s stretched out to the base of the phone as this device has very thin bezels. The Display looks significantly sharper than 1080p display,viewing angels are good even though colors are little bit off, contrast ratio isn’t so good but it has pleasing colour production and it’s easy on the eyes. Watching Videos and playing High-End games on it’s big and sharp 2K Display, actually feels pretty good. The level of detail is better than 1080p Display but the contrast ratio isn’t so good. It has a reflective display so it doesn’t do very well in Sunlight. It has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection to prevent it from scratches and impacts on the Display.
Unlike it’s predecessor LG G2, this device has a removable 3000mAh Battery and the battery back-up of this device is really impressive. As there were concerns about the Display would have an impact on the battery life pushing all the pixels, it lasts upto 20-22 Hrs. without recharging it again. It’s certainly a major positive feature of this device.
LG G3 runs on LG Optimus-skinned Android 4.4.2 Kitkat but it’s now improved. It has Double Tap feature to unlock or lock the device or you can set up LG’S Knock Code that uses a series of taps to unlock or wake up the device. The leftmost homescreen pane is reserved for Smart Bulletin. LG UI allows more customisations like changing the animations, fonts etc. When you’ll go into settings , tabs are arranged intelligently. You can also define and set your own onscreen(softkey/home screen) buttons layout down below. It also offers Dual-Window for running two apps simultaneously on the same screen to make the most of display. You also get QMemo+, QVoice(LG’s own voice system), Smart Notice(works just like Google Now), QSlide apps.
Floating window Notifications of calls and texts are actually quite useful. Smart Keyboard helps in resizing the keyboard, and Smart Cleaner helps in removing the unused apps and clear unnecessary data to make more space. LG has also enhanced the clipboard feature and now you can choose and use multiple texts and screenshots and it’s really useful. In the recent apps, you also get a “Pinch to Zoom” to see more apps. It also has EasyHome Homescreen that gives you control to choose over what other users are allowed to access on your device. LG has confirmed that this device will be first in-line to get Android L(5.0) update.
It runs on Qualcomm MSM8975AC Snapdragon 801 Chipset with four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.5Ghz each, Adreno 330 GPU but the RAM depends on storage as 16GB Model has 2GB RAM and 32GB Model has 3GB RAM. The processor is really fast and it’s performance is really impressive. It gives you a smooth and glitch-free experience. Playing High-End Games is actually quite a delight on it’s QHD Display and they run pretty smoothly. It’s performance will get better in future as many applications are still not optimized for QHD Display. It tends to heat up a little bit while playing high-end games and under heavy-usage and you’ll also get notifications about that.
The speaker on the bottom of the back is good and audio output Quality is pretty good. In the storage section you basically get two models- 16GB and 32GB and it’s expandable upto 128GB as it also has a microSD Card Slot.
LG G3 has a 13MP Primary Camera with OIS+ and Laser AutoFocus sensor. This device has a very impressive camera and certainly one of the best. It has a very simple Camera UI. Laser AutoFocus Sensor on the back mainly fires a laser to the object that you’re taking picture of , reflects it back and is able to tell the how far exactly the subject is , focus the camera and then take the picture. AutoFocus is quite fast. There isn’t any manual mode but you get Voice Activated Shutter that responds and clicks pictures when you say pre-defined trigger words and a “Fist Gesture Selfie” for taking selfies without even touching the phone. Clicked Pictures contain a lot of detail, accurate colours, exposure and contrast. Clicking pictures with HDR ON takes even better samples. Though the camera’s performance is not upto the mark in Low-Light Conditions and colors are little washed out and noise reduction creates little more softness in some photos. It also has “Magic Focus” that uses both cameras to take picture in picture photo.
13MP Primary Camera also offers 4K(2160p) Video Recording@30fps, 1080p@30fps and 720p@120fps and 2.1MP Secondary camera shoots 1080p videos @30fps. The captured videos contain a lot of details, great exposure, accurate and true colours. So clealy, we can say that this device provides the best and most enjoyable camera experience.
In the connectivity, this device has Quad-Band 2G support, Quad-Band 3G support with HSPA+. It has Dual-Band(2.4Ghz and 5.0Ghz) Wifi Connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, DLNA, Wifi-Direct but no micro USB 3.0 port as it still has micro USB 2.0 port. LG G3 also has IR port on top that let’s you control various electronics and appliances via QRemote App remotely. This device also has Miracast Streaming. This device doesn’t miss out on any connectivity feature that makes it a really nice device.
So, overall, i can say that LG G3 shows what LG has best to offer. This device combines the best elements of it’s predecessors into one Great device. As this device has a Great Display, A Good and Faster Camera, Refreshed LG UI, Great Performance, Good Battery makes this device a complete package and it clearly offers more than the rest of Top Flagship Phones. Though this device falls behind a little in benchmark performance compared to other Flagship phones, it’s merely a matter of optimizing software to take the full advantage of it’s hardware. This device isn’t IP Certified Dust or Water Resistant like it’s competitors- Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 but I can say that undoubtedly, this device is one of the best phones launched this year. This device isn’t so overpriced when you’ll look at the other Flagship phones, so this is really a very promising device. So at last, I’ve got to say that if you’re looking for a nice, premium device with really great features then this device is for you and it clearly has everything that you’ll need and expect from a Top-Flagship Phone.
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