LG G3 Review
Is simple the new smart?
If you have ever been frustrated by the number apps cluttering up your smartphone or a distracting icon-over-lay on the camera viewfinder screen that stops you getting the best picture, then the LG G3 could be for you.
Like many of the latest top-of-the-range smartphones the LG G3 incorporates a brushed light-weight metallic design and when you get your hands on a G3 you won’t want to let it go.
The phone is dominated by a 5.5 inch Quad HD display that has an amazing 2560 x 1440 pixels on show, which equates to 538 pixels per inch and puts the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 (432ppi) to shame.
Further design elements include a near zero bezel edge, so the phone seems to end where the screen does and a 9.3mm thick body makes the LG G3 pocket and palm friendly.
Inside there is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.46GHz processor with 2GB RAM which is on a par with the Samsung Galaxy S5 making this a very viable alternative.
Phone Set Up
Usually this task is a bit of a chore but for once you can really look forward to the process thanks to LG’s ethos of simple is the new smart.
There are a reduced number of pre-installed apps to get to grips with and this has been achieved by merging similar apps into one. So for example QuickMemo, Memo and Notebook have been merged to become QuickMemo+.
One of the best elements though is the option to delete pre-installed apps which quickly leads to the user interface becoming you. You can also customise the intuitive graphic interface by removing unnecessary visual elements.
At this stage you will probably also want to set up a Knock Code, which is the security and unlocking feature on the LG G3 that uses a knocking pattern of 2 to 8 taps with 80,000 combinations to make your new smartphone secure.
When you start exploring the ins and outs of the LG G3 it quickly becomes apparent that there really has been a focus on delivering a smarter and more intuitive experience, which is driven by several key features.
- Smart Notice - This feature uses the status, behaviour and location of the phone to instigate actions before you call them into action. This may take the form of a simple question such as you missed a call at 9:15 from John, would you like to call him back? It can also save you time working your way through the menu when question such as you have just arrived at work would you like to turn on Wi-Fi? are posed.
- Smart Cleaning - Designed to keep you experience clutter free and relevant you will, out-of-the-blue, be prompted from time to time with questions such as would you like to remove 3 apps you have not used for x number of months.
- Smart Keyboard - Creating text has also just become a whole lot easier with an optimised keyboard that incorporates word completion, size adjustment (great for those with larger fingers), quick move and quick correction activated by a simple gesture.
Rivaling HTC’s BoomSound there is a 1-watt speaker built-in with boost amp so speakers will not be required.
Other features that caught my eye included:
- Android v4.4 - Aiding new app downloads from Google Play.
- LG QuickCircle Case - Sold as an optional extra which puts the six most used apps into the display window that is illuminated for an extra design effect.
- GPS combined with GLONASS - This is the Russian satellite navigation system and with 24 more satellites in sky complimenting the GPS ones you can acquire satellites 20% quicker, which delighted me as I always seem to be waiting for a signal before I can get going.
Camera & Video
The 13 megapixel camera uses Optical Image Stabilisation to reduced blur and shaking whilst the Laser Auto Focus measures the distance to the object you are photographing for near perfect results.
In the dark quick focus adjustment instantly sets the mode for capturing great images and you won’t be messing around with settings as Touch and Shoot simplifies the whole process by removing unneeded icons from the viewfinder.
Pictures are further enhanced by a Back Side Illuminated sensor and dual LED flash that uses two different colours for capturing natural colour tones.
The selfie hasn’t been forgotten either with an evolved 2.1MP front facing camera that utilises the built-in virtual flash UI to brighten up the subjects and give lively looking results.
Video recording is also supported at ultra-high-definition with 4K video at 30 frames per second.
Battery life is a bug-bear for many smartphone users but when you remove the back casing to the LG G3 you will find a 3000mAh battery, which once again surpasses the capacity of the battery in the Samsung Galaxy S5.
The battery is removable for those who want a charge a spare battery and that smart element of the LG G3 comes into play again with automatic prompts such as your battery is low would you like to turn on battery saver?
Written by: Michael Brown