LG G3 S review
A budget version of the LG G3
In our LG G3 S review we uncover a move in the wrong direction by LG and suggest you turn back time to get a better smartphone and deal. Find out what we recommend you buy instead in our LG G3 S verdict!
The LG G3 S is an attempt by LG to acquire sales from the budget end of the smartphone market and in an effort to do this we find a reduction in overall size and a weakening of the spec.
Most of the good looks do transfer over very well as we see a metallic skin covering a plastic body and surrounding the 5” HD IPS display that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The IPS display technology ensure a good viewing experience from any angle and vibrant colours are to be enjoyed.
The curved design has a noticeably different feel to it in the hand compared to other smartphones and this has been designed for a better grip and for one handed use. The design and the fact that there are no buttons on the side does achieve this but it is at the cost of a 10.3mm thickness in the centre of the phone which is a little on the chinky side.
The LG G3 S build also includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB RAM, an 8GB internal memory and a slot for a 64GB memory card should you desire to save everything on the phone.
Phone Set Up
The setup is pretty easy with the Android KitKat operating system which allows you to visit Google Play for new app downloads. I highly recommend that you take a look at the widgets at this stage as these allow you to create your own live tiles across the home screens.
No matter which phone I am testing I always add the Gmail widget, a weather widget, Google Now and the superb new BBC news widget from Google Play.
The final business to take care of in the setup is to add a little security. On the LG G3 S this comes in the form of Knock Codes which both wake up and unlock the phone. These seem to be pretty secure as LG tells us that there are 86k combinations.
There is nothing to complain about when we look at the LG G3 S features as you get to enjoy fast internet browsing with 4G or Wi-Fi, GPS navigation and wireless accessory connectivity via Bluetooth.
The Smart Keyboard that comes pre-installed delivers pretty reliable word recognition but the most useful feature is the fact that you can resize the keyboard height. If you want to make notes then you can use the Quick Memo+ app and you can also personalise your photos by scribbling over them.
The Quick Remote app may find favour with some users as the Infrared transmitter can be used to control your home entertainment systems including your TV, Blue-ray or DVD player.
Camera & Video
The 8MP camera really offers all of the resolution you will need and the Laser Auto Focus does assist in achieving good results. Colours are accurately reproduced but the feature set is pretty limited.
Marketed by LG as an uncluttered viewfinder you will only find Panorama Mode and HDR Mode. So, if you want colour filters or anything more then you will be visiting Google Play for a free camera app.
Video recording can be undertaken at1080p high definition but the 1.3MP forward facing camera is slightly underpowered.
The 2,540mAh battery will easily last all day under a mixed usage scenario and the battery saver mode is fairly useful as it kicks in when the battery level drops below 30% and restricts background actions in order to extend the remaining battery life.
LG G3 S verdict: The LG G3 S is an oddity that has a confused value because the LG G2 is still readily available. This means that for the same price you can get last years flagship smartphone with a bigger screen, higher pixel density, more megapixels for the front and back cameras, faster processor and a larger capacity battery.
What does all of this mean? Go buy the LG G2!
Written by: Michael Brown