“Simple is the new smart” – This is the theme that LG went by, when building and creating the LG G3.
The LG G2 has been out for a while and it was an extremely powerful phone with a lot of cool features such as tapping to turn on the screen. Yesterday however, LG announced its successor, the LG G3. The G3 packs some new features, improved software, design, UI and of course, specifications. Let’s take a closer look.
The G3 is powered by a Quad Core Snapdragon 801 CPU clocked at 2.5GHz, the Adreno 330 GPU, and is backed up by 2GB or 3GB RAM depending on the model you choose. It also features a beautiful 2560×1440 Quad HD (4x 720p) display with a pixel density of approximately 534PPI, making this is one of the first screens to cross the 500PPI line. We also have a 13MP Camera with Optical Image Stabilization which is supported by a laser for focusing.
- 2560 x 1440 Quad HD Display with ~534ppi
- Quad Core Snapdragon 801 CPU @ 2.5GHz
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 16GB Internal Storage with 2GB RAM / 32GB Internal Storage with 3GB RAM
- 13MP Camera with OIS and Laser for focusing
- Micro SD Card Slot up to 128GB
The G3 packs a 5.5″ screen in the body of a 5″ device, and its ALMOST no bezel look makes you feel like you’re holding just a screen. Wrapping around its curved back which is designed to be able to fit in the curve of your hand perfectly, is a plastic removable back cover, which reveals the user replaceable battery and includes the appropriate cutouts for the Volume Rocker, Power Button, Camera, LED Flash, Speaker and the Laser which helps in bringing down the focus time to ~0.276 seconds.
The size of this device is extremely impressive due to it being able to fit this size of screen in such a small body. It is even a bit shorter than the OnePlus One, which also fits a 5.5″ screen in its body.
The button layout on the back of the G3 however, while it might be convenient for some, it may be the exact opposite for others. Personally, I prefer side buttons due to the fact that when trying to type with the phone lying down, it may rock side to side. However, the HTC One has side and top buttons, but because of its curved back, it does the same so that’s not much of a deal breaker for the G3.
The G3 is a premium looking smartphone regardless of its build materials.
While 1080p is the norm, the G3 sports a 2560 x 1440 display with a PPI of ~534 which is extremely insane and drowns the competition without a doubt. LG also said that they have optimizations to ensure that battery life isn’t harmed much even though it has to power way more pixels than it would have to if it was a 1920 x 1080 display.
Although the screen is 5.5 inches, it sits comfortably in a phone body that suits a 5″ screen which results in it feeling a lot larger, while still being smaller than the competition. The minimum bezel around the screen makes it look even larger and more immersive which results in a much better overall viewing experience.
The LG G3 will be running Android KitKat out of the box with a revamped version of LG’s Android skin overlaying Android. This revamped version includes some more natural colors along with re-designed icons, animations, app-specific colors and more. The icons are made of more neutral, flat colors which makes it easier on the eyes, while the animations gives a sense of depth to the UI while using it. Some of the main system apps have their own specific color to give the user a clear pointer as to which app they are currently using. We have seen this feature previously in Sense 6 on the HTC M8 and it’s nice to see it added here.
The camera UI is also redesigned and includes some new features such as the “selfie” feature along with the convenience of just touching anywhere on the screen to focus and take that picture in a single touch, and the 0.276 focus time makes this process extremely fast. The “selfie” feature allows you to raise your hand in front of the camera to start a count down, after which you can pose and take your selfie.
LG definitely thought about the users when creating both this device and its software features. The icons and animations are designed to be easy on the eyes, while the selfie feature makes taking them much easier and convenient.
The 13MP Camera that lays on the back of the device, features Optical Image Stabilization and is supported by an LED Flash along with a laser for focusing. This laser reduces the time taken to focus on an object to ~0.276 seconds which is faster than the blink of an eye.
Being able to touch anywhere on the screen, Optical Image Stabilization and ultra fast focus makes this camera perfect for capturing shots at any given moment, stopping the possibility of blur or missing a shot due to the camera taking long to focus.
The G3 is definitely a highly recommended phone as it sports the latest hardware and software, awesome technology such as the laser which does the focusing and arguably one of the best screens available to date. The photo taking experience is great, and viewing them is even greater on that Quad HD Display which is 4 times the resolution of 720p. Performance will also be a walk in the park for this device as it includes high end hardware and enough RAM to support it.
If you’re looking for a smartphone with a great design, screen and camera that can perform any task you throw at it, the G3 is definitely a good choice.