LG recently announced their new flagship device and called it the LG G3. Speculations and rumors told us already that the device is going to be an ace. The spec sheet wasn’t exactly dazzling when the device was finally launched but that was not because it wasn’t powerful but because we knew too much about it already. This new flagship device not only boasts of powerful hardware and new technologies but also brings a fresh design.
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Thankfully the designers at LG are more creative than the heads working at Samsung. While they haven’t used anything like glass or brushed aluminum to make this new device, it definitely looks like an upgraded version of the G2. The LG G2 has got a glossy plastic finish which ruins the premium feel but the G3 has got a premium metallic finish. For this metallic finish, they haven’t used any metal here but it definitely looks and feels premium. For them low weight and thickness were a priority so metal and glass were out of question. They claim that the surface is anti-scratch.
Just like the LG G2, they have decided to stick to the power and volume keys on back panel. This seems to be a bit weird but after a while, it feels better than the standard arrangement. The buttons are different in design as compared to G2 and they don’t really look like buttons at the first look. They were quite prominent on the G2 but here they blend with the design. The device is huge because of the large display but they have designed it very well to keep it slim. There are hardly any blanks above and below the display and neither has it got any bezels. It is actually smaller in length than some of the 5 inch devices on market.
Well the display of this device is an absolute treat. The 5.5 inch display boasts of quad HD resolution. Which means that it has got four times the number of pixels on a 720p display or in simple words, a whopping resolution of 2560 x 1440. This gives it a pixel density of 534 ppi which is almost twice of a display that we will term as crisp. The IPS display is just superb with very true to real colour replication. The contrast ratios are quite impressive as well. This is the first device from a major manufacturer to boast this display resolution.
The device has a powerful hardware to give the rivals a tough fight. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset. The quad core processor is clocked at a maximum speed of 2.5 GHz. To handle the graphics, it has got an Adreno 330 GPU. It comes with 2 or 3 GB RAM options. The 16 storage version comes with 2 GB of RAM while the 32 GB version has got 3 GB RAM. It supports micro SD cards up to 128 GB. For connectivity, you get Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA, HSDPA, LTE, micro USB 2.0, USB on the go, Bluetooth 4.0, infrared and NFC.
Powering this device is a 3000 mAh battery. While most new devices don’t come with user replaceable batteries, you can open the back panel on this device to access the battery. It also supports wireless charging though there is no wireless charger supplied with the device. The audio quality of the G2 was impressive and it gets even better on this device. Even if you are not using headphones, the 1 watt loudspeakers provide you pretty loud and clear audio.
It has the same resolution as the LG G2 but all the wizardry here is new. The previous device used to rely on contrast auto focus but this one adds laser auto focus with it. This hybrid system makes focusing precise and fast. The optical image stabilization is improved considerably and it can expose longer without blur in low light conditions. It has got dual tone flash to control white balance in dark conditions.
It can record videos at 2160p or 1080p but there is no option to record slow motion videos like many other new devices. You get a HDR mode for videos as well. The camera app on this device gets some new software features like the magic focus. It captures multiple photos and then lets you choose the focus point later.
It comes running the android 4.4 Kit Kat but it is far from stock. The LG custom interface is simplified as compared to what we have seen on earlier devices and has a neat look now. They have changed the icons and they don’t look very premium. The notification bar icons are round similar to the Galaxy S5.
There are some fresh additions like Smart Notice. It gives you suggestions by observing your daily activities. It would also suggest you to remove apps you don’t use. The keyboard is also smarter and keeps learning as you use. It retains the knock code feature that we saw on some other LG devices. They have changed the way recent apps are displayed. They are displayed in a grid and you can zoom in or out to change the number of apps being displayed.
LG G3 is a superb device and there is no point we can put against it. It might not have the metal body of an HTC One but it still holds a strong position with its impressive design. It has got a superb display which blows every other device out of steam. They haven’t made it waterproof or dustproof but it has been done to keep the device sleek and light. The software features are surely fresh and the keys on back panel make operations easy. Overall this device is a nice package and we would surely recommend it over something like the Samsung galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 for its all-round abilities.