Friday, November 7, 2014

LG G3 Full Review: Game Changer

Multi-awarded and one of the most wanted smartphones of the year, the LG brand might not be a top choice for some but this underdog has slowly become a part of the most wanted smartphones. Earlier this week, LG released their third quarter earnings and specially mentioned that the LG G3 is a record-breaker in the number of shipments made and in the Philippines, LG G3 is one of the reasons of this success. In fact, it exceeded LG G2 deliveries by 100%!

Smooth Curvy Design
Not the smallest of smartphones out there, the phone is easy to grab because of the curved back design and sleek contrary to what you expect on such a huge smartphone. The plastic body is somewhat an advantage because if it were metal, the LG G3 would be heavy. Because of that, you get the best of both worlds because it has an elegant metal finish yet it is light and the plastic material used doesn't feel cheap at all.

Quad HD Display with 534ppi
Having a 2560 x 1440 Quad HD Display made playing games and watching movies crystal clear. The massive 5.5" LCD display (considered as a phablet already) combined with the thin bezel around it and 534ppi improved the overall viewing experience. Want to compare it with other most wanted smartphones? iPhone 5S and the new iPhone 6 has 326ppi, iPhone 6 plus has 401ppi and the S5 has only 432ppi. To note, this phone had the first Quad HD display in the world.

3000mAh Li-Ion Battery
Features / Performance
The newest flagship of LG lived up to the hype. So far, all we have are praises in terms of the actual performance.

Battery life is not bad at all. LG G3 has 3,000mAh battery is just normal for a phablet. On normal use (few calls, SMS, internet browsing and games), we got more than half a day out of it. On heavy use, we tried playing Angry Birds Epic non-stop. On 75% display brightness, WiFi on with cellular data off, we got 4 and 1/2 hours out of it!

Battery Cover (Wireless Charging Ready)
WiFi connectivity range was great! Actual tests showed that it still got 1 bar where my iPhone 5S doesn't get any WiFi signal. A winner in the connectivity category it has Bluetooth, NFC, and is wireless charging ready, USB OTG. It almost has everything you need in terms of connectivity nowadays!

The LG G3 is feature packed! A few weeks of review won't get me to enjoy all these but end user will surely enjoy features such as:

*Guest Mode: Limits the use of guests where only certain apps can be accessed
*Hearing Aid Compatible
*Shortcut buttons: Long press the volume down to launch the camera or long press the volume up to *launch notepad (Can't be remapped to access as shortcut to other apps)
*Knock code: LG's unique way of unlocking and waking up the phone
*Dual Window: Opens a limited selection of apps in split window screen.
*QSlide: Opens a limited selection of apps in movable windows set on top of each other
and many more!

LG G3 Set
(Top to bottom: iPhone 5S, LG G3, iPhone 6 plus)
Dimensions > 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm (5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 in)
Weight > 149 g (5.26 oz)
Display > 2560 x 1440 Quad HD with 534ppi, 16M colors, True HD-IPS, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Battery > 3,000mAh Li-Ion

Internal Memory > 16 GB, 2 GB RAM/ 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
Card Slot > microSD, up to 128 GB
NFC > Yes
Infrared > Yes
USB > 2.0 MicroUSB , USB OTG, USB Host

Camera > 13 MP, 4160 x 3120 pixels, laser autofocus,OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Camera features > 1/3'' sensor size, simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR
Front Facing Camera > 2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps
Video > 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, optical stabilization, HDR, stereo sound rec

OS > Android Kitkat 4.4.2
Chipset > Qualcomm MSM8975AC Snapdragon 801
CPU > Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
GPU > Adreno 330
Sensors > Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

LG's Famed Rear Buttons
Sample Photos (click to enlarge)

Sample Videos (to follow)

The closest thing to compete with this device is the Samsung Galaxy S5 and to be fair to the more popular brand, the LG G3 fared well in terms of performance and specifications. The LG G3 has everything a flagship smartphone should have and actually, it had more features than I imagined. The software is well designed (clock when using smart cover etc) but it does come with a bit of bloatware.

This makes me wonder what the LG G4 would be like. It's now something a lot of us will look forward to and we hope that all flagship phones will follow suit or even have better features than what the LG G3 already has. This phone carried the LG brand in the smartphone world and because of successive successes, the LG brand is an underdog no more and this LG G3 is an evidence of that and is a game changer that is highly recommended!

***This is NOT a sponsored post. Unit on review is a review unit.***
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