LG G3 Review


The big daddy of this year’s smartphones so far is out and cruising amongst the herd of super powers of HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, Nexus 5 and all that in between. Considering the specifications alone, LG G3 shines bright amongst everything you put it up against. Question is, does it perform as good as the numbers suggest? Dive in and you shall know.


LG has somehow been able to produce the best fake metal ever. Yeah you have seen LG G3 in the photos and it looks something as soothing as an HTC One M8 but it is not. The shine is solely due to the paint. Does it feel like metal? Kind of but it is plastic, the kind of plastic that does not feel like plastic thanks to that paint that makes it glow. It is as good to hold as the HTC One M8 with those accurate curves on the back. The back panel curves always felt overly done and now hardware engineering is producing the best built phones of all time. LG G3 feels great thanks to both the built quality and that subtle curved back.


You get one of the densest display there is. Not like you can see much of a difference between this and a standard full HD display but LG G3 offers you a 5.5 inch 2560×1440 pixels resolution display. It sums up to about 534ppi. As I said, side by side to a 5 inch or so it looks equally sharp but what the hell, throwing in the better resolution won’t do any harm. For all there is, the display is one of the most beautiful one. The colors are beautiful, the sharpness is there, every element of the display just works together in great sync. I would rate this equal or even better to my favorite display i.e on the HTC One M8.


LG G3’s camera is a new type as well. The sensor is state of the art with optic technology that has never been inherited by the smartphone. LG G3 uses a laser autofocus. The beauty of it is the quickest and the most seamless shutter speeds ever. You can easily be at 360kmp/h ready to freaking take off into the air and you will get a fixed sharp image. The laser autofocus allows the sensor to focus and take the shot at the same time. Question is, do the images look beautiful? Would I be able to frame them? The answer is yes and yes. There is a scale between which I compare the photos. Samsung Galaxy S5 for the overly saturated image and the HTC One M8 for the under saturated ones. LG G3 leans more towards the over saturation. The colours are not accurate but too colourful. The lens that comes closest to capture just the right saturation would be the Apple iPhone 5S.


You get the latest Android OS on the LG G3, the Android v4.4.2 KitKat. The user interface is what matters more here when you talk about software. Unlike Samsung or HTC, LG does not give their UI a fancy name. LG G3 surely has multitasking and a lot of cool features that make use of that beautiful and large 5.5 inch display. You have a multi window can use to enhance the experience.


Something common with every powerhouse super smartphone is the Snapdragon 801 by Qualcomm. It has made its way on the LG G3 as well. You get two models 16GB internal storage with 2GB RAM and 32GB with 3GB RAM. Weird but you also can expand both to about 128GB which is pretty solid. The battery life is not that great. You can take a full day of usage out of it but heavy usage will get you searching for a charging spot very soon. NFC and Bluetooth are there for pairing with 3rd party hardware.

GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all versions
CDMA 800 / 1900 – CDMA version
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – D855
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – CDMA version
4G NetworkLTE 800 / 1800 / 2600
LTE 700 / 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2300 / 2600 – D855
LTE – CDMA version
Announced2014, May
StatusAvailable. Released 2014, June
BODYDimensions146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm (5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 in)
Weight149 g (5.26 oz)
DISPLAYTypeTrue HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.5 inches (~534 ppi pixel density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
SOUNDAlert typesVibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackYes
– Dolby mobile sound enhancement
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 128 GB
Internal16 GB, 2 GB RAM/ 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
DATAGPRSClass 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGEClass 12
SpeedHSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 21 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL/ EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE
Infrared portYes
USBYes, microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort), USB On-the-go, USB Host
CAMERAPrimary13 MP, 4160 x 3120 pixels, phase detection/laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality
Features1/3” sensor size, simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR
VideoYes, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization, check quality
SecondaryYes, 2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps
FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8975AC Snapdragon 801
CPUQuad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
GPUAdreno 330
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS (D855 model only)
GPSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsMetallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, Burgundy Red
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– SNS applications
– MP4/DviX/XviD/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– MP3/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+/WMA player
– Photo viewer/editor
– Document viewer
– Organizer
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input


Author: Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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