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.
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all versions|
|CDMA 800 / 1900 – CDMA version|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – D855|
|CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – CDMA version|
|4G Network||LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600|
|LTE 700 / 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2300 / 2600 – D855|
LTE – CDMA version
|Status||Available. Released 2014, June|
|BODY||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||Type||True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.5 inches (~534 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones|
|– Dolby mobile sound enhancement|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 128 GB|
|Internal||16 GB, 2 GB RAM/ 32 GB, 3 GB RAM|
|DATA||GPRS||Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps|
|Speed||HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 21 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL/ EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort), USB On-the-go, USB Host|
|CAMERA||Primary||13 MP, 4160 x 3120 pixels, phase detection/laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality|
|Features||1/3” sensor size, simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR|
|Video||Yes, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization, check quality|
|Secondary||Yes, 2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps|
|FEATURES||OS||Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8975AC Snapdragon 801|
|CPU||Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS (D855 model only)|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||Metallic 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
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input