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LG G3 Hands On

Most Useful Answer AhmadCentral  Jun. 12, 2014 at 20:52

Thanks for the review :)

When you say the G3 processor is more "powerful than the processor used in rival flagship devices such as the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z2", do yo mean because it is clocked at 2.5ghz on the G3 compared to 2.3ghz on the Z2? Because I thought they all use the snapdragon 801


There are Various models in the Snapdragon 8XX family

Snapdragon 800 8974AA
Snapdragon 801 8974AB
Snapdragon 801 8974AC

The LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5 use the AC variant and the Z2 and One use the AB variant. The AC is slightly more powerful and you can google to learn more about the in depth differences.

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AhmadCentral  Jun. 9, 2014 at 22:30

I've been able to get my hands on the LG G3 before release in the UK. The model I was using was the Korean variant F400K from Korea Telecom. I was able to spend over a couple of hours with the phone so this is just a first impressions thread and not a full article.

The LG G3 really is one of the best designed smartphones, It's very similar to the LG G2 and the LG G Pro 2 and it's easy to see that LG have taken the best from the two phones and created the LG G3. The front bezels are very thin and this is something I've gotten used to by using an LG G Pro 2 in the past, When I went back to my old Note 2 for a day the thick bezels really put me off the phone, so well done to LG for getting an over 76% screen to body ratio. The back of the phone is made of a metal brushed plastic and it feels great to hold, no fingerprints as well is a huge plus. The back buttons have been redesigned to feel more premium and whilst it does feel great to use I still prefer the bar button on the back rather than the circular button. But the phone fits in my hand perfectly, it is very easy to use the phone with two hands but is a tad to big for one hand but far from uncomfortable. In fact it's far more comfortable than some other flagship phones due to the curved design.

The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 801 8974AC processor which is the fastest processor in use at the moment and more powerful than the processor used in rival flagship devices such as the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z2. The phone has a gorgeous 5.5" Quad HD display and the screen really does pop out at you when you first turn it on, everything does look really crisp and clear but it's not a massive jump from FHD as I really had to look for the differences between the two screens. Viewing angles and the brightness of the screen is great and it really is the best display I've used. I watched a couple of the demo videos and was really wowed by how the image just popped out at me. The model I was using was the 32GB variant with 3GB of LPDDR3 memory. The phone really zips along very fast and I've yet to notice any lag. There is a couple of issues with the phone taking a while to open the settings app and menus but I think that's just a glitch that will be fixed with a software update. The 13mp camera is an improved version from the LG G Pro 2 with laser autofocus on top of the OIS+. The phone is also running Android 4.4 Kit Kat and comes with a massive 3,000mAh battery.

Let's talk software. The LG G3 really has a great minimal overlay on Android. The flat icon design really fits with the phone and makes the OS look great. It's certainly the best Android design in my opinion. LG really allow you to customise this phone when compared to the G2. You can now edit the notification drawer to get rid of sliders you don't want, you can edit the touch screen buttons at the bottom of the phone to have any combination of buttons in any order you want. LG have bought in a one handed mode which allows you to make the screen smaller so it's easier to use and type with one hand. Knock Code is a new addition to the G3 from the G2 and it works really well. You can set a number of taps in various portions of the screen to unlock the phone and it works really well. I noticed that compared to the G Pro 2 the G3 worked with Knock code more times and was also quicker to unlock the phone so that's a plus. You also have LG's cloud services and their Multi Window app that allows you to have two apps open at the same time. Multi Window works well but still suffers from the previous problem of not having enough apps to use in multi window, it's a preset number of apps so certain apps may not work in LG's multi window. Smart Notify is pretty much google now and works very well, it also integrates your phone features as well into the app such as recommending new contacts and tracking how much storage you have left on your phone. The good news is all carrier apps can be removed and even preinstalled apps can be removed. Only system apps cannot be uninstalled but that's obvious why.

The new keyboard takes a bit of time to get used to. It does have some cool features but to be honest I couldn't be bothered to learn how to use it so I really have no thoughts on the keyboard. There is the feature which allows you to scroll left and right in a text message by holding down the space bar and swiping left or right. it works ok but is nothing special, it's much faster to just tap on the screen. Resizing the keyboard is also a new feature as is swype but there are 3rd party keyboards which are better and do more. Overall the LG keyboard is good.

Lets talk camera and sound. The camera is simply stunning, auto focus works very well and pretty much every picture I took came out crisp and the lighting was very good as well. Even low light pictures came out very well and it's basically just an improved camera based on the G Pro 2 and that is thanks to the laser and dual LED flash. What really impressed me was how quick I could take pictures with proper focus, very impressive. Front camera is good and the fist thingy is a cool gimmick, the front camera has this cool flash feature which adds a white border to the front screen to light up the area around you, good for selfies and that kind of crap. Video recording is good, nothing special but it's quick to focus and the OIS really works quite well. Sound quality on the phone is great for both recording and playback, probably the best mic and speaker on any smartphone I've used. The other camera features are pretty standard and are available on pretty much most android devices these days. The actual camera UI is really nice, clean and easy to navigate which is something you don't see on other devices.

The lack of waterproofing isn't a huge issue in my opinion as it's not everyday I go swimming with my phone, I guess that's why LG put the headphone jack at the bottom of the phone which is a good design choice IMO. Call quality on the device is excellent as I was able to make a couple of HD voice calls. Tested out LTE on the phone and it was fast and snappy. Also tested out QRemote which allowed me to control the demo TV and then I was able to mirror my phone image on the TV and throw movies from the phone to the TV which was pretty cool. One thing I was show was the "Easy Homescreeen" which is a dumbed down version of Android. It's not bad but not sure who'd use it as I don't think many novices will be buying flagship phones. The LG system apps look good and are very minimal and easy to use, the gallery app is actually blazing fast and loads everything in a second.

The phone really is great and works very well, I have no complaints with the device at all. LG have done a great job with the G3 in all aspects. Only thing I really couldn't test was battery life but it seemed good when I was using it. If it's anything like the G Pro 2 then battery life will be great. Only real complaint i had was that the device would get quite hot when brightness was 100% and I was streaming videos. Not too hot though. Is it too big? I don't think so, the phone is quite light and fits really well into your hand so no real issues from me for the size. LG have proved that simple is the new smart, the phone really just does what it says on the tin and is probably the best flagship device this year so far.

If anyone has any questions just post here.
Can't get any pictures from the device because it's not mine.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 9, 2014 at 23:47

Thanks mate, great write up, I've promoted it to the front page :).

shadders139  Jun. 12, 2014 at 13:50

Thanks for the review :)

When you say the G3 processor is more "powerful than the processor used in rival flagship devices such as the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z2", do yo mean because it is clocked at 2.5ghz on the G3 compared to 2.3ghz on the Z2? Because I thought they all use the snapdragon 801

AhmadCentral  Jun. 12, 2014 at 20:52

Thanks for the review :)

When you say the G3 processor is more "powerful than the processor used in rival flagship devices such as the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z2", do yo mean because it is clocked at 2.5ghz on the G3 compared to 2.3ghz on the Z2? Because I thought they all use the snapdragon 801


There are Various models in the Snapdragon 8XX family

Snapdragon 800 8974AA
Snapdragon 801 8974AB
Snapdragon 801 8974AC

The LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5 use the AC variant and the Z2 and One use the AB variant. The AC is slightly more powerful and you can google to learn more about the in depth differences.

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