The LG G3 is the latest flagship smartphone from the South Korean smartphone manufacturer. Its previous version, the G2, had its fair share of admirers and critics because of the distinct volume controls at the back of the device. And it seems as if LG consider that decision a success, because that feature is also present in the new G3. Let’s find out how the G3 stands up against its fierce flagship competition.
Design and Build
The LG G2 was a fine-looking device, with a thin bezel that actually made the device similar in size to the Galaxy S4 despite have a larger screen. Fortunately, the G3 reduces the bezel size even further, making them nearly non-existant. The screen size has gone up as well, to 5.5 inches. The screen is flush with the rest of the design and it really gives the G3 a unique and pleasant aesthetic. It stands out among the current flagships, and we definitely have to commend LG for giving it a unique design that’s also great to look at. The back looks very clean and minimalist, with only the camera module and the volume buttons breaking the clean landscape. We can’t say it’s the best looking smartphone in the market, but it’s looks are definitely not a part of it’s weak points.
LG have really set themselves apart from the competition in the display department. They upped the screen size from 5.2 to 5.5 inches, but also gave the screen a truly monstrous resolution in the process. The screen actually has a QHD resolution now, and that means that it has nearly 550 pixels per inch. That’s an insane amount of pixels for a smartphone and to be honest, in normal use you wouldn’t even notice the difference when comparing the screen to a 1080p one. The difference becomes apparent when you read small text, as the QHD screen is able to make even the tiniest fonts really sharp and very readable. The colors are bright and sharp as well, and the brightness is quite strong as well. The only weak area of the display is the lackluster contrast. It’s actually worse than the G2, and as a result the blacks aren’t quite as dark as you’d expect.
The LG G3 sports the same hardware as current generation of flagships. That means it has a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor coupled with 3 gigabytes of RAM. Little surprise then, that the G3 is able to perform whatever tasks that come its way with absolute ease. You’d be hard pressed to make it stutter at any point.
The LG G3 has a 13 megapixel camera at the back that’s quite special thanks to its Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) feature. The OIS makes sure that you won’t get blurry photos even in dark conditions and especially helps when you’re shooting video. Speaking of video, the G3 can take 2160p videos, so it’s camera is right up there with the best flagships today.
The LG G3 is equipped with a 3000mAh user-removable battery that should give it ample running time. It’s not as impressive as the Galaxy Note 3, but it ranked near the very top spots in our endurance testing. The face that it can be switched out if the storage capacity starts to deteriorate months down the line is simply icing on the cake.
The LG G3 is an absolute beast of a smartphone. It has all the right ingredients needed to make a truly legendary smart device, unfortunately it suffers from the same problem that the G2 did – bad timing. The Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 were introduced several months back, and have since sold by the bucket loads. We’re not doubting the G3’s abilities to awe, we’re simply not sure that people are ready to buy a flagship device when the current flagships from Samsung and HTC are already due for an update. If you are in the market right now though, there is no better smartphone than the G3. Order it from the GSM Nation store!