lg g3 review

LG G3: Best Value for Money Smartphone

LG G3 is a successor of LG G2, a phone that won the hearts of many with its QHD screen, metallic finishing, great features and reasonable price. Of course, the expectations from the latest offering were quite huge, but apparently, they were nothing that the South Korean brand couldn’t handle. G3 is nothing short of a treat, a complete package loaded with everything that we loved about its younger brother. There are, of course, a handful of significant improvements to the flagship phone. Let’s turn the phone inside out in this LG G3 review to see to see what LG has done right, and where it slipped.

Design

G2 had attracted criticism for its plastic body, which was not of good quality. The good thing is that this problem has been resolved in G3. Although its cover is still made of plastic, it has a metallic skin and brushed finishing. Its finishing makes it easier to have a firm grip on it. Moreover, the cover is scratch-resistant. Unlike most mobile phones, G3 does not have the issue of fingerprint smudging. If you are very particular about the color of your mobile phone, then G3 is a good option for you. It is available in various colors and each color is beautiful in itself. The colors include gold, violet, and burgundy and of course, the traditional black and white. Overall, the design of G3 is quite similar to its previous model, though with significant changes.

Software

G3 comes loaded with the Android 4.4.2 KitKat version, but it can be upgraded to the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, 5.0 Lollipop. Lollipop 5.0 has several additional features compared to KitKat 4.4.2. LG has added a few special touches to the software to make the interface considerably different from other Android phones. Most noticeably, the cartoonish feel of G2 is gone. The new colors, icons and overall feel looks sleek, stylish and original. To improve the user-friendliness of the phone, a tips feature has been added, which keeps on offering users useful tips throughout the entirety of the phone’s life.

Performance

G3 leaves all its competitors behind with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with 2.5GHz quad-core processor and either 2GB or 3GB RAM. Yes, the phone is available in two versions. There’s no need for you to worry about choosing between the two though, unless you intend to do some heavy gaming on it. The phone runs smoothly even with multiple apps active in the background, which is what really matters, along with the stability of course.

Screen Quality

Majority of the smartphones have 5-inch screen, but this mobile comes with a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440p screen with a pixel density of 538 ppi. It offers a tremendous viewing experience, though unfortunately, the entertainment experience is somewhat restricted by the lack of quality sound.

Camera

It has a 13-megapixel camera with an auto focus option. Its front camera is 2.1MP having a wider angle which makes it the perfect mobile for taking selfie with friends and family. The most interesting feature of G3 camera is the front facing flash which is not a LED light but still it throws light on the subject with the white screen. This enhances the quality of images taken up to a great extent. Camera is simple to use and it works well even in low light.

Battery

G3 has a 3,000mAh battery. The 2GB version of this mobile has a stand-by time up to 565 hours and talk time up to 19 hours, whereas the 3GB version has a stand-by time up to 553 hours and talk time up to 21 hours. If you are a frequent user of cell phone, then you will have to recharge the battery or keep an extra battery with you as single battery cannot run for the whole day.

Storage

G2 had storage issues which are fixed in G3, as it has 16 or 32 GB internal storage space. The user can also increase space by using a microSDXC memory card having storage capacity up to 128GB. Other mobiles offer more storage capacity.

Connectivity

G2 had a Wi-Fi, a Bluetooth, 4.0 LE and also NFC but G3 has stepped forward with its advanced LTE option. It also has a Bluetooth 4.0. Also added is a GPS system with A-GPS and also Glonass. You may share files with other Android devices or use Google’s trending payment system with its NFC connectivity feature.

Verdict

LG has done most of the things right in G3, making it a worthy successor to the highly-acclaimed G2. It’s clearly more than just a phone – it’s a complete entertainment package, something that seems to be increasingly in demand. The battery issue is there, but then again, this setback is quite normal for smartphones.

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