LG G3 review

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A review of the LG G3 mobile phone

The great thing about Samsung and LG is just how much each company pushes the other to innovate. These two firms are both giants in Korea, but Samsung has dominated in smartphones recently. LG is fighting back, though, which is where its brand new G3 comes in. It’s a handset aimed at high-end users who don’t mind paying for the best possible device.
With the ability to tell you if you need to take an umbrella with you and keep track of how far you’ve walked, it’s clear LG has seen what sells well for Samsung and tried not only offer similar options, but also offer something unique.
Ian Morris, contributing editor at Expert Reviews, has been lucky enough to get early access to an LG G3. Here’s what he made of it.
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Design and features

The first thing you’ll notice when you see the LG G3 is how nicely constructed it is. The case feels solid and the materials feel premium, too. There were rumours this would be an all-metal design, but it’s made of plastic— just like most other Android smartphones.
What make the G3 interesting are its gently curved back and the volume controls mounted just below the rear camera lens. It’s a different look to most Android phones, but it really works. The volume controls are great when you need to adjust the sound during a call and keep the sides of the phone free from buttons.
Unlike the previous G2, the G3 has a replaceable battery and a microSD card slot. These give plenty of flexibility and the features match nicely with the Samsung Galaxy S5.
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Amazing screen

By far the best feature of the G3 is the screen. It’s a ‘QHD’ or ‘quad-HD’ display with a stunning 2560 x 1440 pixels — much higher than most other smartphones. There’s a staggering amount of detail and the screen is also more accurate when it comes to colour reproduction than the Samsung Galaxy S5’s ‘AMOLED’ screen. 
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New camera options

The G3 can record video in 4K Ultra HD, which is great considering TVs supporting this format are starting to appear on the market. Also improved is the stills camera, which is now one of the best on any Android device. We think it’s roughly comparable with the camera on Samsung’s Note 3, which produces really nice pictures.
A major new innovation for the phone is its laser autofocus, which LG claims can get a lock on its subject quicker than the human eye can blink. The focusing speed is good, but we still found it struggled with some subjects — just like any smartphone autofocusing system, in fact.
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Memory and storage

For some reason, LG offers two different versions of the G3. One has 16GB of storage and 2GB of memory, while the 32GB capacity model has 3GB of memory. More memory (which holds apps currently in use) generally means smoother operation, so there may be significant performance difference between the two models. It seems that the 16GB version will be on offer in the UK, but keep an eye out for the better-specified model. On the plus side, there is a microSD card slot, so you can install an additional 128GB of storage. 

Sound quality

One of the advantages the G3 has over a lot of smartphones is its audio quality. It supports lossless music playback and, with the right headphones (i.e. not a cheap pair) and appropriate high-quality music files, can deliver sound quality that surpasses that of audio CDs. 

Battery life

One problem with a high-resolution screen and a big screen is battery life. These are just about the biggest power drain you can imagine and the G3 doesn’t quite manage to last as long as the Galaxy S5. Heavy users will need to top-up to get through a normal working day.

Conclusion

The LG G3 is going to be one of the hottest phones of the year, without doubt. Its amazing list of features, that brilliant screen and a sleek design should make this LG’s best selling handset yet. Of course, it has a huge fight to beat Samsung’s enormous market lead with the Galaxy S5, but the LG G3 is, without doubt, a worthy rival for the current best-selling Android handset.
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