So last week I decided to purchase the LG G3. This is the first LG phone I have purchased since the LG Chocolate so I was a little bit weary to begin with. That feeling did not last long as I was truly amazed at the build quality and design of the phone. If you are thinking of buying a new phone then this LG G3 review will help you decide if this is the phone for you.
Lets start of with the specs of the LG G3.
Body: 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: True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors.
1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.5 inches, 534 ppi.
Memory: 16 GB, Version 2 GB RAM, 32 GB Version 3 GB RAM.
Camera: 13 MP, 4160 x 3120 pixels, phase detection/laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual tone flash.
Front facing camera: 2.1 MP, 1080p at 30fps.
Video: 2160p at 30fps, 1080p at 30fps, optical stabilization, HDR.
Operating System: Android 4.4.2 Kitkat.
Processor: Qualcomm MSM8975AC Snapdragon 801 Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400.
Battery: Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery, Up to 565 h (2G) / Up to 553 h (3G) standby time.
The first thing that stood out to me was the clarity of the screen. The 5.5 inch QHD screen is really stunning and makes watching videos, viewing pictures, browsing the internet or playing games a really pleasant experience. The LG G3 is one of the only phones on the UK market at the moment that has a QHD screen so this gives LG a head start against its competitors. The power button and volume button is on the back of the phone. At first it is awkward to use but after a week you will get used to it. Thanks to the Knock On feature, you can double tap the scree twice on the home screen to turn off the screen. This can also be done when the phone is in standby to turn the screen on. At 5.5 inches the phone is quite big so people with small hands will struggle to you it with one hand. To somewhat help people who struggle to use the phone with one hand there is a one-handed mode. This mode allows you to use the keyboard with one hand by moving the keyboard to either the left or right side of the screen instead of a full screen keyboard.
I have used many android phones before and I can say that the LG G3 has one of the most customizable interfaces on android at the moment. To create folders it’s a simple drag and drop procedure. The software is very simple and it works like a charm. The Android interface is flatter than before and the OS is a relatively light one.
One thing that I really like is the option to have a multi-photo wallpaper.This allows you to have a different wallpaper for every page of apps. A good feature if you are someone who easily gets bored with having the same wallpaper. Another feature I really like is the Knock Code feature. The Knock Code lets you to knock a pattern on the screen whilst in standby to unlock the phone. This is more convenient than turning on the phone then having to swipe to unlock or putting a security code to unlock.
I found that I got about 8 hours usage a day, with heavy usage about 6 hours. Most of the battery drainage was down to apps like Instagram and Twitter. Looking at the battery settings both theses apps used an average of 70% of the battery. I use these apps for on average 2 hours a days but they are both data intensive apps. Using these apps in a 4G area drains the battery really quickly as opposed to using whilst connected to WiFi. You can get up 10 hours usage a day depending on what apps you are using, the brightness of the screen and if your are connected to WiFi or a 4G network.
One thing I noticed when watching films or using memory intensive apps is that the phone would start to get warm after 10 minutes. I would also get a warning about the phone getting to hot if I tried to increase the screen brightness to 100%. The brightness gets restricted between 80%-90% to stop the phone from over heating. Once the phone has had time to cool down you can then increase the brightness to 100%. This was the only thing that made me raise an eyebrow and made me think if it would be a long-term issue.
overall I would rate the LG G3 as 7/10.
It is a really good phone with a lot of amazing features and it is really easy to use. The camera takes really good pictures in all light conditions thanks to the dual flash and infrared laser focus system. If you want to take pictures hands-free you can also use the voice shutter option and just say “Cheese” to take a photo. When using the front-facing camera, if you bring a hand into view blue lines appear around it letting you know it’s been recognized. Once your hand is recognized you can just make a fist and the camera counts down from three before taking a snap.
The phone is a big phone but it also quite slim, even with a case I had no problems with it in my pocket.
I am impressed with LG and would recommend this phone to anyone looking for a phone with a really good camera, high quality screen and good build quality. The brushed metal effect and weight makes the handset feel like a premium one and not a cheap plastic handset even though the phone is plastic.
- Only phone on the UK market with QHD screen
- Easy to use
- Hardly any bloatware apps
- Knock Code feature
- Voice shutter and hand recognition to take pictures
- Camera with Infrared laser focus
- Over heating warnings and limitations
- Battery usage on 4G network