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The LG G3 Review – A New Super-Smartphone Emerges

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First Impressions

After months of teasing the world with their campaign ad\’s and teasers, LG finally launched the G3. Thankfully, it hasn\’t taken a long while after the international launch for the G3 to come here, with the Big B himself doing the honours to introduce the smartphone to an astounded audience filled with geeks. The first time I held the device in my hand, I was surprised to see how lightweight LG have managed to keep it. We got the 32GB storage/3GB RAM Shine Gold variant and as soon as we powered it on, the Quad-HD display showed its magic. But how big of an impact does the G3 really have? Enough to invest around 50 grand on it? We tested.

Review

Display

We cannot talk about the G3 without talking about that 2560×1440 display. It\’s the highest resolution on a smartphone screen available right now right after the Oppo Find 7 became the first device to sport it. It\’s bright, sharp, beautiful and contrast ratios are great. Only in outdoors, the G3\’s display fades compared to its nearest competitor the Find 7, with the same display panel and resolution. The G3 does have options to change the saturation and contrasts of the display, just like many others. 1080p videos and especially 4K videos play flawlessly on that display though, with the sheer amount of detail visible to the eye being rather amazing. Though, the difference between enjoying a 1080p video on a Full HD display and this, isn\’t all that drastic.

Build & Design

Crafted to near perfection, the G3 feels great to handle and use on an everyday basis. The bezels are slim, the lock/power button retains its place at the back with the 3.5mm audio jack and microUSB ports finding place at the bottom. The material isn\’t the same used on the G-Flex, so don\’t go scratching it, but truth be told- it does take a few knocks gamely. We would\’ve still preferred the same material used for the G3 that we saw in the Flex, which would\’ve really made the overall package more enticing.

Camera

The 13MP shooter with its laser-AF system (or another fancy word for Phase Detection) worked well in almost all lighting conditions, especially while focusing in slightly lower lighting conditions. Images taken over the minimal UI based default camera app were good, but not spectacular. Ultra HD video was the same too, but Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) did help in providing some great results here. The front deserves a mention too, producing clean images at 2.1MP resolution.

Hardware & Software

The Snapdragon 801 chipset is powered with 4 Krait 400 CPU\’s clocked at 2.5 GHz which ensure a smooth and robust experience. There was absolutely no lag while gaming, multi-tasking or simply browsing- though switching between certain apps induced an odd stutter here and there. Moving quickly from homescreen to the menu was also laggy when the stutter kicked in, but it\’s hard to say whether that fault is the chipset unable to handle the Quad HD display or the LG skin over it. Speaking of which, the skin has grown a lot flatter and minimal over time and I quite liked the one found in the G3. With LG\’s own Health app present on the left-most homescreen (like HTC and Samsung with Blinkfeed and My Magazine respectively), the G3 feels like a smartphone trying to keep up with competition. Some of the customizations introduced for the G3 were strange, especially the One-Handed Operation feature, in which only the keyboard was on one side while the entirety of the app occupied the full screen. This seemed a little annoying to use, especially if you\’re a left-hander and the keyboard will be on the left with the ˜send\’ button on any chat app on the right.

Verdict

Though the battery life wasn\’t a major issue with the G3, it\’s hard to say what the Quad HD display really adds to the table. Especially since content is limited and the jump from 1080p to 1440p doesn\’t feel that amazing in the real-world. Though the G3 excels in every department and has great in-ear earphones, great performance, good camera with phase-detection there is still that question on sunlight visibility for that display. If that is something you want over everything else, then the Find 7 is your only other option though it is rather bulkier and doesn\’t feel at all as premium as the G3. The G3, though, has emerged as the super smartphone to beat this year. Not just with its great specs and performance but also for its build quality and design.

SPECIFICATIONS

  1. 5.5 Tru HD-IPS LCD display
  2. 2560×1440 pixels, 534 ppi
  3. Android OS v4.4.2 (Kitkat)
  4. 2.5 GHz Krait 400 quad-core CPU
  5. Snapdragon 801 chipset | Adreno 330 GPU
  6. 32GB internal storage, microSD card support
  7. 3GB RAM | USB OTG | microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort)
  8. 13MP Laser AF camera (OIS), UHD video recording
  9. 2.1MP front cam, [email protected]
  10. 3000 mAh Li-Ion battery

Exhibit Rating: 4.5/5

Price: Rs. 47,990/-

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