I’ve had the LG G3 for a good 2 weeks now, got the phone from X-Cite and was excited to see if my assumptions turned out to be true. Well, some were and some weren’t. I won’t focus on the specs as much as the details and how it compares to other devices. LG have added many great features, but also removed some.
There are some significant additions to the LG, the processor has improved, there’s a golden version of the phone, they’ve added laser auto-focus technology which I’ll go through in detail later. They’ve added wireless charging, something I really missed and finally added a much-needed Micro SD card slot.
I want to start off by saying the screen simply put is, stunning. The clarity you get with a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display with 538 pixel density which was unheard off just a year ago is just glorious. The moment you pick up the phone, go to the gallery and watch the 2nd sample video, it’s my favourite.
I didn’t like the new interface, it looked too similar to that of iOS 7. I don’t like Samsung because they keep copying Apple, I’d hate to see LG take that route as well. I’d rather use the old interface, the LG G2 was an okay interface, then suddenly it felt like I was using a phone with the iOS 7 interface, everything flat and stroked.
There’s a neat feature which allows you to use two different apps at once, you drag one app to the top and one to the bottom. On the example above I was watching YouTube while at the same time checking my email. It’s a great feature but unfortunately can only be used in 11 apps, mostly build-in Google apps. Can’t use it with any of apps I use frequently other than Gmail and Chrome.
There’s only one speaker located at the back. I didn’t think much of it, that is of course until I tried playing something. The volume is massive (uses a 1W speaker with 1.5W boost amp), it’s louder than most phones with two speakers and the sound quality is pretty good. I didn’t feel I was compromising with audio.
Even though the phone came with the same exact battery life of 3,000 mAh, I did feel it lasted longer, which was against my initial thoery where it would only be less battery life because it handled a stronger processor and bigger screen resolution. It did however take longer to fully charge the phone, but it might be just me.
The laser auto-focus was a great addition to the phone. I compared how long it took for the LG G2 and LG G3 to capture same exact photo and the G3 would be way faster every single time, specially in low light conditions. They have unfortunately removed a big feature from the camera, which was disabling the shutter sound. Now there’s always a sound that comes out whenever you take a shot.
Here are other features LG have decided to remove from the camera
- Controlling brightness
- Controlling white balance
- Controlling ISO
- All colour effects
- Saving photo as flipped
- All the following modes: Shot & Clear, VR Panorama, Beauty Shot, Time Catch Shot, Intelligent Auto, Sports and Night
One of the biggest camera weaknesses of the LG G2 was taking terrible night photos and taking forever to focus, both these issues were resolved with the LG G3. At the right is an unedited low light photo and it turned out a lot better than I had expected, there were no lights on and little sunlight coming from the window.
I was a bit disappointed when I found out amongst removing many things one of them being my favorite LG On-Screen feature which I wrote about once. It allows you to see and control your phone’s screen on your computer. The post was so popular it reached reddit and gsmarena forum, it still drives traffic to the blog today. I don’t understand why they would remove such a great hard-to-find feature. I’d love to see it back on a later update.
When you buy a 16GB LG G3, you don’t get 16GB of free storage, you actually only get 10 GB. Although it was an issue with the G2, it no longer is in the G3 because it finally comes with a Micro SD slot which can go up to 128GB. I bought a 64GB Micro SD Slot from Amazon for around KD 10, that way I get 74GB of free space on a 16GB phone.
All in all, it’s safe to say if you don’t own an LG G2 then this phone is pretty amazing and is definitely worth the purchase. It tops all the iPhones in the market right now. If you however do own an LG G2 then it’s only worth it if you want wireless charging, a much better camera and a memory card slot.