By Jayanta Ghosh
The LG G3 is the 2014 successor to the popular LG G2 flagship device. There are a lot of excellent options this year when it comes to choosing a new smartphone, especially now that most the major manufacturers have unveiled their flagship devices for 2014, there is very little to choose between top range Android phones these days. They almost all pack Qualcomm’s latest system on a chip and it is no surprise that the LG G3 follows suit.
LG G3 gives a stiff competition to Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8.
The G3 retains styling elements of the G2, but improves on internal hardware and screen size. LG’s G3 goes bold with a new high-resolution QHD display, as well as adding a laser-guided autofocus for the camera. The display is a 5.5″ QHD IPS LCD with a resolution of 1440×2560. The device is powered by a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2GB or 3GB of RAM depending on the model. Internal storage is available in either 16GB or 32GB. The 13-megapixel camera is located right above the rear buttons and on the left is the laser autofocus feature, which uses an infrared laser beam to measure the distance between the camera and the intended subject of your picture. On the right is the dual-LED flash. Located above the display is a 2.1-megapixel camera for taking selfies. The 3.5mm audio jack is located at the bottom of the phone, next to the Micro-USB jack. The exterior features a scratch-resistant metallic polycarbonate finish. All this is backed up by a 3000mAh battery. LG G3 is just 149g, that does make it 4g heavier than the Galaxy S5, but it is more than 10g lighter than the HTC One M8 or Sony Xperia Z2. Its height and thickness are almost identical to the HTC One M8, although it is half a centimeter wider (dimensions: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm).
The first thing that you notice about the G3 is the screen. LG has dropped the 5.2-inch HD display of the G3’s predecessor in favor of a 5.5-inch, quad-HD screen (that’s four times the pixels of a 720p display – or 2,560×1440 that’s easily superior to iPhone 5s the S5 and One M8. The screen looks especially sharp showing LG’s pastel-colored and restrained take on the Android operating system but where the company has really excelled is in minimizing the bezels – making the handset feel simultaneously larger and more usable than its rivals. The LG G3 has solid call quality and LTE data speeds, a great camera, a brilliantly sharp display, a snappy quad-core processor, and a flat UI that makes Android 4.4 look good. LG’s flagship has also improved on the previous model — the new G3 comes with a removable battery and microSD card slot, both things the G2 lacked. The only drawbacks that we found in this is the new QHD display with its 2,560×1,440-pixel resolution is quite a power hog, so the phone will barely last you a day without a charge. And also the speakers possess neither the volume nor the depth of other phones in its category – audio is weak and thin. However, the LG G3 does come bundled with some reasonable earphones. These offer much better sound quality and noise isolation.
Price: Rs 37,939
Pros: Great screen, good camera,
Cons: Battery life and speakers
LG G3 Specs:
5.5-inch 2560×1440 display Quad-HD display
2.5 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon processor with 3GB of RAM
32GB internal storage (Micro-SD expansion)
13-megapixel camera with OIS+, laser auto-focus, 2.1-megapixel front camera
Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G LTE, FM Radio Antenna, and Infrared laser for remote
DLNA and Miracast support
3000 mAh removable battery with wireless charging