LG G3 Phone Review

LG has come a long way as a phone maker. From making phones that were the object of derision, the Korean electronics giant is now dining with the big boys on the very cutting edge of the smartphone industry.

Having made its first real splash with the Optimus G two years ago, LG has been keeping up with established brands such as Samsung and Apple.

The LG G2 released last year was a testament to the company’s willingness to push the envelope; it was the first smartphone to pack a Snapdragon 800 processor.

This device also boasted a futuristic edge-to-edge display, showing it was in tune with the market’s demand for bigger, sharper screens.

Now LG has shown it is in the smartphone race for the long haul with the release of the LG G3. Launched this month, the phone is seen as LG’s response to two of the year’s most favoured devices: the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8. And what a response it is.

Starting with the exterior of the phone, you can tell that the strictest attention has been paid to detail. The curved ‘Floating Arc’ body enables the sizeable phone to fit comfortably into the palm and at just 149g, the phone is light, but does not feel cheap.

The power and volume buttons are cleverly placed and are intuitive to operate.

The only downside in the phone’s chassis is the material used to fashion it which gives it the brushed metal look of the M8 but is not really metal.

It’s not just that this makes the phone feel a little less premium; there are justified concerns that the material is not scratch resistant.

Reviewers who have used the phone for a few weeks have reported scratches on the back. It is a wonder that the Korean firm did not think it wise to use the scratch-concealing material of the earlier-released G Flex.

Not only is the soft plastic case prone to scratches, it is slippery to hold and guarantees you grief if you don’t sheath it in a case. Forward-thinking LG has already come up with a sexy case that does more than keep the dust and scratches out. The Quick Circle case allows users to make and receive calls, play music and manipulate settings while still closed.

And its matte, fabric-like material provides adequate protection for the phone without compromising on looks.

The looks of this smartphone are only a small part of why many mobile phone users are queuing up to order LG’s latest flagship phone.

Apart from the stunning colours on the huge display, you will want to own the LG G3 for its impressive engine.

Beneath the faux-metal lid of the phone lies an eager Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor which churns through apps and media at 2.5 GHz.

It works in sync with 3 GB of DDR RAM. Depending on your phone usage you could find it difficult to use up the 32 GB of internal storage provided in the G3. But if you do you can increase it to 128 GB using a microSD card. Note that not all the G3s in the market come with these lofty specs.

If the unit you buy is not the Olleh that is made in South Korea, it will have 2 GB of RAM and half the internal memory.

While the cover the G3 comes with may not quite be as sleek as that of the M8 it appears to emulate, the fact that it is not unibody means that you can easily crack open the case and replace the battery whenever you notice its performance flagging.

The battery is a user-replaceable 3,000 mAh unit that in some versions van be charged wirelessly.

We have looked at how the G3 looks and the kind of hardware it has under the hood.

But how is it to use? According to reviewers, the keyboard of this phone is a joy to use thanks to the persistent number row and the fact that the height of the keyboard was adjustable made it all the more conducive for users.

The intelligent software that powers this device takes note of the keys you punch most often and makes the keyboard even friendlier.

For those who like to work with the keyboard sound on, the audio output when you type is like music to the ear- unobtrusive and crisp.

Where the G3 comes a bit of a cropper is how it presents the multitasking functionality. It borrows a leaf from the card grid used by the M8 but in the LG this feature appears cluttered and is quite frustrating to use.

Another feature that could be cumbersome and intrusive; the floating notifications for incoming messages and other events is actually quite handy in that it allows you to read most of the message at a glance, and respond right there if you wish.

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