mobile / travel / 28/05/2014

Hands On: LG G3

G3-launch

LG Electronics unveiled the successor to the G2 last night at six locations around the world – London, San Francisco, New York, Singapore, Seoul and Istanbul.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the London launch of the G3, which by the way is such an impressive handset. I have the G2 and it’s a solid handset (even though slightly too large for me). So LG just took the G2 and made it better, but did it properly – not just give it high-end specs to make it “better”, like what we’re seeing lately, where innovation has just died.

G3 - entrance

So what’s different about the G3? Three main aspects – design, display and camera. LG says it listened to what consumers wanted and improved on the handset based on this, working with a simple philosophy – “simple is the new smart”. They improved on design, made the display even better and improved greatly on the camera.

A lot of manufacturers are taking the selfie very seriously, because that’s what people love doing on their phones, and are optimising their handsets for this. Yes, people, this is the reality now. So they’ve made taking a selfie even easier. Also, they’ve made the battery removable.

G3 launch

On the design front, love what they did. It’s still sleek and has a premium feel to it. It has no buttons on the side and front, just the same rear key on the G2, which they’ve optimised. They’ve also added “hidden curves”, so you don’t notice anything until the handset is in your hand, and it just feels great. The first time I picked up the handset, I was impressed. Despite using the gold handset, which isn’t my favourite colour. It’s not over the top blingy, it’s matte gold, so acceptable, but I won’t buy the gold one.

G3

The display is called a Quad HD display with 11-million sub pixels. It has a 2K screen resolution, a first for a mobile handset. When I saw it in the demo area, it was simply amazing. It has a pixel density of 538ppi, technically more than what the human eye is capable of seeing, but you will appreciate it. Everything appears crisp and clear, and the demo videos looked fantastic. If you don’t have a 4K TV, watching videos on the G3 is the second best viewing experience.

G3 selfie demo

The rear camera is 13-megapixels and as optical image stabilisation plus, which loosely translates to making the awesome camera on the G2 even more awesome. OIS+ has a 20% increase in camera shake technology, so you won’t be taking blurry pics, no matter how bad you are at taking pics. Pics are also better in low light. Also it has a laser autofocus feature, something that’s not even on digital cameras, just high-end SLRs, which focuses in 273-milliseconds. So, faster autofocus speeds. An improved UI on the handset is instead of tapping the screen to focus and then tapping again to take a pic, this is all done in one. Tap the area to focus and it immediately takes the pic. As short as the two steps were, it can now be done in half the time. In the above pic I am testing the new feature that makes taking selfies easier. You wave your hand in front of the camera, then make a fist and it registers, puts a 3 second timer, and viola, selfie is taken!

Lg-G3

The LG G3 specs are as follows:
– 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor
– 3GB of RAM
– 32GB of storage, expandable up to 164GB via microSD
– 5.5-inch Quad HD display (2560×1440 screen resolution)
– 13MP rear camera with OIS+ and 2.1MP front-facing
– 3 000mAh removable battery
– 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm in dimensions; 149g
– Runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2
– Connectivity includes WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC

The LG G3 will make its way to South Africa around the third quarter.



Nafisa Akabor
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  • When can I get my hands on this in ZA? Is it smaller than the HTC One M8?

    • Around August I think. HTC One M8 is 5″, the G3 is 5.5″.

      • Too big for me 🙁

        • Use it for a bit before deciding? Maybe the actual experience will change your mind 😉

  • Shingi

    Uhm “a first for a mobile handset” to have a QHD? That’s not factual, as the Oppo Find 7 already did this.

    I would assume you would know this 🙂

    • Maybe take it up with LG because that’s what they said?

    • Koos

      2k screen resolution is a frist…

      • Shingi

        Do you mean ‘first?

        The Oppo Find 7 had it first