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02-09-2014


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LG G3 smartphone review and testing

Competition in the mobile market truly reminds Clash of the Titans. Each year the recognized industry leaders release new and updated gadgets, thereby causing the virtual blows to the opponents. To stay on the mind and win the manufacturers have to introduce advanced technology. The company LG chooses such a complex and thorny path of innovation. Serious evidence of this is its new flagship smartphone LG G3. South Korean engineers have done a great job and equipped the device with a unique 5.5-inch screen Quad HD with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

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After the grandiose presentation LG G3 Day Kyiv June 19 in Kiev hotel Hilton smartphone LG G3 just left a lasting impression. This device caught our attention not only by beautiful design, but also a powerful hardware platform. Unfortunately, the rhythm of the presentation, as well as any other event does not give much time for the review and testing. But we did not lose hope. And now, after some time, the smartphone LG G3 finally got in our test lab, where we can slowly and more carefully learn it.

The specs:

Producer

LG

Model

G3 (LG-D855)

Type, form-factor

smartphone, monoblock

Connection standards

2G (GSM)

850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

3G (WCDMA)

850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz

4G (LTE)

700 / 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2300 / 2600 MHz

Broadband data transfer

GPRS (32-48 Кb/s), EDGE (236 Кb/s), HSDPA (до 42,2 Мb/s), HSUPA (up to 5,76 Мb/s), LTE Cat.4 (up to 50 Мb/sUL, up to 150 Мb/s DL)

Type of SIM-card

Micro-SIM

CPU

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8975PRO-AC): 4 cores Krait 400, up to 2,5 GHz, L2 cache – 2 МB, technology process 28 nm

Graphics adapter

Qualcomm Adreno 330: up to 580 MHz, support OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenVG 1.1, OpenCL 1.2 и DirectX 9.0c

Display

5,5", Quad HD 2560 x 1440 p (538 ppi), IPS, touch, multi-touch up to 10 touches, protective Corning Gorilla Glass 3, oleophobic coating

RAM

2/3 GB

Memory

16/32 GB

Card reader

microSD (up to 128 GB)

Interfaces

1 x Micro-SIM and 1 x microSD under rear cover

1 x micro-USB

1 x audio mini-jack 3,5 mm

SlimPort

Multimedia

Speaker

Mono

Microphone

Stereo

FM-radio

+

Additional

Sound profile for headset LG QuadBeat

Camera

Main

13 Мp, module Sony IMX135, aperture f/2.3, laser autofocus, double LED-flash, sapphire glass, optical image stabilization OIS+, support HDR, video recording in format 4К Ultra HD 2160p 30 fps, Full HD 1080p 60 fps

Front

2,1 Мp, module Sony IMX208, aperture f/2.0, video recording in format Full HD 1080p 30 к/с

Communication capabilities

Wi-Fi

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2,4 / 5 GHz)

(Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot)

Bluetooth

4.0 LE (APT-x)

NFC

+

IrLED

+

DLNA/Miracast

+ / −

Navigation

GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, brightness sensor, digital compass

Battery

lithium-ion cell, removable: 3000 mАh (10,78 Wh, 3,85 V)

Charging device

Input: 100~240V AC at 50/60 Gz

Output: 5 V DC 1,3 А

Dimensions

138,5 х 70,9 х 9,1 mm

Weight

149 g

Color

Titan, white, gold

OS

Android 4.4.2 Kitkat + proprietary shell

Official warranty

12 months

Producer website

LG Electronics

Packaging and content

Smartphone LG G3 is shipped in a relatively large and rather stylish box. It is made of cardboard and has an attractive minimalist design.

LG G3

Removable top part has splay sides and painted in glossy silver color, which is quite an attractive option. Also it has several labels with interesting information and logo. For example, one of them tells us that LG has won the nomination «Most Innovative Device Manufacturer of the Year» in prestigious competition Global Mobile Awards 2014. Reverse side of the box is made in a nice coffee-color and is a little more informative in comparison with the upper part. In addition to the technical characteristics of the device, you can find icons with a list of proprietary functions, which has flagship smartphone.

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We got the pre-release option of LG G3. Evidence of this is the lack of complete set: only the smartphone to the factory film and quick start guide. However, it should be noted that the potential buyer to the above mentioned items will also receive a charger and USB-cable. This set is the minimum necessary for a comfortable start to work with your smartphone.

Design and elements layout

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Compared to its predecessor, the new product has changed dramatically in design, which is an advantage. As a result we have a completely new design concept called «Floating Arc» which looks very fresh and very appealing.

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Its characteristic features are the presence of ergonomic curves, which can be seen on the sides and back of the device, as well as the use of the most thin contours around the display that give smartphone courtliness and ease.

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The size of most of these contours is 8.5 mm at the top, 12 mm from the bottom and about 2 mm on side of the screen. Due to this relatively large smartphone with a 5.5-inch display looks quite compact.

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With dimensions of 138.5 x 70.9 x 9.1 mm and weigh 149 g device fits comfortably in your hand and does not cause any discomfort. This is greatly promoted by the firm feature in the form of the rear block keys called Rear Key. Due to its location it is always under the index finger and allows to operate with just one hand.

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The front panel is almost entirely (76%) covered by a protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with excellent oleophobic and anti-reflective coating. Display is framed by a small (only 0.5 mm) plastic insert, which in addition to decorative purposes acts as protection against damage.

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Above the screen you can notice: front-facing camera, proximity and lighting sensors, LED indicator and an opening of the speaker. At the bottom below the screen there is only a small inset with a concentric pattern and logo of the manufacturer.

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The top of the smartphone has a microphone and infrared transmitter which allows to control any multimedia and home appliances in the house. On the bottom are: jack micro-USB 2.0, audio jack mini-jack 3,5 mm and a second microphone.

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Lateral sides of the device are free from any connectors and components.

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LG G3 back side is made of high quality plastic with a metal textured. Despite the typical grinding, after which the rear surface is quite slippery, holding a smartphone in the hands does not cause any difficulty.

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On the top centered at the back side is the main camera lens. On each side there is a double LED flash and innovative module of laser focus. Slightly lower there is a logo of the manufacturer. In the lower left corner there is a multimedia speaker grille.

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Compared with its predecessor, the rear side of LG G3 is equipped with a removable cover. Fortunately, the developers have taken into account previous experience and attentive to the wishes of our customers.

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Now under the cover is a removable battery, and there are two slots for cards: micro-SIM and microSD. Additionally, it has a module NFC used to communicate over an encrypted channel, and the module of wireless induction charging, which allows you to feed the battery of the device from a docking station without additional wiring.

Special attention is given very good build quality. Traditionally for LG Company it is at the highest level. Case of smartphone has a remarkable stiffness: you won’t find gaps. With medium pressure apparatus geometry is not changed. Overall, LG G3 gives the impression of a monolithic and high-quality device.

Display

LG G3

Without a doubt, the main highlight of the flagship smartphone LG G3 is its gorgeous 5.5-inch display, which is based on high-quality IPS-matrix with a stunning Quad HD-resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels). The density of pixels is 538 ppi.

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Screen has outstanding color reproduction, good contrast and excellent viewing angles (no inversions and displacements). It is important to note a very good white balance: it looks very natural and does not shift in warm or cool colors. Brightness of the screen is also high standard and has a good range of adjustment. This makes it easy to use your smartphone in a bright sunny day, and in total darkness.

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For the safety and integrity of the display corresponds the tempered glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which has an excellent oleophobic and anti-reflective coating. Due to this aspect the screen does not collect fingerprints.

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Built-in touch screen substrate supports the identification up to 10 simultaneous touches. However, their processing is carried out without any complaints. Screen clearly and instantly responds to even the weak touch. Finger sliding on the safety glass is very easy and quite pleasant.

LG's engineers can proud by own device, as the display with these characteristics was not applied by any smartphone till this time. Qualitative difference between the new resolution Quad HD and present on the market Full HD is undeniable. This is especially noticeable when working with fonts or while watching high quality photos and videos. Image detail is amazing as to distinguish individual pixels is possible only with the help of special equipment. It's no secret that not all mobile content has a resolution of 720p, not to mention the newest format 4K Ultra HD. But we believe that the display of such a format is a good stepping stone for the future, and all its hidden potential can be used after a short period of time.

Sound

LG G3

Model LG G3 is equipped with good multimedia speaker. Unlike its predecessor LG G2 it is located on the rear side of the case, in the lower left corner. Despite its compact size, it is quite loud and produces quite a good impression. According to the manufacturer, the speaker has a power of 1 W, and by the built-in amplifier this figure could be increased to 1.5 W. Sound is sufficiently pure without any significant distortion. There are good high and middle frequencies. Low frequencies are almost absent. The smartphone can be used for gaming, watching movies and other needs without any additional devices.

However, for music lovers we recommend to use high-quality headphones, as the new product has a good mobile amplifier. In addition it provides music playback in format Hi-Fi, and built-in equalizer has a special profile for headphones «LG QuadBeat». All this makes the sound very pleasant.

The quality of the speaker is also at a good level. It is moderately loud and provides a pleasant listening and quite live sound transmission.

As befits a flagship model, the smartphone LG G3 is equipped with two digital cameras. In our case, the South Korean company's engineers equipped their product by modules of series Sony Exmor RS, which are among the best in its class.


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