LG’s latest flagship phone, the 5.5-inch G3, boasts the sharpest screen of any mobile and a bevy of interesting features, plus an all-new metallic design that’s a serious upgrade over last year’s G2.
In fact, the overall look of the G3 makes it feel like a true premium phone, to compete with the likes of HTC’s One M8 and the Sony Xperia Z2. Despite that phablet-esque 5.5-inch screen, the G3 fits surprisingly comfortably in the hand - that’s thanks to the extremely narrow bezels surrounding the display, and also the gently sloping rear end. The brushed metal finish looks great, and the phone is perfectly firm too. You still get the rear-mounted power and volume buttons, although these have been redesigned so they aren’t quite as chunky, and still fit neatly beneath your fingers.
So far we’re really impressed with the G3’s 5.5-inch screen, currently the sharpest out there as it packs a whopping 538 pixels-per-inch. Images don’t just look supremely sharp, with no stray pixels in sight, they also stand out thanks to the warm yet realistic colours.
We’ve also got high hopes for the G3’s 13-megapixel camera. It seems to take clean photos even in dingy conditions, and boast some cool behind-the-scenes tech. You get advanced Optical Image Stabilisation, plus a laser auto-focus that can lock onto your subjects in just over 200 milliseconds, for fast snapping. It certainly seemed to take photos in quick succession, and the results were sharp.
Android KitKat is the OS of choice, but like the other main flagships, it’s completely covered up by LG’s custom add-ons. You get the usual QSlide, Knock Code and all of LG’s other phone features, plus a new fitness widget that’s reminiscent of Samsung’s S-Health, and the new Smart Notice assistant, which keeps you notified if anything needs your attention - for instance, replying to a message, or removing old apps you never use.
The SnapDragon 801 processor puts the G3 in line with other premium smartphones, and we only saw the phone start to slow down with two or three apps running side-by-side. Otherwise, the overall experience was slick. Battery life should hopefully be a winner too, with a massive 3,000 milli-amp battery stashed inside. The LG G2 enjoyed almost two days of use between charges, and the the G3 will hopefully replicate this.
You can also charge the G3 wirelessly using an optional dock, and speaking of accessories, you can wrap the phone in the new QuickCircle case. This not only protects your phone, it also gives you a view of any notifications and allows you to place calls and send messages, all without peeling it opeN.