LG G3 ReviewLG G3 9.2
Armed with a punchy earpiece, the LG G3 is a fine handset to make calls with. Loudness is pretty decent on the incoming side, while voices tend to sound clear and easy-to-comprehend. On the other end of the line, things sound in a similar manner – your callers will mostly enjoy the conversation due to your voice sounding relatively clear and natural.
Whether because of the large panel with high resolution, or something else, the LG G3's 3000 mAh juice pack delivers a sub-par performance in the battery department. It lasted for only 6h 14 min in our custom battery life test, which puts it behind handsets like the Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2, and One (M8) – pretty much every 2014 flagship thus far. Overall, it's not really such a bad result – the G3 will last you through a day of moderate usage, but don't expect wonders from it.
Of course, we should keep in mind that there are quite a lot of factors in play when it comes to battery life, so it'll be normal for the handset to last slightly longer for some users, and slightly less for others. Meanwhile, the statistics provided by LG itself paint a mostly positive picture, with 3G talk-time listed at 21 hours, and 3G stand-by time at 23 days. A nice touch by LG here is that the G3 has built-in wireless charging, but in order to take advantage of this, you'll have to purchase a wireless charging dock separately.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
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The LG G3 is a remarkable Android smartphone, there's no doubt about that. It's probably the most technologically-advanced smartphone at this point, which alone is a great achievement. The question is, does it come off as an offering that's well-rounded enough in order to become a best-seller in this highly-competitive market?
By the looks of it, LG has most of the boxes checked. In the design department, the G3 doesn't only prove to be extremely efficient in terms of screen-to-body ratio, but it also throws a hint of elegance and style – something that you don't quite get with its biggest rival, the Samsung Galaxy S5 (although its perforated back might appeal to some). True, it's mostly a plastic phone, but it looks and feels good to the touch, so we guess it's function over form for LG and the G3.
The display is one of the features that make us see the G3 as more technologically-advanced than most of its rivals. The massive, 5.5" size, along with the staggering QHD resolution is an imposing configuration. Although, we're still unsure about the benefits of QHD, especially when sticking with 1080p could have improved performance a bit. There's also some room for improvement in terms of color reproduction, but if you can live with some oversaturation, it's not really that bad.
Considering the other aspects of the device, we're pleased with the overall user experience, and the software design. It does pack a bit too many bells and whistles for our taste, but thankfully, it's just well-organized and doesn't leave us with the feeling that we're working with a cluttered device.
The 13 MP camera? Well, it's very, very good. The shooter isn't industry-leading, but it can definitely go head-to-head with most other phone cameras and put up a fight. Yeah, it does have the tendency to slightly overwarm things, but hey, that isn't anything new! If you can look past that, you'll be delighted by the immersive photographs that the G3 creates.
At the end of the day, we're quite happy with the LG G3. It's a rather big phone. Probably too big and wide, even with its extremely efficient bezels. However, we also enjoy the benefits of the larger-than-life screen, so we definitely see it as a tradeoff that many would be willing to do. This is not the best phone of 2014, as some would rush to say. But it's definitely one of the best Android handsets thus far. A bit too geeky, and a bit too pumped up, but still great across the board. Those who buy it would definitely have a wonderful time with it.
- Massive screen with great resolution
- Elegant design
- Well-organized user interface with a plethora of features
- Exhibits some UI lag
- Some gimmicky features
- Lack of stereo speakers
LG G3 Review - Call Quality, Battery and Conclusion
|Display||5.5 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (538 ppi) IPS LCD|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400 processor
3 GB RAM
|Size||5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches|
(146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm)
5.26 oz (149 g)
|Battery||3000 mAh, 19 hours talk time|