**LG might not dominate the headlines as much as Apple or Samsung, but its unique design and top spec sheet make it one of the best releases of the year. **So move over iPhone 5s and Galaxy S5, the LG G3 is coming through! Want to find out more? Here’s our in depth LG G3 review…
The LG Style
If there’s one thing that LG is good at doing, it’s making their hardware look great. We’ve seen it with the LG G Flex as well as the G Pro 2, and the LG G3 is promising to keep you happy as well.
Although the casing is made of polycarbonate, making the handset super light in weight, the G3’s design also features a stunning brushed metal finish, giving the phone that premium metal look that we’re craving for.
Another great feature which makes the LG G3 unique is that the power button and volume rocker are located on the back of the handset, similar to the G2. This makes it easier than ever to navigate around the phone, regardless of whether you’re right or left handed.
LG G3 Specs
One thing we were all impressed by on the LG G2 was the sheer power behind the screen, and we’re in for yet another blockbusting effort this time round. LG has bumped up the screen size, offering a 5.5-inch QHD screen on the G3, stuffing in an amazing 534 pixels per inch, making for a beautifully vivid display.This moves up from the 1080p display we saw on the G2, which measured up at 5.2”, giving us an increase in both power and size.
Behind the display we find even more improvements on the older model, with a 3GB RAM taking over from the less powerful 2GB effort from the G2. This is backed up by the quad-core processor, totalling 2.5GHz processing power as well, to make the latest handset a real heavy hitter.
A 32GB internal storage space sums up the memory, with a MicroSD card slot allowing for plenty more room if you need it.
Finally, a 3000mAh battery gives the G3 enough juice to last you much longer than the average flagship battery life. This gives you all the time in the world to watch movies, play games and listen to music, without having to worry about rationing your battery pack.
LG G3 Features
Sound good already? Well it’s going to get a whole lot better. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s, LG has moved on from the fingerprint scanning fad, instead opting for its Knock Code technology to improve security. Simply set up a particular pattern and you can use this sequence to unlock the phone from anywhere on the screen- even if your phone is in hibernation. LG Knock Code is just as secure as the iPhone fingerprint scanner, and is actually easier to use one-handed.
The G3 has also got an updated user experience, sticking with Android KitKat 4.4, but using the LG Optimus user interface to separate the G3 from other handsets on the market. Compared to the LG G2, the new version of LG’s UI is much less cluttered, offering a clean and colourful redesign.
Each main app- for instance, contacts or messages- now has its own unique colour to help guide you around the phone much more easily.
LG G3 vs Galaxy S5
Two of the best Android smartphones on the market, each has their distinct advantages. LG’s intuitive design is second to none, whilst Samsung is a bigger name and values its built-in apps and features massively.
In the S5 vs G3 battle, there’s very little to separate the two. We definitely recommend doing your research into both of these top-notch handsets, but either way you’ll be getting a top of the range smartphone.
LG G3 Review: Verdict and Price
The LG G3 really is a great improvement on what was already a great handset in the G2. The design has seen a marked improvement, and the addition of some tremendously powerful specs, alongside some great new features makes it a real flagship phone to consider this year.