The mobile phone market has become a little crowded of late. The two big brands are Apple & Android with the new Windows phones playing catch up. Traditionally if you wanted an android phone, Samsung were the major player. After receiving the new LG G3 to review, I started to ask why? Why have I never considered LG as a realistic alternative to Samsung? Sure, the likes of Sony & HTC have always been around but LG? They only make TV’s, don’t they?
When I unpacked the G3, the first thing that struck me was the size. It’s massive. Coming from an iPhone, I’m used to a compact design so the large screen took a little getting used to. The size does have a huge upside however. The new quad HD screen is a masterpiece providing crystal clear images on the 5.5 inch display. If you use your phone to watch Netflix for example, you couldn’t help but be impressed by the sharpness and clarity of the images.
The operating system (Android 4.4 kit kat) is really easy to use and more intuitive than other android phones I’ve used. It has the usual App options available through the Google Play Store. It also has a unique way to unlock the phone in the form of Knockcode. Rather than using a PIN number or a pattern code you can tap a sequence on the screen which is quite fun but not always successful.
The 13 mp camera on the G3 is also a big step up from other models on offer, using a laser to pinpoint what you are photographing and auto focus on that. The front camera us also high quality, in case you’re partial to the odd selfie.
The G3 also boasts the Qualcomm Snapdragon quad processor so it’s more than capable of standing up to the demands of browsing Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Using the Google Chrome browser the internet is also rather speedy, especially if you have a 4G connection. With all these new, faster and more powerful options you would think battery life would suffer but I found the opposite to be true. The battery lasted longer than any other phone I’ve owned (well, except my old Nokia which lasted a week on one charge, no matter how much Snake you played). In the never ending quest for longer battery life, LG have taken a huge leap forward.
The only drawback I found with this phone was the way it felt in your hand. It has a metallic looking back which looks great but is actually plastic and because of this, the phone feels less premium and well made as handsets such as the iPhone or the new HTC ONE M8. This is a small drawback however, in what is otherwise a fantastic new phone.
So if you’re in the market for a new phone the question about LG shouldn’t be why? It should be, why not?