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LG G3 review: Hail to the king, baby

The LG G3 is now the Android smartphone to beat.
by Richard Hall Modified: July 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm •  Published: July 21, 2014

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An LG employee poses for photographers holding the company’s newly unveiled smartphone called the G3 at a media event in London. AP Photo
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An LG employee poses for photographers holding the company’s newly unveiled smartphone called the G3 at a media event in London. AP Photo Lefteris Pitarakis - AP

Perfect is a strong word to use when describing a piece of technology. It’s a subjective term that can only be qualified by whatever the device’s user wants out of said technology.

But I’ll go ahead and say it: The LG G3 is a perfect smartphone.

LG is, in a way, playing catchup with the other dogs in the yard. Samsung, for example, releases new devices faster than anyone can take a breath. LG is more methodical in its releases, like the company was in 2013 with its G2 device. Even then the G2 wiped the competition board clean, save for a few handhelds.

Now, enter the G3, which arrives less than a year after its predecessor. That’s a new move for LG, but with some fantastic devices currently ruling the market, it’s hard to blame LG for dropping a new phone in our laps.

The company also dropped the mic with this release, letting the G3 speak for itself with its clean lines, fantastic smooth feel, incredible screen and (enter flowery adjective here) new interface.

The most impressive thing about the G3 is, hands down, its screen. It’s 5.5 inches of Quad HD goodness, coming in at 2560x1440 resolution. In layman’s terms: It’s a big, beautiful display.

Truth is Quad HD is overkill for phones, but boy does it look nice. And, considering it’ll become “the” thing in the near future, Quad HD is a tech everyone will have in their pocket within three years’ time anyway. While you don’t need such a display, you’re not going to say no to one, either.

As big and beautiful as it is, the G3’s display lacks in a few departments when compared to the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5: colors, brightness and viewing angles. Colors aren’t as accurate as they can be, brightness isn’t as bright as it could be and the device’s viewing angles are a bit drab.

Still, this is the first time the public has seen a Quad HD display on mainstream device, and the tech will no doubt get better as time goes on, just as Full HD displays did over the last couple of years.

What’s nice about the G3 is that, despite its large size, the device never feels too big or uncomfortable in the hand. It’s on the slimmer side for modern phablets, and transitioning from my Samsung Galaxy S4 to the LG G3 didn’t faze me a bit. I’m also fond of the rear placement of the physical buttons — it just feels right.

Powering the device is a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, complete with 3GB of RAM, up to 32GB internal storage and 128GB expandable storage via microSD, a 13-megapixel camera, a chunky 3,000mAh battery and Android 4.4.2. It’s a suite of noticeable evolutionary steps over the G2, and users moving up from even months-old technology will notice an increase in snappiness and responsiveness.

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by Richard Hall
Digital Media Specialist
Richard Hall is an award-winning newsroom developer, editor and blogger for NewsOK. He was born in Austin, Texas, spent his childhood in southern California and has lived in Norman since 1999. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008.
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