The G2 phone took the world by storm when LG revealed an incredible device with all the hallmarks of a great smartphone contender. The LG G2 is feature rich, with a great battery and an incredible camera [read my G2 review]. These are the reasons it snuck its way onto numerous Top 10 Must Have phone lists of 2013. Amongst the all-having-all-knowing techies, it is often the phone they default to when travelling as it just keeps going and going never missing an Instagram or Tweet opportunity.
When LG sent out their invitation to the launch of the G3, the only clue of what the LG G3 would look like was next to the count down clock on the G3 website and a teaser YouTube video clip. When the clock stopped counting down, the LG G3 was finally unveiled in an event in London with simultaneous events in New York and San Francisco.
Presenting the new LG G3
The Look and Feel
Measuring at 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm and weighing 149g, the G3 continues its predecessor’s design with the large display and almost no bezel. The phone is once again all screen. The Screen is set at 5.5 inch Quad HD 1440×2560 pixels resolution with 538ppi which is four times the resolution of HD and almost two times higher resolution than a Full HD display. The screen is built into the pseudo brush-metal casing which is really made with polycarbonate.
LG has of course kept the volume keys on the back of the phone which has become the G2 signature. The G3’s keys have been redesigned with a more flatter and a more finger-friendly texture.
2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 3 GB of RAM
The rear-facing camera is a 13 Megapixel optically-stabilized camera with two-tone flash with a Laser Auto Focus which measures the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam this allows the LG G3 to shoot sharp images in a fraction of the time required by conventional phone cameras.
The front facing camera is 2.1 Megapixel shooter capable of shooting stills and video. LG has incorporated several new enhancements such as a larger image sensor and larger aperture for more light throughput and better-looking selfies. Recognising that the only way to take a good selfie is having long arms and focusing the front camera, LG has incorporated gesture controls — when ready to shoot, simply clench your hand into a fist and the G3 will recognize the gesture and begin the automatic three-second countdown.
To keep the LG G3 powered, a 3000 mAh Li-Ion removablebattery is installed. LG has built in some clever battery management tools into the G3 and has replaced the metal in the battery cathode with graphite. All these extend the lifespan of the G3’s battery.
The G3 has an internal capacity of 32GB and a microSD up to 128 GG to extend the storage.
Software and Interface
Like everyone else, the icons have been flattened on the Android KitKat 4.4. Smart Notice is LG’s answer to Google Now and Siri where it provides suggestions and recommendations based on the user behaviour, phone usage patterns and location.
Smart Notice can remind the user of a call that was declined earlier and asks if the user would like to call that person back.
To keep the phone storage lean, if the user has a large number of unused files or apps on the G3 taking up valuable space, Smart Notice will ask if it can delete or uninstall them.
Smart Notice uses natural language capabilities which personalises the phone even more. For example, instead of just displaying that days’ weather forecast, Smart Notice will make a recommendation such as, “You may want to take an umbrella today since it will rain this evening.”
So in Summary:
It looks like LG has done it again with yet another winning product. No official word on when this phone will be available in South Africa as yet and no word on how much it would cost. Knowing how price sensitive we are in South Africa, we can only hope that the Rand Dollar Exchange rate doesn’t push the price up.