LG G3 : The Most Ambitious Phone of 2014
Amidst some very clever on stage screen magic (loved the interaction between doors and on-screen video), some classic dry british humor and full stage wrap around screen was the unveiling of LG’s new Flagship Mobile Product, the LG G3.
The LG G3 5.5 inch Smartphone is impressive. Not just with its size but with its features packed together by LG’s drive to listen to the consumer, and ultimately deliver a product that fits with people’s lifestyles. The G3 feels like LG’s trump card in a global poker game with Samsung’s Galaxy S IV and Nokia’s new Smartphone Range.
Get More with Less Effort
The device certainly does have a distinct level of simplification while not degrading any of the features we have all come to love on our smartphones. From what we have seen so far there is a real drive to bring relevant information to the user, rather than leaving it up to the user to hunt it out. It also appears to remove the non personal aspect of the SmartPhone personal assistant. Features like Smart Notice takes the simple pop up notification further and provides real personal information in a very personal way with “Smart Notice”. “Smart Notice” learns about how you use your device, whats important to you and ultimately presents that information.
The user experience appears to be a lot flatter and a lot simpler than some of the cluttered Android’s in the market today, something which could work very well in LG’s favor. Time will tell if LG’s custom Android 4.2.2 Kitkat edition will reign supreme.
A less obtrusive method for unlocking is found in the “Smart Security” features, including Knock Code and KnockOn, effectively a tap-tap pattern mechanism to protect your device. This is like that knock on the door your Uncle would make, when he visits, which lets you know its him at the door.
There is also a promise of an improved keyboard experience, with manually scale-able keyboard size (which is a nice idea). However we have heard this promise on smartphones for ages, and so until we get some hands on we will need to take their word for it.
One aspect of Smartphone ownership is of course the camera, which is probably one of the most critical features. The LG G3 packs a 13mp camera, with dual flash and Laser Auto Focus. Its fast and possibly a contender for some of the magic Nokia has put into place with their high-end Lumia’s. There is also an improvement to video recording, and not just with the image quality but with the quality of the audio recorded. Improved light condition handling and simpler user interface, including gesture recognition, really does offer a great platform for photography and filming.
What has become apparent with LG’s designs is they love simple, sleek and sophisticated looks. The Metallic Floating Curved case looks great.
There is plenty to see with this device, and were hoping to see one here in New Zealand very soon.
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 801 (up to 2.5GHz Quad-Core)
- Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)
- Memory: 16/32GB eMMC ROM, 2/3GB DDR3 RAM / microSD slot (128GB max)
- Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus / Front 2.1MP
- Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
- Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- Size: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm
- Weight: 149g
- Network: 4G / LTE / HSPA+ 21 Mbps (3G)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X), NFC, SlimPort, A-GPS/Glonass, USB 2.0
- Color: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, Burgundy Red
- Other: Smart Keyboard, Smart Notice, Knock CodeTM, Guest Mode, etc.