First Impressions: LG G3

LG has come a long way with its premium line of devices.  Everyone thought that the first Optimus G smartphone was a very solid device, and it was.  Having owned the very successful G2, I myself enjoyed using it with the exception of the microSD.  Now I’m in possession of the LG G3 and I feel inclined to give my first impressions on LG’s newest flagship.

How it feels

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When the news came out the device would have a display the size of 5.5 inches, I heard a lot of people already complaining that the device would be too big.  Coming out of owning a Note 3, I was a bit skeptical of how they were going to manage the size of the device without making it too big for the average sized hand.  The increase in size is apparent but manageable; the phone does not feel like a phablet.  What LG managed to do was decrease the bezels as far as they could to fit the screen into a manageable size and I feel that they succeeded.  The phone rests in my hand comfortably and I don’t feel the need to handle the device with two hands very often.  I do have to adjust my hand every now and then but I can definitely use the device single handedly.

The model we received is a pre-production Korean variant in Silver.  I did manage to get a hold of the white version from a fellow colleague of mine and I will say its a lot less slippery than the white version.  All models of the G3 have the brushed metal accents but there is a finish on the white that gives it less of a grip.  As for what I think about the “brushed metal” juke that LG pulled on everyone; I think it was funny but necessary.  I’m sure that a device a total size of 6 inches with a metal body will not balance out in weight.  The phone doesn’t feel cheap in itself and neither do the buttons in the back.  The LG G3 must feel like an accomplishment.  Well earned.

Whats to love about the device

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The Quad HD display was the selling point of this device.  To the average person you cannot tell the difference between one flagship to the next in terms of pixel density.  Once its past a certain number of pixels, the naked eye can’t discern the difference.  With all this being said, this is still one of the best displays on any phone.  With the exception of the amount of native 4k content around, its hard to validate such a gorgeous screen. It doesn’t mean that this screen doesn’t make a difference, it just would be nicer to have more content to admire and put the screen to 100% use. With all this being said, it still does add a bit of extra pop to your pictures. The amount of detail that is shown with pictures taken is amazing and I always seem to find myself gazing and just admiring all details. This feat is well accomplished by LG.

Additional notes

Its hard to talk about battery life because I’ve only been using T-Mobile’s 3G network to run the device. You can only receive LTE on the device on AT&T’s network so that will be in the review. As for what the battery life has been like on the 3G network, I lasted 18 hours on my first day of usage before I finally hit 1%. I figured since I was working with a 4k display, i’d have to recharge at least 75% through the work day. Am I glad that isn’t the case here, yet. Again, this was on a 3G network and its not a US carrier variant so that will come later on in my review.

LG really put some effort into this phone and it shows. It makes me want to try the QuickCircle case to see how much thats been improved. Its a serious contender for phone of the year over the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. Its almost a no doubter that it’ll be among the top phones this year. Stay tuned for the review.