LG G3 review

The last great terminal under Android to reach the market has been the LG G3. Successor of the renowned LG G2, we can already consider it as a mature device, known and above all prepared to qualify for the reign of the smartphone world.

Like other contenders in the second line for the general public when talking about high-end Android, the LG G3 strives to offer more than its rivals with the aim of being chosen. And in this case, the screen, both by size and by resolution, are its main arguments.

If you want to know what we found the LG G3, here is our in-depth analysis.

LG G3, technical specifications

Reading the specification sheet of the LG G3, there is no doubt that, of the high-end of this year, it is the one that is most committed to offering printing features, especially on the screen part, as we have anticipated:

LG G3, technical characteristics Physical dimensions 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm, 149 grams screen 5.5 inch IPS Resolution 1440x2560 (538 dpi) Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2.5 GHz quad-core RAM 2 GB / 3 GB Memory 16GB / 32GB expandable with microSD Software version Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) Connectivity LTE, NFC, WiFi 802.11ac, BT 4.0 LE, USB 2.0 Cameras 13 MP primary (laser focus) with UHD video (2.1 MP secondary) Battery 3,000 mAh (removable) Price The officer is 599 euros

Video analysis of the LG G3

What better way to start a thorough test of the new LG G3 than with its video analysis:

Design: again more screen in less space

Like the rest of the reference terminals this year, there has been no revolution in the design of the LG G3 but quite a few improvements. In the case of the new terminal of the LG Koreans, the most significant thing has been the move to a much better finish than last year in the LG G2, but without opting for the moment for the use of glass or metal for the case.

They are brothers but one is bigger and has a better finish

The LG G3 maintains the use of plastic, but it must be said that it is of very good quality. It does not give us the feeling of a premium finish of other materials nor will it resist the passage of time, but we liked the new finish of the LG G3.

LG calls it a metallic design, and until you take it with your hand it might seem that LG had indeed made the leap to metal in the case of its G3, but finally everything has remained in a "metallic appearance".

Until you hold it in your hand, we can believe the metallic finish appearance

Like Samsung with its Galaxy S5, LG has decided to simulate a finish in a very successful and effective way. In hand, the terminal is pleasant, and without a doubt what has convinced us the most has been the enormous, giant step it has taken from the shiny black of the LG G2. Now traces and dirt have gone down in history for real, and the finish that simulates the metal of the LG G3's case is the one that, until now, has seemed to us the most that is capable of preventing dirt, especially grease , stick to the smartphone.

Although the finish has improved, it still does not reach those who use glass and metal in their housings

Another achievement LG is to be congratulated for is the placement of the controls at the rear. Finally this arrangement has convinced us if we are talking about a team of generous proportions. The power button is just at the height of the index finger and it seems very natural to turn the screen on and off in this way. The design of those rear controls, the included volume controls, has changed slightly and the catch that we put on those of the G2 (they were not easily recognizable to the touch), has been completely solved with those of the G3.

These controls at the rear, as we have said, help make handling a large terminal more comfortable. Because we are not going to deny it. The LG G3 is great, as other terminals this year have seemed to us. But that does not mean that we give LG the great merit of having taken full advantage of the physical dimensions to achieve that, with a 5.5-inch screen, the dimensions are even and even better than those of this year's Android terminals.

Yes, the LG G3 is big, but with more screen than its rivals in the same space

Also the thickness but above all the weight, less than 150 grams and we are talking about a 5.5-inch phone, they collaborate to have a smartphone that is very comfortable to operate. The curved lines of its edges also do their part.

The case can be removed and the interchangeable battery and microSIM and microSD card slots are exposed, one on top of the other.

Quad HD screen, the first brave of the greats to dare

The real reason for being of the LG G3 is the screen. And because? Well basically because, although we expected it from all the greats of this year, it is the first of the terminals of recognized brands that has not been afraid to give way to a 2k screen.

It is also relevant in this LG G3 that the diagonal of the screen has been increased again to 5.5 inches. Like last year with its G2, for that number we could go on to recognize it as a phablet but having been able to contain the dimensions has saved it from jumping category.

Personally, with the great advantage that LG has shown to have in optimizing the physical dimensions by putting in a considerable diagonal, it should have chosen to stay around 5 inches and offer a differentiation in its overall size rather than just that of the screen.

As of today, we are not convinced that the jump to a density above 500 dpi, despite the fact that the eye may be able to appreciate it, is decisive or a functionality to risk

But LG was determined to put a resolution of 1440x2560 pixels in its new franchise, and 5.5 inches were what was available. With that combination, the pixel density has reached an overwhelming 534 dpi.

On paper this should mean clarity in everything that surrounds the use of the LG G3 screen, but finally, for now, it is limited to the reproduction of content, be it video or photo, UHD. When we are making a more classic use of the smartphone through its general interface and that of the applications, that extra sharpness that should give us a greater density will not be able to appreciate it by the vast majority of users.

In our case, we showed some smartphone users the interface of some applications such as Twitter or the Xataka page on the LG G3 and Xperia Z2, and they all expressed doubts about which screen looked sharper. As of today, we are not convinced that the jump to a density above 500 dpi, despite the fact that the eye may be able to appreciate it, is decisive or a functionality to risk. Especially if you have to sacrifice performance and some autonomy for it. But in reality it is not the resolution's fault, not even LG's. Developers and the content world in general is not yet ready for this step.

In the other parameters that indicate the quality of a screen, the IPS panel of the LG G3 more than complies. In brightness its 450 nits are in the average of the segment, and despite the fact that the LG G2 was very affected outdoors by reflections, with the G3 we have obtained better results. Although it is difficult to assess, the LG G3 has left us with good feelings outdoors if we avoid direct reflections.

The minimum brightness, without being the best on the market, is well achieved and will not bother us when we need screen dimming. The luminosity sensor also responds under conditions, although it cannot do so "in real time". Where we should put a snag to the screen of the LG G3 is in the contrast, below what the screens of the best terminals this year offer us.

Like the rest of the LG G3's body, the LG G3's screen treats dirt and fingerprints well, and isn't particularly problematic in that regard. That's good news considering that LG's Knack Lock system seems like a good option to activate, turn off or even unlock the G3 with custom patterns.

Performance: you have to pay a little to have so much pixel

The 2014 winner in the field of smartphones has been Qualcomm. Not one of the best current phones on the market has overlooked the Snapdragon 801. Power and the promise of caring for autonomy have been temptations difficult to overcome by the main brands.

Logical then that the LG G3 reaches the market with that combination of 801 and 2 GB of RAM. Specifically we are talking about the 2.5-core quad-core model. This combination is what is available if we opt for the LG G3 with 16 GB of internal memory. The 32 GB expands the memory to 3 GB.

As we usually indicate, we can reproach nothing in fluidity and performance in all its facets to the LG G3.Android moves freely, there are no delays in the execution of applications, the camera is not a bottleneck ... but if we stick to the data of the tests we have carried out on the G3, with Quadrant and Antutu at the head, the performance of the LG G3 is a small step behind the S5 and One M8:

Managing so much pixel on the screen passes your bill slightly on the data, but luckily, you won't notice anything on a day-to-day basis with the LG G3.

And we got to the battery. The LG G2 passed last year as the reference terminal, along with the Sony Xperia, which offered us more autonomy on a daily basis as a smartphone. In the LG G3 the Korean firm repeats the strategy of making the battery removable and also gives it a good capacity: 3,000 mAh. With a processor dedicated to managing millions of extra pixels, those 3,000 mAh cannot be directly reflected in a figure that is, like last year, different from its rivals. And it is highly appreciated all the work that LG has done to ensure that the battery is not really a problem in this terminal.

The G3's 3,000 mAh battery delivers despite the challenge ahead. The bad news is that it is no longer a differential factor against rivals

With the LG G3 we have had the same feeling as with almost any other high-end smartphone in the hands of an intensive user: we will arrive at the end of the day, but be careful because as soon as we abuse video or game, we will do it with suffering.

The nuance that we want to add is that, without that Quad HD screen, it would possibly be on par with the S5, the One or perhaps even the Z2. That said, the G3 battery meets but is no longer a differential factor with the other high-end as it was the LG G2.

Equipped with LTE, NFC connectivity and everything we can expect from a franchise in 2014, it has been at least curious to us that that a priori irrelevant speaker that we see in the design of its back cover is an element that can give us good satisfaction to the use it.

The sound is quite powerful, clear and it seems to us that more than enough to complement the multimedia facet that this terminal asks us for. It does not reach the HTC One M8, but it remains quite close. The best thing is that companies are finally paying attention to the sound on smartphones, and the Z2, as we tell you in its analysis, is another example of good work, in this case if we ignore the external speakers.

Interface: logic prevails

We repeat it in each analysis but it is that we are so glad that it is so that we do not want to let it go: finally the brands have understood that, having Android 4.4 as a base, there is no effort to worsen the experience of use. There is more to it than trying to improve ... if you can. If not, nothing happens.

LG takes this statement literally and leaves the full weight of the operation of its G3 in the hands of Android 4.4. Then he slightly tweaks it in the configuration part (quite personalized by the user) and with special applications or functions. We have, for example, the possibility, which is what I liked the most, of making the LG keyboard higher or lower, but we can also divide the screen into two parts to have two applications (only some are compatible) at the same time in execution. and visible. This is achieved by pressing and holding the Android return control.

See complete gallery »LG G3 interface (9 photos)

The management of open applications is something that has not convinced us, since it does not allow dragging them to remove them, but you have to press and then select. Then we have the application to track our activity, which is successful but does not really bring anything new.

The LG G3 camera: fast and ideal for touch and shoot

The third pillar on which the LG G3 is based is its camera. Following the trend of the rest of the manufacturers, again, this year, LG has focused almost exclusively on offering an option that pleases and offers adequate performance to those who seek above all point and shoot.

That is why this year's smartphone cameras are above all fast. Very fast. In the case of the LG G3, that general speed is reinforced by the inclusion of an important novelty in the form of a laser focus sensor. This technology allows this phone to have a very fast focus speed, but as we are moving in figures of tenths of a second, we would not know if it is more or less fast than those seen in the Z2, S5 or One M8. In any case, these four large terminals are right now the ones that offer a faster camera in all its operating sections.

A peculiarity of this G3 laser sensor is that, in night scenes, it is more reliable than that of its rivals, and just as fast as with light.

As for the LG G3 sensor, it is a 13 megapixel backlit with f2.0 and 1/3 inch size. That value leaves it slightly behind the Galaxy S5 (1 / 2.6) and the Xperia Z2 (1 / 2.3), but the result is on the line. With controlled light, images are presented in great detail, balanced in color and not overdoing image processing.

In night scenes, when there is some ambient light, the results are on par with the rivals, we can get good photos without fear, which is undoubtedly helped by the optical stabilization OIS + that LG is betting on. But we did encounter problems when LG decides that, due to the low light in the scene, noise can make an appearance when raising the ISO. In those cases, as you can see below, the algorithm to avoid that noise takes any detail of the scene before you as soon as you get closer to examining it.

If with the interface of the LG G2 we are quite satisfied, in its desire to embrace the simple, LG has chosen in this G3 to eliminate practically all the more or less manual options and controls for its camera. This terminal focuses almost exclusively on point and shoot, and we can hardly choose a panoramic mode, one to use the two cameras at the same time, one for selective focus and the general.

In the control of photographic parameters everything is limited to the resolution, the flash and the HDR mode. For those who want to take advantage of the photographic options of their smartphone, this limitation is incomprehensible.

We can also choose where the stored images are in one touch (hit) or activate the voice / gesture control of the camera. We have tried it and the truth is that it works quite well. The burst, at about 4 photos per second, has no limitations, and is activated by simply holding your finger on the virtual fire button.

The flash is a dual-tone LED type, and as a physical button, since we do not have an exclusive one, we can use the volume down button, although its location is not exactly ideal for when we take a photo in landscape mode.

The video mode of this LG G3 offers fashionable UHD recording. We like the result, especially when we see it on the screen of the terminal itself (here we do take advantage of the 1440p resolution). There is also the option of 1080p recording as well as 720p at 120 fps, of less quality than we would have liked.

See complete gallery »LG G3 samples (20 photos)

The opinion and note of the LG G3 in Xataka

At the end of the test cycle of the large terminals of this year 2014 (at least in the first half of the season), there is no doubt that franchises are closer to each other than ever. Choosing a model no longer depends so much on the characteristics or overall result, but on small details. The design and finish is one of them.

The LG G3 takes an important step in that section, and we liked it. The terminal, despite its size, is pleasant to handle and other brands already want to be able to fit 5.5 inches in those dimensions while also maintaining a weight of 150 grams. Who would have thought a few years ago.

The LG G3 has also been brave in choosing a 1440p screen, which we do not yet believe can be used, but which has been a challenge well overcome by LG. Keeping the battery at acceptable values ​​says a lot about its work, although we fear that there it has lost a differential factor that it had in the previous generation. One thing for another will think of LG.

And with the camera you can already say without problems that you are in the league of the important ones. Welcome LG.


Design8.5 screen Performance8.75 Camera8.5 Software8.5 Autonomy8

In favor

  • Fast camera ideal for point and shoot
  • Excellent display
  • Weight and physical dimensions
  • Useful interface on Android 4.4


  • Camera options are minimal
  • Screen size too big for a smartphone
  • Plastic finish and not waterproof

The phone has been loaned for testing by LG. Can inquire our policy of relationships with enterprises

LG G3 - Free Android Smartphone (5.5 "screen, 13 Mp camera, 16 GB, Quad-Core 2.5 GHz, 2 GB RAM), titanium gray

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