Thinking out loud... or I should say deciding about my next phone out loud? Part 2

The second in line of my options is the LG G3. Overall it appears to have a solid call quality and LTE data speeds, a great camera, a brilliantly sharp display, a snappy quad-core processor, and a flat UI that makes Android 4.4 look good. LG's flagship has also improved on the previous model -- the new G3 comes with a removable battery and microSD card slot, both things the G2 lacked.

The feeling is that finally LG has the right phone to challenge the Korean rival Samsung. The second fiddle role that LG has always played might be overcome with the help of the G3 flagship model, in Korea outselling Samsung Galaxy S5 by three times in the initial launch period.

The LG G3r

Display

It's not hard to see why. Unlike the Galaxy S5, which shows a more conservative approach in its design, LG's G3 goes bold with a new high-resolution "QHD" (2,560x1,440-pixel resolution) display, as well as adding a laser-guided autofocus for the camera.

Design

There are also other design changes that address the issues of the previous flagship, such as the addition of a microSD card slot and removable battery. With a cleaner, toned-down redesign of the UI (it's running a reskinned Android 4.4 KitKat), the LG G3 has what it takes to be a top-ranked flagship smartphone for 2014.
The design shows the same rounded corners and slim bezel as the G2. Also, the LG G3 keeps the same buttons on the rear as well. The back is changed to an metallic-looking plastic instead of the glossy plastic.
The reasoning for the plastic back is stated by LG as to allow for wireless charging but the metallic film provides a premium finish and that is another S5 eater factor, since the feeling that the G3 is offering is superior to the metal phones such as the HTC One M8 and the Apple iPhone 5S. Still the back is pretty sensitive to scratches that you will have to live with for the rest of the phone’s life...
The power button and volume rocker are all found on the back. LG has done this for a few phones now, and while it takes some getting used to, it's actually a pretty good tweak. The keys have a textured pattern that differentiates them from the rear cover. It's also easy to reach the buttons when holding the phone with one hand. There's no need to stretch your fingers to power off the device (especially if it's on the top).

The best part of the G3, however, has to be that there simply aren't any buttons. Unlike the S5, which has a physical home button, the G3 uses onscreen keys instead. This means that the 5.5-inch, 2,560x1,440-pixel-resolution screen grabs all of your attention, and the super-thin bezel enhances that experience, making the phone appear to be "all screen."

Overall, the build quality is pretty solid; the phone is easy to grip. The 8.9mm-thick phone sits comfortably in the palm, but because of the width of its 5.5-inch display, it's often easier to type with both hands.
The UI redesigned by LG for the G3 is clean and flat, very simple and easy. For example, instead of having 16 camera modes, LG checked its data and got rid of the modes that were used less than 1 percent of the time, leaving just four of the more frequently selected ones.

Features

Like Samsung's S5, the G3 now has a built-in fitness tracker, called LG Health. It tracks your steps, as well as keeping a record of your other activities such as jogging or cycling.
The cool KnockOn and Knock Code, which are features inherited from the G Pro 2 is present and quite nice. But, if your pants pocket has a thin lining you can accidentally power it on when the screen makes contact with your thigh through the thin cloth. Placing your phone facing outwards may solve the problem.

Camera

Camera is a 13-megapixel camera with laser-guided autofocus, the G3's shooter is supposedly capable of quickly locking on the subject and taking a picture. The laser also helps in taking low-light pictures, though if your subject is moving, the shutter will likely be too slow to snap it without some motion blur.

Processor

Powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, the G3 was blazing fast and has no issues with operations not even when playing 3D games.

Battery

The one thing that held the phone back, however, has to be its battery life. With a 3,000mAh removable battery, there's just no escaping the fact that the high-resolution QHD display is a power hog. The phone can barely last a full day between charges, far behind the Samsung Galaxy S5's over 15 hours or the Sony Xperia Z3 2 days.
Thankfully, you can swap out the battery for a spare, but that's something you'll have to live with if you're someone who needs to be constantly using your phone.

Conclusion

With so much going for it, the LG G3 is the best LG phone on the market and should hold its place as one of the top phones of the year. The battery life, though, does take a hit due to the higher-resolution display, which is a trade-off I don't quite like. Yet that's really the only downside of this otherwise superb handset.

Generally, the G3 is the perfect new gadget for "early adopter" types who want the latest and greatest. Sure, those looking for a workhorse phone may want to get the S5 which doesn't have the battery-sapping high-resolution display of the G3. But for a powerful handset that's beautiful to boot, there is no room to be disappointed with LG's latest marquee venture.


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