Hands on: LG G3, top of the line with 5.5 inch screen and Quad HD resolution

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LG took only two months for, after the official presentation of the model . It is true that the novelty comes with the uninviting suggested price of $2,299 and comes with 2 GB of RAM plus 16 GB internal storage – there are countries where the handset is offered with 3 GB and 32 GB, respectively. Still, because G3 good impressions.

In other specifications, the smartphone offers quad-core Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz chip with Adreno 330 GPU, 13-megapixel rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front camera, 3000 mAh battery, microSD support up to 128 GB and naturally connectivity features such as Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 4G and USB 2.0.

Screen

In the first handling the screen, the IPS type, makes it clear that it is one of the main attractions of the G3. With 5.5 inches, the component pleases not only by the amount of visual information that can display, but also by good levels of brightness and contrast, plus the vividness of colors.

But, as you already know, what LG stands out is the resolution of the G3 screen: a combination of 2560 × 1440 pixels (Quad HD) and its corresponding density of 538 ppi (pixels per inch) are really raise eyebrows.

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Despite the sophistication, in practice, the screen of the G3 does not deliver anything much different than offers its predecessor, the G2, which features full HD resolution and 424 ppi density. In both is almost impossible to distinguish pixels and, as the current supply of content is almost all done with resolution up to 1080p, gives even question if LG did not exaggerate this aspect.

For anyone who cares about the energetic impact that solving the G3 can cause, LG explains that the model is quite optimized to avoid excessive consumption. Anyway, we’ll have to wait for the device to be in our hands to review to confirm that the screen does not even Jewish battery.

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Design

Who has or seen a G2 closely will notice that the G3 has similar design, but with fancier finish.The back cover is made ​​of a plastic material that resembles brushed metal and thus cause great impression by being beautiful and (almost) inume the drawbacks as fingerprints. Moreover, the cover is also in good sometimes cause a feeling that the apparatus will slip off of the hand.

The LG kept the idea of ​​leaving the button on / off and volume control on the back, just below the camera. This is an unusual motion, but practical, since the device is wide (74.6 millimeters) and, as such, is not always easy access to these buttons on wings.

Of course, the convenience of the layout of these buttons comes with time: in the early days, you probably will turn the device to locate them or pass your finger over the camera trying to find them.

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Camera

If you make a point of registering caprichadas photos with the smartphone, the G3 has the potential to please you. Like the G2, the device camera comes with 13 megapixels, but stands out from the first to come with an autofocus system that uses a laser beam (located in the item to the left of the lens in the picture below) to calculate subject distance.

In accordance with LG, this system helps the camera to focus quickly, especially in night environments. At the launch event the company held on Tuesday (22), in São Paulo, it was not possible to assess this, but at least the photos taken at the site showed good quality.

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Software

The G3 comes standard with Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) and a renovated custom interface. LG did a good job here, applying a visual “flat”, ie, with simple lines, good color balance and no excess in transition effects.

LG also took care not to overdo apps. The company, two of the highlights are already known Knock Code, which allows the user to define a sequence of four taps on the screen to unlock the device, and Smart Keyboard that enables you to adjust the position of the virtual keyboard, the company said, reduces by 75% the typos.

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Worth it?

Still need to do a more careful analysis to give our recommendations, but the first tests, the G3 showed a device well finished, sturdy and with a respectable hardware. For those who are looking for a top of the line smartphone, the model is rather an option to consider. But perhaps not for everyone.

For anyone who already owns a G2, for example, the exchange may not be worth very much worth it, since the specifications of this model are only slightly lower than the G3 hardware, with the most significant difference being with the screen. But, in practical terms, the resolution Quad HD does not seem to cause significant impact on the user experience.

If LG had brought the version of the G3 with 3GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, there would be far stronger reasons to consider an exchange, but unfortunately, company executives said there are no plans to offer this variation in country .