Getting the 411 on the LG G3

17 Apr 2015



As of last September the LG G3 has been on the market. Its release date was very close to that of the iPhone 6 and therefore some interesting comparisons can be drawn between the two. Let’s begin with a few comparatory remarks and move on to the features of the LG G3.

If we concern ourselves primarily with size, we're looking at two 5.5-inch displays. But all displays are not created to be equal, and this is where the LG G3 really shines. It has an insane 2560 x 1440 resolution, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a paltry 1920 x 1080 display by comparison. It's still bearable, but not razor sharp as the G3.

Also, the LG G3 has more megapixels in terms of its camera. Both cameras have image stabilization, but the iPhone 6 Plus has phase detection autofocus, better than the LG G3's laser AF system. Plus, the LG G3 will support microSD cards up to 128GB.

Key features

There are a number of key features that LG introduces as ‘new and improved with the G3, but none sticks out as prominently as the QHD screen. Some might think that this is four times the pixel count of an HD screen, and you'd be right to a degree.

But only if you're talking about 720p screens – if you're comparing the G3 to something like the Galaxy S5, that packs in two million pixels to the G3's 3.6 million. Where Samsung's offering 440ppi sharpness, the G3 has 538ppi, which is equivalent to high end glossy art books, which LG used as the benchmark of sharpness to aim at.

New interface

The new interface on the LG G3 is a big improvement when compared to its predecessor, LG G2. In a nutshell there is much less clutter. Gone is the skeuomorphism in favour of a new flat tile look. The icons are redesigned. The different applications have their own colour scheme for easy recognition and the colour palette is more muted than before. The interface is still a little cluttered, but overall it's a tick for LG updating something that sorely needed a new look.

Simple camera with laser autofocus

The 13MP camera on the LG G3 is also another big talking point, both in terms of the new look to the interface and the additional technology on board.

Starting with the latter point, the laser auto focus, which is designed to make it the fastest-focusing smartphone on the market. It seems to be true at times, but I'm not sure shaving another 100 milliseconds off makes that much of a difference when boot-up speed is more important.

General Consensus

The LG G3 has given some of its formidable opponents some competition, but perhaps you might think of testing one out yourself at a Bell mobile center near you.


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