LG G3 Review – More pixels are not always better

Jun

23

2014

The specification has been racing for a few years underway in smartphone land. At the time of the dumb phones from Nokia and Sony Ericsson almost no user knew what processor was in his phone, how much memory it was or what was the screen resolution. Today is different. Manufacturers advertise only too happy to type numbers, memory amounts, clock speeds and resolutions. For some of those things, the more, the better; phones should always be quicker and accumulators can never last long enough.

The adage “more is better” is probably not for all components. Take for example the screen. When Steve Jobs iPhone 4 Retina display introduced, he made the claim that more sharpness and higher resolutions were not needed. Pixel densities greater than roughly 300 pixels per inch would not be distinguished by the human eye. That other manufacturers were disagree, is obvious. The recent top models from companies like HTC, Samsung and Sony, for example screens with pixel densities between 424 and 441ppi.

LG doing there this summer even further with his G3 smartphone: a 5.5 “device with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels whopping more than one HDTV and good for a pixel density of 531ppi According to the Korean manufacturer is the difference. seen with full-HD displays with the naked eye and the screen of the G3 first that the quality of the best printers able to match.
Screen: many pixels, but not without flaws

Steve Jobs was wrong, said Dr. Woo Ram-chan, the LG chief executive responsible for the G3. The idea that people would not be able to see more than 300 pixels per inch would be based on a misunderstanding. That misunderstanding, according to Woo to do with the guidelines adopted for the printing industry. In a paper print 270 lines per inch would cause such a sharp image, the lines for the human eye to distinguish. It would be the idea emerged that such a number should be used for displays.

According to Woo, however, you have double the amount of pixels needed to display 270 lines on a display again; should provide room to be able to distinguish them. apart between the lines Therefore, a density of 540 pixels would be ideal, and let that just happens to come very close to the 538ppi that the screen of the G3 is able to display. LG G3 – pixel density explanation Although the story is clear, it also comes unnecessarily complicated to us. Indeed, there is a much simpler way to determine whether individual pixels are indistinguishable from each other: look with your eyes. With our eyes on the screen, we could still see the difference. When switching from HD-ready for full-hd We keep the G2 and G3, however side by side, and we compare things like text, then we must conclude that we really see no difference in resolution. And if we do not see with our eyes that close to the screen, then you’ll definitely not see in a normal viewing distance.

Pixel Photo G2 and G3

The Google Play icon on the G2 (left) and G3 (click to enlarge)

The switch to quad hd therefore seem unnecessary, but we get it from LG. Specifications are important to the marketing department and the company can now show off the fact that it has put a quad-HD screen in a smartphone. Competitors like Samsung, Sony and HTC will certainly take that step into the future, but are not yet so far.

LG G3 – screenshots Who feared that displays with the move to a quad-HD resolution would be less bright the backlights should indeed work harder to alleviate everything can rest at ease, in this case over. With a maximum brightness of nearly 500cd / m², or nits, the screen of the G3 bright enough to also be read properly. Outdoors

Then the sun may not shine too bright. If the phone gets too hot, it is simply not possible to use. Maximum brightness The maximum value is then limited to 90 percent. This problem we encountered during benchmarking, where the device was apparently too hot. We can well imagine that when navigating in the car, with both screen, cpu and gpu as GPS active, and there is also another sun shines on the phone, it will not be able to turn up the brightness. Possible to It is in practice not a huge problem, but sloppy.
Brightness
Phone / Tablet In candelas per square meter (nits), higher is better
Nokia Lumia 1520
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750
Samsung Galaxy S5
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576
Apple iPhone 5s
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510
HTC One (M8)
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505
LG G3
******
487
Sony Xperia Z2
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451
LG G2
*****
402
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
****
394

The contrast ratio of the screen is against us; a ratio of 849:1 is not great high, especially for a device in this price range. The G2 did better in this area and also a rival HTC One (M8) makes note a higher contrast. The Galaxy S5, thanks to its AMOLED screen, an almost immeasurable contrast. The low contrast of the G3 is reflected in a black color that is less deep and which have been less impressive than for other devices. That LG uses little saturated colors for the interface, not helping.
Contrast
Phone / Tablet In ratio, higher is better
HTC One (M8)
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1624:1
LG G2
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1232:1
Sony Xperia Z2
******
1115:1
Apple iPhone 5s
******
1114:1
LG G3
****
849:1
Colour Reproduction

LG G3 – grayscale

LG G3 – Gamut

LG has clearly paid attention to the color reproduction of the display, because the color fastness is better than many other high-end smartphones. Although the color temperature a bit on the cool side, the rgb graph is quite similar, and a margin of error of 3.2 dE2000 we find a good phone. The display of the primary and secondary colors is fine, with an average deviation of dE2000 of 2.79.
We walked around in recent weeks with a G3 to see if that is true, or that blows the marketing department of the company’s high tower. Off screen, we also have the big case, the big battery and 13-megapixel camera with laser autofocus taken under the microscope. Of all these things together are a good smartphone, you can read on the following pages.
Housing: large, but also compact

With its 5.5 “display is the G3 a hefty phone and takes over the Korean company a big gamble. Not that a 5.5” phone is a new phenomenon, but previously they were in the portfolio is positioned above the real flagship – phones. Thus, LG had last year as a top model G2 and G Pro as a great phone. Competitor Samsung makes each year a Galaxy S model, with a larger version of the Galaxy Note. However, the G3 is not the ‘big phone’ LG this year, but the mainstream device. That means you can not move to a smaller model with similar specs. At LG

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Phone Length Width Thickness Weight
LG G3 146.3 mm 74.6 mm 8.9 mm 149g
LG G2 138.5 mm 70.9 mm 8.9 mm 142g
Sony Xperia Z2 146.8 mm 73.3 mm 8.2mm 158g
Samsung Galaxy S5 142mm 72.5 mm 8.1 mm 145g
HTC One (M8) 146.4 mm 70.6 mm 9,35 mm 160g

How big is the LG G3 then? In any case greater than its direct competitors HTC One, Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2. The length is the difference with those devices not so great; LG has the edge below the screen kept very small and that’s a decent performance. The edges on the sides of the screen are small, but the phone is still almost 75mm wide, which is very sharply, so sharply that he will be able to be operated with one hand. Really comfortable too wide for many people

But if you are a fan of major appliances and you’re not afraid of a little hand acrobatics or working with two hands, which is the G3 a hit. You will get a screen that is quite large, in a housing that is relatively small.

LG G2 and G3

The LG G2 last year alongside the LG G3
Materials, controls and connectors

If LG talks about the material of which the G3 is made, it invariably used the word ‘metallic’. This suggests that the back is metal, but that is not so. LG uses ordinary plastic, as with previous devices, but only plastic that looks good and fine features. The finish is reminiscent of brushed metal and looks okay from. In addition, fingerprints hardly visible and the material seems hardly scratches. Compared with the shiny plastic of the G2 is the material of the G3 much nicer to look at and also a lot more functional.

A new feature in relation to the G2, the removable rear. This is fairly easy to loose and also reveals a removable battery, micro SIM card slot and a micro sd card reader. All pluses in our opinion. With this construction, power users can, over time, if the battery has lost ability to just get a new battery in it prick. The micro-SD slot swallows tickets to 128GB and ensures that you have really no reason to buy it. Expensive 32GB model of the G3

LG G3 At the back we find next to a pretty loud speaker, the second iteration of LG’s Back Button. With the introduction of the G2, the company claimed that buttons at the back a lot of course work and finer than the side buttons. The implementation showed up at the G2, however, to be desired. It was difficult to discern, in part because of the materials used and partly because the power button was very small. Touch on the home button of the volume buttons

On the G3, the concept is much more visible. The home button is now larger, round, slightly convex and smooth. As a result, it is clearly distinguishable from the indented volume buttons with coarse texture. The changes themselves are not so great, but in practice, the buttons many times finer than the G2. Battery: the flip side of the quad-HD screen

Screens with more pixels eaten more energy; that is a maxim that goes in most situations. So it would have been better if LG had rested, the G3 with a larger battery logical but that did not do it; The battery has a capacity of 3000mAh as powerful as those in G2. To ensure that you do through the day, LG claims to have various optimizations applied, all beginning with the letter A, making LG’s marketing material speaks of Optimization ‘3 A ‘.

LG G3 The first A stands for Adaptive frame rate, a feature that was already present at the G2 and for example used in the Nexus is 5. Because a short ram is attached to the image panel, the GPU does not need to constantly send if there is static content displayed. New frames to the screen The frame buffer is simply stored in that piece of ram and from there the panel is refreshed. That feature is also known as panel self refresh.

A second is that of Adaptive Clocking. A feature which according to LG ‘reduces battery usage by optimizing the CPU clock speed. The manufacturer seems simply to point to the corresponding clock gating and power gating, ie the variable controlling the clock speeds and components within a system on a chip here. That’s not really new. The last A stands for Adaptive Timing, but what exactly do you mean LG thus, do not let it know.
How long it will last?

So it seems that LG is not shocking innovations in this area has been made and the battery percentage therefore is also pretty hard down when you are actively using the phone, especially if the screen brightness is high. On an average day, the G3 is still with rather long. That’s the good standby time, which in turn probably due to the Snapdragon chip 801 that at idle but requires little power.

However, that good standby time, we always. Took far More than once happened that the phone neatly into deep sleep was because the “Android OS’ process the phone kept waking. Why that was, we did not get above water, and that’s frustrating. We’ve had days where the G3 with light use hardly emptied, and days when we took him out of the pocket and the battery level had dropped more than expected. This is purely a software problem and we hope that LG dissolves quickly.
The battery life test
Battery life when web browsing (250cd/m2 brightness @)
Phone / Tablet Time in Minutes, higher is better
HTC One (M8)
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8u16m
Sony Xperia Z2
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7u40m
LG G2
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7u4m
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
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6u47m
Samsung Galaxy S5
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6u42m
LG G3
******
5u37m
Apple iPhone 5s
*****
4u49m
Battery life when watching video (250cd/m2 brightness @)
Phone / Tablet Time in Minutes, higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5
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14u12m
Sony Xperia Z2
*******
11u47m
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
******
10u36m
HTC One (M8)
******
9u45m
LG G2
*****
9u4m
Apple iPhone 5s
*****
7u45m
LG G3
*****
7u40m

To make a good comparison with other phones we have tested the battery life as usual with our self-developed browsing and video tests. In both graphs is easy to see how heavy the impact of the qHD screen is the battery life: the browsing test, the G3 an hour to admit the Galaxy S5 and no less than two and a half hours on the HTC One (M8). In the video test the G3’s a bigger backlog. It is also interesting to see that the G3 – also are several must acknowledge its predecessor, the LG G2 -. Despite the claims of LG Camera: focus with a laser

LG wanted to take a picture and simplify the camera app is therefore very bare. There is no shutter button; focusing and taking a picture done with the touch screen. Do you want to set more than can be happy with a menu that you call through the three dots in the upper left corner, where known issues such as resolution, flash, grid lines and the self-timer can be adjust. Also, it is possible to make by first holding the lens for your palm open and then to make a fist. Selfies Then three seconds counted down and then made a picture.

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The light from the laser

For the camera of the LG G3 has 13-megapixel sensor retained from the G2, but in his own words, the image quality improved by changes in the software and firmware. The lens is again equipped with optical image stabilization and the camera is accompanied by a dual LED flash with two colors, similar to the flash on the iPhone 5s and HTC One (M8). That should produce a more natural color temperature when taking pictures with flash. However, the most striking thing about the camera is not the sensor, lens or flash, but the autofocus system.

LG G3 The cameras in mobile phones create a rule using a technique called contrast detection to focus. Contrast Detection can quickly work if there is sufficient light is available, but in darker situations, putting the focus method is often too short and can sometimes not focused. Samsung Galaxy S5 therefore came with a new image sensor, which also supports the faster phase detection technique. LG is trying to improve by a laser. G3 autofocus

According to LG, the laser technique was originally devised by the home appliance division of the company, as part of an orientation system for automatic vacuum cleaners. During a conversation at the coffee with colleagues from the phone division was realized that the technique could be used to assist the focus of a camera lens on a smartphone also be used. And so it happened.

The laser emits infrared light and then measure what the distance to the object to be photographed is. That looks great on paper; with such a system, it must be possible to take pictures. in the dark In practice, unfortunately, can not. G3 also has very dark situations sometimes have trouble focusing. Yet he does it for a smartphone not bad, and in a direct comparison with other high-end models is that the G3 need to ‘look’ to the focal point and can say, actually focuses faster slightly less in low though it is not huge differences.
Quality and sample photos

The picture quality of the camera does not disappoint. Compared to the G2 resemble pictures of the G3 which gesatureerder and also choose the camer software invariably lower isowaarden, reducing noise enters the pictures and so less noise reduction has to take place. Also, there is just discovering. More detail in the pictures of the G3 Furthermore, we found pictures of the G2 always a bit on the blue side and that seems to be solved with the camera software from the G3.

In video mode supports resolutions up to 4k G3, though standard full hd selected. Fine is that the phone is able to record without having to overdrive, like in the video below to hear the audio. Fairly loud noises Furthermore, the optical image stabilizer prevents videos show many ‘bibber’ effect, as we know from other smartphones. Hardware, Performance and Benchmarks

Makes the G3, like almost all other high-end Android phones using Qualcomm Snapdragon 801-soc, coupled with 2GB of memory and 16GB of storage. The 801 is now known costs and a more detailed analysis of the SOC, we refer you to our review of the HTC One (M8) in early April. In the wireless area G3 supports Wi-Fi networks with the new ac-standard, Bluetooth 4.0 and naturally connect to with LTE networks.
Performance

LG G3 So the same hardware as its direct competitors, but many more pixels to drive. This means that the GPU a lot more work to do and more data needs to be. Circulated on the memory bus We can well imagine that therefore prefer LG Qualcomm upcoming Snapdragon 805-soc had used, but that was simply not available in time.

We do not know whether it is on all those extra pixels, but the performance of the G3 do in practice, for those of phones like the HTC One, Galaxy S5 or Xperia Z2. The G3 does in daily use even under his predecessor, the G2 surprised last year by the speed and flexibility with which the interface was rendered and the G3 know that unfortunately can not be matched.

He suffers from the same problem as many Samsung devices: sporadic shocks and hiccups when navigating through the interface. A notification screen that comes down not fluent, smooth animations that do not show a multitasking menu that just is delayed and app drawer which is empty at first and after a second pass shows icons. These are not issues that constantly arise, but it does make you occasionally confronted.

That what you will experience as disturbing varies from person to person; it lies on your frame of reference. Do you have an older smartphone that you are going to replace the G3 will not feel slower but just faster. But if you are used to working with a recent iPhone, a Nexus phone, or aforementioned G2, then the occasional glitches’ll stand out.
Benchmarks

This is the first device with QHD screen that we test and why it is interesting to see what effect those extra pixels on various benchmarks. Of course we also tackle the usual CPU benchmarks along.
Ande Bench – native
Phone Soc in iterations per second, higher is better
HTC One (M8) Snapdragon 801
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17724
Samsung Galaxy S5 Snapdragon 801
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17520
Sony Xperia Z2 Snapdragon 801
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17132
LG G3 Snapdragon 801
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16536
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Snapdragon 800
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15485
LG G2 Snapdragon 800
******
12648
Ande Bench – java
Phone Soc in iterations per second, higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 Snapdragon 801
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684
Sony Xperia Z2 Snapdragon 801
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652
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Snapdragon 800
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652
HTC One (M8) Snapdragon 801
*******
601
LG G2 Snapdragon 800
*******
590
LG G3 Snapdragon 801
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560

The CPU benchmark Ande Bench G3 scored lower than other phones with a Snapdragon 801-soc. Presumably that face higher heat generation so that the G3 can hold less time. Its maximum clock speed
GFXBench T-Rex HD – onscreen
Phone Soc Resolution framerate in fps, higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s Apple A7 1136×640
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36.0
HTC One (M8) Snapdragon 801 1920×1080
*******
29.7
Sony Xperia Z2 Snapdragon 801 1920×1080
*******
29.3
Samsung Galaxy S5 Snapdragon 801 1920×1080
*******
28.0
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Snapdragon 800 1920×1080
******
26.0
LG G2 Snapdragon 800 1920×1080
*****
21.0
LG G3 Snapdragon 801 2560×1440
*****
20.2
3DMark – Ice Storm Unlimited
Phone Soc Resolution in points, higher is better
HTC One (M8) Snapdragon 801 1920×1080
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19879
Samsung Galaxy S5 Snapdragon 801 1920×1080
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18423
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Snapdragon 800 1920×1080
********
18278
Sony Xperia Z2 Snapdragon 801 1920×1080
********
18015
LG G3 Snapdragon 801 2560×1440
*******
16684
LG G2 Snapdragon 800 1920×1080
*******
16462
Apple iPhone 5s Apple A7 1136×640
******
14313

The GFXBench benchmark clearly shows what the result of the qHD screen. Because the G3 more pixels to calculate the frame rate considerably, dropping from nearly 30fps at other phones with the same GPU to 20fps. Fortunately, there are very few mobile phone games that GPU maximum capacity, so you do not have to be that modern 3D games will not run on the G3. Well bang There are the high screen resolution or fewer resources available, so at the time that manufacturers of mobile games are going to ask more of the hardware you will notice that the G3 faster than other high-end phones. Software: useful features and beautiful skin
Comparison of the homecreens of G2 and G3

The home screen of the G2 (left) and G3

It is at the hardware level and more difficult to stand out as a manufacturer and therefore phone makers are increasingly trying to express the software their mark. Not only by developing its own visual style, but also by adding. Extra features to Android

The G2 was at that level, a rough diamond. LG had some useful features added, such as the Guest account, the function to create by tapping (Knock On) twice on the screen, the phone awake and a remote control for hi-fi equipment, but the unit was also equipped with features that are less good came out of the paint, such as Q Slide Apps and Slide Aside method for multitasking. In addition, the design of the software was little thought, busy and somewhat childish. Apex were annoying ringtones and notification sounds that were sung by a children’s choir. So the software certainly had potential, but LG was clearly still looking for a clear direction, both visually and functionally.
A new style

With the G3 they have good steps in that direction put. The visual style of the interface is more subtle; colors are less bright, design is consistent, shadows and 3D effects are no longer used and the colors of the interface are less saturated. It has somewhere a bit like Samsung Touchwiz mixed with iOS 7. Default apps that LG supplies power, such as calendar, SMS and phone app, all use a dominant color and keep themselves in terms of layout neatly on the design requirements of Google . Whether the interface is beautiful, anyone can decide for themselves, but it is obvious that LG has thought better over time.

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Yet there are still issues that in our opinion may be improved, such as the multitasking menu. This normally shows a grid of six apps, making it somewhat looks busy. LG offers the ability to zoom so you get a vertical list, just like on other phones. The sorting of the list, however, is reversed: the most recent app is so up instead of down, completely opposite to other Android phones, and therefore quite confusing.
Old and new functionality

Gimmick features like Slide-Aside be happy to put aside while retaining useful features, or extensive. For example, the Guest Mode is still present. Allows a second type of account to be set up in which only specific apps available. For example, during a party, you can create a Spotify mode so people can fit without. Upon your data music For those with children, it is convenient to all simple games in Guest Mode accessible. The feature is very useful and would like us so as standard functionality may be. Included in Android

In G2, the Guest Mode could be linked to a special unlock the lockscreen. That is the G3 still, but he is also linked to a new way of unlocking: Knock Code, a feature that builds on Knock On. With Knock Code you can unlock the phone by simply on the screen of the phone locked to enter. Tikpatrooncode a The touchscreen is then divided into four quadrants, and users can thus build a tikpatroon themselves example 2x upper left, lower right 2x and 1x right corner to unlock the phone.

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The advantage compared to a PIN or ongrendelpatroon course, is that you do not need to perform to turn the unit on and unlock, but only one. Two acts Additionally Knock Code theoretically safer than an unlock because you can decipher less than the sweeping lines that leave an unlock. Using the fingerprints on the screen

Another new ‘feature’ is Smart Notice, according to LG is a kind of digital assistant that the user time with useful tips and information to time. As we saw in practice relatively little of it; very occasionally we got a message stating that the download directory could be used to create some space emptied but much more than that was not it.
Onscreen keyboard and menu buttons

In contrast, the keyboard will come up to its promise, partly because users LG offers many customization options. Thus, it is possible to adjust the height of the virtual keyboard, and also can make a number of self-tests to determine where they should be displayed. Standard example is the comma hiding under a long press of the point, but if you want to have a single point key – like us – is that possible. It is also possible to separate row of number keys above the keyboard on or off and also users can choose from a light or dark theme.

The predictive text and autocorrect works very well. LG also has even the possibility to use, such as, for example, it is also possible to Swiftkey. Two languages ​​at the same time Unfortunately, this feature has a bug which makes the keyboard is extremely slow in being. According to LG’s internally already repaired and must be fixed it with a future software update.

LG also provides the ability to customize the menu bar. Cases to For example, to choose a dark or light bar and users can choose which buttons are displayed and the order in which the buttons are. Very nice while we find that the LG outdated menu button has finally retire. Alternatives

LG is currently the only manufacturer with a qHD phone on the market, so in that respect there are no alternatives. Of course there are plenty of other phones in roughly the same price range, with similar hardware and capabilities. Below we discuss the most important.
Rating: 4.5 € 545, – Smartphones HTC One (M8) 16GB Grey
HTC One (M8) 16GB Grey

The HTC One (M8) has a screen of 5 “and is therefore smaller than the G3. The difference in size makes the M8 to use a lot more enjoyable with one hand. The two phones share a processor in the form of Snapdragon 801 and both have 2GB memory. The One (M8) has a smaller battery than the G3, but because he “only” has a full HD screen, he goes a lot longer on a single charge. On camera area is the G3 for us the winner.
Score: 4 € 529, – Smartphones Samsung Galaxy S5 Black
Samsung Galaxy S5 Black

The Galaxy S5 with its 5.1 “screen just slightly smaller than the G3 and obviously has a lower resolution. 1920×1080 pixels, the display technology used is completely different so the S5 has a much higher contrast colors and impressive eye colors. G3 however faithfully. appliances tend to coincide, on camera area though the laser autofocus of the G3 in dark situations clearly faster than the focus of the S5. In the area of ​​battery life, the S5 comes out on top bus .
Rating: 4.5 € 579, – Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Black
Sony Xperia Z2 Black

The Xperia Z2 is on the outside only Slightly smaller than the G3, but offers a screen that is 0.3 “smaller., The fact that the housing is waterproof, shows again an advantage in Sony’s phone. Processor is the same as G3, but the phone works slightly faster and the battery life is also better. On camera area Sony wins on resolution, but if we look at the final image quality, the camera is very evenly matched.
Rating: 4.5 € 342, – Smartphones LG G2 16GB Black
LG G2 16GB Black

The G2 may already have the previous generation, it’s still a phone that offers a lot for its money. The Snapdragon chip 800 is on paper a bit slower than the 801 from the G3, but in practice the G2 just feels more fluent. Further, see the full-HD screen is mooit off, the camera is equipped with optical image stabilization and the phone will last a long time on the battery. However, the software we are not wild and there is unfortunately no micro sd slot available.
Rating: 4.5 € 477.29 Smartphones Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Black
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Black

The screen of the Note 3 5.7 “just a little larger than that of the G3, and is packaged in an enclosure that surely one size larger again. During that housing hardware that is a little bit slower than is hardware in the G3, but in practice you much about them. The biggest differences with the G3 are the better battery life of the Note 3, the fact that you are a stylus to get, and the high contrast of the AMOLED screen.
Rating: 5 € 249, – Smartphones LG Optimus G Pro Black
LG Optimus G Pro Black

This is not the first time that LG comes with a 5.5 “phone, beginning in 2013 they came up with the G pro who can now, of course, not quite measure up to the G3, the processor is slower, and lower the resolution. the battery life is less. However, he now not so much more expensive and thus would be an alternative for those who do not necessarily have to have the latest and a smaller budget does. Specifications and pictures
Brand and model
Category Smartphones
Brand LG
Product LG G3
Execution 16GB Black
Rate and Review
Lowest price € 542, –
Number of providers 9 stores
First prize entry Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Operating system
Mobile Operating System Android
Operating system version Google Android 4.4
Display
Diagonal 5.5 ”
Screen 2560×1440
Input Method Touchscreen
Multitouch Yes
Touchscreen Technology Capacitive
Secondary display No
Technical features
SoC (System-on-a-chip) Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Number of Cores Quad Core
Processor Speed 2.5 GHz
Memory 2GB
Storage memory 16GB
Memory (Mobile) Micro SD, micro SDHC, micro sdxc
SIM Micro sim
Camera
Camera Resolution 13MP
Camera Resolution (for) 2.1 MP
Camera autofocus Yes
Mobile flash type Dual LED
Resolution video recording 3840×2160 (Ultra HD)
Stabilization Optical stabilization
Connections
Mobile networks EDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSPA, HSPA +, HSUPA, LTE, LTE-A, UMTS
Frequency (mobile) 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2600MHz
Connection (wlan) 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
5GHz support Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 4.0
Other wireless connections Infrared, Near Field Communication (NFC)
GSM Connector 3.5mm, micro USB
Functionality
Posts Email, MMS, SMS
Playback options Audio, Video
Gps Yes
Mobile phone functions A2DP (Bluetooth stereo), Motion Sensor, DLNA, Compass, Swype text input, Vibrate, Voice recorder, WiFi Direct
Battery
Battery Capacity (mAh) 3.000mAh
Battery Type Li-ion
Included accessories
Included phone accessories Data cable, wired headset, charger
Physical Characteristics
Phone Model Bar
Weight (grams) 149g
Length 146.3 mm
Width 74.6 mm
Height / Depth 8.9 mm
Color Black

Conclusion

The G3 is a fine example of technical ingenuity. While most HDTV’s that you can buy offer “only” full HD, LG has crammed more pixels on a screen that is much smaller. Even compared to 4K displays the pixel density is considerably higher.

And yet we are not completely blown away by the G3. The screen is very impressive on paper, but in practice the extra pixels really indistinguishable. Therefore not to speak, while the high screen or minus entails, such as overheating and battery life that rivals the competition. A real benefit Also in terms of fluency must G3 acknowledge the superiority of other recent devices, though it’s certainly not a slow phone.

Does that make the G3 a bad phone? No, certainly not. Namely, the camera performs very well, additional software features like Knock Code are in practice a solution for a large phone, it is relatively compact and the infrared laser has certain advantage in focusing in low light. In addition, the improved buttons on the back works fine, the speaker provide quite powerful and a removable battery and micro SD slot with us always plus points. With a suggested retail price of 549 euros, he is also not expensive for a device in this class.

We found battery life and a smooth interface important in a smartphone and although the G3 on those surfaces are several must recognize many competitors, its performance in absolute terms is not so bad that we find it necessary to make the phone very hard to deal with. On Thanks to the many strengths ultimately drag the G3 with the narrowest of margins a ‘good’ rating in and we are left with the question of whether the phone with a full-HD display – or a more powerful battery and processor – do not get better came from the paint.
Tweakers zegt: goed!
Pros

Good camera with fast focus
Removable battery and expandable memory
Competitively priced

Downsides

Battery life is not particularly inconsistent and
Interface sometimes falters
Difference with full-HD screen can not be seen

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