South Korean handset makers deserve a special mention, as far as the Indian smartphone market is concerned. We already have the likes of Samsung in the scene regularly coming up with new devices in either its Galaxy series of smartphones or Galaxy Note series of phablets. The other South Korean heavyweight being LG.
LG's story, unlike that of Samsung, is yet to fully kick off in the native market. Sure the company has released a number of smartphones for the market to explore, but the hunt has always been boasted by Samsung. However, the new LG G3 could change all that.
The previously released LG G2 handset, on release, left a lot people amazed by the kind of specs it was delivering at that point of time. With its ultra thin bezels, the device became a big talking point on arrival. But LG has found the perfect one in the LG G3 now to pass on the torch.
LG isn't really a new name in the market though, as it has been around the waters for quite some time. However, the company is still looking to find that perfect pedestal to the top that could mark its rejuvenated entry into the smartphone market. And the best way the company can pull that off is with the new G3 handset.
The new G3 handset could be defined as a trend setter that has seen the light of the day ahead of its time. But maybe that's just what LG needs to stay afloat in a market that seems to be slowly going out of its grabs. and rightfully so since Samsung isn't the only real threat for the manufacturer.
We recently had a chance to play and try around a review unit of the G3 that LG sent us over. And while spending some time with it, we have to say that the device hasn't disappointed us at all.
But what makes it such a great device that we sound all excited about it? Let's take a look at the full review for the same.
LG G3 Review: Form Factor and Operating System
LG intended the G3 to be a worthwhile upgrade over the G2, and hence the device touts this many number of features. However, if you are one of those stylist ones, then the LG G3 might be just the handset for you.
The G3, going by the numbers and stats, offers a 5.5-inch True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen, with 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution. The dimensions of the device measure up to 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm, while the device itself weighs in at 149g.
While LG says that it offers a shiny metal body (and it might if you look closely), on a closer inspection however, you will see that the rear casing is actually plastic, although with a thin metal film covering. and without sacrificing too much on its classic looks and finishing, LG has made sure that the device feels good in your hands.
In fact, the LG G3 is actually a perfect example of how you can merge both style and substance into one single shell. Also, taking the numbers into consideration, it seems like the device is some 3.6mm wider than the previously released G2. Add to that an impressive 5.5-inch display that has been squeezed into the chassis.
But design-wise, it has to be said that the key feature of the G3 lies in its smooth metallic layer. And while it's still necessarily the same polycarbonate plastic that we see so often, LG has managed to give the device a sleek and brushed metallic look.
The device's 5.5-inch touchscreen seems to be that fine border line between a phone and phablet. However, if you take the thinness into consideration, the device primarily is a phone. And once in your hand, the phone won't certainly feel cheap.
LG has set a new theme for the G3 saying 'Smart is the new Simple.' And that actually holds true considering the new interface LG has put into the handset. To be more specific, the G3 is running the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, but with a bit of a tweak from LG.
The South Korean company applied its own software customizations onto the new G3, the result of which being a flatter design that's also adds to the overall experience. Also, we are happy about the fact that the company has kept additional apps to a minimal this time around. There are only three: The Smart Keyboard, Smart Notice and the popular Knock Code.
Like the Samsung Galaxy S5 before it, the G3 also comes with its own fitness tracker called LG Health. And while there's no heart rate sensor to work with, users can still measure their steps and activities, apart from calculating the total calories burned.