It’s not a black hole that kills a galaxy, but it might just be a new phone, as our hands-on with LG’s upcoming G3 smartphone shows it has the guts and the design integrity to take on the best of Samsung in 2014.
If there’s one thing we know about smartphones this year, it’s the consumers are spoiled for choice. There’s just so much good stuff out there.
LG looks to be adding to that selection and making the decision much harder with last week’s announcement of the G3, the next in line for LG’s flagship handsets that boasts some pretty impressive features and specs.
Some of these are pretty standard for the high-end smartphones thus far, and include a Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2-3gB RAM, 16 or 32GB storage, 4G support across every telco in Australia with Category 4 compliance, 802.11ac WiFi support, Near-Field Communication, GPS, Apt-X compatibility with Bluetooth 4.0 Smart support, and a 5.5 inch Quad HD display sporting 534 pixels per inch, which is unheard of in this country.
But it’s how the phone looks and feels that will really grab people, and this week, LG has given GadgetGuy a hands-on, spending some time with the G3 ahead of its release in the next few months.
Let’s talk about what we like, because there’s a lot of that from the initial glance.
First is the screen, and oh yes, that screen is lovely. It’s big, bright, and fills more of the frame than any phone we’ve seen before it, and that’s a good thing.
While HTC, Sony, and Samsung have trotted out identical resolutions from their 2013 phones on the 2014 models, LG is taking a different approach, installing one of the world’s first small Quad HD screens, making it insanely and ridiculously and remarkably sharp.
To put this into context, the LG G3 screen is around 40 percent sharper than Full HD screens on smartphones, which is already a fairly impressive achievement, making pixel peeping just that much more difficult.
Good lucking finding pixels here, people. Everything is smooth and if screens look like this in the future, then we’ll probably see a faster push away from printed media because the screen can be just as sharp and easy on the eyes as the printed book. A nice printed book, at that.
The size will also catch attention, because while LG will boast that 74 percent of the front of the handset is screen, the important statistic to take away from this is that LG has stuffed in a 5.5 inch screen into a body normally designed for a 5.1 inch display.
While that might not make a lot of sense, in comparison it comes from the sizes of other handsets. Sitting next to our Sony Xperia Z2, the LG G3 is just a little bit smaller, partially thanks to the larger top and bottom framing that Sony used on that handset.
The lack of frame sizing is certainly impressive, though, and between the resolution, size, clarity, and colour, LG certainly has an edge over its competitors with one of the best screens set to be available in our market.