LG G3 review: Good smartphone but not a worthy successor to G2

Aug 08 2014, 14:18 IST
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The LG G3 costs Rs. 47,990 for the 16 GB version and Rs. 50,990 for 32 GB version. The LG G3 costs Rs. 47,990 for the 16 GB version and Rs. 50,990 for 32 GB version.
SummaryAnyone looking to upgrade from the superb LG G2 are in for some disappointment.

Coming a year after the success of the LG G2, the LG G3 was among the most awaited phones of 2014. The phone has thankfully come to India soon after its global launch, indicating that the Korean company has finally woken up to the potential of the Indian smartphone market thanks to the popularity of its Google Nexus 5. But is the LG G3 a worthy successor to the G2 and can it be relevant at a time when the Indian market and consumers seem to be veering towards more value for money Android phones like the Asus Zenfone 5 and the Xiaomi MI3.

Specs: 5.5-inch Quad-HD (2560x1440p; 538ppi)| 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor | 3GB RAM | 16GB internal memory + 64GB external | micro SIM | 13-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, Full HD video recording | 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, DLNA, NFC, Miracast | 3200mAh battery | Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Price: Rs. 47,990 for the 16 GB version and Rs. 50,990 for 32 GB version

Design: The LG G3 has a very simple, but functional design. Like in the G Flex, the volume and power buttons are on the rear flap where your finger naturally rests and this makes the phone very easy to handle despite its large frame. Above this is the camera, flanked by the two LED flashes. The rear flap has a very stylish brushed metal finish which also seems to give it a better grip. A metallic ring holds the phone together. However, this rim juts out a bit from the level of the display and is a bit of an irritant on the ear when you are making long calls.

Screen: This is definitely the hero feature of the phone. There is just one other phone, the Oppo Find 7, that has a Quad HD display in the market. Try playing one of the pre-loaded 2K videos and you will see how this display is stunning. But there is nothing much else that you can use this spectacular display for as Quad HD content is not easily available. Still, you will enjoy streaming videos or watching movies on this display. For a change the speaker quality of the phone is also very good and lives up to the expectations of a 2K screen.

Performance: With a top of the line 2.5 GHz processor you would expect the G3 to be a stunner in

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