Feeds
LG G3 Android smartphone

LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

Could this be the Android handset of the year?

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Review LG is releasing its new G3 smartphone today. It’s a large device made slim and comfortable by clever design, and is distinguished by a mind-boggling screen, and a superb camera. It’s let down only by hardware buttons, which can be a challenge to locate with accuracy, and the software execution, which hasn’t really tamed Android or added much to it.

LG G3 Android smartphone

A sight for sore eyes? LG's G3 quad HD display smartpone

This year’s flagship from LG has been designed to put a large, stunning display in your hands. At 1440x2560-pixels, the G3 offers more detail than anything else on the market, and actually much more than the naked eye can see. The 5.5 inch display also affords plenty of room to view your games or images.

However, specs don’t quite convey the excellence of LG’s design. After all, the G3 should feel like an enormo-phablet – but it doesn’t at all. That’s because, as with last year’s G2, LG has removed the side and top buttons found on most modern portaphones and moved the volume and power round to the back to make a slim, smooth, tapered design with very thin (but still comfortable and curved) edges.

LG G3 Android smartphone

The plastic looks convincing as metal until it gets a few scuffs

The bezels are very thin and even the phone’s chin – sans dedicated Android buttons, as is the norm these days – is quite narrow. It’s the hardware designer's equivalent to a trompe l’oeil something that is actually big doesn’t feel so big.

Now consider that the LG G3 has a removable 3000mAh battery, and also supports Qi wireless charging – a huge convenience most people haven’t tried. And it weighs just 149g, about the same as the Galaxy S5’s 145g and a shade less than the HTC One M8. For a display that trumps 6-inch tablets, this is a marvel of thoughtful miniaturisation and clever design choices.

LG G3 Android smartphone

Removable battery and microSD card expansion – wot's not to like? Click for a larger image

It’s achieved by eschewing metal and glass where it isn’t needed – the the removable back cover has a faux metal effect – but it doesn’t feel cheap and the trade-off is a significant one.

The good design extends to some of the complementary accessories LG has produced to work with the G3. Three of these merit particular attention. There’s a very nice windowing “QuickCircle” flip cover – which is not a new idea, but LG’s is the best implementation I’ve seen by miles; the LG Tone Infinim (HBS-900) headset with Harmon-Kardon buds, and an unusual Qi charger that folds away.

LG G3 Android smartphone

The QuickCircle flip cover provides a condensed view of shortcuts and notications

The potential showstopper with the G3 is you’ll have to get accustomed to groping around the back of the phone to activate the power and volume keys. The buttons are distinguished enough, but really they and need to be a millimetre or two bigger.

So after several days of using the LG G3, around one in seven attempts to hit the power button actually succeeds. Most of the time I hit a combination of power and one of the volume keys.

LG G3 Android smartphone

Those buttons take a bit of getting used to

If this was my long-term device I’d superglue a button from a kid’s craft kit, or a felt washer onto the power button. But this shouldn’t be necessary on state of the art consumer electronics kit. This is an issue that will confound some people but not others, but those it will confound will be well and truly annoyed.

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars
Indian-owned Jag's latest offering curries favour with us
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe
I'll have a handset delivered. Judge us after you try us...
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.