Hello guys, Andreas Christodoulou with a review for Octopus Technology. First of all, I would like to say thank you to you guys for supporting me through the last years and also apologise for not uploading any videos over the last year to my YouTube channel due to a series of changes in my life.
Anyways, let’s get to the review.
So this is a review of the LG G3 16 gig variant and I have this phone for almost 5 months now, I have a lot to say about it! But first let’s look at the specs of the device.
This is the D855 model of the G3 for the European market. This specific model sports 16 gigs of storage and 2 gigs of RAM. It also comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset which is comprised of a quad core Krait 400 CPU clocked at 3.5 GHz and an Andreno 330 GPU. In the camera compartment we have a 13 Megapixel rear camera with dual Tone LEDs and Laser guided auto focus capable of recording 1080p and 4K videos at 30 fps. Sorry no 60 fps option here. There is also a 2.1 Megapixel front camera capable of recording 1080 videos at 30 fps.
One of the most notable features of the LG G3 is its display. A 2k or 2560 by 1440p True IPS LCD 5.5-inch display covered by gorilla glass 3. In the connectivity department we have all the usual bells and whistles such as Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, USB 2.0, A-GPS and Glonass, NFC, Infrared, Wi-Fi AC and 4G LTE which can be used in Cyprus through both MTN and Primetel as the 1800 MHz frequency used by these operators is present here. Finally, the LG G3 has a removable 3000 milliamp hour battery.
The LG G3 has to be one of the smallest form factor smartphones to sport a 5.5-inch display having a 75% screen to body ratio. The body measures 74.6 millimetres by 146.3 millimetres at 8.9 millimetres thickness making it quite thin taking in mind that this phone does not have a protruding camera lense and boy does it feel great in the hand as it only weighs 149 grams. At the front top starting from the left we can see the Notification LED followed by the 2.1-megapixel camera, the proximity sensor and the earpiece. Bottom front we find LG’s logo with the phone’s metallic black accent.
At the back we find the 13 megapixel rear mounted camera with the volume and power buttons underneath it. At its left we find the laser shooter and at the right the dual tone LEDs. Beneath the camera is also a larger LG logo and finally a 1 Watt speaker. On the left and right of the phone is pretty much nothing.
At the top is the noise cancelling microphone with the Infrared port and at the bottom from left to right is the headphone jack the primary microphone and a USB 2.0 port. Removing the back cover we can see the NFC and Wireless charging sticker on the inside of the back cover along with the 3000 milliamp hour battery the combo SIM and micro SD card tray which can accept up to 128 gig cards.
The LG G3 was one of the first smartphones to feature a 2K or quad HD display meaning 2560 vertical by 1440 horizontal pixels giving a density of 538 PPI. On paper that sounds great but what but after using it for 4 months or so I have out that having such a high resolution display does tend to diminish battery life quite a lot and when it gets hot, and trust me it does get hot when living full brightness on, makes the CPU throttle as it cannot handle the heat automatically lowering the brightness to cool itself down! Because I live in Cyprus which get really hot during the summer with up to 45 degrees Celsius, the G3 when I am outside gets really hot really fast and here is where things got pretty bad.
I got this phone in late April and due to the high temperatures and high usage by me the display got a large yellow spot at the top left measuring at about 3 by 1 cm having to send it back to MTN where I purchased it to replace the screen on a 3 weeks old brand new phone…
Setting this aside which did bring a lot of frustration, the LG G3’s screen appears to be bright, with high colour accuracy and really a joy to look at, especially when looking at text making reading enjoyable due to the good white levels and its very high pixel density. Black levels however are not as good as an OLED displays as the pixels always have light from the backlight hitting the screen when on as with all LCD displays.
On paper the LG G3 appears to have a decent camera duo but how does it actually perform?
Starting with the back 13-megapixel camera which has is 4 by 3 aspect ratio which I completely resent taken in mind most TVs and computer monitors have 16 by 9 aspect ratios living the sides blank. Tapping to focus is a breeze as the laser shooter makes the autofocus function a snap rarely not getting on focus first try. Tapping to take a picture does take bit longer than I would personally like but for most people this should not be a problem. Shooting video is also quite good in both 1080p and UHD but I am not sure whether optical image stabilization works when shooting UHD videos. Low light shots and videos however due tend to come out a bit yellowish even when using the dual LED flash.
Getting to the 2.1-megapixel front camera, looks a bit old especially taking in mind other phones sporting 5, 8 or even 13-megapixel front shooters. The camera does look sharp but not as high res as I would personally prefer with both still images and videos tending to look quite yellow even in good light conditions.
Ah yes performance… this is a place is really expected the LG G3 to shine but although its packing a powerful 2.5 GHz processor it has proven to be a major let-down personally as I am a power user and use the device so much that tends to get SO hot to the point the CPU throttles down so much that animations became unbearable and the phone stutters too much and even freezes to the point it becomes unusable! Touching the display while hot takes seconds to actually register the touch and make the changes on the screen! This was the main reason I reverted to my previews phone, the OnePlus One where no such problems exist. After the first few days with LG G3 when I started noticing that it gets really hot and stutters so much to the point I felt disappointed as I expected much more than a flagship device of this calibre. The G3 gets a huge thumbs down for having such a massive overheating issue and not making things right before finalizing and selling it especially as a flagship phone. Well I guess it must have a downside for offering such high end specs at such a low price or maybe my unit is just defective.
The software on the LG G3 looks mostly OK with ease of use being present here, having large menus and on screen buttons. I updated my G3 to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop right I after I took it out of the box with LG’s UX 3.0 skin on top. While I find the skin to be really nice to use is does have a few RAM issues as menus, app drawer and widgets appear a few seconds after the selected mode I chosen. I am really liking LG’s UX UI though. The bad side is that when CPU throttling kicks in after the phone gets hot software does get unresponsive, but that is due to the CPU not providing enough power to run the OS correctly.
8. Battery Life
As with all other aspects of this phone, having the CPU overheat diminishes battery life and the 2K display does nothing to help either… Saying that, battery life is not really that bad during normal use as it does last for an entire work day starting from 7 in the morning up to 5:30 in the evening having about 10 to 15 percent juice left. That is not a problem for me as I always charge my daily driver right after I get off from work but might be a problem for some people. Doing demanding tasks however is a different story, as playing games on that beautiful 2K screen for an hour can leave the phone with 35 to 40 percent battery having to plug into a wall socket in order to make it through the day.
The LG G3 is a powerful device but it does leave a lot to be desired as it did not manage to win a place in my pocket as my daily driver. Would I recommend this phone? Well maybe. For light users in countries with normal weather I would probably tend to say yes due to its affordable price and high specs, but for power users living in countries with high temperatures such as Cyprus I would tend to say no. However, do make your own choice by taking a roundup of the PROS and CONS of this device.
The CONS are:
• The CPU overheats in demanding situations and high temperature weather
• The screen might show a yellow spot after some time
• Poor battery life compared to OnePlus One
• Both cameras are a bit yellowish in low light conditions
The PROS are:
• Excellent high resolution display with high colour accuracy and text readability
• Fast 13-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization and laser autofocus
• User friendly UI skin on top of Android Lollipop
• Small form factor in respect to the display size
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