After excitedly picking up my LG G3 from Verizon on Thursday night, I’ve been able to use it throughout the weekend and gain a feel for the device. Now this isn’t a full review, but after a short time with the device, I thought I would give my thoughts on it so far.
Obviously the big deal here is the screen. Packing a monstrous 5.5″ inch Quad-HD display, the LG G3 is a pleasure to look at. Reading text and watching video is amazing. Most people would think that the jump from 1080p to Quad-HD wouldn’t have a noticeable difference, but I can assure you that it does. Text is much more crisp and the almost anything on screen looks better. Not everything takes advantage of the display, and some apps even have issues with it, but anything that does work with it looks great. Viewing angles are incredible with colors not being at all distorted even at an extreme angle. Colors are also very nice even though the display is just a little warm making whites appear a little yellow. Outdoor viewing is also great with brightness being more than efficient to see your apps and texts in the sun.
Aside from that, the phone has much more to offer than you might think. The software is vastly improved over the G2, even though you can make it almost as ugly if you so choose. You can definitely tell the difference with the speed of the device thanks to the lighter skin and extra GB of RAM. Even pushing all those pixels, I felt almost no lag on the phone’s software. While I haven’t tested the camera too much, the few shots I have taken look great. The design of the phone is great to. With the faux brushed metal design, the device feels great in the hand even though it is just a bit slippery. Just tonight I’ve gone ahead and placed the phone in a case just to make sure I don’t drop it (thanks Cruzerlite!). However this new design is worlds better than last year’s LG G2 which had a gross hyperglaze on the back which felt cheap and got dirty very easily.
Apart from the screen however, my favorite part of this phone is the battery. I don’t understand how LG did it, but even with so many pixels, battery life has stayed the same if not gotten better than the G2. This is especially surprising since both phones pack a 3,000 mAh battery. The first day, I was skeptical when my battery was down to 40% by 1 PM. But the next days, things got better. I was on data all morning and came home after lunch bring about 60% battery with me. That included about an hour and a half of screen time too. Today though is the day that really shocked me. I unplugged my phone at about 9AM and with over 14 hours of uptime and nearly 2 and a half hours of screen time, it’s now nearly midnight and I’ve just dipped below 30%. This is just amazing to me. If battery life is your concern, hopefully that just eased your thoughts.
If you have questions about the LG G3, leave a comment down below and I’ll be sure to check them out and maybe even address them in the full review coming soon. Make sure to check out my unboxing of the G3 below and stay tuned for more G3 coverage in the coming days.