Product: LG G3 Smart Phone
Age Range: n/a
Manufacturer’s Description: Developed under the “Simple is the New Smart” concept, the LG G3 is a culmination of consumer research based on LG’s product development philosophy, Learning from You. The result is that the G3 has been empowered with the best of what current technology has to offer, providing consumers with a user experience more ambitious than anything offered by LG before.
Rating: (5/5 stars)
Review: I’ve had the LG G3 for a little over a week now, and I can honestly say it’s one of the most perfect phones I’ve ever had the pleasure to use. It’s smart, fast, flexible and ridiculously user friendly.
I’m always on the go, running from work to various events and then back home to blog/ write/ organize things, and then when I’m at university, life becomes even more hectic! The “Smart Notice” feature on the LG really steps in for me here. I can tell it where I need to be, when I need to be there, and it will save the event in my calendar. Then, when I need to be somewhere, it will pop up with a delightful message telling me where I need to be, giving me travel routes, and even telling me how long it will take in the current traffic! If I’ve missed a call or text and not seen the notification, Smart Notice will pop up a while later and let you know, then give you the option to call or text back. The words “personal digital assistant” come to mind, and it really is living up to the reputation LG have given it.
Of course, there are times when you’re on the train/ bus/ taxi, or any other form of public transport, and you need to be organizing things, using two apps at once. On other phones, this would be difficult, because you’d be constantly switching between windows. Not on the LG though! The new Dual Window feature allows you to have two windows open at once! This helped immensely when I was organizing my calendar on the way home from work! With maps open on one half of the screen, I looked for the place I needed to be at, and then copied and pasted the address into the lower half of the screen, where my calendar was open, thus allowing me to fill out event details so much easier than I would have been able to do otherwise. Speaking of copying and pasting: isn’t it really annoying when you have several things you need to copy and paste into one place? Address, event description, notes, all into one calendar event. LG have not only thought about this, but acted upon it and created a “Clip Tray”, where you can save more than one piece of text, each in its own clip. Then, you simply go onto where you want to paste the text, click paste and choose which text item you want to paste. It’s a brilliantly simple and effective method of overcoming such a hassle, and so far has made my life a lot more stress free when I’m running between meetings and work.
Not only is it powerfully interactive and, basically, an organiser of your life (should you so choose it to be), it’s also beautiful. I mean, really beautiful. Everything is customisable to your colour preference, to how you want things to be laid out, you can even choose which apps appear on the menu! I have three home screens, one for the Smart Notice app, one for my calendar and most used apps, and another for my Gmail and lesser-used but essential apps. These can be easily moved around, altered and played about with, which is something I occasionally like to do when I feel there’s a more productive way for me to reach the apps I need and use most. The real stunner of a feature, here, is the fact that you can change the icon off each app. I kid you not, folks, it’s finally here. I’m not sure whether this is the latest android feature, or whether it’s exclusive to the LG, but either way it’s beautiful and my inner tech geek has now found its soul mate.
One app, which I’ve found extremely useful and feel it’s definitely worth sharing, is the LG Smart remote. Long gone are the days of losing the three remotes required to work one TV. Now you can control them with your phone. Granted, I’m sure it only works with LG TV’s and products, but nonetheless, I can now walk through my house and effortlessly change the channel, turn my TV/ Blu-ray/ audio system on or off, and do everything a remote can do. All in one app. For most digital products I own (luckily most of them are LG).
Among other things, I spend a lot of my time unintentionally photographing. Purposeful trips out with my DSLR aside, I more than often find myself in a place I’d like to photograph, but the results using my old phone would be less than satisfactory. The quality of the LG G3’s 13mp camera are astounding. I’m not just saying that because they display wonderfully on the large screen, but because even when you share them to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest, they still come out looking beautiful and sharp after the websites have compressed the images. It’s brilliant, and my on-the-go photos are growing rapidly and becoming more and more beautiful.
If you don’t want to unlock your phone to take pictures, you can assign the camera function to the volume down button to open it instantaneously, which is not only an amazing time saver but also really handy. While I’m on the subject of hard buttons, the G3 has 3. That’s right, only three hard buttons, and they’re all on the back of the phone, allowing the manufacturers to seriously decrease both the thickness of the handset and the annoying black frame around the outside of the screen.
But then, how do you unlock your phone? Well, you knock on it. Tap the screen twice and it will light up and ask you to enter your password/ pin/ knock code etc. Personally, I have the knock code set on mine, and this is another fantastic feature that I’ll never stop appreciating. You set your knock code, which is a series of taps in specific quarters of the screen, and then when you’re phone is locked, you simply repeat these taps, or knocks, and it will unlock! This also bypasses having to tap twice for the phone to brighten up, you just tap your knock code onto the black screen of your locked phone, and it’ll take you straight to the home screen, saving vital seconds when you’re in a rush!
Of course, all of this performance in one not-so-little phone should use up the battery within a few days, shouldn’t it? Yes, it should. No, it doesn’t. Even after heavy usage, the G3 still lasts a good day and a half, and if it does get low? Well, battery saver mode will turn on giving you an extra few hours to either plug in, or replace the battery. Yep, you can take out the battery and insert a fully charged one, just like with the phones from the 90’s – which, I think, is a feature that should have never disappeared, so I’m more than glad replaceable batteries are back!
Of course, there are always going to be small things that will annoy anyone about their handset. For me, that’s the size taken up by mandatory buttons on the notifications drag-down screen. You have the hot-buttons (as I call them) where you quickly turn data/ Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth etc on and off, then underneath that there’s the “Qslide Apps” bar, where you can quickly open apps. Underneath that are the screen brightness and volume sliders. All of these are handy functions, and I will learn to be glad they’re there, but at the same time they take up 2/3 of the notifications screen which is somewhat frustrating when you come out of work and have more than two notifications.
Another small love/hate thing I have going on with the phone is the knock code. LG boasts that the knock code is fabulous, which it is, in theory. However, practically speaking, it sometimes takes me two or three attempts to gain access to my phone hitting the screen in the right sections. This may just be me pressing a little too quickly or lightly, or a combination of both, but nevertheless it’s a small annoyance, and LG could do with altering the sensitivity required for the knock code to activate.
So, that’s my review of the main features of the phone I’ve found and used so far. Of course, I have only had this beautiful piece of machinery for a week, so I’m still discovering new and exciting tricks!
Thanks very much to Felix for your 5 star review of the LG G3 phone.