G3 http://www.stuff.tv/lg/g3/features en-GB Smartphone supertest: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3 http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Four top Androids. Four eye-caressing screens. We play spot the difference </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="819" height="614" title="Come at me bro" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/s5-g3-m8-z2-vs.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Which 2014 superphone should you buy? We&rsquo;re going to say something controversial now: all four of these devices are amazing.</p> <p>You&rsquo;re looking at four great phones from last year, tweaked, refined and enhanced almost beyond recognition. So there&rsquo;s no wrong choice. But that doesn&rsquo;t make your decision any easier.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Meet the contenders </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/1-sony-xperia-z2">1. Sony Xperia Z2 (click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>This latest Sony has a 5.2in screen, new camera tricks and Android KitKat. But is it enough?&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/2-htc-one-m8">2. HTC One (M8)&nbsp;(click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>Previously crowned Stuff&rsquo;s No.1 smartphone, the HTC One (M8)&rsquo;s beautiful body and sleek Sense 6.0 experience make for a formidable opponent.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/3-samsung-galaxy-s5">3. Samsung Galaxy S5&nbsp;(click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>The Swiss Army knife of phones continues its mission to make all other gadgets obsolete, but is it the phone we want in our pocket?</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/4-lg-g3" target="_blank">4. LG G3 (click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>Stuff&rsquo;s number one smartphone brings super-thin bezels, a 2K screen and a laser-assisted camera to the fight.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) is quite the looker" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M8_3V_GunMetal_1.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" alt="The Sony Xperia Z2 - 5.2in of metal and glass loveliness" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-range_2.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" alt="The Galaxy S5 is a typically feature-filled Samsung device" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-white-front-back.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="604" height="453" title="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" alt="Behold the G3 in all its pink wallpapered glory" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG_G3_2_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Sony Xperia Z2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z2 makes almost zero compromises &ndash; on screen, sound, camera or battery life. The design is gallery-worthy, finished with rounded aluminium corners, an all-glass back and minimalist details. But your hands might not like it &ndash; both the S5, One M8 and G3 are easier to hold than this 163g block, and picking up the Z2 from a desk can be awkward.</p> <p>It has Live Colour LED tech for punchy but accurate hues, and clear-sounding stereo speakers on the front of the phone. Our only niggle? The front is seriously reflective. For a smartphone camera, the Z2 can take incredible photos with its 1/2.3in, 20.7MP sensor and speedy autofocus.&nbsp;</p> <p>It also flies in use: it shares the same 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor as the S5 and One M8, but the Sony&rsquo;s 3GB of RAM bests its rivals. Small apps in overlaid windows lag occasionally, but it&rsquo;s still a great use of that 5.2in screen, and the Android skin is mostly clutter-free.</p> <p>With a bigger screen, there&rsquo;s a bigger 3200mAh battery, and the Z2 reliably lasts the day - with Stamina mode to conserve juice when the screen&rsquo;s off.</p> <p>Overall, this is the connoisseur&rsquo;s choice, capable of taking brilliant photos and playing cinephile video. It oozes quality but isn&rsquo;t the most practical choice. But if you have the time to show Sony some love, it will return it in large dollops.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2 - the full review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1889" height="1417" title="The Xperia Z2 makes almost no compromises" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-xperia-z2_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design: 9/10</strong><br />A gorgeous design isn&rsquo;t the same as a thoughtful design. Although the Z2&rsquo;s a heavy smartphone, this isn&rsquo;t the problem - the HTC weighs just as much. The issue is more that the Z2&rsquo;s toughened glass build would work better scaled down. When you&rsquo;re dealing with a 5.2in diagonal span of glass, ergonomics count (we&rsquo;re hoping the Z2 Compact gets this right).</p> <p>Another smartphone best picked up and fondled before you decide, then. If its shape and minimalist design work for you, you can get back to appreciating everything the Sony does brilliantly. Such as being waterproof: with all the port flaps closed, the Z2 has the same IP55/IP58 water-resistance as the Z1. Plus, the headphone jack is now flap-free.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10</strong><br />In almost every way the Z2&rsquo;s screen is a stunner. It displays fine detail better than both the S5 and the One M8, perfect for pressing your nose up against full HD movies. Viewing angles aren&rsquo;t the best but they&rsquo;re no longer a problem either.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 10/10</strong><br />The Superior Auto mode doesn&rsquo;t always produce the best images &ndash; it can struggle to expose correctly in sunlight and it doesn&rsquo;t have the night vision of the HTC. But chances are, Sony owners won&rsquo;t mind digging into the comprehensive settings.</p> <p>Here it shines: faces come out well in low light, scenes look punchy and the background de-focus mode is mesmerising. Both 1080p and 4K footage are smooth thanks to SteadyShot stabilisation, though autofocus jumps around while filming and, with the Snapdragon heating up, the Z2 can abruptly stop shooting in the higher resolution.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 9/10</strong><br />Sony&rsquo;s treatment of KitKat verges on bloatware, with pushy media services ruining the fun. For instance, an upward swipe to access Google Now also shows Sony&rsquo;s What&rsquo;s New app: a feature guaranteed to have zero fans.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z2/feature">10 of the best apps for the Sony Xperia Z2</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ultimate-setup-sony-xperia-z2/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for the Sony Xperia Z2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2400" height="1800" title="The Sony&#039;s ergonomics hold it back" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-main.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. HTC One (M8) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We may go on about smartphone design a bit, but with the HTC it&rsquo;s justified. This is one of the best-looking and best-built phones ever, with 20% more metal than its predecessor the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review">HTC One</a>&nbsp;and microSD storage now included. M8 owners will find themselves checking emails too much, just to show it off.</p> <p>The 5in, 441ppi screen is super-sharp and considerably bigger than the One&rsquo;s 4.7in display &ndash; it&rsquo;s not a clear winner but colours look natural, text is smooth and viewing angles are fantastic.</p> <p>Has HTC fixed the One&rsquo;s niggles? Battery life is slightly better, bringing it on a par with its rivals &ndash; you shouldn&rsquo;t need the Ultra Power Saving Mode to last the day. But the UltraPixel camera stays.&nbsp;</p> <p>This might disappoint those looking to shoot serious images and footage, but for most, the low-light prowess and focusing tricks are good enough. Nothing else needed tweaking &ndash; in use, it&rsquo;s as fluid as we expect from an HTC and the feature set gets new tricks here and there, such as the ability to swipe straight into BlinkFeed even when the phone is off.</p> <p>It might not have the bragging rights of a 20.7MP camera, a removable battery or a heart-rate sensor, but for us, the extras on the S5 and Z2 simply don&rsquo;t compare to the pure gadget joy you get with the HTC One M8.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) - the full review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The M8 looks every bit as nice as its predecessor" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-main_3.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design: 10/10</strong><br />Some will prefer the old One&rsquo;s iconic design but this is just as tasty. The bevelled edges catch the light where the S5&rsquo;s metal-look edges look cheap. While the G3 looks as metal as the M8, it can&rsquo;t match its premium weighty feel in the hands.If you want those machined lines, choose the Metal Grey variant.</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10</strong><br />The HTC might have the smallest screen here at 5in but it beats the mighty Sony on contrast and off-axis viewing. Compared to the original One, the palette leans to the green side&hellip; but only nerds will notice that.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 8/10</strong><br />More than a gimmick, the Duo camera lets you change the focus of pics after you&rsquo;ve taken them; and unlike on the Samsung and Sony, you don&rsquo;t need to select a mode before taking the shot. You can 3D-ify pics with Dimension Plus.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 10/10</strong><br />Still our Android skin of choice, Sense 6 will win over even fans of stock Android. BlinkFeed now keeps tabs on your interests and you can track steps, distance and calories automatically without a tracker.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature">10 of the best apps for the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2400" height="1800" title="The M8&#039;s UltraPixel camera divides opinion" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-main-2_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Samsung Galaxy S5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Galaxy smartphones are known for going big. Big screens, big specs, big tricks and, of course, big sales. But the small stuff can be just as exciting and the S5&rsquo;s only halfway there.</p> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s still enamoured by its Galaxy design DNA: lightweight, durable and now waterproof &ndash; it makes a lot of sense. But with a big handprint, &lsquo;modern glam&rsquo; back panel and poor size-to-screen ratio, it&rsquo;s still not beautiful.</p> <p>Features rule, with a swappable battery, microSD storage, the ability to run two apps side by side and even a heart-rate sensor round the back. It&rsquo;s not 2K but the 5.1in Super AMOLED screen is the best we&rsquo;ve seen on a Samsung phone. Plus there&rsquo;s a superb ad-hoc 16MP snapper with fast autofocus and 4K video &ndash; just in case you thought Samsung had gone soft on specs.</p> <p>That TouchWiz lag is almost gone for good &ndash; a few stutters using its My Magazine Flipboard app were all we could force &ndash; and battery life is on the longer-lasting end of the Androids That Last A Day spectrum.</p> <p>If the tweaked build and cleaned-up user interface are anything to go by, Samsung is taking design, inside and out, seriously. There&rsquo;s more work to do but it&rsquo;s a mighty close call and Samsung fans won&rsquo;t be disappointed here.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 - the full review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Samsung Galaxy S5&#039;s looks are its only real flaw" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_smartphone_review_05.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design: 8/10</strong><br />This is a big, wide phone but the new textured polycarbonate makes it nice and grippy. It&rsquo;s a mere 15g heavier than the S4 and is also more solidly built. We&rsquo;re not saying &ldquo;go metal or go home&rdquo; but a redesign is long overdue.</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10</strong><br />One advantage the S5 has over its rivals is how easy its screen is to read outdoors. When watching small-screen flicks, blacks look incredibly inky &ndash; but the HTC and Sony bring out more detail and there is a slight blue tinge.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 9/10</strong><br />Zooming in on landscape shots? Use the S5. Your mate&rsquo;s face in a dimly lit restaurant? Reach for the HTC or Sony. Elsewhere, the HDR mode is one of the best we&rsquo;ve used and we like the simplified camera app.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 9/10</strong><br />Still a little overwhelming, the latest version of TouchWiz sees Samsung trying to edit its gazillions of features. There are cool additions such as S Health and Smart Switch, which imports iOS data if you&rsquo;re switching from an iPhone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/best-apps-samsung-galaxy-s5/feature">8 of the best apps for the Samsung Galaxy S5</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-ultimate-setup/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2400" height="1800" title="Then S5&#039;s camera is a cracker" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-galaxy-s5-review-main.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. LG G3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G3 had its work cut out for it when it launched. Not only did it have to face the toughest smartphone competition ever, but it had to surpass its excellent predecessor, the G2, which reigned supreme at the top of Stuff&#39;s best smartphone list until the M8 came along.</p> <p>Thankfully, LG was more than up to the task. The G3 surpasses the G2 in almost every way. For starters, it&#39;s got a 2K display that&#39;s almost sharp enough to cut your eyes on. Sorry if you&#39;re squeamish.</p> <p>While the G2&#39;s 13MP camera remains, LG has thrown in laser-assisted autofocus and 4K video. And it now matches the Samsung with a removable battery and microSD slot.</p> <p>It doesn&#39;t have the booming dual front-facing speakers on the One M8, but its rear 1W speaker is no slouch, and can almost match its HTC rival for loudness, if not bass.</p> <p>While it lacks the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2&#39;s waterproof powers, its build is much improved, with a plastic, brushed-metal-look finish that will fool your eyes, if not your fingers.</p> <p>LG&#39;s redesigned its UI too, opting for less eye-searing colours and a more muted, subtle look.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 - the full review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="The G3 in the background appears smaller, because it is further away" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE DETAIL </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Design: 9/10</strong><br />The G3&#39;s faux brushed-metal finish is barely discernible from the real metal rear of the HTC One (M8), and it easily beats the S5 for classiness. Pick it up, though, and its weight (or lack of it) can&#39;t fool your fingers. So it&#39;s no M8, but that doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;s not handsome in its own way.</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10 </strong><br />The G3 stands out from the crowd, with a 2560 x 1600 2K screen. That&#39;s an insane 538 ppi, though you won&#39;t notice any difference in sharpness in normal use. Look closely enough however, and it does throw up more details than its rivals. Its colours are excellent too - even more realistic than those on the M8 - although brightness, black levels and contrast let it down somewhat. Overall though, it&#39;s one of the best screens our eyes have had the pleasure of ogling.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 10/10</strong><br />The G3&#39;s 13MP camera is, put simply, fantastic. It&#39;s a jack of all trades, and nearly a master of every one. Well-lit shots are packed with crisp detail, and it even beats the light-guzzling M8 in most murky conditions. Its advanced optical image stabilisation, coupled with its laser-assisted autofocus, help keep subjects in focus - and at lightning-quick speeds, too.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 9/10</strong><br />LG has thankfully gone down the same fat-trimming path as Samsung. While its UI still isn&#39;t as minimalist as the Z2&#39;s, the garish icons are gone, replaced with flat, pastel-coloured icons.</p> <p>Much of the bloatware is gone too, and LG&#39;s done its best to simplify things. The camera app for example, has had almost every little-used feature eliminated, and its bare controls now make for a much more pleasant experience.</p> <p>LG&#39;s new Smart Notice is less useful. It&#39;s essentially a Google Now clone, and we can&#39;t see any benefit it offers over Google&#39;s own well-established offering.&nbsp;Smart Clean is more useful, prompting you to clean up and delete apps to save memory.</p> <p>Finally, LG&#39;s excellent Knock Code feature negates the need for any fancy fingerprint scanners. Sorry, Samsung. It lets you tap out a pattern on the G3&#39;s screen (even when it&#39;s off),and with over 80,000 combinations, and a higher reliability than fingerprint scanning, LG&#39;s hit on a winner.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/7-best-apps-and-games-lg-g3/feature" target="_blank">7 of the best apps and games for the LG G3</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ultimate-setup-lg-g3/feature" target="_blank">Ultimate setup: LG G3</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="All the colours of the (LG) rainbow" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG_G3_3.JPG?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G3 doesn&#39;t have the exquisite build of the HTC One M8, nor does it have the extra sensors of the S5. But that doesn&#39;t matter.</p> <p>Instead, it brings a complete package. For one thing, it has an excellent screen that, despite being larger than its rivals, doesn&#39;t increase the size of the G3 itself, thanks to LG&#39;s bezel-trimming magic.</p> <p>Its camera is superb and adaptable, and its build, although not metal, both looks and feels good. A removable battery and microSD storage are the cherries on top of an already very tasty cake.</p> <p>The S5 points to a flashy future, the Z2 a controlled one, and the One M8 continues to push design boundaries. But it&rsquo;s the way LG has packaged everything so carefully that makes this the nicest phone to live with.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="LG does it again" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The final scores </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One M8 (from &pound;520)</a> ★★★★★</strong><br />Beautiful and brilliant, the One M8 is as pleasant to use as it is to hold</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 (from &pound;530)</a> ★★★★★</strong><br />Packing in tech features and waterproofing is great, but Samsung needs to focus on design details</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2 (from &pound;600)</a> ★★★★★</strong><br />Classy and clever with talent in spades, if the Z2 were easier to live with it&rsquo;d be unstoppable</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 (from &pound;407) </a></strong>★★★★★<br />LG followed its 2013 Smartphone of the Year by keeping everything that made it so special and adding a whole lot more</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s next? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Smartphone season isn&rsquo;t over. Not by a long shot. The new king of the spec sheets is the &pound;230&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus-one-smartphone-image-leaked/news">OnePlus One</a>, with the 2K&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7/review" target="_blank">Oppo Find 7</a>&nbsp;not far behind.&nbsp;Both 5.5in phones offer most of what the HTC, Samsung and Sony have, for a lot less money. Paying more isn&rsquo;t the only way.</p> <p>Each of the phones here is a refinement of sorts. If you&rsquo;re waiting for more of a leap, both the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-prime/samsung-galaxy-s5-prime/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-leaked-htc-one-m8-prime-bigger-and-brawnier-microsoft-s-surface-mini-omission-expl">HTC One M8 Prime</a>&nbsp;have already been rumoured to launch with 2K screens. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a>, meanwhile, should be announced at the IFA trade show in September and may even have a flexible display.</p> <p>And then of course there&#39;s the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6</a>&nbsp;- coming to an Apple Store near you this autumn. Want even more radical?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-project-ara/review">Google&rsquo;s Project Ara</a>&nbsp;should bring us modular smartphones in early 2015.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6: price, specs, release date - everyhting we think we know</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Quietly biding its time" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-render%20%281%29.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smartphone supertest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature#comments Android G3 Galaxy S5 HTC LG One (M8) Samsung Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:51:02 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438613 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G3 Beat: like a G3, but smaller and more affordable http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-beat-g3-smaller-and-more-affordable/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Think your wee hands are too tiny for the G3’s mammoth screen? Then meet its little brother… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 Beat: like a G3, but smaller and more affordable" alt="LG G3 Beat: like a G3, but smaller and more affordable" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g3-beat.jpg?1406022308" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We love the LG G3 (read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">in-depth review</a> to see precisely why) but there&rsquo;s no denying that it&rsquo;s a seriously large smartphone. Its screen is 5.5in, which would nudge it squarely into phablet territory in many people&rsquo;s books.</p> <p>But don&rsquo;t fret, you poor small-handed folk, because LG has kept you in its thoughts. The company has just announced the LG G3 Beat, a (slightly) more compact edition of the G3 &ndash; and there are a few nips and tucks that trim the price too.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smaller, but not small </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G3 Beat has a 5in 1280 x 720 screen (a big change from the G3&rsquo;s 5.5in 2560 x 1440 display), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage, 4G LTE, an 8MP camera and a 1.2GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor. While the G3 represents the pinnacle of the high-end, the Beat is very much a mid-market model.</p> <p>One thing it does retain from its upper crust sibling is the camera&rsquo;s laser auto focus, which means it should latch onto a subject faster than 99 percent of smartphones out there. If it works as well as it does on the G3, it&rsquo;s a lovely feature to have.</p> <p>The G3 Beat will launch tomorrow, 18th July, in South Korea, and will arrive in Europe in the next few weeks. Except (and this seems silly to us) it&rsquo;ll be called the LG G3 s outside of Korea. Yes, with a lower-case &ldquo;s&rdquo;. UK pricing will be confirmed closer to launch, but expect it to be significantly cheaper than the full-fat G3.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.lgnewsroom.com/newsroom/contents/64582" target="_blank">LG Newsroom</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/17/lg-g3-beat/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G3 Beat – the (slightly) smaller G3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> G3 LG Smartphones Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:08:20 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442366 at http://www.stuff.tv 7 of the best apps and games for the LG G3 http://www.stuff.tv/g3/7-best-apps-and-games-lg-g3/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Treat your G3 to this hand-picked selection of apps and games that&#039;ll do its smartphone powers proud </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The G3, having a pub lunch" alt="7 of the best apps and games for the LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g3-main_0.jpg?1405303061" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a> is one of the best smartphones we&#39;ve ever had the pleasure of welcoming into Stuff HQ, and there&#39;s a good chance you&#39;re currently the proud owner of one.</p> <p>If you are, then why not show its crisp 2K screen, quad-core processor and laser-shooting camera some love with these apps and games?</p> <p>Go on, you know you want to...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix (£Free|£6 per month) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Arrested Development. If those aren&#39;t enough to tempt you into dropping &pound;6 a month Netflix then we don&#39;t know what is. The recently updated app is smoother than ever and combined with the G3&#39;s lusciously large screen, it&#39;ll be the saviour of long, arduous commutes. Throw in the G3&#39;s 4G capabilities and you won&#39;t even have to worry about pesky buffering.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient&amp;hl=en" target="_blank"><strong>Download Netflix here</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You can never say no to Kevin Spacey" alt="7 of the best apps and games for the LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-android.jpg?1404487050" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nova Launcher Prime (£2.40) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While LG has improved on the its UI in leaps and bounds, serving up a flatter, simpler Android home screen, we still think that Nova Launcher is the best choice for those who want heavy customisation and theming options. It supports thousands of themed icons, gesture-based actions to quick-start your favourite apps and services, and lets you organise apps into tabs and folders. A recent update also supports the &#39;Ok, Google&#39; home screen command, which is another bonus.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime&amp;hl=en" target="_blank"><strong>Download Nova Launcher Prime here</strong></a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-ways-make-android-more-beautiful-ios-7/feature" target="_blank">11 ways to make Android look even better than iOS 7</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ravey" alt="7 of the best apps and games for the LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-skin.jpg?1405303061" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Monument Valley (£2.49) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Monument Valley easily proves that games can definitely be art. It&rsquo;s a beautiful and delicate arcade adventure which looks fantastic on the G3&#39;s super-sharp screen.</p> <p>The world shifts around you - a silent princess - as you drag and spin components, Escher-like constructions, which create pathways that simultaneously amaze and boggle the mind in equal measure. It&#39;s rather short for a paid game, but every moment is delightful, and it&#39;s a beautifully crafted, thoughtful and reflective experience throughout.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ustwo.monumentvalley" target="_blank"><strong>Download Monument Valley here</strong></a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-monument-valley/review" target="_blank">Monument Valley review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1193" height="895" title="Gorgeous" alt="7 of the best apps and games for the LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monument-valley.jpg?1405303061" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fleksy (£Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G3&#39;s stock keyboard is impressive in its own right, but if you prefer pecking away at your keys instead of swiping, then Fleksy is the best keyboard for you. It serves up wonderfully large keys which, coupled with the G3&#39;s larger 5.5in screen, should mean less miss-hits. Fleksy really comes into its own with gesture controls however. They allow you to swipe back to delete, hold for characters and numbers, or swipe up and down to cycle through predicted words.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.syntellia.fleksy.kb" target="_blank"><strong>Download Fleksy keyboard here</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Lovely large keys" alt="7 of the best apps and games for the LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fleksy_0.jpg?1405303061" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Off Color </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Warning: Mature content</p> <p>Off color is essentially a digital version of the popular Cards Against Humanity card game. The premise is simple. Each round consists of being shown black question cards, which have one or more blanks. It&#39;s your job to fill up those blanks from a selection of white answer cards. The aim is to gather the most anonymous votes for the best answers from your fellow players. And the most vulgar, most obscene, most politically incorrect choices always win.</p> <p>You can create your own cards, putting your twisted imagination to use. It can take a while to find a game, but hopefully it&#39;ll pick up steam and have more players. And to stress it one last time - this is not for young children or the easily offended.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.offcolor.app" target="_blank"><strong>Download Off Color here</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="NOT an app for your grandmother" alt="7 of the best apps and games for the LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/off-color.jpg?1405303061" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera FV-5 (£2.49) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G3&#39;s laser-focusing 13MP camera is excellent, and LG has done a great job simplifying the controls to cut out the nonsense and unnecessary extra gimmicks. If you&#39;re a professional photographer who wants to fiddle around with manual controls however, than Camera FV-5 serves up exactly what you&#39;re looking for. It displays information like exposure and aperture, and lets you take long exposures and time-lapse shots, as well as allowing you to lock the exposure and white balance. Throw in a live RGB histogram and locked focus, and you&#39;ve got yourself the next best thing to an actual camera.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flavionet.android.camera.pro&amp;hl=en" target="_blank"><strong>Download Camera FV-5 here</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1132" height="849" title="The shutterbug&#039;s choice" alt="7 of the best apps and games for the LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/camera-fv5.jpg?1405303061" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE ROOM 2 (£1.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Room 2 is of the best puzzlers around, and it&rsquo;s far more impressive on a big Android phone like the G3 than it is on the 4in iPhone 5s. Like the original, The Room 2 places you in a single room in front of a seemingly featureless box. Look more closely and you&#39;ll find switches, catches and buttons which can be swiped, twisted and prodded to reveal more layers and new puzzles.</p> <p>It&#39;s simple in concept, but incredibly tough to crack, and is one of the best looking games to be found anywhere, showing off the G3&#39;s graphical grunt in style.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.FireproofStudios.TheRoom2&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank"><strong>Download The Room Two here</strong></a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="How do I box?" alt="7 of the best apps and games for the LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-room-2.jpg?1405303061" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/g3/7-best-apps-and-games-lg-g3/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games G3 LG Smartphones Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:49:35 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1441016 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G3 Beat leaks, looks like the G3 Mini in disguise http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-beat-leaks-looks-g3-mini-disguise/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The G3&#039;s smaller sibling makes a brief appearance ahead of its launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="645" height="484" title="Look familiar?" alt="LG G3 Beat leaks, looks like the the G3 Mini in disguise" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g3-mini-beat.jpg?1404132460" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>An LG phone with clear signs of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">G3</a> DNA has leaked in China, and all signs point towards it being the upcoming LG G3 Mini. Except it&#39;s called the Beat.</p> <p>Naming aside (we expect the UK moniker to change to Mini), we&#39;re looking at a 5in 720p screen, a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera and a smaller 2,540mAh battery.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-beat-leaks-looks-g3-mini-disguise/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-beat-leaks-looks-g3-mini-disguise/news#comments G3 LG Smartphones Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:53:36 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1440514 at http://www.stuff.tv Ultimate setup: LG G3 http://www.stuff.tv/ultimate-setup-lg-g3/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shower your shiny new G3 with some (or all) of these top-notch accessories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="995" height="746" title="Go on, it deserves it" alt="Best LG G3 accessories: cases, wireless chargers, headphones, screen protectors " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/main-g3-accessories.jpg?1404696106" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a> has been <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg-g3-beats-htc-one-m8-become-best-smartphone-world/news" target="_blank">crowned the best smartphone in the world</a>, so there&#39;s a good chance you&#39;re about to pick one up, if you haven&#39;t done so already.</p> <p>It should offer you years of loyal service, snapping photos, showing off movies and generally being your best friend in the whole world.</p> <p>Here&#39;s our selection of some of the best G3 accessories to help it achieve its maximum potential:</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG Premium Hard Case for LG G3 (£18) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G3&#39;s rear plastic cover looks like metal, but it can&#39;t quite fool your fingers.</p> <p>If you fancy something a little grippier while cranking up the style, then LG&#39;s official faux leather rear cover should have you covered.</p> <p>Like the stock rear cover, it&#39;s compatible with all Qi wireless chargers, so you don&#39;t have to sacrifice functionality either.</p> <p><a href="http://www.expansys.com/lg-slim-hard-case-for-lg-g3-tan-brown-262289/" target="_blank">expansys.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="TAN-tastic" alt="Best LG G3 accessories: cases, wireless chargers, headphones, screen protectors " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/g3-leather-cover.jpg?1404696106" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2-in-1 RAVPower portable Qi Wireless Charger (£35) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This 4800mAh portable battery charger has more than enough juice to fill up the G3&#39;s battery with power to spare, but it&#39;s more than just an on-the-go battery saviour.</p> <p>It&#39;s Qi compatible too, which means that not only can it wirelessly recharge the G3 while you&#39;re out and about, but it doubles up as a charging station when connected to an outlet for good measure too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/RAVPower-RP-WCN11-Wireless-Non-Slip-Compatible/dp/B00HZH4HVY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1403705693&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=ravpower+qi+wireless+charger" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Such versatile" alt="Best LG G3 accessories: cases, wireless chargers, headphones, screen protectors " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ravpower.jpg?1404696106" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spigen LG G3 Slim Armor case (£18) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Spigen&#39;s double-layer hybrid shell encases the G3 in both TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) and polycarbonate for improved shock absorption.</p> <p>Unlike other tough cases, it won&#39;t add to much bulk to the G3 either. Spigen currently has cases for the Korean G3 variant, which means there&#39;s a cut-out for the TV antenna at the top.</p> <p>Spigen tells Stuff that this will still fit the UK G3 model. A UK-specific model sans cut-out is on the way, and we&#39;ll let you know when it&#39;s available.</p> <p><a href="http://www.spigen.co.uk/lg-g3-case-slim-armor.html#.U6wHiY1dUpg" target="_blank">spigen.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Better armour than Batman" alt="Best LG G3 accessories: cases, wireless chargers, headphones, screen protectors " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spigen-slim-srmor-g3.jpg?1404696106" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bose QuietComfort 20 (£230) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bose&#39;s offerings will put a mighty dent in your wallet, but they&#39;re one of the best noise-cancelling in-ears money can buy.</p> <p>Their specially designed tips mean you can wear them securely for long periods of time without any discomfort, and they&#39;ll happily save you from plane engines, rumbling trains, and the 30 screaming school children that just invaded your carriage.</p> <p>If the rechargeable battery runs out then you can still enjoy your music minus the active noise cancelling, which is another bonus.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hispek.com/bose/headphones/bose-quietcomfort-20-acoustic-noise-cancelling-in-ear-headphones-qc20-pd-16346.php?source=Froogle&amp;lot=Froogle&amp;utm_content=pla&amp;keyword=&amp;id=70510365286&amp;gclid=CjkKEQjwia-dBRC07eeatYGe-78BEiQArZhbgBKgonUEv79sfX25yq67A9q2EH1blM3FZZfTHtcmmKnw_wcB" target="_blank">hispek.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pricey but fabulous" alt="Best LG G3 accessories: cases, wireless chargers, headphones, screen protectors " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bose-quiet-comfort-20.jpg?1404696106" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G3 QuickCircle Case (£30) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG&#39;s own QuickCircle case protects your screen from bumps and scrapes while serving up notifications in a circular window, which lights up each time you get a message or a missed call.</p> <p>You can choose from a variety of clock faces, reject/answer calls and control your music too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/lg-g3-quickcircle-case-metallic-black-p45809.htm" target="_blank">mobilefun.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1069" height="802" title="Porthole" alt="Best LG G3 accessories: cases, wireless chargers, headphones, screen protectors " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-quick-circle-case.jpg?1404696106" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spigen GLAS.tR tempered glass screen protector (£25) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Spigen&#39;s screen protectors are some of the best we&#39;ve ever come across. Instead of slathering the G3&#39;s screen in a a plastic film, this screen protector is made from a very thing sheet of actual tempered glass.</p> <p>Not only is it shatter resistant, but it&#39;s incredibly durable against scratches too.&nbsp;</p> <p>Its oleophobic coating also makes it resistant to fingerprints and moisture, and it feels far slicker on your fingertips than the regular display.</p> <p>Crystal clear visibility, precise port cut-outs and no input lag all go towards making this a must-buy, even if you want to rock your G3 case-free.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spigen%C2%AE-Protector-GLAS-tR-Lightweight-Tempered/dp/B00JQI2V18" target="_blank">spigen.co.uk</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Once you go tempered glass, you never go back" alt="Best LG G3 accessories: cases, wireless chargers, headphones, screen protectors " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spigen-glass-g3.jpg?1404696106" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ultimate-setup-lg-g3/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ultimate-setup-lg-g3/feature#comments Android G3 Geek accessories LG Smartphones Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:48:42 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1440209 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G3 vs HTC One (M8) http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s LG&#039;s finest vs HTC&#039;s champion in this clash of the smartphone titans </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The LG G3 (left) and HTC One (M8)" alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g3-vs-htc-one-m8-001.jpg?1404120261" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a> beat off challenges from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2</a> to be crowned Stuff&#39;s favourite smartphone in the world shortly after its release.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DESIGN AND BUILD - METAL VS FAKE METAL </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like the G2 before it, the LG G3 is a great looking phone in a smart, minimalist way. Viewed from the front it&#39;s almost all screen, thanks to its impressively tiny bezels, and while it&#39;s not particularly distinctive, it screams class.</p> <p>As with the G2, the volume and power buttons are on the rear of the handset. It might seem odd, but you&#39;ll soon get used to it. The speaker has also been moved round to the back, and either side of the camera lens you&#39;ll find two more photographic features: a dual-tone flash and focus-aiding laser. More on them later.</p> <p>There&#39;s no all-metal build, but the shell is at least made from a premium plastic that&#39;s designed to look and feel like brushed metal. Plus, it&#39;s removable - allowing you to add extra storage space via microSD card and to swap out the battery.</p> <p>The HTC One (M8) sports an altogether more flamboyant design. In fact, it&#39;s the most beautiful Android phone we&#39;ve seen so far, with a subtly curved body that&#39;s almost entirely made from brushed aluminum. The attention to detail is immense, from the expertly drilled speaker grilles above and below the screen to the way the bevelling around the camera lenses is designed to catch the light.</p> <p>HTC has finally seen fit to add a slot for microSD storage, but unlike the G3, the back isn&#39;t removable,so you won&#39;t be able to change the battery. It&#39;s also worth bearing in mind that although the G3 has a much bigger screen - 5.5in to 5in - it&#39;s almost the same size as the M8, on account of its small bezels and the HTC&#39;s front speakers.&nbsp;Unlike rivals the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2, neither phone is waterproof.</p> <p>While the G3 has a bigger screen in a similar size body, there&#39;s no fooling your fingers when you pick it up. The One (M8)&#39;s build quality is sublime, and for that reason, it wins this round.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) is the most beautiful Android phone we&#039;ve used" alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-main_2.jpg?1404120261" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1191" height="900" title="The LG G3 will have an almost bezel-less design" alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-003.jpg?1404120261" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SCREEN - 2K WAHEY! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>RIP full HD - you enjoyed a brief dominance of the smartphone screen world, but now you&#39;re just passé.</p> <p>Yes, only a year after we marvelled at the first phones with 1080p displays, LG&#39;s released one with a 2K screen. Its 2560 x 1440 resolution is staggering for a smartphone - to put it in context, that&#39;s the same spec as the screen on the 27in iMac. And the G3 is a mere 5.5 inches in size. All of which means that it has an incredible pixel density of 538ppi, a number that puts it above all other smartphones, tablets and in fact consumer devices of any kind.</p> <p>The HTC One (M8) has to make do with a 5in, 1080p screen. Frankly, it should be ashamed of itself. In truth, its pixel density of 441ppi is hardly shabby either, but the G3 is the clear winner on specs alone.</p> <p>Hype aside though, you won&#39;t notice the G3&#39;s extra pixels in normal use. Only when we scrutinised side-by-side reference photos, did the G3&#39;s extra sharpness really stand out.</p> <p>Not only that, but we found its colours to be more accurate, and a little less over-saturated than the ones on the One (M8)&#39;s screen.</p> <p>The One (M8)&#39;s blacks and contrast are noticeably better than the G3&#39;s, but overall the G3 comes out on top, especially as it manages to squeeze in a larger display without taking up noticeably more space in your pocket.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: LG G3</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-mini-2-hands/review">HTC One Mini 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Pixel Party " alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-review-screen-comparison_1.jpg?1403628150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PERFORMANCE - 801 times 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In terms of pure power, there&#39;s very little to choose between these two smartphone titans. Both have Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processors, with the G3&#39;s clocked at 2.5GHz and the M8&#39;s running at 2.3GHz. The G3 packs 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, although a version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage might land in the UK at a future date. The M8 has 2GB of RAM in either 16GB or 32GB varieties.</p> <p>Both phones score more or less the same reults in various benchmark tests, and numbers aside, they&#39;re both slick and fast in normal use. Multitasking, 3D gaming and browsing are slick and fluid on both.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;d expect things to be pretty similar on the battery front too. The LG G2 was one of the best phones around in terms of stamina, but the G3 falls al little short, eeking out around one-two hours less battery life a day.</p> <p>Still, we managed to get 15 hours out of it with five hours of screen on time in a single day, which is an impressive achievement given the much bigger, higher-resolution screen. It&#39;ll&nbsp;comfortably give you a full day of heavy use, which is an important box to tick.</p> <p>The M8&#39;s battery is smaller, at 2600mAh, but it also has a smaller screen to power. In our tests, we generally got a day&#39;s use from it, but no more. Both phones also have clever battery-saving modes which will help you eke out every last drop of juice.</p> <p>All told, there&#39;s very little between the phones on the power front, so this one&#39;s a draw.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="392" title="What lies beneath" alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-review-microsd-battery_0.jpg?1403628150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CAMERA - LOW-LIGHT FANTASTIC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Two very different approaches here.</p> <p>Like the G2, the G3 has a 13MP rear camera with&nbsp;optical image stabilisation (OIS), but unlike the G2, it has the &#39;+&#39; version of OIS, which provides software tweaks which, in theory, reduce blur even more.</p> <p>LG has also included an infrared autofocus laser which it states can focus on subjects faster than the blink of an eye. While we haven&#39;t got the stopwatch out to verify this, we can say that the G3&#39;s autofocus is very snappy indeed.</p> <p>Overall, our experience with the G3 cements it as having one of the best smartphone cameras currently available. It&#39;s a superb all-rounder, excelling and surpassing the One (M8) in almost every category from well-lit conditions, to sharpness and natural colours.</p> <p>The One (M8)&#39;s 4MP UltraPixel sensor performs well in low-light conditions, but it just doesn&#39;t serve up the same levels of detail as the G3.&nbsp;Yes, its low-light photos might be a little less noisy, but they&#39;ll also be smaller, so you won&#39;t be able to blow them up so big or crop into them.</p> <p>The M8 has a new photo feature of its own too - the new Duo camera. This is a genuinely innovative feature which enables you to refocus photos after you&#39;ve taken them. It works a little like the Lytro camera, although without quite such a dramatic effect. It&#39;s a bit of a gimmick, yeah, but a nice one to have all the same.</p> <p>The trouble for HTC is, the G3 can also create this post-shot focusing effect using Magic Focus. It takes numerous shots at different focal lengths in quick succession, before stitching them together and alowing you to change the focus post-shot. </p> <p>In the One (M8)&#39;s defence, you&#39;re able do this whenever you fancy, while you can only change the focus on the G3 after the shot is initially taken.</p> <p>Video-wise, the G3 can shoot 4K at 30fps and full HD at creamy 60fps and slo-mo 120fps. The M8 can do full HD and 120fps slo-mo, but no 4K.</p> <p>Ultimately, we&#39;ve got to give this round to the G3. It&#39;s a jack of all trades, while mastering them too, thanks to welcome innovations like OIS+ and laser autofocus.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: LG G3</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-best-android-games-world-right-now/feature">The 25 best games on Android right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The M8 has a Dual Camera for post-photo refocusing" alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-duo-camera_5.jpg?1404120261" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Baby got back" alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-review-rear-gold_1.jpg?1403628150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS - TALKING SENSE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG has jumped on the simpler UI bandwagon, giving its Android skin a fresher, flatter look. Colours are no longer quite so garish and much of the bloatware has seemingly been removed. And if you&#39;re still not happy, you can mercifully uninstall nearly every pre-installed LG app, which is rather nice.</p> <p>The G3 also has the excellent KnockCode feature, which we saw on the G Pro 2. This lets you unlock the phone simply by tapping out a preset pattern, which takes you straight to the home screen.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/Mmnzlz7dD3Q/embed/simple" width="600"></iframe></p> <p>Another weapon in the G3&#39;s OS arsenal is its Guest Mode feature, which lets you section off a safe area of the phone for when you lend it to, say, your kids. It&#39;s like a safe sandbox which is separate from all of your apps, photos and documents, avoiding situations in which important files could be deleted.</p> <p>The G3 also has a few little software touches which make using it easier. You&#39;ve got the ability to include an extra button in the on-screen navigation bar which pulls the notification bar down for you. Given the awkwardness of reaching up to the top of the G3&#39;s 5.5in screen with a single thumb, this comes in incredibly useful for one-handed use.</p> <p>You can also track your steps and calories burned in an app similar to Samsung&#39;s S Health, although it&#39;s not as in-depth as dedicated health-tracking apps like Jawbone&#39;s offering.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sense 6.0 on the One M8 is one of the few examples of Android phones where a skin is a welcome addition, because HTC&#39;s Sense 6.0 is a thing of beauty. It&#39;s slick in use, not too overbearing and comes with the fantastic BlinkFeed. As a way of aggregating all of your social media feeds and favourite news sources, it&#39;s unparalleled, and the new version also allows you to add RSS feeds of your choice. </p> <p>Like the LG G3, the One (M8) can be turned on with a tap - although the fancy Knock Code pattern unlock is absent. You can however swipe left or right to fire up a certain app or go straight to the home screen, which is a nice bonus.</p> <p>The charms of BlinkFeed will be enough to sway things HTC&#39;s way for some, while for others the G3&#39;s Guest Mode and Knock Code security unlock will be the more tempting option. Both devices have strong cases, so this one&#39;s a draw too.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/exclusive-htc-shows-us-how-one-m8-could-have-looked/feature">Exclusive - HTC shows Stuff how the One (M8) could have looked</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BlinkFeed is a big favourite at Stuff" alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed_6.jpg?1404120261" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The One (M8) is a spectacular phone, and the fact that the G3 comes out on top against it shows just how high LG has set the bar with the G3.&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite the HTC&#39;s superior gorgeous metal build and the fact that&nbsp;the two phones are evenly matched in terms of power, the&nbsp;G3&#39;s superb 2K screen, fantastic camera and removable battery make it a highly polished package that&#39;s very hard to resist.</p> <p><em><strong>Overall winner: LG G3</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="The victor" alt="Which smartphone? LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-main_4.jpg?1403628150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature#comments G3 HTC LG One (M8) Smartphones Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:32:15 +0000 Marc McLaren 1437934 at http://www.stuff.tv The LG G3 beats the HTC One (M8) to become the best smartphone in the world http://www.stuff.tv/lg-g3-beats-htc-one-m8-become-best-smartphone-world/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The South Korean tech giant proves that lightning can strike twice </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="LG does it again" alt="The LG G3 beats the HTC One (M8) to become the best smartphone in the world" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0_2.jpg?1403659308" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> signalled the start of a new era for LG last year, topping Stuff&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 Smartphones </a>list while picking up both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/gadget-awards-2013-lg-g2-best-smartphone-year/feature" target="_blank">Smartphone</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g2/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-lg-g2-our-gadget-year/feature" target="_blank">Gadget of the Year</a> accolades at the 2013 Stuff Awards in the</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg-g3-beats-htc-one-m8-become-best-smartphone-world/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lg-g3-beats-htc-one-m8-become-best-smartphone-world/news#comments Android G3 HTC LG One (M8) Smartphones Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:20:31 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1440000 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G3 benchmarks show little difference between 2GB and 3GB editions http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-benchmarks-show-little-difference-between-2gb-and-3gb-editions/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here’s why you shouldn’t be too upset that the UK isn’t getting the “fully loaded” G3 any time soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="LG G3 benchmarks show little difference between 2GB and 3GB editions" alt="LG G3 benchmarks show little difference between 2GB and 3GB editions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG%20G3%20Performance%2001_0.jpg?1402968050" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When LG announced the G3, it was revealed that there were two different editions: a 16GB storage/2GB RAM edition that would be launched worldwide; and a &ldquo;premium&rdquo; 32GB storage/3GB RAM edition reserved (at least at first) for the South Korean market.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To put it simply: there&rsquo;s barely any difference between the models, performance-wise. In the seven benchmark tests performed (AnTuTu, Quadrant, GFXBench 3.0, 3DMark, Vellamo 3.0, Octane 2.0 and SunSpider), the 3GB G3 scored between just two and four percent higher than the 2GB G3 in all but one test (Vellamo, in which it scored eight percent higher). Both phones use the same quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor.</p> <p>So while the 3GB G3 does perform slightly higher, the difference could not be called significant. Of course, it does come with double the amount of on-board storage too, but we&rsquo;re finding smartphone storage less and less of an issue as cloud services improve. We can see 16GB being a bit tight if you want to fill your G3 will lossless Hi-Res Audio files or document your life in 4K video, perhaps &ndash; but you can always stick a microSD card in your G3 if that&#39;s the case.</p> <p>So, the takeaway from this test is: don&rsquo;t be too upset about the 3GB LG G3 being reserved for South Korea at the moment. It&rsquo;s only a tiny bit better than the one you can actually go out and buy here in the UK.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.mobilegeeks.de/lg-g3-2-gb-ram-version-vs-3-gb-ram-version-im-benchmark-test-video/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AsusEeePcNews+%28Netbook+News%29">Mobile Geeks</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CTxehFharrI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-benchmarks-show-little-difference-between-2gb-and-3gb-editions/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> G3 LG Smartphones Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:21:51 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1439257 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G3 http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How do you follow the 2013 Smartphone of the Year? By keeping everything that made it so special and adding a whole lot more, of course </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG%20G3%20Main_0.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2</a> took us by surprise: not even future-gazing Stuff staffers predicted its 2013 reign over our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">Smartphones Top 10</a> and its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g2/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-lg-g2-our-gadget-year/feature">Gadget of the Year</a> win.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £500.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> for 16GB storage / 2GB RAM model </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big, pixel-packed 2K screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Laser-assisted super-camera </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Blistering performance </div> <div class="field-item even"> Bezel-free design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life good, but not G2-good </div> <div class="field-item even"> Metal look, but not metal feel </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen not the brightest </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build: plastic but fantastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G3 is one hell of a big phone, but you&#39;d never guess just from holding it. It has a 5.5in screen - up from 5.2in on the G2 - which puts it firmly into phablet territory, but it somehow fits that display into a smartphone-sized body.</p> <p>How does it do this? By all-but doing away with the bezels. The G2 was already pretty good in this regard, but the G3 takes it to a new level; from the front, it&#39;s almost all glass.</p> <p>It&#39;s also surprisingly easy to hold and use despite that big screen. That&#39;s thanks to the noticeable curve round the back, which makes it easier to grip and fools your hand into thinking that it&#39;s smaller than it is. You won&#39;t need to stretch your fingers in order to reach the top of the screen.</p> <p>Speaking of the back, it&#39;s a mostly plastic affair but again you might well be fooled into thinking otherwise. Though the G3&rsquo;s body is technically 80% polycarbonate, the 20% of metal mixed in with it gives it a premium look, even if it can&#39;t quite match the HTC One (M8)&rsquo;s premium feel. We&#39;d certainly choose it over the Galaxy S5&#39;s plaster-like back, and while the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2</a>&#39;s slab-of-glass design might be prettier, you&#39;d rather have this in your hands (or pockets) than Sony&#39;s hefty handset.&nbsp;</p> <p>The G3 is also considerably lighter than both the M8 and Z2 - and unlike either of those phones has&nbsp;a removable rear cover too. That allows for a battery swap-out, should you need one, and also gives you access to the microSD slot, which would otherwise have to sit on the G3&#39;s pristine sides. Plus, it makes&nbsp;wireless charging possible, if you team it with a suitable charger.</p> <p>If you do juice it up via the traditional microUSB port, you&#39;ll notice that there&#39;s no pesky removable plastic cover; of course that also means that it&#39;s not waterproof in the way that the Sony and Samsung phones are, which has to earn it a tick in the minus column.</p> <p dir="ltr">Loved the rear buttons on the G2? You&rsquo;ll adore the G3&rsquo;s improved versions. Where the power and volume controls on the G2 were somewhat unsightly, they now have a nice textured finish and a sophisticated design, which makes them both easier to locate and to work out which is which.</p> <p dir="ltr">G2 upgraders will adapt to the G3&rsquo;s new design like a fish to water, but that&rsquo;s not to say first-time users will be baffled by the rear placement. Sure, you might struggle to find them the first few times but in our experience new users get about a 90% hit rate within seconds of picking the phone up. Using your index finger, to be honest, will soon feel more natural and less strenuous than stretching your thumbs to the sides of the Galaxy S5, One (M8) or Xperia Z2.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/feature">LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We love the G3&#039;s new and improved rear buttons" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Build%2001.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="Bezel? What bezel?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Build%2002.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="With that slim profile, you might mistake it for a stylus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Build%2003.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="A removable battery makes perfect sense for power users" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Build%2004.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Display: pixel assault </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">This is where the G3 really shines - that amazingly sharp 2K display. It&#39;s bigger and sharper than those on any of its rivals, while fitting in a similar size body. Pretty cool, huh? With 2560 x 1440 pixels adorning its IPS+ panel, your peepers are going to get one heck of a treat. In terms of pixel density it equates to 534ppi - higher than any phone we&#39;ve yet seen.</p> <p dir="ltr">So how much difference does it make in real life? A fair bit, actually. While its&nbsp;true value is felt only when you press your nose against the screen, or have the right 2K content,&nbsp;even the naked eye can spot how fine the edges of app icons are on the G3 when compared to those on the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) and the Sony Xperia Z2.</p> <p dir="ltr">It also means that it&#39;ll look just as good when viewed from further away, and bear in mind that&nbsp;if LG had stuck with a 1080p display on a screen of this size, it would lack sharpness compared to its slightly smaller rivals.</p> <p dir="ltr">We placed the G3 side-by-side with the Galaxy S5, without revealing the resolution of the two devices to anyone. Nearly 100% of the people we asked spotted the difference in screen quality almost immediately, pointing out the sharpness of the G3&rsquo;s display.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">As far as the colour palette goes, the G3 aims for the natural look. It&#39;s noticeably cooler than the Galaxy S5&rsquo;s warm AMOLED display, and not quite as punchy either. Grass looks like real grass, for instance, rather than some ultra-green alien variety.</p> <p dir="ltr">The One (M8) and Xperia Z2 fall somewhere between the two extremes, and which you prefer will depend to a large extent on, erm, which you prefer. The G3 would be our pick for films, on account of the more realistic hues - particularly when it comes to skintones - but for games and web browsing the S5 will look more vibrant. The G3&#39;s&nbsp;also slightly lacking in the contrast department, and doesn&rsquo;t have the deep black tones that you&rsquo;ll get from the One (M8).</p> <p dir="ltr">Outside, it&#39;s a decent performer. Its auto-brightness adapted swiftly, beaming crystal-sharp images, videos and text to our pupils. But it definitely doesn&#39;t go as bright as the S5: a good thing in terms of battery life, less so if you&#39;re viewing it in bright sunshine. Plus,&nbsp;the default video player automatically dims videos to a lower brightness level - so you&#39;ll want to use an alternative such as VLC.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature">LG G3 vs HTC One (M8): the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That Stuff logo is looking fine" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Display%2001.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="Games will look great on the 2K screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Display%2002.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="The G3&#039;s brightness isn&#039;t the absolute best" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Display%2003.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: laser-sharp focus </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">You probably already read about the laser-focus camera, but let&#39;s just make it clear: it&#39;s a work of genius. </p> <p dir="ltr">The laser enables the G3 to focus more swiftly than any of rivals and also means that you can take a series of photos simply by tapping the screen repeatedly. That&#39;s right - no need to do one&nbsp;tap to focus/refocus and another to actually take the photo: just let the laser do the work, tap and you&rsquo;re done. </p> <p dir="ltr">Admittedly, the Galaxy S5 comes close in terms of autofocus and speed, and the One (M8) and Xperia Z2 aren&#39;t that far behind either. We&#39;re talking milliseconds either way - but that can make the difference between a crisp shot and a blurry mess on occasion.</p> <p>As far as the 13MP photos themselves go, expect&nbsp;minimal noise, sharp details and well-balanced colours.&nbsp;And this isn&rsquo;t just the work of the 2K screen. We used a 13in MacBook Pro (non-Retina Display, by the way) to view&nbsp;photos taken on the G3, S5, M8 and Z2 on, and the G3&#39;s shots were both&nbsp;less blurry and less noisey.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/125343102@N05/sets/72157644739351589/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">If daylight shots are great, the G3 is similarly fantastic in low light. That&#39;s partly down to the laser - which grabs focus more accurately in murky conditions than a conventional autofocus - but also down to impressively noise-free shots. Plus, with the dual-LED flash deployed, human subjects look less washed out, though there is still a tinge of overexposure when the flash tries to compensate for less well-lit environments. The M8 beats it when there&#39;s almost no light, but in most conditions the G3 fares very well.</p> <p dir="ltr">Like the G2, the G3 is armed with optical image stabilisation. Sharper images are a given, since it&rsquo;ll combat any blurriness induced by shaky hands; we found it particularly useful when we were trying to balance the phone while attempting to take a macro shot. But like&nbsp;its earlier phablet cousin the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pro-2/review">LG G Pro 2</a>, the G3 is armed with OIS+ rather than the standard OIS. This uses software tricks to further ramp up the stabilisation effect, and it appears to work very well.</p> <p dir="ltr">OIS+ also serves another purpose - namely enhancing the after-image focusing option, or Magic Focus in LG&rsquo;s lingo. It&#39;s a feature that&#39;s also found on the One (M8), but where that phone has a dedicated second lens for that purpose, the G3 instead takes multiple images at different focal lengths with the one lens. The results aren&#39;t quite as impressive as those from the M8, but in some situations it works quite nicely, enabling you to change the focus of a picture after you&#39;ve taken it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Capturing the fine gap between lines" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20camera%20test%2001.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="Colours are mostly well-balanced" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20camera%20test%2002.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="Coarse text look significantly finer in photos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20camera%20test%20shot%2003.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">All that jazz with the different shooting modes? Gone with the wind. Compared to the G2, the camera interface is a simple affair, with only four main modes - dual, panorama, magic focus and auto. It&#39;s beautifully clean and basic.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Of course if you do want more control, you can have it. And when you do dabble with its settings, there&rsquo;s a lot more you can do with it. The aforementioned cheese shutter has its moments, and is most accurate when we uttered &ldquo;kimchi&rdquo; to activate the shutter.</p> <p dir="ltr">The front 2MP camera is designed for both video calling and, in a very 2014 manner, selfies. The good news is, you won&rsquo;t have to tap the screen to activate the timer. In a move somewhat inspired by the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwiyomi" target="_blank">gwiyomi viral video</a>, you can hold your hand in front of the camera, clench your fist, and it&rsquo;ll activate the timer. It makes sense, as it reduces the chance of you losing your grip and watching the G3 plummet to its death.</p> <p dir="ltr">Quality-wise it&#39;s clear, though not amazing in poor light, and probably about on a par with the HTC One (M8) for Skype duties.</p> <p dir="ltr">Elsewhere, there&#39;s also 4K video, which is generally very smooth. Nor does it make the handset get too warm, as the Xperia Z2 has a tendency to do.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review">Sony Xperia Z2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tap and snap, that&#039;s what we call simple photography" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Camera%2001.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Even the advanced settings look cleaner than its predecessors&#039; UI" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Camera%2002.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance: harnessing the dragon&#039;s power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The G3 tested here packs a quad-core&nbsp;Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor running at&nbsp;2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. That version won&#39;t be available in the UK though (at least not for a while), so we&#39;ll have to put up with a 2GB RAM/16GB storage model. Will that make a difference to performance? It&#39;s possible. But then again, the G2 also has&nbsp;2GB of RAM, and we never noticed so much as a stutter on that.</p> <p dir="ltr">Anyway, back to the G3.&nbsp;Let&#39;s start with the numbers:&nbsp;AnTuTu scores of between 30,981 and 32,844 for this unit place it slightly lower than the M8, while Geekbench 2 returned 2427 (higher than M8) and Sunspider 884.1ms (about the same as the G2 and lower than the M8). There&#39;s not much between the G3 and its rivals, basically.</p> <p dir="ltr">In practice, the review unit showed none of the stutters we experienced on the pre-production unit we tried out last month: so, no lag from the dialler or when swiping through contacts. More importantly, apps loaded in a mere 2-3 seconds and even graphically intensive games such as <em>Injustice: Gods Among Us</em> were handled by the G3 like a pro.</p> <p dir="ltr">Just because we could, we threw up to 16 apps, which included&nbsp;<em>Dead Trigger</em>,&nbsp;<em>Injustice</em>&nbsp;and the recent&nbsp;<em>Watch_Dogs</em>&nbsp;mobile game, into the fray. None of that fazed the G3, even as we made short work of enemies with characters from the DC universe. Admittedly, there was some slight lag in the menu transition, and new apps loaded slightly more slowly, but overall it performed as well as we could&#39;ve hoped given what we were doing to it.</p> <p dir="ltr">Web browsing is a joy: on a 4G connection, pages load blazingly fast, filling the screen in just a few blinks.&nbsp;It also handles full HD films with aplomb - there&#39;s absolutely no lag and we didn&rsquo;t spot any frames dropping during action sequences. Bear in mind that&nbsp;pupil-searing screen and you&#39;ve got a top-notch movie player.&nbsp;The speaker is also vastly improved over that on the G2 - it&#39;s now a 1W affair located round the back of the phone and while it&#39;s not as good as the dual speakers on the M8, it&#39;s on a par with the Z2 and S5 and is thus perfectly usable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Qualcomm&#039;s Snapdragon 801 processor doesn&#039;t disappoint" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Performance%2001.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G3 Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System:</strong> Android 4.4 KitKat</p> <p><strong>Processor:</strong>&nbsp;2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor</p> <p><strong>RAM:</strong>&nbsp;3GB (2GB version available)</p> <p><strong>Screen:</strong>&nbsp;5.5in True HD-IPS + LCD with 2560 x 1440 resolution (534ppi)</p> <p><strong>Camera:</strong>&nbsp;13MP rear, 2MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage:&nbsp;</strong>32GB internal (16GB version available), plus microSD up to 128GB</p> <p><strong>Data:</strong>&nbsp;3G / 4G/LTE</p> <p><strong>Battery:</strong>&nbsp;3000mAh</p> <p><strong>Size:</strong>&nbsp;146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm</p> <p><strong>Weight:</strong> 149g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS: simple and clean </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The G2&#39;s skin was a bit of messy affair, but LG has stripped out a whole load of features for the G3 and it&#39;s a big improvement.</p> <p dir="ltr">Turn it on and you&rsquo;ll be greeted by a much cleaner user interface. The most prominent change is in its notification screen - clean as a whistle, with nary a sign of the clutter and cartoonish icons that plagued its predecessor. </p> <p dir="ltr">We still prefer the HTC M8&#39;s Sense 6 skin overall, but where the G2 was held back by its OS, the G3 faces no such problems. It even has a few nice new features of its own.</p> <p dir="ltr">Take Smart Clean for instance, which clears up cache files that would otherwise use up precious storage space. OK so space shouldn&#39;t be a problem given the microSD slot, but a little housekeeping will always help keep the user experience smooth. One warning though: Smart Clean will remove downloaded files, so if you&rsquo;ve been swiping photos from the web, you&rsquo;d best keep them stored somewhere else, like Google Drive.</p> <p dir="ltr">Then there&#39;s Smart Notice, which is like Google Now in that it serves up cards featuring suggestions such as activating your battery saver when the G3 is running low on juice. It also&nbsp;works seamlessly with the LG Health function, giving you a day-by-day update and reminder that it&rsquo;s time to get off your lazy backside and shed those accumulated calories.</p> <p dir="ltr">LG Health is itself a useful tool. It uses the phone&#39;s sensors to measure the number of steps you&#39;ve taken, then works out how many calories you&#39;ve burned. It&#39;s probably not quite as accurate as a Jawbone Up or other basic fitness tracker, but it&#39;s close enough that you won&#39;t notice much difference over the course of a day. Lugging the phone for a quick run isn&#39;t a major chore given how light the G3 is, although you might want to strap it to an armband to focus on the run.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Goodbye cartoonish icons" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20OS%2001.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="A little (storage) housekeeping will go a long way" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20OS%2002.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Out of all of the improvements, it&#39;s the Smart Keyboard which will make the biggest difference. Much like Swype, the semi-sentient keyboard picks up on your most frequently typed words, and learns which autocorrect terms are the ones you&rsquo;ll need more often. And yes, you can simply swipe across letters rather than painstakingly type each one. Correcting your messages is also much easier - simply press and hold the spacebar, and you can scroll along the message to where the correction is need. Plus, there&#39;s no need to stretch your thumbs when the autocorrected word appears - just swipe along the left or right side to select the right word.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/Mj0MWiXDup7/embed/simple" width="600"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">Keyboard adjustments, such as splitting for two-handed use or swiping the keyboard to a side for one-handed operation, are retained. A new addition is height adjustment, which either gives you more screen space to read your typed messages or enables thicker thumbs to get more space between letters, and thus&nbsp;reduce typos.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="No more stretching exercises for short thumbs" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20OS%2003.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/Mj0be5QulDE/embed/simple" width="600"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">Features wise, the usual suspects are still around. Knock On is present and correct, and we love being able to double-tap the screen and glance at your notifications rather than having to pick up the G3 and click on the rear power button. But the M8 and Z2 also have that ability now - whereas they don&#39;t have LG&#39;s Knock Code. This lets you set a combination of taps to unlock your phone, and it quickly become essential.</p> <p dir="ltr">There&#39;s also a Dual Window function which works with LG and Google apps and which makes good use of all that screen space. The Samsung S5 can do the same thing, but is a little bit better in that it also works with third-party apps such as Evernote and Facebook.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-prime/samsung-galaxy-s5-prime/review">Everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Accessories: a window of shortcuts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">This year, LG&rsquo;s adding a whole load of accessories to complement the G3. First and foremost is its flip cover, which adopts a circular porthole to display brief information rather than the G2&rsquo;s rectangular-shaped window. Similar to its predecessor, essential functions such as the music player, camera, call logs, messaging and LG&rsquo;s health tracker will appear in the small window. With the camera, it&rsquo;s particularly useful when you need to take a quick snapshot, while LG Health will guilt-trip you into walking home to shed those extra calories after that indulgent dinner.</p> <p dir="ltr">As for wireless charging, anything that conforms to the Qi standard will work, but LG&rsquo;s own wireless charger is quite a nifty little thing. While we didn&rsquo;t manage to try the unit in this review, we definitely like the idea of placing the phone upright and reading our emails while the wireless charger juices it up.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You don&#039;t even need to flip the cover to use the camera" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Accessories%2001.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Add or remove shortcuts, it&#039;s all in your power to do so" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Accessories%2002.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery: better than expected </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">We&rsquo;re looking at a 2K screen. That&rsquo;s way more pixels for the 3000mAh battery to power, and despite LG&#39;s assurances to the contrary, it doesn&#39;t quite have the stamina that the G2 has. </p> <p dir="ltr">On average, we got about 15 hours from it. And given that our daily usage includes plenty of web surfing, Facebook and YouTube-watching, plus the usual calls and WhatsApp messages in-between and some intensive use of its 13MP camera, that&#39;s still pretty good</p> <p dir="ltr">As usual, we gave in to our sadistic streak, activated the G3&rsquo;s Wi-Fi connection and ran a full HD video at half brightness to stress test its uptime. Within the first hour, we noticed a 10% dip, and once we&rsquo;d switched over to a 4G connection at the 50% mark, the G3 managed a total mileage of nearly nine hours.</p> <p dir="ltr">So, while it doesn&#39;t quite manage the nearly invincible 19 hours of real world usage we got from the G2, the G3&#39;s 15-hour mileage comes pretty close, and is a testament to the power-saving features that LG has implemented. It also compares favourably to its rivals. We&#39;d put it on a par with the Z2 and S5 and slightly ahead of the M8. But they&#39;re all pretty close, and the fact is that as with most smartphones you&#39;ll get a day&#39;s use out of it then charge it up overnight.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">On that front, its charger can stand toe-to-toe with The Flash, juicing up the unit to a full charge under two hours.&nbsp;Plus, with the battery now being removable, you can always carry a spare with you for emergencies.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G3 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">As we said at the start of this review, the G3 surprised us. While we hoped it would continue the great work started by the G2, we weren&#39;t expecting it to prove quite so much of a leap forward. Most phone upgrades these days are incremental, after all, but the G3 is manifestly better than its predecessor.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">And that&#39;s the case in almost every regard - from little touches such as the&nbsp;sleeker back buttons to the sophisticated look of its 20% brushed-metal body and major changes such as the bigger, better 2K screen and laser-assisted camera.</p> <p dir="ltr">The only way in which it&#39;s not better than the G2 is on battery life, but considering all that LG has crammed into the G3, the fact that it still lasts 15hrs is to be applauded.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ultimately, there&#39;s barely a single thing wrong with the G3 and so, so much that is right with it. Good luck trying to surprise us with the G4, LG.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 preview</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Presenting the number one smartphone in 2014... for now" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Verdict.jpg?1402682138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A staggeringly good smartphone with barely a single flaw. We love it</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g3/review#comments Android G3 LG Smartphones Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:55:43 +0000 Marc McLaren 1439065 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Amazon’s phone will be revealed on 18 June, LG G3 Mini specs leak, and RoboCop’s terrible baseball toss http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-s-phone-will-be-revealed-18-june-lg-g3-mini-specs-leak-and-robocop-s-ter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leaks, teases, and something silly—it’s our morning roundup, of course </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon&#039;s phone" alt="Amazon&#039;s phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazonphone_0.jpg?1401949981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon dates event for phone announcement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Amazon&rsquo;s long-rumoured and recently leaked handset is only two weeks away from being officially shown to the world, it seems, as the company has dated an event for 18 June and released a teaser video.</p> <p>The clip shows people being wowed by a handheld device, and as Engadget points out, it accidentally shows the top of what appears to be a smartphone in one segment. Unsurprisingly, it looks rather close to the leaked render that popped up a few weeks back, but the user reactions in the video also hew closely to what&rsquo;s expected from the phone.</p> <p>Amazon&rsquo;s smartphone is anticipated to feature five&mdash;yes, five!&mdash;front-facing cameras for facial tracking, which allow the device to deliver purportedly impressive 3D effects. It&rsquo;ll also have a 4.7in display, a Snapdragon processor, and 2GB RAM, but that camera setup is easily its most enticing feature. Well, aside from the surely-appealing price.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/04/Amazon-phone-june18/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Kindle phone preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/erUZQ9GK0sE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Purported LG G3 Mini specs leaked </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The world was just introduced to the LG G3 (pictured), but might we already be looking at a Mini version on the horizon? A listing on Indian import/export site Zauba (spotted by G for Games) seems to indicate so, which means we may see the scaled-down flagship soon.</p> <p>According to the listing, the G3 Mini will feature a 4.5in display, a quad-core 1.2 Ghz processor, 8GB of internal storage, a 2100 mAh battery, and a 5-megapixel camera. The previous G2 Mini had a 4.7in screen, and that camera seems a little underwhelming, so perhaps the final specs will be a bit different.</p> <p>But if you like the look of the G3 and simply want something a little smaller (and less expensive), then keep an eye out for the likely release of a G3 Mini soon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gforgames.com/gadgets/lg-g3-mini-specs-listing-43738/">G for Games</a> via <a href="http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/lg-g3-mini-specs-leaked-potential-launch-soon">Trusted Reviews</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-hands-review/feature">LG G3 hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3" alt="LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3.jpg?1401949981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xbox One media apps and Twitter integration incoming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s exciting to unwrap a new gaming console and experience next-gen graphics and all that, but the crushing reality of the recent consoles&rsquo; newness reared its head when many of our favorite streaming media apps were simply nowhere to be found.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s starting to change, though, and Microsoft revealed this week that the Xbox One will receive 35 new apps by the end of the year, including HBO Go, NBA, and Vevo. Unfortunately, many of the apps are only pegged for a US launch initially, though that should only be at first in some cases.</p> <p>And if you like watching TV but really hate paying attention, the upcoming Twitter integration will be a fun treat, as it&rsquo;ll show related tweets to whatever you&rsquo;re watching right below the content itself. Unfortunately, this is also only pegged for a US debut, but hopefully we&rsquo;ll all be able to be distracted like that soon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://news.xbox.com/2014/06/ent-new-experiences-coming-to-xbox">Xbox Wire</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-june-update-will-bring-sky-and-virgin-media-guide-support-ultimate-world-cup-view">Xbox One June update will bring Sky and Virgin Media guide support for the ultimate World Cup viewing experience</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Twitter on Xbox One" alt="Twitter on Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xboxone-twitter.png?1401949981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RoboCop’s pitching arm is surprisingly weak </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the world of professional baseball, it&rsquo;s usually the minor league games that rely on goofy stunts to fill the seats&mdash;not so much the big leagues. Still, the Detroit Tigers called on fictional, futuristic hometown hero RoboCop this week to toss out the first pitch in an odd promotional bit.</p> <p>Sadly, he seems to have been sent to the mound without his pitching plug-ins, as he&rsquo;s barely able to get the ball across home plate before he turns and silently leaves the field. Hardly a fitting way to kick off #RoboCopDay.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muB2ZJ12K8k">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/4/5780550/robocop-throws-disappointing-first-pitch">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/win-1000-goodies-robocop-scotts-menswear/news">Win &pound;1000 of goodies with RoboCop &amp; Scotts menswear</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/muB2ZJ12K8k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-s-phone-will-be-revealed-18-june-lg-g3-mini-specs-leak-and-robocop-s-ter#comments Amazon Fire Phone G3 LG Smartphones Xbox One Thu, 05 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1438594 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With its specs no longer a mystery, how does LG’s top handset match up against Sony’s? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2: the weigh-in" alt="LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g3-vs-sony-xperia-z2.jpg?1401380434" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The LG G3 has finally been revealed &ndash; so how does it stack up against one of our favourites from the current crop of flagship smartphones, Sony&rsquo;s Xperia Z2? Read on and we&rsquo;ll tell you.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-8-things-you-need-know-about-sharpest-smartphone-all-time/news">LG G3 &ndash; 8 things you need to know about the sharpest smartphone of all time</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2 review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build – plastic vs glass </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Sony Xperia Z2 is one of the best built phones on the market &ndash; in fact, if it were not for the existence of the HTC One (M8), we&rsquo;d say it&rsquo;s the classiest-looking Android phone ever made. It&rsquo;s lightweight and waterproof, while its all-glass back and aluminium edges are elegant in the extreme. The problem we have with it is its shape: it&rsquo;s just too darn square and angular for its size, which makes it uncomfortable to hold.</p> <p>You couldn&rsquo;t say that for the LG G3 which, while it boasts a bigger screen than the Z2 (5.5in versus 5.2in), manages to feel far better in your hand thanks to its balanced weight and curvaceous shape. It&rsquo;s over 10g lighter than the Z2 too. But it&rsquo;s not all roses and kittens: some will find the plastic build a disappointment; its back panel may look like brushed metal, but it&rsquo;s all a big ruse.</p> <p>This is a tough one to call. The G3 is the more ergonomically sound of the pair, but the Z2 is more handsome &ndash; and its waterproofing has the potential to save you a lot of bother. We&rsquo;re leaning towards the Sony overall.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Sony Xperia Z2</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony Xperia Z2 has a glass rear plate" alt="The Sony Xperia Z2 has a glass rear plate" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-rear-trio.jpg?1401380434" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The LG G3&#039;s back is pure plastic" alt="The LG G3&#039;s back is pure plastic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-rear-trio_1.jpg?1401380434" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen – the pixels have it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G3 is currently in a class of its own when it comes to resolution: its 5.5in LCD screen packs a 2K pixel count of 2560 x 1440, which equals 538 pixels-per-inch. No other phone on the UK market matches that resolution. It&rsquo;s insanely sharp, and despite being bigger than any phone bar a phablet, LG has made the bezel so narrow that it doesn&rsquo;t feel freakishly large.</p> <p>The Sony Z2&rsquo;s 5.2in 1920 x 1080 LCD (424ppi) is lovely, it&rsquo;s true &ndash; its Triluminous technology means the images it produces are some of the boldest and punchiest we&rsquo;ve seen on a smartphone. And it remains to be seen if 2K is really necessary for a display this size.</p> <p>But the sheer level of pixels on the G3 mean it&rsquo;s got this round sewn up &ndash; for now.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: LG G3</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-hands-review/feature">LG G3: hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The G3 has the UK&#039;s first 2K screen" alt="The G3 has the UK&#039;s first 2K screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-screen_1.jpg?1401380434" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance – a pair of Snapdragons </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the G3 and Z2 are powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, but there are subtle differences in performance specifications: the Z2&rsquo;s 801 is clocked at 2.3GHz, while the G3&rsquo;s goes up to 2.5GHz; the Z2 offers 3GB of RAM, the G3 &ldquo;just&rdquo; 2GB.</p> <p>In real-world use, it may be that the handsets perform equally as ably &ndash; it&rsquo;s hard to tell until we&rsquo;ve had more time with the G3. The Sony, we know for certain, is a real flyer when in use, only eliciting the tiniest bit of lag on very rare occasions. The G3&rsquo;s 2K screen means it has a lot more pixels to wrangle, so that may impact performance too.</p> <p>On the battery life front, we have high hopes for the G3. Its predecessor the G2 was &ndash; or rather, still is &ndash; the king of smartphones when it comes to longevity, and the company claims the G3&rsquo;s 3000mAh battery offers a similarly lengthy lifespan, despite the larger, sharper screen and more powerful processor. We await a review unit to put those claims to the test.</p> <p>The Z2 sports a 3200mAh battery and its longevity is probably slightly above average &ndash; but it can&rsquo;t match the G2, so if LG is correct about the G3, it&rsquo;ll have Sony&rsquo;s handset beaten when it comes to going the distance. It&rsquo;s also removable, so you can always pack a second one if you think you&rsquo;ll need it.</p> <p>Both phones offer 16GB of built-in storage bolstered by a microSD slot, so on that count they&rsquo;re even.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re going to call this round a draw for now. If the G3&rsquo;s screen doesn&rsquo;t dramatically reduce battery life and overall speed, it may just top the Z2 on the performance front &ndash; however, we can&rsquo;t shake the sneaking feeling that the Sony&rsquo;s extra gigabyte of RAM might make it a little less laggy in everyday use. But it&rsquo;s something we can&rsquo;t call until we&rsquo;ve had a chance to review the LG G3 properly.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The LG G3 has &quot;only&quot; 2GB of RAM" alt="The LG G3 has &quot;only&quot; 2GB of RAM" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-flat_0.jpg?1401380434" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera – features vs raw power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G3&rsquo;s camera offers a respectable 13MP sensor and backs it up with three features that should improve photo quality quite dramatically: first, there&rsquo;s optical image stabilisation (and apparently an improved version over the G2&rsquo;s, at that) which compensates for shaky hands when shutter speed is slower; second, a two-tone LED flash that&rsquo;ll keep skin tones looking natural; and third, an all-new laser autofocus system that LG says helps the camera lock onto subjects more accurately and swiftly, particularly in dim conditions.</p> <p>The Sony Z2 has a 20.7MP, 1/2.5in sensor with an f/2.0 lens, and has the potential to deliver some truly stunning results for a phone &ndash; in the right conditions, it&rsquo;s probably the best smartphone camera around. We have found that getting these results can take a bit of work, however, and if you&rsquo;re more of a quick snap type of photographer you might find it&rsquo;s not living up to its specs.</p> <p>Both phones can capture 4K, 1080p and 120fps slow motion video.</p> <p>We suspect the G3&rsquo;s camera will provide better photos for most people, especially in low light conditions, but more patient snappers might well prefer the Z2&rsquo;s snapper.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: LG G3</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Few smartphone cameras have the raw power of the Z2" alt="Few smartphone cameras have the raw power of the Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-camera_2.png?1401380434" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="But the LG G3&#039;s snapper offers more supporting features" alt="But the LG G3&#039;s snapper offers more supporting features" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-review-rear-gold_0.jpg?1401380434" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS – subtler shades of Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the G3 and Z2 are Android 4.4 KitKat phones, but as is customary both manufacturers have tinkered somewhat with Google&rsquo;s operating system.</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s customised interface is fairly light on big changes, with much of the standard Android menus and apps remaining essentially untouched. It does add some nifty gestured-based tricks (tap the screen to wake up the phone, lift it to your ear to answer a call), and the ability to run some apps and widgets in a windowed mode over the top of other apps. On the downside, Sony has chucked in rather a lot of bloatware, and we find its nagging &ldquo;What&rsquo;s New&rdquo; suggestions a tad irritating.</p> <p>As far as we can tell from our time with the G3 so far, LG has taken a step in the right direction. The G2&rsquo;s interface was too busy, too colourful and too choked with bloatware, but the G3 appears to have adopted a cleaner, lighter approach. Bloatware has been reduced by 30 percent (giving you an extra 2GB of free space off the bat), while new software like Smart Clean (which identifies those apps you don&rsquo;t use and encourages you to delete them) and Smart Notice (a Google Now-style app that tells you, for instance, if you&rsquo;ll need an umbrella on a particular day) seem genuinely useful.</p> <p>Both UIs seem well thought out, but neither strikes us &ndash; at this stage &ndash; as particularly better or worse than the other. Another draw for now, until we get a chance to live with the G3 for a while and work out its interface foibles.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Z2&#039;s UI is clean – almost stock Android in fact" alt="The Z2&#039;s UI is clean – almost stock Android in fact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z2-os.png?1401380434" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Until we&rsquo;ve properly reviewed the LG G3, we can&rsquo;t say for sure how good it is, but given ours hands-on time and the quality of its predecessor we&rsquo;re very hopeful that it&rsquo;ll end up proving an all-round better smartphone than the Sony Xperia Z2.</p> <p>The Z2 remains one of our favourite phones, however, and we won&rsquo;t jump to any conclusions before time. Judging by specs and features alone, though, we&rsquo;re going to say the LG G3 is shaping up to be a superior handset.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner: LG G3</em></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="The LG G3 is shaping up to be the hottest smartphone on the market" alt="The LG G3 is shaping up to be the hottest smartphone on the market" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-main_3.jpg?1401380434" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> G3 LG Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Thu, 29 May 2014 16:14:53 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1438119 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G2 vs LG G3: 10 reasons to upgrade http://www.stuff.tv/g2/lg-g2-vs-lg-g3-10-reasons-upgrade/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Happy G2 owner with no plans to trade up? You might want to think again - because the G3 is a seriously improved smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 vs G2: 10 reasons to upgrade" alt="LG G3 vs G2: 10 reasons to upgrade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG_G3_2.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At this moment, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2</a> sits proudly at No.2 in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">list of the 10 best smartphones in the world</a>. And deservedly so - it was our favourite phone until the first of 2014&#39;s handsets, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a>, came along, and we&#39;d still buy it over the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. It has a supercharged camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G2&#39;s camera is one of the best around, with only the Sony Xperia Z2 beating it among current Android smartphones. But the G3 promises to be better still.</p> <p>It has the same 13MP sensor as the G2 but its optical image stabilisation has been upgraded to the OIS+ version. This uses software tricks to improve the stabilisation performance and it&nbsp;should mean that the G2&#39;s already impressive low-light abilities are enhanced on the new phone.</p> <p>Indeed, we&#39;ve seen it before in LG&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pro-2/review">G Pro 2</a> phablet, and stated in our review that it is &quot;a real belter with night-time shots&quot;. And you can&#39;t argue with that.</p> <p>Another feature which should improve night-time shooting is the addition of a laser autofocus assist. This sits next to the camera sensor and helps it measure distance - and therefore find focus - in dim conditions. And on the other side of the sensor there&#39;s a further aid in the form of a dual-LED flash.</p> <p>And as if that&#39;s not enough of an improvement, you also now get 4K video thrown in. You don&#39;t want 4K video? Of course you do. What else are you going to watch on your 2K screen?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Better camera" alt="LG G3 vs G2: 10 reasons to upgrade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_00312_0.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. It has a replaceable battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A simple one, this: where the G2&#39;s battery was fixed in place, the G3&#39;s can be swapped out for a new one. Now the G2&#39;s battery life is pretty much the best we&#39;ve seen on a high-end smartphone, but the G3 has the same size 3000mAh cell and a bigger screen to power. LG claims it will last for at least as long as its predecessor, but even if it does, there are times when carrying a spare could save your bacon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Swappable battery" alt="LG G3 vs G2: 10 reasons to upgrade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_0039_0_0.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. It has expandable memory </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another no brainer: the LG&#39;s lack of storage space is one of its few drawbacks, with only 16/32GB versions available and no way to add more memory. The G3, on the other hand, has a microSD slot which can accept cards of up to 128GB in size. That&#39;s particularly good news given that the 32GB version won&#39;t be coming to UK for some time yet, if at all. Still, 144GB should be enough for most people.</p> <p>But that&#39;s not all. According to LG&#39;s own tech specs for the device, the G3 supports microSD cards of up to 2TB in size. Now don&#39;t get too excited - you can&#39;t actually buy microSD cards of that size yet, and even if you could the cost would probably be prohibitive. But all the same, it&#39;s good to be prepared.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. It has premium looks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Note that we say &#39;looks&#39; rather than &#39;build&#39;. The fact is, the G3 doesn&#39;t have a premium metal body like the HTC One (M8). What it does have is a classy plastic back that&#39;s designed to look like brushed metal. And after spending some time with it, we&#39;re happy with the compromise. It&#39;s lighter than the M8 and the fact that it&#39;s made of plastic means the back can be removed to allow for the swappable battery, wireless charging and microSD slot. Nor did we notice any creaking or flexing of the case.</p> <p>The other key to the G3&#39;s swish design is the almost bezel-free front and button-free sides. All of which is made possible by the fact that the buttons are round the back. Plus, the buttons themselves have been made bigger and more attractive. Not that you&#39;ll be looking at them very much.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1196" height="900" title="Premium looks" alt="LG G3 vs G2: 10 reasons to upgrade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG_G3_3.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. It has louder speakers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G3&#39;s speaker is now round the back with the buttons rather than on the front as it was on the G2. More importantly, it should be louder - it&#39;s now a 1W affair with boost amplification, and according to LG it will provide richer sounds and clearer tones. Which, given that the G3 supports hi-res audio, is no bad thing. We&#39;re yet to test it against the HTC One (M8), which offers the best speakers of any phone we&#39;ve used, but the G3 should at least sound better than the rather weedy G2.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature">LG G3 vs HTC One (M8) - the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Louder speaker" alt="LG G3 vs G2: 10 reasons to upgrade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG_G3_Metallic_Black_Back_0.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. It supports wireless charging </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;re still waiting for wireless charging to take over the world as it surely will one day, but every new smartphone that supports it brings us a step closer to our glorious future. Ahem.</p> <p>The G3 is compatible with Qi&#39;s wireless charging tech and if you spend a little extra on LG&#39;s own Wireless Charger you&#39;ll be able to power it up without having to plug it in. Whatever next - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-self-driving-car-two-seats-no-steering-wheel-and-no-brake-pedal/news">driverless cars</a>?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Wireless charging" alt="LG G3 vs G2: 10 reasons to upgrade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-mobile-G3-feature-charging.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. It has a better screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A bit of a biggie, this one. The G2 was no slouch in the screen department, with a 5.2in, 1080p display and pixel density of 423ppi. Well on specs alone the G3 makes it look like a torn sheet of papyrus - the new phone has a 5.5in screen with a 2560 x 1440 resolution and ppi of 538.&nbsp;</p> <p>Does it make any difference? Yes, of course it does. How much is still to be determined, but when we went in search of extra sharpness, it soon became apparent. In everyday use? We&#39;ll see.</p> <p>Not that it matters, because the G3&#39;s screen beats the G2&#39;s anyway. Colours are more natural, contrast is excellent and blacks are deep.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Better screen" alt="LG G3 vs G2: 10 reasons to upgrade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-main_2.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. It has a smarter keyboard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG has revamped the keyboard for the G3, giving it several new features that should make it easier to type on. As well as including software tricks which LG says will reduce input errors by more than 75%, the new keyboard will be far more customisable. So, you&#39;ll be able to make it taller to better suit your hamburger-like hands and give individual keys dual functions for commonly used symbols. A keyboard is the kind of thing you need to use for a while before passing judgement on it, so we won&#39;t. But greater customisation can only be a good thing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. It has a cleaner UI </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG&#39;s heavily skinned version of Android wasn&#39;t the G2&#39;s best feature, so we&#39;re glad that it&#39;s been pared back a bit for the G3. Design-wise it&#39;s a much simpler affair, with flatter icons and muted colours in place of the often rather shouty skin on the G2.</p> <p>It&#39;s also slick in operation: simple to navigate and responsive to boot. We&#39;ve no idea if an update will bring it to the G2, but treat yourself to the G3 and you&#39;ll get it right out of the box. Oh, and the G3 runs Android 4.4 KitKat as standard too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cleaner UI" alt="LG G3 vs G2: 10 reasons to upgrade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG_G3_Metallic_Black_Front_2.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. It has a few nifty extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG&#39;s reduced much of the clutter in the OS, ditching some 30% of the bloatware that took up so much space on the G2. But it has seen fit to include a few new apps of its own. Come on, no manufacturer would ever release a new phone without including a few vanity projects.</p> <p>Anyway, one of the LG apps, Smart Notice, actually promises to be quite useful. It&#39;s a sort of Google Now Plus A Bit More with several tricks up its sleeve. Like Google Now, it will act all protective parent from time to time, suggesting that you take an umbrella with you if it sees that it&#39;s about to rain and that you&#39;re about to go out. Or reminding you to call someone back if you earlier rejected their call. On second thoughts, that could get quite annoying.&nbsp;Still, it&#39;ll also&nbsp;keep track of your app usage and prompt you to uninstall software you&#39;re no longer using, and that could be handy.</p> <p>The one we really like, though, is Knock Code. We&#39;ve seen it before on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pro-2/review">G Pro 2</a>, but seeing as none of you will have bought that phone, here&#39;s a video of it in action:</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mmnzlz7dD3Q/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>The G2 already has Knock On, which enables you to wake the handset with a double-tap of the screen. Knock Code takes things one step further: you set a code in the form of a sequence of taps around the screen, and can use it to wake and open your phone, without needing to input a separate PIN. Now that really could be a time saver.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/feature">LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 - the weigh-in</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g2/lg-g2-vs-lg-g3-10-reasons-upgrade/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/g2/lg-g2-vs-lg-g3-10-reasons-upgrade/feature#comments G2 G3 LG Smartphones Wed, 28 May 2014 16:45:43 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438031 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G3 http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How do you follow the 2013 Smartphone of the Year? By keeping everything that made it so special and adding a whole lot more, of course </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2</a>&nbsp;took us by surprise: not even future-gazing Stuff staffers predicted its 2013 reign over our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">Smartphones Top 10</a>&nbsp;and its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g2/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-lg-g2-our-gadget-year/feature">Gadget of the Year</a>&nbsp;win.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £407.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> for 16GB storage / 2GB RAM model </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big, pixel-packed 2K screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Laser-assisted super-camera </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Blistering performance </div> <div class="field-item even"> Bezel-free design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life good, but not G2-good </div> <div class="field-item even"> Metal look, but not metal feel </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen not the brightest </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build: plastic that&#039;s almost fantastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G3 is one hell of a big phone, but you&#39;d never guess just from holding it. It has a 5.5in screen - up from 5.2in on the G2 - which puts it firmly into phablet territory, but it somehow fits that display into a smartphone-sized body.</p> <p>How does it do this? By all-but doing away with the bezels. The G2 was already pretty good in this regard, but the G3 takes it to a new level; from the front, it&#39;s almost all glass.</p> <p>It&#39;s also surprisingly easy to hold and use despite that big screen. That&#39;s thanks to the noticeable curve round the back, which makes it easier to grip and fools your hand into thinking that it&#39;s smaller than it is. You won&#39;t need to stretch your fingers in order to reach the top of the screen.</p> <p>Speaking of the back, it&#39;s a mostly plastic affair but again you might well be fooled into thinking otherwise. Though the G3&rsquo;s body is technically 80% polycarbonate, the 20% of metal mixed in with it gives it a premium look, even if it can&#39;t quite match the HTC One (M8)&rsquo;s premium feel. We&#39;d certainly choose it over the Galaxy S5&#39;s plaster-like back, and while the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2</a>&#39;s slab-of-glass design might be prettier, you&#39;d rather have this in your hands (or pockets) than Sony&#39;s hefty handset.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="470" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/DetailedClearcutCobra" width="650"></iframe></p> <p>The G3 is also considerably lighter than both the M8 and Z2 - and unlike either of those phones has&nbsp;a removable rear cover too. That allows for a battery swap-out, should you need one, and also gives you access to the microSD slot, which would otherwise have to sit on the G3&#39;s pristine sides. Plus, it makes&nbsp;wireless charging possible, if you team it with a suitable charger.</p> <p>If you do juice it up via the traditional microUSB port, you&#39;ll notice that there&#39;s no pesky removable plastic cover; of course that also means that it&#39;s not waterproof in the way that the Sony and Samsung phones are, which has to earn it a tick in the minus column.</p> <p dir="ltr">Loved the rear buttons on the G2? You&rsquo;ll adore the G3&rsquo;s improved versions. Where the power and volume controls on the G2 were somewhat unsightly, they now have a nice textured finish and a sophisticated design, which makes them both easier to locate and to work out which is which.</p> <p dir="ltr">G2 upgraders will adapt to the G3&rsquo;s new design like a fish to water, but that&rsquo;s not to say first-time users will be baffled by the rear placement. Sure, you might struggle to find them the first few times but in our experience new users get about a 90% hit rate within seconds of picking the phone up. Using your index finger, to be honest, will soon feel more natural and less strenuous than stretching your thumbs to the sides of the Galaxy S5, One (M8) or Xperia Z2.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/feature">LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We love the G3&#039;s new and improved rear buttons" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Build%2001_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="Bezel? What bezel?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Build%2002_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="With that slim profile, you might mistake it for a stylus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Build%2003_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="A removable battery makes perfect sense for power users" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Build%2004_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Display: pixel assault </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">This is where the G3 really shines - that amazingly sharp 2K display. It&#39;s bigger and sharper than those on any of its rivals, while fitting in a similar size body. Pretty cool, huh? With 2560 x 1440 pixels adorning its IPS+ panel, your peepers are going to get one heck of a treat. In terms of pixel density it equates to 534ppi - higher than any phone we&#39;ve yet seen.</p> <p dir="ltr">So how much difference does it make in real life? A fair bit, actually. While its&nbsp;true value is felt only when you press your nose against the screen, or have the right 2K content,&nbsp;even the naked eye can spot how fine the edges of app icons are on the G3 when compared to those on the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) and the Sony Xperia Z2.</p> <p dir="ltr">It also means that it&#39;ll look just as good when viewed from further away, and bear in mind that&nbsp;if LG had stuck with a 1080p display on a screen of this size, it would lack sharpness compared to its slightly smaller rivals.</p> <p dir="ltr">We placed the G3 side-by-side with the Galaxy S5, without revealing the resolution of the two devices to anyone. Nearly 100% of the people we asked spotted the difference in screen quality almost immediately, pointing out the sharpness of the G3&rsquo;s display.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">As far as the colour palette goes, the G3 aims for the natural look. It&#39;s noticeably cooler than the Galaxy S5&rsquo;s warm AMOLED display, and not quite as punchy either. Grass looks like real grass, for instance, rather than some ultra-green alien variety.</p> <p dir="ltr">The One (M8) and Xperia Z2 fall somewhere between the two extremes, and which you prefer will depend to a large extent on, erm, which you prefer. The G3 would be our pick for films, on account of the more realistic hues - particularly when it comes to skintones - but for games and web browsing the S5 will look more vibrant. The G3&#39;s&nbsp;also slightly lacking in the contrast department, and doesn&rsquo;t have the deep black tones that you&rsquo;ll get from the One (M8).</p> <p dir="ltr">Outside, it&#39;s a decent performer. Its auto-brightness adapted swiftly, beaming crystal-sharp images, videos and text to our pupils. But it definitely doesn&#39;t go as bright as the S5: a good thing in terms of battery life, less so if you&#39;re viewing it in bright sunshine. Plus,&nbsp;the default video player automatically dims videos to a lower brightness level - so you&#39;ll want to use an alternative such as VLC.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature">LG G3 vs HTC One (M8): the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That Stuff logo is looking fine" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Display%2001_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="Games will look great on the 2K screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Display%2002_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="The G3&#039;s brightness isn&#039;t the absolute best" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Display%2003_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: laser-sharp focus </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">You probably already read about the laser-focus camera, but let&#39;s just make it clear: it&#39;s a work of genius.</p> <p dir="ltr">The laser enables the G3 to focus more swiftly than any of rivals and also means that you can take a series of photos simply by tapping the screen repeatedly. That&#39;s right - no need to do one&nbsp;tap to focus/refocus and another to actually take the photo: just let the laser do the work, tap and you&rsquo;re done.</p> <p dir="ltr">Admittedly, the Galaxy S5 comes close in terms of autofocus and speed, and the One (M8) and Xperia Z2 aren&#39;t that far behind either. We&#39;re talking milliseconds either way - but that can make the difference between a crisp shot and a blurry mess on occasion.</p> <p>As far as the 13MP photos themselves go, expect&nbsp;minimal noise, sharp details and well-balanced colours.&nbsp;And this isn&rsquo;t just the work of the 2K screen. We used a 13in MacBook Pro (non-Retina Display, by the way) to view&nbsp;photos taken on the G3, S5, M8 and Z2 on, and the G3&#39;s shots were both&nbsp;less blurry and less noisey.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/125343102@N05/sets/72157644739351589/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">If daylight shots are great, the G3 is similarly fantastic in low light. That&#39;s partly down to the laser - which grabs focus more accurately in murky conditions than a conventional autofocus - but also down to impressively noise-free shots. Plus, with the dual-LED flash deployed, human subjects look less washed out, though there is still a tinge of overexposure when the flash tries to compensate for less well-lit environments. The M8 beats it when there&#39;s almost no light, but in most conditions the G3 fares very well.</p> <p dir="ltr">Like the G2, the G3 is armed with optical image stabilisation. Sharper images are a given, since it&rsquo;ll combat any blurriness induced by shaky hands; we found it particularly useful when we were trying to balance the phone while attempting to take a macro shot. But like&nbsp;its earlier phablet cousin the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pro-2/review">LG G Pro 2</a>, the G3 is armed with OIS+ rather than the standard OIS. This uses software tricks to further ramp up the stabilisation effect, and it appears to work very well.</p> <p dir="ltr">OIS+ also serves another purpose - namely enhancing the after-image focusing option, or Magic Focus in LG&rsquo;s lingo. It&#39;s a feature that&#39;s also found on the One (M8), but where that phone has a dedicated second lens for that purpose, the G3 instead takes multiple images at different focal lengths with the one lens. The results aren&#39;t quite as impressive as those from the M8, but in some situations it works quite nicely, enabling you to change the focus of a picture after you&#39;ve taken it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Capturing the fine gap between lines" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20camera%20test%2001_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="Colours are mostly well-balanced" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20camera%20test%2002_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="Coarse text looks significantly finer in photos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20camera%20test%20shot%2003_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">All that jazz with the different shooting modes that the G2 has? Gone with the wind. Compared to the G2, the camera interface is a simple affair, with only four main modes - dual, panorama, magic focus and auto. It&#39;s beautifully clean and basic.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Of course if you do want more control, you can have it. And when you do dabble with its settings, there&rsquo;s a lot more you can do with it. The aforementioned cheese shutter has its moments, and is most accurate when we uttered &ldquo;kimchi&rdquo; to activate the shutter.</p> <p dir="ltr">The front 2MP camera is designed for both video calling and, in a very 2014 manner, selfies. The good news is, you won&rsquo;t have to tap the screen to activate the timer. In a move somewhat inspired by the&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwiyomi" target="_blank">gwiyomi viral video</a>, you can hold your hand in front of the camera, clench your fist, and it&rsquo;ll activate the timer. It makes sense, as it reduces the chance of you losing your grip and watching the G3 plummet to its death.</p> <p dir="ltr">Quality-wise it&#39;s clear, though not amazing in poor light, and probably about on a par with the HTC One (M8) for Skype duties.</p> <p dir="ltr">Elsewhere, there&#39;s also 4K video, which is generally very smooth. Nor does it make the handset get too warm, as the Xperia Z2 has a tendency to do.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tap and snap, that&#039;s what we call simple photography" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Camera%2001_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Even the advanced settings look cleaner than its predecessors&#039; UI" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Camera%2002_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance: as good as 2014 gets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The G3 tested here packs a quad-core&nbsp;Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor running at&nbsp;2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. That version won&#39;t be available in the UK though (at least not for a while), so we&#39;ll have to put up with a 2GB RAM/16GB storage model. Will that make a difference to performance? It&#39;s possible. But then again, the G2 also has&nbsp;2GB of RAM, and we never noticed so much as a stutter on that.</p> <p dir="ltr">Anyway, back to the G3.&nbsp;Let&#39;s start with the numbers:&nbsp;AnTuTu scores of between 30,981 and 32,844 for this unit place it slightly lower than the M8, while Geekbench 2 returned 2427 (higher than M8) and Sunspider 884.1ms (about the same as the G2 and lower than the M8 - and lower is better). There&#39;s not much between the G3 and its rivals, basically.</p> <p dir="ltr">In practice, the review unit showed none of the stutters we experienced on the pre-production unit we tried out last month: so, no lag from the dialler or when swiping through contacts. More importantly, apps loaded in a mere 2-3 seconds and even graphically intensive games such as&nbsp;<em>Injustice: Gods Among Us</em>&nbsp;were handled by the G3 like a pro.</p> <p dir="ltr">Just because we could, we threw up to 16 apps, which included&nbsp;<em>Dead Trigger</em>,&nbsp;<em>Injustice</em>&nbsp;and the recent&nbsp;<em>Watch_Dogs</em>&nbsp;mobile game, into the fray. None of that fazed the G3, even as we made short work of enemies with characters from the DC universe. Admittedly, there was some slight lag in the menu transition, and new apps loaded slightly more slowly, but overall it performed as well as we could&#39;ve hoped given what we were doing to it.</p> <p dir="ltr">Web browsing is a joy: on a 4G connection, pages load blazingly fast, filling the screen in just a few blinks.&nbsp;It also handles full HD films with aplomb - there&#39;s absolutely no lag and we didn&rsquo;t spot any frames dropping during action sequences. Bear in mind that&nbsp;pupil-searing screen and you&#39;ve got a top-notch movie player.&nbsp;The speaker is also vastly improved over that on the G2 - it&#39;s now a 1W affair located round the back of the phone and while it&#39;s not as good as the dual speakers on the M8, it&#39;s on a par with the Z2 and S5 and is thus perfectly usable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Qualcomm&#039;s Snapdragon 801 processor doesn&#039;t disappoint" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Performance%2001_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G3 Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System:</strong>&nbsp;Android 4.4 KitKat</p> <p><strong>Processor:</strong>&nbsp;2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor</p> <p><strong>RAM:</strong>&nbsp;3GB (2GB version available)</p> <p><strong>Screen:</strong>&nbsp;5.5in True HD-IPS + LCD with 2560 x 1440 resolution (534ppi)</p> <p><strong>Camera:</strong>&nbsp;13MP rear, 2MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage:&nbsp;</strong>32GB internal (16GB version available), plus microSD up to 128GB</p> <p><strong>Data:</strong>&nbsp;3G / 4G/LTE</p> <p><strong>Battery:</strong>&nbsp;3000mAh</p> <p><strong>Size:</strong>&nbsp;146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm</p> <p><strong>Weight:</strong>&nbsp;149g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS: simple and clean </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The G2&#39;s skin was a bit of messy affair, but&nbsp;LG has stripped out a whole load of features for the G3 and it&#39;s a big improvement.</p> <p dir="ltr">Turn it on and you&rsquo;ll be greeted by a much cleaner user interface. The most prominent change is in its notification screen - clean as a whistle, with nary a sign of the clutter and cartoonish icons that plagued its predecessor.</p> <p dir="ltr">We still prefer the HTC M8&#39;s Sense 6 skin overall, but where the G2 was held back by its OS, the G3 faces no such problems. It even has a few nice new features of its own.</p> <p dir="ltr">Take Smart Clean for instance, which clears up cache files that would otherwise use up precious storage space. OK so space shouldn&#39;t be a problem given the microSD slot, but a little housekeeping will always help keep the user experience smooth. One warning though: Smart Clean will remove downloaded files, so if you&rsquo;ve been swiping photos from the web, you&rsquo;d best keep them stored somewhere else, like Google Drive.</p> <p dir="ltr">Then there&#39;s Smart Notice, which is like Google Now in that it serves up cards featuring suggestions such as activating your battery saver when the G3 is running low on juice. It also&nbsp;works seamlessly with the LG Health function, giving you a day-by-day update and reminder that it&rsquo;s time to get off your lazy backside and shed those accumulated calories.</p> <p dir="ltr">LG Health is itself a useful tool. It uses the phone&#39;s sensors to measure the number of steps you&#39;ve taken, then works out how many calories you&#39;ve burned. It&#39;s probably not quite as accurate as a Jawbone Up or other basic fitness tracker, but it&#39;s close enough that you won&#39;t notice much difference over the course of a day. Lugging the phone for a quick run isn&#39;t a major chore given how light the G3 is, although you might want to strap it to an armband to focus on the run.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Goodbye cartoonish icons" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20OS%2001_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="A little (storage) housekeeping will go a long way" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20OS%2002_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Out of all of the improvements, it&#39;s the Smart Keyboard which will make the biggest difference. Much like Swype, the semi-sentient keyboard picks up on your most frequently typed words, and learns which autocorrect terms are the ones you&rsquo;ll need more often. And yes, you can simply swipe across letters rather than painstakingly type each one. Correcting your messages is also much easier - simply press and hold the spacebar, and you can scroll along the message to where the correction is need. Plus, there&#39;s no need to stretch your thumbs when the autocorrected word appears - just swipe along the left or right side to select the right word.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/Mj0MWiXDup7/embed/simple" width="600"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">Keyboard adjustments, such as splitting for two-handed use or swiping the keyboard to a side for one-handed operation, are retained. A new addition is height adjustment, which either gives you more screen space to read your typed messages or enables thicker thumbs to get more space between letters, and thus&nbsp;reduce typos.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="No more stretching exercises for short thumbs" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20OS%2003_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/Mj0be5QulDE/embed/simple" width="600"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">Features wise, the usual suspects are still around. Knock On is present and correct, and we love being able to double-tap the screen and glance at your notifications rather than having to pick up the G3 and click on the rear power button. But the M8 and Z2 also have that ability now - whereas they don&#39;t have LG&#39;s Knock Code. This lets you set a combination of taps to unlock your phone, and it quickly become essential.</p> <p dir="ltr">There&#39;s also a Dual Window function which works with LG and Google apps and which makes good use of all that screen space. The Samsung S5 can do the same thing, but is a little bit better in that it also works with third-party apps such as Evernote and Facebook.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-prime/samsung-galaxy-s5-prime/review">Everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Accessories: a window of shortcuts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">This year, LG&rsquo;s adding a whole load of accessories to complement the G3. First and foremost is its flip cover, which adopts a circular porthole to display brief information rather than the G2&rsquo;s rectangular-shaped window. Similar to its predecessor, essential functions such as the music player, camera, call logs, messaging and LG&rsquo;s health tracker will appear in the small window. With the camera, it&rsquo;s particularly useful when you need to take a quick snapshot, while LG Health will guilt-trip you into walking home to shed those extra calories after that indulgent dinner.</p> <p dir="ltr">As for wireless charging, anything that conforms to the Qi standard will work, but LG&rsquo;s own wireless charger is quite a nifty little thing. While we didn&rsquo;t manage to try the unit in this review, we definitely like the idea of placing the phone upright and reading our emails while the wireless charger juices it up.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You don&#039;t even need to flip the cover to use the camera" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Accessories%2001_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Add or remove shortcuts, it&#039;s all in your power to do so" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Accessories%2002_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery: good, not great </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">We&rsquo;re looking at a 2K screen. That&rsquo;s way more pixels for the 3000mAh battery to power, and despite LG&#39;s assurances to the contrary, it doesn&#39;t quite have the stamina that the G2 has.</p> <p dir="ltr">On average, we got about 15 hours from it. And given that our daily usage includes plenty of web surfing, Facebook and YouTube-watching, plus the usual calls and WhatsApp messages in-between and some intensive use of its 13MP camera, that&#39;s still pretty good</p> <p dir="ltr">As usual, we gave in to our sadistic streak, activated the G3&rsquo;s Wi-Fi connection and ran a full HD video at half brightness to stress test its uptime. Within the first hour, we noticed a 10% dip, and once we&rsquo;d switched over to a 4G connection at the 50% mark, the G3 managed a total mileage of nearly nine hours.</p> <p dir="ltr">So, while it doesn&#39;t quite manage the nearly invincible 19 hours of real world usage we got from the G2, the G3&#39;s 15-hour mileage comes pretty close, and is a testament to the power-saving features that LG has implemented. It also compares favourably to its rivals. We&#39;d put it on a par with the Z2 and S5 and slightly ahead of the M8. But they&#39;re all pretty close, and the fact is that as with most smartphones you&#39;ll get a day&#39;s use out of it then charge it up overnight.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">On that front, its charger can stand toe-to-toe with The Flash, juicing up the unit to a full charge under two hours.&nbsp;Plus, with the battery now being removable, you can always carry a spare with you for emergencies.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>Update 24/06/14: &nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;The UK version of the G3 gave us a respectable five hours of screen-on time, and the battery hit 5% after a total of 15 hours. We would count our usage as moderately heavy. A two hour commute in the morning, listening to music and web browsing, was repeated for another two hours at the end of the day. In between we sent numerous texts, and emails, downloaded some apps and browsed some more.</em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Our video rundown test (Wi-Fi on, sync on, 720p looped video at 50% brightness) saw the G3 die after exactly 9 hours and 25 minutes.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G3 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">As we said at the start of this review, the G3 surprised us. While we hoped it would continue the great work started by the G2, we weren&#39;t expecting it to prove quite so much of a leap forward. Most phone upgrades these days are incremental, after all, but the G3 is manifestly better than its predecessor.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">And that&#39;s the case in almost every regard - from little touches such as the&nbsp;sleeker back buttons to the sophisticated look of its 20% brushed-metal body and major changes such as the bigger, better 2K screen and laser-assisted camera.</p> <p dir="ltr">The only way in which it&#39;s not better than the G2 is on battery life, but considering all that LG has crammed into the G3, the fact that it still lasts 15hrs is to be applauded.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ultimately, there&#39;s barely a single thing wrong with the G3 and so, so much that is right with it. Good luck trying to surprise us with the G4, LG.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>We haven&#39;t yet included the LG G3 in Stuff&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">10 Best Phones in the World right now</a> as we haven&#39;t yet tested a final UK retail model. We&#39;ll update this review when we have, and then consider it for inclusion in the Top 10.</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 preview</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The LG G3 - without question a 5-star smartphone" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Verdict_0.jpg?1406113152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A staggeringly good smartphone with barely a single flaw. We love it</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G3 review: &quot;A staggeringly good smartphone&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How do you follow the 2013 Smartphone of the Year? Like this </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review#comments Android G3 LG MWC 2014 Smartphones Wed, 28 May 2014 15:55:42 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1431614 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Now we know its specs, how does LG’s latest flagship phone stack up against Samsung’s top dog? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" alt="LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g3-vs-samsung-s5-main.jpg?1401240421" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S5 was, for a brief period, the most powerful smartphone on the planet, but has that reign come to an end with the unveiling of the LG G3? Read on and we&rsquo;ll tell you, as we pull out our rulers and compare the specs and features of these two Korean heavyweights.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-hands-review/feature">LG G3 hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S5 sports a screen that our review called &ldquo;an absolute stunner&rdquo;: a 5.1in Super AMOLED panel with a 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution (which, stat-fans, means it has a pixel density of 432 pixels per inch). It&rsquo;s blazingly bright and vibrant, and excels in the outdoors, even on sunny days.</p> <p>However, we already felt the LG G2&rsquo;s screen (the same resolution and 5.2in in size) had it beat on detail and contrast, so the LG G3&rsquo;s 5.5in 2K IPS LCD screen, which offers the highest resolution of any smartphone on the market at 2560 x 1440, should see it comfortably trounced overall. The pixel density of the G3&rsquo;s display is a staggering 538ppi, which suggests not even the most eagle-eyed of users will be able to spot an individual pixel without whipping out a magnifying glass.</p> <p>There&rsquo;ll be arguments over whether there&rsquo;s any need for LG to pack so many pixels on to a phone screen, but it&rsquo;s hard to see anyone picking the S5&rsquo;s screen over this trailblazing display.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner: LG G3</em></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The LG G3 has a higher screen resolution than any other phone on sale" alt="The LG G3 has a higher screen resolution than any other phone on sale" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-screen_3.jpg?1401240421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plastic population </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When it comes to high-end smartphone design, it seems that LG and Samsung are two companies that stand apart from the crowd. While most manufacturers opt for metal or glass bodies for their top handsets, both the G3 and S5 favour plastic: the G3&rsquo;s polycarbonate backside is designed to look like brushed metal, while the S5 has a rear fashioned from dimpled plastic. Both phones, however, have screens covered by toughened Gorilla Glass 3.</p> <p>The G3&rsquo;s larger screen means it&rsquo;s a fair bit bulkier than the S5 (8.9mm thick as opposed to 8.1mm, and a little longer and wider too), so the small-handed among you may find it simply too large to hold comfortably.</p> <p>As it stands, we reckon the G3 is the better looking of the two phones, while the S5&rsquo;s svelter size makes it a little more pocket-friendly. But we&rsquo;ll have to call this round a draw until we&rsquo;ve had a chance to properly get to know the G3.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner: Draw</em></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature">LG G3 vs HTC One (M8) - the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5: both available in gold-coloured plastic!" alt="LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5: both available in gold-coloured plastic!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-vs-samsung-s5-build.jpg?1401240421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 
Power play </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G3 and the S5 have, as far as we can tell, precisely the same CPU and RAM setup: a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz alongside 2GB of RAM. One of the phones might have a slight performance edge over the other, of course (and if so we&rsquo;ll find out when we test and benchmark the G3), but going by specifications alone we can&rsquo;t call processing power anything but a dead heat. A 3GB edition of the G3 does exist, but there&rsquo;s no solid road map as to when it&rsquo;ll reach the UK (LG suggests that it will, however, arrive on these shores at some point). So we&rsquo;ll ignore it for now.</p> <p>Storage-wise, the LG G3 has 16GB of space while the Samsung Galaxy S5 offers 16GB and 32GB options. Both have microSD card slots for adding extra space. The non-UK 3GB edition of the G3 features 32GB of built-in storage, but as we said above as there&rsquo;s no release date set for it, we&rsquo;ll ignore it until it actually arrives in this country.</p> <p>The LG G2 is king of the flagship smartphones when it comes to battery life, offering well over a day&rsquo;s use per charge, and LG claims the G3&rsquo;s 3000mAh will last for just as long. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a slightly smaller 2800mAh battery and, thanks to its Ultra Power Saving mode (which shuts down non-essential functions and changes the screen to greyscale rather than colour) it can be made to last a few days. Both phones&#39; respective batteries are swappable, so you can carry a spare around if you&rsquo;re planning on a long trip. While we have yet to give longevity a full stress test, we&#39;d bet our mortgage on the G3 offering better battery life than the S5 in normal everyday usage conditions.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner: Draw</em></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-prime/samsung-galaxy-s5-prime/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Both the LG G3 and the Samsung S5 (pictured) feature removeable batteries" alt="Both the LG G3 and the Samsung S5 (pictured) feature removeable batteries" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_11_0_2.jpg?1401240421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera carve-up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G3&rsquo;s camera comes with a 13MP sensor, optical image stabilisation (which LG claims has been improved over the OIS system on the G2) and a new laser autofocus system which sounds super-fancy but really just means the G3 should focus more quickly and accurately in dimly-lit conditions. The OIS and laser AF should mean great low-light performance, but we can&rsquo;t say for certain how great it is until we&rsquo;ve had a chance to take it out for an evening snap session.</p> <p>Video-wise, the G3 can capture 4K at 30fps, and 1080p at 60fps and 120fps (the latter for super slow-motion playback).</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 16MP sensor and, in good light, takes some of the finest photos we&rsquo;ve ever seen from a smartphone: accurate colours, bags of detail and punchy contrast. Indoors its performance is less impressive; even the G3&rsquo;s predecessor the G2 is a better prospect than the S5 when the light is failing, so we&rsquo;re sure the G3 will have it comfortably beaten.</p> <p>Video-wise the S5 can also capture 4K footage at 30fps, full HD 1080p video at 60fps and 720p video at 120fps. The G3 has it slightly beat here on specs, being able to capture 120fps slo-mo at a higher resolution.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner: LG G3</em></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="13MP vs 16MP, but the LG G3&#039;s camera also offers OIS" alt="13MP vs 16MP, but the LG G3&#039;s camera also offers OIS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-vs-samsung-s5-camera.jpg?1401240421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> KitKats all round </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both phones come with an Android 4.4 KitKat operating system over which the manufacturers have spread their own UI tweaks. While we haven&rsquo;t got deep into the G3&rsquo;s interface yet, even a cursory glance reveals that it&rsquo;s much less cluttered and garish than the UI on the G2 &ndash; flatter, simpler and less of an assault on the eyeballs.</p> <p>Samsung has also de-cluttered its TouchWiz UI of late, and the version on the Galaxy S5 is tidy, clean and nippy, with Samsung&rsquo;s own apps hidden away from sight unless required.</p> <p>Both UIs are impressive on initial viewing, so for now we won&rsquo;t make a final judgement. Once we&rsquo;ve given the G3 a full review we&rsquo;ll revisit this topic.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner: Draw</em></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-best-android-games-world-right-now/feature">The 25 best games on Android right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Samsung S5 features the company&#039;s cleanest UI yet" alt="The Samsung S5 features the company&#039;s cleanest UI yet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_34_0_2.jpg?1401240421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Until we&rsquo;ve put the LG G3 through the wringer and given it a proper review, we can&rsquo;t say for certain that it trumps the Samsung Galaxy S5, but we have a distinct suspicion that it&rsquo;ll end up proving the better phone &ndash; albeit by a small margin.</p> <p>With a bigger, sharper screen than the S5, likely better camera performance in low light, most likely longer battery life and the same processor and amount of RAM, the tale of the tape suggests that the G3 will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor and prove itself &ndash; for a time, at least &ndash; to be the best smartphone on the market.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a fantastic phone (let&rsquo;s be honest: pretty much all flagship handsets these days are) and isn&rsquo;t likely to disappoint anyone who buys one, but we&rsquo;d be quite surprised if the LG G3 isn&rsquo;t just a little bit better.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner: LG G3</em></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s top ten smartphones</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3" alt="LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-rear-trio.jpg?1401240421" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> G3 Galaxy S5 LG Samsung Smartphones Tue, 27 May 2014 18:03:21 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1437947 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G3 hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-hands-review/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This is it. The wait is over. We finally meet the pixel-packed G3 in the flesh </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The LG G3 - it&#039;s real!" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g3-main.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>&nbsp;has a lot to live up to. It&#39;s rivalled the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a>&nbsp;in pre-launch leaks, and its predecessor the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">G2</a>&nbsp;raised the smartphone bar so high that it wasn&#39;t knocked off its top spot in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s Top 10 Smartphones list</a>&nbsp;for a solid six months.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An object of beauty </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G3 is as beautiful in the flesh as its pictures would have you believe. We only saw the Shine Gold and Metal Black versions, and both look stunning.</p> <p>In the hand, the G3 is surprisingly light, weighing in at around 150g, ten grammes less than the HTC One (M8), and it feels comfortable to hold thanks to its curvier design and balanced weight.&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite having a larger 5.5in screen, LG&#39;s use of witchcraft to somehow shrink the bezels down to almost nothing means that it&#39;s not as awkward to hold as other phones with equally gigantic screens.</p> <p>In fact, LG has done such an amazing job of slimming down the bezels that the G3 is actually slightly shorter than the HTC One (M8), which itself has a smaller 5in screen. Impressive stuff.</p> <p>The rear of the G3 is in fact plastic, which will disappoint fans of the HTC One (M8)&#39;s premium metal design. Place the G3 next to its HTC rival however, and you&#39;ll be hard pressed to tell the difference in material, thanks to its lovely brushed-metal finish. It catches the light and reflects it back in a manner that&#39;s almost indistinguishable from metal.</p> <p>Observant gadgeteers will notice that the speaker has been moved to the back. It&#39;s now a more powerful 1W affair, which we have yet to test in detail.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="Two varieties of the G3 with the HTC One (M8) (centre)" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-review-comparison-rear.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Yes, we have 3 phones. That&#039;s the way we rock" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-rear-comparison-3.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When you do pick up the G3, however, it lacks the reassuringly weighty premium metal feel of the One (M8). You can fool the eyes, but not the fingertips.</p> <p>Still, that&#39;s not to say that the G3 feels cheap, and that non-metal back brings with it some definite plus points &ndash; wireless charging, microSD support, and a removable battery.</p> <p>All of which means that Android fans seeking both removable batteries and storage now have an alternative to Samsung devices, where before there was little choice at the top end of the tree.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The G3&#039;s plastic back has a brushed-metal look" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-review-rear-gold.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="We now quite like the rear positioning of the G3&#039;s buttons" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-back-comparison-2.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And finally, back to the front. We&#39;re not sure if we&#39;re fans of the front bottom bezel, which carries over the rear&#39;s faux-metal design; we&#39;d always liked the minimalist all-black front of the G2, so it might take a little getting used to.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature">LG G3 vs HTC One (M8) - the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="829" title="The G3&#039;s battery is removable" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-review-microsd-battery.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1068" height="801" title="The G3 is a bigger handset than the G2" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-review--g2-comparison_0.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Baby got back </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The rear power and volume buttons which made their debut on the G2 return on the G3, and their non-traditional location is one factor behind the G3&#39;s deliciously miniscule bezels.</p> <p>It&#39;s fair to say that their placement divided opinion on the G2, but&nbsp;LG clearly plans to stick with its guns on this front. Don&#39;t like it? Tough. In all fairness, we did soon get used to having them on the G2, and the good news is that the buttons themselves have been improved for the G3.</p> <p>The power switch is larger and flatter, while the volume keys are also bigger and now have a classy perforated finish. The end result is comfortable to use, and it&#39;s much easier to distinguish between them from feel alone.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-8-things-you-need-know-about-sharpest-smartphone-all-time/news">8 things you need to know about the LG G3</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Round the back there are two new camera features..." alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-rear-metal-black.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="...a laser autofocus assist and dual-LED flash" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-gold-top.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ridiculously pixel-packed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G3 is the first smartphone from a major manufacturer to land in the UK with a QHD, 2K display.&nbsp;</p> <p>Its 5.5in screen has an insane 2560 x 1440 resolution. That&#39;s the same as you&#39;d get on a high-end gaming PC monitor, except it destroys that, and the smartphone competition, with a crazy 538ppi count.</p> <p>In the flesh, the screen is equally impressive. Despite its large size, it&#39;s not too awkward to use, thanks to the G3&#39;s smaller footprint compared with other mammoth phones. That said, you&#39;ll still have to do a few finger-shuffles during one-handed use.</p> <p>In our limited time with the G3, it was hard to say whether or not all those extra pixels made a difference, in the home screen and menus at least. It looked razor-sharp, sure, but then again, so did the G2 and HTC One (M8) screens which were right next to it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s a 2K screen. Rejoice!" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_0063.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Only when we compared an identical reference shot on each screen did the benefits of the G3&#39;s display become apparent. We used a high-resolution image of spices in a bazaar and to our eyes the G3 picked out noticeably more detail than both the G2 and One (M8), allowing us to see better separation between the individual grains.</p> <p>That was with us pressed up close to all three screens, mind. At regular arm&#39;s length, the difference might not be so obvious.&nbsp;One thing we can say now is that the G3 had the most natural colours of all three phones. The One (M8)&#39;s screen is superb, serving up natural tones, but we still preferred the G3&#39;s display: it just seemed a little more accurate, with natural colours, excellent contrast and fine blacks.</p> <p>For now, we&#39;ll tentatively say that the G3 sample we looked at could very well have one of the best smartphone screens we&#39;ve ever seen. We&#39;ve yet to test it properly in sunlight however, and there&#39;s no way of knowing how hard it&#39;ll hit the battery life, so we&#39;re reserving our final judgement until our full review.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The G3 has a very high 534ppi display" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-review-screen-comparison.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sharpshooter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G3 retains the G2&#39;s 13MP camera and optical image stabilisation (OIS), but has been upgraded with the same OIS+ system as that on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pro-2/review">G Pro 2</a>&nbsp;phablet.&nbsp;Essentially, this means that while the physical floating OIS lens design has stayed the same, image stabilisation software tweaks have been thrown in to improve performance.</p> <p>The G3 also has a white/amber dual-LED flash, similar to the one found on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">Apple iPhone 5s</a>&nbsp;and HTC One (M8), which promises to produce more accurate colours and skin tones. Oh, and it also has a laser autofocus sensor.</p> <p>That&#39;s right. That little black sensor on the left of the camera? That&#39;s not a fingerprint scanner. It&#39;s a frickin&#39; laser beam shooter.</p> <p>LG tells us that the red laser dots emitted by this sensor can measure depth very accurately, and therefore help the camera focus better, even in low-light conditions. It also apparently enables more accurate shutter speeds, based on the depth information that it records.</p> <p>This, combined with the OIS+ system which itself allows for longer shutter speeds, more light and less blur, should result in some impressive snaps.</p> <p>We only had about 15 minutes to pit the G3 against the LG G2 and HTC One (M8), so you&#39;ll have to wait until our final review for our definitive judgement.</p> <p>We should also point out that the G2 unit that we used has been rooted, and its camera app has been tweaked with a cutomised settings file, which improves the G2&#39;s already formidable imaging performance by quite some margin. In our final review, we&#39;ll be using a stock G2 camera for comparison.&nbsp;</p> <p>Note: click on the settings icon in the top right to compare all picture samples at their full resolutions.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The G2&#039;s camera was a cracker" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_00312.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>NORMAL LIGHT</strong><br />In normal indoor light, the G3&#39;s shots had a more balanced exposure than the One (M8)&#39;s offerings, picking up more detail in both dark and light areas.</p> <p><iframe class="imgur-album" frameborder="0" height="550" src="http://imgur.com/a/vANF9/embed" width="1009px"></iframe></p> <p>While the M8 actually had the best colour accuracy of the three devices, it suffered from very noticeable chromatic aberration in some areas of the photo, primarily in the yellow speaker grille holes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2560" height="1600" title="Camera test - normal light" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-1_4.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>DIM LIGHT</strong><br />In dim light, the One (M8) fared the worst, with fuzzy details compared to its LG rivals.</p> <p><iframe class="imgur-album" frameborder="0" height="550" src="http://imgur.com/a/hyEC2/embed" width="1009px"></iframe></p> <p>Both the G2 and G3 performed well, though the G2&#39;s shot appears to have slightly finer detail and more accurate colours.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2560" height="1600" title="Camera test - dim light" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-2_1.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>DIM LIGHT (FLASH)</strong><br />Next up, we took the same photo in dim lighting, this time with flash. Once again, the LG brothers bested the One (M8), which produced less detail.</p> <p><iframe class="imgur-album" frameborder="0" height="550" src="http://imgur.com/a/v2bgc/embed" width="1009px"></iframe>The G3 actually performed the best under these conditions, picking up a little more detail than the G2, although the G2 still produced slightly more accurate whites.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2560" height="1600" title="Camera test - dim light with flash" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-3_0.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>DARK</strong><br />Dark conditions (not pitch black, but very dim) with no flash are the One (M8)&#39;s forte, thanks to its light-guzzling UltraPixel camera. It did record the most detail and the brightest subjects, although there&#39;s still noise present.</p> <p><iframe class="imgur-album" frameborder="0" height="550" src="http://imgur.com/a/jFnoJ/embed" width="1009px"></iframe>While the G2&#39;s shot is a little less fuzzy than the G3&#39;s, the G3 managed to resolve more detail in the foreground, despite the dark conditions.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2560" height="1600" title="Camera test - dark" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-4.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>DARK (FLASH)</strong><br />Finally, we pitted all three phones against each other in the dark, with flash. The One (M8) picked up the most foreground details, right down to the individual holes in the speakers grilles, which the LG brothers missed.</p> <p><iframe class="imgur-album" frameborder="0" height="550" src="http://imgur.com/a/oUQob/embed" width="1009px"></iframe>To our eyes, the G3&#39;s shot is the best overall however, as it picks up more foreground and background detail than the G2. Again though, its whites aren&#39;t as pure.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2560" height="1600" title="Camera test - dark with flash" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-5.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Overall, from our brief time spent with its camera, we felt that the G3 produced extremely respectable shots in all lighting conditions. Our main gripe with its camera are its off-whites, but again, we have to stress that we carried out these sample tests in a very short period of time, and the G3 sample unit we were using was was not a final retail model with the final software.</p> <p><iframe class="imgur-album" frameborder="0" height="550" src="http://imgur.com/a/qYNwx/embed" width="1009px"></iframe>Our full in-depth LG G3 review will show off the G3 camera&#39;s true colours, so stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/photography-101">Stuff&#39;s guide to photography - all the tips and tricks you need to get the most from your camera</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This dragon looks familiar </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 16GB LG G3 will launch in the UK in the with 2GB of RAM, while the 32GB version (which won&#39;t be available at launch), will have 3GB of RAM. LG has not confirmed when the 32GB version will land, but suggested that it could arrive in the future, along with a colour refresh.</p> <p>Both models are powered by the fastest 2.5GHz version of Qualcomm&#39;s mighty Snapdragon 801 processor. That&#39;s the same one found beating within the ribs of the Samsung Galaxy S5, but we were hoping for the more powerful, yet-to-be-released Snapdragon 805, as the G3 has many more pixels to push.</p> <p>LG has assured us that the 801 is more than up to the task of handling those extra pixels, but in our time with it&nbsp;we did notice the odd bit of stutter and lag.&nbsp;Scrolling between the dialler and contacts menus served up a noticeable delay, as did exiting the camera app to return to the home screen.&nbsp;There&#39;s a good chance these are minor software issues related to the sample unit not running the final software release, so hopefully they&#39;ll be ironed out come release day.</p> <p>Beyond those hiccups, the G3 seemed fine, although we didn&#39;t have time to load up a demanding game during our session with it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The G3 has a microSD slot for more storage" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_0038.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A welcome facelift </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG has mercifully taken a leaf out of Samsung&#39;s book and gone back to the UI drawing board. While it&#39;s nowhere near stock Android, the G3&#39;s skin now has a&nbsp;flatter, simpler design which no longer looks like it was inspired by an explosion at a crayon factory.&nbsp;From its simple, rounded icons to its gorgeous hi-res wallpapers, it&#39;s a huge improvement.</p> <p>LG has also reduced the bloatware by up to 30%, which is good news for storage space. The 16GB G2 had around 10GB of useable internal memory available, and LG tells us that the G3 has increased this to just under 12GB.&nbsp;</p> <p>The crowded notification bar on the G3 can also be slimmed down to include the options of your choice, which was a task which previously required rooting the G2.</p> <p>LG has also thrown in a few new software tricks which sound genuinely useful. The first of these is Smart Clean, which will supposedly help keep it running in tip-top condition by urging you to delete or clear the cache of apps which you haven&#39;t used in a while. Given the number of apps which we install, use once then promptly forget about, this is probably a good idea.</p> <p>Another feature is Smart Notice, which brings Google Now-like powers to the table, reminding you of birthdays, telling you if you need an umbrella, and other butler-like features. We didn&#39;t have time to test it out and frankly we&#39;re a bit sceptical that it will prove better at any of these things than Google Now itself. Still, we&#39;ll give it a chance when we get our review unit in.</p> <p>Holding down the back button also lets you use certain LG and Google apps in a split screen configuration, which is a useful feature that we&#39;ve been using on Samsung&#39;s phones for quite some time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Y6dAMxkuwZY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="982" height="736" title="The UI has been stripped back" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_0064.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mmnzlz7dD3Q/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>LG&#39;s excellent Knock Code feature (shown on the G Pro 2 above) also returns, negating the need for faffing around with fingerprint sensors or pin codes. Simply tap out a combination pattern on its display, and bam &ndash; you&rsquo;re straight into the home screen.</p> <p>A more traditional double tap (Knock On) wakes up the lockscreen, letting you check the time or notifications at a glance. Two brilliantly simple, yet elegant solutions, which will soon become second nature if you&#39;re not used to them already. And while the HTC One (M8) and Sony Xperia Z2 both have their own versions of Knock On, neither have Knock Code.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-mini-2-hands/review">HTC One Mini 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stamina </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While we obviously couldn&#39;t test out the G3&#39;s battery life in the short time we had with it, we did voice our concerns to LG about its 3000mAh cell.</p> <p>It&#39;s not a small battery by any means, but it&#39;s the same capacity as the one found in the G2. The difference is that this time it has to power a larger, substantially more pixel-packed display.</p> <p>LG has assured us that the G3 was built to last as long as, if not longer, than the industry-leading G2. It claims&nbsp;that the newer, more efficient processor, coupled with a reduction in bloatware and software optimisation, will keep power users happy, and at the very least, you can swap out another battery for an instant recharge.</p> <p>Given LG&#39;s track record, we&#39;re happy to give them the benefit of the doubt at this stage, but we&#39;ll be putting the G3&#39;s stamina to the test just as soon as we can.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Will the battery reach G2 levels?" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC_0039_0.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G3 will definitely give the HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 some serious competition. With its super-thin bezels and metal-style finish it looks great and while it may not feel quite as premium as the M8, the addition of a removable battery, wireless charging and expandable storage will for many people be enough to make up for that.&nbsp;</p> <p>Its innovative rear buttons and intriguing laser autofocus also prove that LG is willing to carve out its own path in a crowded smartphone world, while its 2K&nbsp;screen has the potential to be the best there is.</p> <p>Time will tell if those extra pixels will truly make a difference, especially as there&#39;s a lack of 2K content to view on it at the moment, and we&#39;ll also&nbsp;have to wait and see if its battery life and performance can handle such a high resolution. If they can, we could very well be looking at the best phone in the world.</p> <p>Either way, check back soon for our full in-depth review.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We&#039;re expecting big things from the G3..." alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-rear-comparison-3_0.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="...look out for a full review soon" alt="LG G3 hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-review-smart-cover-2.jpg?1401821039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The wait is over. We finally meet the pixel-packed G3 in the flesh </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-hands-review/feature#comments G3 LG Smartphones Tue, 27 May 2014 18:10:48 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1437949 at http://www.stuff.tv