Product LG G3
Specifications 5.5in 1440x2560 True HD-IPS+ display 524ppi display, quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB internal storage expandable with microSD card up to 128GB, 13MP rear-facing camera with laser flash, 2MP front camera, GSM/3G/4G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, USB 3.0 port, Android 4.4.2 Kitkat mobile operating system, custom UI, 3,000mAh battery, 146x75x8.9mm,149g
Price £500 SIM free
KOREAN PHONE MAKER LG has long struggled to make a name for itself in the smartphone market, with its devices often falling short compared to the latest and greatest devices from Apple, Samsung and Sony.
The firm is looking to change that with the LG G3, a smartphone that builds on the success of last year's G2 model and trumps its competitors with a high-definition 2560x1440 QHD resolution screen and a camera equipped with laser focus.
The LG G3 is one of the best looking smartphones of 2014. While it is built almost entirely from plastic, its metallic effect finish could fool you into thinking otherwise. While it perhaps doesn't feel quite as luxurious as the HTC One M8, its polycarbonate body means that the LG G3 is lighter than most of its competitors, tipping the scales at 149g.
Thanks to this light weight, along with the tiny bezel surrounding the handset's 5.5in screen, the LG G3 is surprisingly comfortable to use with one hand.
This is further aided by the handset's physical buttons, which much like those on the LG G2, have been placed on the rear of the smartphone. This means that the Power and Volume keys on the LG G3 sit where your hand naturally rests - and while they took awhile to get used to, they soon felt natural to use. We did find the placement meant that we often placed our finger over the G3's camera lens, however, which meant it usually needed a cleaning before we used it.
The LG G3 is the first smartphone to boast a QHD resolution display, with its 5.5in HD IPS+ touchscreen touting 2560x1440 resolution. This gives the smartphone a pixel density of 534ppi, a huge increase compared to the Galaxy S5's 432ppi screen and the iPhone 5S' 326ppi offering.
The QHD display isn't just impressive on paper, as it's undoubtedly one of the sharpest smartphone screens we've seen. Viewing shows on Netflix look noticeably crisper and more accurate when compared to competing handsets, and while the resolution isn't always obvious when viewing non-HD content or browsing the web, we noticed the difference compared to the HD 1080p screens on most flaship smartphones.
Thanks to the IPS+ display, the LG G3 performs well outdoors too, but despite its higher resolution, we found colours weren't quite as punchy as on the Super AMOLED screen of the Galaxy S5. Images are also notieably cooler on the LG G3, although brightness levels are fairly evenly matched.
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