The New G3: Can LG’s Latest Really Kill the Galaxy S5?
Just a few short months after the release of the G2, LG is back with a brand-new flagship device. The G3 has been leaked more extensively than any other phone in recent memory, but the leaks don’t distract from what might be the best oversized Android smartphone ever made.
As with last year’s model, the LG G3 features top-of-the-line specifications. At 5.5 inches, the G3 towers over its competition, making a strong case for the ever-increasing size of the flagship smartphone. Inside, the G3 contains a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage.
The one thing LG seems to do better than any other Android phone maker is making an outstanding display. Once again, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more stunningly bright, attractive screen than the one LG has placed in the G3. Trumping the Galaxy S5 (and just about every other Android phone on the market), the G3’s enormous 5.5-inch IPS LCD panel packs a resolution of 2560 × 1440 — that’s true quad HD. My seemingly ancient iPhone 5 couldn’t have looked any duller sitting next to the G3.
The additional 1 GB of RAM has made the G3 even faster than the G2, an already speedy device. Apps opened as quickly as I could tap on them, and the phone unlocked with a smooth animation every time.
If you read our impressions of the G2 from late last year, you’ll remember how distracting the kitchen sink approach LG took to software was. As the issue has only gotten worse on many recent devices, I was apprehensive about the G3, but the software suite available on the demo devices was surprisingly tame.
LG focused on three specific software features during its presentation: Knock Code, Smart Notice, and Smart Keyboard.
Knock Code is a novel take on the lock screen, splitting the phone’s display into four quadrants in which to craft a code that might be slightly less decipherable than a typical numeric code.
Smart Notice is LG’s subdued personal assistant, less flashy than Cortana or Siri, but about as effective. Smart Notice basically picks up the slack for everything Google Now doesn’t do.
Smart Keyboard brings a few improvements to the smartphone keyboard, such as allowing you to select predictive text by swiping up on the keyboard or edit messages by holding down on the space bar and sliding left or right to move between letters. Any change to something we use as often as our keyboard will take some getting used to, but these additions could theoretically speed up your typing.