Yesterday, BGR's Zach Epstein reviewed the new LG G3, which released in the U.S. this month.
Epstein points out that the G3 is in a "nice window of opportunity" right now, with hype surrounding the springtime releases of the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 tailing off, and with Apple's iPhone 6 release still a couple months away.
Some highlights from Epstein's review:
- Display: The G3 is the first widely available smartphone with a quad HD (2K) display. "It's incredible," he says.
- Software: "LG has done a nice job of adding value to Google’s Android 4.4 software without being overbearing, (unlike Samsung's TouchWiz software)." He acknowledges there is some carrier bloatware on the device, however.
- Industrial Design and UI: "LG’s decision to move the power/sleep and volume buttons to the back of the handset gives the phone a fantastic look from the front, but they’re not terribly comfortable or convenient to use despite claims made in LG’s marketing."
- Camera: "Focusing the G3’s 13-megapixel shooter is lightning fast thanks to laser-assisted focus, and it captures photos and videos that are very clear and vivid. Edges are nice and smooth, and color reproduction is also impressive. The camera features optical image stabilization as well, to help prevent blurring."
- Two complaints: 1) The phone is gorgeous and sleek, but "feels plasticky" compared to the HTC One M8 or the iPhone 5S. 2) The phone is too big, at 5.76 inches tall by 2.94 inches wide and 0.35 inches thick.