LG G3 Smartphone Delivers Big Screen, Wireless Charging

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-05-29 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    LG G3 Smartphone Delivers Big Screen, Wireless Charging

    By Don Reisinger
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    It Comes With a Large HD Display
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    It Comes With a Large HD Display

    The LG G3 comes with a 5.5-inch display, making it one of the larger options on the market and on par with the phablet some reports suggest Apple is working on. What's more, the display is a quad-HD display, meaning its resolution clocks in at 2,560 pixels by 1,440 pixels.
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    Enhanced Camera Features
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    Enhanced Camera Features

    The camera is a key component in the LG G3. The device comes with a 2.1-megapixel camera on the front to make it easy to take clear selfies. The rear-facing camera has 13 megapixels, optical image stabilization and "laser auto focus" to ensure pictures don't get blurry. There's also a dual flash for low-light environments.
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    Wireless Charging

    Here's one that might make Apple cringe: The LG G3 does not require a cable to be connected to it when charging. The device features full wireless charging, making it the latest flagship handset to support that technology. Expect many more companies to jump on the wireless-charging bandwagon in the coming years.
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    A Removable Battery, Too
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    A Removable Battery, Too

    Although its competition comes with built-in batteries that can't be removed, the LG G3 actually has a removable battery. For enterprise users who often need to keep a charge on long flights, that's an important feature. The fact that the LG G3 comes with a removable battery, unlike Apple's iPhone, could be a key selling point for the device.
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    An Odd but Effective Take on Security

    The LG G3 comes with a new take on security: the "knock" approach. What that means is users will be able to knock on the device in 80,000 patterns to unlock the handset. LG calls the feature "fun," but the very fact that there are 80,000 permutations of the knock suggests it might also be an enhancement to security.
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    Surprisingly Strong Speakers

    Here's something not often seen in the mobile space: The LG G3 will ship with a 1-watt speaker and feature a built-in "Boost Amp" to deliver higher-quality sound. It's not clear yet how much of a sound bump it will deliver over competing devices, but it should be interesting to see how it fares against the Galaxy S5.
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    Ample Storage, Thanks to microSD

    The G3 comes in the customer's choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage. In addition, the device allows for a microSD card with a maximum capacity of 128GB to be inserted. With that feature, LG is able to provide more storage than competing devices, like the iPhone 5S, which doesn't support microSD or add-on storage. That's a key feature for many users.
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    An Outstanding Design

    There's no debating that the LG G3 comes with a great design. The device is just 8.9mm thick and comes with a metallic body that's enough to rival anything other companies, including HTC and Samsung, have so far brought to the market. The G3 combines mobility and high-quality design to create an all-around great-looking device.
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    Better UI Design

    Although the G3 comes with Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), LG has put its own user interface atop the operating system. The user interface, LG argues, removes "unnecessary" elements commonly found in KitKat and makes the options built into the software a different color to make it easier to choose them. The result is a better software experience.
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    Health, Health, Health

    No surprise here, but LG has joined the health parade. Like Samsung and Apple and countless other mobile companies, LG has baked in several health features into its G3, including a full-featured "Health" app aimed at analyzing how many steps users have taken, how far they've traveled and how many calories they have burned. Health tracking is a major focus of mobile device makers in 2014.
 

At long last, the LG G3 smartphone is coming soon to store shelves. LG finally unveiled the device, descriptions of which had been circulating from the rumor mills for months. The actual device revealed by LG delivers a wide range of features customers would expect in a high-end Android phone, including a big display, nice design and some software improvements to create an all-around solid mobile experience. Although LG's phone is designed to compete against other top-of-the-line mobile phones, including Apple's iPhone, the device wasn't announced with anywhere near the same fanfare as a new Apple handset would be. Although LG smartphones are generally as well-designed as most other handsets in their class, the company's products simply don't get the market attention that Apple or Samsung phones do. Despite this lack of attention, the LG G3 with its 5.5-inch screen and wireless charging looks like one of the better devices reaching the market this summer. Take a look at this eWEEK slide show to learn more about this smartphone.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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