LG's marquee handset, the G3
The G3 is LG's latest flagship smartphone, and it boasts a dizzying set of specs. Its 5.5-inch screen has a 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution, it has a supercharged quad-core processor and a camera that uses lasers to focus.
Several color options
The device comes in five colors: black, gold, white, violet, and red, but some of these variants are region-specific. You’ll need to check with your carrier to see what is available in your market.
The G3 debuted globally in the UK, US, and Australia. For the UK, the phone launched July 1 for about £490.
A premium price
In Australia, the 16GB version of the phone will go for AU$799, and in Singapore, the 16GB model will retail for S$868 without contract, while the 32GB will go for a slight markup of S$928.
Paying a pretty penny
On contract, the handset can run about $100 to $200 in the US. Without a carrier agreement, the G3 can cost as much as $600.
Buttons on the back
Like the G2, the power and volume buttons are on the back of the phone, rather than on the side. It takes some getting used to.
Adjusting volume easily
The idea is that the buttons are placed exactly where your finger will naturally rest when you're using the phone.
Thin bezels all around
The bezel is extremely thin and allows for maximum screen real estate.
Natural color of QHD
The G3's QHD screen has more natural color tones than the S5's screen (which has a warmer color cast). In the end, though, having a 1440p display is more about bragging rights for marketing than any actual visual improvement.
A look at the bottom
On the bottom edge lays the Micro-USB port for charging and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Keeping it lightweight
The back of the phone is made from plastic, but the metallic finish makes it very hard to tell it isn't metal.
A nimble 13-megapixel camera
The back of the phone is also where you'll find the 13-megapixel camera.
Keeping it laser focused
The camera uses a laser to focus on objects, which LG reckons allows it to lock on faster than any other phone.
Impressive with dim lighting
The laser also helps the camera to achieve a sharper focus in low-light conditions.
Cleaning up the camera UI
The camera interface has been stripped down to make shooting as simple as possible.
There's a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. For selfies, obviously.
Running Android 4.4.2
The G3 is running the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat software.
A new, flat design
LG has skinned the interface quite heavily. Like the Galaxy S5, there are so many added features that the settings menu has had to be split into four sections.
Multitasking is a breeze
Multitasking seemed trouble-free in my hands-on time, thanks to the 3GB of RAM.
A fresh new look
The interface is quite attractive. LG has used what it calls "mature" colours as background for key apps.
Call it mellow yellow
I'm not a big fan of mustard yellow, but I'm sure some of you will like it.
The keyboard can be made bigger, which should help speed up typing on such a vast screen. You can make it smaller too, if you'd rather see more of what's on screen.
Quad-core specs inside
Powering all these features is a robust 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and a 3,000mAh battery.
Wireless charging capabilities
The battery has wireless charging capabilities and an estimated talk time of 21 hours.
Diving deep in the details
There are no physical navigation buttons on that golden chin, only the onscreen ones above.
Rear audio speaker
The speaker is around the back, unlike the front-facing noise-makers you find on HTC's One M8.
A view from the bottom
Another look at the headphone jack and Micro-USB port. I'd personally prefer the headphone port be on top.
Keeping it slim
It's not the skinniest phone ever made, but it's far from fat.
Removable battery for more juice
The back cover is removable, allowing you to swap out the battery.
Up to 128GB of expandable memory
As for its memory capacity, the device has up to 32GB of internal memory, but you can expand that up to 128GB if you have a microSD card.
A closer look at the microSD
A closer look at the microSD card slot underneath the battery door.
LG also threw in a number of its signature software features, such as KnockCode. Knock Code lets you both wake and unlock your touchscreen with a customizable tapping motion.