The LG G3 is a sleek device, no doubt about it. With its smoothly curved back (much like the Moto X) and buttonless front (the G3 uses on-screen navigation buttons), it presents a clean, premium look. It’s got plenty of sizzle, but there’s a juicy steak right along with it.
Just like the Galaxy Note 4, the G3 packs a 2560 x 1440 resolution into a slightly smaller 5.5″ screen. This gives it incredible sharpness thanks to a whopping 534 pixels per inch. The screen is notable because the iPhone 6 Plus comes with a similarly-sized 5.5″ screen, yet features only a 1920 x 1080 resolution.
Under the hood, the LG G3 boasts a 2.5 GHz quad core Snapdragon processor, just like the Galaxy S5, and also carries 3 GB of RAM, just like the Note 4. It’s worth noting, however, that while the specs are strong, the G3 underperformed the Galaxy S5 in the Geekbench 3 benchmark.
A nifty feature of the G3 is its 13-megapixel laser autofocus camera, the first of its kind. While it sounds like a buzzword gimmick, the laser focus is certainly faster than its competitors, besting the HTC One M8 by 200 ms and the Galaxy S5 by 250 ms. Picture quality is also strong relative to its peers.
A relative weak point would be the battery, which came in with nearly two hours less charge than the One M8 and the S5 under LTE web browsing conditions. If you’re planning on being away from an outlet for extended periods of time, be sure to invest in a battery case.
The LG G3 is certainly a flagship device, and has the looks and the hardware to prove it. While we wish the battery would’ve carried a bit more juice, this is a nonissue for those of us who can plug in our phones on a nightly basis. If you’re looking to break away from the usual Samsung crowd, the LG G3 might be just the phone for you.