Check out my review of the new top of the line smartphone from LG, the LG G3.
LG G3 first impressions and opening the box
The first thing you notice when you get a new phone is obviously the box it comes in. Having made short work of the wrapping from the postal service, a nice little box with metallic look sat on the table in front of me.
In addition to the name of the phone and some obligatory praise on the back of the box there is one thing that stands out. On the front you can read that this phone has won an award for “Global Mobile Awards 2014” for Most innovative device manufacurer of the year.
Otherwise there are a few things that stands out from most other boxes I’ve seen. It is these things that I’m most looking forward to getting tested in this review.
- Quad HD display
- 13 MB camera with OIS
- Laser auto focus
After putting away the box that also contained a charger, in-ear headphones and a small manual, it was time for a closer look at the phone’s appearance.
The first thing that struck me when I took it out was that it felt quite light considering how large it actually is. Even after inserting the relatively large battery pack ( 3000mAh ) I would say that it’s not at all that heavy.
I would say that it is a very nice phone with a clean and nice design. The lack of buttons on the phone’s sides and the relatively narrow edges around the screen makes it stand out a bit from the crowd in a good way.
Another thing that is noteworthy about the outsides of the G3, is that the audio output is located on the bottom of the phone, which I know many music lovers prefer. It is of course a mini jack.
The first time I started it, I was led through the setup of the phone which is very similar on all Android phones. The only thing that stood out a bit was when I was asked to set up a “Knock code”. This is an innovation from LG which is simply a new way to unlock your phone. By pressing different places on the screen, you can lock it to prevent unauthorized access to data if you should forget or lose it.
Once you get it in your hand you know it’s pretty solidly built. Still it is clear that the phone’s back panel is made of plastic and not a more exclusive material such as metal or glass.
LG G3 sits well in hand and it’s a good thing the buttons are located on the back. I need not be afraid of bumping into any of them. It should be said that everything feels very tight. I haven’t heard any squeaking or felt the plastic give in to my touch, not once.
Stay tuned if you want to hear more about how the G3 performs as I get to know it a bit better over the next days and weeks.
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