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  1. Here's what we know so far (or at least believe we know) about the LG G6 (due to be announced on Sunday 26th Feb) Battery: 4200 mAh (non-removable) Features: Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, fingerprint scanner, wireless charging, rapid charging, waterproof, stylus, full metal body Camera Features: Optical image stabilization plus, Dual LED, geo tagging, facial recognition, 3D front and back camera element, auto laser focus Camera – Front: 12 Megapixels Camera – Rear: 24 13 Megapixels + 24 13 Megapixels (dual cameras) Memory: 32, 64, and 128 GB internal memory and expandable to 128 GB with micro SD card Processor: Snapdragon 821 RAM: 6 GB RAM Screen Display: 5.5” 5.7" 4K? (1440 x 2280) 564dpi 18:9 display
  2. They're the most important phones of the year so far, so lets have a head to head battle to see which one comes out on top. Comparing phones always a somewhat emotive opinion on the part of the person doing the comparison, so I have tried to keep this one based upon facts rather than feelings. Some may argue with some of the decissions and some may need explaination. For example, the S8 wins the screen category purely because it has the highest ppi (pixels per inch) rating; screen size has been ignored; and the G6 wins the rear camera category because the dual lens feature allows for more flexibility, even if the S8 / S8+ camera has a slightly better f stop rating. (the winning phone in each category is shown in dark green and gains 2 points. Where no obvious winner exists, or where the size of the S8+ is a contributing factor, "highly commended" scores are in light green and gain 1 point) Feature LG G6 Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8+ Construction Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Size 148.9mm x 71.9mm x 7.9mm 148.9mm x 68.1mm x 8.0mm 159.5mm x 73.4mm x 8.1mm Weight 163g 155g 173g Screen 5.7" 2880x1440 564ppi 5.8" 2960x1440 570ppi 6.2" 2960x1440 529ppi Battery 3300 mAh 3000 mAh 3500 mAh Processor Snapdraggon 821 Exynos OctaCore Exynos OctaCore RAM 4GB 4GB 4GB Storage 32GB + MicroSD 64GB + MicroSD 64GB + MicroSD Camera (rear) Dual 13Mpix f/2.4 (125deg) & f/1.8 (71deg), IOS, HDR10, AssistedZoom 12Mpix f/1.7 "dual pixel" IOS 12Mpix f/1.7 "dual pixel" IOS Camera (front) 5Mpix f/2.2 IOS 8Mpix f/1.7 IOS 8Mpix f/1.7 IOS Connectivity 3G, 4G, LTE 600Mb, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 4.1, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE 1000Mb, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE 1000Mb, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 Android version Android 7.0 Android 7.0 Android 7.0 Fingerprint Sensor Yes, rear (middle) Yes, rear (left) Yes, rear (left) Protection Waterproof (IP68), Shockproof Waterproof (IP68) Waterproof (IP68) Charging QuickCharge 3.0 QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging Price £ 649 £ 689 £ 779 Availability 27th April 2017 20th April 2017(pre-order delivery) 20th April 2017 (pre-order delivery) Total points 14 18 17 The table speaks for itself, with the highest score, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the winner, narrowly beating it's larger brother, the Samsung Galaxy S8+. View full news
  3. Just before MWC 2017, Samsung told us that they wouldn't be launching their flagship Galaxy S8 at the trade event, instead they'd be releasing it "some time soon". This should have been everything LG needed to steal a large chunk of important market share from their arch rivals. Unfortunately, it looks like they missed a trick; here's why... With Samsung out of the picture, LG rightly stole most of the press attention at MWC with the launch of their G6 handset, which, in the most part, is a very nice piece of kit. However, in order to fully capitalise on Samsung's delay, they needed to do one thing, do it well, and do it quickly... Get the phone into the hands of users before Samsung launched the S8. ... they didn't. At the time of writing (after Samsung have launched the S8, *and* anounced it's worldwide availability), we still don't know when a large number of key markets, including Europe, are going to get the G6 (and only in Korea is the phone currently available, leading to a huge number of grey import sales). Epic fail! The Samsung phone bests the LG phone in most ways, apart from ergonomics and the lovely Quad-DAC audio chipset in the Asia-only version of the G6. However, consumers are a fickle bunch, and if they could have gotten the G6 faster, before they knew when they'd have to stump up almost £700 for Samsung's latest, they would have forgone Quad-DAC and Wireless Charging (only available on US G6s), to have the latest phone in their hands. Overall, this is a massive mistake for LG. They had the world eating out of their palm and they missed it. Maybe they couldn't ramp production quickly enough, but if that were the case they should have run a pre-order system like Samsung and Apple do to keep the buzz going. If production quantities were not the issue and maybe the phone's variant models were the issue, LG should have scraped all that this-feature, that-feature crap and given the whole world the same phone, like Samsung do.* They didn't do that either. All I can say is... oops! *Samsung and others vary the frequencies in use for LTE and on some handsets add CDMA support, but mostly their specs stay the same for all world handsets. LG produce 3, 4 or 5 physically different variants of a phone, some missing feature A, some feature B etc. View full news
  4. Comparing phones always a somewhat emotive opinion on the part of the person doing the comparison, so I have tried to keep this one based upon facts rather than feelings. Some may argue with some of the decissions and some may need explaination. For example, the S8 wins the screen category purely because it has the highest ppi (pixels per inch) rating; screen size has been ignored; and the G6 wins the rear camera category because the dual lens feature allows for more flexibility, even if the S8 / S8+ camera has a slightly better f stop rating. (the winning phone in each category is shown in dark green and gains 2 points. Where no obvious winner exists, or where the size of the S8+ is a contributing factor, "highly commended" scores are in light green and gain 1 point) Feature LG G6 Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8+ Construction Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Size 148.9mm x 71.9mm x 7.9mm 148.9mm x 68.1mm x 8.0mm 159.5mm x 73.4mm x 8.1mm Weight 163g 155g 173g Screen 5.7" 2880x1440 564ppi 5.8" 2960x1440 570ppi 6.2" 2960x1440 529ppi Battery 3300 mAh 3000 mAh 3500 mAh Processor Snapdraggon 821 Exynos OctaCore Exynos OctaCore RAM 4GB 4GB 4GB Storage 32GB + MicroSD 64GB + MicroSD 64GB + MicroSD Camera (rear) Dual 13Mpix f/2.4 (125deg) & f/1.8 (71deg), IOS, HDR10, AssistedZoom 12Mpix f/1.7 "dual pixel" IOS 12Mpix f/1.7 "dual pixel" IOS Camera (front) 5Mpix f/2.2 IOS 8Mpix f/1.7 IOS 8Mpix f/1.7 IOS Connectivity 3G, 4G, LTE 600Mb, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 4.1, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE 1000Mb, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE 1000Mb, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 Android version Android 7.0 Android 7.0 Android 7.0 Fingerprint Sensor Yes, rear (middle) Yes, rear (left) Yes, rear (left) Protection Waterproof (IP68), Shockproof Waterproof (IP68) Waterproof (IP68) Charging QuickCharge 3.0 QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging Price £ 649 £ 689 £ 779 Availability 27th April 2017 20th April 2017(pre-order delivery) 20th April 2017 (pre-order delivery) Total points 14 18 17 The table speaks for itself, with the highest score, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the winner, narrowly beating it's larger brother, the Samsung Galaxy S8+.
  5. With Samsung out of the picture, LG rightly stole most of the press attention at MWC with the launch of their G6 handset, which, in the most part, is a very nice piece of kit. However, in order to fully capitalise on Samsung's delay, they needed to do one thing, do it well, and do it quickly... Get the phone into the hands of users before Samsung launched the S8. ... they didn't. At the time of writing (after Samsung have launched the S8, *and* anounced it's worldwide availability), we still don't know when a large number of key markets, including Europe, are going to get the G6 (and only in Korea is the phone currently available, leading to a huge number of grey import sales). Epic fail! The Samsung phone bests the LG phone in most ways, apart from ergonomics and the lovely Quad-DAC audio chipset in the Asia-only version of the G6. However, consumers are a fickle bunch, and if they could have gotten the G6 faster, before they knew when they'd have to stump up almost £700 for Samsung's latest, they would have forgone Quad-DAC and Wireless Charging (only available on US G6s), to have the latest phone in their hands. Overall, this is a massive mistake for LG. They had the world eating out of their palm and they missed it. Maybe they couldn't ramp production quickly enough, but if that were the case they should have run a pre-order system like Samsung and Apple do to keep the buzz going. If production quantities were not the issue and maybe the phone's variant models were the issue, LG should have scraped all that this-feature, that-feature crap and given the whole world the same phone, like Samsung do.* They didn't do that either. All I can say is... oops! *Samsung and others vary the frequencies in use for LTE and on some handsets add CDMA support, but mostly their specs stay the same for all world handsets. LG produce 3, 4 or 5 physically different variants of a phone, some missing feature A, some feature B etc.
  6. The official specs are: Format: Candybar; non-modular aluminium sides & glass front & back construction Screen: 5.7" "FullVision" 18:9 QHD+ 2880x1440 564dpi Size: 148.9mm long x 71.9mm wide x 7.9mm deep Weight: 163g Battery: 3300 mAh (non-removable) Processor: Qualcomm SnapDragon 821 Cameras (main): Dual 13MP cameras (Wide angle: F2.4, 125 degree) (standard angle: F1.8, 71 degree) , supporting HDR10, SnapDragon processor assisted zoom, IOS 2.0 Camera (front): 5MP wide angle (F2.2, 100 degree) RAM: 4GB Storage: 32GB UFS2.0 internal storage, plus MicroSD slot Conectivity: 3G, 4G, LTE (600Mb download), WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, USB 3.1 Android version: Nougat 7.0. Google Assistant included, which works even with the screen off (exclusive to the G6) Colour: 3 distinct colours, "signifying nature" - Ice Platinum; Mystic White & Astro Black Fingerprint sensor / power button: Rear, under the camera (as has been the style since the G2) Sound: DolbyVision Support built in, quad-DAC system as found in the V20 Games: $200 of Google Play in-game credit for 6 games in the "G6 Game Collection" Interface: LG UX6 - designed specifically to make use f the 18:9 screen, with two square (9:9) windows side by side, for example in the camera app as well as more obvious things like calendar Cooling: Heat pipes nestled inside the phone help to cool the processor Waterproofing: IP68 dust and waterproofing Charging: Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0
  7. LG have finally launched the much-leaked G6 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. This handset has been subject to many leaks and teasers; indeed LG have virtually shown us the entire handset in a number of official teaser videos. So which of the rumoured specs are true, and which anticipated features didn't make it in to the final decive? The official specs are: Format: Candybar; non-modular aluminium sides & glass front & back construction Screen: 5.7" "FullVision" 18:9 QHD+ 2880x1440 564dpi Size: 148.9mm long x 71.9mm wide x 7.9mm deep Weight: 163g Battery: 3300 mAh (non-removable) Processor: Qualcomm SnapDragon 821 Cameras (main): Dual 13MP cameras (Wide angle: F2.4, 125 degree) (standard angle: F1.8, 71 degree) , supporting HDR10, SnapDragon processor assisted zoom, IOS 2.0 Camera (front): 5MP wide angle (F2.2, 100 degree) RAM: 4GB Storage: 32GB UFS2.0 internal storage, plus MicroSD slot Conectivity: 3G, 4G, LTE (600Mb download), WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, USB 3.1 Android version: Nougat 7.0. Google Assistant included, which works even with the screen off (exclusive to the G6) Colour: 3 distinct colours, "signifying nature" - Ice Platinum; Mystic White & Astro Black Fingerprint sensor / power button: Rear, under the camera (as has been the style since the G2) Sound: DolbyVision Support built in, quad-DAC system as found in the V20 Games: $200 of Google Play in-game credit for 6 games in the "G6 Game Collection" Interface: LG UX6 - designed specifically to make use f the 18:9 screen, with two square (9:9) windows side by side, for example in the camera app as well as more obvious things like calendar Cooling: Heat pipes nestled inside the phone help to cool the processor Waterproofing: IP68 dust and waterproofing Charging: Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 View full news
  8. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38778244 I never knew Samsung had stopped production of 3D televisions. Sony and LG to follow. I was always terribly cynical of 3D in general, especially at home but our Samsung UE55H7000 is brilliant for 3D with the active glasses. The Martian, Avatar and the adventures of Tin Tin are all must sees in 3D. I can see why it never caught on however with the right TV it really does work well.
  9. Just to make you all aware of a situation I have recently experienced with LG UK. I bought a second hand G3 from Steve on the forum which required repair so I contacted LG. The whole situation surrounding the repair (and the hundreds of ways they tried to avoid their obligations) would take days to explain and I'm not going to bore you ..... but the main thing I picked up from this is that their manufacturers warranty is only valid for the original purchaser of the device. I would have thought their obligation for warranty would be for 12 or 24 months as standard, but unless you can expressly provide proof of purchase with it stating you as the original owner they will instantly tell you to get lost. I contacted trading standards who told me that if it states in their warranty terms that you have to be the original owner then thet's legal and they can deny a repair. Personally I think that's bollox as the device should be covered for faults for a certain period of time irrespective of who owns it. I thought I would mention this as many people buy "new" unopened handsets which were unwanted upgrades etc. from eBay and I bet they don't know even a new handset technically has no warranty. Would be interesting to find out if any other handset manufacturers have a similar policy. P.S. LG UK are the worst company I have ever dealt with by a long margin. Please preserve your sanity by avoiding them like the plague.
  10. LG has always been a bit of a sleeping giant to most people. Whilst many of their handsets such as the G2 were praised by people on this site, and developed a bit of a cult following, that never really translated into sales. Flagship handsets from Samsung, Sony and HTC tended to capture the Public’s attention far more. LG have been hoping they finally change that story with the G3, which was launched a couple of months ago. So, what is it like? .Build The G3 comes with two storage options, 16GB and 32GB (microSD expandable to 128GB). It also comes in black, gold or white. LG has aimed to give this a premium feel with a brushed metal effect rear. This plastic cover is removable, as it the 3000 mAh battery. It feels remarkably small for a device with a 5.5” screen. In fact, the screen is one of the key points LG is proud of. It’s the first handset with a QHD (2560x1440) screen. It also has a 13MP rear camera, 2.1 MP front camera and dual tone flash on the rear. All this is powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB or 3GB RAM (32GB version has the more memory). Also, unusually, it has a laser focussing system for it’s rear camera. Some people have complained about the plastic rear, but I find it comfortable and solid. It doesn’t have the same level of premium feel as some of it’s competitors which have solid bodies, but it doesn’t feel cheap like some of it’s competitors which use plastic either. One frustration for me though is the sim card slot. It uses a micro sim and is so awkwardly positioned, that it’s a snug fit, meaning that using a nano sim and adaptor is all but impossible. If, you’re like me, and regularly swapping phones, this is a major pain. The phone feels firmly planted in the hand, with a good weight distribution. It’s relatively light at 149g, and feels reassuringly solid. Uniquely, on the back, it has the home and volume buttons which are surprisingly easy to use. I wouldn’t be surprised to find other manufacturers copying this idea in future, and in fact, as handsets become bigger, I highly recommend that they do. Some people have complained that it’s too big to use one handed, and therefore describe this as a phablet. Whilst it does have a large 5.5” screen, it also has very small bezels and I found it easy to operate with one hand, despite my modest hand size. Software LG have tended to follow Google’s design template, and along with the new icon design, and customisability of the interface, makes this a pleasant UI to use. There isn’t any extreme power saving mode, but the software feels modern, fresh and uncluttered. LG do have a couple of unique software features though. KnockON switches the handset on if you double tap the screen, and KnockCode allows you to unlock your phone by tapping a pattern onto the lockscreen. LG didn’t invent either feature, but they’ve implemented it well, and I’ve found myself instinctively tapping my other phones when wanting to use them! Along with the buttons on the rear, it shows that LG must be doing something right when I miss these features from other phones. Saying that. I did find that KnockCode didn’t work for me every time, and I did have to repeat my code more carefully from time to time. Performance I’ll get the easy bits out of the way first. The LTE / dual band 802.11ac WiFi antennas both worked fine. I couldn’t spot any issues. I got a firm lock on signals and everything worked fine. Battery life, on the other hand, was not the best. I kept on hearing how the G3 had great battery life, but I can’t repeat it. With heavy usage, I find that it just about lasted from morning until bed time. At a push, I might be able to get 24 hours usage on it, but I found myself putting the phone to charge when I got home in the evening. Speaking of which, the phone also supports Qi wireless charging, which is a great feature which I hope is built into more and more handsets. Part of the problem with the battery might be down to the display. As I mentioned before, it has a 5.5” QHD (2560x1440) screen. That’s a lot of pixels it needs to illuminate and despite having a respectably large battery, I think the phone suffers. That would be understandable though if the 534ppi display offered something special. It doesn’t. I remember the leap from 720p to 1080p displays in mobiles, and knew I’d never go back. I can’t see much, if any, improvement in having greater detail on the screen. What I can see though is the screen is dim, so it becomes difficult to use in sunlight. It also has poor contrast, so blacks aren’t so well defined, and colours tend to be oversaturated, and viewing angles aren’t the best Given I’ve not been able to appreciate any benefit in the 1440p screen, but I can see the problems compared to many 1080p screens, and feel that it also has a knock on effect with battery life, I wish LG had stuck with a high quality 1080p screen. I do also wonder what may have been if LG had been more patient and fitted in a Snapdragon 805 processor, which required less energy, but provided more power. This might have turned the phone into a 24 hour device and prevented the occasional lag between touches and responses. Camera The rear 13MP camera offers modest specs, but does an admirable job in most situations. It’s never class leading, but doesn’t do badly, except in low light, where the ISO bumps up, processing then smudges all the dots, to make it pretty poor. Otherwise, the camera is very good. It offers excellent levels of detail, and also has a very good Optical Image Stabiliser on it which works in all three dimensions. This does help guarantee better photos, as does the phone’s laser autofocus system. It offers two advantages. Firstly it makes focus times lightning fast, and secondly, it really helps the camera focus accurately in low light situations. I found these both particularly good compared to competitors when recording video. Oh. This can record 4K video too. Other points worth mentioning include the dual tone flash. It does help provide a more natural light, compared to white flashes, and means photos are less bleached. The front facing camera is also very good. At 2.1MP, it doesn’t win a specs race, but it does offer good selfie pictures, which can be activated using gesture control. This is a handy feature when taking group shots at full arms length. The front facing light also helps take selfies in low light situations. It’s also worth noting that LG have made a great effort to declutter the camera interface. Nearly everything is hidden, and requires additional touches to dig into the variety of options. Some people will like this, and some won’t. Auto-setting photos are pretty good though. Summary It’s admirable to see LG take customer feedback from the G2 on board and change things. The battery has become replaceable, build quality has improved and a microSD slot is included. LG have also looked to push the boundaries by introducing the QHD display and laser focussing system. There’s a lot to like here, but it falls short of becoming the perfect Android handset. The QHD display offers little improvement over a 1080p screen, but has a variety of downsides ranging from picture reproduction, to battery life. It also feels slightly underpowered on occasion. Saying that, it does offer a high level of detail on a large screen, making zooming redundant on a lot of web pages, and has a decent camera. It’s easy to use for such a large handset and sound quality is pretty good, but behind the class leader. Build quality is not class leading, but nor is it poor. In fact it’s very good. So. Would I buy one? Well. In my experience, there’s no such thing as the perfect handset. I know I’ve been critical of the display, and there’s nothing in the specs which is otherwise class leading, but I’ve enjoyed using it. Given you can pick one up for about £350, this makes it a bargain compared to other flagship devices, I would buy one, and hope that many other people do too. This handset deserves to do well. Click here to view the news
  11. Build The G3 comes with two storage options, 16GB and 32GB (microSD expandable to 128GB). It also comes in black, gold or white. LG has aimed to give this a premium feel with a brushed metal effect rear. This plastic cover is removable, as it the 3000 mAh battery. It feels remarkably small for a device with a 5.5” screen. In fact, the screen is one of the key points LG is proud of. It’s the first handset with a QHD (2560x1440) screen. It also has a 13MP rear camera, 2.1 MP front camera and dual tone flash on the rear. All this is powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB or 3GB RAM (32GB version has the more memory). Also, unusually, it has a laser focussing system for it’s rear camera. Some people have complained about the plastic rear, but I find it comfortable and solid. It doesn’t have the same level of premium feel as some of it’s competitors which have solid bodies, but it doesn’t feel cheap like some of it’s competitors which use plastic either. One frustration for me though is the sim card slot. It uses a micro sim and is so awkwardly positioned, that it’s a snug fit, meaning that using a nano sim and adaptor is all but impossible. If, you’re like me, and regularly swapping phones, this is a major pain. The phone feels firmly planted in the hand, with a good weight distribution. It’s relatively light at 149g, and feels reassuringly solid. Uniquely, on the back, it has the home and volume buttons which are surprisingly easy to use. I wouldn’t be surprised to find other manufacturers copying this idea in future, and in fact, as handsets become bigger, I highly recommend that they do. Some people have complained that it’s too big to use one handed, and therefore describe this as a phablet. Whilst it does have a large 5.5” screen, it also has very small bezels and I found it easy to operate with one hand, despite my modest hand size. Software LG have tended to follow Google’s design template, and along with the new icon design, and customisability of the interface, makes this a pleasant UI to use. There isn’t any extreme power saving mode, but the software feels modern, fresh and uncluttered. LG do have a couple of unique software features though. KnockON switches the handset on if you double tap the screen, and KnockCode allows you to unlock your phone by tapping a pattern onto the lockscreen. LG didn’t invent either feature, but they’ve implemented it well, and I’ve found myself instinctively tapping my other phones when wanting to use them! Along with the buttons on the rear, it shows that LG must be doing something right when I miss these features from other phones. Saying that. I did find that KnockCode didn’t work for me every time, and I did have to repeat my code more carefully from time to time. Performance I’ll get the easy bits out of the way first. The LTE / dual band 802.11ac WiFi antennas both worked fine. I couldn’t spot any issues. I got a firm lock on signals and everything worked fine. Battery life, on the other hand, was not the best. I kept on hearing how the G3 had great battery life, but I can’t repeat it. With heavy usage, I find that it just about lasted from morning until bed time. At a push, I might be able to get 24 hours usage on it, but I found myself putting the phone to charge when I got home in the evening. Speaking of which, the phone also supports Qi wireless charging, which is a great feature which I hope is built into more and more handsets. Part of the problem with the battery might be down to the display. As I mentioned before, it has a 5.5” QHD (2560x1440) screen. That’s a lot of pixels it needs to illuminate and despite having a respectably large battery, I think the phone suffers. That would be understandable though if the 534ppi display offered something special. It doesn’t. I remember the leap from 720p to 1080p displays in mobiles, and knew I’d never go back. I can’t see much, if any, improvement in having greater detail on the screen. What I can see though is the screen is dim, so it becomes difficult to use in sunlight. It also has poor contrast, so blacks aren’t so well defined, and colours tend to be oversaturated, and viewing angles aren’t the best Given I’ve not been able to appreciate any benefit in the 1440p screen, but I can see the problems compared to many 1080p screens, and feel that it also has a knock on effect with battery life, I wish LG had stuck with a high quality 1080p screen. I do also wonder what may have been if LG had been more patient and fitted in a Snapdragon 805 processor, which required less energy, but provided more power. This might have turned the phone into a 24 hour device and prevented the occasional lag between touches and responses. Camera The rear 13MP camera offers modest specs, but does an admirable job in most situations. It’s never class leading, but doesn’t do badly, except in low light, where the ISO bumps up, processing then smudges all the dots, to make it pretty poor. Otherwise, the camera is very good. It offers excellent levels of detail, and also has a very good Optical Image Stabiliser on it which works in all three dimensions. This does help guarantee better photos, as does the phone’s laser autofocus system. It offers two advantages. Firstly it makes focus times lightning fast, and secondly, it really helps the camera focus accurately in low light situations. I found these both particularly good compared to competitors when recording video. Oh. This can record 4K video too. Other points worth mentioning include the dual tone flash. It does help provide a more natural light, compared to white flashes, and means photos are less bleached. The front facing camera is also very good. At 2.1MP, it doesn’t win a specs race, but it does offer good selfie pictures, which can be activated using gesture control. This is a handy feature when taking group shots at full arms length. The front facing light also helps take selfies in low light situations. It’s also worth noting that LG have made a great effort to declutter the camera interface. Nearly everything is hidden, and requires additional touches to dig into the variety of options. Some people will like this, and some won’t. Auto-setting photos are pretty good though. Summary It’s admirable to see LG take customer feedback from the G2 on board and change things. The battery has become replaceable, build quality has improved and a microSD slot is included. LG have also looked to push the boundaries by introducing the QHD display and laser focussing system. There’s a lot to like here, but it falls short of becoming the perfect Android handset. The QHD display offers little improvement over a 1080p screen, but has a variety of downsides ranging from picture reproduction, to battery life. It also feels slightly underpowered on occasion. Saying that, it does offer a high level of detail on a large screen, making zooming redundant on a lot of web pages, and has a decent camera. It’s easy to use for such a large handset and sound quality is pretty good, but behind the class leader. Build quality is not class leading, but nor is it poor. In fact it’s very good. So. Would I buy one? Well. In my experience, there’s no such thing as the perfect handset. I know I’ve been critical of the display, and there’s nothing in the specs which is otherwise class leading, but I’ve enjoyed using it. Given you can pick one up for about £350, this makes it a bargain compared to other flagship devices, I would buy one, and hope that many other people do too. This handset deserves to do well.
  12. It seems that this thread feels deserved given LG's continued improvements in the mobile world and increasing success. To back that up, LG have reported a not too shabby 20% increase in mobile sales revolving around it's new G3 and it's mid-range L series. Mix that with it's increasing success in the home theatre arena and things are shaping up for some proper competition for Samsung now the former Japanese Giants are finding life harder.
  13. Quantum Dot technology uses similar technology already used by Sony. Nano Crystals (2 to 10 nanometres!) are added to a film infront of the LCD backlighting. This provides up to 30% improved colour accuracy and wider viewing angles. Expect to see new 4k Ultra HD TVs this January at CES. We can't wait!
  14. Whilst LG is leading the push towards OLED TVs, they haven't forgotten about the humble LCD. LG today announced that they will be using Quantum Dot Technology on their upcoming 4K LCD TVs to improve colour reproduction. .Quantum Dot technology uses similar technology already used by Sony. Nano Crystals (2 to 10 nanometres!) are added to a film infront of the LCD backlighting. This provides up to 30% improved colour accuracy and wider viewing angles. Expect to see new 4k Ultra HD TVs this January at CES. We can't wait! Click here to view the news
  15. LG chose Poland as the first country to receive their Lollipop build for the G3, probably because they have a large software team based there. Luckily, due to the way LG customise their firmwares, the currently available build (the latest at the time of writing being build V20a) works perfectly well on any other European specification (D855) G3 phones. More information, including a review of Lollipop on the G3, will follow shortly.
  16. In what some might think an unusual move, LG have become the first major handset manufacturer to release a Lollipop upgrade for one of their existing phone models.LG chose Poland as the first country to receive their Lollipop build for the G3, probably because they have a large software team based there. Luckily, due to the way LG customise their firmwares, the currently available build (the latest at the time of writing being build V20a) works perfectly well on any other European specification (D855) G3 phones. More information, including a review of Lollipop on the G3, will follow shortly. Click here to view the news
  17. Basic Phone Specification Type: Bar phone RF Band: 2G (GSM/EDGE), 3G (HSPA+42Mbps/HSPA +21Mbps), LTE (SVLTE, CSFB, CA, VoLTE RCS, MIMO) Operating System: Android 4.4 (KitKat) Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ with 2.46 GHz Quad-Core Processor Battery, Max (mAh): 3,000mAh / Replaceable / Wireless Charging Display Type: Slate Size (inch): 5.5 inches Resolution: Quad HD (2560 X 1440) Advanced Features Camera: Yes Camera Resolution (MP): 13 Internal Memory: 2GB RAM (16GB eMMC) External Memory: Micro SD (up to 2TB) A-GPS Navigation: Yes Glonass: Yes Bluetooth: Yes Bluetooth Version: 4.0 LE (APT-x) NFC: Yes Connectivity USB: 2.0 Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Audio / Video Recording: Yes MP3: Yes We're live at the launch event and have just been listening to Dr. Ramchan Woo explaining that what we as users actually want is a more simple, more intuitive time and experience when using our phones. He says that since the launch of the G2 last year LG have been listening to, and learning from, their users - all with the ideal of making the G3 more intuitive and more simple to use. Dr. Woo tells us that the G3 has a QuadHD display, which makes everything look "perfect and real". The G3 camera has optical image stabilisation and a Laser auto-focus feature, which promises to be incredibly fast. There's a 3000mAh battery which is removable. Other than that ... well, it's a phone. A simple one! ("Simple" is a recurring theme for LG today - it's almost a mission to avoid the inevitable Meerkat impersonation ... "simples!!") Display LG are now telling us about tthe QuadHD display in the G3 - the display in the G3 has an amazing 538 pixels per inch (take that Apple!), which is a full four times the ppi of most "HD" displays. In order to get this many pixels into the G3, LG has shrunk the size of each pixel by 44%, allowing them to get over 11 million sub-pixel elements into the 5.5 inch display. Apple (and Samsung) beaten - Simple! Battery The battery of the G3 is also an important factor - to avoid the misconceptons that the larger, clearer display will use more battery, LG have put a 3000mAh battery into the G3, added to whcih they've worked very hard to reduce the amount of power the display needs. They're quoting a figure of 20% reduction in power consumption compared to other phones. Done. Simples! Camera The LG G3 camera features an industry first LASER autofocus system. The G3 takes only 276ms to focus on something; but it takes a human over 500ms to blink their eye - so the LG G3 truely does focus "in the blink of an eye". LG have also simplified the process of taking a photo - now you just have to tap on the item you want to take a photo of. The improved OIS technology in the G3 means the camera is over twice as good as that in the G2. Simples? - it's meant to be! Selfies Yes, you read that right - the G3 has been designed to be superior for selfies - they've increased the size of the senor, increased the lens count, and improved the resolution of the front camera. You can take a selfie by simply raising your hand in front of the phone. Simples eh? Videos With the G3, LG have focussed on increasing the audio quality when shooting video - they have more and better microhones and have worked on ambient noise detection to make the audio quality of the videos you're shooting as amazing as the QuadHD images that go with the sounds. The demo they gave of sound recording in "a loud club" certainly seemed convincing. Simples! UI Design The LG G3 has a new interface skin - it's now called G-UI. It seems to be an excercise in minimising unnecessary shadows, unnecessary font kerning and careful colour palete selection. Apps now have simplified colour schemes and subtle animations, stripping out the unnecessary items from stock Android to provide a simpler, more intuitive UI. Simples! Handset Design The G3 has been sculpted to make it the ideal shape for a large screened smartphone - apparently the G3 is the "ultimate" shape for a device of this size. Simple it may be, but it's still quite big. More Sizeables! User Experience Smart Keyboard - the LG Smart Keyboard redesigns the input method of the phone, meaning your thumbs never leave the keyboard. There's long press and swipe commands on the space bar to mke it easier to type and easier to correct what you're typing. Words being typed will appear larger than those around them to make it easier to focus on what you're typing. The size of the keyboard is customiable, enabling you to make the keyboard larger if you're thumbs are on the large size. Simples? This all looks a lot like any other "clever" Android keyboard. Smart Notice - LG has taken this in a different direction and tried to not reinvent the notifications we already get from Google Now, Maps etc. Smart Notice is intended to help simplify your life - it analyses information to help you before you've noticed; for example telling you that you'll need an umbrella before you even leave the house. If you reject a call with a message, as so many of us do in a meeting; the G3 will remind you about that call until you actually call the person back. Smart Cleaning will remind you about apps and files you don't need on your phone any longer, helping to keep your phone running at it s best. The phone will also warn you about going into battery saving mode before it needs to - or something like that anyway. Sounds Simples! Smart Security - these includKnock Code; Content Lock & Kill Switch. Knock Code is a combined wakeup and unlock in one step. Arguably its just another unlock app; although LG claim that it's one of the most secure lock systems available; mainly because of the number of posible lock combinations. Content Lock is a feature which encrypts, locks and hides files or applications to prevent melicious access - even if the phone is connected to a PC, Content Lock will keep those files hidden so they can't be accessed by anyone except you. Kill Switch allows you to remotely lock or wipe your phone from anywhere in the world - pretty much the same as Samsung, Apple etc. do already Accessories Quick Circle Case - a phone case with a circular window - think Samsung's cases for the S4 / S5 but with a circle rather than a slot. Wireless Charger Works even with the Quick \Circle Case - it's all standard fair this one Tone headpones Yep; they're bluetooth headphones. G Watch An Android watch - coming soon! We're off for a test drive of the phone now - stay tuned for more updates, content & photos later tonight.
  18. The LG G3 launched today in London, however most all of the specs and some very good press photos leaked a whole day beforehand. Even more embarrasingly, some of the leaks have come from LG themselves! LG's mantre for this phone is "Simple Is The New Smart" - well the security surrounding the press images and specs of the phone may have been simple - but how does the device stand up against the competition?Basic Phone Specification Type: Bar phone RF Band: 2G (GSM/EDGE), 3G (HSPA+42Mbps/HSPA +21Mbps), LTE (SVLTE, CSFB, CA, VoLTE RCS, MIMO) Operating System: Android 4.4 (KitKat) Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ with 2.46 GHz Quad-Core Processor Battery, Max (mAh): 3,000mAh / Replaceable / Wireless Charging Display Type: Slate Size (inch): 5.5 inches Resolution: Quad HD (2560 X 1440) Advanced Features Camera: Yes Camera Resolution (MP): 13 Internal Memory: 2GB RAM (16GB eMMC) External Memory: Micro SD (up to 2TB) A-GPS Navigation: Yes Glonass: Yes Bluetooth: Yes Bluetooth Version: 4.0 LE (APT-x) NFC: Yes Connectivity USB: 2.0 Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Audio / Video Recording: Yes MP3: Yes We're live at the launch event and have just been listening to Dr. Ramchan Woo explaining that what we as users actually want is a more simple, more intuitive time and experience when using our phones. He says that since the launch of the G2 last year LG have been listening to, and learning from, their users - all with the ideal of making the G3 more intuitive and more simple to use. Dr. Woo tells us that the G3 has a QuadHD display, which makes everything look "perfect and real". The G3 camera has optical image stabilisation and a Laser auto-focus feature, which promises to be incredibly fast. There's a 3000mAh battery which is removable. Other than that ... well, it's a phone. A simple one! ("Simple" is a recurring theme for LG today - it's almost a mission to avoid the inevitable Meerkat impersonation ... "simples!!") Display LG are now telling us about tthe QuadHD display in the G3 - the display in the G3 has an amazing 538 pixels per inch (take that Apple!), which is a full four times the ppi of most "HD" displays. In order to get this many pixels into the G3, LG has shrunk the size of each pixel by 44%, allowing them to get over 11 million sub-pixel elements into the 5.5 inch display. Apple (and Samsung) beaten - Simple! Battery The battery of the G3 is also an important factor - to avoid the misconceptons that the larger, clearer display will use more battery, LG have put a 3000mAh battery into the G3, added to whcih they've worked very hard to reduce the amount of power the display needs. They're quoting a figure of 20% reduction in power consumption compared to other phones. Done. Simples! Camera The LG G3 camera features an industry first LASER autofocus system. The G3 takes only 276ms to focus on something; but it takes a human over 500ms to blink their eye - so the LG G3 truely does focus "in the blink of an eye". LG have also simplified the process of taking a photo - now you just have to tap on the item you want to take a photo of. The improved OIS technology in the G3 means the camera is over twice as good as that in the G2. Simples? - it's meant to be! Selfies Yes, you read that right - the G3 has been designed to be superior for selfies - they've increased the size of the senor, increased the lens count, and improved the resolution of the front camera. You can take a selfie by simply raising your hand in front of the phone. Simples eh? Videos With the G3, LG have focussed on increasing the audio quality when shooting video - they have more and better microhones and have worked on ambient noise detection to make the audio quality of the videos you're shooting as amazing as the QuadHD images that go with the sounds. The demo they gave of sound recording in "a loud club" certainly seemed convincing. Simples! UI Design The LG G3 has a new interface skin - it's now called G-UI. It seems to be an excercise in minimising unnecessary shadows, unnecessary font kerning and careful colour palete selection. Apps now have simplified colour schemes and subtle animations, stripping out the unnecessary items from stock Android to provide a simpler, more intuitive UI. Simples! Handset Design The G3 has been sculpted to make it the ideal shape for a large screened smartphone - apparently the G3 is the "ultimate" shape for a device of this size. Simple it may be, but it's still quite big. More Sizeables! User Experience Smart Keyboard - the LG Smart Keyboard redesigns the input method of the phone, meaning your thumbs never leave the keyboard. There's long press and swipe commands on the space bar to mke it easier to type and easier to correct what you're typing. Words being typed will appear larger than those around them to make it easier to focus on what you're typing. The size of the keyboard is customiable, enabling you to make the keyboard larger if you're thumbs are on the large size. Simples? This all looks a lot like any other "clever" Android keyboard. Smart Notice - LG has taken this in a different direction and tried to not reinvent the notifications we already get from Google Now, Maps etc. Smart Notice is intended to help simplify your life - it analyses information to help you before you've noticed; for example telling you that you'll need an umbrella before you even leave the house. If you reject a call with a message, as so many of us do in a meeting; the G3 will remind you about that call until you actually call the person back. Smart Cleaning will remind you about apps and files you don't need on your phone any longer, helping to keep your phone running at it s best. The phone will also warn you about going into battery saving mode before it needs to - or something like that anyway. Sounds Simples! Smart Security - these includKnock Code; Content Lock & Kill Switch. Knock Code is a combined wakeup and unlock in one step. Arguably its just another unlock app; although LG claim that it's one of the most secure lock systems available; mainly because of the number of posible lock combinations. Content Lock is a feature which encrypts, locks and hides files or applications to prevent melicious access - even if the phone is connected to a PC, Content Lock will keep those files hidden so they can't be accessed by anyone except you. Kill Switch allows you to remotely lock or wipe your phone from anywhere in the world - pretty much the same as Samsung, Apple etc. do already Accessories Quick Circle Case - a phone case with a circular window - think Samsung's cases for the S4 / S5 but with a circle rather than a slot. Wireless Charger Works even with the Quick Circle Case - it's all standard fair this one Tone headpones Yep; they're bluetooth headphones. G Watch An Android watch - coming soon! We're off for a test drive of the phone now - stay tuned for more updates, content & photos later tonight. 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  19. Here's some info from LG: Whilst we certainly welcome LG entering the processor market (more competition is always good) we do have some questions too. Wouldn't it have been simpler to have bought Broadcom and all it's expertise whilst it was for sale, rather than start from scratch? Will LG start making processor for third parties like Samsung does? Speaking of Samsung, doesn't their Korean rival's current issues show the possible weakness in this strategy? Things are great as long as you keep selling more and more handsets. The company saves money, and can be freer to create tailor made processors for it's handsets. But. If handset sales dip for any reason, the company would be left holding a very expensive manufacturing facility which will bleed money. It's a shame the new handset will only be available in Korea, but I'm sure it won't be long before we start LG's new processors popping up in flagship handsets here.
  20. It may come as a surprise to some, that although LG is one of the biggest mobile handset manufacturers in the world, it's always opted to buy it's processors from other companies (mostly Qualcomm). That's all about to change. Here's some info from LG: Whilst we certainly welcome LG entering the processor market (more competition is always good) we do have some questions too. [*]Wouldn't it have been simpler to have bought Broadcom and all it's expertise whilst it was for sale, rather than start from scratch? [*]Will LG start making processor for third parties like Samsung does? [*]Speaking of Samsung, doesn't their Korean rival's current issues show the possible weakness in this strategy? Things are great as long as you keep selling more and more handsets. The company saves money, and can be freer to create tailor made processors for it's handsets. But. If handset sales dip for any reason, the company would be left holding a very expensive manufacturing facility which will bleed money. It's a shame the new handset will only be available in Korea, but I'm sure it won't be long before we start LG's new processors popping up in flagship handsets here. Click here to view the news
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  22. LG remain the only mainstream manufacturer launching OLED TVs. But up until now, prices remained stubbornly high. LG have now announced the launch of the 1080p LG EC930V. Click here for more info. Click here to view the news
  23. First things first. The big IFA announcement here is the much trailed LG G Watch R. It's LG's second Androidwear watch and it looks lovely! Given threre's very little difference in the UI at this stage, things like appearance, battery life, display, and yes, appearance again are very important. We've not been completely enamoured with the appearance of all the smartwatches on display this week, but this genuinely looks like a quality accessory. Although LG did increase the battery size slightly to 410 mAh, LG utilises it's display technology to sip power and can realistically get 2 days from one charge. It still uses pin connectors to charge, and we hope that one day, we'll be able to use wireless charging like you can with the LG G3 mobile. It's also water proof to 1.5m, so you don't have to take off this diver style watch before going anywhere near water. Sticking with wearables for a moment. They've also released one for kids. The Kizon is interesting as it's a very simple 2G phone and tracker. Kids can call their parents, and visa versa. Not only that, but there's also an app which uses A-GPS to tell you the approximate location of your child. Slightly more spookily, you can also eaves drop into your child. Price isn't fixed on this yet, but it will roll out soon and will be sold on as an add-on from the networks. Back to mobiles though. LG have also launched the G3s which is a 5" 'compact'. This is a mid-range phone with an 'only' HD display, 8mp rear camera (no OIS), and 1.3mp front camera. LG aren't going to go after the high res selfie market, and think that there's little benefit in bump up the resolution if these aren't going to be printed off by most people. The G3s very much borrows the build design from the flagship G3, but is just slightly smaller. There didn't seem much inclination at this point to do a full flagship spec in a more compact body. Speaking of sharing design language. Even the the the more affordable L series phones now have a very similar design,and even have the buttons on the back of the handset. The L series Bello and Fino are very much entry level smartphones with lower resolution screens and processors, but there are still LG signature features such as Knock On. These could make very attractive PAYG phones. Moving away from mobiles, LG are the only people to be making large consumer OLED screens. Not only that, you can have 4K UHD curved or flat screen of all sorts of sizes. Some of them are even vaguely affordable. OLED offers super slim screens, great colour range and deep blacks. Very much a holy grail for AV enthusiasts. We also had a quick play with the very intuitive Smart+ interface which is powered by our old friend WebOS. It really is easy to use, and really fast, despite my poor demonstration, and my only gripe is that it won't work with my smart universal remote..... VIDEO LG also showed off it's new wireless multi-room speaker system. We hope to have a closer look at many of these products and give more details in due course.
  24. We spent some quality time with LG's press team and also James Marshall, LG European Head of Product Marketing of Mobile Communications, and gained some useful insights into what's coming.First things first. The big IFA announcement here is the much trailed LG G Watch R. It's LG's second Androidwear watch and it looks lovely! Given threre's very little difference in the UI at this stage, things like appearance, battery life, display, and yes, appearance again are very important. We've not been completely enamoured with the appearance of all the smartwatches on display this week, but this genuinely looks like a quality accessory. Although LG did increase the battery size slightly to 410 mAh, LG utilises it's display technology to sip power and can realistically get 2 days from one charge. It still uses pin connectors to charge, and we hope that one day, we'll be able to use wireless charging like you can with the LG G3 mobile. It's also water proof to 1.5m, so you don't have to take off this diver style watch before going anywhere near water. Sticking with wearables for a moment. They've also released one for kids. The Kizon is interesting as it's a very simple 2G phone and tracker. Kids can call their parents, and visa versa. Not only that, but there's also an app which uses A-GPS to tell you the approximate location of your child. Slightly more spookily, you can also eaves drop into your child. Price isn't fixed on this yet, but it will roll out soon and will be sold on as an add-on from the networks. Back to mobiles though. LG have also launched the G3s which is a 5" 'compact'. This is a mid-range phone with an 'only' HD display, 8mp rear camera (no OIS), and 1.3mp front camera. LG aren't going to go after the high res selfie market, and think that there's little benefit in bump up the resolution if these aren't going to be printed off by most people. The G3s very much borrows the build design from the flagship G3, but is just slightly smaller. There didn't seem much inclination at this point to do a full flagship spec in a more compact body. Speaking of sharing design language. Even the the the more affordable L series phones now have a very similar design,and even have the buttons on the back of the handset. The L series Bello and Fino are very much entry level smartphones with lower resolution screens and processors, but there are still LG signature features such as Knock On. These could make very attractive PAYG phones. Moving away from mobiles, LG are the only people to be making large consumer OLED screens. Not only that, you can have 4K UHD curved or flat screen of all sorts of sizes. Some of them are even vaguely affordable. OLED offers super slim screens, great colour range and deep blacks. Very much a holy grail for AV enthusiasts. We also had a quick play with the very intuitive Smart+ interface which is powered by our old friend WebOS. It really is easy to use, and really fast, despite my poor demonstration, and my only gripe is that it won't work with my smart universal remote..... LG also showed off it's new wireless multi-room speaker system. We hope to have a closer look at many of these products and give more details in due course. Click here to view the news
  25. . LG will be demonstrating the fruits of their new partnership with Swarovski, a curved OLED screen. “We are excited to showcase this one-of-a kind TV — our first collaboration with designers from Swarovski — to visitors at IFA,” said Hyun-hwoi Ha, president and CEO of LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “The epitome of luxury and refinement, Swarovski crystals and LG’s premium OLED TV complement each other perfectly. The crystals help to create an aesthetic that is, quite simply, gorgeous, while our OLED technology ensures a level of picture quality that is every bit as stunning as one could imagine.” Whilst we may 'get' the concept, we're a little unsure that this matches LG's claim that this is art. This goes under the category of 'if you need to ask the price of the item, you can't afford it'. Just in case you can afford it, it will be available before the end of the year. For everyone else, keep an eye on Premier League footballers' Twitter and Instagram accounts...