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  1. The "confirmed" features of the G7 ThinQ are: 6.1 inch QHD+ "Full Vision Super Bright" display Snapragon 845 4GB / 6GB RAM 64 / 128 GB ROM Stereo speakers with Dolby DTS Surround Sound & "Boombox audio" Quad-DAC Wireless Charging "not a hair wider" than the G6 With the launch now upon us, and the phone "official"; there's more of the little details coming out. It seems that LG have made a huge jump from where the G6 was to where the G7 is; and even compared to the V30 flagship from late last year, there's a reasonable upgrade of specs (it could be argued more than Samsung did with the S8 - S9 upgrade). LG are making quite a thing of the new audio / speaker features in the G7, stating: The LG G7 ThinQ has a “Boombox Speaker.” The phone uses its inner space as a resonance chamber to “amp up the bass and deliver a premium, loud and room-filling audio experience.” The phone also has “Super Far-Field Voice Recognition.” According to LG, the G7 will be capable of hearing the user from a further distance, and it will pick up the user’s voice even in noisy places. The LG G7 has a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, making it the first G series device to have a Quad DAC*. It also has 7.1 channel DTS:X 3D Surround Sound. Here's the full official specification: Phone type Touch with rear fingerprint sensor Design Metal Frame & Gorilla Glass Display 6.1” QHD+ LCD "Full Vision Super Bright" (3120 x 1440) 564 ppi, Aspect Ratio 19.5:9 Chipset Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Size 153.2 mm long x 71.9mm wide x 7.9mm deep Weight (g) 162 g Front Front 8MP camera, Wide-angle 80°, f/1.9 Rear 1st Camera: 16MP, Standard 71°, f/1.6 2nd Camera: 16MP, Wide-angle 107°, f/1.9 Software Android 8.0 Bluetooth 5.0 BLE (with Apt-X HD Support) USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible) Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac Wi-Fi Direct Yes NFC Yes A.I. Google Assistant, LG ThinQ V.R. Google Daydream Biometric Access Finger Print, Face Recognition, Voice Recognition Other IP68 & MIL-STD 810G Memory 4GB RAM, 64GB / 128 GB ROM, micro SD slot (up to 2TB)http://mobileandgadget.com/uploads/monthly_2018_05/LG-G7-4.jpg.bc6594de0efa327a5ad4211b20dd2153.jpg Battery 3,000mAh (embedded) - PD / QuickCharge 40 & Wireless Charging * That's not quite true; some variants of the G6 came equipped with Quad-DAC capabilities
  2. The raw specs show the V30 to be the better handset (or at least they did in previous reviews), but what will I think after a week of using both? Firstly, here's an up-to-date comparison table based upon our latest testing criteria. Comparing phones is 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 decisions and some may need explanation. The winning phone in each category is shown in dark green and gains 2 points. Where no obvious winner exists, "highly commended" scores are in light green and gain 1 point) Feature LG V30 Galaxy S 8 Construction Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Size 151.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.3mm 148.9mm x 68.1mm x 8mm Weight 158g 155g Screen P-OLED 6.0" 2800x1440 538ppi S-AMOLED 5.8" 2960x1440 570ppi Screen / Body Ratio 81.2 % 83.6 % Battery 3300 mAh 3000 mAh Processor Snapdraggon 835 Exynos OctaCore RAM 4GB 4GB Storage 64GB / 128GB + MicroSD 64GB + MicroSD Camera (rear) Main: 16Mpix f/1.6 (71deg)& Wide: 13Mpix f/1.9 (120deg), Phase Detection Autofocus, Laser Foucs, IOS, HDR10, Assisted Zoom 12Mpix f/1.7, Phase Detection autofocus, IOS, HDR Camera (front) 5Mpix f/2.2 (90deg) 8Mpix f/1.7 Connectivity 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 Operating System Android 7.1.2 Android 7.1.1 Biometrics / security Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection, Knox Fingerprint (rear - left), iris detection, face detection Protection Waterproof (IP68), Shockproof Waterproof (IP68) Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging Price £ 799 £ 869 Availability Now Now Total points 9 9 As can be seen, the phones are very closely matched when comparing the raw specs. The S8 wins out in a few categories purely because it is smaller (weight, screen resolution, screen / body ratio), whereas the V30 wins out in battery size and camera ability (due to having two of them). This means that any "winner" is going to be based pretty much purely on user experience; performance in the real world; and other personal views of the differences between the two. Screen The S8 clearly has the best screen when comparing resolution and dpi, but the V30 is no-where near as bad as some reviews make out; indeed for 98% of the time it looks just as good as the Samsung one. Sure, it's a pity it can't run at the same resolution as the S8, but that's un-noticable in the real world (I never run my S8 at full res due to how it kills the battery), and the "colour banding / backlight inconsistencies" issues which have been reported regarding the V30 are completely non-existent unless you actually go looking for them, in which case the S8 (certainly in my experience) does just as badly! Battery This is a clear win for the V30 - in a typical day's usage of commuting, being used at the office and at home, my S8 will go through 60 - 70% of it's battery, sometimes more, getting as low as 10% before it's put back on charge. In the same time periods and with the same overall usage pattern, I have yet to see the V30 use more than 55% of it's battery. The difference in size of the batteries may not be significant, but that coupled with the slightly lower res screen (although my S8 is never driven at full res, whereas the V30 is) seems to make a huge difference to daily usage. Charging Both these phones support QuickCharge (or technically Samsung's name for the same tech) and both do well. Charging via USB cable, even when plugged in to a PC rather than a "charger" is admirably fast on both handsets; the V30 feeling like it has a slight advantage in speed. However, when charging wirelessly (using one of Samsung's wireless charging pads) the S8 is noticeably quicker and seems to run the charger "harder", as evidenced by the charger's cooling fan coming on frequently. That said, the V30 is still perfectly capable of recharging itself wirelessly over a 4 or so hour period. Handling This is somewhat more of a personal preference decision... Both handsets are lovely to hold, although the V30 is obviously bigger than the S8, it's shorter although slightly wider than the S8+ and Note 8. The differences are not that significant (1.8mm longer, 7.3mm wider, 0.7mm thinner), but the width feels a lot wider than that 7.3mm would have you believe. It feels more like a "normal" format phone rather than the elongated stick that is the S8. Ultimately this makes one-handed operation a bit harder as there's further for thumb and finger to reach, but it's not uncomfortable by any means. You notice how much thinner it is too. All that said, for my hands, the S8 is the better fit. UI and UX Touchwiz hasn't exactly had the best reputation in times past, but it's come a hell of a long way recently. I actually quite like it, and I found myself wishing I could apply it to the V30. That's not to say the V30 UI is bad - it's not. It is far more stock-Android than the S8, but it's still got some useful additions from LG. For example, if you long press on any application icon, the V30 will pop up a context menu for you with the most commonly used functions of that application. And best of all, this works for all applications, not just the pre-installed LG ones. On the other hand, much as Touchwiz on the S8 is now pretty great to use; Samsung have still been pretty restrictive in some areas - for example it's impossible to change the default Gallery application on the S8, but is very easy to do on the V30, and personally I find their settings app to be confusingly laid out. Features Both phones are pretty comparable on features. The V30 obviously has more versatility in it's camera application (due mostly to having 2 rear camera), but the S8 has possibly the better colour reproduction in those photos. The only significant difference I could find is that the V30 doesn't (yet) allow WiFi calling or VoLTE. Both these features are supported by LG's software, but for some reason they are disabled in the SIM free UK firmware I have. (LG allow the phone's bootloader to be unlocked, so that along with root access will allow you to enable both these features in the phone's build.prop file) Living with the phone Possibly the most awkward one to answer - initially on getting the V30 I was disappointed and kept wanting to go back to the S8. However, having used the V30 exclusively for 6 days now, my mind is far less clear. Ultimately I want a mix of the two - the features of the V30 with the UI of the S8. The biggest difference can be seen in the battery performance, and on that count the V30 wins absolutely hands down! ... so which is the winner...? I fully expected to end up with a firm favourite here, with an obvious decision about which phone to keep. Unfortunately that hasn't proven to be the case and I now like both to equal amounts, albeit for different reasons. Therefore, I'm going to sit firmly on the fence and say ... Both!
  3. Comparing phones is 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 decisions and some may need explanation. The winning phone in each category is shown in dark green and gains 2 points. Where no obvious winner exists, "highly commended" scores are in light green and gain 1 point) Feature One Plus 5T Sony ZX Premium LG V30 Galaxy Note 8 Construction Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Size 156.1mm x 75mm x 7.3mm 156mm x 77mm x 7.9mm 151.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.3mm 162.5mm x 74.8mm x 8.6mm Weight 162g 195g 158g 195g Screen Optic AMOLED 6.01" 2160x1080 401ppi IPS LCD 5.4" 3840x2160 807ppi P-OLED 6.0" 2800x1440 538ppi AMOLED 6.3" 2960x1440 521ppi Screen / Body Ratio 80.0 % 68.4 % 81.2 % 83.2 % Battery 3300 mAh 3230 mAh 3300 mAh 3300 mAh Processor Snapdraggon 835 Snapdraggon 835 Snapdraggon 835 Exynos OctaCore RAM 6GB / 8GB 4GB 4GB 6GB Storage 64GB / 128GB 64GB + MicroSD 64GB / 128GB + MicroSD 64GB / 128GB / 256GB + MicroSD Camera (rear) Main: 20Mpix f/1.7 & Wide: 16MPix f/1.7, OIS 19Mpix f/2.0, Predictive Phase Detection & Laser autofocus EIS, HDR, Panorama Main: 16Mpix f/1.6 (71deg)& Wide: 13Mpix f/1.9 (120deg), IOS, HDR10, Assisted Zoom Tele: 12Mpix f/2.4 (45deg) & Wide: DualPixel 12Mpix f/1.7 (77deg), IOS, 2x Optical zoom Camera (front) 16Mpix f/2.0 13Mpix f/2.0 5Mpix f/2.2 (90deg) 8Mpix f/1.7 Connectivity 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 2.0 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 Operating System Oxygen OS 4.7 (Android 7.1.1) Android 7.1.2 Android 7.1.1 Android 7.1.1 Biometrics / security Fingerprint (rear - middle) Fingerprint (side), face detection Fingerprint (rear - left), iris detection, face detection Fingerprint (rear - left), iris detection, face detection Protection None Waterproof (IP68) Waterproof (IP68), Shockproof Waterproof (IP68) Charging Dash Charge Fast Charging, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging Price £ 499 £ 650 £ 799 £ 869 Availability Late November 2017 Now Now Now Total points 8 5 8 8 ...this newly altered scoring card has produced yet another set of mixed results. While the LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 are still kings of the hill, the Sony ZX Premium has dropped back, and the OnePlus 5T has taken it's place. However, this is mainly due to it's impressive camera specifications; should the camera prove to not be as good in reality as it is in numbers (as has been experienced on the OnePlus 5), then we may need to revisit this comparison. As it stands right now, our new 2017 list of winners contains: LG V30 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 OnePlus 5T
  4. Comparing phones is 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 decisions and some may need explanation. The winning phone in each category is shown in dark green and gains 2 points. Where no obvious winner exists, "highly commended" scores are in light green and gain 1 point) Feature Huawei Mate 10 Pro Huawei Mate 10 LG V30 Galaxy Note 8 Construction Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Size 154.2mm x 74.5mm x 7.9mm 150.5mm x 77.8mm x 8.2mm 151.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.3mm 162.5mm x 74.8mm x 8.6mm Weight 178g 186g 158g 195g Screen AMOLED 6.0" 2160x1080 402ppi IPS LCD 5.9" 2560x1440 499ppi AMOLED 6.0" 2800x1440 537ppi AMOLED 6.3" 2960x1440 521ppi Screen / Body Ratio 80.9 % 81.6 % 81.2 % 83.2 % Battery 4000 mAh 4000 mAh 3300 mAh 3300 mAh Processor Kirin 970 (AI Engine) Kirin 970 (AI Engine) Snapdraggon 835 Exynos OctaCore RAM 6GB 4GB 4GB 6GB Storage 128GB 64GB + MicroSD 64GB / 128GB + MicroSD 64GB / 128GB / 256GB + MicroSD Camera (rear) Main: 20Mpix f/1.6 & Wide: 12Mpix f/1.6, 2x Lossless Zoom, Leica optics, Phase Detection autofocus Main: 20Mpix f/1.6 & Wide: 12Mpix f/1.6, 2x Lossless Zoom, Leica optics, Phase Detection autofocus Main: 16Mpix f/1.6 (71deg)& Wide: 13Mpix f/1.9 (120deg), IOS, HDR10, Assisted Zoom Tele: 12Mpix f/2.4 (45deg) & Wide: DualPixel 12Mpix f/1.7 (77deg), IOS, 2x Optical zoom Camera (front) 8Mpix f/2.0 8Mpix f/2.0 5Mpix f/2.2 (90deg) 8Mpix f/1.7 Connectivity 3G, 4G, Gigabit LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 4.2, IR, USB 2.0 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 4.2, IR, USB 2.0 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 Android version Android 8.0 Android 8.0 Android 7.1.2 Android 7.1.1 Biometrics Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection Fingerprint (front - middle), face detection Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection Fingerprint (rear - left), iris detection, face detection Protection Splashproof (IP53) Waterproof (IP67) Waterproof (IP68), Shockproof Waterproof (IP68) Charging QuickCharge 3.0 QuickCharge 3.0 QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging Price £ 799 £ 699 £ 799 £ 869 Availability November 2017 November 2017 Now Now Total points 5 4 10 10 From these figures, the Huawei phones can't quite match up with the latest from LG and Samsung; the V30 and Note 8 taking the top spot by some way. It's not all as bad as it looks though as camera quality is very hard to judge by numbers alone, and the only real let-down for the Huawei Mate 10 Pro are it's relatively poor waterproofing and lack of wireless charging.
  5. Comparing phones is 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 decisions and some may need explanation. The winning phone in each category is shown in dark green and gains 2 points. Where no obvious winner exists, "highly commended" scores are in light green and gain 1 point) Feature Google Pixel 2XL iPhone X LG V30 Galaxy Note 8 Construction Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar,stainless steel & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Size 157.9mm x 76.7mm x 7.9mm 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm 151.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.3mm 162.5mm x 74.8mm x 8.6mm Weight 175g 174g 158g 195g Screen P-OLED 6.0" 2280x1440 538ppi AMOLED 5.8" 2436x1125 458ppi P-OLED 6.0" 2800x1440 538ppi AMOLED 6.3" 2960x1440 521ppi Screen / Body Ratio 76.4 % 82.9 % 81.2 % 83.2 % Battery 3520 mAh 2716 mAh 3300 mAh 3300 mAh Processor Snapdraggon 835 Apple A11 Bionic Snapdraggon 835 Exynos OctaCore RAM 4GB 3GB 4GB 6GB Storage 64GB /128GB 64GB / 256GB 64GB / 128GB + MicroSD 64GB / 128GB / 256GB + MicroSD Camera (rear) 12.2Mpix f/1.8, IOS, Phase Detection autofocus, HDR Dual 12Mpix f/1.8 & f/2.4, Phase Detection autofocus, IOS, 2x Optical zoom Main: 16Mpix f/1.6 (71deg)& Wide: 13Mpix f/1.9 (120deg), IOS, HDR10, Assisted Zoom Tele: 12Mpix f/2.4 (45deg) & Wide: DualPixel 12Mpix f/1.7 (77deg), IOS, 2x Optical zoom Camera (front) 8Mpix f/2.4 7Mpix f/2.2, HDR, panorama 5Mpix f/2.2 (90deg) 8Mpix f/1.7 Connectivity 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 2.0 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 Operating System Android 8.0 iOS 11.0.2 Android 7.1.2 Android 7.1.1 Biometrics / security Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection Face ID Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection Fingerprint (rear - left), iris detection, face detection Protection Waterproof (IP67) Waterproof (IP67) Waterproof (IP68), Shockproof Waterproof (IP68) Charging QuickCharge 3.0 Fast Charging, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging Price £ 799 £ 999 £ 799 £ 869 Availability Now Now Now Now Total points 5 4 10 10 ...So there we have it; a newly altered scoring card produces a different result. Whereas the LG V30 had walked away with the "best phone" prize on our previous scoring matrix, now we've included screen / body ratio and a couple of other changes, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has jumped up to claim joint first place. See part 2 of this comparison for more of the 2017 flagship phones, and maybe a full on, definite winner...
  6. 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.
  7. 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+.
  8. Stuclark

    LG G6 launched

    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
  9. normal

    LG G3 Review

    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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
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    LG G3 Launch

    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.
  13. 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.
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  15. 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.
  16. . 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...
  17. AV fans have been eagerly waiting for big screen OLED TVs to reach our shores for a long time, with the technology promising a mixture of holy grails such as deeper blacks, more colours, sharper images and faster refresh rates, and even less energy usage. LG will be releasing two! Here's the press release: And the price? Well the 77" could be yours for a cool £20k (OK, there's £1 change in that), and the 65" could be yours for a more reasonable £6k. We look forward to the day we have one of these sitting in our living room!
  18. The LG G3 is billed as being the phone to "Simplify your life". LG have certainly gone to town with the word Simple; managing to get it iinto just about every feature of the phone. But is that just marketing, or is the smartphone experience simplified by this handset? Overall look, design & build quality The G3 certainly looks a nice device. It has a (faux) metal finish to the back which is scratch resistent but not self healing. The screen has virtually no bezel and fills the front of the phone nicely. Screen The screen on the G3 is the first QuadHD screen to hit the market and I can confirm that it definitely lives up to expectations - colours are vibrant and bright; whites are white; there's no nasty banding in evidence (hello Samsung...?) and simply ... it looks stunning! OK so there's more QuadHD phones coming, but truely the screen alone is enough to sell this phone to you right now! Camera The stand-out feature of this phone is the laser auto-focus on the camera. Simpy put it is very very fast. In the brief play I had, I found it hard to demonstrate how quick the auto-focus is, simply because my Samsung Galaxy S4 couldn't keep focus on the G3 quickly enough to fully show how the auto-focus works on the G3! One thing to note is that the camera auto-focusses on it's own, you don't need to press on the screen each time you want to re-focus; simply point the phone at a different subject. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S_UUYhNmdE User Interface The UI on the G3 is a bit of a breath of fresh air for an Android phone - it's still unmistakably Android and is at a quick glance quite close to "stock" Android 4.4. KitKat; but look a little closer and you'll see the numerous enhancements that LG have made, including altering icons; changing the animations, reducing needless font kerning ... it actually does make the phone look slightly more "simple" and in a way reminded me of Meego when it was new. (maybe that was just the round icons everywhere) ... more coming soon ...
  19. . A lot of manufacturers can be accused of adding new 'features' which don't benefit the user. We can see the benefit of these features. My daughter already knows the pattern code I use after looking over my shoulder..... There were some more innovations, including a 'selfie flash' which turned a large part of the screen white to brighten your face when in the dark, but unfortunately the battery on my camera ran out! Live and learn....
  20. . The 5.9" device will have a 1080p screen and also an interesting mix of features. As well as the knock on feature which LG have introduced to a few handsets now, it will also be able to do 120fps Full HD video for your slow motion action shots, a front flash for selfies, and a dual browser. The specs also look handy with a 13MP OIS rear camera, 3GB RAM and expandable memory. We look forward to seeing it in Barcelona! Source
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    webOS is Back!

    LG has applied it to it's latest range of TVs. These new smart TVs will offer voice and gesture recognition and offer a very smooth looking interface. It will be interesting to see how this will all work, but there's already rumours of a highly developed range of apps available such as Skype and Facebook. In addition, LG have launched a massive 105" OLED 4K telly (if you need to ask the price, you can't afford it ), as well as more 'affordable' 4K LCD and LED screens. Will this year be the year of 4K Ultra HD TV? It's certainly looking like 2014 will be the year of the 'wearable' and LG are looking to make sure they're there too. The LG Lifeband Touch is a fitness tracker which will count your steps, heart rate, calorie consumption etc, whilst they're also proposing some earphones which take your pulse!
  22. LG's new flagship handset will be sporting a Tegra 3 chip, 4.7" (1280x720) screen, 2150 mAh battery and ICS. It will also have 16GB storage, 1GB memory and 8mp camera. All sounds and looks slightly familiar. No clues on price yet. Source