The LG G3 takes every notable smartphone fad of the last several months and expands upon it. A big screen isn’t enough, so it has to stuff a phablet screen in a smartphone body. Full HD resolution isn’t enough, so it has to go Quad HD. A strong camera with the usual autofocus isn’t enough, so it has to bring lasers. Some of these excesses backfire a little more than anticipated, but the G3 is something like the definitive Android phone of 2014 — not because it’s the best, but because it has everything.
And by and large, it does everything well. It’s always going to be big, and that mighty display forces power performance and battery life to take a hit, but there isn’t a significant, phone-defining flaw in sight here. The UI is clean and restrained, the camera is serviceable, the display is gorgeous, and the plastic is as premium as plastic gets. I’m still willing to sacrifice the HTC One (M8)’s camera flaws for its brilliant display, aluminum body, and smoother performance, but if you’re willing to pay full price for a phone that covers all the bases, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option than the LG G3.
- Smooth, efficient design
- Big, beautiful display
- Intuitive, attractive UI
- Capable camera
- Occasional performance and battery life issues
- Likely too large for smaller hands
- Handful of unnecessary software features
- 1440p display is overkill