NEW YORK — LG’s mantra for its new G3 flagship phone is “Simple is the New Smart.” Selling the phone this summer when it arrives in the U.S. may not be all that simple though, given the stiff competition. While no price has been set, all the major U.S. carriers are supporting the device, and the G3 does boast several promising features.
Along those lines, LG is playing up a new photography feature called Laser Auto Focus which the South Korean company claims leads to automatic focusing that works even faster than the blink of the human eye. The focusing system is based on the same radar technology used by the police to catch speeders. The phone has a 13-megapixel rear camera and front-facing 2.1-megapixel camera. You can have the front camera capture a selfie when you employ a closing-your-fist gesture.
According to LG, people use the keyboards on smartphones every 5 minutes. And so the keyboard on the G3 also has a number of enhanced features meant not only to speed up your typing, but also reduce typos. For example, the keyboard adapts to your typing habits over time and guesses at what you’ll type next. (Yes, we’ve seen other keyboards do similar things.) Moreover, you can also customize where certain keys are on the keyboard as well as adjust the height of the keyboard based on the size of your hands.
All modern smartphones have some sort of notifications delivery system and so it goes here. One set of notifications on the LG, should you choose to take advantage of it, is to remind you when you haven’t paid attention to certain apps or files for some time, with the idea being that you can clean up the device to salvage some storage space.
The G3 will be the first U.S. smartphone, LG says, to boast a “QuadHD display with four times the resolution of an HD display. The 5.5-inch screen certainly looked sweet in a demonstration room at an LG launch event, but I want to try it out in real world use.
Other items of note: as with prior LG phones, the power switch is on the back of the device and not the sides, which takes getting used to.
The battery is removable, and the phone (with the proper accessory) can take advantage of wireless charging.
A Knock Code security feature lets you unlock the device based on a designated pattern of taps that the user can customize. It also promises to let you unlock the phone with one hand.
On the subject of security, you can let a friend or family member borrow your phone to make a call while keeping personal files safe and hidden from view.
The 5.5 ounce device comes in multiple colors. It runs Android version 4.4.2 KitKat.