LG G Watch 60 Second Review

LG_G_WatchfEarlier this week I published a full review of the LG G Watch and the Android Wear software found on it.

The G Watch is the next generation of Smartwatch that is capable of becoming quite something given time for apps and android wear extensions to become available.

If you missed the review you can read  it here.

If you are short of time or want to know only about the watch itself rather than the software so much, why not take a look at the following video which summaries the main positives and negatives in 60 seconds.

Clove’s top 10 smartphones of August 2014

Where has the time gone? It is the middle of summer here in the UK and everyone is using their photos to snap pictures of beaches, planes, far flung destinations and family members enjoying themselves.

August tends to be a quiet month in the mobile industry as people wind down after a busy few months and prepare for the run up to that big day in December….(yes we are already thinking about this).

Although things may be calming down that has not stopped a battle emerging for a space in the top 10 smartphones this month.

We have a new addition in the form of the Nokia Lumia 930 and a few movements amongst other strong contenders.

So after a bit of discussion, we have come up with the list below.

Please do remember that this list is our top 10 based on our preferences, feelings, sales and customer feedback.  Others may have a very different opinion on what makes their top 10.

If you have any questions then contact us on sales@clove.co.uk or by phoning +441202552936 and we will happily help.

 

Motorola Moto E Front_small10. Motorola Moto E

A less featured Moto G but below with £100 price point the Moto E brings great value performance and features to the mass market. Dual core processor, 5 megapixel camera and 3G connectivity.

It might not be all that inspiring in terms of design but it offers what the majority of us will need for communicating on the go and there are interchangeable covers for that added personalisation.

Like the Moto G the E offers all round value but does away with the added power and features that not everyone needs.  As an upgrade from a feature-phone this is a good example of a first smartphone.

Buy Motorola Moto E HERE


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Free Bluetooth photo printer with LG G3

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Receive a FREE wireless Bluetooth pocket photo printer worth £100 with every LG G3.

The printer connects via Bluetooth with NFC one touch pairing available as an option and prints the pictures you ask of it.

Available SIM free from Clove, the LG G3 is amongst the must have devices of this summer that boasts the following features:

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • LG Emotion UI
  • 5.5” Quad HD 1440 x 2560 (534 ppi)
  • 13 MP camera with laser autofocus, OIS & HDR
  • 2.46 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 2 GB RAM / 16 GB internal storage
  • Micro SD memory card support up to 128 GB
  • 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm
  • 3,000 mAh removable battery
  • Wireless charging

If you have not really seen what all the fuss is about then why not take a look at our quick 60 second review below.

For more information or to take advantage of the offer, please click here.

LG G3 Languages

The smartphones that we sell here at Clove come SIM free and unlocked for use on all major networks and are too of UK origin.

This means that the default language is English.

However you may have a preference to communicate in another language.  The following screenshots show you what language options for the menus and keyboards are available on the Lg G3.

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LG G3 – Simplified UI

LG_G3_Simplified_UILG have made a concious effort to make the user interface on the new G3 that little bit more intuitive, cleaner and simpler to get to grips with.

Their goal was to design an interface that was simple and allowed users to concentrate on the contents itself with unnecessary graphics removed.

Looking at the image above you can see how the icons have developed from what they were on the left to what they now are on the G3 on the right.

Using more mature colours, key apps are colour coded so you know exactly which app you are in by the colour.

Time has been spent too on finding the right typeface so that information is clear and crisp on screen.

To better understand the theory behind the changes and the new graphic user interface, the short promotional video from LG below,  explains it all very well.

LG G3 – Floating Arc Design

LG_G3_ArcI will be the first to admit that the glossy slab like design of many smartphones is very appealing, but from a comfort perspective during daily usage, that styling can sometimes compromise comfort.

LG, Samsung and Nokia all add some curvature to the sides of the phone, which make for a slightly more comfortable grip, but maybe does not feel as solid as those squarer styled devices.

With the G3,  LG have tried to reduce the extra weight and bulk because with a 5.5″ display it will be heavier, so if weight can be saved in other places it all makes the difference.

The G3 weighs 149 grams and has what LG refer to as a floating arc design, shown in the above image.

The result is reduced hand fatigue and better grip.

The G3 weighs just 27.3g for every 1 inch of the display, whilst something like the HTC One M8 weighs 32g per inch.  Its a small but noticeable difference.

Facts and figures on paper are one thing, the in hand experience is another.

I reviewed the G3 having used the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact as my daily phone for 4 months prior.  I use the Compact as I have smaller hands and generally find the larger phones uncomfortable and cumbersome to use, yet I concluded;

After several long days testing as many features on the G3, I am pleased to say that much like the G2, the G3 has left me with a very positive view of it and one that for me personally has teased me into moving back to a larger screened device.

The way that LG has squeezed such a large and immensely vivid display into a form factor no bigger than Sony’s Z2 which has just a 5.2” display is simply incredible. It feels like every millimetre of the chassis has been used to best effect.

Of course you need to make your own judgement, but I can honestly say the words above are truth and it really is testament to LG’s commitment to small details like the curvature that leave me with such feelings and it is quite possible you will feel the same. With screens getting bigger and bigger, keeping the feeling of slim and comfortable is very important.

 

LG G3 – Removable Battery

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In times gone by a common technical response to a mobile going wrong would be to remove the battery and put it back in again.

Developments in technology and software has meant that this is no longer such a common response, in fact most devices now have batteries built in and there is no way to remove them.

The built in battery has allowed for improved hardware design and IP rated handsets that are not all that bulky.

Some still prefer to have this option though and the new LG G3 offers this.  A 3000mAh capacity battery is included in the device and will power most people through a normal working day, but sometimes there is a need or desire for a spare and the fact that the G3 has a user removable battery then this is most certainly possible.

Pull off the back cover and the battery sits centrally within the chassis with the key micro SIM and microSD slot just above it.

With devices like the G3 able to do more than ever and with the quad HD display, power drain from the battery can potentially be quite high, but LG have included a battery saver which maximises the power draw from the battery to allow you to work away from power for longer.

You can test the battery in the G3 yourself buy buying one from Clove here.

 

LG G3 – Optical Image Stablisation Plus (OIS+)

LG_G3_Shine_Gold_Hands_On6No doubt you have been left with the utter disappointment at some time in your life, where you have captured an image, only to review it and find that it is all blurred because there has been shake in the camera at the time of capture.  What is worse is that sometimes, we may not notice this until it is too late and re-taking the picture is just not an option.

A technology that has existed in many cameras for some time is something called Optical Image Stablisation (OIS). OIS is the process of reducing the blur or motion in images that comes from pan and tilting of the camera lens.

In the simplest sense the lens and sensors in the camera compensate for the movement and adjust to ensure a blur free image.

There are not that many smartphones that have it, but the LG G2 is one, and now the new G3 has it too, albeit improved.

You can expect a 20% improvement in stabilisation from the G2 to the G3, thanks to OIS+.

The following graphic gives a visual representation of how OIS+ works. You can see the movement in the lens and sensor based on information from the gyro sensor to accommodate for the motion and help reduce the impact in the final image.

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Many avid photographers criticise smartphone manufacturers for not including this technology in more handsets, but LG seem committed and the impact should be better images from the G3.  Here are a few images we captured on the G3.

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LG G3 – Magic Focus

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The more artistic photos that many of us like are those that have a bokeh effect to them with an apparent depth to the image.

Some cameras will achieve this with certain conditions, or you can achieve it with manual control of the camera settings, but you generally need a dedicated camera for this.

On the LG G3, there is a feature called Magic Focus, which lets you change the area of focus after the photo was taken as well as a synthesize photo that has all of the objects in focus.

HTC offered a similar feature on the HTC One M8, but to achieve this, they used two ultrapixel cameras, while the G3 uses just its main rear camera.

In the image above you can see how the wasp in the shot is out of focus on the left, but in the right shot it is in focus.

I had a play with this feature when completing the review on the G3.  Check out my attempt below, using my trusting Minions as models for the shot.


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LG G3 – Wireless Charger

LG_G3_Wireless_Charging_standOut of the box, with no need for expensive accessories, you have the capability to charge the LG G3 without having to attach cables to the handset itself.  The technology is known as wireless charging. Sony and Samsung equivalents require a replacement back cover or case purchase to enable this.

You do need a wireless charging plate to do this, but any Qi (pronounced chee) plate will work, but if you purchase your G3 from Clove, you get the official LG WCD-100 charging plate included in the price*.

Priced at £59.99 this official charger acts as a stand for the G3. Sit the device in portrait orientation on to the stand and providing the stand is connected to mains power, it will begin charging the G3 or any other Qi enabled smartphone.

White in colour the stand folds away for convenient storage and transportation.

The WCD-100 for the G3 can be ordered here, or is included free* with any G3 order from Clove.

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*Offer for free wireless charger correct at time of publication. Subject to change.

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