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.

LG G3 – Smart Tips – Smart Keyboard

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The physical keyboard on a mobile  is a thing of the past, everything is now on screen.  This can be a good and bad thing depending on your point of view.

For the last few years the keyboards we find on our mobile devices have been improving in their layout and accuracy, meaning less errors and a faster input rate, further helped by word prediction.  The keyboard has really never been so clever.

What has been an issue is the relative lack of consistency between keyboards in their features and layout.

Many opt for after-market solutions such as SwiftKey or Swype due to the advantages they bring.

This is improving as time goes by and LG are keen to show their commitment to such a fundamental part of the smartphone experience.

Smart Keyboard as LG call it is designed to be more useful to you.  You can adjust the actual height of the keyboard and in turn the keys based on your preference.

Predicting what you are going to say is always beneficial and can over time, save a considerable amount of keystrokes.  As you type a word, what the device thinks you are typing appears above the keyboard.  If the result you want appears above, just swipe up on the key and the word will be automatically completed for you, saving you the need to add the extra letters to the word.

Quick Move then allows you to quickly go back and edit previously entered text by sliding along the screen and making the relevant amendments.

If this was not enough, then the keyboard also learns your habits. So if for example you have a tendency to always tap slightly to the left of a particular letter on the keyboard, it learns this and in time assumes you want the letter to the right of your finger tap.

It is these small things that make a big difference when using the LG G3.

The following video highlights the features mentioned and shows you them in action.

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Clove’s top 10 smartphones of July 2014

It seems like only 5 minutes ago that we were talking about CES, but now into the 7th month of the year we are nearer the next CES than the last!  Time flies hey!

It is safe to say that now all the major players have released their flagship handsets, the G3 from LG was the last to the party here.

Last it might have been but by no means lacking was it, making quite an entrance with the quad HD display.

The updated Motorola Moto G has too made quite an entrance, selling better than expected and offering 4G for well under the £200 price point.

The choice of which smartphone to go for has never been so great. Various models in various memory sizes and in various colours often with a mini counterpart. Which device to go for will be your choice, but  if you ever need any assistance then then we are always willing to advise here at Clove.

Contact us on sales@clove.co.uk or by phoning +441202552936.

We do too have a range of full device reviews here.

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.


10. LG G2 Mini

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Falling dfown the list, the G2 Mini lacks the wow factor of so many other device, but it is no slouch and will make a very lovely handset for anyone who takes the plunge.  I still feel that this is more comfortable in the hand than the Z1 Compact.

It has a 4.7″ display which is a nice size, not too big or too small.

The resolution of the screen and the slight inbalance of the camera results mean that the G2 Mini doesn’t have quite what it takes to compete with the best but a strong contender it is none the less.

Witht he winning form factor from the original G2 the rear mounted button configuration I think works better on the smaller G2 Mini.

Now available for less than £350 the G2 seems to have dropped off the radar for many in the tech circles but it is still an exceptionally powerful product.

It is snappy and looks the part with some nice UI features.

Buy LG G2 Mini HERE.

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LG G3 – Smart Tips – Quick Circle

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You have purchased or are intending to buy the LG G3.  A fantastic looking phone with a metal esq body, the decision as to whether you put it in a case to protect it or not is up to you, it seems a shame to hide such a good looking thing, but then again, it would look awful if it was damaged.

The Quick Circle Case from LG is one of the best options to protect your device. Replacing the original back cover, it provides protection to the display with the flip back front panel.

However a nice feature is the ability to interact with the G3, without the need to actually open the case properly.

On the font is a circular window through which you can view the Quick Circle.

The quick circle gives quick access to and use key features such as LG health, music player, camera, messaging, call log and settings.

So with the quick circle case on your G3, when closed you can play your favourite music, read the last text message you received, call friends and family or just check the time.

See a demo of the quick circle in the following video.

Buy the LG G3 SIM Free HERE.

LG G3 – HDMI SlimPort

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At 5.5″ the display on the LG G3 is big enough for you to complete most tasks on the move and even enjoy plenty of media.

However there are times when a bigger screen has a real advantage.  You might want to show off your holiday snaps or share a presentation with others.  So rather than huddling around the G3, connecting it to a larger display such as a TV in your lounge or office boardroom would be much more practical.

There was a time when this was not possible, but the G3 can do this with an without wires.

If the TV has Miracast built in (few currently do) you can share the screen on the G3 to the HD display without wires.  Any action on the G3 screen is then replicated on the larger display.

HSlimPort_VGAcowever another solution is to use a SlimPort adapter.  The adapter connects into the microUSB port on the bottom of the G3 and then into an HDMI cable which is in turn connected to the display.

Unless your battery is running low, you do not need to even connect power to the device like you do with many MHL connections. (MHL is an alternative to SlimPort)

With video playback on the G3, you can even do something else on the handset itself whilst the video is played on the big screen.

Not something you may need everyday but something that is very useful. How impressive would it look when giving a presentation to just connect your phone to the TV, especially to your boss or new client!

Built into the G3 all you need is the SlimPort adapter and TV to be able to achieve this.

If you wish to know more about SlimPort we have a detailed post here that explains it all.

 

LG G3 – Smart Tips – Smart Bulletin

LG-G3_Smart_NoticeDo you ever feel like you are constantly on the go and never have any time to yourself?

Need to put reminders in the calendar to be prompted when to do something so you do not forget or miss it because you are so busy?

The Smart Bulletin feature on the G3 from LG, could be very helpful to you.  It helps Keep track of your work, health and daily life.

Get a daily, weekly, or monthly update in regards to your health.  Key statistics such as steps taken and calories burned.

Smart tips provide video and short textual guides as to how to get more from your device and make it work better for you.

All of this gets delivered to you on your home screen through smart notice. Pleasant on screen notifications that give you important information when you need it.

See a demonstration of this in the following video.

Buy the LG G3 SIM Free HERE.

LG G Watch Unboxing

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Android Wear is the new form of technology that if you have not heard about you will be over the coming days and weeks.

Currently focused around ‘smartwatches’ Android Wear is a fully optimised version of Android designed to bring the notifications that are on your smartphone to the wearable to reduce the number of ‘micro-interactions’ with the phone.

Where now you look at  your phone to see if you received a text or a call and who from, when wearing an Android Wear product this information and more comes to your wearable product, in the case of the G Watch, your wrist.

Save yourself time and effort and decide whether you need to take action or not.

Complete web searches, reply and even track the number of steps you are taking all from your Android Wear product.

As the first to come to market the G Watch from LG is receiving a lot of attention, helped by the price of £159.

We have been quite surprised at just how well it works.

Check out our unboxing below.

We will be briging a full review in a few weeks time once we have thoroughly tested the G Watch and seen what it really has to offer as the scope will only grow as developers produce apps and enhance functionality for it.

LG G3 – Smart Tips – Quad HD Display

LG_G3_Quad_HD_DIsplayWhen we are consuming more rich media on our devices like movies, video clips and photos it is only right that the experience is delivered in the best possible detail.

HD has been on the scene for a long time and now it is moving to 4K, although instances of this are still limited for the majority of us.

The G3 looks to begin taking the HD displays seen on mobiles to a new level with the G3 sporting a Quad HD screen.

At 538 pixels per inch the G3 has approximately 100 more per inch than it’s main rivals meaning clearer images, with more vibrancy and detail.

The resolution of this screen is 2560 x 1440 and is 5.5″ diagonally.

Compare it to printed material and a full HD display that many phones have, would be equivalent to the quality of print found in a magazine, whilst the G3’s display is equivalent to the print finish in a high quality art book.

Experience the vibrancy in the following video.

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LG G3 User Manual/Guide

LG G3 User Manual

Below you can find the digital version of the user manual for the LG G3. Click the PDF icon to open the manual.

If you would like a printed version of the manual, just click here.

The G3 is the flagship phone from LG for the first part of 2014 and competes with the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 to name just a few.  Stand out features include a stunning quad HD IPS display and built in wireless charging.  If you are looking to buy or own a G3 we doubt you will be disappointed.

Hopefully the user manual will answer any of the outstanding questions that you have about the device, but if there is anything that isn’t covered or if you have any questions prior to purchasing, please feel free to ask in the comments or to contact our sales team.

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