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.

Buy the LG G3 SIM Free HERE.

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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LG G3 Pros & Cons

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the LG G3?

Pros

LG_G3_Shine_Gold_Hands_OnDesign - Whilst all new smartphones have a degree of classy, slab-like design to them, the G3 has a metallic look to it that gives it a more premium look and feel. Also the slight arcing on the rear of the phone gives it a different dimension not just when you look at it, but most importantly in the hand.  It might be big but the curvature makes for a more comfortable fit in the hand.

Screen - 538 pixels per inch is quite simply incredible.  The screen is so very bright and colours appear to pop out of the screen. With around 100 pixels per inch more than the other leading flagships at the time of launch, the G3 certainly stands out there on its own for sheer screen power alone.

At a resolution of 1440 x 2560 it really it knocks a lot of the competition for six.  Of course to take full advantage of this, the media has to support such a high resolution and many apps are not yet configured for such. There is also the impact on battery life.  Our testing revealed that for normal use should get you through a working day, but more power hungry users will likely be opting for the battery saving mode or looking for a top-up to keep them going.

What makes the G3 slightly more incredible is that the bezel either side of the screen is only 3.05mm, that is nearly 1.5mm less than the Galaxy S5 from Samsung.

Connectivity - There is no limit herein; literally all bases are covered.  From mobile data connections that include 3G and 4G, to the Miracast and Bluetooth connectivity.  The G3 even has an IR port so you can use the phone as a remote control.  The setup here is silky smooth too.  We had a TV and Sky box connected in just 90 seconds.

There is even Qi wireless charging built in, with no need for any extra accessories other than a wireless charging plate.

If you had to find criticism it would be the use of SlimPort for video out via HDMI cable, which has not been adopted at the same rate as MHL.

Removable battery – Many still prefer the ability to remove the battery and LG have given this feature to users. A fully user-removable battery with a 3,000 mAh capacity. It should last the day for most but charge via microUSB or wirelessly if you have a Qi charging pad.

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User interface – A new cleaner, mature and refined interface, LG have put a lot of work into the look of the software and icons to make it more visually appealing and intuitive for users.  The fancy icons have been replaced with a simplified design that is more universally recognisable.  In addition they have been configured to take advantage of the higher resolution display, something that icons from other app providers will unlikely have been done as yet.

Software features – An inordinate amount of features are included in the software on the G3. For an advanced or new Android user there is something for everyone.  From simple features such as being able to schedule the sending of text messages, through to be being able to block calls from certain people using the ‘do not disturb feature’.

Configure the layout of the software buttons, get notifications of unused apps and to call back those you have missed calls from; and of course you can download apps from Google Play Store.

LG are also concious of how much memory all these features take up, so the G3 uses 30% less memory than the G2, and another 30% can be saved by removing some of the pre-installed apps if you do not want them.

Read more about the software in our review here.

Camera – Press and hold the volume down key and you are quick-launched into a the camera app that focuses and captures images quickly, helped by the laser autofocus.

13 megapixel image capture and Ultra HD video recording are built in out of the box with the G3. There is also the ability to record at 120 frames per second for slow motion.

Images were generally crisp with a good balance of colour helped by HDR. 8x digital zoom is a nice addition and the results were surprising considering.

Dual tone LED flash helps considerably in low light photography and innovative selfie capture tools make for a better and more stable image capture.

There is to a 20% increase in optical image stabilisation. After capture image editing tools also assist to produce the final result.

Cons

Plastic construction – Plastic is fantastic?! The G3 looks and almost feels metal to the touch. However the phone is plastic in construction and not metal like the HTC One M8. On the face of it this is disappointing as it lacks that premium edge, but it does not feel like cheap plastic in the hand and should the worst happen and damage be sustained, the plastic is more resilient and cheaper to replace than solid metal.

Lack of IP rating – If you often find yourself caught in the rain or going freshwater swimming with it in your pocket then the G3 will be a victim of your activities, as there is no IP rating on this handset unlike the Samsung and Sony equivalents.  Whilst a few splashes will not harm it the lack of IP rating means reduced thickness and no fiddly port covers.

A certified IP rating is a benefit but as it only covers fresh water, the swim in the sea during the summer months will ruin any handset irrespective of this.

LG_G3_Shine_Gold_Hands_On2Lack of manual camera controls – The advanced photographer will be very disappointed with the camera settings on the G3.  It is so focused on the point and shoot feature there is no manual control over white balance, exposure and many other features as a default option.  Most of us simply do point and shoot in auto-mode. Third party apps can likely give you this but should you have to install another camera app?

Single speaker – It certainly packs a punch and is capable of producing sounds that read well into the 80′s on the decibel meter.  Whilst generally good, the speaker does not have the balance and warmth of the sound that comes from HTC’s M8 or Sony’s Z2 speakers.  It felt a little weak in the mid tones. Connecting a set of headphones and all is ok. An equaliser will help solve this a bit.

For more information and details on the G3 the do check out our full review here. Or buy the G3 SIM Free here.

LG G Watch – first stock in tomorrow July 1st

LG’s new Android Wear powered smartwatch in stock first at Clove from July 1st.

Update 2/7 - The LG G Watch is now being dispatched by Clove.  The Android handset with which you pair the G Watch  will need the Android Wear app and an update to Google Search and Play Services.  These will be available officially from 7th July from the Google Play Store. We therefore advise to hold off switching on or activating your G Watch until this time to ensure  optimum performance and compatibility.

lg-g-watch-black-white-slimWe knew it was coming quickly and incredibly LG have released stock of the new G Watch to Clove earlier than expected. The stock will be for the BLACK model only at this time and is due to arrive in our warehouse during the day tomorrow.

There is one small catch – a required update to the operating system is due this weekend. This means that until the publicised release date of Monday 7th July, the G Watch will not be fully functional.

The watch should still connect and pair with Android 4.3+ smartphones (it will need to be able to do this to receive the update), however almost all of the functionality will be locked out until the update is delivered.

At this time we will not be shipping out to customers as soon as we receive the stock. This is both to honour the official release date and also so we can clarify the update procedure with LG.

As soon as LG give us the go ahead then we will begin shipping orders. This will be in time for delivery on the release date of July 7th.

The LG G Watch is the first smartwatch powered by Android Wear and available from Clove Technology for £159 (£132.50 ex-VAT) plus shipping.

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LG G Watch at a glance

  • Android Wear operating system
  • Google Now integration
  • Voice recognition
  • Classic black and white designs
  • 400 mAh battery
  • Wireless charging
  • 1.65″ display
  • 4GB internal storage
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Compatible with Android 4.3+ smartphones
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