News by Luke Jones on Thursday November 13, 2014.
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LG has done that classic thing smartphone companies do to prolong their device by giving it a fresh splash of color a few months after its initial launch. In this case it is the G3 getting the new hue with the Korean company confirming a new colorway for its well liked flagship powerhouse.Drumming up some interest in the handset, LG has issued a new Blue Steel version that you can get right now via Best Buy's website. Blue Steel, but to be honest we prefer the launch colors, but we are a conservative bunch. As well as Best Buy, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon will all be offering the new paint job, all carriers list Blue Steel as coming soon. The LG G3 is still a potent flagship smartphone, one of the best on the market in fact. It is also something of a bargain with the biggest carriers in the US offering the device for $99.99 on a two year commitment. Here's what we wrote about the LG G3 after our first hands on with the device.
The most impressive aspect of the G3 is its body and how much the texture differs from previous devices. The moisture and gloss of plastic has been replaced with the smoothness and strength of metal. The entire frame is plastic but there's a film along the back with a "metallic" texture. It still feels light as plastic and has a fingerprint-resistant coating. Though I've had issues with other devices that use plastic, and the slimy texture of glossy plastic has been particularly frustrating. The switch to a metallic-ish body is a pleasant departure that's preferable touching throughout the day, though it still feels somewhat strange. Introducing a Quad HD display also makes it hard to ignore the G3. The resolution of 2560 x 1440 is excessive and seems highly unnecessary given that only someone with phenomenal vision who holds the screen too close to his or her eyes would even be able to tell the difference between Quad HD and 1080p HD. It would appear that LG introduced this higher resolution just for the sake of being able to one-up rivals, and that might raise concerns about the effect this super hi-res screen will have on battery life. LG counters that it has used three tools to address that issue with "adaptive optimization" that will change the frame rate, CPU clock speeds, and timing control to consumer less energy. It's supposedly a 20 percent more efficient battery. However, there is something about this display that's incredible, and that's the way that the combination of brightness, color, and sharpness standout as beautiful. The benefits of this over an S5 are in being able to zoom in and still have a highly detailed image, but the benefits of that may be negligible. Maybe spending more time with the device might change my mind on the excess of QHD and I might end up praise the wonders of it. And while I'm hesitant to oversell a device I've only used for a few hours, the G3 is truly something special.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.