Video: LG G3 vs. Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8)

Our LG G3 review is on the way, don’t worry, but as we put our final touches on it, we wanted to continue showing you all there is to see about this incredible phone. We gave you our 25+ tips and tricks for the LG G3 yesterday, ran through a series of features on Monday, and now have a better comparison of the device to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8) to show off.

At this time, these are the three flagships of the moment. Sure, the new Moto X is still on the way, as is the Note 4, but for now, if you are considering a smartphone purchase, these are the three phones you would look at.  (more…)

LG G3 Tip: Using Dual Window

Like Samsung’s Multi Window, LG has a dual-app feature in its phones called Dual Window. Dual Window allows you to run two apps simultaneously on top of one another in resizable windows. You could do things like continue a Hangouts conversation while grabbing directions to your friend’s location. You could watch a YouTube video for an artist while sending an email about their upcoming concert that you would like to attend. Dual Window, like Multi Window, is a multi-tasker’s dream feature.  (more…)

LG G3 Tip: Changing the Look of the App Switcher

The LG G3 has on-screen navigation buttons in a traditional Android layout, but that doesn’t mean that LG still didn’t find a way to make things their own. I’m talking about the app switcher, which LG customized in the most awkward of fashions. Fortunately for all, it can be adjusted in ways that make it much more useful.

When tapped out of the box, the LG G3 app switcher displays up to nine recently used apps in a layout similar to what you would find on the HTC One (M8). These are full previews of the previously used apps laid out in a grid, though LG went ahead and put the most recently used one in the top left corner, which would be furthest away from your thumb should you be using your right hand. If you ask me, the most recently used app should always be at the bottom or in the bottom right corner, depending on the layout.  (more…)

LG G3 Tip: Using One Handed Operation

Following our tip on how to customize the navigation button setup on the LG G3, we wanted to make sure you all knew that you could set your new phone up for one handed operation as well. For me, this is an option that will always be enabled.

Setting your phone up for one handed operation allows you to still use the oversized G3 in one hand, meaning the keyboard can be pulled to one side or the other to make for quick typing, the dialer can jump from side-to-side depending on the hand you are using, and even your lock screen can be adjusted so that you won’t need two hands to enter your PIN.  (more…)

LG G3 Tip: Customizing Navigation Buttons

Even though we have had a Korean version of the LG G3 for a number of weeks, we held off on fully diving into the device because well, it was the Korean variant. Those models tend to be quite different than the versions released in the US. Features will change (or be omitted), plus wireless connectivity is never great when running international models on our networks, so reviewing them is absolutely silly. Thankfully, AT&T released their variant last week and the rest of the major US carriers plan to have the phone available by this Friday. That means, in case you didn’t guess, that it is time for us to show you all of the tips and tricks to make your experience the best, should you happen to buy one.

The first thing we are going to look at is the navigation button setup. This time around, LG gave us a traditional button layout of Back-Home-Recent Apps, but you can tweak the layout of it or add new buttons to quickly complete other tasks. You can add buttons for accessing the notification shade, QuickMemo, QSlide, and even Dual Window. You can change the color of the navigation area, decide if you want it to be transparent on the home screen, and even have it hide while in specific apps unless called upon.  (more…)

Google Play’s Material Design Makeover, That was Shown at Google I/O, is Underway

During Google I/O 2014, we saw the beginning of a new set of design guidelines take shape in the form of Material Design. Google wants all of its products across all platforms to look a certain way, with layers, depth, motion, and even a sense of texture or the feel of touch as you swipe around something like Gmail. But even though Material Design was unveiled, the only instances of it in the wild at this point are some of the stock apps built-in to the Android L preview. We have yet to see Google give us fully redesigned Maps or Hangouts or Calendar apps. Sure, Google+ saw a massive redesign a couple of months back that took on parts of Material Design, but it even has some work in front of it to look like what was shown at I/O.

Thankfully, they gave us all sorts of glimpses of the current work being done to Gmail and even Google Play. The Gmail mini-preview was shown during the keynote, but if you looked at the specific developer sessions for Google Play and Material Design, you got an entire preview of what the new Play store is going to look like. From the massive content being displayed in backgrounds or at the top of listings, to the simpler layout that feels less cluttered, to sharing and purchasing buttons being easily identified, this is going to be a major change.  (more…)

AT&T LG G3 Unboxing and Hands-on

The LG G3 might seem like old news, but for American buyers, it is anything but old. The device is finally available through AT&T and Sprint, with in-store availability on T-Mobile and Verizon beginning next week. We decided to pop over to an AT&T retail store to pick one up, considering that the G3 model we previously had was a Korean unit.

The specifications are the exact same as the Korean model, with the device featuring a glorious 5.5″ QHD display (2560 x 1440), Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, a massive 13MP rear-facing camera with laser auto-focus, Bluetooth 4.0, 3,000mAh battery, and runs Android 4.4.2 out of the box. To sum up the G3 in one word – beast(more…)