The display resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels at 5.5 inches gives the presentation an incredible sharpness. In exchange for this, the user must make small compromises in other areas.
When the G2 entered the market in September 2013, it marked a new beginning for the smartphone division of LG. Not only the innovative arrangement of the power and volume buttons on the back was a surprise, but the equipment and the test results have also been a cause of awe. The G2 was a top-class smartphone last year which stayed in the top 5 of the connect best list for a long time. The G3 was already on sale in July 2014 and achieving notable accomplishments. But first things first.
The G2 proved its worth last year with one of the best displays around, and even today, the presentation is still up-to-date: 1920 x 1080 pixels at 5.2 inches, combined with strong contrasts and a high luminosity of 413 candela, are still state of the art. The Snapdragon 800 processor also meets high standards in 2015, in particular the 2GB of RAM is sufficiently large.
The workmanship is perfect, but the biggest criticisms of the G2 are connected to the housing. First, the back is not removable, so you cannot replace the battery. Also, LG uses a plastic piano lacquer look, which leaves the smartphone behind most other models presented here in terms of haptics. But more significant is the lack of a micro SD slot – if you buy the G2 with 16GB, you will have just under 9 GB available, which is much too little considering apps are becoming increasingly demanding. Therefore, we recommend buying the 32 GB version in every case, which costs only 30 euros more on average.
With the successor model, LG did away with many criticisms. You can replace the battery and extend the 16 or 32 GB memory with micro SD cards. Unfortunately, the housing is again made of plastic – although the surface has a shimmery metallic look, this does not change much about the haptics.
The main improvement over its predecessor is in the display, which has grown from 5.2 to 5.5 inches. In 2014, LG also managed to set a new benchmark here, because the G3 was the first smartphone in Germany with quad-HD resolution – the display quality is currently one of the best that the smartphone market has to offer.
In contrast, the remaining equipment provides few arguments for the purchase of the successor, because LG has only made minor model updates. The Snapdragon 801 is basically just a slightly modified version of the 800 model, not a new generation of processors. The camera still has 13 megapixels – indeed, a new laser autofocus focuses more quickly, but the image quality has not made a quantum leap. In general: there was no reason to buy a new smartphone in 2014 based on the camera; the improvements in this area are very limited.
The battery life has not changed much, even acoustic and radio properties move on one level as a rule of thumb. The micro SD slot and the display speak for the current model, but on the other hand, the shape factor and of course the higher price speak against it. G3 has indeed not changed outwardly as much as the Galaxy S5, but it is also not particularly handy. Whether that justifies an additional charge of 100 euros is something you have to decide for yourself.