In 2007 I got a Nokia N95. I thought it was amazing. It had a 5 megapixel camera and GPS. My aim with buying phones back then was to have the most exciting phone I could find. That’s exactly what I had, I was ahead of the curve in a big way! Then the iPhone was announced.
It was clear from the get go that buttons were pretty much a thing of the past immediately. I waited out my contract (back then you could still get 12 month contracts) and got an iPhone. I never looked back, I barely looked sideways. This was the future and I was excited.
Several years later and other phone companies are catching up. Android is going from strength to strength and I’m getting a bit bored. I’m not excited by the iPhone or its OS anymore. The openness of Android appeals to me and my contract is due up. It’s not the first time I’ve considered jumping ship, when my contract was up in 2012 I considered it but with a lack of knowledge about Android and the iPhone increasing its screen size I stuck with what I knew. All this changed this year. Now I have an LG G3, I’ve been using it for a few months and these are my thoughts on it.
The G3 has 5.5 inch screen, a 13 megapixel camera and is running Android 4.4.2 Kitkat. It’s a nice piece of kit in general. I’m loving having a larger screen. My one big complaint about the iPhone for years has been the piddling little screen. A big screen isn’t the best for everybody but it suits me perfectly. The screen is really clear and colours look great on it as they should with a 1440 x 2560 better than HD resolution. Personally I would have preferred a standard HD screen to save on battery but then I’d prefer companies use the Street Fighter naming method for resolutions beyond HD (Super HD + Turbo Championship Edition for example) so what do I know.
Android is great. My only experiences of android previously were quite some time ago or when briefly using my wife’s phone. I’d never had the opportunity to sit down with it properly. Kitkat seems to be a solid OS and I’m loving it. The openness of the platform and the way it lets everything talk to each other really highlighted how hampered the iPhone is.
There are some less positive aspects to it however. The LG software on the phone is in the main, bloody dreadful. Luckily I can avoid seeing it for the most part but it does pop up and irritate from time to time. Battery performance is terrible. You can watch the battery draining its so bad. This is apparently an issue with battery management software. I use a battery management app to close down unnecessarily running apps and set profiles for certain times of day to try and optimise. It works pretty well but it would be better if every time i switched the phone on I didn’t have to close 20 apps in fear of battery death.
LG put the volume and on/off buttons on the back of the phone which is a bit weird. You kinda get used to it but when operating the phone on my desk at work it means I can’t put the phone in standby without picking the phone up. A double tap of the screen brings it to life but this causes problems when it’s in my pocket. I usually turn the screen in towards my leg to protect it but when the screen rubs against my leg it comes to life, opens apps, skips tracks etc. I don’t want to turn the screen out wards as this feels a touch unsafe but I’m having to.
These are in the main niggles but what the G3 has shown me is that I don’t really want to go back to iPhones. With the iPhone announcement imminent of course this may change but I’m pretty happy with android at the moment. It’s a good job too being locked into a contract for the next 20 months or so.