LG G3S-Medium Class with 4 G and Powerful Battery [Test]

Review: LG G3S is a light version of LG G3 offers 4 g and battery with lots of juice.

LG has launched the LG G3S, there is a light version of LG G3. This means that there are screwed down for some of the specifications, and the difference is reflected in the price, where LG G3 koster 3,899 while younger brother LG G3S koster 2,195 dollars.

About the S stands for ‘stripped down’ or ‘Super’, I look more closely at today.

Muted specifications

LG G3 S have the following key characteristics:

  • 5 inch IPS LCD Screen 720 x 1280 (294 ppi)
  • 8 megapixel camera with laser focus
  • 8 GB internal memory
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4 g
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400

With a quick look at the specifications and price joins a relevant question: Is the best for the price? Or are there alternatives that provide more value for money?

The physical environment

It quickly became clear that LG G3S have almost the same physical size as LG G2 – It is clearly visible when the devices are added on top of each other.

LG G3S meter: 137.7 x 69.6 x 10.3 mm
LG G2 meter: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm

Both units are sculpted after pillow-principle, where the phone is at its narrowest along the sides and more plump toward the Center.

The form gives obvious advantages for producers who can make a phone that is well rounded in the Palm of the hand, and seems thinner than it actually is, while at the same time there is room for a bigger battery.

The form, however, not only provides benefits. I often have my phone lying next to my computer, or on the kitchen table when I cook. It means that I, without taking the phone in hand, can tap the screen and read and write messages.

LG G3S that has a very pronounced degree of pillow-design, lies and tilts from side to side, when you touch the screen. It may not sound like a big problem, but I actually ended up being really annoyed on the phone because of this.

Very characteristic for LG G3S, to standby and volume buttons are moved about on the back of the phone. According to LG this gives easier access to operate the phone, and I can only assume that it works as intended. It takes a little getting used to, but once you have corrected the brain into after the new location it makes perfect sense.

The back cover is in the metal-look so plastic that look like metal, and the impersonation is made quite well and look alike, and the only thing missing is the cold sensation metal gives off.

Nice screen, but looked better for the price

The phone has a 5-inch IPS LCD screen at 720 x 1280 pixels by 294 ppi (pixels per inch), which certainly seems sensible. There is as such no of expose on the screen that stands sharp with a reasonable amount of contrast and lovely colors.

There is just a little snag that screen on LG G2 is nicer and more pleasant to look at in length. It all stands just nicer and sharper. LG G2 have a 5.2 inch True-IPS + 1080 x 1920 pixels on LCD monitor with the entire 424 ppi.

Why I now mention again LG G2, which has one year more experience than LG G3S? Because LG G2 is in the same price range as LG G3S, and have specifications that can make it an interesting alternative.

Screen on LG G2 is bigger one on LG G3S as the distance from the screen edge to the edge of the phone is smaller. Not much more, but a little is also right.

Camera with fast autofocus

LG makes much out of marketing laser focus in LG G3S, giving prompt focus and razor sharp images. It works, but best at distances up to 5-8 meters, then it seems a tad slower.

I would like to commend the LG G3S for the picture quality that comes out of the 8 megapixel main camera. The images are sharp with a nice helping of depth and fine detail. But here too we will not get around that the camera in the LG G2 takes just as good or better pictures with its 13 megapixel camera.

Smooth operation

In General, LG G3S a very positive to go explore. The icons are simple and the design is tight and flat. Flat is not negative, but more of the future trend, also seen in, for example, Apple’s latest versions of iOS.

It all runs smooth and easy when that swipes between screens and navigate in the menus. Android feels more intuitive than a few years back, and, not least, less geeky.

Only small irritant is notification menu pulled down from the top. The menu is made transparent, which makes it confusing and cluttered to read headlines in the mail and messages when icons and other items from the home screen can be seen through.

LG G3S have also Knock Code that makes it possible to tap the screen to wake it from standby. At the same time can create a combination of press the turned off the screen, which acts as a code to be printed correctly, in order to wake the phone to life. It works almost every time, but in about 10 percent of cases requires an additional entry to open the screen.

Battery with large profits

I have quite a dry note that LG G3S have a battery with enough juice to all day and then some. With my usage of smartphone should I usually find the charger until the late afternoon or evening at the latest.

It is not the case here! In the evening I still had about 20-25 percent battery left on the battery. Thus, there is the battery for the following morning and the start of the morning.


S for shade

LG G3S have really many good sides, and seems like a sensible mid-range phone for a relatively affordable price.

The camera is very fast to focus and take sharp pictures. The screen is sharp enough and the navigation runs smoothly and easily.

Data move quickly onto the phone with 4 g, and battery make sure to keep power for all day and then some.

However, I am not sure I would choose an LG G3S, when I look at what other alternatives there are from LG.

The one year older top model LG G2 in minimum version with 16 GB of internal memory can be found through a search on our site to 2,349 kroner, while LG G3S can be found at 2,195 dollars, so a price difference of just 154 kroner.

To the best of my knowledge and belief makes you a better buy by buy LG G2, then the screen gets bigger and better, without compromising the physical size. The camera is as good or better and memory twice.

The LG G2 is a good alternative, however, does not change the fact that LG G3S is a good phone. But it manages not to get rid of standing in LG G2’s shadow. LG G3S get why 4 out of 6 stars.