• The ‘lesser’ G3

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    The device’s stylus is best used with the LG’s QuickMemo+ application to take notes or draw directly on images, like this fan sign by the Haim sisters

    The device’s stylus is best used with the LG’s QuickMemo+ application to take notes or draw directly on images, like this fan sign by the Haim sisters

    LG began producing mobile handsets in 1997 and joined the smartphone revolution in 2010 with its groundbreaking LG Optimus 2X. In 2014, it introduced another flagship phone, the LG G3.

    Just like its predecessor Optimus, the G3 received nothing but rave reviews from the tech world. It was even dubbed as one of the top smartphones of 2014 for its features, speed and performance.

    Unfortunately, this was not the case for other devices in the G3 series, particularly the LG G3 Stylus. Released in August 2014, it was priced at P16,990, almost half the G3’s SRP, to serve as an affordable option of the flagship phone.

    From its name alone, one can tell that phone’s top feature is its stylus, which carries a trademark Rubberdium material that makes it glide easily along the phone’s touch screen

    From its name alone, one can tell that phone’s top feature is its stylus, which carries a trademark Rubberdium material that makes it glide easily along the phone’s touch screen

    The stylus
    From its name alone, one can tell that phone’s top feature is its stylus, which carries a trademark Rubberdium material that makes it glide easily along the phone’s touch screen.

    While the stylus is sensitive to the screen and comfortable to the hand, there is actually no need for it to operate the phone—especially when the user favors direct touch.

    It is, however, best used with the LG’s QuickMemo+ application to take notes or draw directly on images. These combined features allow for one-of-a-kind photos. Think writing dedications to someone special, drawing directions over maps, or your idol signing his autograph over your photo together.

    The stylus tucks inside the G3 Stylus and is also compatible with third-party handwriting and drawing apps.

    Poor features
    Up next are the device’s cameras: 13 MP at the rear and 1.3 MP at the front. Just like the flagship G3, the stylus version also carries features like Touch & Shoot, Gesture Shot and Front Camera Light. However, don’t expect this phone to offer same quality of photos.

    At 13MP, the rear camera is good enough to take clear photos in daylight but not as rich in color. Come nighttime, expect a lot of graininess especially without the use of the flash.

    But really, the big issue with G3 Stylus’ cameras is the obvious difference between the rear and front megapixels. At a very low 1.3MP, the front cam will not only disappoint amateur and professional photographers but also the most avid selfie takers.

    When it comes to the phone’s hardware, internal memory is only 8GB so there is a need to expand with external memory.

    It runs with Kitkat operating system—not the latest in the Android world—with RAM of 1 GB and 3G Internet connectivity. Although not the best in specs these days, the smartphone runs fast enough for normal phone usage like streaming videos, browsing social media sites, and playing online games.

    The 5.5-inch screen is another factor as it only has 960 x 540 qHD display. Viewing may not be as clear and enjoyable.

    While the phone offers dual SIM, users can only access one network at a time. Although ease of switching can be done by putting a button at the on-screen menu.

    The ups
    While some many features of the G3 Stylus may disappoint the most articulate of smartphone users, it still has a lot of good things to offer.

    Top on the list is its battery life. At 3,000mAh, fully charged battery can last more than a day before it drains through mid- to heavy-usage. This addresses the usual concern of short battery life in most smartphones today.

    Then of course, there is LG’s dedication to design. The Stylus version is patterned to look like the flagship G3 that is why it also carries the floating arc with gradually tapered edges, thin bezels and metallic skin back cover.

    It also sports the revolutionary rear key, which allows users to lock and unlock the phone, as well as adjust the volume by touching the back of the phone.

    All of these make for a stylish feel to the hand while maintaining a tough look. It is also light so that despite its big size, one can easily operate the phone with just one hand.

    Other features include the Dual Window that splits the screen so that you can watch YouTube while browsing, among many other combination of apps; the Smart Keyboard that increases typing speed by as “knowing” what the user intends to type and minimizes errors by up to 75 percent; and Knock CodeTM that enables users to unlock their device with a pattern of taps through personalised code.

    Overall, what the LG G3 Stylus can deliver is far too “cute” for the use of heavy smartphone handlers. It is therefore the perfect smartphone for a younger set of market with lesser needs.

    For more information, visit www.lg.com/ph.

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