- Luke Johnson , TrustedReviews
An underwhelming downgrade to the LG G3. It's competent in most ways, but the camera isn't good enough for a phone at this price.
- Andrew Hoyle , Cnet
The LG G3 S may come with the same name and physical design as its flagship brother, but the similarities are only skin deep.
- Good battery life
- Display has good viewing angles and color reproduction
- Great build quality
- Slippery and prone to drops
- Lag and stutters during basic games and multi-tasking
In order to corner the different smartphone markets, LG has stripped down their flagship phone, the G3, to offer a more affordable phone- the G3 Beat. The Beat takes a lot of design cues from the G3 with its thin-bezel, curved back and buttons on the rear. It even simulates a brushed metal appearance on the back cover though it is made entirely of plastic. While it isn't made of premium materials, experts were impressed with the overall build quality. They add the curved back made the phone easy to hold, but the plastic material and location of the buttons made it fairly slippery and prone to drops.
As a mid-tier device, the G3 Beat sports a 5-inch, 720p IPS display. For the most part, reviewers had no issues with the phone commending its color reproduction, viewing angles and bright light legibility. While overall it offered them a decent experience, they note phones like the Micromax Canvas or Huawei Honor 6 have better displays and fall within the same price range.
Armed with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM, the G3 Beat didn't top any of the standard benchmark tests. Real-life testing echoed these results with the device generally running smoothly for reviewers when handling a couple basic tasks. They started experiencing lag once they had more than three tasks running in the background and even when playing basic games. The G3 Beat's one strong point is its battery life. The 2,540mAh battery lasted experts a day of moderate gaming, internet and LTE usage.
Experts were able to produce fairly detailed pictures in daylight with the G3 Beat's 8MP rear camera but the quality dipped once indoors or in lowlight situations. In addition, critics noticed that color balance and reproduction was not always consistent with NDTV stating, "…a clear blue sky…came out looking grainy and artificial." Besides taking pictures, the camera can also take 1080p videos.
While not a horrible phone, reviewers have a difficult time recommending it. Digit states, "The LG G3 Beat is a decent phone...BUT it is priced above phones with similar features, specs and performance…you should consider the alternatives." Indian Express adds, "…the G3 Beat total fails to justify its price."
Reviews (7.1/10 Avg. rating)
A mid-range smartphone derived from the G3
While the LG G2 Mini was clearly a rival to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and HTC One Mini, the G3 S is coming at things a little differently. It's avoiding direct competition with these phones' successors, the Galaxy S5 Mini and One Mini 2, by being a little larger, and therefore not appealing as much to buyers seeking a smaller version of a flagship smartphone. Otherwise, the handset has no serious faults, although the interface isn't the most responsive, and the perfectible camera might put some people off. All in all, we wouldn't have recommended the G3 S at its original price, but given t... Full review
That out of sync feeling
Feels out of sync now
Doesn’t even manage to compete head on against phone with a cheaper price tag
LG G3 Beat is already available in the market and is officially priced at INR 25,000. However, the device is up for grabs for about INR 17,000 in the market. Considering what the smartphone has got in store, the pricing is so last year.
The good thing about the device is the design and the overall build quality, which is probably the only factor that satisfies us. The display is only par for the course and is not something that will draw attention.
The good thing about the device is the design and the overall build quality, which is probably the only factor that satisf... Full review
Smooth performance, impressive battery life
An attractive mid-range smartphone at an affordable price
Elegant design and good screen but not well priced
Beauty is only skin deep
High-end style with a low-end price
The LG G3 Vigor nicely combines premium, must-have features with a wallet-friendly price tag. The phone is well built and it's comfortable to hold, giving it an expensive feel. Likewise, the design, which is close to the LG G3, makes it unique and I'd be proud to show this phone off.
Though the processor is a bit underpowered and the camera could be better, the Vigor makes up for that with abundant helpful software features and solid performance. For all of those reasons, I recommend the LG Vigor, especially if you don't want to spend too much on a smartphone, yet still want some... Full review
An inexpensive option that for the most part delivers an inviting experience
For the most part, its specs are reduced compared to the original G3 to reflect its entry-level status, but it’s relieving to know that several features have been retained – like its IR blaster, the microSD card slot, and several software enhancements.
Not surprisingly, it’s an inexpensive option that for the most part delivers an inviting experience. However, if we’re to look at its outright pricing, it’s hard to vouch for the phone knowing that the comparable Moto G (2014) is sporting a hard-to-beat outright cost of $179.99. Stick with the Vigor if... Full review
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