Telus is announcing that they will begin carrying the LG G3, which seems like a strange smartphone announcement for Telus to make, especially when you consider that the LG G3 came out in 2014! Telus took a pass on the LG G3 when it came out over a year ago, although they did decide to carry the newer LG G4 which came out this year. Telus priced it as a mid-ranged device, most likely to attract the back-to-school crowd and at $450 outright, Telus is undercutting the competition by $50 to $200. The LG G3 was one of the most anticipated devices of 2014, as it was the first mass produced device to use the QHD display and started the trend of a plastic back with a metallic look that fooled everybody. It had small bezels and was a pleasure to hold with its curved sides.
The LG G3 comes with a 5.5-inch QHD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels with 538 pixels-per-inch (PPI). It uses a 32-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot to add additional storage. A 3000mAh battery that will just about get you through a full day, powers the LG G3. The LG G3 has a 13MP main camera and a 2.1MP front-facing camera for selfies and video chatting. Our review shows that the LG G3 takes great pictures. It has all the usual suspects – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC capability, a microUSB 2.0 port for charging and data transfer, an IR Blaster and a FM stereo radio. It measures 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm and weighs in at 149 grams. It is running Android 5.0.1, although there is nothing currently suggesting that it will receive another update.
While the LG G3 is over a year old, it is still a solid device, especially for a backup phone or for students heading to school. The display was rather dull compared to the new and improved LG G4, where LG really improved the brightest, colors and contrast. It is still not clear why Telus refused to sell the LG G3 when it first came out, but it is good to see that they are finally offering the G3 for a good price.