LG G3 VIGOR D725 Smartphone Review
LG G3 Vigor Smartphone review. The G3 is always backed by the brand name and that is LG. The company has been giving their smartphone users so many great products one after another, and now their latest G3 VIGOR D725 is creating the new buzz. Let’s find out how good a deal this smartphone from LG is at the medium low budget.
The LG Vigor D725 normally comes with the AT&T operator and is for use in the USA. If you are looking for a standard dual camera smartphone, with a wide touch screen display, manageable size, nice sound clarity, then you must look at the phone highlights which are as follows:
- 5 inch display
- Android OS version 4.4.2
- 8 megapixel camera
- 3 mm thickness
- 2540 mAh battery
- 1 GB RAM
- 8 GB internal memory
- External memory expandable up to 64 GB with micro SD
With these highlights the 134 grams smartphone which comes in two popular colors black and white is slim and light. Released first in August of 2014, the phone is still in the limelight for all the right reasons. It’s one of the best produces of LG in the smartphone segment, and rules the market with some of the best looks, style, apps, features, sound quality, high processor speed, and a decent camera.
Phone Features and Specifications
The features worth noting in a nutshell are:
- Works on GSM/HSPA/LTE technology
- Android KitKat OS
- Capacitive LCD touchscreen
- 5” screen with 720 x 1280 px resolution
- 7 x 69.6 x 10.3 mm dimension with 134 g weight
- Micro SIM slot
- 8 MP back camera and 1.3 MP front camera
- 8 GB internal memory with 1 GB RAM
- Laser autofocus feature in camera
- Video capture at 1080 px at the rate of 30 fps
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, Infrared, Radio and USB port present
- Internal compass, accelerometer, and proximity sensors present
- HTML5 Browser
- 2540 mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery
- Minimum 15 hours talk time with full charge
- Available in metallic white, shining gold and silk white colors
The LG G3 Vigor is a smaller version of the LG G3. The phone dimensions are small, and weigh lower, which means it’s easy to handle and won’t feel fidgety in the hands.
The first prominent feature your eyes would stick to is on the 5 inch screen with small bezels. The earpiece and the company logo are very well visible in silver color. The overall first look at the phone gives the impression that the phone is stylish and one made for the contemporary smartphone users. The sides and the back are rounded. And the other buttons are also the pretty typical LG style. The power button and volume button are located at the back.
The camera is 8 MP. It contains the laser focus and the IR transmitter. Overall look and design wise it is close to the G3, but built better and handy than its predecessor. Hence the G3 Vigor D725 is a much easy to handle smartphone.
The phone operates through a Qualcomm MSM8926 Snapdragon 400 chipset with 1 GB of RAM, and a Quadcore 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor. You already get 8 GB of internal memory which is almost used half by the OS.
The LG G3 Vigor D725 features a 720 x 1280 pixels IPS display. The screen color looks impressively bright, with crisp text and a nice viewing angle. But there is a mall downside. You cannot adjust the screen’s brightness which is a little strange with a smartphone. May be the makers thought that with altered brightness the phone screen and images would not look equally good, or probably the small sensor could not accommodate another control. Now as far as sunlight test goes, the screen is quite good a performer outside in sunlight and normal daylight. It’s equally good inside in darkness and normal room light. Brightness can be set accordingly but manually.
The battery size is small and its a2450 mAh battery. There is a SD card slot, and sensors and radios for Bluetooth, LTE, GPS and WiFi.
Now coming to the software, the G3 Vigor has Android 4.4.2 KitKat version, and it can be upgraded to Lollipop 5.0.2. The user interface looks quite smart with subtle blue and brown shades dominating it. The typical LG style icons apps and widgets are common here. There is the quick remote app which helps control and use the IR transmitter. The best thing about the G3 Vigor is that, while operating this lower end smartphone of LG you still get the pricey and posh feeling of the company’s higher end phones.
The OS of the G3 Vigor can be put to test in so many ways, and yet it has the parts to win over all. The feature loaded machine has great apps, speed, nice decent hardware to support them, and hence has all the reasons to conquer the lower medium priced smartphone market.
Without complaining about the speed or performance, one thing yet needs to be brought to notice. If you by chance run some extremely loaded game which absorbs all the system, or get multiple apps and chats, social media etc to run parallelly, then the phone would slow down a little. But that is so very anticipated from any smartphone at this price range. While a test was done by letting Google Play get updated with all the bundled apps together, the phone was in a near hung state for few moments as this utilized all the system resources. But you would not be doing that generally and often as an average user.
The battery performance is average and good. With a full charged battery and without the power saving mode enabled, the phone runs 16 hours, while it is being used extensively for texting, calling, chatting, media capture etc. However it is advised for advanced to heavy users playing videos, surfing a lot, playing games a lot, to use the power saving mode for better battery performance.
The phone’s reception of signal is quite good. GPS is also decent and quick, and other sensors like WiFi and Bluetooth works fine. It is easy to pair it with another WiFi hotspot or Bluetooth device without any hitch, whether the device is a computer tablet, car unit, headphone or wireless speaker etc.
There is a laser autofocus sensor in the phone camera. It’s an 8 MP primary camera located at the back of the phone. LED flash light is there to support it. For video calling there is a front camera with 1.3 MP.
Don’t expect to do world class photography with the camera as it’s an average smartphone camera. It’s good to capture moments, and take share worthy pictures for facebook, instagram, and other social media and chats. But you cannot rely on this 8 MP camera for professional photography. However it’s a decent quality nice camera that takes standard quality pictures an average user would love. If your priority is a camera with a smartphone instead of a smartphone with a camera then this is not right for you.
The best things about the LG G3 Vigor D725 are:
- Good phone as an entry level Android phone from LG
- Bears all the goodness of the predecessor G3 with just a shrunken body and features minimized at places
- The display is a nice 5 inch one
- LCD screen with 720 p is quite impressive
- Screen brightness is good, and visible in sunlight
- Battery life is quite long
- OS can be upgraded from KitKat to Lollipop
- Ample external memory addition space which is up to 64 GB
- Sleek dimensions
The scopes of improvements are as follows:
- With too many apps, extensive games etc that utilizes system too much the phone may get slower
- Screen brightness cannot be adjusted automatically by button, and you need to do it manually from settings
- Looking at present generation smartphones the internal storage is low at 8 GB. LG could have given more for it.
- Camera at 8 MP is not a high performer, and a relatively average camera for just standard snaps.
The LG G3 Vigor D725 is an all in all winner when it comes to low end budget smartphones with all the mart features and looks of higher end phones. It’s nice to hold, nice to look at, and great to handle. The size is manageable, and easy to pocket. You can get clear audible sound in calls, and texting, photo capturing, videographing, sharing things, surfing etc, all is really easy with it, as is expected from the smartphones of this generation.
Hence, if you have intentions of spending reasonably on a smartphone, and want the assurance of a nice and reliable brand name and tag like LG, then this one is just the right phone for you.