NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The LG G3 is the world's first major 1440 x 2560 resolution smartphone, and it's LG's flagship. I also recommend an LG smartphone as being the best buy in the market today.
But these two are not the same.
Let's first deal with the LG G3. It's the first major flagship smartphone with 1440 x 2560 resolution, a big step up from the previous 1080 x 1920 flagships. And the company had just replaced the fully satisfactory 720 x 1280 phones that started hitting the market in the fall of 2011.
Physically, the LG G3 is simply too large to be comfortable to hold, and it is very slippery. It got knocked out of my hands twice in two weeks, as my elbow touched someone else walking down the sidewalk.
You could use a case, but then it would become even bigger. It is hard to recommend a phone that is simply too big and too slippery.
The big phone fits a big battery -- 3,000 mAh -- but I did not find that the battery life was particularly good. The large high-resolution screen eats up a lot of juice. That made the battery life barely average for an Android flagship smartphone.
The large high-resolution screen has the obvious benefit of being great for reading articles and watching videos. If you're sitting on the gym's cardio equipment, reading and viewing, this is the smartphone for you. It's one step closer to being a tablet.
As with its predecessor, the G2, the buttons are now on the back, in the middle, right below the camera lens. I like this placement a lot, and it's pretty much a necessity once the phone becomes this huge.
The CPU (computer processing unit) performance is excellent, thanks to the class-leading Qualcomm (QCOM) 801 Snapdragon, which is on par with other flagship smartphones from Samsung (SSNLF) , HTC and, I think, also now Sony (SNE) . This is to be expected, as all of their flagships have superb CPU performance.
LG's custom software experience has been hugely improved from its previous non-Nexus smartphones. It is now aesthetically pleasing for the first time, with appropriate soothing colors and an overall simplified look.