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Why the LG G3 is still a big player in 2015





If you’re keeping up with the Android world and have been doing so for a while, you must already be accustomed to the fascination with rumors. The media and the enthusiasts tend to overlook the past simply because it is registered automatically as outdated. That is not the case, at least not when it comes to Android smartphones. Two, three-year old Android handsets can still perform admirably and offer the stability and performance that Android users need. Upgrading your smartphone doesn’t have to occur every year if the phone you get is of good quality. The LG G3 is one of the smartphones that will, albeit a bit unfairly, be remembered and acclaimed for a long time. Well, not that long, three years tops, I would say, of which one has already past, so two years.

This is a sensitive topic because people tend to develop fandoms quickly. If someone has become accustomed to TouchWiz, Samsung and Android, they will most likely keep that manufacturer as “close to their heart”, whilst manufacturers who have disappointed at a first impression will have been doomed to be frowned upon. But most Android fans agree when it comes to the LG G3, which is why I think this phone needs to stay afloat, in the spotlight. The LG G3 impressed with its QHD display and many believed it was the first smartphone to use that high resolution display. But Oppo had already did it with the Oppo Find 7, another phone that shouldn’t be forgotten.

Although the LG G3 display was most mediated when it comes to features of the phone, LG found a balance in engineering and created a phone that can still bejazzle, after a year. The LG G4 has already been launched and it is as impressive as its predecessor, but it’s not as innovative or groundbreaking. The hype about the LG G Flex 2 might have been more intense than the hype for the LG G4. Nonetheless, the 2015 flagship was launched to positive reviews, amid concerns about the Snapdragon 808 CPU being a bit slow.

People are still talking about the LG G3 and just yesterday someone told me that they are planning on getting the LG G3 as their next upgrade, because “it’s just so cool”. Truth be told, design-wise, the LG G3 nailed it with many smartphone fans. First time smartphone users might have been discouraged by the LG G3 size, but power users with a flare for high-def were enthusiastic about the rounded out, bezelless design of the handset. That 5.5 inch QHD display is marvellous, and LG emphasize its superiority with a clean, minimal design and a metal frame.

Although the body of the LG G3 is made out of plastic, the phone is quite durable and the metallic aspect of the finish does quench the thirst for that premium feeling. The curved back and sides of the phone make it easier to grip, another feature that LG dedicated a lot of energy to. They made the LG G3 with comfort and simplicity in mind, and in my opinion, they nailed it. The LG G3 could be thinner in some people’s minds, but most are content with the thickness because they appreciate the bit of battery space that it allows for.

The LG G3 comes with a removable battery and a microSD card slot, features which nowadays are frowned upon by some and missed by others. Samsung, who was greatly appreciated for its removable batteries and microSD card slots dropped support for these in their past few launches (Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 4). But LG is sticking to their traits and has incorporated them in the LG G4 as well. With this move, not only does the company target the group of Android fans who appreciate these traits (there are many), but it also keeps its reputation with developers, manufacturers and fans. With the LG G4, the company is not saying that you should buy it, but it’s making a statement of their design philosophy.


The LG G3 rivals the LG G4 when it comes to performance, battery life and design, because they’re nearly identical. Not much has been changed with the LG G4, but features were added, which deserve a premium price. But for those who don’t want these features, the LG G3 is among the affordable mainstream flagships out there. These two smartphones compliment each other, and in my opinion, bring forth a good sales strategy. People are picky and a working recipe is a better idea at this point, with so many choices put in front of us.

Choosing the LG G3 is as good of a decision as choosing the LG G4, if you consider some priorities of your own. The LG G3 might seem like an inferior phone due to its older hardware, but performance-wise, with real world use, the handset stays buttery smooth and cool. The Snapdragon 801 CPU is what powers everything, and Android 5.1 is already rolling out to the LG G3, and while some might think the large QHD screen would significantly impact battery life, LG proves that power management can be done effectively. The LG G3 battery life is about 2 days with moderate use, which is a rare occurence, especially with phablet-type smartphones.

The LG G4 has a slightly upgraded panel with the same resolution and size, so there’s not much of a difference in that department. But performance-wise, LG chose the Snapdragon 808 and Android 5.1 Lollipop, and they seem to work together equally fine. The CPU choice is rumored to stem from problems that the LG G Flex encountered with the overheating issue of the Snapdragon 810, the current flagship processor with Qualcomm. The Snapdragon 801 has a wonderful track record, proving its efficiency in phones like the OnePlus One, Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and more. Performance is smooth on both the LG G3 and LG G4, which is admirable, considering the former is already more than a year old.

Considerable upgrades have been made to the camera, to the delight of smartphone photography enthusiasts. The LG G3 already has an envied camera that received mostly positive responses from the general public. The nifty use of laser autofocus and optical image stabilization with the 13 MP sensor makes for awesome images that can match those shot with lower end DSLR cameras even. The LG G4 has an even better 16 MP camera that rivals the sensor and quality of the Galaxy S6, so there’s no doubt that LG knows what they’re doing when it comes to camera setup. 4K recording is part of the deal with the LG G3 and LG G4 as well.

The front camera of the LG G3 is mostly rubbish, being a 2.1 MP wide angle sensor. It’s not that bad, but most phones in its price range have better front cameras. LG noticed that, and with the LG G4, there’s an awesome 8 MP sensor on the front that can take pictures almost as high quality as certain rear cameras on flagships. Indubitably, the camera of the LG G4 is far better than the camera of the LG G3. But that doesn’t mean that the LG G2 camera is bad, in fact, it points out that it’s of a superior quality, which should convince most people to choose last year’s flagship over a mid-range phone in the same price range.


What I’m trying to explain is that outdated is not necessarily equal to inferior, and the LG G3 demonstrates it perfectly. Even though it’s more than a year old, it can still compete against the iPhone 6 Plus, HTC One M9, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 and OnePlus 2. It doesn’t have the hardware to match these newer releases, but the user experience is seamless and long-lastingly so. The goal with smartphones (any product for that matter) is to sell as many as possible, which leads to the short shelf life of products. But LG bypasses that by serving up the LG G3 to customers, a phone that is affordable, future-proof and comes with a long shelf-life (as a result of a durable body, removable battery, high-quality components and good hardware).

Pricing is one of the most important things that needs to be discussed when talking about older smartphones. As a phone gets older, it loses value in the eye of the consumer and as such, the bang for buck drops. Moreover, there are thousands of newer phones launched in a particular price range each year, so the older the phone gets, the more phones it can be replaced with. In the case of the LG G3 price, it was already acceptably low when it was launched in 2014 – ranging to $600 depending on storage configuration. Now, you can buy the LG G3 D855 16GB (FACTORY UNLOCKED) – international version No Warranty (Black)blank for $345, which is as cheap as the OnePlus 2. If you want warranty, you’re going to have to shell out about $450 for an unlocked unit.

If you go for refurbished or second hand LG G3 units, you can find one for as cheap as $180, which is a great deal. There’s always a risk involved when buying used items, especially electronics, so keep that in mind if you want a used LG G3. Although new is always better, if you take a look around, you might get your hands on a unit that nobody wanted, nobody used and are now selling it for a fraction of the price. Research is very important when buying used items, so keep that tip in mind. Regardless of what condition you want an LG G3 to be in, you can be confident that you won’t be disappointed in what LG did with this flagship. I find the phone very well-balanced, practical, ergonomical and with a great bang for buck. Although the LG G3 is too big for me, I definitely see the appeal this QHD phablet has in 2015. Do you think the LG G3 is still a phone that can pull it off and remain a big player for another year or do you think interest in older phones is negligible?

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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3 Video Games About Women’s Health





Video games have transcended entertainment to become powerful tools for promoting health and wellness. One notable genre in this realm is fitness gaming, exemplified by titles like Hatsune Miku Fit Boxing, which motivates players to engage in physical activity to enhance their fitness levels. Building on this foundation, developers have ventured into women’s health with games designed to raise awareness and empower players to take control of their well-being. Here are 3 video games on women’s health that provide valuable health information and foster a sense of agency to uplift women around the world.

Tampon Run – Menstrual health

Created by Girls Who Code alumnae Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser in 2014, Tampon Run is an old-school 8-bit online game where the main character, Luna, lobs tampons to destroy enemies, who will confiscate the tampons if she lets them pass by. Interestingly, the concept of weaponized tampons is based on a real incident that occurred in 2013, where Texas state troopers confiscated tampons as potential projectiles, but not guns, from visitors observing a vote on abortion restrictions at the Texas State Capitol. The goal of Tampon Run is to destigmatize periods and menstrual products, which, up until recently, have not been properly studied to measure their absorbency, which underscores the need to address menstrual health so that women can get better care.

In between tossing tampons, Luna shares empowering messages about how periods are a natural part of women’s lives and should not be a source of shame or embarrassment. The game is available to play on the Tampon Run website and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iOS users.

PCOS Vitality – PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a complex hormonal condition and the leading cause of female infertility that affects approximately 5 to 6 million women in the US, according to the Endocrine Society. Common features of the condition include having irregular menstrual periods, hyperandrogenism, and polycystic ovaries. Additionally, some studies estimate that up to 88% of women with PCOS are overweight or obese. While there are weight loss programs helping women tackle PCOS, focusing on aspects like lifestyle, symptom management, diet, and other tips for how to lose weight with PCOS, the condition itself remains grossly under-researched. For some women, it may take years to confirm that they have PCOS, as there are other disorders that mimic PCOS signs and symptoms that must be excluded.

The lack of research has extended to a lack of awareness among the general population and is what clinicians from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland are trying to address with the 2023 game PCOS Vitality. Essentially a learning tool, the game takes users through a simple obstacle course. As you click toward the finish line, you are asked simple trivia questions about PCOS. The game is free to play on Focus Games’ website.

Bound by Blood – Period poverty

Period poverty refers to the lack of regular access to period products, painkillers, or underwear during a menstrual cycle. In the US, where 16.9 million menstruating women live in poverty, two-thirds cannot afford basic menstrual products. Period poverty has also been associated with mental health issues and urinary tract infections.

Available to play on the website, Bound by Blood was created by Jessica Gates in 2017 and aims to educate players about the reality of period poverty. Users take the character of Beth, a homeless woman who wakes up in her car and realizes that she’s started her period. Players then make a series of choices to try to stay as hygienic as possible in spite of lacking resources such as menstrual products and clean restrooms. There isn’t really a way to “win” the game, and it is instead a peek into the reality of life where period products are inaccessible and how this affects women’s quality of life.

Through these games, players not only gain valuable insights into various aspects of women’s health but also find themselves actively engaged in their own well-being. As developers continue to explore this emerging field, the potential for video games to serve as educational tools and catalysts for change in healthcare remains promising

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PS5, PS4 Game Death Stranding Coming Natively to iPhone 15 Pro





PS5 and PS4 console game Death Stranding Director’s Cut is coming natively to the iPhone 15 Pro, demonstrating its power. The entirety of Kojima Productions’ seminal hiking sim, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil Village, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage, will be available on your phone. Bonkers!

Tech giant: “Continuing Apple’s leadership in smartphone silicon, A17 Pro improves the entire chip, including Apple’s biggest GPU redesign. The new CPU is 10% faster with microarchitectural and design improvements, and the Neural Engine is 2x faster, powering iOS 17 features like autocorrect and Personal Voice.

According to the company, the pro-class GPU is 20% faster and unlocks new experiences with a 6-core design that boosts peak performance and energy efficiency. Hardware-accelerated ray tracing, 4x faster than software-based, gives iPhone 15 Pro smoother graphics and more immersive AR and gaming experiences. The iPhone 15 Pro brings console games to smartphones for the first time.

As with all cutting-edge Apple products, participation is expensive. The iPhone 15 Pro will cost £999/$999 at launch, and the Max model will cost £1,199/$1,199 for a 6.7″ screen. The most basic option only gives you 128GB, so you’ll need more if you want to play Death Stranding on the go.

However, the blurring of standalone consoles and mobile games is fascinating. The success of Genshin Impact, a full-fledged open world, has shown there’s a market for console-like mobile games. It will be interesting to see how Death Stranding performs on this latest iPhone generation.

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Launched Redmi Note 12 series: 200MP camera, 210W charging for less than $400





The three phones have similar screens and processors, but they vary in a number of ways.

The Redmi Note series from Xiaomi has historically been the brand’s most well-liked smartphone line, providing excellent value in the entry-level market. The Redmi Note 12 series has now been unveiled by the firm in China.

The Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition, Redmi Note 12 Pro, and Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus are the three phones we truly have this time. A flat 6.67-inch FHD+ 120Hz OLED screen, a Mediatek Dimensity 1080 5G processor, and a 16MP selfie camera are features shared by all three devices.

They both have a 3.5mm connector, NFC, IR blaster, and Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, among other things. In contrast, there are a few significant variances.

Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition


The Note 12 Discovery Edition of the Redmi Note 12 has a 200MP HPX primary camera (f/1.65, OIS), making it possibly the most striking model. This camera can capture photographs with a resolution of 200MP, 50MP pixels (using four-in-one binning), or 12.5MP (using 16-in-one binning). Additionally, the phone offers a 2MP macro lens and an 8MP ultrawide camera.

The phone is notably different from its stablemates in that it supports 210W wired charging; according to Xiaomi, a full charge can be achieved in just nine minutes. Although you only get a 4,300mAh battery here, this high wattage comes at the expense of battery capacity.

Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus


Thought a 200MP smartphone with a larger battery would be cool? With the Pro Plus model, you get precisely that. The triple back camera system will have the same 200MP+8MP+2MP resolution as the Discovery Edition.

The Pro Plus variant, on the other hand, chooses a 5,000mAh battery and still blazing-fast 120W cable charging. Xiaomi claims that a full charge should be achieved in about 19 minutes.

Redmi Note 12 Pro


Have no interest in megapixels? The Redmi Note 12 Pro, which adds a 50MP IMX766 primary camera (f/1.88, OIS) in addition to the 8MP+2MP duo, fills this need. The Oppo Find X5 Pro and the Asus Zenfone 9 both feature flagship devices with 50MP sensors similar to this one. We therefore have high hopes that it will also produce acceptable image quality on the Note 12 Pro.

The Pro version additionally includes a 5,000mAh battery with 67W wired speeds. A 100% charge should be expected in a still quick 46 minutes.

Pricing and availability for the Redmi Note 12 series
The base 8GB/256GB variant of the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition costs 2,399 yuan (about $332), while the base 6GB/128GB model of the Redmi Note 12 Pro costs 1,699 yuan (about $235). Do you want Pro Plus? The 8GB/256GB variant thus has a starting price of 2,099 yuan (about $290).

Although Xiaomi acknowledged that these phones are currently limited to China, it advised us to “keep tuned” for international announcements. To be fair, the Chinese Redmi Note 11 series was very different from the international variants that debuted a few months later.

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