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10 tips and tricks to make your LG G3 even better

The LG G3 is arguably the best Android smartphone available today. But there are many advanced software tricks available to improve an already fantastic experience.
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By Matthew Miller, Contributor on
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The LG G3 is the best Android smartphone available today

After reviewing the LG G3 a couple week ago, I purchased my own from T-Mobile. I think it is the best Android phone available today, ZDNet's Sandra Vogel does too, and it is cool software tricks like these that make it even more compelling.

Android manufacturers often provide custom user experiences and we see many people that either love or hate these experiences. I personally am a fan of HTC's Sense UI, but now think LG has provided an optimal UI for those who want to work efficiently and have the ability to create an amazing custom experience.

Check out my screenshots and further discussion on these awesome functions of the LG G3:

Advanced functions of the LG G3

1. Customize Home touch buttons
2. End calls with the center power button
3. Launch apps with the back buttons
4. View and reply to message from within the pop-up
5. Customize your lock screen and Home screen shortcuts
6. Change display color contrast
7. Change thumbnail size in the task switch
8. Capture a screenshot with the back buttons
9. Create a collage in the Gallery
10. Paste things from the Clip Tray

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Customize Home touch buttons

You can drag and drop what you want to appear on the bottom button bar and even reorder the items to your liking. I love having the notification button down below as I can then use my phone one-handed without having to reach all the way to the top to see my notifications.

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End calls with the center power button

It took me a couple of days to get used to the back buttons, but once you do then you will likely agree with LG that they are a natural position. Ending calls with the power button is very handy.

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Launch apps with the back buttons

You can also use the two back volume buttons to launch apps while the screen is locked. You cannot yet customize these apps, but the two they chose as the defaults are quite handy.

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View and reply to message from within the pop-up

The first time I saw a text message window appear over the browser I was viewing, it caught me by surprise. I now love being able to send a quick reply while continuing to work in another app on the G3.

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Customize your lock screen and Home screen shortcuts

LG lets you customize the lock screen shortcuts and those on the Home screen. On the Home screen you can have app shortcuts and folders, up to six total items, in addition to the app launcher button.

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Change display color contrast

I found the colors to be a bit too light for my taste and then I discovered how you can enter the Accessibility area and change the contrast on the device. It seems that placing the circle above the camera icon brings out a good balance for daily use.

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Change thumbnail size in the task switch

The task switcher on the G3 is one of the best I have ever seen and I love that you can zoom out and see up to 12 thumbnails at one time.

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Capture a screenshot with the back buttons

I need to capture screenshots for reviews and it couldn't be any easier than what LG has provided on the G3. You simply press the down volume and power button at the same time to capture a screenshot.

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Create a collage in the Gallery

I personally like creating and sharing collages with family and friends and in the past I always had to install a third-party application. LG includes a collage utility right in the Gallery application.

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Paste different items from your Clip Tray

Copy and paste is a handy function on your smartphone, but when you have a lot of items you want to copy and paste it can be a frustrating experience. LG provides a desktop-like Clip Tray so you can copy many items and then choose specific items to paste into your selected area.

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