Monday, February 23, 2015

Blogging Through A Different Lens...

As a fashion and beauty blogger , my most-used item is my phone...I use it for EVERYTHING. From snapping outfit selfies and product pictures to updating social media and editing blog posts - it's my one-stop-blogging machine!

I was super-excited to receive the LG G3 phone from LG Canada... AND I have one to give away to an Ella Pretty Blog follower!!! Read on for the top 5 ways LG G3 has made my blogging better - then fill in the rafflecopter below the chance to win your own LG G3 phone.

1) My Selfie Game is Strong - When sharing outfit photos, every megapixel counts. Switching from an 8 megapixel camera (on my iPhone 4s) to the 13 megapixel LG G3 camera has made a huge impact in the clarity of my outfit selfies. Can you see the difference?

13 megapixel camera on LG G3 versus 8 megapixel camera on iPhone 4s

The LG G3 makes it easy to take good selfies. It has a 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera, a Soft Light feature to illuminate your face and a built-in Beauty Tool to automatically airbrush your photo. Here's a winter wonderland selfie I took with Elaine - pretty clear for a front-facing camera shot, don't you think? And thank you Beauty Tool slider for the gift of clear skin ;-)


2) My Product Photography Got Prettier - Most of my beauty product photos are shot on my phone. Not only does the LG G3 13 megapixel camera capture incredibly detailed pictures (like the one below), the advanced sensor lets in a lot of light. I don't have to fiddle with a lot of settings - I just tap on the screen to focus, and I have the perfect shot! I always use the Cheese Shutter/Voice Command feature (no need to tap the shutter button, so I can use both hands to stablize the camera). I just say one of the magic words (kimchi!) and it takes the photo.


3) Social Media is Simpler - Tweeting and Instagramming is so much better with the 5.5 inch LG G3 screen. It's easy to type on versus the 4.5 inch screen on my iPhone 4s (check out the size difference below!) I also like using the Dual Window feature, which splits the screen and lets me run two apps side-by-side at the same time.

Comparing iPhone 4s and LG G3 phone

4) Slim and Easy to Carry Around - The LG G3 is super-thin at 0.35 inches, and only weighs 5.26 oz. It slips easily into the slimmest of purses - and despite its large screen, it still fits into the back of my jeans' pocket! So no matter what bag I carry - there's always space for my phone.


5) Switching Over is Easy - I'm not the most tech-savvy person around...and yet it only took me ONE night to switch over from my iPhone to the LG G3! Set up is so simple - I just followed the on-screen instructions, signed in to my Google account - and I was nearly halfway there. Here's a tip - download the "Send Anywhere" app on your iPhone and LG G3, and transfer your contacts over in one easy step. There were android versions for most of my favorite iPhone apps - and where there wasn't, I found great alternatives (UB reader instead of iBooks and Fotor instead of Camera+). (edit: With regards to syncing between phone and laptop - I have a PC not a Macbook, so I've always used Dropbox rather than the cloud to transfer files.)
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Now that you've read why I love the LG G3, would you like to win one of your own? If so - enter the Rafflecopter form below. Please note that the contest is only open to Canadian residents. The winner will win one new LG G3 phone from LG Canada - you will be responsible for unlocking the phone for compatibility with your existing cellular service provider. Check back here on March 16 to see if you've won!

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS (All mandatory entries will be double-checked. You must complete all mandatory steps to qualify for the prize):
1) Follow @ellaprettyblog and @lgcanada on Instagram
2) Follow @ellaprettyblog and @lgcanada on Twitter
3) Repost the specified image on Instagram
4) Retweet the specified tweet on Twitter

BONUS ENTRIES:
1) Follow Ella Pretty Blog on Bloglovin
2) Help me make Ella Pretty Blog better! Tell me - what type of posts do you enjoy reading here?


a Rafflecopter giveaway

DISCLAIMER: LG provided me with the G3 phone (and one to give away) but all opinions are from my own experience using the phone. As you can tell, I'm loving it!

Linking up with More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express.  

33 comments:

  1. I love reading product reviews and I enjoy your style posts.

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  2. Great review Ella!

    Those are some really great perks that come with that LG phone. I was just wondering, as an Apple fanatic, do you not miss the iOS platform at all? You discuss a lot of the hardware and brief mention a few of the features that are built into the operating system but you don't miss anything from your iPhone? I know I work from a Macbook and the synchronicity just seems like it would be a lot to give up!

    xo,
    christy

    christycee.blogspot.ca 

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    1. Hi Christy! Thanks for your question - I guess it didn't occur to me because I have a PC and not a Macbook, so I wasn't tied to the iOs platform. With regards to transferring files between my PC and iPhone, I've always used Dropbox rather than the cloud - so that has stayed the same. Is there anything in particular you are worried about giving up? For me - it was iBooks and iPhone specific apps - but as I mentioned, I was able to find Android options that worked for me. I actually now prefer Android to iPhones as it's a lot simpler and user-friendly to use - but that's just me :-)

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  3. This is such a great review. I love the before and after pictures, the side-by-side size comparison, and I love the sound of that beauty tool and the voice command shutter!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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    1. Thanks Gina - so glad you liked the review - it was hard to narrow down which features to write about - but the powerful & easy-to-use camera is probably one of the best things about this phone :-)

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  4. I really love product reviews , it helps me decide which products Id like to invest in to try

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  5. the camera on this phone looks amazing! I have only every had an iPhone since smartphones came onto the market so I am pleased to see that you had no trouble switching over...maybe there is life after apple?

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  6. I enjoy your fashion posts! First found your blog while googling images of the Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac :)

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  7. I enjoy your fashion posts! I first came across your blog while googling images of the RM Mini Mac actually :P

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  8. I love all your posts, but reviews are always great. I love to hear what you think about things.

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  9. I love reading reviews and seeing swatches and application techniques best.

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  10. The camera on this phone is pretty amazing. I've seen it in action! I really love the clean, professional look and layout of your blog. Your outfits are definitely my favourite part. I'm partial to accessory posts/reviews. I love seeing new purses, jewelry, scarves, etc.

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  11. I LOVE reading reviews on new makeup!

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  12. Wow, you're so right about the mega pixels! Your new pictures do look amazing and I have noticed, but wasn't sure what it was...now I know!

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    1. Thanks Noelle - it's amazing what a difference it makes :-)

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  13. i like reading posts about product reviews particularly new beauty products

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  14. I like reviews about beauty products.

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  15. I like reading about product reviews. The camera on this phone is amazing. I love the photos I've seen

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  16. I love reviews on beauty products. I'm always looking for new products to try and I value honest reviews :) (rafflecopter - Holly_S23 at hotmail dot com)

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  17. I enjoy contests/giveaways. Recipes and Do It Yourself home reno's

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  18. I just recently stumbled on your blog. I think after reading a couple of posts the style posts are unique - I'm loving them. I'm a lover for anything beauty related. The occasional girl friendly tech is interesting as well (hint: This LG post)

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  19. I love your fashion/outfit posts. I am not always on top of the fashion trends so it's nice to have somewhere to draw inspiration from! :)

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  20. I love your posts on purses and your posts on outfits and how to style them!

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  21. I just found your blog and by perusing through it, I really enjoy the style posts and reviews. Thanks for the chance!

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  22. Amazing giveaway! I am definitely in need of a new phone! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  23. I really like your fashion posts as well as beauty product reviews!

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  24. I love beauty reviews, and outfit posts!

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  25. I love your giveaways, like your site.

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  26. I enjoy product reviews for their informative value and to make decisions

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  27. I love that you're Canadian since so many reviews and contests are us or UK. Yay for Canadian bloggers!

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  28. I enjoy your food posts, it gives me inspirations!

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