After today’s big presentation we had a chance to get some hands-on time with the LG G3 and we definitely came away impressed.

The first thing you’ll notice when you pick up the G3 is just how light it is for a 5.5-inch handset. LG’s managed to cut back on weight, mainly by squeezing its bezels as thin as possible. Putting the volume and power buttons on the back also helps by freeing up the sides of the device. The G3’s back panel has a subtle curve, and the metallic design feels great and doesn’t appear to show fingerprints.

We were also pretty impressed with the LG G3’s new software, which is definitely a big step up from last year when it comes to both user experience and user interface. The UI is a lot sleeker with an emphasis on a flat design. It definitely reminded us a bit of iOS 7, but LG emphasizes its choice of mature colors over the bright neon shades on Apple’s mobile OS. You’ll also find some fun little animations hidden within the new UI, which provide a bit of skeumorphic relief from the flat design.

The UX also offers some significant improvements, and LG is particularly proud of its new “Smart Notice” notifications. As soon as you boot up your phone you’ll see automatically generated notifications pop up on the launch screen, reminding you to grab an umbrella on your way out the door or return a call to your mom. There’s also a new “Smart Keyboard” that can be resized to fit the size of your hands and lets you swipe up mid-word to select an auto-complete option. Finally, “Smart Security” takes Knock Code a step further, while also adding a remote kill switch in case your phone is stolen.

LG is really proud of its new Quad HD display. We don’t totally agree with the company’s claims that it’s easy to tell the difference between the G3’s screen quality and a regular 1080p phone, but on its own the G3’s display is a real beauty. Watching 4K video on the 5.5-inch screen looks great and in general the UI looks bright and sharp throughout.

As you can tell, we’re pretty impressed with the LG G3. We’ll be back soon with a full review, though in the mean time we’ll have plenty more coverage of LG’s new flagship smartphone.