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The dark side of the LG G3: 5 mighty annoying features

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The dark side of the LG G3: 5 mighty annoying features
The LG G3 is the first top-end smartphone with a super high-res, 5.5” Quad HD display, and it has plenty of innovation packed in it to get excited about: starting with the tiny screen bezel and compact for its display size, the latest Snapdragon 801 system chip, and 13-megapixel OIS+ camera. 

At the same time, though, it’s only fair to point out its flaws as well - we've done the same for devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5, and will continue doing this for other devices.

Most of the annoyances mentioned below are little things, not a real deal-breaker, but they just grow more irritating over time. These are also not things that would derail you from buying the phone, but we believe making an informed decision is always better. Finally, we hope LG takes a note and adds this final level of polish to perfect its otherwise great-looking LG G3.

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posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:06 6

1. AndroidStuff (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Come on PA!!! 2nd one isn't a issue, we have a option in display->settings to hide front touch buttons for all applications & 3 out of 5 issues related to only display... IMO not much worried issues :)

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:14 20

8. kyan- (Posts: 30; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


horrible outdoor visibility, horrible low brightness for night reading. *hugs s5 active

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:39 11

13. icyrock1 (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Hugging a phone that's not available yet? *confused*

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 11:47 10

27. vandroid (Posts: 258; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Yes, you are confused. The S5 Active has been available from AT&T for some time.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 18:36

47. baldilocks (Posts: 505; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Have you been living under a rock?

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 06:50

63. huhblub (Posts: 12; Member since: 18 Apr 2014)


Lol not understanding sarcasm?

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 12:55 1

35. Supraman21 (Posts: 45; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)


My HTC One only goes down to 14 nits and its more than adequate. 9 is actually pretty good. Also, I only set my brightness up to 25% when I am outside and I can see my screen clearly. Im sure the G3 is fine.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:06 11

2. hassoups (Posts: 334; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


Too many flaws in killer areas imo. Best smartphone of the year will be the note 4 or ip6.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 10:36 4

20. PootisMan (Posts: 203; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Or the Nexus 6

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 16:06 3

45. yUlek (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 May 2014)


Nah, Nexus phones always lacks this "something"

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 18:37 1

48. baldilocks (Posts: 505; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


I dunno. I keep going back to my Nexus 5.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 12:44 2

28. dratomic (Posts: 460; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


note 4. iphone is a toy with any screen size

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 16:24

61. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Too many flaws in killer areas? This must be sarcasm..... Or you mean things that wasnt mentioned in this article.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:08 21

3. enthasuium (Posts: 73; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Galaxy s5 is s5 . And people thought Samsung selling millions of smartphone without any reason.......

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:10 9

6. Ahsan (Posts: 28; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


The Mighty S5

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:08 16

4. tech2 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Seems LG just released the QHD display for bragging right's sake. The screen is dull and has poor outdoor visibility.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:41 4

14. icyrock1 (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


B-but it'z got so many pixels!!!!1!!111!

(but yeah, it seems like it. That's a shame, too. Given how amazing the G2's screen was in both brightness, adaptability, color accuracy, and overall being an amazing screen).

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 10:25 7

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8117; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Honestly, from all the displays I'be used this year, the S5 has the best outdoor visibility and then the iPhone 5S. My M8 kind of sucks at full brightness. I'm quite disappointed.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 10:51 1

21. Zenzui (Posts: 73; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


I would have to agree on this one. LG should had made the QHD display right in terms of overall use visibility on releasing to their G3. This just made themselves look bad when another competitor comes up with QHD that had it right...

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 12:48 4

31. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Still better than AMOLED.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 13:56 5

37. shuaibhere (Posts: 1365; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


You'll never accept AMOLED is better...
you're big hater here like those samsung , apple and google haters...

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 14:31 4

38. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8117; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It really isn't. The S5 hands down has the best outdoor visibility and blows my M8 out of the water.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 19:57

52. 3rdDegree (Posts: 171; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


Who cares about your devices. I'm sure others know about their quality in terms of outdoor visibility.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 14:37

39. maccess (Posts: 595; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


Big NO..

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 16:07

46. yUlek (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 May 2014)


Good sun visibility, low power consuption, perfect blackness. Yep, AMOLED is bad

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 01:54

58. Leo_MC (Posts: 512; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Just like quad cores, 3 GB of RAM, x64: they mean nothing without software to back them up.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 03:04

59. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Did you just describe iOS, jellyboy? :)

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 07:46

64. Leo_MC (Posts: 512; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Nop, that's 66% of any Android flagship.
At least x64 helps speed simultaneous data transfer.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:09 11

5. Jason2k13 (Posts: 641; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


I hope Samsung never uses on screen buttons, takes away some screen estate and there's still a lot of apps that doesn't support immersive mode.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 12:46 4

29. dratomic (Posts: 460; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i hope too. samsungs hardware buttons are way better than the on screen ones.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 14:55 1

41. fzacek (Posts: 1579; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Except their back and recent apps buttons are flipped...

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 19:01 1

50. shuaibhere (Posts: 1365; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Tbh it is in that way since the inception of android...
It is flipped in every other phone after ICS....
I like samsung way...

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 19:25

51. fzacek (Posts: 1579; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


The non-Samsung way seems more natural IMO. I tend to think of the left as the back and the right as the front. Does that make any sense? Maybe it has something to do with me being right handed...

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 22:09

54. dratomic (Posts: 460; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


samsung sells more than any other oem. thus it makes others flipped compared to them (as standard)

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 22:53 1

55. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3988; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Google's stock Android is the standard. Sales don't matter. Samsung's buttons are flipped.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:12 6

7. nasznjoka (Posts: 336; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


dooh that screen is so washed out more than z1 I guess

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:18 3

9. jmill75 (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Jul 2009)


Terrible list IMO. I will not be getting the device but these issues you have managed to "come up with" is a bad attempt. Jeesh

- you realize content is not yet optimized for the QHD right?
- Onscreen buttons can be configured to be hidden
- camera options can be COMPLETELY hidden, all of them
- seriously, we are now complaining about a screen being to bright

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 15:40

43. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1343; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


The camera issue was about certain camera options (some settings like resolution) not available on the G3 that were available on the G2.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 16:03 1

44. yUlek (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 May 2014)


If you had this phone for some time you would know that the screen is a pain in the ass. I've got G2, and I must always go for 80-100% brightness on sunny day to see something, and at night it is so bright it hurts my eyes. Deal with that G3 is not perfect

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:22 3

10. Astoni (Posts: 489; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Tbh its a nice phone and all but i'm pretty fed up with on-screen buttons. Thats why iphone,s5 (prime) Note 4 and Nokia (if they come up with a good device in the next 4 months) is the only choice for me atm.. its sucks sh*t to have on-screen buttons.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:45

15. kanagadeepan (Posts: 664; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


WP is going to get On screen buttons in future...

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 14:44

40. Astoni (Posts: 489; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


well.. f*ck

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:26 9

11. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


The display is the biggest disadvantage of G3.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:48

16. nasznjoka (Posts: 336; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


I thought display was the biggest attraction towards g3

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:58 2

17. ihavenoname (Posts: 1374; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Not for many people (including me). Yes, it is sharp and battery life and performance are not ruined, but it does affect them both while same time being bland and having mediocre brightness. It's a good display, but not great.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 11:03 1

23. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


*battery life and performance is not affected. Wrong, gsmarena says my moto g has 9hr web browsing, but in reality it hardly gives me 4hrs on 3g, G3 has 6hr rating, imagine real life at 4g. And performance, i've seen the G3 stutter in youtube videos, also the gaming performance is likely to be below current flagships. G3 was a hastened unveiling IMO.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 12:50 1

32. Brosepower (Posts: 35; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)


Go check out the reviews at stuff.tv, cnet, pc advisor, engadget, the verge, and others. They all mention how great the UI is, and every one of them other than cnet compliments how great the battery life is. There is no stutter in the devices that they reviewed. In fact, the only review of the G3 that i have seen that has mentioned sutter is here at Phone arena. Do your research before you bash.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 23:29

57. Steph09 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Jun 2014)


You are right. Also the bits that droid life and android headlines have said don't mention these issue with the display or the performance. Also everyone, including MKBHD, has been talking well ahout the battery life, except for cnet.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 11:07

25. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Along with mediocre brightness, the poor blacks (or say grey) about 107 vs 0 of amoleds is the biggest disappointment of display.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 14:58

42. fzacek (Posts: 1579; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


It's both. But for me, it's mostly a disadvantage because the increased sharpness is practically unnoticeable...

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 09:32 10

12. twens (Posts: 608; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Samsung is toyota. It's not perfect but damn it is userable. Samsung again, is the windows in the android world. It needs more power, it is not super smooth and responsive but it also gives you almost everything you need out of the box. Till most companies understand why sammy is king they can never dethrone the king. Sammy's strategy is totally the opposite of apple, give the people what they want or even more, give them what they can't even use and it works.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 10:03 1

18. ihavenoname (Posts: 1374; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Samsung is the new Nokia and because Samsung is doing many other things than just cellphones, it can't get to same kind of sh*t as Nokia did.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 11:02

22. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Is it just me or this article is just favorable to the S5 not the G3?

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 12:51

34. gaara6775 (Posts: 277; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Don't you get the proofs? G3 is not good in sunlight compare to s5. S5 has best display ATM followed by note 3. I think PA already did comparison of all flagship screen & s5 tops them all.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 18:50

49. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Yah of all the phones to compare... Its just the screen right? I think G3's screen was kinda rushed to production to let down its quality.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 11:03 1

24. foreverjin08 (Posts: 20; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


I am a user of G2. I love the phone, but I hate the artificial modification of the camera, which leads to all kinds of disgusting unnatural details when zooming in, and the super bluish display. I love my phone, but it will be my last LG phone. Good-bye LG!

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 11:24

26. Denco (Posts: 24; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


So, what's the use of the so-called Quad display flaunt on G3 when texts are over-sharpened and outdoor visibility is poor? I have said it before: the best smartphone of the year is not yet born. And it will either be an iPhone 6 or Galaxy Note 4.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 12:51 3

33. dratomic (Posts: 460; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


again note 4. just like note 3 and 2 and th original note were the best smartphones of their respective years

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 22:58

56. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3988; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Except for the Note II in 2012. The S4 Pro in the Nexus 4/Optimus G/HTC Butterfly was much more powerful than the Exynos 4 Quad in the Note II. The only thing the Note II really had over those devices was battery life, but it was only because of the size difference.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 13:11 1

36. twens (Posts: 608; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Only a note can dethrone a note. Sammy only dethrones sammy period. Looking forward to a 5.5" iPhone as well. Will be nice to own both

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