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LG G3 Review

LG G3 9.2
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LG G3 Review
LG G3 Review
Call quality


Armed with a punchy earpiece, the LG G3 is a fine handset to make calls with. Loudness is pretty decent on the incoming side, while voices tend to sound clear and easy-to-comprehend. On the other end of the line, things sound in a similar manner – your callers will mostly enjoy the conversation due to your voice sounding relatively clear and natural.

Battery


Whether because of the large panel with high resolution, or something else, the LG G3's 3000 mAh juice pack delivers a sub-par performance in the battery department. It lasted for only 6h 14 min in our custom battery life test, which puts it behind handsets like the Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2, and One (M8) – pretty much every 2014 flagship thus far. Overall, it's not really such a bad result – the G3 will last you through a day of moderate usage, but don't expect wonders from it.

Of course, we should keep in mind that there are quite a lot of factors in play when it comes to battery life, so it'll be normal for the handset to last slightly longer for some users, and slightly less for others. Meanwhile, the statistics provided by LG itself paint a mostly positive picture, with 3G talk-time listed at 21 hours, and 3G stand-by time at 23 days. A nice touch by LG here is that the G3 has built-in wireless charging, but in order to take advantage of this, you'll have to purchase a wireless charging dock separately.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours
Higher is better
LG G3
6h 14 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Good)
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Good)
Sony Xperia Z2
8h 10 min (Excellent)
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Charging time

minutes
Lower is better
LG G3
120
Samsung Galaxy S5
122
HTC One (M8)
207
Sony Xperia Z2
212
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Conclusion


The LG G3 is a remarkable Android smartphone, there's no doubt about that. It's probably the most technologically-advanced smartphone at this point, which alone is a great achievement. The question is, does it come off as an offering that's well-rounded enough in order to become a best-seller in this highly-competitive market?

By the looks of it, LG has most of the boxes checked. In the design department, the G3 doesn't only prove to be extremely efficient in terms of screen-to-body ratio, but it also throws a hint of elegance and style – something that you don't quite get with its biggest rival, the Samsung Galaxy S5 (although its perforated back might appeal to some). True, it's mostly a plastic phone, but it looks and feels good to the touch, so we guess it's function over form for LG and the G3.

The display is one of the features that make us see the G3 as more technologically-advanced than most of its rivals. The massive, 5.5" size, along with the staggering QHD resolution is an imposing configuration. Although, we're still unsure about the benefits of QHD, especially when sticking with 1080p could have improved performance a bit. There's also some room for improvement in terms of color reproduction, but if you can live with some oversaturation, it's not really that bad.

Considering the other aspects of the device, we're pleased with the overall user experience, and the software design. It does pack a bit too many bells and whistles for our taste, but thankfully, it's just well-organized and doesn't leave us with the feeling that we're working with a cluttered device.

The 13 MP camera? Well, it's very, very good. The shooter isn't industry-leading, but it can definitely go head-to-head with most other phone cameras and put up a fight. Yeah, it does have the tendency to slightly overwarm things, but hey, that isn't anything new! If you can look past that, you'll be delighted by the immersive photographs that the G3 creates.

At the end of the day, we're quite happy with the LG G3. It's a rather big phone. Probably too big and wide, even with its extremely efficient bezels. However, we also enjoy the benefits of the larger-than-life screen, so we definitely see it as a tradeoff that many would be willing to do. This is not the best phone of 2014, as some would rush to say. But it's definitely one of the best Android handsets thus far. A bit too geeky, and a bit too pumped up, but still great across the board. Those who buy it would definitely have a wonderful time with it.


Pros

  • Massive screen with great resolution
  • Elegant design
  • Well-organized user interface with a plethora of features

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Exhibits some UI lag
  • Some gimmicky features
  • Lack of stereo speakers
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posted on 09 Jun 2014, 10:08 18

1. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


Congrats PA, your first QHD phone review!
The G3 is a beast.
And a better deal that the SGS5 because I believe the g3 is $550 while the s5 is $700

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 10:16 17

8. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Now, LG is master of bezels... Can't beat them....

LG getting better n better everyday.... Their phones are awesome.... Great work lg. Keep it up.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 13:41 2

66. Feanor (Posts: 730; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Everybody goes crazy about slim bezels. If the phone has slim bezels, then it's the best. Did anyway notice the contrast output of the screen? This review agrees with the one from GSMArena; appalling contrast ratio. In this case who cares about bezels?

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 17:46 3

82. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


The poor contrast ratio is a huge turn off, especially if you do a lot of reading on your phone. The display max/minimum brightness is also bad.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 07:49 1

160. Jillxz (Posts: 149; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


No problem for me and most people. Never even notice it.

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 15:48 1

144. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 655; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Handling the phone is also important, not just the screen. Slim bezels are just as important as screen quality.

My only gripe about the review is giving it a Con for not being waterproof. That's stupid. "Waterproof" is not a common feature, so it shouldn't be mentioned as a Con if it doesn't have this feature. Having to deal with the stupid USB flap cover thing is a turn-off, and that flap will eventually snap off anyway.

posted on 14 Jun 2014, 10:34 2

149. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 236; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Slim bezels are good on a phone with such a massive display. If the LG G3 had bezels as thick as the iPhone, then the entire phone would be huge. But if you take away the bezels, then you have a much smaller phone with a big display. If someone said, "Wow! the iPhone has thin bezels this year!" It wouldn't really matter, it would just make the iPhone the size of your fingernail.

posted on 14 Jun 2014, 10:31 1

148. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 236; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Best high-end phone maker: LG. Best low-end phone maker: Motorola. It's a fact.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 10:19 7

11. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


so far ONLY PhoneArena Mentioned this TRUTH!

REAL Thin METAL ON THE BACK OF G3!

Good Review !

The smooth polycarbonate used for the exterior of the G3 may not be decidedly premium, but it's still a notch above your typical plastic finish. It's your typical plastic affair, but LG does note that there's a matte anti-fingerprint finish on top, as well as an extremely thin film of metal in the back cover, so it's supposed to be just a bit more than 'simply plastic'. As a whole, it does well in replicating the look of the brushed metal finish of the HTC One, while delivering the warmth and relative non-slipperiness of plastic. Its matte coating also does very well in avoiding those nasty smudges that are so typical with glossy plastic. It's really like you're getting the best from both worlds.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 10:35 19

19. oister85 (Posts: 499; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Don't forget s5 is water resistant, and that's a huge feature you can't not ignore.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 10:42 13

21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You are right, the LG G3 is an EPIC phone, where Samsung beats it with the S5 is with the water/dust proofing.

Both are excellent phones but to me the Samsung is all around the better device because of the water/dust proofing.

When the LG G4 comes out then I will certainly bet it will be water/dust proof for sure.

GREAT review Ray S!

+1

posted on 23 Jun 2014, 21:41 2

154. William13 (Posts: 27; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


As someone who sells these phones everyday and deals with constant feedback, I can tell you the S5 isn't a better all around phone than any other premium phone. Sure it has a great screen and camera and it's waterproof, but limiting the phone to 2GB of RAM is absolutely absurd. After about 2 months, every user that has the S5 comes in like clockwork complaining that their S5 is lagging, or the battery life is horrible. First place I check? Running apps, and even without their additional installed apps, the S5 is using about 1GB of that RAM out of the box with all of Samsung's bloatware. Every Samsung fan coworker of mine can't help but agree that the S5 sucks in usability, even if your average user doesn't understand RAM.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 01:05

158. KFear (Posts: 143; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


I wouldn't confuse customers so much on RAM usage. Don't have them freak out about running apps either. KitKat manages those on it's own. They aren't really "Running", per say. But it is good to clean that out at the beginning of each day. I feel that Android now managers memory quite well. Remember the 2.1 days of android. Geeeeesh

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 18:11

162. jgalvez21 (Posts: 21; Member since: 29 May 2014)


s5 also have wolfson at least the exynos version.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 11:52 4

45. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


and don't forget the sharp aquos 32sh (featured here before) is also water resistant but it has bezels smaller than that of lg g3.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 12:07 3

49. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yeah but the Sharp is not sold worldwide like the Samsung's, LG's & Sony's are.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 14:25 3

75. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 527; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I hate my s5 waterproofing. That usb flap is annoying and feels so cheap and flimsy, im sure it wont last. I regret buying it tbh. Still prefer samsubg but i have to admit im dissappointed with my s5

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 14:32 1

76. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I personally like the Sony Xperia Z2 WAY better than the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Should have bought the Xperia Z2...

+1 to your honest comment.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 07:51

161. Jillxz (Posts: 149; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


That's not a deal breaker for me .

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 12:44 4

56. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


REMINDER! REMINDER! REMINDER!

"Note that for this review, we're using the Korean version of the LG G3, which may exhibit some subtle differences in comparison with the international model."

LG can easily fix any bad issue from this review model

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 14:42 1

77. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


GENERAL INFORMATION!

GsmArena battery test for G3 IS DOUBTFUL!

according to GsmArena LG G3 managed @ 9;57 hours in VIDEO PLAY BACK and there is still a 10% remaining of G3's battery.

THE FACT!
IPS LCD Display is actually doing better in Browsing than on a Video play back?.

then HOW COME? G3 Manged ONLY 6:40hours in browsing?

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 00:41

105. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


I can't answer that question. Maybe you should ask GSMA for that.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 04:02

118. Diezparda (Posts: 874; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


I hope they are wrong, because G3 maybe my next phone. The verge said the same thing about how good G3 battery life is.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 05:49

121. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


I kind of get now. It's not just the screen that you're powering. You're actually using the antenna as well. You are browsing the web and powering that pixel-dense and that must be the ultimate reason why it's very easy to deplete the battery. If many reviews agreed with GSMA's scores, then maybe G3 is not really that power-efficient. That is a shame though, my P6 got only 10 minutes less on their battery test.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 01:00 1

111. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Pros:
Thin bezels
Good design
OIS (Advanced OIS)
Cons:
No isocell
No oled
Small camera sensor
Plastic body
No waterpoof
qhd (bad for battery and soc)

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 01:02

113. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=52745493&postcount=560

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:00 1

116. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


Not having an ISOCELL camera is not a con.
OLED is a matter of personal preference.
QHD is both a con and a pro. (Pro side is the sharpness, con is the average contrast ratio, being such a battery hog)

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 04:56

120. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


isocell have better color, better dynamic range, better detalization. watch link
oled have ideal black color, ideal contrast, ideal viewing angle, ideal response speed, all much better than lcd
oversaturaturated colors only on bad calibrated displays
qhd bad for battery and soc. I do not see any difference between 400ppi and 500ppi, a lot of people do not see any difference between 300ppi and 400ppi.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 05:55

122. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


Dude, the reason why the S5's ISOCELL camera is excellent is that their image processing is very good as well. It's not just the sensor that's good, it must be the software as well. Look at Z2's camera. It's a monster on paper but not on the field.

Not everyone likes AMOLED displays. You should accept that. And finally, not everyone is like you who is contented with a 300-400+ppi displays. Pixel peepers will agree with you. I personally am fine with my phone with 312 ppi. It's enough not to see individual pixels.

Not everyone will agree to your "facts".

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 06:14

123. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Facepalm. You are troll? Such images are obtained immediately at that moment. With more accurate colors, better dynamic range, better detalization. Watch link, also watch tests and reviews. Where is your proof? Z2 have usual BSI sensor.
About screen i answered.

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LG G3

LG G3

OS: Android 5.1 5.0 4.4.2
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Display5.5 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (538 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400 processor
3 GB RAM
Size5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches
(146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm)
5.26 oz  (149 g)
Battery3000 mAh, 19 hours talk time

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