LG G3: still holding strong after 6 months on the market

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Legend has it that a jolly white-bearded man lives up North, and once in December, he rewards all the kids that have been good throughout the year with presents of their choice. We wonder if his bag of gifts can hold enough smartphones as that's what most kids wish for nowadays. After all, they need something to send all those holiday tweets from.

But in all seriousness, there's no denying that a smartphone can make an excellent holiday gift, and one of our top recommendations this season is the LG G3. Even though it has been half a year since its market debut, LG's flagship still has what it takes to get us excited – the stand-out design, the powerful specs, the wonderful software experience, the excellent value-for-money ratio. In fact, the LG G3 is well capable of giving many high-end competitors a good run for their money this holiday season. Allow us to explain what makes us say that.

First things first, the LG G3 is designed to stand out. Sure, it is a big phone, and that's a realization one makes instantly after picking it up. But with its thin bezels, ergonomic shape, and high screen-to-body-size ratio, the G3 is surprisingly easy to wield for a handset of this caliber. The power button is placed on the back, right under your index finger, although instead of pressing it, you can conveniently double tap on the screen to wake the phone up. 

And when you wake it up, your eyes are treated to one of the G3's key stand-out features – its 5.5-inch QHD display. With its extremely high resolution and pixel density – 2560 by 1440 pixels for 538 pixels per inch –  the LG G3 produces graphics of sharpness and detail levels that few other smartphone screens can match. This huge asset makes the LG G3 and ideal phone for viewing photos and videos, browsing the web, and playing games. 

Speaking of games, the LG G3 has no troubles running even the most demanding games in the Play Store library. This is made possible by the high-performance hardware inside of it, including a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC and 3GB of RAM. Specs like these make the LG G3 a worthy opponent to a number of other companies' flagship devices, including the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), and Sony Xperia Z3

In charge of this hardware is a heavily customized Android build. Visually, the software running on the LG G3 feels mature and streamlined. It is visually pleasing and highly customizable, with support for themes and icon packs, as you would expect out of a modern flagship phone. On top of this, you get a rich arsenal of features, including enhanced security, a smart and accurate keyboard, an array of note-taking functions, and the option to run two apps side by side. 

This post would be incomplete if we skip mentioning the LG G3's splendid 13MP camera. Behind a seemingly average megapixel count stands a great deal of innovative technology, which seamlessly ensures the immaculate presentation of your images. With its built-in optical image stabilization, the G3's camera minimizes the chance of you ending up with a blurry image even in low-light conditions, the dual-tone LED flash produces natural light for your shots, and the innovative laser-assisted focusing system is capable of locking the focus on a subject faster than the blink of an eye. All of this technology is topped off by a simple, minimalist, and easy-to-use interface that you can get the hang of in no time. 

So if by launching the G3, LG's aim was to deliver an innovative, feature-rich, and forward-thinking smartphone, then it has definitely succeeded. Even now, six months after its debut on the market and at the verge of the holiday shopping spree, the LG G3 is a phone that can make heads turn with its non-conformist design, hardware capabilities, and arsenal of software features. Whoever finds one in a gift box, with a ribbon and their name written on it, will be getting more then just a phone. They'll be getting a companion they can rely on. 

Related phones

  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

It's sad these so called geeks talk all day about people get apple and samsung phones just because of brand name... Yet most of them end up getting worst flagship smartphone of the year just because previous version was better....

50. bighandssmallpockets

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 13, 2011


66. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Maybe a shill, but the article is accurate. Compared to the S5, Note 4, and iPhone 6 Plus, it has features and capabilities that still make it a high-end phone without having to spend $300 on contract. My main gripes, though, are the battery life, low-light picture and video quality, and color accuracy. IPS LCD is only "OK", as the colors aren't as accurate and the blacks aren't as black as Samsung's Super AMOLED. For those that are serious about color accuracy, Note 4 is great (in Basic display mode). But, for the price, the G3 is still an awesome device for those that want a huge screen without having a huge device.

2. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

If phones continue getting larger, companies need to take note of what LG did. They were one of few companies who made a phablet with a 5.5" display still feel like a phone and not a monstrosity. I hope to God that a google play edition version is released. ...iPhone 6 plus ...Note 4 ...nexus 6 ...all way too big.

5. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Also, if you do make a huge phone your core flagship, you should match it with a smaller version. I'm really frightened that flagships in 2015 are going to keep growing now with Apple and Google's move.

7. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Note 4 is supposed to be big though :p Kinda like how G Pro-series are big.

12. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Great point, and let's hope the Galaxy 6 stays similar in size. I also hope that Apple eventually makes the iPhone 6 as flagship like as the iPhone 6 plus, even if just giving the same resolution and slightly improving battery life.

11. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Note 4 is not big enough, I am using it. Waiting next year Note 5 be a 6" phone then it is perfect!

14. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Lol well damn look at you! I even have large hands, but I just don't like large phones. The lg g3 would be around my limit in terms of phone size. The iPhone 6 plus is ridiculously big to me.

18. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Crazy world. If you go to asia, you can see asian teenager (140cm-160cm) using phone sized 5.5" - 6.0" everywhere. And in USA, where's average people were taller, and hand were bigger prefer the 4" phone.

17. mg2380

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 04, 2014


3. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I owning one still love it..

10. alouden unregistered

Of all the smartphone purchases I have made, I was most worried about purchasing the G3 and giving up my GS5. So far I am happier with the G3. Looking forward to the G4.

64. alex_g3

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

O man the G4 I couldn't stop thinking of how I would like for to be. Metal high premium material, CG4, 4GB of ram with that so called 64-bit. A 16 or 20mp camera. A 4000mah batt. But the thing I'm wishing for the most is the materials they use to make it its no longer plastic. I doubt it would be . its 2015 Motorola has gone with metal so has Samsung. The G4 will need to stand next to the HTC M9 if it wants my money.

65. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

Metal dosnt make the phone premium .. Lg and samsung always make phone with plastic because plastic its make the phone lighter and hardly to broken .. But the metall makes the phone to heavy so thats why i phone breaks easylyy .. Sorry my english

43. Furbal unregistered

Still liking mine as well, hopefully the lollipop update will turn off the over sharpening.

44. JadeMoon

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

Same here! Its the best phone I have ever owned, im glad I made the move to ditch HTC!

4. trqster

Posts: 176; Member since: May 17, 2013

Sorry LG, nice phone but no match for what the OnePlus One offers (same screen size, CPU/GPU) for $300...

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Worse camera, bigger but same screen size, doesnt have any extra audio features like dolby audio on G3, NO SD slot, no infrared. For 50$ that G3 is more expensive than one in my country I would take the G3 in a second. Not to mention you will have local warranty and no need to send your phone back to China.

25. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

worse camera is your opinion. For me it takes great shots front and rear. Granted the speakers on G3 destroy Oneplus's. But who plays loud music on speakers? People get annoyed when someone does that. No SD slot? Well I have 64 gig inbuilt so no need. And I don't have to pay more just to get 3GB RAM (G3's cheaper version comes with 2GB). Infrared is as pointless as a floppy disk.

32. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

I have the OnePlus and my gf has the G3. My phone is slightly snappier when opening and closing apps and scrolling. My speakers are louder and producer a better sound than hers do. The phone is much easier to hold in the hand thanks to the sandpaper like back. My front facing camera is better while her rear one is better. Her screen is slightly sharper but I prefer the over all color reproduction on mine. I don't need an SD card slot because I have more than double the storage of her G3. I say more than double because the LG overlay and extra features take away from the 32 GB in the phone. Finally, and these are really silly things to bring up, but the charger for my phone is smaller and is of better quality than the one provided by LG, and the retail packaging is a lot nicer for the OnePlus. It makes the LG G3's box look plain and cheap.

36. lcsolvr

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Infrared pointless ? LOL. Do I even need to comment this ? Jesus Infrared = Universal Remote Control on your phone. No need for MicroSD ? That's for you son, MicroSD is a plus on any given phone.

67. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

i was agreeing with the poster until I read about infrared being pointless. A microsd slot would have been nice but it not a bummer since one has 64GB, but infrared is definitely important.

31. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

g3 feels extremely cheap.

9. lcsolvr

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

and no invitation system to buy LG G3.

15. trickster_qc

Posts: 107; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

The Oneplus One is a great phone, but it has some flaws: - gps signal is pretty poor and it renders navigation via the phone useless in many scenarios - touch screen still needs work - the sandstone finish, even if awesome, isn't very resistant to normal usage. Even with a case, it shows heavy usage mark after a short while Then again, no phone is perfect.

30. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

no gps issues here.

24. culots unregistered

$300 is for the 16gb version, which cannot compete with the G3. The 64gb Oneplus, however, has that extra 32gb overthe G3 which is a boon. But with awful support and general inavailability (maybe they'll decide to actually *sell* their second phone, without resorting to the childish invitation buzzmaker marketing; I look forward to it). There is also the bland, vanilla CyanogenMod ROM, which is rather hideous feature-free when compared to the LG G3's UI, which is a major homerun-touchdown-checkmate for Android skins, lookinh both beautiful, and having the supreme usuability of their notification screen and recent screen--both which a Kitkat CM rom cannot touch (Lollipop helps with that a lot, but *still* fumbles the notifcation pulldown).

33. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

You do realize you can theme the OnePlus to look like a G3 right?

38. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

LG doesn't have an invite system. Go to your retail outlet and buy. But Oneplus, well, can you buy one at your retail outlet? nup... dumb!

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