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

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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G3
  • 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)

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65 Comments

1. AndroidStuff

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 24, 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 :)

8. kyan-

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

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

13. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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

27. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

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

47. baldilocks

Posts: 1424; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Have you been living under a rock?

63. huhblub

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 18, 2014

Lol not understanding sarcasm?

35. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

2. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

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

20. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Or the Nexus 6

45. yUlek

Posts: 57; Member since: May 14, 2014

Nah, Nexus phones always lacks this "something"

48. baldilocks

Posts: 1424; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

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

28. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

note 4. iphone is a toy with any screen size

61. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

3. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

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

6. Ahsan

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

The Mighty S5

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

14. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 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).

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

21. Zenzui

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 13, 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...

31. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Still better than AMOLED.

37. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

38. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

52. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

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

39. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Big NO..

46. yUlek

Posts: 57; Member since: May 14, 2014

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

58. Leo_MC

Posts: 6098; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

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

59. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Did you just describe iOS, jellyboy? :)

64. Leo_MC

Posts: 6098; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

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

5. Jason2k13

Posts: 1440; Member since: Mar 28, 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.

29. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

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

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