LG G3 Quick Circle case Review

Functionality

Tap twice, and you'll be greeted by a watch-face.

Finally, let's have a quick look at the Quick Circle functionality. When the phone is idle, the circle doesn't show anything. But tap twice, and you'll be greeted by a watch-face, which shows the time and date. LG offers nine different styles to choose from, so if you want a different look, simply swipe the watch-face, and a bunch of shortcuts appear. When you haven't had any calls or received any messages recently, you'll only see the Settings, Camera, and Music shortcuts.

The Settings menu is all about choosing a different watch-face. The Camera shortcut launches the G3's rear camera and lets you use the Quick Circle as a view-finder. The Music shortcut simply displays Play, Pause, Previous, and Next buttons. When you've had a new call or message, two additional shortcuts appear. One lets you access the call log and quickly dial a recently contacted number. The other lets you read recent messages. Another thing you'll witness is the alarm clock appearing in the Quick Circle as the alarm is sounded. It lets you hit the snooze or off buttons right from the window. Finally, the LG Health app uses the circular window to show how much steps you've taken today.

Conclusion


So, is it worth splurging for the official Quick Circle case? Well, no. Although the QuickCircle functionality is stylish and practical, and the case itself is of good quality, the asking price (starting at $45) is outrageous. Priced under $30, products such as the Baseus Quick Circle Stand Case ($26), the Verus LG G3 PU leather case ($16), and the USAMS LG G3 Quick Circle cover case ($12) are a much more reasonable option. The only thing LG's case has against them is the wireless charging.


Pros

  • QuickCircle functionality
  • Shiny looks
  • Adds wireless charging

Cons

  • Expensive!
  • Minimal top and bottom coverage
  • No folding as a stand

PhoneArena Rating:

6.0

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13 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Really nice cover.

7. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I'm confused as to why this article says that the US models don't have wireless charging, but all Verizon reps have been saying it does support Qi wireless charging out of the box.

12. Coaster

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 24, 2014

The Verizon LG G3 *supports* wireless charging out of the box. No software updates are needed. But you still have to have a qi compatible back. If you look inside the back of the phone, there are two little metallic squares. If you look at the inside of a wireless charging back, there are four of these. So yes, technically, Verizon is correct, the phone *supports* wireless out of the box. But it doesn't come with the things it needs to make use of that. I have a Verizon LG G3.

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Question -- any noticeable hit to the battery life when using the clock a lot?

5. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

No, not at all.

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Thanks, that's good to hear. I'm going to take a look at one of these soon. It'd be good to have for developing apps that need to work with high PPIs.

4. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I got a chance to see this phone in store and got a hands on..this phone really rocks in terms of beauty..but when i held it in my hand it really lacks premiumness as what my htc one m8 got..maybe because the m8 is metal and this not? One thing i like on g3 is the price tag! It is really cheap compared to m8 s5 and the z2.have to wait a little longer until the price down and maybe i got one as my second phone, but still thats depend on what will apple brings us with the iphone 6

6. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I own a G3 and I admit to having design envy for the HTC One M8. It's a downright impressive smartphone and truly one of the best Android phones out there (camera aside). However, the G3 is my kind of guy in every aspect - from the clever engineering and design to the simplicity of the form and interface. As for premium-ness, I'm a case guy, so I end up holding plastic all the time while Chris P. makes fun of me.

9. BIGMARCUS

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

I bought this device Saturday and LOVE it! I am coming from a HTC One M7 which was a great device to be sure. The camera was severely lacking on the HTC though. This LG is incredibly fast and just gorgeous from every angle! I have a Versus Quick Window case that is faux leather in a caramel color. It is very nice and a bargain at $18 from Amazon. ---Question--- How can adjust the 'settings' of the quick window? Like make it stay on longer??? Also I just registered with Phone Arena and can't figure out how to 'Add phones I've had or have?

10. jcunwired

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 16, 2014

Hi. Does anyone know where to buy this case? My wife just got an LG G3 which she loves and we are now interested in the case as well. I can't find it anywhere, but there are many knockoffs that bill themselves as quick circle cases. Funny, I went to LG's site and asked via chat. When I told them this was Sprint, here was the response back: "We only handle information for AT&T and Verizon" Had I known of this "stellar" support for their device I would most certainly have encouraged her to consider the HTC M8 instead. Three days with the phone and LG is already a disappointment.

13. Coaster

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 24, 2014

If you search eBay, there are some out of China that support wireless. Pay attention though, there is a wireless charging version and a NON wireless charging version. And there's a Korean (?) version. Make sure you verify the actual model of the phone (verizon is VS-985 4G) as well.

11. BIGMARCUS

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

I got the Versus model from Amazon for $18 and LOVE it!

14. roseannn7

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 28, 2014

havent had the phone for a long time and everytime im on an app or texting the battery seems to go down fast it could be on 80% and go down really fast would it be cause of the circle case

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