LG G3 Review

Enter the G3 – LG's all-out attack on the Android universe that will employ all the available resources and technology in order to make a dent in the industry. That's not to say that it's going to have an easy time doing it. Phones like the Galaxy S5, One (M8), and Xperia Z2 certainly are a truly fearsome bunch, but it seems like the LG G3 has all the needed guns in order to deal with the threat...
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176 Comments

9. maherk

Posts: 6705; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What I am really worried about is the low contrast and brightness of this QHD panel, couple of reviews criticized it's outdoor visibility and how washed out it can be at times.

20. farhad_per

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Yes they keeps down the brightness for less battery consumption and the outdoor visibility and contrast is very low... this phone with G2 display chould been better..!

28. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

AMOLED is better in Sunlight contrast and viewing angles, but that doesn't mean G3 is bad . the advantage of LG 's IPS LCD is the SHARPNESS & NATURAL COLOR CONTRAST!

32. maherk

Posts: 6705; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Natural colors? Since the G2, LG went with over saturating their screens, just like Sony did with the Z2 and Samsung has been doing since ages, and it's not a bad thing imo. But don't brag about natural colors when they are not there. As for the sharpness, I ll go with the reviewers again, from a normal distance you won't notice any difference.

38. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

judge the phone is person !

43. redmd

Posts: 1910; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

This is what I have been saying, OEM advertise their products as having natural colors of LCD compared to the gaudy one of AMOLED. But secretly these OEMs have been pumping up the saturation, messing with gamma.

34. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Yeah but they went backwards in terms of brightness and contrast. I know sharpness improves though, but Like stated before, It's not that noticeable. I prefer G2's contrast and brightness and 1080p than 1440p with this kind of brightness/contrast levels.

143. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

Perhaps it'll be fixed in a future update, or maybe it's a downside to the LTPS technology used for the panel.

10. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

There is no difference between the 1080p and 4K ( indoor video)

13. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Pretty good review, but back then in 2013 you gave the iPhone 5S undesirable rating of 9.4.

125. Sauce unregistered

You mad? You seem mad

129. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

No I am not, you're just showing general iPhone fanboy's attitude there, stating something without any fact, while I stated a very factual information by saying that the 5S doesn't deserve to get 9.4 with that kind of price.

131. Sauce unregistered

/golfclap Lmao no really, are you mental? How is that factual? That is an opinion. YOUR fandroid attitude opinion. Typical inferior mindset of a fandroid. Lolololol.

133. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Mental what? Price at $900 is a fact already. You are actually the one that shows a typical inferior mindset!

134. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

5S does not deserve a 9.4. For its price point, it should be leaps and bounds beyond its direct competitors, or at least offer something that is worth the price.

137. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Ditto.

16. jellmoo

Posts: 2531; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

You know, I want to like this phone and I want to take this review seriously, but when you have pieces like this: "To an extent, it does, but unfortunately, there's a substantial amount of lag and choppiness as you browse through the interface. This can be attributed to two main possible causes: it's either because of the high QHD resolution, or bad software optimization. There are just slight hints of slow-down every now and then, while executing simple tasts, such as browsing through the menus, opening and closing apps, etc." And give a phone a score of 9.2 (once again, with no context), I really have to wonder. One of the absolutely most basic fundamentals of a user experience is that the interface be smooth and lag free. And in 2014 we should absolutely, 100% expect this from our devices. To give a device such a score, when it fails at this most basic of a task is ludicrous. And not tacking this onto the rather long list of Cons at the end of the article is just mind boggling...

107. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

IMHO, the ratings are mainly subjective. You should judge how good a device is by reading the review, not the score. Everyone's ratings will differ, just like how you disagree with Ray's score for the G3.

124. jellmoo

Posts: 2531; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Here's the thing then: Why include them? Why include an arbitrary number at the end of the review that doesn't seem to mean anything? Other than the obvious reason of causing people to gripe about it, kind of like I'm doing, and/or gripe when the score is higher than some other device. Either scrap the score at the end since it has no context at all, or add weight and criteria to the score, as well as a sort of standardization.

18. HASHTAG unregistered

I wonder if the S5 got a con for "gimmicky features."

23. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

If you look at the Galaxy S5 review, you don't see a con like that. Cool huh? I guess heart-rate monitor ain't a gimmick anymore. :(

47. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Also, with 2mms width extra it becomes bulky even though it has a way more rounded and comfortable shape. And apparently S5 has stereo speakers.

24. hakoreh

Posts: 5; Member since: May 09, 2014

Somehow the review shows FIVE cons yet THREE pros but still manages a 9.2 rating.

29. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Don't look at them. They're definitely not the best way to show how good this thing is. It has not stated that it stutters, battery is pretty awesome and the camera is an all around camera. But it states some unimportant things like 'Lack of Stereo speakers', 'Call Quality average affair' and 'Some gimmicky features' which doesn't be deserved to be written at that 'Cons' part of the conclusion/review.

25. joe23521

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

These are some strange choices for "cons". -Some gimmicky features -Call quality is average affair -Lack of stereo speakers One can argue most phones come with some gimmicky features. How many reviews have that listed as a con? Why target this device? As for call quality, "average affair" by definition is not a con. Doesn't seem fair unless you also list all average features on all phone reviews as cons. Stereo speakers would be awesome, but are by no means a standard feature to be expected even in flagship phones. Might as well also say "Lack of 30 megapixel camera", "Lack of 3D video recording", "Lack of flexible display", "Not bundled with unicorn", etc.

31. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

GREAT BATTERY LIFE SHOULD BE INCLUDED ON Prons.

37. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

on gsmarena it said the battery life really wasnt that great compared to the z2, s5 and m8

41. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Z2 & S5 are winners in Standby time. but in real usage G3 is the winner.

42. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

it did worse than the m8 as well and that has a WAY smaller battery

54. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

G3 has better battery than any competitors right now. others are only good in standby so when GsmArena calculated the overall average ( an hour talk time, an hours browsing, an hour video play back + remaining time standby ) the competitors score higher in endurance time. but in CONTINUES OF BATTERY USAGE G3 BEATS ALL THE COMPETITORS( S5, Z2, M8) NOTE; G3's score of 6:40hours Browsing by Gsmarea is QUESTIONABLE since G3 managed 25 hours 3g talk time.

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