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

55. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

GsmArena battery test for G3 is QUESTIONABLE 6:40 hours of browsing is a big JOKE since G3 managed a very good score @ 9;57 hours in video playback and still you have 10% remaining battery on G3. and that almost 25 HOURS OF 3G TALK TIME !

67. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Talk time is usually independent of on screen battery performance so I don't see any link between that and web browsing and video playback.

69. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

awesome, so the battery life is great as long as the screen is off.

71. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

DO YOU NOT SEE? GsmArena battery test for G3 IS DOUBTFUL! according to GsmArena G3 managed @ 9;57 hours in VIDEO PLAY BACK and there is still a 10% remaining of your battery. DID YOU KNOW THAT? IPS LCD Display is actually doing better in Browsing than a Video play. then HOW COME? G3 Manged ONLY 6:40hours in browsing?

73. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

QHD screen and poor software optimization

78. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

DO YOU NOT SEE THERE IS A CONTRADICTION ! According to GsmArena 9:57hours Video play + 10% battery remaining vs. 6;40hours Browsing! IPS LCD is better in Browsing than on a Video play! GsmArena HAS PROBLEM !

95. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

i think you have a problem. you need to chill man. im not surprised that the phone did worse in web browsing since the phone has to have its internet connection on (AND BE IN USE), and we all know that when u use the data connection/wifi, the battery drain will be faster than compared when it is just on

108. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Again, do not feed the trolls.

85. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

My phone spends much more time in standby then in actual use...

65. Ray.S

Posts: 452; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Good catch!

33. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

bulky? i think Z2 is more bulky than G3

27. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Oh yes... Anyway, Yay! The review! My thoughts: Design: Second to the Z2 IMHO, 2014 Mediocre Display: Disappointed Software Overlay: Good (still no sense-good) 'Substansial Lag' Evident in the interface: Oh Come on, that sucks! Camera: Excellent Package, isn't flawed, but IQ not the best Speaker: Pretty good... Battery: Excellent So the conclusion is, yes, this phone is good and will suit some people. But, I think this phone is under-enginereed with the introduction of QHD (such as the sacrifice of Brightness and contrast, and some performance (smoothness problems) issues). It may have been a great phone, but doesn't live up expectation as the Great 'G2 successor'. Maybe it would be nicer if they launched something like Sony Did (Biannual launch), Launch the G3 or G2 Prime, ace, SE, or whatever, the same time as M8, Z2 and the S5 releases with 1080p screen and SD801, just for the sake of not losing sales and bring the real thing with 1440p (heck 1080p is still okay) with SD801 around August, the same month that the G2 launches in. By that, Yes, I do find the S5 and the Z2 to be a better option (finally, I've been tired choosing...). Of course this needs confirmation by reading other reviews, but this is my conclusion so far after reading Phone arena, Endgaget, Android central (?) and the verge 'bout the G3.

61. farhad_per

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Nice comment....same here.

101. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Time to pick up a 'downpriced' G2!

30. svart

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

I still wonder. Does the web-browser come with kitkat immersive-mode support so that it can hide android navigation and I can enjoy the entire screen?

35. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Shame about the outdoor visiblity. Otherwise, this really shows that more awesome QHD smartphones await :D

50. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Plus battery life was meh with other reviewers :/

36. igor.rogy99

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

Will the G2 get the same UI?

40. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Judging by how LG treats older phones in terms of update, the answer is No. The Optimus G is still at 4.2.2 WITHOUT any sign of update. It should at least be 4.3, but it didn't be. You can download custom ROMs and/or edit with launchers, however.

48. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Stop living under a rock, optimus G is being updated to KitKat.

52. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

my past Otimus G was running on kitkat long time ago .

100. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Crap, really? Oh well sorry then... But I still deny that the G2 will get such UI. However it won't matter to me as Vanilla Android + Nova Launcher is still going to be the best combo.

53. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

no! G3 has better UI!

39. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

From my point of view, the LG G3 is the best smartphone of this year so far... But still, I wish that super sharp display had better contrast and brightness, like the G2 had. And as per my phone upgrade schedule, I'll change my current device in June 2015, and most probably with the G4..

86. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

The Note 4 will most likely get the best phone of the year, the Note 3 was released September 25, 2013 and you would be hard pressed to justify an upgrade to any of the 2014 flagships because they really are not any better.

109. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Note 4 is in a different league. The G3 is not its competitor. The next G Pro IS the direct rival. Although, the Note series have been slaying the competition for long.

128. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

may be yeah, but like Baffled said its on a different category. But I've to say, I won't pick up the G3, mostly because my upgrade time hasn't come yet and I need a bit more than what this year's flagships will can deliver..!

44. redmd

Posts: 1910; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Ill go with the Note series for this year, but it might get an oversized upgrade so i might settle for the S6. G3 is a phablet.

58. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 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....

59. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

first time to see a phone with so many Cons gets 9.2 =DD haha

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