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

60. MichaelA

Posts: 18; Member since: May 14, 2014

G3 is a great phone, so is the S5, Z2, Iphone... etc... Just be happy that we have these choices and pick the phone that YOU like. All these companies push each other for our affection/purchase and we win in the end. I'm purchasing a G3 because I like the phone. It's a major upgrade over my 2+ year old phone. I could have bought a phone last year, but I wanted to wait until I saw something I liked not just whatever was deemed "the best". The way I see it there's really not much difference between these phones, most of you are just splitting hairs to make yourself feel better about your purchase.

63. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Anyone here remembers the bada-powered Samsung Wave series of few years ago? They came well-clad in real metal build and brushed skin that HTC One (M8) and LG G3 now spot. Like say, nothing is new under the sun; everyone is just recycling what has been done before. By the way, LG G3 is a great phone. But IT IS ONE OF THE BEST SMARTPHONES OF THE YEAR, not the best yet. If it's metal build, HTC One M8 is competitive, if not better. If it's features, Galaxy S5 is competitive. If it's elegance, Sony Xperia Z2 is competitive. So, all the Android flagships above are competitive because they all have respective strengths and weaknesses. And for the OVERALL BEST PHONE OF THE YEAR 2014, let's hold our breath between now and September when new blockbusters like iPhone 6, iPhone phablet and Galaxy Note 4 will be released. In the holiday season when all the year's flagships from all major OEMs would have been released, we can then crown the BEST PHONE of the year.

68. Fombers

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

Does anybody have any idea when this phone will be out to get through any US carriers?

87. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Late june-early July.

127. Fombers

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

Thanks!

74. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

The phone looks and I'm sure feels great. Though, with current hardware it's a no sale to me. The S801 is simply a higher clock/thermal speed binned S800. I'll revisit if a G3 .2 version come along, but will settle with a N6. Which I'd bet has a S805 at minimum. Anyhow, kudos LG, it looks great.

112. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

N6 as in Nexus 6? I thought Nexus phones were axed and replaced by Android Silver?

114. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

It's not guaranteed to be in the works or coming but my gut feeling is, there will be one last one.

88. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

This review shows the countless disadvantages of a QHD screen. Just look at the displays properties; they're appalling...

89. mike2959

Posts: 692; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

You guy's gotta read the actual review. Stutter and lag? No thank you. I have a G pro, and a G2 and I will tell you that when both were on Jelly Bean they were smoking fast,after the kit Kat update sure battery life got better but lemme say it has slowed the devices down. Also the synthetic benchmarks back this up. Both phones after kit Kat benchmarks went south.

130. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Interesting... How much does that 'slow down' affect the overall experience?

90. Prabs

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

This phone looks great! I wonder if they have any pics for what the Verizon version of this phone is going to look like. I just know Verizon is going screw with it and water down the speakers and the back buttons it down like they did with the LG G2.

92. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Um, is that the actual gold color? It looks terrible... If it is gold, then it looks nothing like the gold from the announcement.

93. Brosepower

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

I am very surprised by the "stutters and slowness" in the article. In fact, I am going to call BS on it a bit. Endgadget, GSMarena, android central, and Droid Life all have said how smooth the interface was. I think that any of the main websites giving out reviews on non-optimized phones is a really big sign of how desperate they are to just have a review for the sake of having a review. 99% of consumers wont care what the benchmark results are, as long as the phone is fast, and all of those other websites have consistently stated that the phone is fast. It is simply a matter of fact that the phone will not perform as high on benchmarks with the same hardware on a QHD display. LG has done a fantastic job keeping it running smooth though, and that is even with a korean phone. The optimized phones will hit the carriers all over the world and there will be no stutter or lag. It simply cant happen with an SD 801 SoC. Just my take on it, having read 6 or 7 reviews for the phone now.

96. zelezo

Posts: 12; Member since: May 30, 2014

its funny when i see, waterproof device is part when i decide to chose device for geting one :) i bet those guys are living under see surface :)

110. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

It kind of became a new fad. To be honest, I do think IP certs are huge bonuses. For one, you don't have to worry about it getting splashed by tap water or getting dust in it.

97. molsky

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 10, 2011

Did anyone notice what they said about the UI being laggy? A screen with that type of resolution will slow down the processor and screen sensitivity. No thanks... My HTC M8 is the most fluid Android phone made and has been proven to have the quickest input time on it's screen. I've watched a view videos on this phone and I can see the difference in performance.

145. Brosepower

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

You cannot judge the phone based on interface performance until you get an optimized unit in your hands though. You cannot make the claim that the screen resolution will slow down the processor and screen sensitivity until the optimized handsets hit their respective countries. The fact that reviewers are pushing out full fledged reviews and not just "our thoughts using this particular model" shows that the review is not really complete. There is just no way LG would release a laggy phone, especially with how smooth and fluid my G2 is.

98. galahad

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Such a beauty!. Now my lumia 1520 finds another companion.

115. ninjajoe96

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 22, 2013

I just want to say that I think Ray S or whoever did the photography for this review did a fantastic job! Well done Ray, it looks great, keep up the good work :D

117. Jalil

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

G3 is better but PA is not honest in their reviews..

138. firstviji

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 28, 2013

Which smartphone has got highest rating in PA this year?

146. ogee4life

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 12, 2014

I actually don't think this phone brings anything new to the table apart from the resolution of the screen, no noise cancellation tech, no water proofing, nothing new at all, the camera is average from what I have seen online same with the video performance shakes quite a bit despite its Ois. Surprised it beat the Samsung in ur ratings Pa. The s5 and the Sony z2 r better phones it must be said.

147. Brosepower

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

yeah because the ridiculously slim bezels, the revamped UI, all of the screen innovations, the best audio output from the headphone jack, the best battery life, even with a removable battery, and everything else just doesnt bring anything new to the table. What does the S5 bring? Waterproofing? its not even water-proof, but water resistant and cannot be submerged for long periods of time. That isnt even innovation sony has been doing waterproofing for longer and doing it better. The G3 brings a ton to the table, especially the 3 gb of ram and 32 built in storage model. Think before you speak, every phone has pros and cons.

150. Jalil

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Does anyone know wheather it has FM radio??

151. jeimkle

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Doesn't this device look alot like the Google Nexus 5 with some buttons moved around and a larger screen etc. or is it just me? phonearea/phones/size/LG-G3,Google-Nexus-5/phones/​8347,8148

152. LUONG

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

qHD Display consume power too much power. Please issue a lG G3 FullHD version!

153. Steph09

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

One question for the reviewer. How come have all the values for the display tests changed? Did a software update modify the display calibration? If so, you should definitely update your review since it doesn't match the values shown on your tables. I hope you can clarify this discrepancy, it would be VERY nice and helpful, thanks!

157. mrjamesdean5

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Wich one is better the G3 or the G Flex?

159. craigy72

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Am loving the LG's IPS panel, this thing looked amazing. I've had thge Iphone, S5 and the G3 side by side and the difference is amazing. I also got a stonking deal by using comparephonemarket.co.uk. I think its a fairly new site by it seems to have all of the deals.. check it out. http://www.comparephonemarket.co.uk/search.php?model_make=LG&type=Contract&model_basename=G3

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