Call quality


Armed with a punchy earpiece, the LG G3 is a fine handset to make calls with. Loudness is pretty decent on the incoming side, while voices tend to sound clear and easy-to-comprehend. On the other end of the line, things sound in a similar manner – your callers will mostly enjoy the conversation due to your voice sounding relatively clear and natural.

Battery


Whether because of the large panel with high resolution, or something else, the LG G3's 3000 mAh juice pack delivers a sub-par performance in the battery department. It lasted for only 6h 14 min in our custom battery life test, which puts it behind handsets like the Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2, and One (M8) – pretty much every 2014 flagship thus far. Overall, it's not really such a bad result – the G3 will last you through a day of moderate usage, but don't expect wonders from it.

Of course, we should keep in mind that there are quite a lot of factors in play when it comes to battery life, so it'll be normal for the handset to last slightly longer for some users, and slightly less for others. Meanwhile, the statistics provided by LG itself paint a mostly positive picture, with 3G talk-time listed at 21 hours, and 3G stand-by time at 23 days. A nice touch by LG here is that the G3 has built-in wireless charging, but in order to take advantage of this, you'll have to purchase a wireless charging dock separately.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
LG G3
6h 14 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Average)
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Average)
Sony Xperia Z2
8h 10 min (Average)

minutes Lower is better
LG G3
120
Samsung Galaxy S5
122
HTC One (M8)
207
Sony Xperia Z2
212

Conclusion


The LG G3 is a remarkable Android smartphone, there's no doubt about that. It's probably the most technologically-advanced smartphone at this point, which alone is a great achievement. The question is, does it come off as an offering that's well-rounded enough in order to become a best-seller in this highly-competitive market?

By the looks of it, LG has most of the boxes checked. In the design department, the G3 doesn't only prove to be extremely efficient in terms of screen-to-body ratio, but it also throws a hint of elegance and style – something that you don't quite get with its biggest rival, the Samsung Galaxy S5 (although its perforated back might appeal to some). True, it's mostly a plastic phone, but it looks and feels good to the touch, so we guess it's function over form for LG and the G3.

The display is one of the features that make us see the G3 as more technologically-advanced than most of its rivals. The massive, 5.5" size, along with the staggering QHD resolution is an imposing configuration. Although, we're still unsure about the benefits of QHD, especially when sticking with 1080p could have improved performance a bit. There's also some room for improvement in terms of color reproduction, but if you can live with some oversaturation, it's not really that bad.

Considering the other aspects of the device, we're pleased with the overall user experience, and the software design. It does pack a bit too many bells and whistles for our taste, but thankfully, it's just well-organized and doesn't leave us with the feeling that we're working with a cluttered device.

The 13 MP camera? Well, it's very, very good. The shooter isn't industry-leading, but it can definitely go head-to-head with most other phone cameras and put up a fight. Yeah, it does have the tendency to slightly overwarm things, but hey, that isn't anything new! If you can look past that, you'll be delighted by the immersive photographs that the G3 creates.

At the end of the day, we're quite happy with the LG G3. It's a rather big phone. Probably too big and wide, even with its extremely efficient bezels. However, we also enjoy the benefits of the larger-than-life screen, so we definitely see it as a tradeoff that many would be willing to do. This is not the best phone of 2014, as some would rush to say. But it's definitely one of the best Android handsets thus far. A bit too geeky, and a bit too pumped up, but still great across the board. Those who buy it would definitely have a wonderful time with it.


Pros

  • Massive screen with great resolution
  • Elegant design
  • Well-organized user interface with a plethora of features

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Exhibits some UI lag
  • Some gimmicky features
  • Lack of stereo speakers

PhoneArena Rating:

9.2

User Rating:

9.3
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176 Comments

181. vlad0123

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 10, 2015

I can't believe somebody gave this phone 9.2. Come on, are you serious? Battery dies like 3 hours of 1h total on an off talk, 50 messages and 30 emails reads. If you leave the phone, battery is slowly draining and about 7-8h is gone on its own. When downloading files or updating apps, phone gets hot in the middle. The contacts list usually ends up in corrupt mode, when phone goes from Landscape to Portrait and vice vs. Screen is not as sensitive. Sometime the name you want to text or dial ends up under the + button on the lower right corner and you need to scroll to proceed. It seems even with the slightest move, phone goes to landscape format. Some heavy applications take time to load, processor isn't that good. Back camera isnt that good, pictures are dim and does not adjust to the light very well. I will not grade this phone higher then 7.8 or 8.00.

180. Heretic

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

I've had the G3 for a month now. I'm more than satisfied more than content with the G3. The last three, maybe four phones, that i've bought were based on your reviews. Thank you PA.

178. suyuniverse

Posts: 3; Member since: May 30, 2014

Is the battery life good to last for a day?

177. troypar54

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

My $0.02.... After sitting through the Apple event and actually seeing the iPhone 6 (Plus specifically) I was at my local Verizon store by 3:30 EST and walking out with a new G3 by 4 pm. I am somewhat an Apple fanboy (owned every iPhone since the 3GS - not counting the horrific 5C - a 2014 27" iMac, iPad rMini, Apple TV, Apple Airport Extreme and my wife has a Macbook Air and iPad Air) and I can tell you the G3 is sweet. Reading these comments (although some are dated) is pretty entertaining. In "real life" the G3 is PLENTY viewable outdoors in the sun and the battery life is good. My first week with android has been fun & eye-opening.

176. dipender0141

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

Had mine nearly two weeks, since the software update the battery is amazing. I used it from 7am yesterday heavy usage, I had 50% left by 10pm.Brilliant battery. Overall a great phone and no faults to date.Except it can heat up a bit while charging. Loving my LG G3 and my new Spigen Armour case.

175. FroYoBro

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

My rooted, 2 year old Xperia u with a ton of apps on it booted up faster in a side by side test than a fresh-from-the-factory G3 I tried in a store. I put the G3 down and proceeded to look at some actual decent phones...

174. CaptainManlyMan

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 31, 2014

You know, even if there is some cons to the phone I think the feel of it more than makes up for those cons. A 5.5", beautiful screen with a slim body is just way too good.

172. skywalker

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 05, 2014

Tried out the phone today. disappointed... 1. HTC One M8 takes much quicker pictures and is overall much more responsive than LG G3 2. LG G3 is warm while HTC One M8 is cool. LG G3's maximum brightness capped at 90% that time, when I try to scroll past 90%, it says it cannot due to heat problems. 3. HTC One M8 just looks and feels better overall... I was so looking forward to LG G3.... it DOES have better quality camera overall and the album (this is where I think HTC didn't do too well, but album isn't the most important... Samsung Galaxy S5 takes pics as quick as HTC as well, and faster than LG G3. But I guess that's why LG G3 is cheaper than HTC or samsung by around US$65 (converted from NTD) recently.

173. Brosepower

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

You had a bad model then that really didnt work the way it should. I have had the phone since launch and it has never complained about being too hot, and it certainly has never reduced my brightness. I am not discrediting your experience here, but simply giving you a view from someone who has had the phone the entire time. I have never even had it at 100% for longer than a minute or two when i am outside because it is too bright. I can see the screen as clear as day at 100% brightness even on the brightest of days, but I otherwise will never use 100% because it just fries my retinas. It is too bright. Heck, half of the time I have it at 50% and constantly check to see if the brightness went UP because it looks so bright. I have never owned a phone whose screen was as bright as this one is.

171. ConnieLococo

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

It seems Moto X+1 is bigger than Moto X, so it must more expensive than Moto x. Perhaps it will more compatible with Moto 360. And Moto x+1 case will lauches soon in this site! casecoco.com/personalized-cases-for-others/motorol​a-moto-x-cases-169

170. sirrichard unregistered

The real proof in all this is in the actual use of the smartphone. I have owned smartphones since they first came out in 07 and have had many as I am addicted to them. My LG G3 is way out front in the actual use and beauty of screen. My battery life in real use is awesome and the phone is blazing quick. Speaking of slim bezels, this phone is able to give you a 5.5 inch screen in basically the same overall size as most with 5" screen. It is also lightweight and I love the fact that I no longer have to worry about bumping the buttons on the side of the phone. Try using this phone for 3-4 weeks and then say what you want. It is high quality excellence

179. suyuniverse

Posts: 3; Member since: May 30, 2014

Can the phone last for a day? Need a phone with good battery life and good calling quality.

169. UltimateReviews

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

The G3? Definitely one of the best phones i've ever used.

168. theo14461 unregistered

Arrgh! I wanted to like this phone! I like my Note 3 far better.

167. CheckThisOut2k

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

I left Verizon for AT&T because of two reasons: I like the AT&T Next Plan and I wanted to get my G3 sooner. The G3 is a really nice phone, but I'm kinda disappointed that you don't start out 32 GB internal storage memory. AT&T LG G3 comes with a lot of apps pre installed and you do not have any earplugs.

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

157. mrjamesdean5

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Wich one is better the G3 or the G Flex?

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!

152. LUONG

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

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

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

150. Jalil

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Does anyone know wheather it has FM radio??

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.

138. firstviji

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 28, 2013

Which smartphone has got highest rating in PA this year?

117. Jalil

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

115. ninjajoe96

Posts: 12; 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

98. galahad

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

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

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.

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 :)

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G3
  • Display 5.5 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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