Introduction


When a certain flagship smartphone is so unanimously acclaimed by industry folks and consumers alike, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to know that variants of that said handset are bound to arrive. Indeed, that’s exactly what’s happening to the LG G3 here in the US, as the LG G3 Vigor aims to reach a new segment with its low cost through carriers like Sprint and AT&T – while still giving users many of the familiar qualities of its flagship phone in the LG G3. Arguably a mini variant of sorts, can the LG G3 Vigor still attract consumers who have plenty of inexpensive options to choose from?

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Getting to know your phone guide
  • Product safety and warranty information user manual

Design

Everything we like about the LG G3’s design is present here, but it’s significantly more compact in size.

Aside from its overall size and weight, the LG G3 Vigor is an exact facsimile of the LG G3 – so it flaunts the same design language as its larger sibling. Still primarily constructed out of plastic, with a thin film of metal incorporated into its rear casing, which gives it that appearance of being brushed metal, the Vigor undoubtedly has a good design balance that comes off nice for an entry-level offering. Better yet, it’s comfortable to hold because of its compact size and the curved nature of its rear casing.

As we’ve detailed already, the Vigor employs the same design as the G3. Therefore, it packs all of the same ports and buttons as its sibling – including its IR blaster, laser auto focus, rear facing controls, removable battery, and microSD card slot. Generally speaking, “mini” phones tend to omit certain features, but we’re really glad that LG decided to keep many of them.


LG G3 s

LG G3 s

Dimensions

5.42 x 2.74 x 0.41 inches

137.7 x 69.6 x 10.3 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Dimensions

5.57 x 2.78 x 0.43 inches

141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Sharp AQUOS Crystal

Sharp AQUOS Crystal

Dimensions

5.16 x 2.64 x 0.39 inches

131 x 67 x 10 mm

Weight

4.97 oz (141 g)

HTC One (E8)

HTC One (E8)

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.39 inches

146.42 x 70.67 x 9.85 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

LG G3 s

LG G3 s

Dimensions

5.42 x 2.74 x 0.41 inches

137.7 x 69.6 x 10.3 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Dimensions

5.57 x 2.78 x 0.43 inches

141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Sharp AQUOS Crystal

Sharp AQUOS Crystal

Dimensions

5.16 x 2.64 x 0.39 inches

131 x 67 x 10 mm

Weight

4.97 oz (141 g)

HTC One (E8)

HTC One (E8)

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.39 inches

146.42 x 70.67 x 9.85 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

For an entry-level offering, the display actually sports some decent qualities that make it usable.

It’s certainly tough to believe, but it’s become the norm to find entry-level phones sporting 720p displays. Well, that’s exactly what the LG G3 Vigor is rocking – a sizable 5-inch 720 x 1280 IPS LCD display, which produces a pixel density count of 294 ppi. Details are enough to make out find text in the web browser, so it’s not much of a concern when looking at the screen from a normal distance.

Interestingly, the screen bears many of the qualities of the LG G3’s display – though, not its impressive quad-HD resolution, of course. Specifically, it achieves a maximum brightness output of 418 nits, exudes a colder look due to its color temperature of 8001 K, and even the same punchy looking color reproduction. All told, we can’t complain about what we’re presented here, mainly because other entry-phones tend to have really poor quality screens.



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24 Comments

1. ABDULGHAFOOR

Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

Wow Compact Beauty

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Nexus 5 is more compact and higher end for $50-100 more. This does have a good look to it though.

3. magnifique

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Hi, how does it compare with Xperia C3? The spec is pretty similar with this LG, i need your information. Please make an in-depth comparison PA. thanks :)

4. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Only major difference is screen size. That and software. Not sure of the C3 price.

5. stagwall unregistered

I've used a Blackberry Bold for the last 4 years. I begrudgingly need a new phone. The Vigor looks good but I read many negative reviews about the camera. Since my uses are email, web browsing and taking pictures of my kids vs gaming or streaming - I'm a bit nervous to get it. Thoughts?

23. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I hold a LG G3s and trust me, its really great device.

6. HOOHH13

Posts: 22; Member since: May 25, 2014

Htc one e8 the best! It has the best specs compared to the related phone. But it is bulky... What you guys think?

7. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Too bulky. So much bezel.

8. HOOHH13

Posts: 22; Member since: May 25, 2014

But the speaker is excellent :)

9. HOOHH13

Posts: 22; Member since: May 25, 2014

And a super fast processor

10. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No argument there

11. HOOHH13

Posts: 22; Member since: May 25, 2014

So do you recommend me to buy this phone??? By your opinion

12. HOOHH13

Posts: 22; Member since: May 25, 2014

Or the Htc Butterfly 2 will be better? Or any other phones?

13. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

So much bezel? It's one of the smallest 5 inch smartphones on the market.

14. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Just looks like a lot on the sides. I guess it doesn't add all that much.

15. HOOHH13

Posts: 22; Member since: May 25, 2014

the size increase because of it's dual front facing speaker

16. HOOHH13

Posts: 22; Member since: May 25, 2014

it is just too tall for a 5 inch phone

17. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Too tall? It's the shortest 5 inch phone on the market (except frameless Sharp AQUOS Crystal). All other 5 inch devices are taller!

18. HOOHH13

Posts: 22; Member since: May 25, 2014

U mean samsung galaxy S4 is taller? LOL

19. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

It appears to be 1mm shorter. 1 milimeter. ONE!

20. HOOHH13

Posts: 22; Member since: May 25, 2014

haha :)

21. treehugger42

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 11, 2014

How does this compare to the Iphone 5C?

22. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Screen is bigger and better, music and vids are not limited to itunes or Apple related formats, Android is pretty clean so it works smooth only in more demanding 3D games etc. you may notice that performance isn't the best .

24. skips

Posts: 489; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

as a 2 year old user chiming in from the future i can say only one: god it sucks and it wont stop overheating. screen is not up to par with iphones. who upvoted this? it doesnt even work that smooth. lollipop update killed the phone. custom nougat roms beat the dead horse even further. WOW needed to get that off my chest.
G3 s
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2540 mAh

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