- Display: 5.5-inches
- Camera: 13-MP
- Processor Speed: 2.5 GHz
- OS: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
Simple is the New SmartBehold the latest smartphone in LG’s award-winning G Series. Now, with a larger, clearer display, a laser-precise camera and superior smart interactivity, we can confidently call the G3 the best smartphone that LG has ever made.
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The phone's x-large 5.5 inch screen is MUCH bigger than Samsung Galaxy S5's 5.1 inch screen. I was unaware of how much of a difference there is when comparing tenths of inches. But now I know 0.4 inches is a major difference. This phone is creeping into 'phablet' territory (see the Galaxy Note's 5.7 inch screen). But the Galaxy Note is much more expensive, even though it is basically a Galaxy S5 with a larger screen.
The screen is not only bigger, but it has a much higher resolution. The LG G3 comes in with a QuadHD 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and 538ppi against the Galaxy S5's HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and 431ppi. Again, the difference is apparent as soon as you turn on the phone. I place a lot of importance on the quality of the screen I'm going to be looking at 50-100 times per day.
The LG G3 has the same super fast 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor as the Galaxy S5. But the LG G3 comes with 3GB of RAM as opposed the Galaxy S5's 2GB of RAM. It also comes with 32GB of storage at no extra cost. The Galaxy S5 starts you at 16GB of storage or you can pay more and get one with 32GB.
Physically the phone is stylish and feels durable. Much more so than the GS5. One thing that is taking time to get used to is the location of the standby/volume buttons located on the back of the phone as opposed to the side. This is a minor inconvenience and I'm sure I will adapt as I have only had the phone for 2 days. I can see the advantages of having the buttons on the back. It's almost impossible to press them by accident and they are easier to reach. It's just a matter of breaking old habits.
My favorite feature so far is the Knock Code. Basically you can unlock your phone from a completely black screen without having to push any physical buttons first. It sounds like a small feature, but you'll be surprised how much more convenient it is to unlock your phone in one step instead of two.
The keyboard is also a dream. It's taken me a long time to get accustomed to software keyboards as opposed to hardware ones featured on the old blackberry's. But this one lets you customize it to your tastes. You can make it larger and you can even choose which buttons go where. Typing has never been easier. And for someone who texts and emails constantly throughout the day, that is an extremely important function of my phone.
Overall this is the best phone I have ever owned and I can safely say it is the best phone on the market right now. I did months of research before deciding to buy the LG G3 and I'm glad I did. So if you're on the fence between this phone, the Galaxy S5, the Iphone and the HTC One M8. I would recommend choosing this phone.
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1. Gorgeous big screen.
2. Fast smooth performance.
3. MicroSD and removable battery.
4. Better looking user interface.
5. Nice camera.
1. Additions are mostly useless or inferior copies of others.
2. Still plastic exterior.
3. No waterproof.
4. No fingerprint sensor.
1. Good battery life but inferior to predecessor.
I have been using this LG G3 for the past few days. I plan to give you an idea of what the phone is like and whether or not you should consider it when it comes time to upgrade your phone. I have used many phones over the last couple of years including the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) and the LG G2. I plan on using comparisons to some of these phones to give you an idea how the LG G3 stacks up against them.
The LG G3 display is 5.5 inches in size and has an impressive resolution of 2560 x 1440. Most of the other high end phones on the market have a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Everything on the display looks sharp. The colors are nice but not as saturated as the Samsung AMOLED screens. LG has made a big deal about the resolution on this phone but to be frank I can’t tell the difference when I compare it side by side with the LG G2 or the S5. In fact, I like the screen on the S5 a little bit more. I like the colors in the S5 better. Doesn’t mean the G3 is bad though. It is simply a matter of preference. The LG G3 has the upper hand when it comes to videos because of the extra screen size. It is amazing that LG managed to cram that big of a display in a phone that is not much bigger than the HTC One.
One thing that troubles me a little bit is that the display is not as bright as others I have seen. During daylight I had to crank the brightness all the way up and even then I struggled to read web pages. It was readable just not very comfortable. Most smartphones require that you increase the brightness when under direct sunlight but usually it delivers a good performance. I can’t say that was the case with this one. Maybe there is a problem with my unit. That problem was not present indoors. Normally I keep the phone brightness at 60%.
The LG G3 comes with Quad Core Snapdragon 801 CPU running at 2.5 GHz. The unit I am using comes with 3 GB of RAM. The phone runs very fast and smooth. Everyday tasks run very smooth without any stutters. The good amount of RAM memory allows me to have many open applications at the same time without causing the phone to stutter. The phone can handle all of the games available on the Play Store. I spent a couple of hours yesterday playing Grand Theft Auto San Andreas on the phone and it was buttery smooth. No stutters, no lag.
It is obvious to me that we are getting to point where hardware is getting ahead of the software. I have a hard time separating the performance from one phone to another. For example, the LG G2 is a year old phone. However, at this point the difference in performance is minimal at best. There is not a whole lot of difference. Everyday things like text messaging, making calls, opening and closing apps, playing games. They are all the same. The HTC One (M8) feels to me a little bit faster than the LG G3 but that is because the animations are quicker. Once again, the difference is minimal. All of the current crop of smartphone are fast, really fast.
I was completely fooled by LG when they started leaking pictures of the LG G3. I was ecstatic when I saw that the phone was going to be metallic. I was very disappointed when I saw it was nothing more than an imitation of metal. It is the same plastic design from last year but this time it has a coating that looks like it is metal. Now with that said, I like the fact that it is not nearly as fingerprint prone as the LG G2. It also feels less slippery than the G2. That is an improvement. The G2 is a fingerprint and oil magnet. It gets pretty ugly after a while.
The front of the LG G3 is made up predominantly of the display. The borders around the display are razor thin. Even thinner than the ones on the LG G2. There are no physical buttons like on the Galaxy line of phones or the IPhone line. There are no front face speakers like the HTC One. The very small borders in the display allows for easier handling of the phone. This phone is very big, there is no way around this but at least it is manageable. You will still require the use of two hands more often than not. The width of the phone is closer to the Galaxy S3 than the Note 3. After a few days you will get used to it and will be handling it like a pro.
Most phones have the power and volume button on the sides. The LG G3 has them on the back. Don’t hesitate to buy this phone because of this. It is going to feel a little weird for a couple of days but it will feel natural after that...Read more
The phone is absolutely wonderful. In my opinion its probably the best android smartphone out there, with some of features offered by this phone only.It has a top notch camera (with laser), 4K video recording, Quad HD screen, removable battery, wireless charging, expandable storage -- all tightly built into a gorgeous package.If you buy this phone, you will be hard-pressed to find any faults. I had samsung note 3 and loved it - I love G3 more. Highly recommended.
- Please note, the phone which I am reviewing is a South Korea version. However, the phone is unlocked and LTE works flawlessly with AT&T. The entire UI is in English, save for a few pre-installed Korean apps.
- When you first see the LG G3, it is a bit intimidating. Unless you are an existing phablet user (I am a big user of large phones and love samsung note 3, which I have been using until now) , a 5.5 inch screen is monstrous. However, LG has done a great job of minimizing bezels, so that it doesn't feel too big in the hand or pocket.
- Even if you are turned-off by a large screen, turning on that giant screen and seeing the display in use will quickly change your mind -- it is awe-inspiring. The Quad HD 2560 x 1440 display produces 538 pixels per inch. In other words, you will not be seeing any pixels. The screen comes alive with such vividness, that it will be impossible to go back; this is the new normal and I love it.
- The build quality is good, but it is all plastic. While this is not a bad thing, it is in stark contrast to the beautifully designed, metal HTC One M8. Plastic is totally acceptable however, as it is very durable. Unfortunately, with the LG G3 the plastic is also extremely slippery. If you buy this phone, you must also purchase a case.
- The LG G3 has two features that many Android users will be excited about -- a removable battery and a microSD slot.The expandable memory in particular is important, since the camera records 13MP images and 4K video.
- Even though it has removable battery, the battery life on the G3 is insane -- it is like the Energizer Bunny, it keeps on going.
- Speaking of volume, the speaker is loud and clear, but it is no match for the reigning sound-champion, the HTC One M8. Music, movies and games are clear, but the speaker placement is poor. You see, while holding the phone, I have on many occasions covered the speaker with my finger. It is extremely annoying to have the music muted every time my finger strays to that place.
- It has 13MP camera. The G3's camera has a unique trick up it's sleeve too -- a laser. Yes, the camera utilizes a laser for faster focusing. If you hate missing important shots while your camera focuses, please know the G3 alleviates this. It takes pictures fast. The dual flash helps to capture beautiful photos in low-light settings too.
- It allows for 4K video. Afaik, the only phone out there. Awesome !!
- LG has taken a proactive stance to security as well. Many people do not secure their smartphones, because unlocking it is a hassle. G3 lets users unlock the device by simply tapping on the screen in a certain pattern with the display off. This means that there is one less step involved in unlocking and the process itself is kind of fun. Of course, you can still choose to unlock with pins or passwords if you choose.
- If you lose your phone entirely, there is no need to worry. The device has a kill switch, which when enabled, renders it useless -- forever. Yes, it becomes a brick.
- It has dual split screen option like samsung note 3. Another awesome feature that lets you multi task !! beta news.