LG G3 Review

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For LG’s G3, simplicity is the focus, and it accomplishes as much with an air of grace that is rare for a smartphone. Choosing to forgo the flashy bells and whistles and focus on the G3’s core smartphone components, LG has created a device that still manages stands well above the rest of the pack. Read on for our full review!

Design & Build

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Unlike many of the iterative releases that have graced the smartphone market lately, the LG G3 takes a bold leap forward with its design. Starting with the blueprint laid by last year’s G2, the G3 improves on nearly every aspect of its preceding model. The phone in hand feels like a true upgrade with refined style and material quality to accent familiar features like LG’s signature rear button, which combines power, standby, and volume controls (plus assignable shortcut functions).

The G3 achieves its premium brushed metal finish via the combination of a thin metallic skin fused within plastic composite. The result is a gorgeous appearance that retains durability (and a decent bit of grip). As a bonus, this construction allows for the back plate to remain removable, allowing access to the 3000mAh battery and microSD card reader within.

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The front of the device features a 5.5-inch display framed but what might be the perfect amount of bezel. While not edge-to-edge, the screen is accented with only a few millimeters of dead space on either side. The reliance on Android’s software navigation keys further allows the G3 to maintain a small footprint despite the substantial size of its display. By the measurements, the G3 is 5.76-inches tall, 2.94-inches wide, and 0.35-inches thick.

Of course, the rear button means the sides of the device remain free of any hardware controls, which coupled with a comfortable curved shape makes the LG G3 quite comfortable in the hand. It’s sleek, light (149 grams), and a joy to look at.

Display

LG wants the G3’s display to be a focus of the device, and it sure caught our attention. While 2014’s other flagship devices — the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 — held serve with 1080p resolutions, the G3 ups the ante with its QuadHD 5.5-inch display and its 2560 x 1440 resolution.

The interesting thing about this display — a True HD IPS+ display — is that its beauty isn’t immediately apparent. One reason for this might be that there is some truth to the idea that super high resolution are lost on smaller screens. Another might be that LG chose to go with a fairly muted color scheme for their user interface, one which doesn’t dazzle the eyes with vibrant and flashy graphics (but more on that later).

But as you use the display more and more it’s strengths become apparent. It is graceful in its beauty, much like the G3 as a whole, providing brilliant image reproduction and plenty of brightness. HD video looks stunning, and the 5.5-inch size gives the web and apps plenty of room to breathe.

Hardware

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With its stunning design, gorgeous display, and revamped user experience, the LG G3’s impressive hardware is easy to overlook. What a shame. The G3 is the complete package here, offering top-of-the-line specs that hold their own against any Android device currently on the market. For starters, we’re talking a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 system-on-a-chip with four cores clocked at 2.5GHz and 3GB RAM.

The G3 can handle just about whatever you throw at it. Flipping through home screens is as smooth as butter, apps are up and running almost as soon as you launch them, multitasking and dual-window mode never flinch. Interestingly enough, however, repeated benchmark tests reveal that the LG G3 is outperformed by several devices including its predecessor, the G2. Take those numbers for what they are, but don’t believe for one second that the G3 can’t hang with the big boys.

But power isn’t the only thing the G3’s hardware has going for it. It is also quite capable in other areas. The G3 is available with the latest LTE-A spec to provide blazing fast download times. Internal storage is ample with 16GB and 32GB models available, but this can further be expanded with up to 128GB of microSD storage.

Software

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Vastly superior hardware prowess means little when coupled with a sub-par software experience. This has been all too common in the past for LG, but with the G3 that changes. LG’s custom Android UI sees a complete makeover for the G3, opting toward the flat, simple design that has become so trendy as of later and pushing features that highlight usability rather than bogging things down with bloat.

If LG has simply given their software a visual makeover that might have been enough — the cool, earthy colors are eye pleasing and simple animations add some life to the experience. It was a pleasant treat, then, to get access to some quite useful features and tweaks.

Owners of previous LG handsets will be happy to know that the notification tray is now fully customizable, allowing for the placement and removal of quick toggles and sliders for brightness and other functions. A dual-window mode accessed via the multitasking menu allows for the simultaneous use of two apps at one. Watch a video on the top half of the screen while you search the web below, check email, or perform any other number of tasks.

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LG has also introduced a Google Now-esque widget that provides information cards based around the way you interact with the device, your habits, location and more. LG missed a great opportunity to simply attempt to incorporate the vastly superior Google Now as a whole, instead opting to reinvent the wheel and in the process provide far fewer card options and limiting the experience. Still, being able to quickly glance at the widget for info is nice in its own respects.

Another area where LG fell a little short was the rear button and its relation to the phone’s software. While shortcut actions were a big marketing point for the LG G2, the G3 by default has these shortcuts disabled. You can enable them in settings, allowing users to quickly access Quick Notes and the camera, but we would like to have seen some customization options here, if only a few different commands that could be assigned to the rear keys.

The G3 continues LG’s quest to explore other new and interesting ways to interact with our smartphones. One of our favorites is the inclusion of Knock Code, the logical expansion of Knock On, a feature introduced in last year’s G2. Knock Code allows you to still unlock your device with a knock, but to do so securely by allowing you create a knock-based pattern that can be rapped on the screen while in its off state. This effectively reduces a two-step process (turn on display, unlock phone) to one by both turning on the display and unlocking the phone at the same time upon entering the correct Knock Code.

Battery

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A 3000mAh removable battery is housed behind the G3’s removable back plate and provides ample power to keep your G3 up and running. Still, a big Quad HD display, quad-core processing, and ultrafast LTE don’t exactly add up to the most battery-friendly compliment of hardware. While you can expect some pretty lengthy standby times, real world use will take its toll on the G3.

If you mainly use your phone for talk and text with some light web browsing and email sprinkled in, it’s not unimaginable to see a full day of battery life. If you take full advantage of the beautiful display by streaming HD video, gaming, and otherwise participating in activities that might fall under the “power user” umbrella, you would be lucky to get 10 hours of up time — 8 hours of use would be reasonable under these conditions. You can expect even more if you enable the G3’s battery saving mode (which will kick in when the handset’s charge drops to 30 percent), but this will disable certain features in order to reduce power drain.

The good news is should your battery die, LG has included wireless charging as a standard option. You won’t need to buy additional accessories to convert the G3 to a wireless charging-ready device, but you will need to invest in a wireless charging cradle. [Note: This feature was standard on the Korean version of the G3 provided to us by LG for review. It may or may not be a standard feature of variants of the phone available in other markets.]

Camera

As we have established, the LG G3 is a thing of beauty. The same applies to the photos and video it is capable of capturing. A 13MP camera does all the heavy lifting here and produces crisp, clean, and colorful imagery.

It really flexed its muscle during outdoor shooting with ample natural lighting. Indoors, artificial lighting wasn’t so kind to the G3’s camera sensor, but we’ve come to expect this from most smartphone (and even more traditional, low-end) cameras.

Where the G3 really impressed was its autofocus. LG put a laser in their latest flagship for this very purpose, a feature you would typically expect to find on higher end DSLR cameras. The laser allows the G3’s camera to focus faster than you can blink an eye (literally), letting you grab that perfect shot almost instantaneously.

The one drawback to the laser focus is that it works best within a range of a couple feet. If you are trying to capture distant action shots or a large group portrait you might need to wait a few seconds longer for the G3 to do its magic, and that could ultimately mean the difference between getting the shot you want and not.

As with photos, video was equally impressive. An pairing the record button with the camera shutter button makes it easy to quickly jump between the two, and a simple interface with a few tasteful camera modes sprinkled in cuts down on complications, providing a clear path from inspiration to final image.

The Bottom Line

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Move over, Galaxy S5. Take a seat, HTC One M8. We can unequivocally say that the LG G3 is the new Android smartphone to beat. LG did so much right in creating this handset while managing to avoid the pitfalls — bloated user interfaces, gimmicky features, etc. — that usually hamper flagship devices. There is no caveat to the G3. It is a graceful, gorgeous device that belies the true power lurking behind its brushed metal finish.

And that’s not even mentioning the Quad HD display, which would be a killer feature in its own right had LG failed to follow through in every other area with the G3. It will be hard for LG or any other Android manufacturer, for that matter, to top this one any time soon.

The Good

  • Graceful design
  • Gorgeous Quad HD display
  • Top-notch hardware and refined user experience
  • 13MP camera with laser autofocus

The Bad

  • Still no customizable shortcuts for rear button
  • Would be nice to see Google Now integration in LG’s cards widget

Overall: 4.75/5

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  • Big_M_1234

    When will this phone be available in the US?

    • Aaron Mayeux

      verizon is rumored to have it July 17th

  • robjackson81

    Nice review, Kevin! Screen looks amazing in this video.

  • KOLIO

    Which (carrier) version did you use for the review?
    Just curious, since previous reports stated Korean & U.S. variants will not ship with QI charging ready to go, out-of-the-box.
    Also, two physically different models (regarding QI/NFC contacts) have been spotted.

  • dhinged

    It “manages stands well above”… I remember when news articles had good grammar and articulation, now I have to read at a fourth-grade level. Hopefully bloggers will “manages stands well above” the current crop of hack writing we’ve got now.

    • Aaron Mayeux

      I see a lot of articles like this on phandroid.

      • malcmilli

        i see it on all sites, its the nature of the online quick as possible business. I have no problem with it though.

        • Aaron Mayeux

          I don’t necessarily have a problem with it, but I don’t like having to go back and read something twice trying to figure out what they are trying to say. Another thing is, how do you expect people to take you seriously when you can’t even proof read what you write.

          • jloopy212

            Agreed, perfect grammar isn’t necessary; any online article will have at least a half dozen comma splices or things of that nature. Not a big deal.

            Things like poor spelling and blatant grammatical errors (like this one) are another story. I would be severely reprimanded for writing that sentence in any communication and I don’t even work in journalism or any other public communication area.

            There’s also the larger, probably generational, issue that schools are churning out graduates that basically can’t write and many of these graduates become bloggers. That’s a multifaceted issue related to a decline in reading generally and not entirely attributable to colleges not teaching people well anymore.

    • malcmilli

      that was also a time when getting articles out as quick as possible wasnt a priority. It makes more sense now to post the article and then proof read later.

  • King_James_The_Wicked

    If Verizon will sell this with wireless charging and 3 gb of RAM it will be my next phone. The G2 was much better than expected in my book.

  • shooter50

    Man I’ve been waiting for this phone! However, you failed to mention something reported on other sites. The screen is relatively dim. 273 nits which is below average.. WTF. Couple that with the fact LG screens dim when the phone warms up and it is a major disappointment. I guess they kept the brightness down to improve battery life. But what good is all that resolution in a dim screen. I prefer to use my phone at full brighness and dont worry about the battery.so I’m not too thrilled now about this phone.

    • Joe J

      Probably has more to do with it being a 1st gen qhd screen compared to how many evolutions 1080p screens have gone through.

  • aranea100

    is it possible to turn off LG notifications and activate google now? It knows me pretty well now and I’d hate to loose that. Also are there any rumors of a play edition?

    • Guillaume

      Of course it’s possible, Google now is just an app, you can install it on the G3.
      I haven’t heard rumors of a Play edition, but I’d sure love to see it. If we don’t have one, AOSP roms will be slower to come by, and will probably reduce the phone perf.

      • aranea100

        Thanks.

      • http://www.phandroid.com Kevin Krause

        Yes, you still get Google Now on the device. My issue is that if you want to use LG’s widget you have to settle for their own card system. Simply saying it would have been nice for LG to incorporate Google Now into their new widget.

        • Guillaume

          Ah yes, true. I’ll get rid of the LG widget as soon as I can anyway, and if possible I’ll get rid of the whole LG skin. AOSP or Google Play Edition on the G3 would rock. I hope we’ll see that.

    • Darknut

      I’m pretty sure they’re both installed (or at least you can easily install Google Now). Now seems like it’s much more of a connected service, LG’s thing seems like it’s more of a local (on the phone) service, for cleaning up the device, returning calls etc. Calendar, navigation, all the nice Google Now stuff is still there and it doesn’t seems like they clash at all. At least that’s the impression I’m getting.

  • Medion

    Here’s the downside to 2560×1440 displays. If you’re running a 720p video, you’re fine (as it’s just quadruple the pixels). But if you run a 1080p video, you run into scaling issues. And if you say that you won’t notice the scaling issues of converting 1080p to 1440p…well then, you’re not going to notice the difference between a 1080p and a 1440p display in a phone. It’s a paradox.

    Basically, while it’s a nice feature, ultra-high res displays in a smart phone are pointless. The Moto X got it right with its 720p display, though I can understand 1080p for the phablets. Using 1080p is also useful if you extensively use HDTV out, due to Android’s multi-monitor limitations.

    • malcmilli

      plenty of people say they wont notice the difference between 1090p and 1440p however people will get this phone regardless of the screen. For me i was interested in the g3 despite its screen. And mainly for its battery and camera.

      • Medion

        I agree with you, don’t get me wrong. I’m just saying that the tradeoff isn’t worth it, IMO. You lose a respectable chunk of battery life. For those who can’t tell the difference between 1080p and 1440p at this size, that’s not a fair trade-off because you’re literally giving up something (battery life) for nothing.

        If you are the kind of person who can see the difference between 1080p and 1440p at this size, then watching 1080p video will drive you nuts due to scaling issues.

        At this point in time, the ONLY benefit to 1440p on a smartphone is from a marketing perspective (our numbers are higher so our phone is moar betterer!).

        • malcmilli

          yeah i didnt want the 2k screen, however, this things battery life is still better than my nexus 4 lol.

          • Medion

            To be fair, there are few smartphones with worse battery life than the Nexus 4. HTC Thunderbolt comes to mind :)

          • PoisonApple31

            I love how you had to go a first-gen LTE phone to compare battery life! lol

        • Dwight

          For me, as long as I can get a day, I’m happy. I charge my phone every night, no matter what. I’d feel like I was forgetting something if I didn’t plug it in one night :)

    • New_Guy777

      You’re singing my song. I’m still not sure why we moved past 720p…we just don’t have the resolution in our eyes for that. Our eyes have an 8MP total resolution in a single blink. Granted, most of that is weighted into the center of our vision. But the quick math looks like this: A 5in display at 1920 x 1080 resolution that’s 1ft 2in away from our eye has more pixels than can be seen by a person with 20/12 vision (our maximum visual accuity).

      Bottom line, 2k screens are a waste of battery, a waste of processing power, and a waste of money. I like almost everything else about this phone, but the screen really bums me out. I’m interested in hearing how the screen tech measures up to the S5 for brightness, contrast, & color accuracy.

      PS – Here’s the link that gives you the math behind our visual capabilities: http://www.kybervision.com/Blog/files/AppleRetinaDisplay.html

      • Canon User

        “8MP total resolution in a single blink”

        You just made everyone dumber for having read that insanely stupid crap.

        • New_Guy777

          OK, chill dude. I watched this insanely cool video on this about a month ago…you might find it interesting, too. To get to what I was talking about, though, just skip to the 5:15 mark. Make sure you get to the full 6:30 mark before giving up, though, or you’ll get a very wrong number.

      • Adam Berg

        I have 20/10 vision and can easily see a difference up too 600 ppi. We have younger employees with 20/5 vision and they have even better vision.
        If you can’t see a difference between QHD 1440p or FHD 1080p for text edges then you probably don’t even have normal vision.
        2K is 2000 horizontal. FHD is 1920 horizontal and is considered 2K just as 3840 is considered 4K. 2560 is more like 2.5K but since there is no such thing it is QHD and absolutely not 2K even if some tech writers wrongly has written so.

        • New_Guy777

          AND….Bull Crap. Remember, I’m not talking about looking at a device from 4 inches away, I’m talking about normal viewing distances. Now, read this: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/06/10/resolving-the-iphone-resolution/#.U6WCBpRdXwo

          .6 arc minutes has been referred to by multiple sources as the maximum visual acuity our eyes can achieve if all is structurally perfect. That’s 20/12 vision. So, right there, it’s obvious you haven’t a clue what you’re talking about if you’re claiming that MULTIPLE coworkers (yourself included) have better than scientifically feasible vision (note, I didn’t say possible, as a mutation might possibly occur).

          And so, with “scientifically perfect” vision, looking at a cell phone screen from 12 inches would require little more than 450ppi. That’s 1080p for 5″ screens. And 12 inches is really quite close. 18 inches is MUCH more useful, and that brings it down to (drum roll, please), about 300dpi or 720p on a 5″ screen.

          Wow, amazing how a little research goes a long way to destroy subjective ad hominem arguments.

  • Matt

    How does it compare to the Xperia Z2?

  • Shane Grimes

    I think this will be my next phone… as long as it comes to Verizon with the 32/3gb ram option. I also wouldn’t mind standard wireless charging.

  • HotInEER

    I love my HTC One M8, but I also loved my G2, i’m very interested in this phone if and only IF AT&T has the 32GB model with 3GB of RAM and it has built in wireless charging. If not, no thank you, and I don’t want a flip case for that capability either.

    • Darknut

      I’m pretty sure the carriers have something in place that prevents built in wireless on phones. In the US (because of those carriers) you are forced to buy accessories/replaceable back plates. From what I know LG will sell the Quick Circle with wireless built in, and simple replaceable backs with built in wireless charging.

      • HotInEER

        Verizon had the exclusive with the LG G2 to have wireless charging and the other carriers didn’t have it. LG was suppose to release a special case to make up for this and it never saw the light of day in the US.

        Carriers have too much control over here in the US and the manufacturers need to stand up to them. As far as the Quick Circle case is concerned, I don’t want it, I don’t want a flip case on my phone.

  • jloopy212

    Unequivocally the best with no caveats.

    Unless you need your phone to hold a charge until lunchtime or something.

    • Ana

      The majority of reviews state that this phone has a great battery life.

      • Joe P

        Battery life is excellent. Take it from someone who actually has the device.

        • Ana

          Thanks. So, can you tell me how you actually find the display to be? Is it visible outdoors? Please elaborate since this is my only concern at the moment! Thanks :)

          • Joe P

            Outdoor visibility is not good on this, though I do live in Texas, where it tends to be VERY bright most days. I haven’t messed with any brightness settings to see if I can improve the situation, so I can’t speak to that.

    • http://www.phandroid.com Kevin Krause

      While I do feel that some of the positive praise being heaped on the G3′s battery life is a bit excessive, it didn’t let me down in this regard during my usage of the phone. Like I’ve said in other comments, most users can expect to see battery performance on par with the other Android flagships out there, at the very least. Some will see the G3 outperform those devices. Mileage will always vary.

  • Rekcus

    Seriously, is the battery performance that bad!?

    • sandroidfan

      Seems battery life from reviews are all over the place though there are more positive reports than negative. I guess if you use max brightness and do games often, it would take hit like this review. Otherwise it would be > 15 hours in total.

      • No_Nickname90

        For the games I play, I expect my phone to die fast. I also know ambient temperature plays a HUGE role. and it’s hot on that bus. So I know my phone dies faster.

        I’m not going to complain about battery life since I know it can last longer. At home in front of the fan, my phone doesn’t get as hot and I notice that my battery uses less energy when I’m playing the same games.

        I wish people would get that.

    • http://www.phandroid.com Kevin Krause

      I don’t think the battery performance is bad at all. The G3 is throwing a lot at its 3000mAh battery, and it handles it well. You can expect battery life that is at least on par with recent Android flagships like the GS5 and One M8, but in most cases the G3 will exceed these phones in terms of battery life performance.

  • Joe P

    It looks like Kevin had the Korean version for review. I have the T-Mobile version (I won it in the first week of their Open Beta sweepstakes). I’m in agreement with most of what Kevin says here, though I’ll point out a few pros and cons that Kevin didn’t mention (Though the review was pretty comprehensive and spot-on, not knocking it a bit).

    1. Battery – I easily get through a day of use with the battery. I don’t take many pictures or shoot video, but I do a good bit of web surfing, music streaming (and to my car via Bluetooth at that), YouTube watching, texting, etc. I don’t use WiFi very often, because the LTE here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area is faster than most WiFi hotspots I find.

    2. Wireless charging – Not standard here in the US, it requires a different back. The Circle View case LG will offer for the phone will add wireless charging, though I’m not partial to flip cases at all because shooting pictures becomes awkward.

    3. Look and feel – I have the gray model rather than the white one. It looks sleek and clean, and feels smaller and lighter than it actually is in the hand. One thing that is often overlooked is a phone’s center of gravity and how it affects day to day usage. I had the HTC One M8, and depending how I held it, it always felt off balance in use as well as feeling slick and easy to drop. The G3, on the other hand, has some grip despite its smoothness, and is perfectly balanced in the hand with the center of gravity right in the sweet spot and weight distributed evenly throughout the device. The buttons feel even better than the G2′s, despite being more flush with the rear surface.

    4. Call quality – Since this device that does so much also happens to be a phone, I’ll toch on this briefly. Most calls on the G3 are crystal clear, though I do notice some muddiness to the earpiece here and there. I have dropped a couple of calls, but I’m never sure if it is my phone dropping them or the other party. This is still beta hardware and software, so there could be some improvements coming here.

    5. LTE Speed – I’ve noticed slightly slower speeds over LTE than on the M8, at least at home, though I’ll add that I think some work is being done on the tower near my house. I can say, however, that I never get less than 30 Mbps down and 5 up, and frequently close to 50/20. Again, there could be a radio update coming before release that will address this.

    Overall I couldn’t be more pleased with the phone. Very few niggles with anything (Google Now would be great instead of what LG tries to pass off as a competitor to BlinkFeed/My Magazine being chief among them), and just sheer engineering genius on this device. This phone deserves HUGE numbers at launch, though being last out of the gate this year will likely hurt its prospects.

    • KOLIO

      THX for the review Joe.

      There seems to be some concerns on screen brightness,color quality & visibility outdoors.
      How does this compare to the M8?

      Also,as for the QI/NFC contacts,do they resemble the european models,or,resemble the Korean models?

      Quite a few of us are looking around for the proper cover to use for the US versions.

      Again,thank you for taking the time to share your experiences w/the G3,much appreciated.

      • Joe P

        Brightness/daylight visibility could honestly be better, though I’ve left it at default brightness and on auto. I honestly don’t know enough about Qi charging to answer your question, since I’ve never used wireless charging before. I had posted a photo on XDA with the back off of it, and people said it looked pretty standard with the correct backplate.

        • http://www.phandroid.com Kevin Krause

          Agree about outdoor visibility having the potential to be better, but it’s hard to knock this display IMHO. It isn’t AMOLED in terms of eye-searing brightness and color saturation, but then again I’ve never been the biggest fan of Samsung’s AMOLED displays. They always seem a little “fake” for lack of a better word.

    • domatau

      thanks for the additional feedback. would you be able to comment on how the G3′s battery is vs G2?

      • Joe P

        At first battery seemed to drain faster, but now that I’ve had a couple weeks with it, battery life is on par with G2, if not better. I’ve yet to finish a 16 hour work day with less than 40% battery left.

        • jcpicard

          Thanks. Good stuff!

    • KiwiBri

      does your phone have a FM Radio?

      • Joe P

        Not that I see. No app for it anyway.

        • KiwiBri

          oh, no. :-(
          I heard the 855 model has it, but not sure about the 852 (Canadian model). Looks like they dropped that from the US model too. Not sure if theres a Radio app from LG you can install to test it out incase there is a FM Radio)
          Thanks for the reply .

    • http://www.phandroid.com Kevin Krause

      Excellent. Thanks for adding this. Didn’t realize wireless charging wasn’t standard on US models. LG made it seem the other way at their phone announcement (but I guess that was targeting the worldwide audience). I also agree about how the phone feels in the hand. Something is just right about it.

    • David Bagnal

      Is the battery still removable? I recall the Korean version of the G2 had a user-replaceable battery, but that option disappeared when it came to the States. Is that still the case with the G3?

      • Guillaume

        Nope, they all have SD slot and removable battery. LG learns from their mistake, that’s great :)

  • Roaduardo

    LG-Unit approves!

  • Scott Wood

    The g3 underclocks individual cores to improve overall performance/battery life. And let’s not forget that other oems overclock for benchmarks specifically. If specs are your thing… root a g3 and then benchmark it. Most of the scores you see on antutu are barebones phones and are even chilled before running the tests. No real world results there. As far as the battery even competing pushing 500+ pixels with phones with larger batteries, smaller screens, and supposedly better/lighter (excluding touchwiz) ui’s, to me is amazing. G3 is the phone to beat as was the g2.

    • http://www.phandroid.com Kevin Krause

      Definitely agree on the AnTuTu front. I was actually surprised at the result as the G3 feels much faster than a GS5.

    • Guillaume

      Rooting it will not improve benchmarks… Changing the ROM to a custom one will to an extent, but we’ll have to wait. Agree with the rest of your comment :)

  • edu techs

    I guess Gionee Elife E8 would perform better than Lg G3 as per the specs given in
    http://gioneelife8.com/

  • Steven58

    Excellent and professional review, Kevin. You’re tempting me with this.

  • KiwiBri

    Hmm.. so is this the best camera phone right now?

  • malcmilli

    What’s interesting to me is the varying reviews on battery life from different sites. Some say its decent, and other’s say its long lasting almost as long as the g2.

    • Lemonphat

      Its going to be different from user to user depending on their habits.

      • malcmilli

        of course, but there is still usually a consensus with these things. Usually when sites review battery life for one phone they perform similar or the same test with other phones. For example, engadget loops video nonstop, or another site might run around taking pictures and streaming music on LTE with screen at 50% brightness, but they do that same test with other phones.
        So that’s why you *usually* get sites that have a consensus and say m8 battery is on par with the gs5, and they both can last you a day. What i’m saying its wierd that some sites have been saying its decent and on par or even a little less than m8/gs5 and others saying its amazing new battery king. You usually don’t have that far of a range. No matter what the test.

    • Darknut

      From what I’ve gleaned, it seems the phone will last forever on standby, but the display is a major draw on battery. While the display is off, or if it’s displaying static images, or at low birghtness you can reduce the hit on battery, but if you crank it up and are using it to play high resolution videos/multitasking like insanity with the display on constantly, you’ll be able to reduce the battery charge relatively quickly.

  • http://Interwebs.com.net.co.info Rui

    @KevinMKrause:disqus you listed non-customizable rear buttons as a CON, but it’s most certainly in there. Settings > System > Shortcut Key…..

  • talhamid

    Another gushing review that fails to inform the readers and reads more like an LG approved copy. For example, is the software more elegant and faster than that on M8? Nothing is. Is Quad HD measurably better in any way rather than the vague, shameful gloating it receives here l? More importantly, do the brightness and contrast hold up to s5 and m8? They dont. Is the camera the best out there? No. The only point thus review proves is that ends are enough to land a handset atop the top of pIle in your eyes.

  • taz89

    Display is poor, brightness level is poor, colors are inaccurate, LG does software over sharpening to compensate for the fact that in real usage majority can’t tell the difference better a 440ppi display and 500ppi display. Watch Erica Griffin’s g3 screen review and with actual facts shows you why the display isn’t all that
    LG G3: Display Quality and Battery Life so far: http://youtu.be/_-T5rLjhNVA