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The company's best phone yet

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I'll admit, when I first laid hands on the G3, I wasn't sure. I wanted it to be metal (as it appeared to be), but it wasn't. I wanted it to be a bit smaller and more like the Nexus 5, but it wasn't. I didn't think I'd like the rear placement of the buttons, and I don't. But, like two cops with different ideologies forced to work together on a crime, before long, these perceived negatives turned out to be charming qualities. The smooth, curved lines of the G3 make it feel like a much smaller phone. Those rear buttons mostly just need some muscle memory to get used to. And that metallic skin: It might not be metal, but it sure looks better than the G2 (or any Galaxy phone). That just leaves the positives. The display might not be quite as impressive as I'd hoped, but it's still shines given the right content.

The camera is a great workhorse and will really turn out some good images, even under low light. All told, there's little to complain about, save for the fact that our test unit was a Korean-specific model (I'd like to test the LTE and see how the battery holds out). So, when we finally do know the price, we can make a better call, but assuming LG doesn't do something crazy, this should be one of the best Android phones you can buy right now.

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Critic reviews

8.6
18 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.5
  • Display
    9.2
  • Battery life
    7.7
  • Camera
    9.2
  • Ease of use
    8.1
  • Design and form factor
    8.5
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    7.2
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.6

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User reviews

9.0
28 reviews
9.0
Engadget Jun 5, 2014

In the G3, LG has almost produced a power user's dream. That QHD display, responsive performance and decent battery life make for a fully loaded handset that should have broad appeal. Sadly, until we know the price, its overall value is yet to be determined.

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9.0
CNET Jun 16, 2014

The LG G3 easily outshines the competition despite it being late to the party. Possessing the right blend of feature and design, LG may finally have the right phone to challenge Korean rival Samsung.

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8.0
Ars Technica Jun 14, 2014

The G3 has a lot going for it. Heavy users should be wary of the runtime, though. The screen can really chew through a battery, and all the pixels in the world don't matter if the phone is dead. At least you can bring a spare.

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10
Pocket-Lint Jun 30, 2014

The G3 represents LG at the top of its game. This is one excellent device that will make LG's mark known in the smartphone world once again.

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9.0
PC Advisor Jun 2, 2014

LG has impressed us with the G3 which comes in at under £500 but packs amazing features including that Quad HD and a camera with a laser auto focus. The device is surprisingly small considering the 5.5in display and we like the more premium design. It's another winner from LG.

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9.0
TechHive Jun 12, 2014

The G3 is a fantastic piece of hardware chock full of features that should be standard for any flagship smartphone. It's one of the best phones to debut this year.

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8.0
Mashable Jun 14, 2014

The LG G3 isn't the smartest, coolest or most ambitious smartphone you can buy, but it is by far the prettiest, and that counts for a lot.

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10
What Hi-Fi Jul 1, 2014

Its size won’t be for everyone, and we do wish LG would take a closer look at the audio side of things, but there’s no denying that its high-res capabilities, mixed in with a stunning video performance, great design and superb user experience make it a very tempting choice.

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8.0
The Verge Jun 4, 2014

I know what I want to accomplish with my device, I just need it to be ready to accept commands and process them quickly. The G3 has performed that role as well as any handset I’ve used in the past year and, a few cosmetic issues aside, is my favorite phone of 2014.

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9.0
Digital Trends Jun 6, 2014

LG’s renaissance continues with the G3, which could be the best Android phone of 2014. The G3’s stunning Quad HD screen, high-quality camera, and sleek design should put it on everyone’s wish list.

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9.0
HotHardware Jun 26, 2014

All told the LG G3 is definitely worthy of the "superphone" ranks and should be on your short list of devices, if you want it all and like living life in high resolution.

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8.0
The Next Web May 30, 2014

There are better camera and audio experiences out there ... But for devices that excel in the camera or music stakes, there’s usually a compromise to be made elsewhere. So far, I’ve still not really found that compromise on the G3.

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8.0
Android Police Jun 13, 2014

The G3 is an outstanding all-rounder with very few true weak points, and it's that lack of weakness that, I'd say, makes it so likeable.

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10
Stuff May 28, 2014

Ultimately, there's barely a single thing wrong with the G3 and so, so much that is right with it. Good luck trying to surprise us with the G4, LG.

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8.0
PocketNow Jun 17, 2014

The G3 is the most intriguing Android flagship LG has ever offered, slotting perfectly into the space between the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 and ensuring that the company’s days as a punchline are most definitely behind it.

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First Looks

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Engadget May 27, 2014

There's a lot more going on than just a laundry list of features, which we got a chance to explore for ourselves. ... it seems the G3 is off to a good start, and we're waiting for the company to confirm world-wide price and availability.

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AnandTech May 27, 2014

LG is touting their redesigned user interface which includes a simpler font, consistently designed icons based on a circular motif, and "mature color schemes" that give each app a representitive color and avoid overly bright colors.

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Gizmodo May 27, 2014

Last year's LG G2 was a marvel of hardware stuffed with miserable software that made the phone a perfect case for ditching bloat and rooting. So I had a feeling that this year's G3 would bring more of the same. Both were better than we expected.

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Laptop Magazine May 27, 2014

Its QHD display is absolutely gorgeous, but we’d like to see more content to take advantage of it. We also like the laser autofocus camera feature and more intuitive software.

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CNET May 27, 2014

The G3 is in safe territory when it comes to hardware, having delivered a molten-hot slab of power and pixels that seems more than capable of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Samsung's glorious Galaxy S5. LG's software is more of a gamble, however.

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PC Mag May 27, 2014

I'm a little concerned about the effect of the G3's highly animated UI transitions on performance. Smart Notice and home screen transitions went a little more slowly than expected; I can't tell if that was timed on purpose, though.

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PC Advisor May 27, 2014

The interface is simpler and cleaner. LG says it has removed all unnecessary visual elements and apps have been given their own colour so you know where you are. It's flat and the colours used are 'mature' according to LG – rather than being in your face.

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Pocket-Lint May 27, 2014

Looking closely at the display it's incredibly detailed and smooth ... In the hand, the LG G3 feels solid, but the use of plastics means that despite the hugely impressive specs and the boast of a metallic skin, it's perhaps not the most premium feeling.

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Mashable May 28, 2014

LG said the G3's dimensions are actually closer to the average 5-inch phone, rather than the 5.5- and 5.75-inch varieties, but it's still big. When holding the device with two hands, its size might not be a problem. Holding it up to an ear, however, is a challenge.

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Gizmodo Australia May 27, 2014

That curvy back is neither made of plastic nor metal – it’s a hybrid “metallic skin” that offers the best of both worlds, being scratch-resistant with a premium finish, but without affecting wireless signals. As such, the G3 supports wireless charging too.

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Android Central May 27, 2014

As we've seen from other devices of late, many smaller changes can add up to a device that's meaningfully improved as a whole. And we're looking forward to spending more time with the G3 to see what it's really about, besides that headline-grabbing display. Stay tuned.

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GSM Arena May 27, 2014

The LG G2 is a living legend for its razor thin bezels but it's time to pass on the torch. The compactness spell worked once again and the LG G3 fits a massive 5.5" QHD screen in a body that's barely bigger than that of its competitors. Who need phablets when you can have a phone like the G3?

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Forbes May 29, 2014

The screen, which is a quad-HD panel with 1440×2560 resolution is, as expected, marvellous. The crispness is stunning, and the colour is just right. Not to over-saturated, as can be the base with OLEDs.

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TechRadar May 27, 2014

The LG G3 is a phone that's a real step forward and sends LG charging to the front of the pack when it comes to smartphone features – mostly because it has the most advanced screen out there with the new QHD option.

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PC Authority May 27, 2014

We got a chance to get an early session with the new phone as a guest of LG's at the Singapore launch. The night before the big event, we even got to have a brief play with a heavily-watched sample. We liked what we saw.

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BGR May 27, 2014

The one thing LG seems to do better than any other Android phone maker is making an outstanding display. Once again, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more stunningly bright, attractive screen than the one LG has placed in the G3.

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9.0
Grains Grains

I was originally going to wait for the OnePlus One, but after I put my hands on the G3, I was hooked. The screen size vs frame size is the real seller here. Put this thing in your hand and it feels as small as any midsized Android or Windows phone, just a bit heftier than an iPhone 5. The display...

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9.0
sevend7 sevend7

Overall this is the nicest android I have owned. Build quality, speed and battery are great and feel premium. I have owned almost every flagship since the G1, S3-4-5, Note 1-2-3, iPhones (all generations) and a few HTCs including the last One (M7). This is by far the best combination of a more...

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9.0
adifire adifire

I was one of those guys who went for G3 because I didn't get invites to buy the Oneplus One. And I'm glad I did. G3 is simply a stunner, hats of to LG for cramming the 5.5in screen on a form factor that's actually easy to use and also toning down the software to the bare minimum which is a big...

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10
undernut undernut

I bought the LG G3 in the 25th of September and after tons of other phone I've bought in my entire life I can easily say that this smartphone is the best I've owned. Amazing 4K display, all my photos, videos and everything look nice and crisp. Really good camera that stands out in bright areas,...

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10
rowlin rowlin

Really can find almost nothing to complain about, has a number of improvements over G2. Love the size, can browse the web very easily and feels comfortable to read most anything. The screen is exceptionally sharp. Screen looks better than I thought it would in bright light, don't even keep it...

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10
stefan063 stefan063

I thought that I could stick with G2 with ported G3 and thats it. BUT,when I saw that gorgeous display and build quality is awesome!!! Two words. THE BEST

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9.0
walenskit0360 walenskit0360

Got this phone a few weeks ago and overall have been impressed. Pros: Amazing Screen/Display - Bright enough to literally use as a flashlight Laser Focus Camera - Never have a blurry picture KnockOn feature - Innovative and very useful Overall quality - Phone/UI feels like a upgrade/cutting edge...

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