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.
- Vivid display
- Solid performance
- Good battery life
- Great camera
- Might be too big for some
- Some unnecessary software additions
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- 87AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE18 ReviewsLaptop Magazine70LG G3 (Unlocked) ReviewOverall, the LG G3 is a very strong choice amidst some stiff competition.CNET90Late to the party, but third time's the charm forThe 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.Ars Technica80LG G3 review: A great phone with way too many pixeThe 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.Engadget90LG G3 review: the company's best phone yetIn 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.PC MagNot RatedHands On With the LG G3I'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.CNETNot RatedLG's monster mobile phone goes straight for SamsunThe 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.Laptop MagazineNot RatedLG G3 Hands-on: Stepping Out of Samsungâ€™s ShadowIts 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.GizmodoNot RatedLG G3 Hands-On: Glorious Hardware, With Software TLast 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.AnandTechNot RatedLG G3: Launch and Hands OnLG 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.EngadgetNot RatedLG's G3 flagship is a bigger, simpler, higher-resThere'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.Pocket-Lint100LG G3 reviewThe 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.Mashable80LG G3: The Prettiest Smartphone You Can BuyThe 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.TechHive90LG G3 review: Great battery life, wonderful featurThe 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.Tech Advisor90LG G3 review: The best smartphone of 2014LG 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.MashableNot RatedLG G3 Hands On: It's All About the ScreenLG 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.Pocket-LintNot RatedHands-on: LG G3 reviewLooking 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.Tech AdvisorNot RatedLG G3 hands-on review: new LG smartphone could beThe 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.What Hi-Fi100LG G3Its 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.GSM Arena90LG G3 review: Dream catcherA welcome emancipation, matched by beautiful design and advanced technology. Stuff flagships are made of.The Verge80LG G3 reviewI 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.Android Central80LG G3 ReviewAfter just seven days it's clear to us that the G3 is at least a good phone, and LG's best yet.ForbesNot RatedLG G3 First Impressions And Hands-On PicturesThe 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.TechRadarNot RatedHands on: LG G3 review Super screen, metallic skinThe 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.GSM ArenaNot RatedLG G3 hands-on: First lookThe 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?Android CentralNot RatedLG G3 hands-onAs 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.Gizmodo AustraliaNot RatedLG G3 Hands-On: A Metallic-Skinned Monster PhoneThat 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.HotHardware90LG G3 Review: QHD High Res Android PowerAll 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.Android Police80LG G3 Review: The G2 Gets A Proper SuccessorThe 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.Digital Trends90LG G3 reviewLG’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.The Next Web80LG G3 review: Third timeâ€™s a charm for LGâ€™s 5.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.Stuff100LG G3 reviewUltimately, 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.BGRNot RatedLG G3 hands-on preview: Can LGâ€™s latest flagshipThe 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.PC AuthorityNot RatedHands-on preview: LG G3We 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.PocketNow80LG G3 review: more than just a pretty screenThe 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.
- 86AVERAGE USER SCORE37 ReviewsEngadget Reader20November 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Well i had this phone because i wanted to try out android for once and from the first few days it was awesome screen res was amazing i was very satisfied then i noticed it started to lag everytime i swiped over and when im signing in it got fairly annoying having this phone for about 6 months. somehow with a good case on it the screen shattered from literally probly 1 and a half feet and of course it only cost like 250 for a new screen was not thrilled at all on that as i take great care of my stuff.this past month for no reason what so ever it decided that it would shut on and off completly randomly when im in a call or anything this was extremely frustrating it would happen about ever 15 mins the phone would restart. now about 3 weeks later the phone just started going on and off on and off at this point it was not working at all i couldn't even get into my phone. So all in all maybe i had a dysfunctional phone or its just garbage but i picked up a iphone 5s and called her a day because i never have any problems with iphones they are just well designed. Oh yeah and i forgot this thing is a virus whore there was nothing i could do to get rid of them except a factory reset. The virus include random calls and taking me to random stupid sites and bringing me to scummy apps that no one likes. Never getting an android again.Engadget Reader80July 9, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90February 28, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90January 23, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This phone is awsome! The only problem is battery, its weak! You can already update it from kitkat to lolipop (5.0). Phone is not laggy! 9/10Engadget Reader40January 13, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Chinese font is very bad. Not uniform. Not good looking. Edge too thin, too sharp, not comfortable to see. The font is like a primary school student artworkEngadget Reader90December 24, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I just can't put this phone down. Even at low brightness the display is incredibly crisp and clear. Performance is quick, snappy, responsive. Tweaks such as Nova Launcher, Greenify, and G3 TweaksBox, have allowed me to get this just running the way I like it. SD card slot up to 128 Gig? I am set!Engadget Reader90December 21, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90December 15, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90December 6, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 3, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Got this phone a few weeks ago and overall have been impressed.Pros:Amazing Screen/Display - Bright enough to literally use as a flashlightLaser Focus Camera - Never have a blurry pictureKnockOn feature - Innovative and very usefulOverall quality - Phone/UI feels like a upgrade/cutting edge technologyCons:Battery - To power this screen takes a lot of battery powerKnockOn feature - This seems to be an issue with older G2's, sometimes doesnt work with my G3Engadget Reader90October 2, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Got this phone as an upgrade from my Nexus 4. On paper all the features and specs looked great so I couldn't wait to test it out. So far I have no disappointments with the device except a very minor problem. The headphone jack only seems to like certain plugs and the one for my aux cable in my car does not cut it. A simple $3 adaptor fixed this. The only other thing would be the wireless charging capabilities which is not available through t-mobile. But again, for $20 on amazon I can buy the compatible back with wireless charging and this will solve it.Engadget Reader80October 2, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!If the battery life on this device had been better it would be a killer device, but I remember charging it twice every day which was really frustrating!Engadget Reader100October 1, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90September 30, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100September 28, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 100% bright most of the time. On a travel day, I used it pretty heavily from about 9am to 10 at night before the battery needed charging, but watching videos on the brightest setting will drain it faster. Great that I can pop in a replacement battery. Customizable and retractable home touch buttons and customizable keyboard are great additions. Premium build quality has a metallic look with the advantages of polycarbonate, better signal reception, doesn't dent or scratch as easily, and Comsumer Reports tests show LG and Samsung are the strongest phones. Overall the phone feels near perfect.Engadget Reader100September 27, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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, you can barely notice the pixels when you zoom in.The size and weight are perfect, it fits perfectly in my hands and it weighs nothing.Battery is life is pretty good considering the features, specially the 4K screen, it lasts for a good 7-8 hours when you are using it continuously.The look of the phone is really pretty, much more than the iPhone 6.Android OS, nothing else to add.Ability to add an external micro SD card up to 128GB, remember to add a class 10 SD card though.Pretty fast in terms of performance (Opening apps, multi-tasking etc.)I could add more but these are the best features I could think of.So, to sum up, buy this phone. It's simply amazing on all aspects, if you don't think it's as good as other phone then just listen/read/watch all the reviews around the internet! It has been pretty well received. I also know that almost the 99% of the people who wants a new smartphone will go with the iPhone 6 but let me tell you that this phone has like 60% more features than the iPhone 6/plus, just do a quick comparison and you'll be amazed on how well LG has made this innovative device.So for one last time: BUY THIS PHONE, you won't regret it at all.Engadget Reader80September 27, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100September 24, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90September 19, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 27, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 24, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 relief. I actually like the back buttons; I can now easily adjust the volume by just clicking on the back volume buttons from outside the pocket. There are some really nice OS features too, customization is pretty good that I didn't find much difference from the Cyanogenmod in the Oneplus One; I love the knock code and the clip tray, features that should be backed in to Android I feel. And everything else just works.Display, the main selling point of the phone, is a bit of an overkill. Of course it is gorgeous and all, 4K video looks incredibly sharp, but really there's no real 4K content out there. Plus it is the main culprit for the meagre battery life. I'm a heavy user, I like to browse the Internet on the move. And the fact that using more display will eat up the battery drastically is something I guess no one would like. That said the auto brightness does work pretty well and I need only charge once a day on average use. The other problem with the display is the phone does heat up frequently, sometimes during long calls which makes me uncomfortable. LG keyboard was good but recent updates have screwed it, so I'm back to using Swiftkey's.Overall I should say I'm satisfied with phone. I was a bit disappointed by the battery life, but I got around it and my daily "required" use hasn't affected at all. It is certainly IMO a really great phone.Engadget Reader90August 22, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100August 20, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100August 15, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetGussy200090August 14, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Let me elaborate on usage. I don't put my phone on a charger overnight. I make sure it is at 100% before I got to bed. My day starts at 7 am. I usually read the news (Engadget, Cnet, etc), how long depends on stories. I disable my Tasker overnight and enable first thing when I wake up. Some days, on my 15 minute drive to work I will plug the phone in while streaming Google Music or Spotify. Lately I have not been doing that (I'm an NPR guy). I don't plug in at work either. I use Hangouts and MightText on my work computer so I don't have to check my phone every second. I only use my phone to check Gmail (I don't keep Chrome open at work and use Firefox for work stuff). I am kind of addicted to checking G+ now so all those GIFs from Community posts tend to run down the battery more. My ride home I don't plug in. I usually will not plug my phone in until about now (8:43, sitting at the laptop). Obviously, if I watch more YouTube, use my camera more or have the screen brighter for lots of outside viewing battery life takes a greater dive. The thing is for me is I'm usually by a charging source be it at home, in the car or at the office. So I may not be the best person to base battery life on.Engadget Reader80August 14, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 10, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetGregBulmash40August 6, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I would totally love this phone except for two things. The camera and camera app are not up to the standards of the HTC One M8 or even last year's Samsung Galaxy S4. The laser autofocus is nifty, but the low-light performance just doesn't come close to other flagships. It'll do, but I wish it was better.The thing that has me about to return this as DEFECTIVE is the buggy bluetooth support. It pairs to my car audio system fine, but getting it to automatically connect when I start the car is impossible. After I start the car, I have to unlock the phone, go into the Bluetooth menu, and manually command it to connect to the audio system. This is done by starting the manual connect and turning on the stereo in rapid sequence.In ten times doing that, 5 will see it connect call and media audio, 3 will see it connect media audio only, and 2 will simply fail.Waiting a couple of days for an answer from LG support about whether there's a fix/workaround for this Bluetooth issue, but I've already obtained authorization from T-Mo to return this as *defective* if LG doesn't step up.And I'm not alone. There are a number of forums where other G3 owners are complaining about this issue, but LG is not being at all proactive about addressing it.For now, my rating is a 4/10 because the bluetooth thing is really annoying.Engadget Reader90August 3, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90July 18, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 minimal software without the awful bloat while not being so spartan as stock Google. I don't mod my OS so this is the best I have found for my personal taste.For my usage the battery is great and is easily up to par with the Note 3 and beats my iPhone 5.A normal day looks roughly like this:Taken off the charge at 7 AM. Music for morning walk, news over breakfast, email and social throughout the day with a few photos. Music via Bluetooth and a few calls in the car to and from the office. Perhaps 2-3 videos but I generally don't do a lot of video. Some games on the porcelain throne and more email, news and social. Music at the Gym and that's about it. At 8pm i seem to have about 30% battery remaining. I never turn of WIFI or BT and leave screen on Auto. For my purposes this is plenty.I have read some review that mentioned lag but I have only experienced this if I have not cleared the open apps for a while and it is rarely noticeable in my usual behavior. The only consistent lag is the little fold down animation that the built in Smart Notice has but its really minor and so far it has not been spammy.I have the 32GB model in white.I am on T-Mobile and get good 4G and I really like the WIFI calling since reception inside our house is crappy.Overall this is a fantastic phone and the first android where I feel the hardware build and the software design go hand in hand without stuffing things down your throat you will never use/need/want like all the S-features from Samsung.Bad stuff: It's early but so far the only things that bug me are the very smooth back, it can feel slippery if you don't grasp the sides of the phone where you get plenty of traction.The major gripe I have is that quite a few android apps that I use do not support this phone. For example the Jawbone UP app and Hilton HHonors app don't support the device which is annoying.Overall you cant go wrong with this one.Engadget Reader100July 18, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I really can't think of anything bad to say about this phone. Really nice UI. smooth operation, screen is amazing. just getting used to LG UI. coming from motorola, but really easy to use. Battery lasts all day even with regular use.Dan100July 17, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader80July 10, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90July 9, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100July 3, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 BESTEngadget Reader80June 19, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90June 10, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 is large and in charge, and by "charge" I mean charge it up, because running at 100% brightness (you won't need that) will deplete your battery faster than LTE ever could.To test the battery's limits, I streamed the recent League of Legends Masters matches over LTE at 100% brightness. I managed to eat 5% of battery in just ten short minutes. At lower percentages of brightness the results are sort of amazing though. Doing the same thing at 30% brightness resulted in just 1% battery usage. I generally use that phone at 30% brightness even in full daylight. The viewing angles are reduced at that brightness, but the overall picture is completely visible in high-light situations. QHD magic?If you think that the phone is too big for you, go put your hands on it before you decide to get a "mini" phone. You might be surprised. If you think the QHD is going to eat through battery, then you are right... sort of. When the display isn't on, the phone barely sips battery. If you NEED to have your screen on for over 10 hours a day, bring a charger with you or just take the extra battery along - the extra battery is free in Korea. On a side note, opening the back panel isn't the easiest thing in the world. It isn't difficult either, but I do wish that it were a bit more refined of a process.Price - the 64 GB/3GB RAM is around $850 in Korea. You get a nice discount on contract, but LTE isn't the cheapest data plan.Overall, this the best mobile device I have ever used. I highly recommend it.