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LG G3 Initial Thoughts and Impressions

Finally, after weeks and weeks of leaks and hypebeasting, the LG G3 is official. Kellen and I were on hand in San Francisco, where we were able to spend quality time with LG’s latest flagship device. Naturally, we have had a lot of people asking for our thoughts on the device, so here they are in one big post.

With its 5.5″ QHD display, 13MP OIS+ camera with laser auto focus, and a ton of sweet proprietary software from LG, you would think the G3 is the phone of the future. Well, it most certainly could be.

Have a look below to read Kellen and I’s initial impressions on the LG G3. 


Tim:  I have been very open this year about my optimism for the LG G3. I adored last year’s G2, with its slim body, awesome camera with OIS technology, and the outstanding performance delivered from the Snapdragon 800. It was easily the year’s most underrated device, and didn’t receive as much praise as it should have, thanks to the Moto X taking all of the 2013 glory.

Putting my fondness for the G2 aside, I must say that the G3 from LG doesn’t look to disappoint. We spent a few hours with it at LG’s press conference in San Francisco, where they live streamed the London event which was taking place simultaneously. Afterwards, we were allowed to play with the G3, however, they were all Korean and overseas variants; no American carrier models were on hand.

My takeaway from the phone is that I am very excited for LG to release this device to the public here in the US. A few people are saying it is either too big or that they had hoped to see a Snapdragon 805 processor inside, but I feel that once people have the device in their hands, they will instantly fall in love with the phone. With a 5.5″ display, Kellen and myself were turned off at first based solely on the number, but with LG’s design and the overall ergonomic feel of the device, I don’t think I will mind this size of a device for my daily driver one bit.

With the QHD display (2560 x 1440), it was as if I was looking at a crispness of display I had never experienced before, which is always a plus for me, since I spend a lot of time with the latest and greatest devices from all other OEMs. To see a company try something different, and to show that the massive display shouldn’t hinder overall performance of the device (or battery), I am hoping that other companies will look to incorporate the QHD technology into their devices.

G3

The top thing I am looking to really test out is the camera. From the time we spent with it, I have very high hopes. The auto focus was just as responsive as they marketed in the livestream, which was actually quite surprising. No idea how photos taken on this phone will translate into social networks such as Twitter and Instagram, though, both of those services destroy picture resolutions when uploading from an Android device. Given the quality of the photos you can take on the G3, folks may have to start looking into sharing their masterpieces elsewhere.

As for the custom skin that LG bakes in, I would place it close to Samsung’s TouchWiz in terms of scale. It seems quite refined, probably the most appealing skin from LG I have seen to date. While it sometimes seems a bit overwhelming, I usually find myself installing a third party launcher which fixes all of those issues for me.


Kellen:  As you all know, I’m not a fan of the current smartphone trend of bigger is better. Manufacturers seem to think that the only way they can innovate is by making phones that are larger than their predecessors. It sucks. My hands are done growing; they quit stretching long ago. Yours probably did too. Phones, though, may not have even reached a peak yet. So when rumors for the LG G3 started popping up over the last couple months, with talk of the device featuring a massive 5.5-inch Quad HD display, I immediately became concerned. I like what LG has done recently, especially with the minimal bezel job they performed on both the G2 and Nexus 5, but 5.5-inches of glass? That’s scary. And then today, I had a chance to play with the G3.

While I only spent around an hour with the phone (review units are coming much later), I can tell you right now that I’m ready to give it a legitimate shot. In fact, I want this phone, in white. I can’t exactly explain why either. It’s huge. It’s a big phone – bigger than the HTC One (M8) and Galaxy S5, two phones I told you were too big. It goes against everything I have ranted about to the DL community. So why the G3 then?

Well, it has almost zero bezel. When you hold it, it is as if it does not feel as big as it really is. Its curves hit your palm gently, you can almost reach the top of the display without much of a shimmy, and it does not come off as slippery or uncomfortable. There is no wasted space – this phone is all display, but with a slight chin. It doesn’t have the massive chin/forehead/unnecessary-black-bar combo of the One (M8) or the added all-around bezel of the Galaxy S5. LG did not mess around with this phone’s design. It is gorgeous.

LG G3 back plate

With that said, I am still a bit skeptical. Large phones still frustrate me, but if done properly, which the G3 may be, I would hope that I could adapt to one. I’m not making any guarantees, but this phone is looking very promising.

Outside of the size, the rest of the package is super exciting. The QHD display is absolutely stunning. The 13MP camera with its laser autofocus might be game-changing. Plus, you have a micro SD slot, 3GB RAM, a removable battery, and a brand new LG UI that doesn’t look terrible.

Give me one now, LG. I need more time with the G3.


If you have any questions about the G3, please don’t hesitate to drop it below in the comments section.

  • Higher_Ground

    And better still, they’ve finally adopted the standard 3 on-screen buttons 🙂
    It’s a big phone, but if the moto X+1 disappoints it’ll definitely be on my radar.

  • RXG9

    What’s the battery life like compared to the G2?

  • Joe LaFreniere

    “…read Kellen and I’s initial impressions” definitely isn’t proper grammar.
    Not sure what actually would be correct. Maybe “read my and Kellen’s initial impressions” ?

    • Higher_Ground

      “our” 🙂

  • Bigwavedave25

    Hopefully LG fixed the “phantom screen touches” issue with the G3… my G2 is starting to experience this and it is a huge nuisance! Would love to replace my current G2 with one of these new G3 bad boys.

  • joejoe5709

    Now that I’ve heard much of the press and their take on the phone, it’s obvious this is a very very impressive phone. I’m not worried about the size anymore. I think my only real concern now is the battery.

    So if you have a G2 and an early upgrade coming with some money to burn, this is a significant upgrade to the G2. Do it.
    If you have an “older” phone, especially one from Samsung, you’ll feel right at home and this phone will blow your mind.
    If you’re thinking about the S5, the G3 is probably overall better. Unless you need water resistance.
    If you’re new to Android, LG’s UI isn’t too bad but the phone might be a little overwhelming as a whole. I’d recommend something from Motorola to start off.

  • RGiskard

    I have to respectfully disagree with Tim on the QHD issue. Of course, I can see the improvement going from 150 ppi to 300+ ppi, no argument there. But if we are talking about 300+ ppi to 500+ ppi, what possible visible difference could there be? It seems logical that increasing the pixel count can only hurt battery life. So, we have a non-improvement in picture quality that results in a detriment to usability. Seems like a terrible trade to me, and I’m a videophile. You want to give me better contrast, wider color gamut, and cool tricks like active notifications? Great. Those all have real positive impacts. Going above 500 ppi seems stupid by comparison.

    • 213ninja

      i’m asking this honestly, do you have hands on experience with a 5.5 inch UHD screen? or are you just assuming there is a “non-improvement in picture quality”? even if the perceived improvement is negligible to most human eyes, isn’t 65% greater pixel density still technically an improvement on paper? the tech bloggers all seem to agree that the picture quality is trump…i’ll have to judge for myself. the comment about it hurting battery to the point that it’s a “detriment to usability” is a blatant assumption. what if LG baked in other optimizations that get you 24hrs of gas?

      i feel like some conclusions may have been lept to just now…

      • RGiskard

        Ninja, since you asked, I can tell you that I have compared the Nexus 4 (318 ppi), recent iPhones (300+ ppi) and Nexus 5 (445 ppi) side by side and been unable to see (at any realistic viewing distance) any improvement stemming from the increased pixel density. Please note that I didn’t say I like the Nex 4 screen better, there are many other aspects to screen performance, but the increase in pixels didn’t do anything for me. I don’t use a magnifying glass to look at my phone’s screen.

        Anyway, I think it is safe to assume that driving a QHD screen requires more processing power than a FHD screen, so there is a hit to battery life. That seems inescapable. I’m not saying it’s a huge hit and the phone is unusable, but when you’re comparing any hit to the lack of any visible improvement due to screen resolution, any hit is unwise, IMHO. LG might have “other optimizations,” that would be great. But the bottom line is that LG can’t change physics – that screen sucks up more juice than it has to.

        I totally agree that “on paper” that 500 ppi is *more* than 400 ppi. Personally, I don’t use a phone “on paper.” I care about what I can see and what I can use. That’s why I don’t like pen-tile displays, or ones with low gamut. I hope that the 5.5″ screen is great in many ways other than pixel density, as it should be. I’d rather that manufacturers spend their hardware budget on parts that offer more than a bump that you agree may be “negligible to most human eyes,” like better batteries, cameras with lower noise, better industrial design, better radios, etc. Heck, I’d take a screen with 100% Adobe RGB gamut before I would take an insane pixel density. But we as gadget buyers seem to be obsessed with specs. A company made a 5.5″ QHD screen, and so a manufacturer felt compelled to use it. That’s our fault.

        My Nokia 8210 had a 650 mAh battery and could last for days. Obviously, it offered a tiny faction of a smartphone capabilities, but I mention it because the battery had about 20% the capacity of the G3’s. If LG (and other companies) weren’t in a specs arms race, we might have phones that don’t need 3000 mAh batteries to get more than a day’s use. That would make them smaller, or lighter, or give the power budget for other sensors that we can’t even imagine yet. Maybe I’m just getting old, but I want off this ride.

        • 213ninja

          i see and respect your points. much of my response was focused on this line: “So, we have a non-improvement in picture quality that results in a detriment to usability”, and having read your explanation, i still believe this statement to be misleading. even if the spec is mostly on paper, we do have an improvement to picture quality, which at least a few people will notice and appreciate (many tech bloggers seem to fit in this category so far)…and if the battery life is just as good if not better than the G2 or competing devices, then we haven’t compromised overall usability. the device will still be just as usable, if not more usable, which is what matters to average joe. again, i see your points, but they are quite technical. you’re essentially challenging the design team at LG to make better decisions regarding their threshold for what constitutes “enhancement”, when as you stated, the market is driving them in this spec-crazed direction.

          • RGiskard

            I don’t disagree with much of what you say. The only thing I take issue with is whether that screen really provides *any* benefit. I know the tech bloggers seem to like the screen, and I’m sure it’s great. But is it great *because* it is QHD? Would a bezel-free 5.5″ FHD with identical contrast, brightness, etc. be any less great? I think it would be just as good, because I think we are beyond the limits of the human eye.

            I’m reminded of my stereo, which for me was a big investment. Still, I see people with systems that cost 10 times as much, and involve products (like $2500 power cables) that have never been shown to confer an audible benefit. It’s all jewelry, “feel good” stuff, and spec chasing. Money that could have been spent on other gear. I’m not upset with LG, just sad about the power and cost savings the G3’s designers gave up to use that screen instead of an equal or better quality screen that doesn’t have as quite as many pixels.

            BTW, I think this is the most cordial back and forth I’ve seen on this site. Thanks for having a real discussion and not just flaming…

          • 213ninja

            i think there are two sides to that coin. i can find lots of “internet tech pros” that say you can visually see a difference, but just as many if not more that say humans cannot detect the difference. i’m not sure which boat i’m in, because i haven’t had the opportunity to compare two identical displays with totally identical specifications other than one being FHD, and the other UHD. for those reasons, i can’t negate the argument for it. i read a few comments about LG addressing this very point in their announcement in London, but i haven’t seen it.

            i prefer quality debate over mindless flaming any day, but this site does get the better of me at times 🙂

        • Eddie Spageddie

          Mentioning the battery of a Nokia 8210 and comparing it to a battery on a smartphone is hardly a valid comparison – although I do realize you acknowledge it has only a fraction of a smartphone’s capabilities. It’s an endless debate regarding whether or not you can “see” a difference with such a higher ppi, but I can personally tell you that you can…yes even on a 5.5″ screen and yes from a “realistic viewing distance.” Regarding your comments about a “specs arms race,” it is simply advancement in technology…like it or not. I see these sort of back-and-forth debates all day long in various forums and sites like this, but at the end of the day it really just boils down to personal preference.

    • joejoe5709

      Personally it’s more about future-proofing. I’m sure the G3 is only the first of several devices over the next 6-12 months that will have QHD resolutions and within two years, 1080p will be entry level stuff standard on mid-range phones. Televisions have *just* started catching on with 4K. It won’t be long before it’s the commonplace especially in larger televisions. Several flagships can already capture 4K video. It’s coming and it’s coming quick and I don’t want to be the guy stuck with 1080p for two years regardless of perceived pixels.

      Granted… that doesn’t mean you have to grab the G3. In fact… I say wait it out. Soon we should have things like the S5 Prime and I suspect LG will come out with a G3 “mini” that might carry QHD. Also, I’d wait for next gen CPU’s/GPU’s. The 801 is fine and will handle QHD with ease, but the tech coming out later this year should be more optimized for QHD. Very exciting stuff.

  • imronburgundy

    K’s first impression is a whine-fest on phone sizes in general. Helpful. :/

    • joejoe5709

      He’s only backtracking because not long ago he unleashed a very long rant about phone sizes and all of a sudden he’s in love with the largest phone this side of a Note 3. So he’s got some ‘splaining to do. But I’ll tell you this much… if Kellen is okay with the size, you will also be okay with the size. So I value his opinion more than most reviewers in this respect.

  • Sean

    Waterproof or dustproof?

  • YEMan0443

    Thanks for confirming it doesn’t feel too big in hand. I had the same worries when I saw 5.5, but now can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  • RoboCop

    The white is actually my favorite, never thought I’d like a white phone. Always had jungle fever with tech.

    • Trysta

      OT: while I know you probably meant no offense (and I mean none towards you) please know that the term “jungle fever” is terribly offensive. You are basically comparing black people to apes in the jungle…

      back on topic. Yes the white looks pretty damn sexy.

      • RoboCop

        Didn’t mean any.. all my gfs have been black. Just think black is sexy.

      • 213ninja

        i wonder how many up-votes were redacted as a result of this helpful explanation….?

        oh yeah that’s funny upvote……..oh sh!t no..it’s not…damn……….undo!!

  • enigmaco

    That is one thing moto does different with the moto x+1 is make it bigger and add wireless charging those are my only two complaints. This LG phone sounds cool and looks great but still feel comfortable with my moto x.

  • Justin Hall

    Anyone know who is getting the dark purple and burgundy colors??

  • chucklehead322

    The G2 has been the best phone I have ever owned and have recommended it to several people who now love it too. I agree it didn’t get the love it deserved when released due to the Moto X hype. The G2 is a beast and I’m sure the G3 is even better.

    I happen to like the stock UI, too. IMO, it’s better than all the others. Enough so that I’ve been using only “stock” ROMs instead of AOSP ones. I’m anxious to see what LG has done to improve upon it.
    Of all the newer phones being released, the G3 is the one I’m most excited for!!

  • RoboCop

    The problem I have is the launch date…if this thing was available now, like HTC did when they announced, it would be mine. But saying “later this summer” means it might be out at the same time as the One Prime or the Moto X+1.

    Also, I don’t go more than 5 hours without talking to my phone. Does the G3 let me do the “ok Google now” voice command at any time or does the screen need to be on

    • a) youth.in.asia

      That’s a Moto X feature unless you install a third-party app

    • 213ninja

      Note 4 will be getting press around that time as well.

  • stupid big…just stupid big

  • mustbepbs

    I’d love to see LG take on Samsung in the Note department on tablets. I’d love to see their multi window and an active stylus. That’s basically all I want in a tablet anymore because anything less just makes it about consumption.

    • 213ninja

      me too. i’m married to the s-pen at this point, but i’d be intrigued by other OEMs including a stylus and supporting software. some healthy competition in that department could help drive improvements. at this point though for me it’s Note 4 or bust, since no other OEMs seem to be willing to go there.

  • GJV

    G2 owner since September. I really like the phone but it’s already bordering on too big. I just don’t want a phone that’s even bigger. I really like the G2, although the LG skin was awful looking but the Xposed G2 module and Nova Launcher took care of that. I’m eager to see the Moto X’s successor, which hopefully will not follow the trend of 5″+ devices with uncessarily high-res screens. Moto showed restraint last go round, let’s hope they do so again.

    • rawr

      So glad the G3 will be out to disprove the “with uncessarily* (sic) high-res screens” of your comment.

      They already did in the announcement, but it is “ncessary”!

      • GJV

        For what? I already can’t make out the pixels on my G2. It’s just a battery suck or something for pixel peepers and spec junkies to talk about. IRL it’s unecessary and just drains the battery. Fixed the typo, btw, smart ass.

        • Did you not even watch the London event? They pretty clearly disproved that the human eye can’t tell a difference in resolution above 300 ppi.

        • let him know

  • Nick V

    If this phone is part of Android Silver at a Nexus Price… It’s all mine. I would gladly take this phone.

  • 805

    PC Mag: “Smart Notice and home screen transitions went a little more
    slowly than expected; I can’t tell if that was timed on purpose, though,
    or if processing complex 4K-resolution transitions is really dragging
    down the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.

    I’m also cautious about the phone’s vaunted laser autofocus,
    though. The G3 has a 13-megapixel camera which is supposed to be
    super-duper fast to focus. When I was handling it, though, it didn’t
    seem to be instantaneous by any means; focusing took a noticeable time
    like on any “normal” smartphone.”

  • It was easily the year’s most underrated device, and didn’t receive as much praise as it should have, thanks to the Moto X taking all of the 2013 glory.

    I’m not trying to be a hater at all. This is a sincere question. Where, other than Droid Life, did the Moto X get all the glory in 2013? I saw several positive reviews on other sites, yes, but that was it and no different than you’d see with any other smartphone.

    Outside of this community of Android fans, I hardly saw anything about the Moto X anywhere, and I think the sales numbers are also suggestive it wasn’t really that popular a device.

    Again, not being a hater. The Moto X is a great device, and I’m excited for what Moto brings to the table next. I’m just not seeing the Android world as having been taken by storm like the Moto X the way Droid Life was.

    • rawr

      DL is sort of a fringe site. If you weren’t here for the day the GS5 released you wouldn’t know the GS5 released. While other sites cover top tier phones a little more for a little longer. Meanwhile there is at least 1 MotoX article a week here (not sure when the last MotoX article was on Engadget or TheVerge).

    • Germ

      Exactly what I was thinking when I read that. I had no clue the Moto X was stealing all the glories in 2013. Heck, I’ve never even seen anyone with it IRL.

      I saw people with the Go (in fact it was sold out at my local T-Mobile for a while), I saw people with the Nexus, but never the Moto X.

      I did not think it was a popular device at all….

    • 213ninja

      well stated.

    • moto x was phone of the year in most places…google it…and i still think its the best phone out…since its the only phone left the rest are phablets

      • PoisonApple31

        I believed you until I googled it. It’s in some places, but really the Nexus 5 is in just as many.

  • ETPhoneHomeT

    I find it kind of funny that Kellen says “it doesn’t come off as slippery” when he almost dropped it in the initial hands on video while trying to demonstrate one handed use. While I like phones with minimal bezel, I’m not fond of phones with almost zero bezel. I use apps (like Swipe Pad) and launchers (like Action Launcher) that have features that require swiping from the left and/or right edge of the screen. With a case on the phone that has any kind of lip on it, it’s very hard to activate those features when a phone has almost zero bezel.

  • Pablo
  • LiterofCola

    The more I look at the non-metal casing, the more I fall out of love with it :/

    • Literofcola likes man juice

      Shutup you fat little beotch

      • Silky Johnson

        Im guessing The Narrator is making disqus accounts and attempting even more childish insults than usual

        • Guest

          disqus should bring back dislikes and ditch the guest accounts.

  • Tee

    LG’s UI might just be the ugliest one out there. Seriously, who designs those? Why can’t these companies get that right?

  • NOTEIV

    Great specs (especially 5.5″ QHD display and much-promising camera with laser AF), good enough alignment of the elements.
    UI is not unique/simple/feature-rich enough.
    Cheap-looking casing. It looks cheap. It’s not remotely metallic/premium/hi-end.

    What can offer:
    Note 4 with 6″ QHD AMOLED.
    Android Silver phones.
    Android Silver Tablets.

    😛
    😀

  • joejoe5709

    Well there we go. If Kellen can learn to love it, I’m on board as well. Best phone of 2014 here we come.

  • Daniel Walsh

    It’s a great phone. It’s better than the M8, S5, and Z2.

  • shamatuu

    Curious about battery life is my main concern.

  • jeradc

    hypebeasting

  • roberthenderson

    I will never again buy a bottom or rear facing speaker

  • iPhone 5s guy

    Was anyone here a iphone user before and if so how do you like android

    • Hunter

      I owned the iPhone 3g back in the day. I switched to the Droid X and I wasn’t too much of an android fan. I was with the Galaxy Nexus for two years and I’m now on the Moto X and I love it. Android since the 4.1 jelly bean update has been the best mobile OS. The only annoying thing is the actual switch with contacts and music, but it was way easier than it used to be. I recommend the Moto X since you may like a smaller phone, but you can’t go wrong with any of the flagship devices from Samsung, LG or HTC these days.

      • iPhone 5s guy

        Hunter, thanks for your thoughts,that’s my big concern is getting away from itunes with all that I have with it

        • needa

          iphone 4 for a year. then got the 4s. it broke a week later and i returned it for the gs2. never looked back and will probably never go back. i also have the moto x and it is one heck of a phone. as far as itunes… if you download everything you buy… you can then upload them all to google music and have them free forever and ever. at least… i think you can do that with itunes music. i know you can with basic mp3s. i think its a 20k song limit.
          my mother still uses my old i4. while it is not the pinnacle of iphones anymore… i still get my fair share of messing around with it. needless to say i still do not miss ios.

          • iPhone 5s guy

            Thanks Jon and needa for the help I think I will look at the moto x+1 and the G3 and thanks for telling me about the isyncr

        • Jon

          there is an app in the Google Play store called iSyncr. I used that to sync iTunes with my Android devices. Works amazingly well. I always thought it did a better job than iTunes did with my iPad oddly enough. Also supports wireless syncing.

  • Minh

    I was really hoping this phone would be released in a couple weeks. So now it’s either wait for the G3 or buy the m8. Thoughts?

    • needa

      wait for the g3. then by the time it is ready to be released you can wait another few of weeks for the new moto. then you can wait another few weeks for the new nexus. then you can wait another few weeks for the note. then you can….
      from there you might as well wait till next spring for the snap 808/810 64 bit chips.
      seriously though… i would wait for the g3 over the m8.

    • Jon

      If front facing speakers is hugely important…consider the M8. Otherwise…this is a no brainer. Wait 4 weeks and get the G3. 1080p phones will be old news in 6 months.

    • Mike Keck

      People bash on the M8 camera, but it really is an incredible camera. I don’t know what Android Police is smoking when they do comparisons, but my M8 takes beautiful pictures, and really fast. I want to go with the G3, but Im nervous that camera won’t compete, I had a G2 and I wasn’t overly impressed with the pictures, the M8 pictures I take just pop. The second thing is the speakers, boomsound would be hard to get away from..

  • Brian Ace Brooks

    Why isn’t it water proof?

    • Jon

      LG said waterproofing would have required making the phone thicker, bulkier and heavier. They opted to skip it. I agree with them. Leaving out heart rate monitor, finger print scanner also good news to me.

  • iPhone 5s guy

    Im thinking about making the change to this phone from my iPhone 5s

  • wtd2009

    i suppose this is somewhat on topic, but one thing i think lg deserves at least a small amount of attention for is their touch latency. i have a razr and my gf has an optimus g and, wow, the difference between those two phoens in touch latency is noticeable instantly when using the lg og. i wish other companies would strive to get into the touch latency realm that lg and apple are in, it really is a subtle thing that improves the whole user experience imo.

    • jbdan

      I noticed this the day the N5 launched and I bought mine. Coming from GS4 the difference was very noticeable.

  • Omar Amer

    curoius how media looks on this display since digital media is designed for 1080 displays.

    • wtd2009

      now that you mention it, i’m curious too. perhaps DL can comment on this in their review?

      • michael arazan

        and also take some 1080 video caps too

    • jbdan

      It looks like regular 1080p content on a 1080p screen according to what I saw/read/heard today

    • mustbepbs
      • wtd2009

        thanks!

    • mustbepbs
  • William Dublin

    No mention about button less design

  • skinja99

    What is the point of on-screen buttons if you still have a chin on the bottom?

    If you have a chin/bezel on the bottom, it might as well have the buttons in order to free up more screen space.

    on-screen buttons can take up 10% of the screen when they would fit just fine on the chin

    • needa

      the screen space argument is kinda moot now that we have transparent navbars. also having the buttons a wee bit higher makes them easier to tap.

      • roberthenderson

        It always sucks to have to tap them to bring them up and then tap again to utilize

    • Ray

      Not aware of any phone with no top and bottom bezel. Even if they got rid of the bottom it would look awkward because the top will always need some for earpiece/sensors/ff camera.

      • Ray loves boy nutz

        Ray gay phagboy

        • LiterofCola

          you’re a moron.

    • wtd2009

      i think with a phone as big/weighty as this i’d rather operate my home/multi task functions a little further towards the center of the device. a device this big seems like it would feel awkward and possibly risk dropping it if you were to try to stretch your thumb all the way down to the bottom of the phone while using it one-handed if you aren’t ready for the change in weight distribution in your hand. obviously this is just my opinion and my experience, but at least lg has compromised a bit and allowed for the transparent bar.

    • niuguy

      Not sure what your experience with phone design, but since all phones have a chin, I’m going to guess there is a reason. That said, they are getting smaller. Designers are probably learning new ways to decrease it.

    • EZTV2

      Maybe this on-screen buttons is really have no point. If it can use HDMI adapter to help LG Smartphone to watch HD Video. I think it’s more point that this. http://bit.ly/1gz4sRI

      • JJ69Chev

        you know that wont wotk with the G3. The G3 uses slimport not MHL

  • Xavier_NYC

    I’m willing to give up a first born for a GPE G3.. Imagine stock android on this beast

    • The Narrator

      Ruining the camera? No thanks

      • Xavier_NYC

        Good point.. Only thing I hate about GPE Roms.. But I also hate the bloat that comes with phones and unnecessary crap that uses Ram..

        • PoisonApple31

          Facebook can handles its own even with the bloat.

  • Patrick Smithopolis

    If it had a 5″screen I would get it in a heartbeat.

    • calculatorwatch

      Seriously a 5″ LG phone would be like a dream come true. LG phones satisfy everything I want in terms of camera and battery, and now that they have a multitasking button I think I could stand the UI.

      But what I really want in a phone is super easy one-handed use. LG is the only company that could accomplish that on a 5″ screen.

      • Jon

        Well sounds like the LG G2 is for you then no?

        • calculatorwatch

          It’s true I’m just being picky. The G2 is just a tiny bit over my size preference and their bezels have gotten even smaller since then so I think a new 5″ would just be better.

          Plus who knows if they are going to update the G2 to the new UI, hopefully.

      • MH

        the G2 is a 5″ LG phone…ok, 5.2″, but close enough. Don’t forget the space that the OSK take up.

  • jboogie1289

    So, that removable back is plastic after all? Or am I seeing things?

    • calculatorwatch

      It’s metallic…plastic

  • Ben

    Kellen and my* … “I’s” is not a word

  • Adam Elghor

    What I’m most excited for in this phone is the good likelihood that this phone could easily be rooted & unlocked on BigRed…I’m just so fed up with Touchwiz and Touchwiz based Roms on my Note 3. This phone will be such a breath of fresh air!

    • SeanPlunk

      I’m not sure what you’re basing that on. The G2 was exploitable with Loki, but the bootloader was never unlocked. Root was easy though. If you want an easily rooted/s-off/unlocked phone the M8 is really the only flagship phone on Verizon that provides it.

      • Adam Elghor

        Ah, forget what I said. For some reason I was under the impression that the G2’s bootloader was unlocked on Verizon…at least the G2 has AOSP roms something the Note 3 is doesn’t have yet. Hopefully the G3 will be similar.

  • Turb0wned

    I like big asses not big phones. Thank you Motorola.

    • MH

      I like both

    • The Narrator

      Cool, move along.

      • niuguy

        Not a fan of the bootay?

        • PoisonApple31

          He’s racist. 🙂

          • Narrator loves cack

            No he just likes boypenis

          • LiterofCola

            you’re an idiot

  • jnt

    @kellen – you realize it’s physically impossible for this to have less of a “shimmy” than the M8, and especially the S5?

  • Brian Wolfman

    No water resistance?! Woulda sold my G2 for a G3 if it did….damn it.

  • N G

    Did you notice the same stutter/lag when scrolling between screens that the other not to be mentioned website did in their hands on?

  • cisternachyli

    Whats the real reason for no water/dust resistance? The Japanese version has it, so i don’t understand why the G3 doesn’t have it.

    • The Narrator

      Who really needs that

      • Nikuliai

        average stupid people… which is a big part of whom will buy the phone (I’ve never dropped a phone in water but sadly I know TOO MANY people that have)

        • malcmilli

          never had anyone bump into you knocking the phone out of your hand? Could land in a puddle/bar counter/bar floor/rain/pool/etc. and it would be all wet to no fault your own. Nothing wrong with wanting a little extra case-less security

      • jnt

        Someone who works and plays outdoors a lot… though, who really *needs* a smartphone in general?

        Had a downpour here the other day – all 3 of my kids running around playing outside in it. I was able to get some great shots of them with my S5. No chance in hell another phone besides the Z1/2 could’ve handled that. That’s obviously not a need, but it sure was cool to have that ability.

        • needa

          i think most any phone released in the last couple or few years would handle shots in the rain. they have been putting water coatings on phones for a while now. they just do not advertise it. i wish they would. but i reckon it is because they do not want people testing it out. as usual, i could be completely wrong. but i know a couple of people with non water resistant phones that have taken a dunk in a toilet or water bowl and their phone lived through it. my gs2 lived through a toilet incident.

        • The Narrator

          You either have proof or not at all. Resistant is just fluff words and excuses for people to use their phones in rain, take to the beach, etc then when it breaks, can’t get it repaired through warranty.

          • jnt

            Companies can’t just claim an IP certification, it’s a legit cert.

  • Wha what

    It sounds like you can customize some keys on the LG keyboard. Can you select a discrete voice recognition key?

  • Whoosh

    Does the LG keyboard have Swipe capabilities?

  • Dave L R

    Is the back mainly plastic or Liquid Metal?

    • needa

      It’s plastic. But there is a metal like covering on the plastic. They are calling it a composite and it is being compared the the moto Kevlar on how it is done.

    • Zain Kalwani

      Polycarbonate plastic with aluminum brushing

  • sincityjohn44

    Ignore kellen. Tim is a little more objective

    • Kazahani

      On this particular phone I would trust kellen more since he has previously disclosed prejudices against large displays but likes it anyway.

      • niuguy

        Exactly.

    • Nikuliai

      you do realize he’s saying he likes it and that he’s gonna give it a try right?, cuz saying “Ignore Kellen” on that case means that you shouldn’t touch the phone since the guy likes it even if it’s too big for his taste

      • I’m guessing he was generalizing, probably saying that Kellen is more set in his ways than the rest (e.g. Moto X). But your point is certainly true.

  • Diamond Jim

    Does it come with a Sapphire screen?

    • Zain Kalwani

      No

    • vermiciouskanid

      Diamond Jim. Holy crap, I know what I’m watching after work.

  • needa

    I see these huge phones and think I would never want one, but if Android wear actually works and I am able to keep the phone in my pocket more… Then maybe the larger screen is worth my time. The new smart cover is quite enticing also. LG did a great job with this one.

    Any word on what ‘much later’ refers to when talking review units?

  • chris125

    Will the Google Edition launcher work on this or will it need to be side loaded like on the s5?

    • Zain Kalwani

      Need to side load it.

  • Ray

    What about the speaker?

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Probably hard to tell how it compares to other phones in that environment.

      • NorCalGuy

        I don’t know it might be a good place to test it, I work in a loud environment so for me that’s would be a great test area.

        • rawr

          Please do not use speakers at work, why are there so many inconsiderate people on DL?

          • NorCalGuy

            I work in a place were net weight machines, grinders and roasters are going all day so if I can’t hear the phone over that then it won’t work for me. It not like I work in a cubicle like u Milton

          • rawr

            Once again, there is this sweet invention called headphones. I don’t know if union scabs get paid enough for them or if all of their minimum wage goes to the union but if you have a few bucks you should invest in them.

          • Daistaar
          • Chris Hughes

            Do you sit and ponder how you could take a valid statement and type it out like as a complete jerk?

          • rawr

            Don’t give if you cannot receive.

          • NorCalGuy

            Wow must have hit home with the cubical statement but you seem to have an advance copy of the jumping to conclusions mat and are dead wrong but you have fun looking for your stapler and hating your life.

          • rawr

            Don’t have a stapler and software development has put me financially in a place where I don’t hate life. Shame they haven’t outsourced you yet, but soon I imagine.

          • NorCalGuy

            O so ur the guy from the ITT TECH commercials with the over bite in the middle of bfn making 50k a year. I am so happy for you.

          • rawr

            nope

            you sure are mad though

          • guest

            …..and therein lies the problem with America :-/

          • 213ninja

            dumbest.

          • michael arazan

            Why would a scab pay union dues if a scab is not affiliated with a union?

          • rawr

            “Strikebreakers” may also refer to workers (union members or not) who cross picket lines to work.

          • enigmaco

            headphones what are those? You know how many people I see walking around in stores or on the street playing music and just using thei speakers? It drives me insane they invented headphones for a reason.

          • 213ninja

            dumber.

          • Allen Kronenwetter

            Not everybody uses their speakers for music you jack-a-loon. Sometimes we use them to listen out for phone calls.

          • rawr

            Does it matter what you are doing? Other people don’t want to hear it.

            Maybe we need to start a movement to find people being inconsiderate to others with their speakers and use louder speakers to drown them out.

            Give them a taste of their own obnoxious medicine.

          • zee

            Or maybe we need to start a movement to find those being inconsiderate of others (and obnoxious) on blog posts and drown them out.

            Give them a taste of their own obnoxious medicine…

          • rawr

            Perhaps you should read the thread to see how this got started? Thanks!

          • zee

            I did. I just concluded that you are more obnoxious than anyone else involved.

          • 213ninja

            dumb.

    • James Randy

      1 watt speaker with a boost amp for improved sound & new handset utilizes.

    • Cliff Lee

      That’s exactly the question I had… If the speaker is a good one they can count me in!

      • rawr

        No one wants to hear your music (sic) when they are trying to experience life outside.

        • NeilGeorge

          From the way you are talking or lets say typing.. You are just thinking one way and that is about it and only about yourself..

          You said experience life outside.. Well if you patiently waited to think for a minute instead of typing, he (the OP) might have children who would like to listen to kids song or kids story.. Instead of asking other people to experience life outside, why don’t you first?…

      • Droidtommy

        Finally someone seemingly in touch with the subject of the article….

    • The Narrator

      Headphones

    • Ray watches porn at work

      You know what will make the speaker a beast?…. If you lick my butthole

    • Ray loves licking buttholes

      You know what will help the speakers?…. If you lick my butthole.

    • Ray gay loves licking butthole

      You know what will truly make the speaker great.?…. If you lick my butthole. Ray gay

  • Sapko82

    Does it have an IR blaster and multi color LED notification light?

    • Zain Kalwani

      It has an LED light. And most probably does have the ir blaster.

      • Sapko82

        Thanks

    • Ray

      yes IR blaster confirmed havent read anything about LED light good question

      • Sapko82

        thanks

      • Al-Burrit0

        MKBHD actually had the phone for a bit now lol and he put the video up today and if remember correctly he said no notification light

        • Ray

          Saw that video but don’t remember him saying that if so that really sucks every phone I have had since 2009 has had one

          • Al-Burrit0

            As you pointed out it does look like it has a notification LED light in the front 🙂 Although if the G3 were not to have one i think it would not be a deal breaker when there are apps like AcDisplay. My Moto X had me forget about that light lol.

          • Ray

            That may work for some but I actually have a custom light for each notification type/contact without my display ever turning on. I have gotten really comfortable with this setup I’ve tried ACDisplay and it just isn’t for me

          • Ray loves baby testes

            Yep you’ll just stick to sticking on baby’s nuts.

          • Ray loves baby testes

            Sucking *

          • Don’t forget AcDisplay will drain more battery on a non-AMOLED display.

          • Al-Burrit0

            That 3000 mah battery though (; haha

          • Higher_Ground

            yeah, the torch function is pretty useful, much more than a lot of other cheap add ons. I suppose you can still use the screen.

        • Ray

          You can clearly see a led light in this pic

        • jbdan

          He said it didn’t have an LED light on the rear like the G2. Didn’t mention the front

          • Al-Burrit0

            yes you are correct my mistake, wasn’t fully paying attention lol

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    The phone looks great. I’m even interested in giving LGs Skin a try. I’m not a big fan of massive devices though looks like they did a good job ergonomics.

    The downside of course is God knows when this thing will be released stateside. I think we all are not familiar with what the dreaded “Coming this Summer” means for US Carriers.

    • Zain Kalwani

      Though the lg ux has not been polished before the g3 I actually liked using them. The features were genuinely helpful to me I’ve had 5 lg phones (if you count the n4 and n5, 3 for just regular lg phones) and I have loved each and every single one of them. I’m pretty sure this won’t dissapoint either.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Yeahi want to give that keyboard some love.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Fist thing I do with any new device…. Install SwiftKey Lol. It’ll take GREAT keyboard to stop that trend.

        • Kazahani

          1st app SwiftKey 2nd app Nova launcher. I don’t have to deal with skins at all ever.

          • Jon

            I used to do Nova Launcher as well, but I much prefer the Google Experience Launcher. I have that loaded up on my Note 3. I like the prominent Google Now on a swipe from the left on the homescreen.

          • PoisonApple31

            Do you enjoy the huge icons? I think it looks childish.

          • Jon

            Actually I love the huge icons. It does seem like most people don’t though.

          • ETPhoneHomeT

            I don’t really understand the big deal about the Google Now Launcher. With GNL, you swipe to the right to bring up the Google Now cards while from just about any other launcher, you swipe up from the bottom.

          • This. Google Now is faster to launch from the GNL, but that’s the only upside, and you lose all customization. Meh.

          • calculatorwatch

            *Except in the notification bar, settings menu, camera, gallery, clock (if you don’t use timely)

            Just sayin’

        • michael arazan

          Then I forceclose the stock keyboard just to save more ram, along with every other stupid gimmick app I’ll never use

          At least LG got it right unlike Samsung, If your going to use crappy bloated skins atop of Android, at least recognize that your crappy skin gimmicks eats a hell of a lot of ram and add more for a smoother performance.

        • Rob

          Dude Swiftkey always crashes when I first turn on my phone (or restart it) – LG G2 on Verizon with 4.4.2. I wish they would fix it though… but I still like using Swiftkey. Luckily the pop up message after a restart doesn’t really mess anything up.

    • Jon

      T-Mobile has a promotion of giving away an early release of the phone, one a day until June 29th. My guess is that it will arrive that last week of June. Which also is July 4th week. So basically we gotta wait another 30 days.

      I’ve watched a bunch of British YouTube videos as well stating early July as a release time frame.

    • mustbepbs

      Yeah and who knows when it’ll received 5.0 or 4.5 or whatever the next version is, considering it’s releasing after I/O.

  • Zain Kalwani

    How is the user interface? Smooth or almost as smooth as stock android?

    • needa

      Not as smooth from the looks of it. The engadget hands on showed a pause to the app drawer and some stuttering when scrolling the pages. It was the first thing they did on the video. 0:22.

      • Zain Kalwani

        Thanks

      • Yani

        Hate to say it, but the 805 with adreno 420 would have taken care of any G3 UI lag.

        • maxx1987

          you have no way of knowing that

          • Yani

            Besides the 420 being 40% more powerful, no i don’t. But if the 420 wouldnt fix it, i sure as heck wouldnt buy it with the 330. I do know that.

          • maxx1987

            well i’m glad you know something. still can’t back up that claim that a better gpu would fix any ui lag. if there is any lag, there could be a million reasons for it, what makes you so sure a gpu would just somehow solve the provlem.

        • needa

          maybe. but as one commenter was reminding us of the other day… the 805 does not have integrated lte/hspa. its wifi only, and made for tablets. so adding in the proper modem(s) would ruin battery life and send us back to 2011/12 in ‘handshake’ timing.

          • Dave R

            The 805 was NOT only made for tablets. Qualcomm specifically designed it for both tablets and phones. In fact they deisgned a ned memory interface to shrink chip size and allow for a discrete modem, especially in a phone the size of the g3. Plus the gpu in the 805 uses 20% less power then the 330 in the 801, power would not be an issue. And Apple and certain samsung phones have no problems using discrete modems. Now it may be lg does not have the engineering expertise that apple and samsung has so they may have had an issue figuring out how to integrate the modem.

          • needa

            k. when you look at the pic of the 805 on the qualcomm site it only shows wifi, bt, fm, and usb. in the description is says what you are saying. and then the fine print says in select processors. thanks for clarifying.

          • Jon

            so um…it doesn’t have an 805…so um ya have to get over it and move on. this is a moot discussion.

        • Jon

          no…no you don’t have to say it. moot point.

  • Biff Davies

    Did the guy in the pic holding the phone say it felt great in the hands? The guy with the LG embroidered on his cuff.

    • Brady

      that’s Kellen in his new LG shirt (the Moto-Money stopped rolling in).

  • trwb

    Does it have QSlide?

    • Zain Kalwani

      Probably does.

      • trwb

        Its got some kind of window in window thing. Just saw it in a Marques Brownlee video.

  • Hunter

    Hey Kellen, you know what they say about small hands right?

    • niuguy

      Smaller tennis racquet grips?

    • James_75

      Small Gloves?

    • Zain Kalwani

      Less popcorn to shove in your mouth?

    • Niall Fox

      smaller baseball mitts?

    • Dave

      That’s not what she said.

      • Eric R.

        Yeah, small gloves!

    • La2da

      Can’t hold a Whopper?

    • akellar

      Carnies. Circus folk.

    • michael arazan

      I thought it was small feet?

    • Joe

      Sigh…

  • Bill Lerman

    How slow is the Adreno 330?

    • Zain Kalwani

      Its not slow. The 330 is aqudate enough. If you want really amazing graphics get a gaming PC.

      • malcmilli

        Stupid argument. They aren’t in the same segment. I also don’t want a gaming PC to replace my home console I want a console. If I wanted a gaming PC I’d get a gaming PC

        • Zain Kalwani

          Yeah, but what I’m trying to say is that it is aqetdate enough the g2 had the 330 and it definitely wasn’t slow.

          • P pablo

            Based on many benchmarks, it is up to 40% slower than the Adreno 420. And the 420 uses about 20% less power.

            The 330 will be adequate in the g3 but so of us want more than adequate.

          • Zain Kalwani

            420 isn’t out yet so this is the highest out

          • Jordi Agricola

            When the 420 does come out though, it’ll be the HIGHEST for sure.
            With BLAZING fast speeds, it’ll SMOKE the competition.

          • Zain Kalwani

            But it didn’t so what’s your point? Don’t blame lg because they didn’t included the 330 when the 420 wasn’t available yet.

          • Jordi Agricola

            Not my point.

          • Excuse him for not reading sarcasm in an internet post…. Get it?

          • malcmilli

            Oh ok I got ya. I thought you were just saying if gpu matters at all to you just get a PC. That’s why I was like ugh come on man do I have to only get a Ferrari if speed matters to me? But you make a valid point.

          • Zain Kalwani

            No, definitely not. Sorry for the confusion. 🙂

    • Ray

      Haters gonna hate

      • Ray loves tickling guys taints

        Your picture makes you look like a huge flaming douchebag.

  • Rob Tendy

    I can’t wait to try out more phones with a 5.5 inch screen – how much better does the G3 feel compared to something like the OnePlus One? People have been saying that that feels pretty awkward, while this feels more natural. Do you agree? Thanks!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      The One Plus One is definitely taller from comparison videos.

      • Rob Tendy

        Right, but I’m wondering if people still think it’s cumbersome to hold, now that LG has warmed everyone up to the possibilities of 5.5 inches. I wonder if the size difference feels that huge.

        • Zain Kalwani

          From what I’ve seen it seems like it is nice in the hand.

  • Rocco M

    When is the Note 4 launching?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Probably the Fall as usual. September.

      • Zain Kalwani

        Stop lying Pinocchio I can see your nose growing.

        Just Kidding. 🙂

    • moew

      It’s in the design phase, to mimic the G3… samsung is following apple and exceeding apple in copying designs.

      LG is the new Moto, all hail LG!

      • PoisonApple31

        LG is successful, you can’t compare that to Moto (at least not these days).

    • MH

      The note is still the flagship among flagships. Hopefully samsung will shrink it’s bezels (along with the bloat) this go-round.

      • michael arazan

        Remember they just took away the head designer’s job and moved him elsewhere, just a week or so ago, DL wrote about it.

        • MH

          Right, that’s why I posted that. Let’s keep our fingers crossed sammy will shrink the bezels (and the bloat too, but wishful thinking).

      • The Narrator

        lolno

        • MH

          great reply, very specific.

        • L(a)G

          “we ran the device through a quick AnTuTu test while on LTE to see how it stood up to the rest of the field.

          All told, the G3 is impressive. While not a world beater in these tests,
          it does hold up just as expected. A score of 29,156 puts it just ahead
          of other powerful devices like the Note 2 and Galaxy S4. It also sits
          well behind the Note 3, and a sub-30,000 score is a bit of a surprise.”