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Tuesday Poll: Are You Buying the LG G3?

It’s official! The LG G3 has been announced. Quad HD is here. Laser autofocus too. We even have a metallic skin that doesn’t look cheap as an added bonus. The phone does contain a Snapdragon 801, though. I know many were hoping for the Snapdragon 805 with its new GPU. The rest is exactly what we were all looking for – there even seems to be a version with 3GB of RAM.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a solid release date in the US other than “later this summer” or a price.

Full specs here.  Announcement here.

So, it’s time to tell us – are you buying one? Also, be sure to tell us which carrier (and maybe even which color you like the best).

Are You Buying the LG G3?

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  • Waiting to see what Google Silver brings to the table.

  • Mvrcel Lgt

    now the flagship-phonesizes passed my maximum-limit (4,7″) and LG does everything right once, thx but too late. Hoping for a moto to suit me better

  • Brandon

    I could jump from the Note 3 to this if I wanted to, but I think I’m happy with the note 3.

  • IntelCore

    Only if there’s a Google Play Edition!..

  • Jacob

    Only if I can get a giant Verizon logo on the front. Phones like the Moto X, Nexus 5, and iPhone are all too deceiving with their logoless black fronts.

  • No because other than MKBHD, who the hell puts out consistent content that is above 1080p. Screen is a gimmick. BUT….that camera with OIS and laser image focus is very interesting as a Dad of a very fast and playful 3 year old.

  • Al-Burrit0

    The G3 is a really nice smartphone but to be honest anybody that upgraded last year(second half) or beginning of this year will not notice much of a difference in performance and IMO will not feel worth it paying for full retail on a phone with slightly bumped specs.

  • chominggirl

    I can’t believe on it because of http://goo.gl/QBaHdV

  • roberthenderson

    I can’t believe that people are still too dumb to put the speaker on the front. I will never buy another rear or bottom facing speaker. I definitely don’t like the current version of on screen buttons, but that could be taken care of with root and some form of Pi controls.

    • blahblahblah

      Speaker on the front is the ugliest thing ever done to a cell phone. The speaker should be on the back.

      • roberthenderson

        Shoot the mouth off much? How about replacing the ear piece with the rear (or bottom) facing speaker thereby putting it in the correct position acoustically, saving money, space and battery power?

      • roberthenderson

        Here’s an experiment for you mr wizard.
        1.Play a song or whatever through your phone with the speaker facing you
        2.Turn the speaker away from you
        3.Be amazed at how the volume decreases.
        And guess what Sparky? When you have to increase the volume to compensate for the incorrect speaker placement, it uses more battery.

      • roberthenderson

        Or did I misunderstand and you remove your telephone speaker as well because it’s so ugly?

  • TC Infantino

    I am very interested in the G3. It has everything that I have been looking for in a top tier phone, excellent screen, removable high cap battery, on screen navigation buttons, minimal bezel, and SD card. I want to see what the new Moto X will be like, but it will have to be comparable in all regards to take my money over the G3.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    Only if there is a Google play edition on Verizon. Or if I see the Verizon version of this device has a fully unlockable bootloader and is rootable. Highly unlikely.
    I refuse to support any device that puts their unnecessary, redundant bloat over top of stock android. (Sense, Thouchwiz, etc)

  • Keith Taylor

    I wont be do to the fact that its not that big aleap to me since I just got the G2 this past Dec. The removable battery and sd card are great adds I will admit and the screen is fantastic. However as I have said before I went from an S Captivate to an G2. Once I can get that same type of leap then I will do it. Can anyone say G5 folks.

  • pd240

    If this phone was launching in the next couple weeks it would be a lot easier to decide. With more phones launching this summer it might make it harder to pull the trigger the longer they wait on US launch.

  • Am79

    Too big.

  • Skrewee Lewee

    My biggest concern is “later this summer”… I hope to see what the Note 4, Moto X+1, & the Silver bring to the table by then. The G3 might be just another phone in a few months for all we know.

  • blahblahblah

    Lol it’s funny that a phone comes out that demolishes everything else out there, has 90% of the features everyone wanted, and the majority says they won’t buy it. Face it, you’ll never be happy, so stop complaining about anything. You get what you want, then it’s not good enough.

  • Jonathan Williams

    Getting the G2 now that it should be cheaper when the G3 goes on sale.

    • joejoe5709

      It’s already free in several places unless of course you’re looking off contract.

      • Jonathan Williams

        I’m a retail kind of guy aka unlimited.

  • Cathrine Jhones

    It will depend on local carrier availability. I have a great plan and it’ll be very hard to change. The carrier that usually has the LG phones is the worst so if it’s still the same, I won’t get the phone http://goo.gl/QVImks

  • RGiskard

    It’s too darn big to be interesting…

  • Rodeojones000

    Maybe. Unlike some irrational folks on here, I’m not upset about the specs. But I need confirmation that there will be root and a bootloader exploit (like Loki for the G2 running JB). Otherwise I’ll stick with my rooted G2 until the next Nexus/Silver device.

  • jonzey231

    Redo this poll with a 4th option that reads, “Depends on what Google does with the Nexus line”

  • B!

    Buying? No. Winning for free? Yes.

  • Jason Kahn

    I’m waiting to see the Google Play Edition and how much it costs

    • LiterofCola

      Don’t think they’re releasing GPEs anymore.

  • t.c

    Already own and love the g2

  • Droid 1967

    Allright — late summer im on verizon so i am placing my credit card on top of my heavy winter parka 🙂 nah today the phone was tempting 3-4 months from now nope.

  • DanThompson87

    Depending on price, and what I can sell my S5 for…

  • Alton Purnell

    Nice phone, but not nice enough to make me want to put down my M8

    • Rob Schoenfeld

      Exactly… I’ve taken some of the best pictures ever on a mobile device with my M8. Best low light for sure. The mega pixel isn’t really moving the bar forward.

  • Orion

    Awesome device but I’m still waiting to see what moto is doing. So I’m on the still deciding camp. This phone is coming in the summer anyway…so I should know what to decide until then.

  • Mikey Styles

    Can anyone tell me the real difference between the other 2 phones(S5 & M8)? Cause I honestly don’t see it other than Quad Display, Screen Size, & LG’ skin. I was kinda thinking bout the phone, as it seemed assumed but not confirmed it would have 32GB of storage & 3GB of Ram. Then today all of the sudden there’s the 16GB/2GB Ram model? DaFuq!? Ram & storage isn’t an issue especially with SD support to 128GB but why even have that option available? Why not differentiate furthermore from Samsung & HTC’s flagship? Or Am I just being obtuse!? Lol

    • Droid 1967

      I am betting you ill see why the 2 different models when the prices come out 🙂

      • Mikey Styles

        Oh I’m absolutely sure of it. This plays right into the hands of the US carriers. Its aggravating to say the least. I know we all try to dumb down the importance of “phone specs” then in yrs past but this was an opportunity for LG to totally separate itself from all the competition with just 1 model that does it all & not do what’s rumored by Samsung or HTC with a “Prime/Premium” model.

  • Dave

    I’ll keep the G2 since the only true quad HD without upscaling you’re going to see is native video recording, unless I find a hidden vault full of 2560 resolution content for everyday use somewhere.

  • joejoe5709

    This phone sounds just about perfect. I only have two worries – battery life and the overall size. If it’s not too bad to hold, then I’m ok with the battery life. It’s the price you pay for having the latest and the greatest. That said, if I knew there was a similar LG phone coming out with the same specs and a 5.3″ screen I’d probably grab it. If said hypothetical phone had “only” a 1080p screen I’d probably hold onto my G2. So that tells me the bump in screen resolution is the only reason I’d give up my G2.


  • Mike

    I would get it if it were coming out soon, but later than summer means I’ll have to reevaluate when it comes out.

  • Sam

    Answer is No because of “Late Summer”

  • Ryan Chapman

    For me just depends on Price and Release date… I am ready to buy a new phone now, and I think its the best option currently, but if it takes 2 months to come out, I am sure something better will be coming as well…

  • redline727

    Still enjoying my M8. The first thing I look at when looking for a device is build quality and materials. Android pulled me away from the iPhone because it was fresh and new then it got destroyed by OEMs and carriers mucking up the software and it seemed it was more important to flood the market with cheap devices for overall market share. They were pumping out quantity and not quality so I went back to my iPhone. Then the One M7 came out and enticed me but wasn’t enough to win me back just yet. They sealed the deal with following up with the M8. It is designed beautifully and it is quality. Not just some fancy specs in plastic packaging hoping marketing will do the job for them. (Not poking at Samsung’s business model at all it works, I get it) I have specific interests and the M8 hits everything on my checklist! Starting with my most important and that the quality of the materials and build. To me no phone achieves that without a one piece design and metal. The sound that plastic phones make with a two piece design when you hold them is inexcusable for a 600.00+ device. (Looking at you Samsung) and their software to me in one word is kidish. LG was the same way. I hope it was really improved upon. Motorola is on the right track with the X let’s see what that upgrade with be like. Save the would for a coffee table and add some metal! The price tags of these new devices warrant better build quality. End rant…

  • Josh

    I find this phone ridiculously sexy.

  • MichaelFranz

    I think I jumped the gun on the S5. I don’t want to jump the gun on this either so to be honest I think I am going to wait. Not long but I will wait. let’s see what happens but the end of summer. Let’s see if the new moto phones blows all of them away or if a new nexus (android silver) phone does the same.

    I also want to see if this gets a bootloader unlock on vzw, I miss flashing roms….i really do..

    It’s sad because so many of these devices are so locked down it makes it harder and harder. if a nexus was simply available on VZW (not gnex duh) then Thta would satisfy my needs. While i do say its sad, its actually very nice knowing how secure these phones actually are and how hard it would be for potential attacks at your personal information

  • jmich

    My lg g2 is doing so well that I probably wouldn’t be in the market again until the lg g4 was released. If I wasn’t a g2 owner already then yes I would buy it.

  • Richard Head

    I would love to buy it, but I just got the G2 in January, so I’ll probably wait for the G Flex 2 or the G4.

  • Akshat Mittal

    Add option: “No, I recently bought a Nexus 5” 😛

    • Aaron C

      That would be my vote. 🙂

  • James

    You guys and your crazy constant upgrading haha. Got the s5 (m8s better i know) and im not switching for 2 years.

  • jbworldwide1

    I’m copping because hell, I can JUMP every six months.

  • CCCO

    Looks like a good phone. Will need to see what the new Moto X has in store. I’ve got my fingers crossed that Moto will bundle the 360 watch with the new phone in a reasonably affordable package. *If* that happens, it’s a no brainer for me since I still love my current X.

  • jbdan

    Switching to this from my N5 (which I’ll keep as a backup :)). Tmo. The dark one. Can’t wait!

  • Aaron C

    I started with the Original Droid, and after brief flirtations with the Thunderbolt, X2 and more recently, the Note 2, I have realized that I really can’t stand anything other than AOSP (or CyanogenMod). I also need something with a lot of developers working on it. So, I’m now firmly in the Nexus camp (just picked up a Nexus 5 as an upgrade from the Nexus 4). No more distractions for me. Next up, something shiny in Android Silver.

    • Andrew M.

      I hear you man. My thought is like the Moto X, good hardware means very little if weaker devices with newer software can do things that it can’t. The Moto X+1 might entice me though. Decent development with an AOSP backbone. But after being burned by Moto once already on updates(Motorola Photon)…..we’ll see.

  • Tony Byatt

    Still deciding…

    Very impressive device…If it was going to available this week, then most likely yes…

    But June or July? The new Moto X will most likely be leaking all over the place by then…

    • Zoloft_User

      The phone looks great, but I am still hesitant. Like many, I
      love my Moto X and I am waiting to see what the Moto 1+X has to offer. The
      active display, near stock android and size of the phone make it perfect…but I
      hope Lenovo doesn’t ruin it…

      • The Narrator

        Lenovo hasn’t even acquired them yet.

  • Serotheo

    No, but its extremely enticing. If there’s a Nexus 6 I can’t wait to see it, that is if its based on LG’s G3.

  • Matt G

    Still undecided the whole Later this summer thing will allow me to see all the Moto X+1 leaks and maybe the announcement of it

  • VivianC

    If it comes to Verizon soon and is rootable and/or unlockable, then yes. Was hoping it would be here early June or TODAY. 🙂

  • Andrew M.

    Sticking with my Nexus 5 until Android Silver releases. I owned a G2. I also have seen LG’s updating practices and treatment of development(locked bootloaders). Nothing short of Google/Nexus will catch my eye at this point.

  • Foramex

    Were you born when the snow was falling?
    Should have come to the G3’s calling!
    You need to be cuckoo to say no to this phone!

  • athorax

    It will be between this and the 1+1. This phone is probably better, but I am not sure if the large price difference is worth it.

  • anon

    SD card and removable battery! finally a phone that isnt a samsung…. why did it take so damn long?

    • Arty McBert

      Not to mention HTC and Motorola went back to adding SD cards in their phones again too. Hopefully the Moto X+1 will have an SD card slot as well.

      • rawr

        Or more importantly, hopefully the Moto X+1 won’t be called the Moto X+1

      • LiterofCola

        Since when did Motorola go back to adding SD cards?

        • hafgshjk

          both the moto g and moto e have micro sd cards slots

          • TheDrunkenClam

            They do?
            I didn’t know this!
            This news makes me happy.

          • haha

            yes they do the moto e and moto g LTE to be exact

    • Nagini

      On screen buttons are an automatic turn off for me sadly, I just can’t stand having the wasted screen space.

      • grumpyfuzz

        Pie controls :]

        • roberthenderson

          Pie controls are better than the current onscreen offerings, but I still would have liked to have seen a capacitive option like the 1+.

      • TheDrunkenClam

        This makes no sense. Because having them on screen allows for a smaller bezel. At least with on screen buttons there is the option for stuff to go full screen using immersion mode, or videos like YouTube for example. When there are hardware buttons, that is forever lost space that the screen could have potentially occupied.

        • Nagini

          There is definitely enough space on the chin of the G3 for capacitive buttons. I honestly just think on screen buttons are ugly, also.

      • TC Infantino

        While I understand where you are coming from, I prefer on screen buttons, because they disappear when you are playing a video/movie/game. This gives you more screen to use, plus allows the overall phone to be smaller due to not needing a large chin to hold capacitive buttons.

        • Nagini

          I would be more okay with on-screen buttons if they actually did decrease the chin size, but here’s the problem: they haven’t.

          • TC Infantino

            Oh, I totally agree with you on the phones that are out currently, with maybe the exception of the Nexus 5. But the pictures of the new G3 seem to show a very small chin. Certainly an improvement over the HTC One (m8). I will reserve judgement until I have seen the new G3 in person, but from the pictures I am very optimistic.

          • Frettfreak

            G2 had a ridiculously small chin and forehead too.

  • Chuck Morin

    Coming to the US “later this summer” ?!?

  • warenmac

    I have the G2 so I kind of can’t, call me when they announce the G4

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    I’m surprised with the results so far. From the comments I’d thought everyone would have voted yes. I’m waiting for a review/hands on to decide

  • Jeremy Adams

    I’ve owned a Nexus since the N1 so no. I’ll take a hard look at the Moto X+1 due to it possibly being extremely close to vanilla Android like the Moto X is. Other than that I’ll stick to Nexus or the upcoming Silver line.

    • The Narrator

      Us Verizon folks are forced to get the good phones, :p

      • Jeremy Adams

        I’d love to jump over to Verizon but AT&T is decent enough in Jacksonville.

    • brandon

      Love my nexus 5. But the battery and screen angles are killing me !! Silver all the way!

  • qu3becker

    It will depend on local carrier availability. I have a great plan and it’ll be very hard to change. The carrier that usually has the LG phones is the worst so if it’s still the same, I won’t get the phone.

  • BevalaquaKid

    I might – my RAZR MAXX is almost due for an upgrade… My only concern is that the G3 might be a little too BIG?

  • compujas

    Not sure. I’ll wait on reviews to decide. Been sitting on my upgrade for 4 months since the GS5 and M8 didn’t thrill me.

  • Silver Veloz

    No. Still in the first year of my Moto X contract (Verizon). And still loving it.

  • Carlos Lopez

    its nice but no

  • Justin Everett

    My wife was really interested in this, but seeing the ‘later this summer’ release date might kill that.

  • chaoslimits

    Happy with my Moto X and it’s active notifications… 😀

  • The Narrator

    Doesn’t have a Snapdragon 9000 and 6500mAh battery or 54 ultrapixel camera. So nope, I’m not.

    • Arty McBert

      Don’t forget a 4K display, because anything under 1440p is stone age technology.

      • Serotheo

        That better be DDR5 RAM, get that DDR3 out of here.

        • Dave

          I see you’re waiting for the Dell Alienware phone too….

      • Billyt

        Ahem, you mean 16 Gee Bees I think.

    • jvader2012

      thats what im talking about snapdragon 850 with 450 gpu

    • NoToastForMe

      And it can’t make me toast. Nope nope nope.

  • Happy with my M8

    • K

      Likewise. I bashed the M8 for the camera but after being with the G2 for a while I was dying to try something new. Not disappointed even though the G2 can still hold its own alongside current flagships. Will wait to see what gets released later this year.

    • SerenityNow

      I’m in the same boat as you. To me, there’s nothing about the G3 that’s compelling enough to put down the M8 and switch. While I’m sure I’d prefer the G3’s camera, there would be an immediate tradeoff with the form factor. My one complaint with the design of the M8 is that it’s a little too tall, but the width is still good. The G3 doesn’t get rid of the height issue and on top of that, it’s wider than the M8. For me, the extra 0.5 in of screen real estate isn’t worth it. A 5 inch screen is more than enough for me and if anything, I’d prefer something closer to 4.7-4.8 inches. The G3 isn’t going to get me there on that.

      Battery life on the M8 is already very good so even if the G3 is a bit better, it won’t make a difference to me in my day to day use. The software experience on the M8 has been very good and the phone flies. I’m sure the G3 will be very fast as well performance wise, but practically speaking it will also probably be a push with the M8 so no incentive for me to switch.

      Speakers and picture quality on the M8 are fantastic. Quad HD will be terrific, no doubt, but what exactly is going to be available to stream off of Google Play, Hulu, or Netflix anytime soon that will be at a higher resolution than 1080P for me to practically notice a difference in day to day use? I’m sure as this becomes more of a priority for content providers that Quad HD and eventually 4K will be worth getting into, but for now it’s not a dealbreaker for me.

      The main dealbreakers on my end were a 128GB SD card (check), good speakers (check), good screen size and quality (check), software design/performance (check), design/body (I wanted something that wasn’t plastic-based like my old GS3 and GS4), battery life (check) and camera (could be better). G3 would check off most of these boxes aside from the design/body and possibly the software – depends on what the day to day experience of their new UI is like (I didn’t like their old UI at all). And even if you wanted to play devil’s advocate and say that the G3 should be considered because not only does it check most of the boxes I’m looking for, but some of those checks are stronger than the M8 (screen quality, camera) ,there’s ultimately the fact that it’s not getting released immediately in the U.S.

      By the time the G3 comes out, we likely won’t be far away from whatever the Next Big Thing is in smartphones. At that point, I’d rather just hold on to my M8 longer and wait for something better that comes out in the next 6-9 months if I’m feeling that itchy to switch phones. The G3 (for my needs, anyway) simply isn’t that much more impressive than the M8 to make the jump.

      • rawr

        Life isn’t streaming (and with overage charges, you can’t live very long streaming). Plenty of uses for QHD by transferring to SD card.

        • SerenityNow

          I was thinking more so over WIFI or by downloading movies from Google Play, but it’s a fair point. I guess the follow up question would be what files/movies exist today in downloadable format that would be QHD quality to put on an SD card (other than videos recorded using the G3 camera)? For me, anyway, most of the movies on my SD card are just old DVDs that I ripped and compressed on to my Mac, or in certain cases Blu Rays that I ripped. Nothing specifically that was filmed or shot in a resolution higher than 1080P.