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DL Answers Your Questions About the LG G3

On Friday, we received an LG G3 to review, but we know many of our readers don’t feel like waiting for us to pump out a full review, which usually takes 1-2 weeks. To help kill time, we opened up the DL hotline, giving you a chance to ask us anything you wanted to know about the phone.

Clearly, everyone wants to know about four major things – the display, battery life, how it feels in hand, and LG’s new skin.

We have had the device for four days now, and have a pretty good feel for everything this Korean model of the G3 has to offer, so check out our answers to your top-rated questions below.

How’s the Quad HD display? Worth the hype?

I think that’s the biggest question concerning this device? Does a smartphone actually need a QHD display? With a resolution of 2560 x 1440, the G3 has the highest resolution of any smartphone released in the United States. Sadly, but not in a bad way, it’s painfully obvious to notice this fact. As of this writing, content to consume on a QHD display is limited, especially for smartphones. While you can find yourself a 4K wallpaper, which will look great, anything else you view (apps, games, YouTube videos, MLB At Bat streams) won’t take advantage of this hardware.

Maybe in a few years, when QHD becomes the new standard, and mobile app developers and content creators are making higher resolution a priority, these types of displays will be useful. However, like all things that were first of their kind, we need to start somewhere. I applaud LG for taking the leap into QHD, getting the ball rolling on introductions of new technologies for smartphones.

In terms of purely looking at the display, it is easily one of the best viewing experiences on a smartphone I have ever had. My fingers are crossed that more higher-res content is created for G3 owners to enjoy.

How’s the battery?

It is hard to say exactly how the battery is, since we have been given a Korean model, which is running on AT&T’s 4G LTE network. When not on WiFi, I am pulling speeds of 13MB down and 3MB up, which seems a tad slow in comparison to what I am used to. I am thinking the device is not optimized for the networks here, and that may directly relate to lower-than-expected battery life. However, when on a mix of WiFi and LTE, this device surprised the heck out of me. From the mornings around 9am to 11pm, the phone handles a full charge, with about 15% battery remaining. With the device featuring a QHD display, I was surprised at how well it kept a charge. Of course, your milage may vary depending on usage, network connection, and things like that.

It “only” has a Snapdragon 801. How’s performance?

I have been surprised as to the criticism of the Snapdragon 801. After seeing a few reviews of the device, it seems that everyone was hoping for a Snapdragon 805, meaning the 801 could never live up to expectation. Thankfully, my experiences have been nothing but positive in terms of performance, as the G3 feels responsive, handling mobile gaming like a champ. Even after seeing a few benchmarks posted on other sites, I found my results to be much different. Here are the results.

While a faster processor and more powerful GPU might have been nice, I feel that anyone who decides to pick up the G3 will be pleasantly surprised with its performance.

How does it feel in hand?

For being 5.5″, it’s completely manageable. Unlike the Galaxy S5 and One (M8), this device features little bezel, plus it has a very ergonomic feel to it. It feels right. While there will be plenty of people who claim it’s too big, I’m not one of them. Coming from a One (M8) and Nexus 5 as my daily drivers, the G3 feels awesome. My best answer would be to go feel the phone for yourself when it is launched in retail stores.


Is it water resistant like the Galaxy S5? 

No, please do not dunk this phone in your pool, as it is not waterproof or even water resistant.

How’s the camera? 

The camera is so nice, we did a separate camera comparison post which you can read here. We placed the G3 against the Galaxy S5, One (M8), Nexus 5, and iPhone 5s. The results won’t surprise you, unless you thought the G3 camera was somehow going to be bad. To sum up that post, the G3 cameras is awesome. It has super fast auto focus and great color reproduction.

How is the rear-facing speaker?

While LG promoted the speaker at the G3’s unveiling, something only HTC is known for doing with BoomSound, I don’t find it to be all that awesome. Being a BoomSound fan myself, there is no doubt that those dual front-facing speakers beat out any other smartphone in terms of audio quality. The G3 does get loud, but the sound is rather harsh on the ear, featuring nothing but high ends. Even after bumping a few rap tunes, low end on the G3 speaker is hard to come by.

How does the display do in direct sunlight?

The G3 display can be set very high, so viewing in sun should not be a problem. However, I think the One (M8) does a bit better in direct sunlight, as its top brightness setting is ridiculously high.

Phones in sunlight

How is LG’s skin?

You know, it’s not that bad. LG’s skin has been evolving, much like Samsung’s TouchWiz, and it’s only getting better. While their launcher is basically unusable, as it tends to lag up just a tad, the overall settings menu, gallery app, camera app, and other necessary system applications all look just fine. As a major non-fan of OEM skins, LG has done alright in my book. However, a two finger pulldown is not present, even though the phone is running Android 4.4.2. I enjoy the pulldown to view all of my system toggles, so for me, this was a con.

Does it feature wireless charging?

The device does not come out-of-the-box with wireless charging capability. You will need to buy LG’s QuickCircle case for that functionality.

How much storage is available to user out of the box?

I was given the 32GB model, then after downloading my apps and setting the device up, I have about 21GB left. The system data takes roughly 6.5GB right off the bat, so be aware of that if you plan on purchasing a 16GB model. This move is nothing new from companies, and Samsung is still the worst, usually taking around 8-10GB of storage with their skin and applications.

If you have any follow-up questions, I can answer them in the comments below.

  • Guest

    My dad said a verizon guy told him it would be 200 and would also come with a tablet.

  • gu

    “When not on WiFi, I am pulling speeds of 13MB down and 3MB up, which seems a tad slow in comparison to what I am used to.”
    I wish I get your slow 13 megabytes per second down and 3 megabytes per second up on LTE. That’s 104 megabits per second down and 64 megabits up.

  • Shawn

    Why isn’t anyone doing a water resistance test on this phone? I understand LG didn’t get it IP certified but we still would like to know how well it handles water. I never saw an IP certification for my XT912 but it can go underwater for a quick dunk without issues.

    Please, water test this thing! Drop test would also be a nice addition while you’re at it.

  • Ana

    Soo, when can we see your full review, droid life 🙂 ? I’ve been waiting patiently haha.

  • mortuus

    Horrible crap phone it has so many flaws,, the screen is a big joke in sunlight and brightness and contrast is even better in G2, just that is has a high resolution doesnt make it a good phone… i dont see why anyone would buy this crap over a S5 or a Z2, atleast those are also waterproof and the lower resolution is better, not like anyone can see difference on tiny 5inch screens anyway from 1080… rofl..

    • JoshGroff

      As if it needed more over the S5 than just not running TouchWiz… You might be able to notice a difference aside from text crispiness, but yeah the screen resolution isn’t that big of a deal. The 3GB of RAM is definitely an improvement for multitasking.

  • Jeffrey Fazal

    Still I am not satisfied with the answer of its battery life. It is really confusing. However, according to me, its 3000mAh battery, after fully charged on qi charger is expected to be run throughout the day.

  • Ana

    Can you include something in youe full review regarding your experience wirh heat and maybe compare it to other phones on that matter? Thanks!

  • feztheforeigner

    I was for sure going to buy it. But… No wireless charging, no sell.

  • edude03

    Is the bootloader unlockable?

  • MannyLegacy

    Sooo,……Who thinks that this would be a good upgrade from my Galaxy Nexus??

    ………..Although at this point I think any phone would be a worthy upgrade lol

  • Synacks

    The question about the speaker still remains unanswered. We ALL know nothing compares to the Boomsound HTC speakers. But how does the G3 hold up against the GS5 and other phones? I can tolerate the GS5 speaker but I CANNOT imagine and would ever pay for anything worse than it.

    Please respond!

  • jzwerlz43

    Compared to all the other flagship devices released this year thus far, do you think this is the best device to upgrade to from my galaxy s3? I take a decent amount of otitis since I hike and ski a lot so I love taking scenery photos so a good camera is a must for me and I also want on screen buttons in my next phone plus good battery and expandable storage. So the HTC one is basically out and as of now it would be between this and the s5. Opinions between the two? Or should I wait and see what the rest of this year has to offer. I’ll be getting a new phone most likely before I go back to school in August

    • J

      I’m kind of in the same boat. Both devices should easily capture scenic photos. However, the S5 is better for active lifestyles due to the water/dust resistance but those backwards capacitive buttons are a dealbreaker. If only Samsung would move to onscreen buttons and allow you to customize the layout like LG. My advice would be to wait a bit longer and see the full NA model reviews of the G3. I keep hearing that battery life is great from reviews but Korean users reporting it’s absolutely garbage. Hard to make a decision with such variance.

  • Ajith S

    I’ve got a Galaxy S4 right now. And I really like it! (TouchWiz and it’s ‘shortcomings’ are rather bearable.)
    However, I’m thinking of switching phones soon – would you recommend this as a worthy successor? (I’m also curious, since I’ve used handsets from HTC and Samsung, and an Apple at work – but never been close to a G2 or G3.)

  • Trey

    How is viewing angles in direct sunlight?

  • Parkerthon

    15% at night? I have a G2 and it runs easily 24 hours without a charge(with frequent use) and I’ve made it 48 hours with lighter usage no optimizations necessary. It would seem to me that battery life on this model is significantly less than the G2. Why is everyone glossing over this issue? QHD was completely unnecessary for a 5.5″ screen and is an expensive, battery sucking, marketing ploy that sacrifices other improvements that could have been made. Damn Koreans and their “mine is bigger than yours” spec wars. Looks like it’ll be one and done with LG phones.

  • Uncle-Tiny Bryan

    I have a Note 2 right now.. was looking at the M8 you think i should wait for this to drop?

    • [[[…babysmoker…]]]


      • Uncle-Tiny Bryan

        right on i think i will than thanks

  • RoboCop

    it would be the only mobile device I could watch my GoPro content with tho. Using it as the viewfinder would finally be awesome. My Moto X can’t even handle the 1080p clips

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  • yummy

    Way to go LG, I will vote with my money

  • trob6969

    As much as I’d like to buy this phone, I’m afraid i might get ‘buyer’s remorse’ once the upcoming Note 4 comes out so I think I’ll wait to see what it has to offer before buying my next phone.

  • Mike

    Do you think the 2 gig ram version will be as snappy and smooth?

  • 7592601

    Are the front touch buttons customizable as they were in the G2?

    • Arindam

      yes they are

  • Ana

    So, if the content is not available in QHD the which resolution will be showed? 1080p? If you want to change icons, they will show in 1080p unless they are specifically built for QHD resolution? Thanks a bunch for these answers, making the wait a little more manageable!

  • Josh


  • Afc

    Should I get the LG G3 or the Oppo Find 7 (premium version)?

  • Arindam

    My question is if i run any app or game or video which is obviously not 4k.. will those be stretched out (like iphone apps on ipad)??

  • Babbs

    Does “app2sd” work with this phone? I know the Samsung s3 doesn’t as its my current phone and extremely frustrating when you run out of storage!

    • tiger

      If you’re not rooting and running stock software, then NO. Kitkat pretty much did away with any access to SD card except to store your photos and ripped movies. Basically, 128GB SD capability is PURE MARKETING.

      • STICKY

        You are so wrong. I am currently using kitkat on my LG GPRO and have full access to my sd card. I can put games on it, not just internal storage. I can move them back. If Samsung doesn’t let you sucks to be you, LG lets you.Please do the research and try them your self before posting. Cause samsung pays alot of money to reviewers to give bad reviews for anything but Samsung. Apple does the same.

        • tiger

          Really? Apple pays folks to give bad reviews on cometition?? PROVE IT. Show me evidence. ONLY Samsung dude. Get your head out of your ass.

          As for LG software, prove it. This is GOOGLE: http://www.androidcentral.com/kitkat-sdcard-changes

          Now, again, do you have STOCK LG software straight from LG and your carrier? Or is it a ROM?

          • tr

            He doesn’t need to prove anything. If you’re too dumb to use Google search then he would be wasting his time on you anyways.

  • Viench

    Does tap to pay work with google wallet?

  • bob


    • Ana

      There’s a 2 GB version with 16 GB storage and a 3 GB version with 32 GB storage.

  • Paipuky

    How’s the Car /Driving mode?
    Do both cameras use wide angle lens?

  • Jorge Peirano

    How about otc usb hosting will it read a usb stick

  • Jeremy Gross

    based on those battery result, how much was screen on time?

  • wargamer1969

    Love the thin bezel and added micro sd card support that the G2 didn’t have.

  • Joe P

    I was fortunate enough to get one of the T-Mobile giveaway units. I agree with most of the above, though I’m not seeing the lag in the launcher. Also battery life is great, on par with the G2 now that I’ve had a few days to let it settle in. I was using the One M8 before I got my “beta” unit, and I’m very impressed. I had the G2 before the M8, and I think the M8 will be the one going bye-bye. The phone is VERY comfortable to use, not as cumbersome as one would expect for a screen this size. Slightly wider, shorter and lighter than the M8, and it feels fantastic in my medium-to-small size hands. It looks amazing in the charcoal gray color, and the weight balance is perfect. LG has another hit on their hands for sure.

    • J

      What happens when you try to run a live-wallpaper that doesn’t natively run at 1440p? The same question for apps and games, how do they look when they almost everything has to stretch from 1080p to fill the 1440p screen? Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response!

      • Arindam

        same thing i am concerned about…………..someone plz reply to this!!!!!!!!

      • Ana

        My doubt too.

  • Walruski

    How bad is the bloat ware?

  • Scott Capodice

    With how much you all have hyped the Moto X…which i got and love….can we get at least a small comparison????

  • joe

    can you post a screenshot of a text based web page on the LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. I’m interested in how much more usable screen there is. Thanks!

  • Reed Kerr

    How soon can you root with lg? The only devices I’ve ever rooted were a Nexus 7 (which is super easy) and a Moto X (which is kind of a pain). Where does lg fall in that range?

    • [[[…babysmoker…]]]

      Can’t speak to the G3, but the G2 is stoopid easy to root. I’m sure there will be a one-click root tool available within days of launch on major US carriers.

      • Reed Kerr

        Good to know. Thanks!

  • jpom18

    Question…What about the on screen buttons. On the G2 you could change their position, colour, etc. and you could add a fourth button that would pull down the notification bar (like a swipe from top down). Maybe I am the only person in the world who uses it but I love it, I like having a larger phone and not having to contort my hand in order to bring the menu down and check my notifications etc. Does the G3 have the same options?

    • jpom18

      Yes, you can arrange them in any order and change the color (black/white/transparency). Up to 4 icons in the bar, including some Q-Apps shortcuts as well.

      • jpom18


  • J

    Would you please share how apps and games appear due to resolution scaling up from 720/1080p to 2560×1440? Is there pixel-blur or artifacts? Can you run live-wallpapers that do not support 2560×1440? Thanks for your time, I very much look forward to hearing your input!

    • STICKY

      My god it’s like a pc it will just run at 1080p or 720p what ever is native. How hard is that to comprehend? You don’t ask if a macbook upscales or if suface upscales. It will(or downscale if needed). My word.

  • Jprime

    This phone looks great, but I really don’t want the buttons on the back.

  • oilfighter

    With the notification pulled down, can you swipe up on any of the blank spot to dismiss it?

  • TopXKiller

    Whats the texture on the back? Matte? Smooth plastic?

  • Is there a notification light? I haven’t seen any mention of one. Though it’s not a huge selling point, they are very convenient.

    • BSweetness

      Yes, there is a notification light at the top left.

      If you look at pictures and videos for the QuickCircle case, you’ll see it prominently displayed since the case has a tiny hole for it.

  • Derek Duncan

    I somehow want the phone less after reading this.

    • NeilGeorge


      • Derek Duncan

        While the camera seems great, that might be it. LG is getting a UI pass where Samsung did not. Still looks too heavy and modified Android for me.

        • Nick

          Almost always fixable with either a custom ROM or even a simple Launcher downloaded from the Play Store.

        • Mireya Estevez

          Download the google launcher. That’s what I’m doing

        • Usaamah

          Aesthetics can be modified easily. LG did a good job imo with adding relevant and genuinely useful features/built in customization.

  • sincityjohn44

    LED notifications?

    • sj

      Yes, multi-color, under the glass on the front. Located in the top left corner.

  • laloloco

    Will the Korean version work on T-Mobile Lte?

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  • Chris

    Is it enough of an advancement from the G2 to really warrant an immediate upgrade?

  • Manbearpig

    i wanted this phone so bad. im super disappointed. its not loking to good. no water resistance, no wireless charging out of the box. ill wait for the note 4 and sony z2 have in store.

    • PoisonApple31

      I didn’t even think of that. I guess its the beauty of having choice. If water resistance and wireless charging out of the box bulk up and bezelfy the Note 4, I won’t buy it.

    • Jon

      Samsung phones don’t have wireless charging out of the box either. You will be able to buy a wireless charging receiver from Amazon for $12 once the phone is out. I use one on my wife’s S3…works fine.

      Waterproof would have been cool but by no means a primary or even secondary feature I look for. The G3 is said to be very scratch resistant. Self healing back is super gimmicky.

      • Manbearpig

        true but my g2 has the wireless charging out of the box (verizon at least). people say those cheap wireless charging adaptors can cause issues with the phone so thats a no go. true with the self healing being a gimmick but it would have been nice. water resistance or proof is starting to be a big deal because of the kids. whether there in the tub or outside with the water guns or the snow in the winter it would be nice not to have to always put my phone up because of the water.

        • mbp

          The VZW G2 was the only version of that phone that had wireless charging. I know the front face of the G3 is different on the VZW model from every other model. (All black, no color bar on bottom under screen). Maybe VZW will force them to incorporate wireless charging again. Though, I highly doubt it as all carriers are working against Qi for the new proprietary standard.

  • jvader2012

    NOW Take my money. I want

    • bogy25

      Not so sure….need to see it in person now.
      “… While their launcher is basically unusable, as it tends to lag up just a tad…” Not sure I like that word ‘lag’ in a review either

      • Jon

        Same deal with Samsung phones with default launcher. Or really any phone. The launcher is the first thing I replace.

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    btw I’ve posted this before, but if you’re up for an upgrade through Verizon on multiple lines, then get the G2 now for free and sell it on Swappa for a couple hundred and then the G3 will free or nearly that.

    • Brandon

      Wouldn’t that use two upgrades?

      • OneForTheGoodDays

        That’s why I said multiple lines.

        • PoisonApple31

          Buy my mommy wants her iPhone 6!

  • jvader2012

    wonderful piece. Thanks Thanks for the battery results people were on a rampage this would be horrible. people even telling me that or should i say, me telling them how did they know the battery was going to be horrible Thanks TIM

  • Dave

    How do normal pages look after upscaling to that resolution? Because watching a DVD up converted to 1080 is clearly not that good of a look.

    • Grayson

      Yeah. I have a MacBook Pro with Retina display and apps that haven’t been updated to take advantage of the high resolution screen actually look worse than they do on my standard res MacBook Air.

  • GJV

    I have seen at least one review with a very specific complaint about a small amount of lag scrolling between screens. Have you noticed that outside of the stock launcher? Have you tried Nova or another 3rd party launcher yet?

    • there is a subtle lag on the stock launcher, but after installing Nova, all lag disappears. 🙂

      • bogy25

        It is just tough to see it lag on its own skin. Wish these devices would not do that right out of the box. Still a great device but I would be a liar if I said I was relieved with this review.

  • MichaelFranz

    ummm….what about my Will it blend?

  • jerflash

    Really no wireless charging out of the box…i guess im out. not buying the quick circle case just for that. I want so badly to LOVE this phone and i do for the most part… The as of now “useless” QHD screen and now no wireless charging built in…no reason to step up from my nexus 5 which is still awesome at everything.

    • Jon

      But any phone with a removable battery, you will also be able to buy $12 Wireless charging receiver from Amazon once the phone is out. It’s a nearly flat sticker with some electronics and a antenna coil inside that will make your phone Qi wireless compatible.

      Super easy solution. Nothing to cry about as long as theres a removable battery cover and removable battery.

      • jerflash

        Ya i know that but for how much these phones cost i dont want to have to do that. I did that with my s5 and the bulge was noticeable and so i took it out and never used it. Samsung should have it built in to so im not only busting on LG. Forget about the ONEPLUS ONE…LG should be the No Compromise phone. If it had the wireless charging built in then it would be really right there for most people

        • STICKY

          And again this is a Korean version of the phone not US version. More then likely will have wireless charging on the 32Gb version(with 3 Gb ramm as well). Cause everyone thought the benchmarks would be low but weren’t(beating the s5), so maybe……..you will be surprised here as well. Also, why hasn’t anyone noted that yet? Higher benchmarks the S5. And better yet everything on the phone works!

    • Mike

      Other sites have said that wireless charging depends on the market, leaving some hope that maybe at least some carriers will get wireless charging stock.

  • James_Kernicky

    How did it fair in the drop test?

  • CaptainHowdy13

    I was all in, until I read no native wireless charging. I’ll have to see when a T-Mo variant comes out.

    • No native Qi charging in the US variants. Already confirmed.

    • Jon

      I say again…search amazon for wireless charging receiver. a little sticker that goes on top of the battery and turns it into a Qi compatible phone. $12 on Amazon and super simple. Not a deal breaker at all.

  • Kelly OBrien

    Is it worth upgrading form my Galaxy Nexus ?

    • r0l


    • Bryan Mills

      LOL- A Moto G is better than that phone.

      • M3D1T8R

        ..and better than most phones, for that matter.

        • Bryan Mills

          Yeah. Cause it’s $100 while others are $550+

    • M3D1T8R

      LOL. Not sure if joking. Nearly any flagship phone from the DNA on would be worth that upgrade (I came from Verizon GN to DNA – huge improvement). If you’re still hanging on with the GN today, maybe wait to see how the new Moto X looks, then decide between that, G3, and One M8 depending on your specific wants.

      • Higher_Ground

        that’s what I’m doing… if the moto x+1 is a huge disappointment I will probably get a G3. Or if they wait until December to release it on Verizon with wooden backs…

    • eric0668

      ugh, yea!!

  • Brian

    The lack of wireless charging is a major step backwards.

  • ARRRG3

    How well does the camera capture moving subjects? As the parent of a 2 year old this is probably my biggest requirement.

    • Scott Martin

      seriously, if i want good stills, i’ll get a digital slr. the camera on my phone is only for taking pictures spur of the moment which often times means of my daughter. anyone who uses a camera on a cell phone to be ‘photographer’ is pretty lame

      • Bryan Mills

        Yeah, spending all that money on real camera makes you so much cooler!

        • STICKY

          Fastest focus of any smartphone ever. Not only that use burst shot, you will always get a good picture.

      • r0l

        As someone with kids and a dSLR I disagree. Many of the good photos are spontaneous when I don’t have my camera on hand and need a good pic from my phone.
        I gave the Moto X a pass but will not buy the X+1 if the camera isn’t comparable to the other flagships.

      • ARRRG3

        I’m asking if the G3 can capture moving objects decently, not how it compares to a dslr. Trying to catch a picture of my kid doing something, that I cannot get him to repeat, is exactly what a cell phone camera should be for.

      • bogy25

        You probably don’t have any kids. On my phone I have about 2000+ photos – about 95% of them are of my kids. I agree with ARRRG3 and would like to know how the camera does on moving objects. I just don’t have my A77 with me always –

      • FiMurca

        I don’t walk around everywhere with my DSLR around my neck like a tourist. You might, but I don’t. I have a DSLR, but have taken more pictures with my Lumia 1020 just because it is with me. The whole … If you want to take a pic use your DSLR is nonsense. Are you going to be smug and choose not to take a photo because you don’t have your big camera with you and your phone just isn’t good enough?

      • JoshGroff

        And everyone somehow missed the fact that you were agreeing with arrrg3.

  • M3D1T8R

    There seems to be a whole lot to like about this phone. But until content starts to show up at 1440p, I would rather stick with the 1080 standard and have better battery life instead (though LG seems to have done a good job here on that). I’d also still prefer a smaller 5″ screen with this kind of ergonomic body and slim side bezels (also like Moto X). Hoping the new Moto X fits that bill. Waiting to see.

  • Cory S

    “The device does not come out-of-the-box with wireless charging capability. You will need to buy LG’s QuickCircle case for that functionality.” Are you sure on that one? Everything I have read on it has said it should have it built in, but perhaps in select markets.

    • M3D1T8R

      I think the international unlocked version has it built in. US versions you’ll need the additional back/case.

    • I have the device in hand, and it does not charge when placed on a pad. Could be region specific.

      • Matthew Merrick

        are you using a qi pad?

  • Chippah

    Does the G3 screen have CURVED edges like the G2 which Prevented any tempered Glass screen protectors to fit?

  • Kerry Davies

    Is is worth moving away from my Nexus 5?

    • In my opinion, yes.

      • Grayson

        Damn. Well if they don’t offer an unlocked or developer edition in the US, they can forget seeing my money. Once you go Nexus, it’s near impossible to go back to a carrier branded device with restrictions and bloat galore.

  • Alexander Z Great

    Is the video recording good? I’ve seen a few reviews with choppy playback saying this may be because of it being pre production model. G2’s ir blaster and GPS is weak. G3’s seem to work better?

  • nosedive94

    After hearing everything about this phone so far, I find myself wanting the M8 over the G3. The only thing I’d want this phone for is the camera, and honestly I could make due with the M8 camera. *prays silently for the X+1*

    • Scott Webber

      The M8 has more bezels than a Windows phone.

  • BSweetness

    “Samsung is still the worst, usually taking around 8-10GB of storage with their skin and applications”

    That’s not the case with the S5. I had over 10GB of memory free when I received my Verizon S5. That means they took up less than 6GB of memory. That’s still way too much, but it’s nowhere near 8-10GB.

    • Bryan Mills

      Depending on carrier versions most likely

      • Most definitely. My AT&T variant was bloated to the max. The worst was with the Galaxy Note 3, which came with lots of Sammy apps and AT&T apps.

        • rawr

          I remember when people bought PCs and companies did the same, and then people knew, so they Newegg’d (and built their own).

          We need that for smartphones and tablets to be free of trash apps.

          • Mark Aaron Collado

            Root your phone.

      • BSweetness

        It’s certainly possible, although an additional 2-4GB from carrier bloat alone seems very unlikely. The international version of the S5 comes with 10.7GB free out of the box. I can see carrier bloat taking up an extra half a gig up to a gig, but 2-4GB? I’m not so sure about that.

        Either way, too much space is being eaten up on both the S5 and the G3. Hopefully the 32GB G3 will be widely available in the U.S. to help ease that problem.

        • Bryan Mills

          You must not have Verizon.

          • BSweetness

            I do have Verizon, and as I said in my original post, “I had over 10GB of memory free when I received my Verizon S5.”

          • Bryan Mills

            Oops- lol

            But AT&T seemed to be worse

          • BSweetness

            It might very well be. Heck, AT&T even released an OTA update to the S5 that added two bloatware apps after it launched. But I seriously doubt it’s 2-4GB worse.

            But my original point was that while Samsung was certainly guilty of taking up more storage than pretty much anyone else in the past, they’re moving in a much better direction with the S5 on that front. They’re no longer taking “8-10GB of storage with their skin and applications.”

          • Alexander Z Great

            S5 have any lag?

          • BSweetness

            The only place I’ve seen lag is with My Magazine.

            But I disabled that after trying it once.

          • Alexander Z Great

            Thanks for the info.

  • Bryan Mills

    Does it overheat when brightness is 100%?

    Nobody should ever keep it at 100% all the time, but how long til it does?

  • M3D1T8R

    Battery life screen on time?

    • I posted this tweet on the weekend, with screen-on time around 3 hours 30 minutes.


      • Bryan Mills

        Perfect! Brightness is usually lower for me, so this is good.

      • M3D1T8R

        Thanks, I got your Tweet at the time, just looking for any additional data from Kellen or whoever. Need to know battery percentage as well of course. Yours with 3:30 screen on, if that’s with the phone at about 33% remaining as the picture shows, that’s excellent, should mean total of over 5 hours for a full battery.

        That about matches the G2 from what I’ve seen, which would be impressive with the much higher res and all. Maybe LG’s clever new power saving features (throttling etc) are really that good.

      • jwildman16

        Is 3.5 hours what you ended with or is that what you had when you took the screenshot? I.e., you had 3.5 hours screen on time and still had ~35% battery life left?

        • At the time of the screenshot, I had used 3 and a half hours of screen on time with 10 and a half hours of usage. Battery percentage was at roughly 34%.

          • jwildman16

            Shh… Don’t let my GNex here you. She’s at 1h15m and just had to jump on the charger.

          • Higher_Ground

            sounds about right, assuming you’re talking about standby time… if it’s screen on time more like 30 mins, tops :'(

          • jwildman16

            Haha. Yeah, screen on time. If you’re down to 30 minutes, you need a new battery (but let’s be real – read: new phone). I’m ready for the G3.

  • Alex C

    I’ve read there might be a texture difference between the White and Black “metallic” backs? Does the white phone feel different/worse?

  • questions

    how big does it feel in hand? how big does it feel if you are actually using it as a phone?

  • picaso86

    Icon pack from the picture??

  • ams165

    IR Blaster???

    • Bryan Mills

      Yes, it’s on the top.

      • ams165

        Thanks for the answer. Have a G2 and love it and I need he blaster. ..
        Upgrade due date date 6/15/14…

      • sam_evans7

        I want to know if it’s any better than the G2’s super-weak blaster…

      • Do you happen to know if the Peel app would work on that phone or is it only for Samsung phones. I love peels UI and how it’s set up

        • Chippah

          Good Question, LG got very Stingy and closed source there access to the IR
          on the G2. Thus making it impossible for 3rd party apps to use it. a Big BOO!

          • Oh that really sucks, unless they have an awesome remote app that can compete with peel. Guess when I buy it I will find out. Kinda a deal breaker for me.

  • Dustin B.

    And now, the only question that matters at this point: When will it be released?

    • chantel

      When will it be released
      How much much will it cost
      Will it be cheaper than the Samsung galaxy s5

      • Bryan Mills

        Same prices.

        • chantel

          Ok. How much
          Will it be cheaper

      • Tanuj Chokshi

        Why would it be cheaper than the Galaxy S5?

        • Michael Harrison

          Because Samsung has become the Apple of android.

          • Tanuj Chokshi

            That makes no sense whatsoever.
            I’m assuming we are talking about on contract prices. Flagships that aren’t phablets always launch at $199. Off contract I’d assume the G3 to be equivalent or cheaper than the S5.

        • Bryan

          Because samsung is made of cheap materials.

    • Ye. I want one

  • Yoderz

    Worth the upgrade from a G2?

    • In my opinion, definitely.

      • Jason Downing

        This is what I needed to know. As much as I love my G2, I love new technology more.

      • Yoderz

        Thank you, sir. Looks like I’ll return the G2.

        • Maxim∑

          haha I just returned my G2 also

      • Ben Udkow

        Honestly…I was hoping you’d say “not really”. Darnit… 🙂

    • Dave

      Highly doubt it if you’re buying full retail, unless you can get serious money for a GN2. Not many things are going to show that kind of true resolution.

      • There’s more to the G3 than just a higher res display.

        • clemens

          Does it have fm radio?

          • jordan

            It actually does, which is awesome!

  • Bryan Mills

    Battery is good, 801 is good, camera is good, yes! Device of 2014, calling it.

    • Alexander Z Great

      Only half way through the year. I’m thinking there will be a better phone released the second half. We’ll see

      • Bryan Mills

        Most flagships are out. Only thing I see happening is Z3 and Note 4.

        • Alexander Z Great

          Plenty of rumors of other phones being released besides those two. Note 4 will have better hardware than g3. I want LG to succeed but there will be better down the road imo

          • Bryan Mills

            If HTC and Samsung release a prime, they will piss off a lot of people. There’s always something new down the road but knowing Samsung’s history of software, the a note 4 won’t do much better in terms of performance.

            I’d like to see a Z3, but then of course, Z4 7 months later, so on.

          • Alexander Z Great

            Note 4 will definitely be much better performance wise. It’ll have 805 processor. My note 3 ran flawless why wouldn’t the note 4?

          • Bryan Mills

            You had one of the few or don’t notice lag. It was noticeable on many Note 3s I saw, and others can confirm.

          • Alexander Z Great

            LOL..I’ve owned 3 note 3’s. Dev edition included. No lag. Trust me man I know my phones. S4 had lag. 805 processor no lag and better performance than 801. Better gpu will be on note 4. Clear winner will be note 4. Ask around..geez

          • Bryan Mills

            The 801 is much better than an 800, but until we see the, 810+ I don’t see much difference. Samsung software sucks so it could have Snapdragon 90000 and I wouldn’t buy it. That’s my opinion

          • Alexander Z Great

            You seriously don’t know bro. Now you claim to know about the 810..this is going no where. As we say on droid life “Peace out!”

          • Teom

            I been coming to this website for the past 3 years and I think you are literally the first person to say “Peace out!”. Calm down buddy

          • Alexander Z Great

            I guess you you don’t watch Kellen’s review videos..I am calm “peace” out

          • Alexander Z Great

            Note 3 and S5 doesn’t lag why would the note 4? Peace out

          • Marikel

            Note 3 doesn’t lag AS MUCH as previous Samsung phones. Not terrible lag, but there’s going to be some stutter here and there because of touchwiz. However, the S5 lags riduclously. The 3 GB of RAM in the Note 3 makes a noticeable difference vs the 2 GB of RAM in the S5.

          • BD1971

            Because the Note 3 is famous for lag. Peace out.

          • Alexander Z Great

            To bad you had a lemon. I had a few with NO lag. “Peace” out..later!

          • Alexander Z Great

            Such unbelievable comments about a phone that ran great! I don’t get it. Seriously don’t get it. Maybe the apps you ran? Maybe you need to just go away from android?

          • Alexander Z Great


          • Roc Ti

            805 will out perform the 810. 810 has 64 bit, but is does not run kraits but big/little config.

            Looking forward to Note 4 in a few months with 805.

            Too bad G3 review above mentions lag. No surprise.

          • chris125

            yeah it is a shame that such an awesome device, once again the skin holds it back.

          • Alexander Z Great

            Don’t worry Bryan I’ll remind you in a few months when the note 4 is announced how much better the performance will be than g3.

          • Jon

            I have a Spigen ultra thin case for my G3, even though I don’t have the G3 yet. When I hold that case I get a real feel for the comfort and ergonomic curvature of the G3. It feels amazing in the hand. Then I hold my Note 3 case for comparison, and my god it feels clunky, way too big, and not ergonomic at all.

            The G2 can easily hold it’s own against the Note 3. I suspect that the G3 will easily hold its own against the Note 4. But the Note 4 will still feel big and bulky in comparison.

            I’m switching to LG this time. They really have outdone themselves with the G3. I’m all for large screen in as small a form factor as is possible. You won’t get that in the Note 4.

          • Alexander Z Great

            Note 4 form factor isn’t what I’m referring too. We have no clue what it’ll be like. I’m just saying the hardware will be an upgrade, which will intern says the obvious. I normally get every flagship phone that comes out. I skipped the s5. I’m fine with Sammy as I stated up before. Can’t lose by getting g3.

          • Alexander Z Great

            Btw note 3 isn’t clunky in the hand for me. The HTC one max was..lol

          • Jon

            When you compare it side by side to the G3…you would realize how clunky it is in comparison. I never thought the Note 3 felt so bad in hand until I felt the G3 case. Now I know what I’m missing.

            Multiple reviewers have stated the same thing. The squarishness and non hand friendliness of Note 3 becomes apparent when you try the G3 in comparison.

          • Alexander Z Great

            I know that the form factor of the g3 will feel better than the note 3. I just think saying clunky is a bit over board. To me tablets can feel clunky not so much phones. I can’t wait to get mine! I hope you enjoy yours.

          • Grayson

            Yup, I can attest to the Note 3 being somewhat laggy. If all you ever use is Samsung phones then you probably won’t notice it, but if you go from a Nexus or HTC One to a Galaxy whatever, the lag is noticeable.

          • Marikel

            In my opinion, performance on the Note 3’s that I’ve used is pretty good. Actually, it seems to run better than the S5. The extra GB of RAM in the Note 3 makes a big difference.

          • rawr

            Oh you work for Samsung then?

            Or just more assumptions plaguing the comments?

          • Alexander Z Great

            I’m not the one assuming anything. Fact is note 4 will have a bump up in hardware. I’m first in line to get g3! I just don’t think it’ll be phone of the year! Actually, I’m done with Sammy phones. Heart rate monitor on the back is ridiculous imo. Plus, they don’t support their dev edition phones! I’m all in with LG and HTC

          • Alexander Z Great

            I didn’t say anything about prime phones..you did..lol

          • Alexander Z Great

            If history repeats itself, down the road, will be better than the here and now. Remember there’s always something new down the road. Half of 2014 to go.

          • Z3 actually make it to the US

        • grumpyfuzz

          Next nexus? Android silver? Moto X+1?

        • Maybe a new Maxx?

        • michael thurman

          I have a z2 and I have to say is way better than the g3 in every way still. Better camera, better ui which is as close to pure android as you will get, waterproof and water resistant, incredible display, plenty of storage I have a 128gb card in it, 3gb of ram, front facing stereo speakers, double tap to turn on the screen, same smart stay as Samsung when you are holding the phone the screen stays on and way way more. It’s no comparison!!!

    • Barb K

      Performance on par with other smartphones already, gpu benchmarks tbd but probably worst because of qhd, and minimmal benefit of qhd. Maybe a tie for top phone first half og 2014, except is it is a few months later than the others. With the 805 phpnes and a8 coming out in a few months, g3 can enjoy its couple of months near the top.

      • Bryan Mills

        Benchmarks mean nothing. How many times does this need to be said?

        • Lu Winny

          When someone says “benchmarks mean nothing” it means they don’t want to admit bought (or want to buy) a laggy phone.

          • Jon

            So everytime new hardware is 3-6 months away does that suddenly mean current hardware is laggy POS? Slightly older phones or even current hardware magically become rubbish?

            Just not how it works in the real world. Quite absurd actually.

      • rawr

        Which phones? Are you EVLeaks? No? So this is just an assumption?


      • Jon

        Benchmarks don’t matter. I’m sure the Moto X doesn’t do well in Benchmarks but it is known to be a very smooth Android experience. People won’t care about benchmarks as long as the phone is snappy and lag free and everything works well. That’s why the G2 still holds up very well against the Note 3 and other newer phones.

        And of course there is always something newer and better 3-6 months away, but who cares. You’d always be waiting for the next best thing.