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AT&T LG G3 Unboxing and Hands-on

The LG G3 might seem like old news, but for American buyers, it is anything but old. The device is finally available through AT&T and Sprint, with in-store availability on T-Mobile and Verizon beginning next week. We decided to pop over to an AT&T retail store to pick one up, considering that the G3 model we previously had was a Korean unit.

The specifications are the exact same as the Korean model, with the device featuring a glorious 5.5″ QHD display (2560 x 1440), Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, a massive 13MP rear-facing camera with laser auto-focus, Bluetooth 4.0, 3,000mAh battery, and runs Android 4.4.2 out of the box. To sum up the G3 in one word – beast

Below, we take you on a tour of the G3 on AT&T, as well as provide a little unboxing, since we know how much you all love a good unboxing.

Of course, if you have any questions still concerning the G3, drop them below in the comments section.

  • d-rock

    Picked mine up….I got the white one…it’s a beauty! Picked up the Gwatch too at half price…aint too shabby so far, but lots of work to be done on Android Wear too.

  • hello

    would you guys suggest holding out for the moto x1 or should i just go ahead and give verizon my money for the lg g3 now?

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  • schlanz

    m8? s5? 5s? G3 BABY!

  • Ishan Patel

    There are 4 contact pins if you look at part which has the battery exposed. Having dissected both the ATT [2 contact pins] and Verizon LG G2 [4 contact pins], I can certainly say that a wireless charging back plate will be available for purchase. Just another way to extract more cash!

  • Anna

    I have been using samsung products, S2, S3, note 2 but the experience with them is not very good, especially lagging and shut down automatically. I never tried any LG product an g3 got my attention. However, I m not sure if I should give it a try or wait until Note 4 is out. Any one would kindly give me some suggestions?

    • ROR1997

      Note 4 might be waterproof, but if you can live without a stylus, I would go with the G3

      • Anna

        Thanks! I used Note 2 for almost 1.5 years or 2, but have barely used the S pen. I think I would give G3 a try then =)

    • CoreRooted

      I have a Note3, G2, G3, and Padfone-X. My Note3 has had the S-Pen out a total of maybe 4 or 5 times. TBH, I can’t stand the Note3 and the S-Pen has provided nearly zero added benefit.

  • Pauly

    This phone had potential. Oh well, maybe the G3 Prime in a few months.

  • Cookies

    Looks good. Maybe I’ll get this next year. I usually buy the phones that’s about a year old when I upgrade. It helps with not getting hit with major deal breaker surprises.

  • danix180

    Anyone notices s sublte yellow tint on the Black ATT phone. I got both black and white but the screens are different.

  • Anthony Cumia

    saying eumm before every sentence is annoying. you honestly have to think before you say something instead of saying euumm. at least try to be professional or just let Kellen do the videos from now on. this isn’t a hate comment, i’m just pointing out that it’s happening. (and it’s ever video Tim does)

    • Anthony Cumia

      Every*

    • ji

      If he’s thinking then it’ll just be silence in beteween sentences. I think he should come up with a script or a general idea of what to say beforehand. Also, do retakes if he forgets what to say instead of leaving the umms in there. Or just keep saying umm. It’s better than no video/info.

      I don’t have perfect English myself but not using capitalization and
      punctuation properly is annoying.

  • jdbarn

    Just pre-ordered my G3 but I’m anxious to know if we’ll be getting the S805 version in the states. I’ve googled but all I can find if speculation. Anyone?

    • CoreRooted

      That’s all it will be is speculation. Chances are, we won’t for quite awhile. These companies focus on the easier markets first and then deal with the US.

    • J G

      I would guess the G3 805 would be in the US in a couple of months maybe three at most.

  • usman21986

    Anyone get the slow motion video to work? I can record with slow motion turned on but do not see an option to playback these videos in slow motion.

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  • Steveo

    Decided to pre-order, and upgrade from the G2.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Super impressed with this phone. Installed my sd card from my Nexus 4 and is working fine. Dobt think I need to change the APN settings or anything. Moving to cricket since it is now att and can get let through them. Amazed of how balanced and compact this phone feels. It IS all screen. And for $549 is pretty much a steal.

    • Deez

      Ummmm I’m confused here. How did you install a SD card from a Nexus 4?

      • Deez

        Nexus 4 didn’t have an SD card. It had internal memory that wasn’t removable or upgradeable from what I remember.

      • Patrick Crumpler

        SIM. Lol

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Just picked one up yesterday. $549 off contract. That’s a great price. I’m going g to use it till the next nexus comes out. See what’s up and IF I switch I can easily sell this for $475-500 and then get the nexus or Motorola. But this phone is legit. It is the best phone on the market right now. And the software isn’t horrible.

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  • xzombiex66

    I want a wireless charging battery cover for my T-mobile G3 but i don’t want the flip case one, i just want a regular back cover, i wonder if these will be made available ?

  • Jon Rojas

    Got mine today, has been a pleasant experience and a great follow up to the G2. The camera is simply amazing, and that screen quality… Beautiful!

  • s0uth

    This or note 4?….

  • lebronbacktocleveland

    Using my g3 to write this. I personally like it better than my HTC one m8 . the LG skin is easily the best skin out there. I’m not using my usual nova launcher and I have no complaints. I don’t see a huge difference in screen quality vs 1080p. I like the m8 speakers of course but the phone is still larger than the g3 with less screen space. The speaker on the g3 is loud and adequate. I use Bluetooth speaker a lot so it’s not a big deal for me . I had the g2 before the m8 and had to go back . I love LG . I don’t frequent this site so I won’t reply. Found it on Google search.

  • ROR1997

    Does VZW on have exclusive wireless charging? Why does the black look different lol

    • chris125

      Verizon made the button chrome instead of black

      • ROR1997

        But also the black model has a darker look to it as opposed to the silver look the others have. I noticed the button change too. Looks ugly, I went with White.

  • B0ndZ

    You going to have a review soon????

  • Bink H

    Does is have the capability to automatically dim the screen if the 801 starts to overheat from driving all those pixels?

    • Adrynalyne

      In case you couldn’t tell, I am rolling my eyes at you.

      The 801 doesn’t push it, the adreno GPU does, and it is capable of doing so.

      • otis

        Doesn’t 801 name the entire chip? The CPU is called Krait and the GPU is called Adreno. The entire chip is the Snapdragon 801. I don’t see anything wrong with his usage of 801.

        • Adrynalyne

          Does the entire soc push those pixels?

          Don’t think so…

          • P Jones

            So if you remove the CPU the GPU will run the G3 no problem, professor? So many dolts.

          • Adrynalyne

            Are you daft?

            I never said that. I said it wasn’t the soc that is pushing the pixels, it is the GPU. Your analogy is flawed. We are talking about the screen and resolution, genius.

          • JR

            Adryn go pwned!!!! Now he is backpedaling. Stuck on stoooooopid.

          • Adrynalyne

            Says the anonymous poster.

            I’ve backpedalled in no way, shape or form.

          • JR

            Hang it up Adryn. You lose once again. Now its just embarrassing.

      • DOc

        Thanks captain obvious. Don’t roll those eyes too much, there is nothing behind them to keep them from rolling around in you pea sized skull.

        • Adrynalyne

          Personal insults….oh noes, an internet tough guy.

          • DOc

            Look who’s talking. Safe and secure on moms couch.

          • Adrynalyne

            It is easy talking tough when you are anonymous huh?

          • DOc

            OK “Adrynalyne”. Who gave you that name? Your daddy before he left town. What a clown.

          • Adrynalyne

            mmmk, I’ve fed the troll enough.

          • DOc

            Beaten down once again. Your head probably hurts. Bye bye, bud.

          • DOc

            You sound like you are about to cry, Adry? U OK?

  • Ubi2447

    Maybe I’m a traditionalist, but I’m not sure it’s an unboxing when the video starts with the item already out of the box? 😉
    Good video! Thanks

    • New_Guy

      Hilarious

  • Eric Harper

    My only question/concern is the Korean variant has the screen brightness slider in the notification area, while the AT&T version you have to long press the Quick Toggle and then adjust the brightness. There is no slider. 🙁 I loved the slider on my G2 and this is one feature I am missing

    • Justin Daniels

      You can add/remove brightness and volume sliders from the notification shade on any variant. Its part of LG’s skin settings.

      • Eric Harper

        I was on chat with LG for a while today and they couldn’t figure it out. I have yet to see an AT&T video with brightness sliders in the notification area.

    • Josh Shaw

      Not seeing it anywhere in settings, I’ll keep looking though. Also long pressing the brightness toggle just takes me to the display settings menu int he settings app.

      • The brightness and volume sliders were removed from the AT&T variant of the G3, no idea why.

        • Josh Shaw

          I mentioned that to them when they asked me how I liked my new device on Twitter. Also the lack of wireless charging.

    • Eric Harper

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e40PX9YPR2w

      These 2 options/toggles are on my G3.

  • yummy

    Down ion the Farm, we say,
    Baaaaaaaaaaaattery life

  • CaptainHowdy13

    Tim unboxing lol

  • jtr

    i love mine

  • Kelly OBrien

    I got 2 upgrades and can’t decide if I want to use one for this phone or wait for the Moto X+1 I’m still on my Galaxy Nexus and for being 2 1/2 years old, it’s takin a beating but still runs like a champ. Just old technology. This LG G3 is sexsay though. Decisions decisions. Hmmmmm

    • Jeff718

      Bless your soul.

    • CasperTFG

      I hear ya. My GNex takes about a minute to boot up.

    • MicroNix

      Motorola has yet to impress me with a camera/camera software combo after all these years. I have no reason to think the X+1 will be any different.

      • Frettfreak

        agreed, but my BIGGER complaint about moto (the X in particular) is availability. The whole att exclusive crap, and not having a model that i could buy THOUGH tmobile. I may be waiting for the Moto x+2 before i buy! lol

  • Pak

    It looks like it’s too big for your hand.

  • Jeff

    Whenever I skim through DL videos, I always notice the constant hand gestures.

    • I talk with my hands. Very noticeable during the DL Show as well.

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      • Cookies

        Kellen does constant hand gestures in his videos as well.

        • Andrew

          I notice that too in Kellen’s videos. When I watch them with the sound off, it looks like it’s going in fast forward with all the fast hand movements. It’s like he’s doing a magic show and I need to watch when he pulls something out of his sleave.

  • Blow me?

    Who’s phone doesn’t lag. With updates I’m sure it will improve. All the tools repeating the lag statements are gonna say there phone doesn’t lag? Typical samsung fans.

    • Marikel

      My HTC One M8 doesn’t lag 🙂 and it’s funny how you bring up Samsung. Their phones are notorious for lagging on high end hardware lol. Whatever is wrong with the G3 is just touch input lag. It’ll be fixed at some point hopefully.

      • Aooga

        My S5 doesn’t lag at all, but I will admit most samsung phones do lag.

        • Marikel

          Note 3 and S5 seemed to fix that for the most part

          • Carlton Crasher

            i agree my note 3 has been the first samsung that hasn’t been stuttery stupid. lol

    • Menger40

      Do most phones still have noticeable input lag? Nexus 5 doesn’t seem to have any. My wife’s Note 2 doesn’t either.

  • clobberedchina

    That thing looks so big… like, you could paddle your canoe with it.

  • Kenneth B.

    Tim, I’m sorry, just need to fix your Sum word. That phone is – Beastmode!

  • Picking one up in a couple hours

  • HeHateMe

    Are the qi pins on the US version like the Korean or European version? Any way to add wireless charging back with out the pleasure of us carriers getting an extra $59? Order a EU back cover or 3rd party solution?

    • Josh Shaw

      No wireless charging pins here 🙁 Just the 2 for NFC

  • roberthenderson

    I will never buy another phone with the speaker in the back or on the bottom. I am sick and tired of having to hold my hand in a specific way to hear clearly orprevent the sound from being muffled. Especially when I’m trying to play a game. I don’t know why these idiot engineers can’t just use a couple of brain cells and move the back speaker to the front. I’m also 100 not sold on virtual keys. B1 plus phone had it correct in giving people the choice between the two. And from what I’ve seen people are choosing to use the capacitive keys. mismatched screen wasters are definitely not my thing.

    • Jeff

      Then people will complain about huge bezels. Those speakers will make the bezels larger.

      • roberthenderson

        I didn’t say speakerS. I said speaker, singular. You move the back speaker to the front replacing the earpiece and thereby putting it in the correct spot ergonomically, making the back look more esthetically pleasing and saving the cost of the earpiece that’s no longer needed by using an all in one component.

        • mo

          Then you’ll still have one large bezel.

      • roberthenderson

        Did I say speakerS? No I didn’t. Try reading for content instead of preconceived notions next time. I’m talking about one all purpose speaker on the front. You’d have to be some sort of ignoramus to think it was good for a speaker to be facing away from the listener.

    • uzo ufondu

      *Home button aside, the disappearing capacitive keys that Samsung uses are a thing of beauty* This is seriously one of my favorite “features” on my Note 2. Sometimes I find myself touching the screen just to watch them light up and then disappear one second later

    • CaptM

      So get right on it, start your mobile device company and design the perfect phone so that you have nothing to complain about. we’ll all be waiting

    • Darknut

      Speaker/s on the bottom is superior. Who really uses their speaker much anyways, besides to hear their phone ring?

      • Frettfreak

        and thats why i have bluetooth speakers around when i want to have it louder. I owned the One… awesome speakers…that really got no use.

  • ASV505

    I’m waiting for the prime. Then when that comes out I’ll wait for the Prime S then maybe wait it out for the g4 or the g4+ ultra.

    • Sal

      Just get get Note 4 in a couple of months. It would beat out those imaginary devices you mention anyway.

      • rawr

        I think this is what I’m going to do, the first flagship without VZW front logos is getting my money, sorry gnex.

        • M3D1T8R

          One M8?

    • Stock Boy

      Other people must be waiting too because even though the G3 is “selling like hotcakes”, the AT&T online stock checker is showing the phone in stock in every store all the major cities checked (i.e. NYC, LA, San Fran…). That includes both black and white.

  • Marco

    Does it come with wireless charging out of the box

    • Josh Shaw

      No.

  • EricMayBell

    WHAT’S IN THE BOX!?!

  • patt

    How bad is it lagging?

    • Bryan Mills

      How bad are you at jokes? Extremely.

      • OF

        I actually thought it was funny. Ho much denial you’re spewing anyway…;)

        • Bryan Mills

          How much money I’ve spent on a G3? $0

          • guest

            It’s cuz he is mkbhd.

      • patt

        Nice try , how about you go and read about LAG complaints about this phone.

        Thanks.

        • MicroNix

          It seems every single Android phone with the exception of the X has “lag complaints” somewhere. As long as its better than your last smart phone who friggin cares? A smooth interface isn’t all that makes a phone great. We proved that years ago against the iPhone.

          • Frettfreak

            and if its the same thing that made the g2 “lag” then there is some thermal setting in a hidden service menu that should fix it.

          • asdfj;asldfjkad;sklfjasd;klfja

            my nexus 5 doesnt lag at all, neither did my note 3, gs4, and nexus 4… hell my g nex didnt even lag until about a year and a half in

          • MicroNix

            I’m not saying that everyone experiences “lag” but Google any device and someone, somewhere will complain about lag/jankiness. It seems in every article except for ones on the Moto X there’s always someone that throws out the lag pitch.

          • Deez

            Except it’s that every single tech site has reported on lag.

          • malcmilli

            My nexus 4 lags… not every transition, but it happens enough.

          • lebronsnotstayinginmiami

            Not sure what you were doing on your phones but every phone I’ve had, with the exception of the Moto X, has had lag issues…especially Sammy devices. I will not get another Samsung. Haven’t used an N4 or N5 but from what I’ve seen, there’s no lag there. Had Note 2, GS3, GS4, GS5 and all suffered major lag.

      • W Lee

        How bad are you at understanding processor architecture and capabilities? Extremely.

  • JN

    I just got the N5. Got tired of waiting for new devices. I will give a break to the LG G3 to see if LG give attention to it (updates)

    • Bryan Mills

      That’s all up to the carriers

      • JN

        indeed, but I think LG got also a big part on that.

        • Bryan Mills

          They do and they update their international models quickly. Blame US carriers. Thanks.

          • grumpyfuzz

            so how did the moto x get kitkat so quickly, especially on Verizon?

          • PoisonApple31

            It’s bare bones, only seems logical that it wouldn’t take long to update.

          • grumpyfuzz

            Seems logical, but what about the galaxy nexus on verizon? 😛

          • Bill

            What are the chances of them updating the processor to something that can handle that gimmicky screen?

  • Chris

    Will you guys be doing a battery test for this variant since it has the proper radios and such?

    • hammertime

      Yes, I would like to see how well this battery survives a blow from a hammer.

      • flosserelli

        Get some Febreeze or something! *cough*

    • Josh Shaw

      with 2.5hrs screen time I was at 30% on WiFi most of the day, but struggling for signal at other times. Just got off work, and I’m at 66% screen on 1hr, on cellular all day. Been off the charger for 9.5 hours.

      • Frettfreak

        WOW. yesterday kinda sucked but today isnt too bad!

        • nexus5

          whenever I get a new device (new or used) it seems battey life is horrid the first few days and then evens out…maybe its just me

          • schlanz

            thats actually normal and battery manufacturers will advise a few full charge/discharge before it evens out

        • Josh Shaw

          Ok last night when I went to bed I was at 18%, and 3hrs 11min screen time. 15hrs 47min on battery.

          http://i.imgur.com/AY7GP8j.png http://i.imgur.com/Xycmun4.png

          • emoney

            these numbers are disappointing, under 4 hours of screen-on time is too low

          • schlanz

            at least the battery is removable. spare battery charging kit ftw.

          • Zachary Vincent Manning

            Your screen seems like it’s at 100 or 90% brightness, i know the screen is naturally dim but you won’t be saving battery that way. Also with the 4.4 update on my G2 i went from 7 – 8 on screen hours to like 3. The phone lasts 2 days so i don’t even think the batteries are bad. I think that kitkat changed how it judges on screen time. That or kitkat sucks big weeny and drains a lot of battery. I heard the battery lasts 4 – 6 on screen

          • Josh Shaw

            Auto brightness. Slider was at like 40%

          • Zachary Vincent Manning

            Then US versions changed the dim screen problem cause that didn’t look dim at all

  • Paul Hansen

    Tim,

    Take the sticker off your volume and power buttons lol.

    • As you can see in the header image, I most certainly did lol

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Just waiting for Tim to say. . . . “JANK” anywhere. And I’m not buying

        • MicroNix

          The iPhone doesn’t have any “JANK” to it. Are you buying one based on that criteria?

      • Paul Hansen

        Is your att version experiencing the input lag I’ve been having?

        • droidiac13

          Paul, I haven’t had a bit of lag on mine. I returned the S5 because of how bad it was. I may have just had a bad S5, but it drove me nuts. Other than that though, I didn’t mind the S5 at all. I move from phone to phone as they are released, but so far so good on the G3.

          • Frettfreak

            funny. i did the EXACT same thing with the s5! got it on launch day and took it back 13 days later (couldnt deal with the lag) and got a g2. not disappointed really at all. getting the g3 as soon as its on tmo.

  • Bryan Mills

    That titanium is sexy.

    • Yeah, but I’m afraid what the Verizon version looks like

  • p4

    my coworker just got this .. omg the screeeeeen is amazing

  • erickbravo

    Just please tell us how the battery life is compared to the Korean model! . not sure whether I should ditch my nexus for this or not

    • I’m sure it’s right on par with the Korean model, which is phenomenal. Would highly recommend picking this up over the Nexus 5.

      • Bryan Mills

        But but but they say it’s laggy and slow and the battery sucks!

        /s

        • Deez

          Phone Arena: That’s a good question. The lag in the G3 is definitely there, but it’s not enough to ruin the experience, or to make the performance annoyingly slow. We’re simply annoyed to see it present whatsoever in such a high-end product.

          Tech Radar: For instance, the lag in the interface is really irritating – that beat between launching apps and jumping back to the home screen is annoying.

          Stuff: What is less encouraging, however, is the odd bit of stutter and lag we encountered with the G3 during our brief time spent with it.

          Android Central: In our LG G3 review we noted occasional instances of lag and slowdown in certain animations

          And those are just a few sites I pulled up info from very quickly. EVERY single site I’ve been on has commented on the lag and tons of users in the comments confirm it as well.

          But hey, ignorance is bliss and all that sh!t though…

          • Bryan Mills

            Turn off animations – boom.

            You’re the ignorant one.

          • Deez

            You shouldn’t have to do that genius. Such a high end device should work like one. Out of the box.

            Anyways, you mock as if there is no lag in the first place, but apparently can’t refute that there is lag present. You’re only fooling yourself and that’s what’s really ignorant in all of this.

          • Bryan Mills

            Like every phone with lagged animations. People are impatient.

          • Deez

            And yet I’ve seen you blast on Samsung and TW for it’s lag. Add on hypocrite to that ignorance label.

          • bogy25

            Bryan,
            Buying a device with the latest technology should not have any lag present. 3 gig ram, good processor, etc. Would you buy a new car if you knew your fuel injected powerhouse engine would occasionally stall every now and then? It’ll still work fine but sputter and stall occasionally. You good with that or would you be impatient?

          • Nick

            Admit it, you’re a dope.

          • PoisonApple31

            LG’s skin is horrible like Samsung’s. Nova Launcher all the way!

          • OF

            Wow you are beyond dumb. Keep trying though!

          • Steveo

            So your saying, because of this we shouldn’t get this phone? What if that doesn’t bother someone, or maybe they can issue a fix at some point?

          • Deez

            Oh, I didn’t say that at all, but merely pointing out that it does indeed have a noticeable lag. If lag bothers you than it’s definitely something to consider at this point. What little Bry tried to do is mock like there is no lag present and people were just complaining with no merit – which is clearly not the case.

            Who knows if lag can be fixed on this model with the 801. I’m thinking that LG just announced this “prime” version with the beefed up 805 because the lag was a major issue and complaint with the current model that uses the 801. It was their way of addressing the problem.

          • LagFanatic

            The S5 prime has lag and it has the 805. Whats next on your list?

          • Lu Wen

            It would probably freeze up completely with the 801

    • Paul Hansen

      I’m getting about 14 hours on day 2.

  • Paul Houseknecht

    I want to upgrade but I’m stuck until october…

    • OF

      You’re better off anyway.

    • blahblahblah

      Don’t listen to OF. Probably a Moto fanboy or something…..

    • Sandy C

      Thats good. October should be perfect to get it with the current gen chip, the 805. Your delay is a blessing.