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I wrote a review of the G3 just about two months ago, and at the time, I really enjoyed it. While the model I was provided was designed for Korea, it worked on AT&T's LTE network and generally provided a steady wireless experience. I found Wi-Fi connectivity was a bit spotty, though, and there were occasional network hiccups that are to be expected of a piece of hardware not specifically certified for a particular carrier.

Shortly after our review, I received an AT&T-branded LG G3 to try out, and I've been using it as my daily driver for around a month now. Given that this phone is certified to run on AT&T's network and for use in the US generally, I'm writing this piece as both an update and a sort of "more thoughts" post now that I've had a lot of time with the G3.

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The screen really is not very good.

The largest proverbial thorn in the G3's side is undoubtedly the QHD display. In the race to be the first major OEM to release a QHD smartphone, LG shipped a panel that is, frankly, not very good. Viewing angles are poor, brightness in sunlight (especially with fingerprint buildup) is lamentable, and colors are flat-out flat.

However, that LG managed to cram a 5.5" ultra high-res display into such a comparatively small package remains impressive. I love having 5.5" of screen when I'm reading an article or thumbing through dozens of emails, because I'm able to accommodate more information without sacrificing readability. A big screen is also simply easier to type accurately on - banging out a quick reply to a text or even a few sentences in an email is noticeably less difficult than on my Galaxy S5.

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Still, the dimness of the display rears its ugly head too often. Living in sunny Southern California, I find using the G3 outdoors to be a real chore, especially when the auto-brightness doesn't want to ramp up far or quickly enough to counteract those substantial solar forces. Combined with its propensity for showing fingerprints, mediocre contrast, and the aforementioned lackluster viewing angles, the G3's screen is an obvious and sad case of technology for technology's sake. QHD screens aren't completely without merit, but the benefits the G3's provides in no way come close to outweighing the drawbacks.

Side by side with the Galaxy S5, the G3 simply can't compete - Samsung's Super AMOLED is a window into a brighter, more vivid, more enjoyable world.

KnockOn remains a major competitive advantage.

While HTC has mimicked KnockOn on its own devices of late, LG was the first major OEM to the double-tap power-on party, and KnockOn seems to have noticeably improved from the implementation on the G3. I'm always using it - both to turn the display on and off. In my review, I still felt burned by last year's version on the G2, and had a hard time seeing the light.

Going to the lockscreen, LG's standard Knock-On wake-up feature is still here, and I don't find it works much more reliably than it did on the G2. Given the easier access to the power button on the G3, I've taken to using than more often than not, because Knock-On just isn't there in terms of 100% reliability, which is kind of something you need for a feature like that.

That was a stupid and wrong thing to say and I feel stupid and wrong for saying it. KnockOn has become all but indispensible to me, and every time I pick up the Galaxy S5 it seems like I'm trying to double-tap it awake. KnockOn is awesome and I can only hope LG continues to refine it.

Battery life is kind of sucky.

My Korean G3 review unit seemed to get pretty great battery life, though I'm fully aware many reviews at the time stated otherwise. When I received my AT&T G3, things suddenly seemed to change for me - I regularly find myself struggling to make it through a day with the G3, especially if I'm turning the screen on a lot. That is to say, in-use power consumption seems abnormally high.

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No less than 5 times in the last two weeks have I found myself under 10% by early evening, and then struggling to conserve that remaining power until I make it back to the wall-mounted electron teat. Even more frustrating is the fact that the G3 doesn't support Qualcomm's QuickCharge 2.0 technology, though it's still reasonably quick at 9W max with the included 2A charger (vs 18W with QuickCharge 2.0 and 10.6W on an American Galaxy S5).

That said, your mileage may vary - battery life is an incredibly subjective experience and I really can't be definitive about what's making my G3 drain so quickly (nothing in the usage stats stands out). I will say my Galaxy S5 gets noticeably better battery life, though, and I do miss that.

Rear control buttons are for winners.

The G3's rear-mounted power and volume buttons have been greatly improved compared to those on the G2, with much more tactile feel and clicky-ness. Honestly, I don't hate side-mounted power buttons and volume rockers, I just find LG's idea a bit more natural when I consider how I hold my phone (eg, with my index finger against the back). I think they're also easier to reach on a large phone, making a drop less likely.

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I doubt we'll be seeing many OEMs following LG's lead here, though - it's such a distinct design decision that anyone who dared mimic it would be deemed a copycat of the highest order, not that I'd mind particularly.

It's fast.

While not quite Nexus 5-fast all the time, the G3 is basically as quick as the One M8 and, therefore, very noticeably faster than the Galaxy S5. Using the S5 feels like taking a trip in the performance time machine, while the G3 happily zips along through most anything I throw at it. Homescreen responsiveness is still a bit lower than I'd like sometimes, and navigating the settings menus can be sluggish, too; however, overall the G3 is a fast phone, following in footsteps of the G2.

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With Snapdragon 805 devices on the horizon, it's entirely possible, even likely, our definition of "fast" will again get thrown out the window. After all, the Snapdragon 801 is really just an 800 in a fancy suit, and that chip's been around over a year at this point. Still, the G3 is plenty quick in today's smartphone market, and easily stands up to the competition.

Note 4 comparisons are inevitable.

The G3, from an enthusiast's perspective, is a phone that competes with the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. However, it's wider than those devices, heavier than one, and has a significant screen size advantage over both. 5.5" is closer to 5.7" than it is to 5.1". With the Note 4 allegedly packing a 5.7" QHD display and some fairly narrow-looking bezels, comparisons are all but guaranteed.

While a G Pro 3 may pop up at some point, the G Pro 2 was only unveiled back in February, so it seems unlikely LG will be fielding a more direct supersized competitor to go up against the Note series, apart from its weirdly detuned G Vista.

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I know that for me, as a consumer, the Note 4 and G3 are basically phones I would cross-shop. Given Samsung's industry-leading display technology and a solid chance it will feature an updated Snapdragon 805 chipset, the G3 simply may not stand up to the Note 4. Granted, for many customers, these phones won't be direct competitors, if only because cost will set them apart considerably. In the US, the Note 3 generally retailed for $700 off-contract - expect the Note 4 to go for at least that much - while the G3 hit the streets at under $600. By the time the Note 4 is available, the G3's price will likely fall a bit further yet.

Among the "big three" Android OEMs, this is still the phone to get.

Samsung and HTC are LG's primary competitors in the high-end Android phone space at this point. And I'd say between the S5, M8, and G3, LG comes out on top. The G3 has speed, a great camera, a big screen, and doesn't even give up the microSD card or removable battery to get to a very competitive price point. Its powerful speaker, handy rear control buttons, and KnockOn are icing on the cake.

If you're looking outside those big three, the answer, I'd argue, is still pretty clear. OnePlus is having growing pains on the hardware and software side (despite making a great first product), Sony seems a bit lost right now, and Motorola hasn't unveiled any truly new hardware since its Lenovo acquisition.

Like many of you, I imagine, I'm personally waiting to pull the trigger on my next smartphone until the holiday season, and frankly, am holding out hope for what seems like an increasingly-likely Nexus. The Note 4, too, has my interest thoroughly piqued, and who knows what HTC's working on for its Q4 plans.

In the here and now, though, I think LG has the class-leading product from a holistic perspective, and that's legitimately impressive for a company that started with phones like the G2X.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Abhilash Bingi

    David's phone is an HTC One.

    Maybe it's time to update it?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It really is.

  • Ryan
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      He's running that phone in a hard acrylic case with the flash on while shooting a video. That's asking for an overheat. Not every phone may do that in the same situation, but LG's probably being cautious. I've never received the overheat message, for the record, even when using the phone on a hot (100+) day outside.

  • james fuston

    After using an S5, G3, and N5 as daily drivers, I couldn't agree more. I reverted to my N5 because the G3 wasn't worth the price tag for what it had on offer. That said, had the battery life been what I expected (what most people expected after the G2), I would've stuck with it.

    • ChrisM40

      The N5 screen is FAR worse than the G3s. The off axis washout and blacks are very much worse.

      • Grayson

        Disagree. G3's lower brightness, less accurate colors, and horrible sharpening effect make it worse overall than the N5 screen IMO, even though the N5 may have slightly worse viewing angles and blacks.

        • ChrisM40

          Colours can be adjusted, brightness can be changed with lux, the sharpening will be removed one way or another eventually, the N5 is stuck with that awful screen forever.

          • Grayson

            Colors can be adjusted, but they can't be accurately calibrated. Lux won't help the max brightness. And I doubt the sharpening will get removed, unless maybe you run CM.

          • ChrisM40

            Max brightness on the N5 is not even 5% higher, you would be hard pressed to notice. My G3 is brighter than my friends M7.

            Colour accuracy is nothing without good blacks, the N5 is grey, black simply doesnt exist on the N5, as a result it looks awful to my eyes.

            The sharpening will get removed one way or the other.

          • Grayson

            According to anandtech, the Nexus 5 is 15% brighter than the G3 at max brightness, with blacks that are 10% worse / brighter. So the difference in brightness is greater than the difference in black level. Source: http://www.anandtech.com/show/8169/the-lg-g3-review/2

          • ChrisM40

            Phones vary between individual units considerably. Anand probably got good n5 and a bad G3. I also dont always agree with Anands conclusions and some of the testing seems dubious.

            For example my G3 is brighter than my friends M7, that shouldnt be if you accept anands testing as absolute fact.

      • james fuston

        The N5 screen is brighter than the G3. Also, I never look at my phone "off axis," so I really don't care. I also don't want a panel above 1080p on a phone, because it's a completely useless waste of battery life.

        • ChrisM40

          Its doesnt waste battery life, thats complete FUD from people who dont know any better, but should. I get better battery life than on my G2, even with some of the battery saving stuff turned off in the service menu.

          I had an N5, its not much brighter, not even noticeably, but the blacks are worse, so it just looks grey. Off axis for the N5 is anything but perfectly square, even viewed perfectly square at the centre the edges are already starting to wash out, its like a really nasty laptop that cannot be viewed without at least some of the screen starting to flip.

          • james fuston

            If you run a 5.5" 1080p and 5.5" 1440p screen side by side at the same brightness and refresh rate, the QHD screen will use more energy. Period. Paired with the fact that there is zero visible difference at the expected usage distance, I call that a waste.

          • ChrisM40

            So why do I get more battery life then? and yes I can see the difference. I admit the back light needs more energy to compensate for the extra dead space, but its a minor amount. The CPU and GPU use no more power, this is the myth that needs to stop.

            Its all besides the point because the N5 has pitiful battery life even with 1080P.

          • james fuston

            Going back to what I originally said, a QHD screen wastes power. I said nothing about the CPU/GPU, but now that you've raised that point, the 801 in the G3 is more power efficient than the 800 in the G2, that's why you get a longer battery life.

            Also, back to my original post, my Nexus 5 consistently lasts longer than my G3 ever did. The G3 is horribly inefficient in standby.

          • ChrisM40

            Really, I lose less than 1% per hour, not even 5% in a full working day if I dont use my G3. Even with heavy use it doesn't drop below 60%. My N5 regularly ran out and turned off before the end of the day.

            You said a QHD wastes power, ive seen no evidence for that at all.

          • james fuston

            Ok, then I don't think you understand resolution and backlights. I said FHD vs. QHD is imperceptible on a 5.5" screen, so QHD is a waste of power. If you don't accept that argument, that's fine; however, within those parameters, QHD does waste power.

          • ChrisM40

            Parameters that YOU set, that assumes you cant see the difference. I CAN so it would be worth it if it did use more power. Im getting at least as much battery life as anything ive seem from owners of other 801 powered devices, all running with 1080P screen.

            Why do you not grasp that i dont have a battery life issue? Was your G3 some sort of borked carrier version running out of date software? Mine is an international unlocked D855 running v10g.

  • motownwill

    Could battery life be from the AT&T bloatware? Is this only an Android problem for AT&T phones? My kids have iPhones and last much longer than any Samsung or LG i have owned.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I've disabled all AT&T's junk. Still not great.

      • kekkojoker90

        Here in eaurope is starting to get v10j and this help a lot in all "flaw" you mentioned. The only complain here is reception about this jewel. For screen you can clearly see 2 different type of display one very bad and on very good (you can only see the difference side by side).

      • Jimmy Beans

        Have you Greenified everything?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          If I have to use a battery saver app to get my phone to work the way I want it to I'm sort of defeating the purpose of testing it. I carry a portable charger in my car and my messenger bag.

          • Jimmy Beans

            Understandable. I guess it's all dependent on what apps are installed then. I was shocked to see how much of a difference Greenify makes with battery life. It nearly doubled my battery life at first use. All of which I'm sure you know, heh.

      • Bowen9284

        Have you tried switching your runtime to ART? I get a dramatic difference in battery life.

        • kekkojoker90

          not that different. The big difference is in the lag (much better fluency)

          • Bowen9284

            I was running out of battery around 6pm on davlik. I routinely go to sleep with over 20% battery now. On a Tmo version btw .

      • Dominick White

        I get over 4hours on screen on my Verizon lg g3 and if I am not using it. It takes the battery a very long time to drain. Have gone 16 hours days with this 10%still remaining. Have a also not charged it over night with 50 %battery life and woke up the next morning with 48% battery life left.....

      • ChrisM40

        Not you didnt, removing the removable bloat isnt the same as fixing the problem. It seems the AT&T version is the worst G3, followed by the Verizon one.

    • james fuston

      I tried several options with my G3. It was always 40-50% remaining when I left the office at 5pm. Not great, considering I'd take it off the charger around 8am.

  • Thomas’

    I'd also take this one over a Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 - but probably not over the Sony Xperia Z2.

    But I'm a Nexus guy after all, so that's all just hypothetical.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Sony's gigantic bezels are a big turn-off for me, their phones are just unnecessarily large. They also still seem to be having issues getting their photo processing right - they have a great sensor in theory, but in practice it's still just managing to meet the competition, not outright defeat it.

      Their phones also really don't have many interesting features. Light on bloat, sure, but light on excitement, too.

      • remydlc

        disagree. I just got rid off my N5/Iphone5s to get the Xperia Z2. Best phone i've had. I also have the G3, had the SG4/SG3/SG2. Played wiht the HTC M8 a lot! Bezels are overrated, yeah when you compare it with the G3 is big difference, but its screen is one of the best you can find in any phone. Battery last me 3 days with 7hours of SOT!!! more than any phove I've had!!!! Oh and did i mention is waterproof? It's the closest to vanilla Android out there as well out of the major vendors.

        • Laurent Grimal

          Horizontally the Z2 has smaller bezel than the S5. It is tall but bezels are Ok. The screen is a bit reflective though and it attracts a lot of Fingerprints. Otherwise agree it is a great phone. But the One plus is as good or better in all areas.

      • TomsDisqusted

        I don't need an 'exciting' phone, but I too am turned off by Sony's giant bezels.

        Though the G3 is probably not the phone for me, it really is awesome to see phones with that maximum screen to size ratio.

        • Matthew Fry

          There's apparently a Sharp made device called the Aquos Xx 302sh that boasts an 80.66% screen to body ratio. drool But it's not released in the US.

      • Justin W

        The bezels on my Z2 don't seem that large. The top and bottom are excessive, IMO, but the sides seem about the same as the S5. IMO my favorite feature of the Z2 is the battery life. I also think the camera is solid, though as we know the Moto X's camera was horrible, and my GNote 3's was pretty good, but I'd say they are both on par with each other.

        • Matthew Fry

          I really disliked the Note 3 camera. I couldn't get it to take good pictures for the life of me (it got better with the Google Camera app it seemed but it might be placebo).

          It's hard to understand how little bezel the G3 has until you physically compare it. It has one of the largest screen to device ratios at ~76% (the same as the G2). The Z2 comes in at 69%. It feels like all screen and I can't wait till they're pushing 80%+.

      • Aborto

        The top and bottom bezels are huge, but personally I love them simply because they give you somewhere to hold the phone when in landscape.
        I came from a S3 before and I was forever hitting the stupid capacitive back or menu buttons when typing in landscape.
        It drove me crazy and was the best thing about moving to the Z2.

  • Valerie Richardson

    The Nokia N9 was the first to have the double tap to wake function. LG only perfected it with Knock Code (initially KnockOn).

    It was considered drool worthy back then. Well, it wasn't that long ago really.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Cool, I figured it probably was on something at some point in the past.

      • kekkojoker90

        he is wrong again. Double tap to wake came from nokia 6600
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA3DMCs984o

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Well, that's for a clock, and it's a flip phone. Same concept, sure, but not really identical functionality.

          • kekkojoker90

            Sure but the first concept come from here :P

        • Valerie Richardson

          My apologies, but I was only taking modern touchscreen devices into account.

          • kekkojoker90

            No i need to apologize for not taking this into account :P

  • InvaderDJ

    What is it that would make you take the G3 over the M8? The G3 has some compelling advantages (bigger screen, smaller bezels, better camera, removable battery) but the overall quality of the screen and the battery life seem to be big disadvantages. I'm also not convinced that LG's skin has the polish of Sense but that is a minor issue and I haven't spent much time with the G3.

    • Laurent Grimal

      Currently the aggregate ranking of all critics and users on endgadget is:
      1. M8
      2. OnePlus
      3. G3
      4. S5

      Its simple. Small format us M8, large format is OnePlus.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        Except that most smartphone reviews don't use a numerical or grade ranking and counting on user reviews of any sufficiently popular product is silly. That's like asking Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger owners which one they like best, objectivity is the first thing to get flung out the window.

        The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has a 4.3 star rating on Amazon. I think you'll find exactly no one reading Android Police who would agree with that mass-sourced consensus.

        • Laurent Grimal

          Endgadget use meta critics. The aggregate tens of critics. Users on endgadget do rate every aspect of the phone. As a phone addict I have all current flagship phones in my possession and I happen to aggree with the ranking 100%. Having said that each phone has something that could sway the decision for the. M8 has the speakers and great Microphone and lovely design, S5 has the best display, LG G3 has the form factor and ergonomy, OnePlus have the swappable covers and great battery life, Z2 has the waterproofing and great battery life. However the OnePlus and M8 are the only devices that are good in all areas with no real weakness. That's why they objectively dominate. S5 is penalized by its laggy Software, G3 by the low contrast and poor battery performance. I like the G3's ergonomy and had it had a full HD screen with good battery life and 1100:1 contrast it would have been my first choice. As a into stands I can't use it as my daily driver.

          • Mattie

            Engadget reviews strike me as really shill-ey. Even a 70ish rated product is made to sound great, and my sample size is limited to what I own but they whiffed hard on my most recent purchase - the gpad 8.3. The review said great tablet priced to high. I got a deal and don't think it's so great... Totally miz speakers for example

          • Laurent Grimal

            Not talking about their own review but the meat critics rating.

          • Grayson

            As the owner of both an M8 and OnePlus One, I can tell you that neither is without weakness. The M8 is my favorite phone at the moment, but it has a weak camera compared to every other flagship. And the OnePlus has a LOT of software bugs still, not to mention most units have a horid yellow band across the bottom of the display that you see on white screens.

          • Laurent Grimal

            The camera is not week, it only lacked optimization until the last software update. Color accuracy is on par with the S5, selfie mode is the best in the market and low light performance is good, and they fixed the overexposure (even though it could be fixed by yourself in the settings). The software bugs have now been fixed, which other bugs do you have if I may ask? Mine had a pronounced yellow band but after 2 weeks of light exposure it was gone.

          • Grayson

            Which phone are you talking about. I am talking about 2 phones. M8 has weak camera. OnePlus has buggy software. I posted a long list of the bugs I experienced with OnePlus on XDA. Username gtg465x

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I have the M8, the OnePlus One, the Nexus 5, and the Note 3. And the M8 is easily my least favorite.

      • InvaderDJ

        Interesting. I'm biased since I had the M7 and upgraded to the M8 the first day it was out but I love the M8. With the hands on time I've had with the GS5 and G3 I'd rank it better than those phones. I'd go as far as to call it the best "skinnned" phone available right now.

        Of those phones you listed though I'd personally rank the OPO first because I could easily ROM it and it has the Snapdragon 801 which means great standby times. And the price is hard to argument with.

        After that I would put the Nexus 5, the M8, and then the Note 3. Different strokes for different folks I guess, but it shocked me that the media's love affair with the M8 wasn't universal.

      • Grayson

        I own a Nexus 5 and M8 and I just got rid of a OnePlus One. M8 is probably my favorite, followed closely by the Nexus 5. OnePlus was easily my least favorite... had yellow at the bottom of my screen and bugs in CM at every turn.

        All depends on what people prioritize I guess. No phone is the best for everyone.

      • MSmith79

        Where does the Note 3 rank for you? I ask because I'm heavily considering the 4 when it comes out...I just have to get over Sammy customizations and the physical home button.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          The Note 3 is following the OnePlus One. Then the N5, then the M8.

    • MSmith79

      Screensize and that giant bottom bezel rules out the M8 for me. Otherwise I'd be all over it.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    So basically the points about battery life and screen are exact reasons why I wouldn't want the Nexus 6 to have the rumoured Quad HD display

    • Valerie Richardson

      There probably won't be. Google is known to be conservative when it comes to using the latest display tech.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Paired with Snap805 and known Motorola batteries - I would hope that N6 has a fantastic battery life. 2100mAh and 2300mAh just don't cut it on N4 and N5

        • Valerie Richardson

          Aye. Battery life is one area where the Nexus phones could improve. But assuming that Motorola is making the next Nexus handset, I suppose we don't have to worry much about it :)

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Between Motorola's battery wizardry and L's Project Volta, the next Nexus could very well be the longest-lasting smartphone in recent memory.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            The questions is... when?

            I was expecting Google to announce something this month and do a second event like they did last year with Nexus 7 2013 and Android 4.3, but it seems that August is out of commision now.

            Then there's Motorola event scheduled on Sept 4th, but they aren't probably going to announce a Nexus there separately from Google, which leaves it to be announced somewhere during between Sept 5th and late November

            The waiting is killing me, and my money are ready for some new devices..

          • sweenish

            Nexus phone season isn't for about two months. It's always been in the October November window. They're not late.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Well I didn't say they were late either...

          • sweenish

            You asked when. That is a known quantity. Then went on about expectations. I read that as an assumption of you thinking the announce was overdue. It's not a large leap to make.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Then you misunderstood me. My question didn't imply Google being late with the announcement at all. Just an expression of genuine interest

          • Imparus

            This part created the confusion
            "I was expecting Google to announce something this month and do a second
            event like they did last year with Nexus 7 2013 and Android 4.3, but it
            seems that August is out of commision now."
            That was kinda a long stretch after I/O, when we got informed L wont be ready for official release, before the fall.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            They could organize a purely hardware announcement event though. Not just Nexus devices but even some new Chromebooks and such, or new Android TVs

          • Imparus

            Chromebooks was a possibility, but nexus devices are always launch devices for a new android OS, so the probability for that was close to zero. The new Android TVs will be running L also, so again it was unlikely, maybe not as much as new nexus, but still quite unlikely, since they could at most announce them, not release them.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Guess we'll just have to sit and wait then..

          • sweenish

            But "when" is known. There's no need to ask at all.

            Had you been talking about a tablet, I'd be fine with that, because the tablet reveal has been slipping for the second consecutive year.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            I'm still expecting that Nexus 10 v2 :(

          • Barnassey

            The battery life is the EXACT reason why i sold my N5. I couldnt deal with it anymore. even with ART enabled and with the cpu downclocked i never got more than 18 hours.

          • Steve Freeman

            lol If I had gotten 18 hours on my old Galaxy Nexus, I would have been ecstatic. Sounds like LG has a bit of a leg up on Samsung there at least.

          • LSH99

            This is so true. I've been told by several people who know much more than I do about these things that the GNex had a horrible SoC that sucked battery. Still, I'm going on three years with it. Have a OnePlus One still in the package as I wait to see what the next Nexus looks like. Either way, I'm looking forward to the life-altering battery life improvement!

          • Luis Pacheco

            18 ho9urs? to me lasts from 9.00 am to 17 pm

          • Guest

            Likely not till October or November IMO.

          • me me

            Historical trend and Android L release schedule both point to Nexus 5 2014 version October. My guess is October 30th.

        • me me

          I like the Nexus 5 size more than the bigger phones. If you put in a bigger battery something has to give.

          It is not so terrible to carry a $20-$30 slim USB battery to double battery life.

      • Francois Roy

        Forgetting the Nexus 10 already, are we?

        • Imparus

          Don't forget the Galaxy nexus with its 720p screen ;)

        • ChrisM40

          The N10 screen was a bit early, its got worse blacks, worse colours and a terrible backlight.

          • Matthew Fry

            It's also the new ugly stepchild of the Nexus lineup. No L preview, no updated device, and underwhelming support.

      • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

        Huh? The Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 5 had pretty top of the line displays.

      • ethan fisher

        LG G3 is a ggreat looking phone but still not my best pick as there are lot of better phone in the market (like the one they have at: http://www.androidmarket.com/best-phone-guide/).

    • MicroNix

      I'm not getting it on the battery life in this article. My battery life is fantastic. I can take it off the charger at 7am and with light use (FB, emails, etc.) still be at 98% battery left at noon. Way better than my S3 was and I always made it through the day with the S3.

      Display is dimmer and less vibrant than a Samsung, I will say. However I have no problem with it in direct sunlight.

      • Lilith_Black

        I have never made my S3 last for more than midday at 2-3pm on a full charge (It can eke out about 3.5-4 on screen time at the max though after heavy debloat, Greenify and Nova)

        However, I have my LG G3 for the past 4 days have been a pleasant surprise in the battery life department lasting significantly longer till evening or nightime (about 12-13 hours) with more than 4 hours of on screen time.

        I find the screen much more pleasant than my S3 in terms of display quality and don't find the screen dim like others have complained (It is perfectly find on a bright sunny day outdoors -- I can still use the screen quite comfortably and it is still better than the S3)

      • Gussy2000

        Yup me too (great battery life on my G3). Up at 7 am in bed at 10 pm (15 hours) screen up time average 15 minute every hour, I get 22 hours of off charger time.

    • archercc

      Im with you. Pixel densities are pretty high as-is and I am not doing much on my phone that needs it yet. QHD makes more sense for large displays, where screen sizes have gotten to the point where 1080P might not be sufficient.

      Before, when the iphone jumped from like 140 to 320PPI it made sense (my HTC at the time was 240PPI so it wasnt dramatic to me) but its kind of turned into an arms race. The more pixels the more power your GPU needs, the more power your GPU needs the crappier your battery seems.

      Then pile on the fact that they implemented a crappy display just to get that QHD and its a no go. The only real breakthrough lately that makes sense for mobile were those super-thin, laminate displays. Not only makes the phone thinner but less glare. That is 1000x more valuable to me than 600PPI.

    • MSmith79

      It's not the Quad itself's fault. LG just isn't using screens that have good color saturation or viewing angles. The screen on the G2 can't hold a candle to my Droid DNA or any good HTC phone, and that's a 1080p so nothing to do with Quad. As to battery issues with using it, the 805 processor is the key here. Using the 801 with the Quad was a mistake.

      • ChrisM40

        My G2 is very bright, far brighter than my old HTC One M7 and somewhat over saturated.

  • lordmerovingian

    So i'm not crazy to have passed on the G3. I thought i was the only one who wasn't feeling all the hype.
    Finally got a chance to handle one in the store for as long as i liked (rather than going by everyone's accolades) and i just didn't feel it at all. Coming from a G2 owner, it didn't evoke anything in me at all like the G2 did when i first held it. Wasn't impressed with the screen quality, just felt too "contrasty" and light, not deep and rich like the G2. Bigger and unwieldy than the G2 (wished they had gone 5.2" or less), it just didn't feel right in my hand.
    Sigh, now i'm in limbo, but at least there are some potential heavy hitters still to arrive, Moto X+1 (?)...

    • Laurent Grimal

      In the store you usually can't hold it in your hand. It actually has a good hand feeling. When I tried in the store I was like you but when I was able to hold it without a cord attached to the bottom it feels really good. Low display contrast and battery are really what kills the G3. Give me the same phone with FHD display and I will buy it. As it stands the OnePlus is the best smartphone at the moment.

      • lordmerovingian

        I played with a rep's device for as long as l liked. It wasn't tethered. It didn't feel good seeing as it was already bigger at 5.5" vs 5.2" for the G2 i was coming from.

        • Laurent Grimal

          Not saying it can't be uncomfortable for small hands. It worked really well for me. Even though the screen is bigger they have reduced bezels even further so size isn't dramatically more.

          • lordmerovingian

            They can zap bezels as much as they can but a 5.5" device will always be physically bigger than a 5.2" device. You can't defeat physics. The G2 at 5.2" was already trying my patience even though i loved it to bits. Going even bigger with the G3, bezels notwithstanding, ruled it out for me. 4.7" to 5" i've decided is the sweet spot for me.

          • Laurent Grimal

            Actually you can. It depends on the size of the bezels. :-)
            But you are not in the market for larger devices. My OnePlus has larger bezels than my G3 but I can still use it one handed. Not everyone is borne equal when it comes to smartphones or playing the piano.

          • Mattie

            5.2" is my sweet spot. My note 3 is just a bit too big and it gets dropped way too much because of it.

    • Charles Walker

      Depending on what the X+1 has to offer, I will go with that or the upcoming "G3 A" which is the same G3 but with 1080p/5.2" display. G3 is a very wasteful phone with such an unnecessarily high resolution.

      • Matthew Merrick

        the g3a is the g2 in a new body, with slightly newer software but a smaller battery, and probably less software support overall. why does it exist, much less why would you buy it?

        • Charles Walker

          Well, the G3 is essentially an oversized high resolution G2 to exploit spec whores who think they can actually benefit from 1440p on such a small display.

          The G3A defeats the G3 for these reasons:
          - Better size (what good is a phone if it's clunky?)
          - Better display (no worry about overheating, crappy viewing angles, poor contrast, and other tradeoffs LG had to make to cram all the extra useless pixels)
          - Smarter specifications (great ergonomics and rational 1080p display)
          - Battery life should be the same or better than the G3, thanks again to a logical 1080p resolution (especially if LG employs the same display power consumption optimizations they used to make the G3 acceptable)

          The G3A is a worthy upgrade over the G2 just for the sake of the sexy phone design and largely improved UI.

          • Matthew Merrick

            I was not comparing it to the g3, i was comparing it to the G2, which is an almost identical, arguably better device.

          • Charles Walker

            I'm almost certain the G3A will have a better display and better battery life (despite being smaller) than the G2. This doesn't account for the advantages that have already been announced:

            - Better form factor
            - Better body design
            - Better UI (G2 is horrible)

            - Better camera
            - Removable battery
            - Removable SD card

            Not bad I say!

          • Ilya Potekhin

            You can flash G3's ROM on G2 and get exactly the same software experience.

          • Charles Walker

            Yeah, if you want a bunch of stability problems.

          • Ilya Potekhin

            None that I know of. Care to enlighten me?

          • Lilith_Black

            if you don't mind phone design, G2 is a better choice with the higher battery capacity. (It will be getting G3 UI in Android L update)

          • Charles Walker

            Yeah, I'm eager to get L on my G2.

      • http://sgtgiggsy.blogspot.hu sgtGiggsy

        I'm looking forward to G3A too, it would be an instant get to me, but as far as I know, it will be released only in South-Korea. There won't be an international version of it :(

        • Charles Walker

          Only in South Korea to start. I'm really hoping it comes to the US.

          • http://sgtgiggsy.blogspot.hu sgtGiggsy

            That's what I'm hoping too, just with Europe, not the US. My poor S3 shows the signs of dying (I accidentally dropped it in the water last November, so I'm lucky it still lasts) and G3 A would be the perfect replacement. I like G2 too, but since I heard about the phantom touch problem with G2 (and my GF has it on her G2 Mini) I'm affraid of that phone.

          • http://sgtgiggsy.blogspot.hu sgtGiggsy

            That's what I'm hoping too, just with Europe, not the US. My poor S3 shows the signs of dying (I accidentally dropped it in the water last November, so I'm lucky it still lasts) and G3 A would be the perfect replacement. I like G2 too, but since I heard about the phantom touch problem with G2 (and my GF has it on her G2 Mini) I'm affraid of that phone.

    • merman1983

      I'm thinking a G3 with a 1080 AMOLED would be just about perfect for me.

  • Jimmy Beans

    This kind of makes me sad. I am ready for a new phone (still have my HTC EVO LTE), but I am disappointed in the M8 and S5, and really love the G3, but figured I would wait for the next Nexus because I'm sick of the lack of updates with other OEMs. If the next Nexus is 5.9" as rumors prove, I will not buy it, that's just too big. I figured I'd go to the G3, but like I said, this review confirmed my fears with this phone.

    Pfft. I've just got my fingers crossed that the next Nexus isn't 6", and doesn't have the same screen as the G3.

  • greg

    OnePlus One is the best phone out there.

    • Valerie Richardson

      Could do without the company's lame marketing though.

      • Ordnas_selac

        true, but it still doesn't make it any less than a excellent phone.

        • Valerie Richardson

          Nobody's disputing that. But what good is a phone when it isn't reaching the consumers?

          • Ordnas_selac

            Well, politicians do the same, but you still vote their ideas, right? :)

    • kekkojoker90

      try to lay the phone in a soft surface and use a touch screen, :D the yellow band on display?

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      OnePlus One is the best phone not out there.

      Fixed that for you. ;)

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        +1 would read again

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          +1 would upvote again

    • southerndinner

      If you're cool with sketchy reliability, a yellow tint on your screen and a company that bans people from its message boards for complaining, sure

      • Laurent Grimal

        Software fix came out yesterday, even adding new features. Yellow tint was early production. Small production imperfections happen on every phone, Apple Samsung and HTC have a history of small production flaw on their early batches. This always gets fixed after a couple of weeks.

        OnePlus banned users for not respecting the forum rules. They are not supposed to tolerate shittalking when it is obvious it has malicious intent.

        • southerndinner

          you are a total apologist for a company that deserves no respect or service given their treatment of customers. They outright denied the screen thing was even an issue.

          • Laurent Grimal

            Yes, it disappears after a few days of use. It was quite pronounced but with sufficient UV it goes away. And they have a 2 week return policy with no questions asked. What is the bad customer treatment you are talking about? Anyone who has received th E phone can return it and get a newer batch, since all initial AL buyers got new invites to distribute...

          • Grayson

            I owned a OnePlus One. You are wrong on many counts.

            1) The yellow tint at the bottom of my screen did not disappear. Even after weeks of use.

            2) They are not responding to emails from people trying to return the phone within 2 weeks. And they are telling ones who mention the yellow band that it is not a defect, and that they will not replace it.

            3) I never received any additional invites to distribute, even though they said they would give them to buyers.

            4) Customer support is terrible. They are deleting posts and banning everyone who mentions a problem with the phone on their forums.

          • Laurent Grimal

            I used UV light and I am super happy it went away. Customer support responded to me within 4 days and was friendly. You can even report software issues in JIRA as a customer and follow the status of your issues and how they prioritize them. To my knowledge no other company does that. they make you part of the technology development team. Which shows commitment. And indeed they have faster updates than anyone in the market with 4.4.4 already out. I received additional invites 1 week ago. I ordered an extra phone for myself to give away as a present. :-)

        • Grayson

          Yellow tint was not just early production. Go look at XDA. Nearly everyone who is getting the phone, even to this day, is saying there is some yellow tint at the bottom of the display.

          • Laurent Grimal

            It is still early production for oneplus. The gaps on the HTC One M7 persisted for about 2 month after general release. If you go to forum threads that deal with manufacturing issues, they exist for every phone. It's been less than a month, it does take some time until production process is adjusted and the new devices are being shipped.

          • Grayson

            I got an M7 on launch day. No gaps. Even M7s with the gaps weren't as bad as having a horid yellow band across the screen.

          • Laurent Grimal

            My second OnePlus had a perfect screen. First month IS early production. They have also improved the feel of the sandstone. It is much smoother now, not as abrasive.
            These adjustments are typical for every brand.

    • bhake

      The OnePlus is a great phone. My Nexus 5 sits in my drawer threatened to thrown on swappa. Oh the battery life! I can go all day and night no problem pushing 4-5+ hrs of screen on time with the highest performance settings on. I could easily get more with a conservative performance setting. IMO, it's just as quick as the Nexus 5. Excellent display and form factor. Yea, I hated the invite system too... until I got an invite. I didn't try, I just waited. Ordered it and so far haven't looked back in the last 3 weeks. OTA this week has it running 4.4.4 now. They are off to a great start for their first phone.

  • mike

    Screen is great along with awesome battery life. It's far brighter then my GNEX ever was and I can see more on my G3 then on my buddies Note 3 in direct sunlight.

  • bsinc1962

    My battery life with the G3 has been ok. I consistently get around 5 hours of screen on time which is right on par with my MotoX. So far I'm really enjoying the phone. I've had both the One+ and the Find7 and the G3 is a much more enjoyable phone to use.

  • RC

    I really don't know what screen you are looking at, or maybe you don't know how to set i up in settings? Try setting the brightness to 90% non auto (not 100% in order to avoid possible overheating). My experience with this phone gives me for the first time a useable screen in full daylight without having to run to shade somewhere. Also when viewing pictures or websites nothing compares to the clarity! Also viewing angle is as good or better than any other smartphone. Battery life is outstanding after disabling all the useless crap carriers like to install hoping to up your data usage..

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      The only other explanation is different panel manufacturers, but I just tend to think some people are coming from such mediocre displays that any modern phone would look amazing. Next to the S5, it's no contest, and the majority of people agree with that assessment.

      As for battery life, your experience will not always line up with everyone else's. The general consensus seems to be the G3's isn't very good, and that's been my experience, too.

      • Bryan Pizzuti

        I don't agree, I think the differing panel manufacturers is a more likely explanation. I'm coming from a G2 and the G3's screen is much better.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          I had a Korean unit and an AT&T unit and I've seen a Verizon unit in a Best Buy. They all looked the same to me.

          • ChrisM40

            People on XDA are reporting that the T Mobile G3s screen calibration is far better, less yellow, a little brighter. Either way the screen is still less susceptible to washout off axis than the N5s and has better blacks.

            I agree the screen is the weakest part of the phone, unfortunately, but its still nice.I think the fake sharpening is causing a lot of problems. It washes out thinner text. I changed the font, which will do until someone, or LG, does something about the sharpening.

      • Jeremy Turnley

        You mentioned the flat colors - you know that under the accessibility options you can tweak the colors in a million different ways, right? I personally have mine set with a little more saturation and it looks great.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          The color adjuster is awful for actually calibrating the thing in any sense - it's clearly there for folks who are colorblind, not as an aesthetic adjustment like Samsung's screen modes.

          • Jeremy Turnley

            Yeah, you won't be calibrating with it, but you can add a bit of "pop" to the colors by just dragging down from center a little bit. Putting it so the circle just touches the top of the camera icon adds enough color saturation to make it match the GS5 for the most part.

          • Aaron Hafitz

            Where is this setting?

          • Gussy2000

            I agree; it's not like you are doing professional grade Photoshop editing on the thing. You want that, buy a nice FX sensor Nikon, a high end IPS display for a couple of grand and Lightroom. I'm not looking at images of apples on my G3 and saying, "Uch, I simply cannot look at this screen any longer". Sheesh.

      • Jkdem85

        The screen is amazing and,many people coming from m8 and note 3s think that. It is a bit muted but brightness is not as big of am issue as your making it. Engadget aggregate gives it an almost perfect screen rating

      • culterno

        I came from the Galaxy series and think that the G3 screen is way better. The galaxy AMOLEDS are simply over-saturated color wise to the point where games can look fake like they were drawn in crayon. I MUCH prefer the more muted and realistic coloring of the G3. Try watching a 1440p video on both a GS5 and G3 and you will see where that extra resolution blows all other inferior handsets away. The brightness is no issue at all either, even at the beach with sunglasses on.

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    I got the T-Mobile version, and my battery life has been on par with my previous AT&T G2, so I'm not about to complain. Also, I find the screen to be just fine. The default font does seem to be too vulnerable to oversharpening, but replace it with anything else and it improves the experience considerably.

    The most comfortable way to Kindle-read there is, is to hold this in your fingertips, with your index finger on the volume down button, and just page, read, page, read, page, read, etc. The fond is a comfortable size, and it doesn't hurt they eyes at all.

  • motoridersd

    Battery life on my T-Mobile G3 is pretty good compared to the Nexus 5 I was using. I can get through a whole day and still have 30% left. My SoT is about 2 hours, and I definitely notice the battery lasting less if I spend a lot of time with the screen on and not on WiFi.

    The T-Mobile version has an unlocked bootloader, so I'm already running a custom kernel and a custom ROM that make things a lot better. The kernel is still in its infancy, but at least I no longer have some of the jittery screen animations I was seeing before.

    • Laurent Grimal

      Yes coming from the Nexus anything feels good :-) Other flagship devices have 5-7 hours of screen time.

      • Dan

        Screen time is highly subjective to what you are doing when the screen is on... if you are gaming you don't get anywhere near that kind of life, if I'm reading a book in night mode (amoled for me) I get way more life. Rating screen time without saying wtf you are doing on the phone is a waste. Oh and I respectfully reply this to everyone bragging about screen time.

        • Laurent Grimal

          It is not subjective. The testing protocols of the main review Web sites are now at a point where you can know very accurately how phones behave. They will always separate out between various activities. It doesn't change the penalty the G3 incurs for its display. It doesn't matter what you do since all other things are equal compared to other flagship devices with similar battery size (~3000mAh). Even the S5 and M8 with smaller battery capacity manage to do better across all applications. LG was just a bit too early with their display. With the new processor generations it can become the norm, when battery is again at very good levels. Very interested in then N4 now or an 805 powered G3.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      I didn't know the TMo version was unlocked, that's awesome. I actually like the LG software setup, but a more optimized kernel and the removal of all the crapware would be a welcome change.

      Personally I have been somewhat happy with the battery life. Most days I am at 10-15% when I put it on the charger (8AM - 11:30PM or so). On days I know I will be getting more heavy use, I carry a battery pack, so no big deal. Beats the heck out of my Nexus 5 which would be dead by 6PM some days.

      • motoridersd

        Yup! The T-Mo version has had TWRP almost since launch. I've had TWRP installed since I got the phone. I don't mind LG's stuff that much either, it's a lot less intrusive than Touchwiz. I have a few tweaks enabled throgh Xposed, changed the DPI to 570 and running the early alpha of the custom kernel and I love the phone that way.

  • Laurent Grimal

    Well now that OnePlus fixed all Software issues in the new Software, the LG G3 comes in second place. The OnePlus holds 30% longer in a single charge and had good legibility in the sun and very accurate Grey balance and colors. And with the new bamboo cover it has as much design appeal. The S5 has the best display and sun legibility but large bezels and small size. The M8 is a great all rounder like the Oneplus but after using larger devices it is hard to go back to it.

    • sweenish

      Put all the bamboo and denim that you want on the Oneplus, but it's still hard to get and much larger (with the same size screen). Design wise, it's not there, nor will bamboo put it there.

      It's a great phone at a great price, but don't exaggerate it's positives into falsehoods.

      • Laurent Grimal

        Not really hard to get. I just distributed 3 invites for it yesterday and you can buy it on eBay easily. It is not much larger, I have both the G3 and the OnePlus and I actually like having the hardware keys at the bottom, I hate having to tap the screen to get my keys to pop up or have them on all the time and lose screen real estate. Defeats the purpose of a larger screen if your thin bezel makes the screen smaller...
        Don't forget that most oneplus reviews were written a while ago and since the phone has no weakness they had to overemphasized the lack of availability. But things have changed now.

      • Laurent Grimal

        Have you seen the bamboo cover live? It completely changed the smartphone design paradigm. It is a big strength of the OnePlus their textures and material choices are fantastic. I don't mind the LG G3' design, though, I think it does look premium enough. M8 is top of the class, but weight is an issue above 5 inches...5.5 or above is not the sweet spot for metal phones. Bamboo is.

        • sweenish

          How is it more of a game changer here than when Motorola did it? I didn't say it was ugly, but it doesn't change the shape or size of the phone, nor can it compensate for them in a direct hardware comparison with the G3, as you stated.

          • Laurent Grimal

            It is not about what it is about when. The second mover cannot claim changing the game. What's your point about the hardware comparison? The OnePlus has the better spec sheet if you didn't know - larger battery (3100mAh), higher resolution selfie camera (5mp) and more RAM (3GB). It's only advantage, the display, ends up being a drag in the battery and performance benchmarks...

          • sweenish

            You claimed it changed the game. Because of bamboo. In your first reply to me. You made the hardware comparison, saying bamboo brought all the design appeal. In your parent post.

            And what is this garbage about second movers never changing the game? Apple and the iPhone say hi? They weren't the first smartphone to market and RIM was a behemoth at the time. ANYONE can change the game.

            And why do you keep defending the OnePlus? I never said it was a lousy phone. My argument isn't against the phone itself. It's against you taking your enthusiasm too far. I thought I made that pretty clear.

          • Laurent Grimal

            Motorola didn't do anything new with OnePlus's idea of a wooden back cover the way Apple did though...it can't be compared. Soy'waterproofness was game changing, second movers can't really be called that. HTC' attention to speaker quality was game changing. Each have added a feature that the market now considers a staple feature. What makes the removable back cover game changing is not so much the texture as the way OnePlus uses that to create a cheap device for everyone and make money on optional accessories and themes that make each phone unique. They broke the predominant paradigm of the expensive flagship device by offering a device that tops everything in the market and then halving the price, making money on high margin, easy to sell add-ons. The same thing that SwiftKey did a couple of weeks ago. You pay for the theming and customizations. Oneplus have set something in motion that will hurt the traditional players badly. As more Chinese or other entrants apply that business model we will see the high margins of companies like Samsung melt. Companies that maintain a premium offering with high margins like Apple and HTC will see their market share limited.

    • Grayson

      It has much design appeal? Be real. Are you a OnePlus shill?

  • Charles Walker

    I would take the upcoming 'G3 A' over this with the same specs but 5.2"/1080p in a heartbeat. The G3's downfall ironically IS the display IMO.

  • spring_bird

    Thats bad !!! Does it charge ?

  • Jesse Vitrone

    Yes! Finally a review that doesn't love the screen. I owned a G3 for a day and returned it because of the horrible viewing angles. 1 degree off center and 1/2 of the screen would be darker than the other 1/2. If you're going to have a big phone for a big screen, it has to be a great one, and the G3 just doesn't have one. Too bad, I liked a lot of other things about it.

    • ChrisM40

      The effect is stronger on the N5, by about 3X, but no one seems to complain about it, it, I wonder why?

      • Grayson

        Because it costs $250 less? Just a guess.

        • ChrisM40

          No excuse, there are far cheaper devices that dont have the effect.

          • Grayson

            But their screens probably aren't better overall. From straight on and directly from the sides and bottom the N5 screen looks great. It only washes out when viewing the screen from the corner angles. Honestly, it's not a big deal.

          • ChrisM40

            For me it was, I absolutely hated it. Its the worst 1080P screen ive ever seen on a phone.

          • Grayson

            1080p screens have only been in phones for a year and a half now and they have only been in a small number of the best of the best flagship phones. Moto and Apple still don't even have 1080p screens in their phones. What I'm saying is, worst 1080p screen in a phone isn't saying much because every 1080p screen I've seen in a phone has been great.

          • ChrisM40

            Except the N5s, which was awful.. Its like LG found it in the reject bin.

  • ccccc

    I'm hoping they will bring the G3 A to america, which is basically G3 internals with a smaller screen http://www.androidcentral.com/korea-bound-lg-g3-boasts-g3-features-g2-sized-body

  • AnonGuy

    Knock on is useless on a GS5. Press the physical home button and the phone turns on. Not sure why anyone would want to tap on that phone to wake it. It's an overrated feature and worthless on a phone with a physical home button on the face of it.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      Let's put it this way: you need to push a tiny little button on the bottom of the device to turn on a GS5. If you need to do this while driving (to turn on the device so you can get to Google Now voice commands, for example), or in the middle of the night, being able to just blindly tap anywhere on the screen is far easier. It's not a HUGE difference, but it is a very noticeable advantage.

      • Jerry Rich

        If you own a GS5 you know where the home key is. Night or day. You only have to push it once. Very easy.

        • Jeremy Turnley

          Yeah, of course. My point is that hitting it while the phone is in the cradle while you are driving down the road is a lot harder than tapping the screen.

  • Marc Adam

    I'm not sure I agree. I own a Nexus 5 (in the drawer), OnePlus One (in the drawer), and a T-Mobile G3 (in my hands). With all three of these in my possession I am choosing to use the G3 as my daily driver. That speaks for itself. It's not that the Nexus and OPO aren't great in their own ways. The G3 is just more polished. That's a statement I never imagined I'd make as a devout Android purist.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I literally say in the review this is the one to get among the current crop of smartphones. You are literally agreeing with my conclusion. I am confused.

      • Marc Adam

        Clarification. I agree this is the phone to get. I am just not sold on the points about the screen not being very good (of course the screen could be better, but bleeding edge tech is what it is) or the battery life poor (in my experience on T-Mobile it is very good, plus the ability to swap in a fresh battery and/or wirelessly charge with the quick circle case or replacement back cover outweigh any battery life concern... at least compared to the N5 and OPO).

        • RyanWhitwam

          Well, the battery life on the G3 varies hugely. I also have the Tmo version and this thing sleeps like a champ. I haven't seen any wakelock issues like I often do with Samsung phones. The battery life when the screen is on, as David said, is not awesome. I'd say it's fine for me, but it's not much better than the Nexus 5 in that respect. of course, the battery is much bigger. That QHD panel really eats up them electrons. I think I like the screen more than David, though.

          • flosserelli

            I must agree with David about the screen. Other than the incredible resolution, it is pretty lackluster. Colors are dull and blacks are more like a dark grey, which is expected when compared to AMOLED. But the M8 has an LCD panel which is better than the G3 overall. I think LG rushed 1440p to the market too soon. Imo, the G3 would have been completely acceptable with 1080p.

            I have been pretty happy with battery life. It's not quite what I expected, but it is good enough.

          • ChrisM40

            In fairness no LCD can match for LCD3 screen on the M8 for blacks. Nothing from Sony seems to do much better than the G3 and the retina is to my eyes mostly worse for blacks.

            The colours are actually quite accurate, but it depends what you had before as comparison. Compared to my G2 it looks very flat and dull, compared to my N10 is looks vibrant!

      • Charles Walker

        Thanks for your review David. Does it ever bother you knowing that the G3's selling point is also the cause of its biggest problems? I can't justify getting the G3 being aware of all the pitfalls that are associated with the display when you get nothing in return for it but bragging rights. Sure, I can tell people my phone has more pixels than theirs, but that's pretty much where the advantage stops. However, you CAN enjoy a phone that:

        - gets way hotter than it should when the display is on for an extended period
        - would have gotten far superior battery life if they had stayed 1080p
        - has display quality tradeoffs so LG could even make the phone affordable

        It's a shame because the G3 has such an awesome body design and even UI. If they had kept it at 5.2"/1080p, the G3 could have traded some pixels for QUALITY and would have also had a bit better battery life.

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        ...Why are you getting defensive? He's supporting you with his own observations..

  • Ray

    I bought the G3 based on early reviews without ever having used it myself. Big mistake. Reviewers talked this thing up like it was the greatest thing on the planet. I've learnt my lesson.

    I was ecstatic to finally get it but the minute I started using it I hated it. This review points out a few of the reasons why, including the absolutely shocking colors. Everything was so dull and flat.

    Games such as Clash of Clans and Smash Hit struggled badly. Switching between apps was horrible - you could see the stuttering. I guess this is what happens when you chuck an old GPU into a new phone running a QHD display/high res. The same GPU found in the almost year old Nexus 5. Really poor decision by LG.

    Had the G3 came with a 1080 res (or a better GPU to support the 1440 res), and the actual quality of the display improved to bring more vibrant colors, this would have a been a great phone. I probably would have kept it.

    I HATED LG's software as well. Contacts, the Dialer, the UI in general (settings for example) - just terrible! Complete and utter garbage. IMO, probably one of the worst I've ever seen.

    Sold it 4 days later - after only 1 full days use. Just couldn't stand it.

    Battery life is subjective and to be quite honest, I'm sick and tired of seeing reviewers bag the shit out of battery life on virtually every review they write. Just because it's shit for you doesn't mean it will be for others. Everyone uses their device differently - different apps, different services and background tasks running. There are way to many variables to provide anything even remotely accurate when it comes to battery life. Someone I follow on G+ has the G3 and absolutely loves it. Is getting 2 full days out of a full charge and it's only dropping around 2% overnight.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I agree re: battery life, though large numbers of people seem to be complaining about the G3's as compared to, say, the One M8 or S5. It also seems T-Mo's G3 is getting substantially better battery life than AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint's versions, which is weird (this seems to be true of most T-Mo phones).

      I don't have a ton of apps and don't use a lot of passive background services outside of Google's, but yeah, it's all very, very subjective when you're talking about something as complex as a modern smartphone.

      • Ray

        Sorry, that might have sounded like I was attacking you re the battery life. That wasn't the intention at all. :)

        Touchy subject, especially considering I spend a bit of time on XDA reading posts (specifically kernel related) containing battery stats and people constantly asking how they can accomplish the same as someone else.

      • flosserelli

        My T-Mobile G3 lasts all day without boosting, and I consider myself a heavy user. Only my Note 2 had better battery life (at least initially). It is very odd that the Korean G3 got better battery life than the ATT model.

  • anehlo

    Is the Galaxy S5 that bad with lag?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It really can be pretty slow sometimes. Especially multitasking.

      • flosserelli

        It is amusing to see so many S5 defenders deny any lag on those phones. Every time I mention S5 lag, I get drowned in haterade. Glad to see someone else point out the obvious.

  • ChrisM40

    Its sad that even tech journos dont know how 2D hardware acceleration works and that a 1440P screen doesn't even begin to challenge a modern GPU.

    In 3D OpenGL gaming, yeah sure, but navigating around the launcher, nope. Connect 2 1080P monitors to a PC with intel integrated graphics, will it throttle up while doing 2D work? Nope, its hardly even idling and its the same here.

    The backlight might be an issue i admit, but it doesnt seem a problem for me. I can get 5-6 hours on screen time with my usage pattern, its not much different from my G2.

    Incidentally the screen is still better than the Nexus 5s. The viewing angles are better, far better (if not that great still), the blacks are at least as good and probably better balanced and the colours are no less vibrant. It is a bit dimmer, but installing lux helps a lot because the auto settings are too low for any given point.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I never once said anything about UHD causing the stutter, so OK that's nice.

      • ChrisM40

        No, but others do, so I apologise if you took it personally. It really is an irrelevance though, the screen has little to no effect on the battery life compared to any other similar sized screen with 1080P.

        The newest revision of the software is much better, much smoother. Its still a young device, and historically LG need a bit of time to improve things. If you compare a G2 on the earliest revisions to a G2 on the latest there is no comparison, its like a different phone entirely.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Well, I should be seeing those improvements some time around 2015 then, when AT&T rolls out the first maintenance update.

          • ChrisM40

            Thats why although im totally immune to the Nexus line of products, I would NEVER buy a carrier locked device, ever, under any circumstances. Thankfully, not being American helps a lot there. Mine is an unlocked D855 international model.

  • Aborto

    Not sure why Sony gets so little love, the Z2 is easily one of the best phones out at the moment.
    *Waterproof with great build quality.
    *3GB ram, S801 and a sane resolution screen so the performance is great.
    *Great colours and viewing angles.
    *Awesome camera.
    *One of the lightest OEM skins.
    *This double tap to power on feature everyone seems to love.

    Its not perfect but every other flagship phone has some flaw that would stop me getting it, the Z2 has the best balance of features IMO.

    • Bruce

      The problem is getting one. If you have to make users jump through hoops to get one it's not likely to have many consumers. Plus it's not even got the price advantage that the OnePlus has going for it.

      • Aborto

        Good point, I suppose that depends on region. Easy to get them in New Zealand.
        Neither the OnePlus or G3 are available here retail as far as I know, you would have to import them.
        Availability does make a difference.

        • Grayson

          Yeah, Z2 only became officially available in the US a couple weeks ago, and the only place you can see one is at one of the very few Sony stores here in the States. Also, even though the phone is not new and will probably be replaced by a Z3 soon, it is still the most expensive Android phone here in the US. So, this is why you never hear people talk about the Z2 on American tech sites.

          • Aborto

            Thanks, good to know theres a reason I never hear about them. I thought Androidpolice just had a weird aversion to it.
            Its a shame you cant get them, they are great phones.

  • Bruce

    Boy, I'm so far away from this review on the display!! The display on the G3 is simply brilliant. It's not that great in sunlight - but there isn't a phone in the market that is. The G3 is no worse than any other. The G5 has terrific contrast and superb blacks, but the color accuracy is simply awful. The G3 is much better. It is not as bright as the One. But it's significantly sharper and much easier on the eyes while reading articles like this. I returned my M8 for the G3.

    The battery is a bit of a puzzler. When I first got the phone, it was draining pretty fast and also charging slowly. Now it lasts longer and charges faster. Can't make out why since there has been no OS update.

    This is easily the best smartphone out there at the moment. The OnePlus One may be good, but it's not really available.

    • Laurent Grimal

      Not true. The S5 has got great sun legibility, really fantastic. The white balance in auto adjust mode or film mode is excellent. The G3 worse in the sun than other flagship phones due to throttling, the S4 had the same issue last year. The G3 is more accurate than the M8 and is indeed easier on the eye. Well the OnePlus is in a dimension of its own with many color calibration controls, which apparently will soon be augmented with a white point selection option that will auto adjust other colors based on the white point. The LG G3 is no doubt a great phone to use because of its ergonomy and I also see the sharpness with my naked eyes, but battery life while not awful is below other devices in terms of screen time. If it had just 1 hour more and no brightness throttling in the sun it would be my daily driver....

      • Bruce

        I forgot to mention that I always set the brightness to 100% on all my phones. I only tap it down to 0% at night to avoid disturbing my wife. So maybe I don't see this problem as much in sunlight (not that I'm out too long in sunlight). I was in the T-Mobile store earlier today and you are right. Holding the G3 next to the S5, the S5 is clearly appreciably brighter (I had to change the wallpaper though). But I must say that while I loved the Vibrant's vibrant colors at the time, I think I prefer the more muted colors of the G3 now. And the G5 of course is significantly better than the Vibrant. But I think I now find the Galaxy displays to be over saturated.

        OnePlus's ability to set the white balance is brilliant. So this is for the display - not for the camera. Great idea. It would really be nice. The one thing that I have liked about the iPhone is that they are color calibrated. I have no idea why the Android manufacturers don't do that. Not that I do any post processing on my phone, but really without it, making changes using any PP like Instagram or Photos is likely dissatisfying if the image looks different on different recipients phones.

  • Cro0707

    LG G3 has some serious bugs that you didn't mention at all! It is shame that LG still didn't fix those bugs in the firmware. I still didn't receive any update.

    1. Knock on unlock feature is shit:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/lg-g3/help/knock-keeping-g3-pocket-t2807465

    2. Bug with miracast:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/lg-g3/help/lg-g3-miracast-failing-t2806281

    There are some other bugs like phone restarting, wallpaper slow render, etc...

    • flosserelli

      I do not use knock to unlock nor miracast, so I can't comment on that. But I have no issues with random restarts or slow wallpaper rendering. Maybe you got a lemon. Take it back if you are still within your return window.

  • Badouken

    I get through the entire day with my G3 ... 7am to 11pm! 70% brightness with auto brightness on as well as 4GLTE and GPS! I also get 4 hours on screen time. The screen had some sharpness issues / looked off to me but I adjusted coloring in the accessibility menu and now its way better / no more sharpness problem!

  • senor_heisenberg

    Nah, dude. Rear buttons are terrible. Played with both a G2 and G3 for several hours, and burins on the back of the device are stupid as shit.

    I agree with most of the other points, though. And while LG's skin looks a bit nicer, it's still too bloated, and still a bit laggier/slower than a Nexus or Moto. But I could probably live with that.

    Also think the QHD display is unnecessary, unlike the jump from 720p to 1080p.

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  • Aaron Hafitz

    I was at the vzw store last week to get either the G3 or the M8 - I went with the G3 and am very happy so far. I still have 7 days left in the return window but I'm keeping this one. I think the screen is pretty damn good and the phone is very speedy but I am coming from a gnex. I have zero lag and run dalvik. It was a tough choice but I choose the bigger screen since I like to play games with a controller and because I had heard the M8 camera wasn't even close to this one and I like to take a lot of pictures. Just my 02

    Keeping my fingers crossed for a Loki exploit or lg unlock tool

  • crackinthewall

    I hope you'd consider doing a feature where you review a two year old phone again and see how it stacked up against its competitors at the time. Reviews within the first year are bound to be glowing but it would be interesting to see how a phone holds up for far longer. In two years, we would probably see the last update a phone is ever going to see and it would be nice to see how each manufacturer fared in the long run especially in terms of updates (both base Android and manufacturer skin), hardware choices (Did the storage/RAM/SoC speed deteriorate, etc.), and aftermarket/third party support.

    • Dan

      That would be kind of interesting. I'm currently running an almost 2 year old Note 2, and the only compelling reason i can come up with for getting another phone, and the G3 in particular, is just how much better in hand it is than my Note 2. Other than that my phone still does everything I need it to very well.

  • Bill Dorman

    In regards to "While not quite Nexus 5-fast all the time, the G3 is basically as quick as the One M8 and, therefore, very noticeably faster than the Galaxy S5." Not sure where you got you flawed information... I have a stock LG G3 - VZW that will spank the N5 over and over in ANY benchmark. It's not even a small margin, it's a HUGE difference.

    • PoisonApple31

      Benchmarks are overrated and so is the Nexus 5.

    • Francois Roy

      How could that be true; all the 801 has is around 100 mhz more on the gpu and memory..

    • Grayson

      Nexus 5 isn't optimized for benchmarks like every other retarded phone these days. It's optimized for a fluid user experience. And it delivers. Saying the G3 performs better is a freaking joke. One only needs eyes.

      • ari_free

        fluid UI won't help for games though. It's a completely different kind of programming (including sleight of hand through animations)

      • 486DX50

        Well, when several G3 owners say that it performs really good to somebody who doesn't even own the phone, I would say somebody is lying))

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  • John Malin

    Your issue with auto brightness might be that it is a variable auto. You can set auto brightness, but you can then change the brightness manually at the same time.

    Try it. Go to the brightness and set auto to on, then slide the bar up and down. It gives you a little more, or a little less brightness. I love this feature because most of the auto brightness features that I have used have always been a little too dark for my taste. Now I can leave auto on, and ramp up the brightness at the same time. It is quite wonderful.

  • robbo

    ive had the g3 for over a month now and havent had any problems with battery life. and the screen also. i dont have any issue with the sunshine. after a second or two it auto brights to match. just think back a generation of phones, impossible to see outdoors.

    when i play 40 minutes straight of asphalt8 then yes, battery does drain a bit. but that is expected.
    its possible that the reviewers second lg g3 he received has an issue with its antenna/radio that chews up a little more juice.

  • karthik nayak

    what about the camera ? :)

  • dave4978

    The G3 is fast? My G3 is an absolute lag and stuttet fest . Its by far the worst performanve wise of the latest flagships.

    • yankeesusa

      Which version of the g3 do you have?

    • frhow

      I agree, the software definitely needs to be optimized for this phone. My phone lags alot.

    • Aaron Hafitz

      Really? I have the Verizon variant and I have literally zero lag

      • dave4978

        Yeah, I have the 2gb/16gb Uk version and its horrible. Redraws,lag and stutter. Virtually unusable at times when trying to multitask.

        • 486DX50

          I would say you have something running really hard in the background. Go to battery use details and see what component uses the battery the most, then uninstall or disable it unless it is a system component like Google Services. If system component is the case, I would backup everything and reset the phone to default. I disabled all the apps from my provider, also disabled Google Location Reporting service, still have 35% in the end of the day and have no lags.

  • Benni Bennetsen

    I love the wireless charging, but hate the issues I got with wifi .. for some reason it's 'stuck' pretty often, so i can't browse the internet and i can see games seems to timeout.. must be simple to fix in software but a bad start :/

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    I've had the phone since it's release in Europe. I have no viewing angle issues and the battery seems twice as good as my previous M7. My big issue though is that the software is sub-par. Why are notifications auto-expanded? And why does it purge apps from the memory so aggressively? If we got a GPe, I reckon the phone would be perfect.

    • frhow

      I agree a GPE would make this phone unbeatable. Thats the only real drawback I see for this phone is the lack of a GPE version or a way to convert the existing G3s to GPE editions.

  • Steve Freeman

    "brightness in sunlight (especially with fingerprint buildup) is lamentable" I have the same issue with my M8. It's frustrating how manufacturers don't seem to think about these seemingly obvious concerns.

  • yankeesusa

    I have noticed the screen issue when out in sunlight. It takes a while for it to brighten up and adjust. My oneplus one does better. I wonder if this can be fixed with an update somehow.

  • HJ

    Could the battery life on the AT&T be due to bloatwares? Where as the Korean version doesn't have any?

  • duse

    Don't you guys feel a bit silly constantly talking about performance, about how it "feels fast" but that you expect next gen to "feel faster", and even when you say performance is "great" you still point out areas where it's "sluggish" but you just accept it. Sounds like a broken record, the EXACT same things being said every gen. If each one feels "faster" at basic tasks (i.e. not gaming but general usage) that means the previous one really wasn't as fast as you thought. When will you finally admit this has nothing to do with better CPUs and everything to do with the shit that is Android OEM software. iPhones from 4 years ago felt snappy and fast at basic tasks when they were new, and today's Android flagships are still "sluggish" on simple things like menus? And then you follow it with, "I'm sure it'll get even better with next gen." No, you should be saying "Why in 2014 is it still anything less than instantaneous and fluid for all basic tasks, all the time?" The answer is, the software is shit.

    And sadly, "pure" Android on Nexus isn't much better. I thought my Nexus 5 was a speed demon at launch and now it chugs so much on basic things like Maps all the time. Again, the problem is not that the CPU is getting "long in the tooth," the software is just shit.

    How about battery life...bad on Nexus, WAS good on the G2, now bad on the G3. Will Android ever have consistently good battery life?

    Not sure if there's a single Android phone I could consider at this point except the new Moto X. I've been misled all this time into thinking Android was really improving with the faster hardware and new software releases, but if you look at what people talk and complain about, you'll see nothing has really changed from several years ago. We're going in circles having the same problems over and over again, problems that should've been solved ages ago. Now you also have GPE essentially dead and Silver nowhere in sight, so your choices are poor quality stock (Nexus) or crappy carrier-variant OEM (Samsung/LG). Maybe Moto if Lenovo doesn't screw it up. Android just can't figure itself out.

    • ari_free

      We know what the problem is. Android apps were never pre-compiled in order to run on different architectures. That will change with the ART system in Android L and should make it easy to switch to 64 bit.

  • GJV

    Just bring on the Moto X+1 or whatever it will be called. My G2's achilles heel is its dim and flat screen, just like it's younger QHD brother. The colors have no "pop." I do love the G2's battery life, however.

    • ChrisM40

      G2 dim and flat? Really?? Mine is over saturated and can burn my retinas clean off. There cant be that much variation between units surely.

      • GJV

        Compared to a OLED screens like Samsung, I find the G2 flat. My wife's S4 has noticeably more pop. That said the G2 is a great phone, as evidenced by the fact I've had an upgrade sitting in my account for two months and haven't yet seen a phone that justifies using it. Even the new Moto X (2014) doesn't quite do it for me. I'm hoping the new Droid Maxx (aka Droid Turbo) addresses the shortcomings (battery life, lack of SD card slot) of the X. OLED screen+Moto customizations+3000+ mAh battery=winner.

        • ChrisM40

          Fair enough if you like it, but its far to saturated. OEMs will only reduce that saturation over time as the technology improves because its inaccurate and not desirable.

        • 486DX50

          Have you tried the same wallpaper on G2 as on your wife's S4 during comparison?

  • BigMixxx

    Soooooo

    M8 is still on the high quality end. Not worth the 200 on contract, but the 99 dollar value point and kills all competition.

  • ChrisM40

    Just compared my G3 with my old M7 that my friend now has, my G3 is brighter in strong sunlight at a forced 100% on both phones.

  • me me

    Should have got an OPO.

    Balancing specs I still think Nexus 5 best phone. Balancing specs price, OnePlusOne wins by a clear margin.

  • me me

    Walked into the phone store, held the LG G3, compared it to the OnePlusOne. Store worker gets real excited.

    I gave him a OPO invite 2 days later and he ordered.

  • Matthew Fry

    I've had the G3 for about a month and here are my thoughts.

    Battery: I think the battery is not reporting properly. The first 10% and the last 10% are nowhere near equal in my experience. Coming from the Note 3 it charges slow, drains fast, and gets really hot rather quickly. Kind of disappointing. After greenifying the usual suspects, it still only stays in deep sleep for about 80% of the time the screen is off.

    Screen: Yeah, it's kind of meh. It's very crisp but the auto brightness is slow to react and the colors are less vibrant than the Note 3. I am a self-admitted pixel whore but other than the bragging rights ("My 5.5" phone is 4 times the resolution of my TV") it's a giant battery drain.

    Knock Code: It never doesn't work, but it seems like it's polling too slowly in deep sleep and doesn't realize I'm tapping until its too late and I have to do it again. I started out tapping very quickly and it was having none of that. I've heard recommendations online that pressing and holding for about a second on the first press will fix it.

    Knock On: I friggin hate knock on. I wish that I could disable knock on (double tap) and keep the knock code. I commonly hold my phone in my hand with either my fingers or my palm against the screen and it is 100% effective in turning the phone on. More effective than actually tapping.

    The G3 is the slipperiest device I've ever owned. It slips out of my hand regularly and has been dropped several times by me and others. Having the wireless charging disabled is infuriating.

  • Matt Pankey

    I can't agree less about the screen. Colours pop nicely and viewing angles are just fine. I can't keep the screen at anything above 70%. It's simply too bright even outdoors.

    • http://nexus6forums.com Nexus6Forums.com

      I believe that LG might have heard complaints about the screen in early models and either tweaked it or is using a new board. We have a Sprint G3 model here and brightness is very bright. Even when used at 60% during the day it's more than adequate.

  • KapteinStein

    Not very good battery? Not a good screen? My battery last a day and a half of heavy usage, the screen is so bright my eyes hurt on 100% brightness! I come from 4 Samsung phones with amoled screens so I know what a good screen is and the g3 screen is the best I've seen on a phone. YES the auto brightness is terrible and with the auto brightness on the screen is way way to dim. But with it set around 60% it's perfectly bright for most situations. In strong sunshine it's as good as any screen I've had on 100% brightness... The screen is NOT dim, just turn off the autobrightness.

  • kenny

    screen is excellent & brightness is excellent also,dont know what folks are moaning about,ive had an s5/htc one m8 and the lg g3 is the best !! no competition

  • kenny

    the pictures look dull on here but dont pay any attention to those as i have the g3 and brightness is just as good as the s5 & better than the m8,i was put off at first as i like a bright screen & have my g3 at 100% all the time & would say this screen looks on the same level as looking at my macbook pro retina,its a stunning screen !!!

  • kenny

    The screen really is not very good ???? dont know how you get that m8 its the best ive seen on any smart phone,1440p vids are stunning on this device and so are 1080p,just get this phone u wont be disappointed

  • V2THE1

    My battery life is not to bad but my issue is the headphone jack. This is my second phone and the problem seems to be a hardware issue. My headphones working with the LG G3 is totally hit or miss. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Even endlessly inserting and removing the headphone connector doesn't always result in getting sound out of the headphones. I hate it! I have to remove the sim and use my old Galaxy S4 when I'm jogging or roaming the streets with my headphones on.

    • 486DX50

      You have it for less than a year, why wouldn't you file an RMA or replace it at your cellular network provider?

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  • p0k3y

    I also have had the AT&T G3 for over a month now, but don't find the screen bad at all. Try the color adjustment feature under accessibility. It can greatly improve contrast and pop. As to battery life, it is subjective. I find Greenify very helpful. Also be sure to disable all AT&T bloatware. I only need to charge every other day now.

  • Blowntoaster

    I'd rather go for the elusive S5 LTE-A G906S. much much better screen though not as cool in design. and some real life performance comparisons between the Cat6 LG G3 and the G906s show stutter in the G3 and none on the S5....

  • Psychosandre 1

    I have the lg g3 for a month now and I still love it coming for me a guy that switches phones every two months it's a surprise in the beginning I hated the battery life and phone was laggy and very hot but with some updates ,and some of my own diggin it works best no lag ,no over heating and battery lasts me the entire day with heavy usages , well that's just my p's and q's

  • Chika

    I was using an LG Optimus G Pro, which I loved in comparison to the Note 2 in all but battery life. I always felt that the Note2 AMOLED colors looked unnatural. I was really looking forward to the G3. My hopes were dashed when I read about the lackluster QHD display though, and then I (barely) saw the screen at the shop. It stood out in a bad way next to the other phone screens.
    Now I'm using a Korean Pantech Vega Secret Note which has a Snapdragon 800 and a fingerprint sensor that doubles as a button and scroller, located in the rear of the phone like the G3. Unlocking the phone with a finger swipe is much more intuitive and discrete than unlocking with a PIN or pattern. The button doesn't control volume like the G3, instead it doubles as a back button (programmable) and scroll wheel. The screen dpi count isn't as high as the G3, yet the screen is usable in daylight and the battery lasts well over a day. The phone is LTE-A, however it seems unable to handle US LTE bands. Still, it's quite a powerhouse so I'll wait for the next batch of Androids to come along.

  • Jon Langevin

    I disagree that the G3 is the phone to get. The HTC One M8 is the better phone all around, esp if you consider ability to use it in any lighting condition, vastly superior battery life, high performance, and real metal build (vs the "looks metal" approach of G3). Seems this reviewer has drunk the kool-aid.

    Not to mention that now (a month after this article), the Moto X 2014 has surfaced, and is being touted as best phone of the year, best phone ever, etc etc.

    G3 screwed itself with the QHD display, as that's likely the cause for battery drain (and of course the lack of visibility outdoors), and it's really a shame...

    • 486DX50

      Real metal build bends much better in Consumer Reports bendgate test. Camera is worse, and doesn't help in low light. Performance - install a good launcher and you're done. Moreover, G3 is overclocked to 2.5GHz compared to HTC's 2.3GHz. Battery life - see my another post with the screenshot. My phone easily works throughout the day, and when I go to bed at 11:30pm, it still has about 35% (sometimes more if I use it less during the day). My friend owned M8 for a week, then switched to G3. Under direct sunlight almost any phone has the lack of visibility unless you turn up the brightness and even then, how long do you need this? Are you going to watch a movie while the Sun shines right directly onto your phone? Moto X is a joke and I compare it with G2 where G2 is the winner, not even a comparison to G3, because Moto X is not a premium class phone. I personally checked Moto X couple of days ago and I know what I'm talking about.

  • 486DX50

    Gawwwwd!!!!

    "LG shipped a panel that is, frankly, not very good. Viewing angles are poor, brightness in sunlight (especially with fingerprint buildup) is lamentable, and colors are flat-out flat."

    Are you even serious about this? I just checked mine and have something to say.

    Anyone who has LG G3, turn off auto-brightness first, then find and open a nice colorful picture from the Gallery on full screen, try to look at different angles and then tell me if you see any color shift or problems with "viewing angles". Are you going to watch anything at even 45 degrees on the screen? This shouldn't even matter. Moreover, I would prefer nobody would see what I'm doing on my phone, but still, you got 89 (or 178, whatever works better for you) degrees IPS panel specs and still not happy. Yes, the UI colors are "flat", but what it has to do with the display panel? LG G3 is a masterpiece of modern technology in mobile devices, it has so many pluses and advantages.

    Checked Moto X 2014 yesterday - G3 feels so much more premium. Moto has no replaceable battery nor SD card, smaller screen, nothing special about. I would compare Moto X 2014 to LG G2 that was released in August 2013 and still, I would prefer to have G2.

  • 486DX50

    Battery life is not good. Let me show you mine. Every time something changes with my battery life, I just uninstall the latest app until it gets fixed. Also, disabled Location Reporting History in Settings.

  • kopaka7

    I don't get it. The author criticizes G3's display and battery life but then says it's preferable to the S5 and One M8? Having had a Nexus 4 for nearly 2 years now, the most annoying aspects are the abysmal battery life, low outdoor brightness, and random overheating. The battery once died in 4.5 hours with 1 hour of screen time and no intensive apps used other than Google Chrome and Yahoo Weather.

  • Gussy2000

    How important are viewing angle on a smartphone vs say a large TV?

  • Eddy

    LG has impressed us with the G3 which comes in at under £500 but packs amazing features including that Quad HD and a camera with a laser auto focus. The device is surprisingly small considering the 5.5in display and we like the more premium design. It's another winner from LG.

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  • NexusPlayerForum.com

    I think the brightness issue with the G3 screen is with the 'automatic brightness' setting, not the display itself. If you unclick the automatic brightness setting to off POP the brightness of the screen shoots through the roof. It appears the 'automatic brightness' setting is too aggressive so that when on, even when the 'brightness' is at 100% it actually is only at 50% and perhaps even less. With it off the REAL 100% brightness rivals any of the rival LCD phones I've seen including an iPhone 6 I have sitting right here next to it. LG should offer a way of setting just how aggressive the 'automatic brightness' dimming is...because in my opinion it is too aggressive and dims the screen more than it should. I've now set my G3 to 60% brightness with the 'automatic brightness' off and it is perfect. It is brighter at this 60% level than it was at 100% brightness with the 'automatic brightness' button clicked. I'd advise any G3 owners or potential owners to go into settings and turn the 'automatic brightness' box off and play with the brightness % now. You'll see a HUGE night and day difference in brightness. It's like getting a whole new panel and the brighter you turn it up you also notice improved contrast, which was another thing mentioned. Final word...the G3 display is fine and perfectly bright. It's the 'automatic brightness' setting that is faulty (so turn it off) and perhaps will be addressed with the upcoming Android L update.

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