LG G3 Review: Meet LG’s iPhone 6 Killer

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The LG G3 is one hell of an Android device, boasting a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 5.5 inch Quad HD display. With specs like these, Apple could find themselves in trouble by the time the iPhone 6 lands in the fall. The LG G3 was and continues to be a smash hit in Korea, selling like hotcakes in LG’s home country, and is poised to do so upon its release in the U.S., which is set to happen next week.

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The G3 oozes quality from every pore, with a slim and light body with a beefy spec sheet to boot. Will the G3 make you throw your current device in the lake just so you have an excuse to buy it?Read on to find out!

Specs

Saying that the G3 packs a punch is a bit of an understatement. On par with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and just a tad below the HTC One M8 in the performance department, the G3 quickly whizzes through apps and anything you can throw at it. The G3 packs 3GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, a 3,000mAh battery, 13MP rear-facing camera with OIS+ and laser auto focus and runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The G3 comes with 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB via an included microSD card slot. The G3 boasts NFC, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and a 1 watt speaker placed on the rear.

Design

The G3 follows the same design aesthetics of the G2, with minimal bezels and a slightly curved backside – or “floating arc” as LG calls it – which makes for a great feel when holding the device in the hand. Yes, the G3 is a large device, but it can be operated with one hand without any fear of slippage. Weighing in at 149.8 grams, the G3 feels light for such a huge device, and is quite a bit lighter than the G2. The G3 features a polished metallic backside, a departure from the G2’s plasticky back. While the G3’s backside is not all aluminum like the M8, it helps add a sense of durability to the device, and helps keep the G3 from scratches and bumps. That’s a good move on LG’s part, as the back of the G2 picks up tiny scratches like nobody’s business. You’re still going to want to buy a case for the G3 though, as a direct drop will most certainly ding up the edges. And besides, who’d want to scuff up such a pretty screen?

The G3’s back panel can be popped off, revealing the SIM card tray, microSD card slot and a removable battery. Taking the back panel off is a cinch, but does require a little muscle. Rear buttons ala the G2 and G Flex show up on the rear, sporting a slightly recessed disposition. It’s a little touch, but one that pays off in spades. The recessed buttons ultimately make for a more comfortable fit in the hand, and doesn’t feel awkward like the G2’s rear buttons do.

Camera

Aside from the display, the G3’s camera is easily one of the devices best features. The 13 megapixel OIS+ rear-facing camera is hands down the best I’ve used so far on any smartphone, blowing the GS5, HTC One M8 and Nokia Lumia Icon out of the water. Pictures come out clear and crisp, giving colors just enough pop to look sharp and not blur out like most other smartphone cameras do. The G3 takes amazing nighttime shots even without the flash, and features a laser to help auto focus pictures. While laser auto focus may sound like a gimmick, it’s anything but; just snap one pic with the G3 and you’ll be drooling all over LG’s new Android device.

Gesture controls play a huge part in the G3’s camera. Switching cameras is super easy thanks to the ability to swipe up or down in the camera app, and selfies can be snapped by holing up your hand and making a fist. Once the camera detects your fist, it starts a three-second timer, giving you some time to pose for your big moment. Speaking of selfies, the G3 will brighten up your shot with a soft light, single-handedly ending the era of dark and blurred out profile pics. The front-facing camera only packs 2.1MP, but pictures come out clear and lack pixelation which happens all too often when using a front-facing camera. The G3’s camera also boasts a tap to shoot feature, a simplified camera viewing area which rids your screen of those pesky camera setting icons when taking a picture.

 

Software

The LG G3 runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, although you wouldn’t think so given LG’s redesigned UI. While that’s usually a bad sign, it’s quite the contrary on the G3. LG’s customizations are actually welcome here, bringing a light and airy feel to the G3. LG managed to pack its proprietary features into the G3 without any sacrifice to screen space or performance. As you’d expect, KnockON, and KnockCode are included in the G3, as well as a smart keyboard and a new feature called SmartNotice which is basically LG’s answer to Google Now. While it doesn’t boast as many features as Google Now, it signals the beginning of a personal assistant for LG devices that can only get better with time. SmartNotice can be accessed by navigating to the left-most home screen window.

The LG G3 is clearly one of the best Android devices of 2014, but do you need to run out and buy one? That depends. If you’ve got a Galaxy S4, HTC One M7 ot the LG G2, I’d say wait on purchasing the G3. While the G3 is an amazing device, it doesn’t pack enough of an improvement in specs or design to make me throw my G2 to the dogs and spend a buttload of money on a new handset. 2013’s flagship smartphones are still performing quite well, and can be purchased for cheap now, off-contract even. But if you’re absolutely in the mood to buy a flagship smartphone from 2014, the LG G3 is a must have.

 

  • C Jacobs

    Lets stop with the iPhone killer BS. The G3 will be lucky if it sells as many units as the S 5. I’m a die hard Android fan but I have no illusions that LG will pull off being the best selling phone of 2014/15.

    • Gabriel Pomponi

      quality is not sells… -.-” one M7 wast the best phone of all 2013… and dosent sell like samsung crappy s4 or ifogn 5/5S… lol this and other many android devices totally destroy the iphone 5s man not only this

    • Angela

      Already sold more then the iPhone 1,2,3,4,5 and 5s! Out beat and #1 phone for the next two year’s. To each of their own. I let my 5 go the second I heard about the Lgg3 best phone ever…

  • Nick V

    If I wasn’t using an N5, I would get this in a heartbeat. I thought the HTC One M8 was amazing, and then LG dropped the bomb with this.

  • Max

    Just got this! And the guy behind me as well at work! I can’t wait to play with my new phone!

  • Max

    It will never be a Iphone 6 killer. First off, we want Iphone people to stay with Iphone. There is nothing more enjoyable when you see an Iphone guy whip out his iphone out of his G-string and say “hey look at my brand new iphone! Its soooo cute!” And then us android guys go ” But can it do this that my 4 year old android can do, like watch flash videos on websites? No?” Then i go on down the list of cool thing a 4 year old android can do that a new Iphone 5 can’t do and the look on their faces is the sweetest thing! So i hope all iphone people stick with their iphones!

    • Infinitum Minimus

      I use an iPhone 4s, and have been using Macs since 84, but I’ve also used Windows & Linux over the years. Today at the AT&T store I held and tested the LG G3. My first and only Android experience prior to today’s venture was with a Huawei 3.5″ phone running Android 2.3. It was awful compared to iOS 3 (four years ago.) Flash or no Flash it sucked by comparison. HOWEVER, this modern, powerful machine running Android 4.4.2 is WAY more enjoyable than iOS7 upon first impression, especially with a screen as beautiful as the G3’s. I’m 64 days away from my contract maturity date. I’ll be switching from an iPhone to Android. Apple waited WAY to long to deliver a phone display of adequate size. 5.5″ is perfect! I’ve been telling my wife this all along!

      • Max

        You should wait, i heard that Iphone is making a phone with a bigger screen. I’ve now managed to really put sometime into my G3 and wooooooow! I can’t believe this is a phone. It blows my home computer out of the water! I use it as a remote for all my home devices. It turns on my lights before i come in the house. I use it with my Chromecast and beam my music to my surround sound at the same time, i open up another app that does fractal patterns and beam that to my flat screens. So i have wonderful evening music and visuals to unwind too. Then after that, i beam a movie from my micro sd card to my television and it works flawlessly. This phone is insane! Its taken over my life! Oh and OK Google is ridiculously intuitive! Oh and the games look insane on here! You pair it with a Dualshock 3 and the games it beams to your television are as good as the PS3!

  • Survival of the Phatest

    the iPhone is killing itself, it won’t be any specific android phone that does it, but Android as a whole.

  • Its Bubba

    Iphone 6 is now here…

    Its Called LG 3G Phone…Everything you ever wanted in a Phone or Device plus you don’t have to wait till September

  • ???? ???????

    No high end Android phone will outsell the iPhone 6. This is the reality Android fanboys need to accept. Remember two things. 1. 90% of all Android devices sold are low end models not the LG G3 or the Galaxy S series. 2. Android has only a 10% edge in the US market over iOS even with 90% of all Android phones being low end models. This means if you removed all low end Android models, Android wouldn’t even make up 10% of the US market. Remember the iPhone 5s sold almost 10 million units in 3 days and that was with limited supplies. Had there been no limited supplies you can rest assured that Apple would’ve sold at least 20 million iPhones in that 3 days. So if the LG G3 can’t sell at minimum 10 million units in 3 days, it’s not gonna outsell the iPhone 6. And to be an iPhone killer it has to outsell it. But let all the Android fanboys believe that the iPhone is dying. It’s not Apple’s profit margin that’s falling, it’s Android companies who are losing money. Samsung 3rd straight quarter failing to meet expectations. Sounds to me Samsung is the one on life support not Apple.

  • Max

    FYI,
    This phone is only for Tech hounds who love the freedom to do pretty much everthing they can dream of with a phone. Don’t get this phone if you just want a phone that looks pretty and fits in your G-string. It would be a waste of phone. Stick with your Iphones. Those phones are for people who just want to waste their time texting and posting nonsense on facebook.

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