The LG G 2 was a phenomenal smartphone–there were a lot of people that were amazed when it was first revealed. Things have gotten better since then, though. Enter, the LG G3, just about anything you could ever want in a smartphone. While some might complain that there is not much of a significant difference between LG’s G2 and G3, the G3 turned out to be actually a very nice smartphone, and with everyday use, you actually find out that a lot more has changed than meets the eye.
Either way, if you are interested in this smartphone, we have a review coming up for you right here! Be sure to read it through it all and let us know what you think.
Coming up first is the smartphone’s overall design. Starting around the back of the smartphone, we have a very slick removable cover, revealing the housing for the battery, sd card, and SIM card. On the back, you also have all of your volume and power buttons, along with the camera, laser sensor, and flash. You can find the speaker on the bottom left side of the cover.
Interestingly enough, LG opted to leave buttons off of the sides. It is certainly something a lot of manufactures have not done, but yet, it is still a nice design. It has a very thin form with how big the smartphone is, but still hold well in the hand. Along the bottom, you have your micro USB input and a headphone jack. Finally, on the front, you have your speaker up top, and a quarter-inch gray bezel at the bottom with LG’s logo plastered on it.
Overall, LG put a lot of work into the G3’s design, making it a perfect experience. While parts of the smartphone are pretty slick, it still provides a firm grip where you will be handling the smartphone most of the time. I was very impressed with the design.
By no means do I mean to sound biased, but out of all the smartphones I have owned, the Atrix 2, Moto X, Galaxy Note 3, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5S, the LG G3 has one of the best displays I have ever seen. Coming in at 5.5 inches, you get a True HD IPS LCD display, with a resolution of 2560 x 1440, and a whopping 534ppi. That is a lot of pixels per inch right there, folks.
While the screen does come in at 5.5 inches, it actually is not a whole lot bigger than other smartphones. Getting used to something like this would only take a matter of hours. Anyway, it really is a fantastic display. I have personally loaded up countless hours of entertainment on it–I’ve spent hours on end watching YouTube in HD, and it looks crystal clear–it is fantastic! Similarly, I have also played countless hours of Netflix on it, and had a equally enjoyable experience.
This smartphone is perfect for those that love to play games on their smartphone too. I play Clash of Clans and a few other titles on there and was pretty amazed. In comparison to the Moto X, iPhone, and even Galaxy Note 3, there really is a big difference in the graphical quality. You just do not really notice it until you look at them side by side, but there really is a big difference.
Overall, I was impressed with the work that went into this display. I use a lot of my devices for video, so having a quality display is quite important to me, and I have to say, LG did a phenomenal job in putting together the perfect entertainment package. It is something you will not regret if you pick up this smartphone for yourself.
In terms of hardware, LG also put quite a package together here as well. Of course, you have the removable back, which lets you expand your storage up to 128GB. The smartphone comes in 16 or 32GB models, so if you throw in an sd card in there, you will have plenty of space to store presentations, movies, important files you need to take with you, and etc. Just about anything you can think of.
Of course, if you are buying the smaller model and do not plan on putting an sd card in, you do have something to think about, as a lot of that storage is allocated to the Android operating system and all of the bloatware LG puts on there smartphone, whether that be all of the camera features, or some of their preloaded apps they think will be helpful to you. Another thing to keep in mind is all of the preloaded bloatware your carrier also loads onto the smartphone. I think between LG, the OS, and your chosen carrier, it takes up almost 10GB of space, so an sd card is advisable, especially if you are a big picture taker.
In terms of performance, the LG G3 is one of the best performing smartphones out there, as it is touting one beast of a processing package. Under the hood, we have a Qualcomm quad core Snapdragon 801 processor, clocked in at a whopping 2.5GHz. With it, you get the Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM. If you got the 16GB storage model, you will have 2GB of RAM, which still is not bad for this smartphone at all.
The LG G3 runs like a beast. As I mentioned earlier, I play a lot of video on this device–YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, comedy shows, you name it. I also play a lot of Clash of Clans, so believe me when I say this smartphone handles all of that without a problem. In fact, one of the coolest things about having a smartphone like this is that you can have two apps running on the screen at the same time with LG’s dual-window mode. That way, you can have YouTube playing while you are surfing the web, checking email or messaging friends. It is definitely a cool feature for those that need or want to multitask.
Battery and Camera
Furthermore, the battery in this smartphone is a beast. I can be a pretty heavy user, so it is actually a surprise that the LG G3 lasts from when the rooster crows to sundown. In fact, that probably has quite a bit to deal with LG’s power saving features that automatically activate when you are getting low on battery. Either way, LG’s G3 sports a 3,000 mAh battery. It will last you just about all day, and depending on what kind of user you are, probably straight through the night and into the next day as well. While I would have liked to see a bigger battery in this smartphone, this one does just fine.
As for the camera, one of my favorite features of the LG G3, you get a beautiful 13-megapixel sensor strapped to the back of the smartphone. As I mentioned in the beginning of the article, you have the laser autofocus sitting right beside the camera housing, along with the flash sensor. As with most smartphones, you also get OIS (optical image stabilization) packaged in with it.
Where do I begin? This camera is just plain awesome…in most cases. During the daytime, you can pick up some really awesome shots. In my recent trip to Kentucky for work, I was able to capture some absolutely stunning stills of the environment during the day. However, when you get closer to evening and things are generally a bit darker, the quality of the stills tend to lower, as the camera just is not the best in low light scenarios. Of course, that is not to say it is not capable to taking some good stills, as it is certainly a lot better than many other smartphone cameras out there.
With the camera hardware, you also get a variety of features within the camera app to help you take the perfect photo, albeit not as many as Samsung loads in their camera app, but still a decent amount of options. As per the norm, you have your flash options, camera rotation options, and HDR options. The LG G3 has panoroama options, different grid options, timer options, and a variety of different pixel options available. You can choose whether to use the full power of the 13-megapixel sensor, or you can go a bit lower to 10-megapixel or even as low as 3-megapixel. You have just about the same options for the video camera as well.
One of the cooler features of this camera, is that you can take a photo on voice command. It has a few pre-set words you can use, such as “cheese,” “smile,” and “kimchi.” Of course, you can turn this feature on and off.
All in all, LG put together one awesome camera package. I really enjoy the full power of the 13-megapixel sensor, and use it quite a bit. I would not hesitate to throw that point-and-shoot camera away and use this as my main camera, although I would take a professional camera over this any day, such as the Canon T3i. However, when it comes to everyday use, the LG G3 is perfect.
Finally, we have the smartphone’s software package. Out of the box, it comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat. However, LG has their own skin loaded on it along with a lot of their own bloatware. Some of the more useful apps they have loaded on the smartphone are Lookout Security, Keeper, and QuickMemo. LookOut Security is basically an antivirus app, while Keeper is an information database–a secure place to store all of your passwords and usernames. QuickMemo is pretty self-explanatory, as it is pretty much a glorified note taking application.
You will find a lot of bloatware on this smartphone. LG has a lot of useless preloaded apps, such as SmartWorld and YellowPages. In addition to that, if you are getting this smartphone, you are likely purchasing it directly from a carrier of your choice, such as AT&T and Verizon. In that case, you will have a whole lot more bloatware loaded on your smartphone, as carriers enjoy putting eight to ten apps of their own packaged in. All in all, when including the OS, you lose about 10GB of storage. While that is not necessarily a bad thing, it is a good thing to keep in mind when choosing different storage options and whether to root and flash your smartphone or not.
Between the powerful CPU and the 3GB of memory loaded on my LG G3, I have not noticed anything really bogging down because of the smartphone. It is still a really smooth experience. There can be some lag here and there, but that is just expected in any device you use, whether that be a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
All in all, LG put together a great experience for the user. The bloatware really is not in your way, all it really does is clutter up your All Apps screen. And even then, I believe LG allows you to hide a lot of the apps on your smartphone to reduce clutter. I know a lot of people prefer stock Android to just about anything else, but LG has really put together a good skin here, and the overall experience is rather impressive. I would not hesitate to recommend this smartphone to someone.
So, where can you get this smartphone and where you can get a cheap? Being a newer smartphone, you would not expect a whole lot of deals available for it, but with the holiday season here, there are plenty of deals to go around, especially from Amazon! For starters, if your purchase the smartphone through Amazon, you can get it through AT&T and Verizon Wireless for a mere cent, and that is not the base model either. This is the 32GB model being offered for a mere penny, which means not only do you get that extra 16GB of storage, but you also get that extra gig of RAM, which is always helpful. I believe AT&T is even offering a deal through Amazon where they are offering the smartphone for $0 up front if you sign up for AT&T Next.
Woot currently has a sale going on for unlocked GSM smartphones, which is set to end on December 13th, so I would take a look at what is available pretty quickly here. Right now, they do not have the LG G3 available, but who knows if they will be adding more smartphones to the list before the sale ends. It is at least worth keeping an eye out for, as their deals are pretty solid, and who would not want an Unlocked LG G3 for cheap?
If you purchase the LG G3 from AT&T’s website or even go in-store and purchase the LG G3, they offering a G Pad 7.0 for a penny on a new two-year contract. So, if you were in the market for a tablet, packaging it with your LG G3 might be the most efficient or even cost effective option for you. This tablet deal is applied to two other smartphones as well–the LG G2 and the G Flex. The deal is ongoing until January 8th, so if you are interested, you do have time to wait.
Another spot to keep an eye on is DealNews, they have a lot of deals going up all the time, and right now they are featuring an LG G3 deal from T-Mobile. It would be best to check that one out before any promotions end. I would make sure to keep checking back with them leading up to Christmas, as they will sometimes surprise you with some great discounts on some real doorstoppers.
And that wraps up our review on LG’s newest flagship the G3. It is in all honesty a wonderful smartphone, and if you pick it up, you will not regret it for a second, especially if you can get it on sale for a cent through Amazon! Talk about a real steal! The smartphone will normally go for $199.99 on a new two-year contract, or $800+ off-contract. That said, grabbing it for a cent is your best option right now.
Also, I am sure that if you take in your old smartphone to a carrier store, the company has some sort of trade-in program to get a discount on your new LG G3. While I am sure it will not be much, it is much better than paying full price, as $199 is a lot to put down in one sitting. A lot of the carriers have some decent payment plan options going on right now, too, such as AT&T Next. It might be worth looking into that, too!
Do you own an LG G3? If so, what do you think about the smartphone? What is your favorite feature? What do you think about the camera? Do you enjoy the quality? Be sure to let us know in the comments below, and be sure to stay tuned to The Droid Guy, as we have plenty more deals coming up for you this week!