Simple is the New Smart According to the LG G3

LG_G3_1 Last year, LG introduced two smartphones that were met with great reviews. While the Nexus 5 and G2 were huge successes for the South Korean manufacturer, they felt they could create a new phone that not only combined the best aspects of both, but actually improved upon those features. Developed under a new mantra of “Simple is the New Smart,” LG conducted in-depth consumer research to develop their latest flagship device, the LG G3. The phone is loaded with top-of-the-line specs, plenty of new features, and aims to simplify your life like no other phone can.

“The smartest innovation in a fast evolving smartphone market is creating harmony between advanced technology and a simplified user experience. [The] LG G3 is the result of our effort to actualize that idea into a tangible product. And we are extremely pleased with the result.”

— Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company

CPU & Operating System

The G3 is very fast and is powered by the latest Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor that is capable of reaching speeds up to 2.5GHz. The phone is configured with either 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, or 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. If that’s not enough space for you, the G3 also has a Micro SD slot that can be maxed out at 128GB.

Android 4.4.2 KitKat comes pre-installed on the G3 and LG has simplified its UX to reflect simplicity. Unlike previous LG phones, the G3 comes equipped with a Smart Keyboard that uses adaptive technology that reduces errors by up to 75 percent. LG is claiming that the Smart Keyboard will intuitively “know” what you want to type and makes it even easier by allowing users to adjust the height of the keyboard to better fit user’s thumbs. Individual keys can also be customized with frequently used symbols to further simplify the texting process.

Smart Notice & Safety

One of the best new features on the G3 is Smart Notice. Similar to Google Now, LG’s new personal assistant not only provides suggestions based on your behavior, it also offers information when you need it most. For example: Instead of displaying the weather forecast, Smart Notice will make a recommendation to take an umbrella with you before you leave the house. Or, if you decide to decline a call during an important meeting, Smart Notice will politely ask if you would like to call that person back when the meeting is over.

But what truly sets the G3 apart from previous LG phones is its new security measures. As more of our personal information is stored online, protecting our phones has never been more important. LG realizes this and added three new Smart Security features to keep you safe: Knock Code lets you to create a unique tap pattern to unlock your phone, Content Lock hides your personal files when sharing your phone with friends, and Kill Switch allows you remotely disable your phone in case you lose it. Keeping your data safe has never been easier.

Display & Battery

LG has had a long reputation in the display arena as evident in the G2 and their many great TV models. The G3 is no exception and offers a true-to-life viewing experience that is the result of years of innovation in display technology. With a pixel density of 538 ppi on a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, the G3 has an impressive screen ratio of 76.4 percent thanks to its extremely thin bezel design.

Of course, a powerful screen needs an even more powerful battery to keep it alive. The G3’s removable 3,000mAh battery with advanced optimization technologies will not only keep up with the ultra-high performance screen, it will also last you most of the day thanks to its graphite cathode construction. In the scenario where it dies on you and you need a quick recharge, the battery supports wireless charging so you’ll be able to keep it on your desk without having to plug it in.


One of the most used features of any smartphone is the camera, and the G3’s is one of the best. Its advanced 13MP rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization, Laser Auto Focus, and Dual Flash is the first of its kind in the smartphone industry. By measuring the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser, you’ll never take a blurry picture again – even in low light conditions.

If selfies are more your thing, the G3’s 2.1MP front-facing camera has a larger image sensor and larger aperture for more light throughput. New for the G3 is also a timed selfie mode that uses gesture controls: when you’re ready to snap a picture, simply make a fist the G3 will start a three-second countdown. All you have to do is smile.

Construction & Availability

All of these great features are packed into a polished metallic skin that is lightweight and fingerprint-proof. The phone is also designed into a Floating Arc form factor that makes great use of the once-controversial Rear Key. Couple this design with the great specs and you have one of the best smartphones ever built.

Depending on your region, the LG G3 will be made available in Metallic Black, Shine Gold, Silk White, Moon Violet, and Burgundy Red via more than 170 carriers. It’s currently only available in the home market of South Korea but will launch globally in June.

Spec Summary

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 801 (up to 2.5GHz Quad-Core)
  • Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)
  • Memory: 16/32GB eMMC ROM, 2/3GB DDR3 RAM / microSD slot (128GB max)
  • Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus / Front 2.1MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Size: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 149g
  • Network: 4G / LTE / HSPA+ 21 Mbps (3G)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X), NFC, SlimPort, A-GPS/Glonass, USB 2.0
  • Color: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, Burgundy Red
  • Other: Smart Keyboard, Smart Notice, Knock Code™ , Guest Mode, etc.

*Specifications may vary depending on the market.

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  • richard says:

    Ummm, why does this phone not have a usb 3.0 port? That’s kinda stepping backwards. My note 3 has it and I was excited about this G3 but now I think I’ll just stick to my note 3

    • John Smith says:

      If youre *****ing because of its usb port, then youre a little crybaby *****.

    • Ryan Petko says:

      How is it a “step backwards”? You do realize that the Note 3 and Galaxy S5 are pretty much the ONLY two phones on the market with USB 3, right? Can’t really say they’re stepping backwards if LG themselves have never found USB 3 necessary enough to put on a phone in the first place.

    • Jason Ferris says:

      The micro USB 2.0 connector that LG uses is an 11 pin proprietary micro usb 3.0 connector, they just haven’t announced it yet. They have been installing this new backward compatible connector since the G2 and flex! Google it: “proprietary lg USB 3.0 connector” Happy dreams buying your new G3 w/usb 3.0, just cant use it yet because there is no adapter cable!

    • m says:

      I was going to buy lg g3 tomorrow now I wont.. how the hell is there no usb 3.0

  • Jurt H. says:

    People take things rather far about their usb connectivity. 3.0 really isn’t a huge step from 2.0 honestly. It’s pretty nice. I hope he realizes it’s because the note 3 is a phablet. That it does that. But he’s that 99% of ignorance in the world.

  • Brian says:

    how is USB 3.0 not a huge step from 2.0?!? I do electrical compliance testing on USB devices and 5Gbps to 480Mbps is substantial. Of course the main questions is how often is this going to be used, the extra 700mA current could charge your battery faster and downloading movies to your PC would be faster, but useful? personally why haven’t smartphone companies allowed you to connect your phone to a computer and use them as a high resolution camera PC web chatting, or hook it up to some desktop video editing software.

    • Somnambulator says:

      The g2 supports fast charging and I suspect the g3 does as well. my g2 charges at 1.7 amps, going from 0 to 100 in about 45 minutes.

    • crash says:

      They probably didnt worry about it because of the wireless storage feature being still intact. I have never plugged my G2 into my computer to transfer files and the speeds are faster than 2.0.

  • Sammo says:

    USB 3.0 is quite essential if you’re constantly transferring lots of data to and from your computer. It cuts a lot of time spent waiting.

    One would think that LG, a Korean conglomerate just like Samsung, would also be a bit more daring with the hardware specs, put in support for USB 3.0 and spur mass adoption by the other manufacturers.

    The LG G3 is quite perfect in almost every other way: software, QHD screen, 3Gb RAM, thin bezels, laser auto focus camera, removable back cover. Almost perfect.

    For the LG G4, keep everything the same and put on Snapdragon 805, USB 3.0 and speakers that rival HTC’s Boomsound quality, and LG might just dethrone Samsung.

    The biggest problem for LG is its brand. Many people associate LG with kitchen appliances such as refrigerators and ovens. Samsung, on the other hand, is associated with cool techy stuff such as solid state drives, AMOLED displays, semiconductors. LG’s marketing needs to spend more money.

    • crash says:

      Probably didnt worry about it because they gave people what they wanted, sd card support.

    • Jason Ferris says:

      Right now you would be pushing 10-20mbps in a phone file transfer, even with usb 3.0, because internal phone flash memory is too slow. The only way usb 3.0 is useful in a phone is if they supported high speed add-on sdhc flashcards, only then would you benefit from from higher file transfer speeds. Although they would gain faster charging since it has one extra pair of power pins, and you would also gain high speed video out, like a 4k slimport video out adapter which would require a higher speed bus. Interesting thing is, I think LG knows this because they have already been installing a proprietary backward compatible 11 pin micro usb 3.0 connector in their G2’s, Flex’s, and G3’s, so it is there, I guess they just don’t see a use in advertising it yet. Plus, they are going to release a 4k slimport adapter soon, google “4k slimport”, and you will see the G Flex as the demo phone right on the analogix home page! No kidding, it is there, we just dont have a cable for it yet.

  • Unblock Tumblr says:

    So, I just traded my G2 in for a G3 at Verizon today, and so far I’m quite happy. I will say that most of the cons mentioned in this review are not relevant to me. I’m a real klutz, so I always wrap my phones in a silicone jacket and a screen protector, so I honestly don’t give a crap what the surface of the phone itself looks and feels like. (and actually, I just got one of Verizon’s tempered glass screen protectors for the G3, and it is *very* nice). As far as removable batteries are concerned, well yes I do have a couple of external battery packs. But when you suddenly remember that you have to meet someone for an evening out, and you realize you forgot to charge your phone, an external battery pack is no substitute for just grabbing a new, fully-charged battery and swapping it in. This is in fact the primary reason I traded in the G2 (the SD card being the second reason). The G2 was the first phone I ever had without a removable battery and I absolutely hated that about it, although the decent battery life did help. To each their own.

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