Posts tagged with: G3

The LG G3, announced in early 2014, features specs such as a 5.5-inch quad HD display, 2 or 3 GB of RAM (depending on configuration), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz, and a 13 MP rear camera. Check out our full review (and review rebuttal) to see just how these specs stack up.

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    Just last week, Xiaomi kicked LG off the list of top smartphone manufacturers as it took fifth place for itself. And more than once, it's managed to sell out of its Mi3 handset in record time. Clearly, it's doing something right amidst all the controversy it's leaving in its wake. The question now is, can its newest handset, the Mi4, compete with what many have declared the best smartphone of the year thus far, LG's G3? With the G3, LG has managed to woo tons of consumers. The 5.5-inch QHD display is packed into a remarkably small package, the LG UI is actually a pleasure to use, and it's ...

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    We've taken more than one look at the LG G3 so far. Michael reviewed the original South Korean version, to which I completely corroborated shortly thereafter. Then I received a U.S. variant, the AT&T model for review. That went live last week. However, about halfway through July, LG announced a newer, slightly upgraded variant of the G3, called the G3 Cat.6. It comes with the newer Snapdragon 805 SoC with advanced data speed capabilities. The Cat.6, as the name suggests, is capable of hitting theoretical download speeds upwards of 225Mbps. So what's the true difference? Do they look or ...

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    Updated with time codes, new streaming portals, and links to the high-quality version. Skip past the YouTube embed and download your very own copy of this week's podcast. Enjoy! Thanks to our new Blackphone review devices, we're already halfway off the grid ... or at least, halfway buried under Post-It notes littered with passwords, which is almost the same thing. Before we get too stealthy, though, we're hosting us a little show. Some of you might know it as the mobile technology podcast that's gone 108 episodes without missing a single week (accurate). Others might know it as the last ...

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    In our latest smartphone review, looking at the AT&T version of the LG G3, we lamented the lack of good options for quad HD content; the G3's got this fantastically high-resolution display, but it can be a real pain to track down any content that takes full advantage of all those extra pixels. Just a couple months back, though, we saw real progress being made towards improving the state of high-res media on our phones, as a YouTube update started giving users the ability to manually select from HD resolutions, including 720p and 1080p. Now, that's finally extending up into the 2K space ...

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    Many of LG's very best smartphones over the years have been easily forgettable, not visually stimulating, and overwhelmingly mundane. We'd also call them under appreciated, as many of them were firsts for the industry. The Optimus 2X, for instance, won a Guinness World Record for being the first dual-core smartphone. The Optimus LTE, if my memory serves me correctly, was the first smartphone with a 720p display. The Optimus 3D was the very first glasses-free 3D smartphone. And so on. LG has a ton of smartphone firsts under its belt and, surprisingly, the G3 isn't one, unless you count the ...

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    They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and if that's indeed the case, smartphone manufacturers are some pretty big flatterers. But when we throw around accusations of copying in this market, we're usually talking about design: whose phone looks too much like someone else's? We've got imitation on the mind this morning, only this time not in regards to a phone's design, but to a company's release strategy. For while we're used to Samsung dropping a flagship Android, only to later surround the phone by half a dozen family members with similar names, now it looks like we're ...

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    If you're a big smartphone OEM, chances are that you've got a phablet as part of your lineup. Maybe you're Samsung with the Galaxy Note, Sony with the Xperia Z Ultra, or Nokia with the Lumia 1520. But what's LG's entry? The Vu series initially felt like the company's phablet effort, with the requisite stylus (even it it was capacitive), but in recent years the flagship G-phone itself has grown to the size where it nearly feels like a phablet (not to mention how Vu models have failed to keep up on the spec side of things). So is that that? Should we just treat the G3 as both LG's phone and ...

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    Back when I owned my very first smartphone, I never paid any attention to the placement of any of the buttons or ports. But that quickly changed as the smartphone itself evolved and as I noticed how different button and port configurations affected how I used each device. On the Moto Q, the call and end buttons were exactly where you would expect them to be – on the face of the device, flanking a d-pad in the center. The end key doubled as the power key. There was no manual standby function we now associate with the power key. The Curve 8330 I later owned, however, did have this ...

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    The LG G3 has gained a lot of praise everywhere for its design and features. At times when competing smartphones are doing an excellent job in filling up the spec sheet, LG has done a great job in stepping things up a notch. That said, those of you that were interested in buying the G3 in some of the color options that were announced in May have found it peculiar that not all five color options are available yet, or at least not until next month. LG has just confirmed that the missing colors Moon Violet, and Burgundy Red will be available in August. Sadly we can't predict which markets ...

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    When LG's G3 was announced, it was instantly in the running for being one of the best smartphones of the year. It has one of the sharpest smartphone displays ever, some of the best and most progressive specifications, a compelling design, and updated software. In our time with the G3, we weren't exactly able to focus heavily on all the software features. While LG did wonders to simplify its custom UI and cut back on the clutter, it didn't get rid of many features. In fact, it added some. No less, we took our time with a U.S. variant of the G3 to tinker around in the settings and find some ...

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    Update: Due to today's difficulties with Hangouts, the below Hangouts video is not the ideal recording of today's Weekly episode. Instead, we highly recommend the Libsyn-hosted version, edited by our own Jules Wang and available for streaming and download at the links below. Thanks for listening! One of the nice things about hosting your own podcast is that you get to decide exactly what qualifies as "news." Not in the mood to pretend the latest wave of iPhone 6 display-glass leaks fit the description? Well, tweak the filter a little, and suddenly you've got just a small handful of ...

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    You think you're being so smart about buying a new smartphone: you consider long and hard just which features you really need, and go in ready to purchase a phone that's neither underpowered, nor would result in you throwing money away on extras you won't use. And while that 16GB of storage sounded perfect on paper, you power-on your phone for the first time only to discover that nearly half of that space is occupied by pre-installed software. You just became the latest victim of bloat. Over the years, some carriers and OEMs have been better than others about not dragging-down your phone ...

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    Michael reviewed the LG G3 back in June and called it "more than just a pretty screen." I followed-up a few weeks later with my thoughts, which turned out to be more of a corroboration than a rebuttal. Despite all the collective time we spent with the South Korean G3, we didn't get a full look at the phone and its capabilities because it didn't properly support all the U.S. bands, thus affecting battery life and network performance. Now that the G3 has landed stateside, we felt it was high time we gave the LG G3 another, more in-depth look at what the phone is like when it's made for U.S. ...

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    LG breaks record for smartphones shipped as the South Korean manufacturer has published its quarterly results. Aside from growth in the TV sector, LG is entitled to bragging with its 14.5 million smartphones shipped in the second quarter of the year. That represents a 20 percent growth compared to the same period of last year, while a third of all the units shipped were LTE-capable devices. Sales increased 16 percent from Q2 of 2013 to USD 3.51 billion, which represents an all time high for the company since Q1 2010. Operating profit for the mobile division is USD 83.4 million for the ...

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    The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as the saying goes, and every so often we see a manufacturer come out with a phone that commits wholeheartedly to some noble idea, only to see everything come apart in the execution. LG's G3 is the first phone many smartphone fans will ever get to see with a high-res quad HD display, so it only stands to reason that LG will be doing its darnedest to make that screen look as impressive as possible. But now a growing number of complaints is piling up from new G3 owners frustrated about one way LG seems to be pursuing that goal, as it implements ...

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    It almost seems like par for the course by this point: you're a major smartphone OEM, you release your latest flagship handset, and then a couple months later you follow that up with a tweaked edition boasting some slightly better hardware (and available only in a very limited market). Samsung did that with its LTE-A Galaxy S5, just as it had with the GS4 before it, and we'd been tracking rumors of LG working on a similar upgrade for its G3. A little earlier this month we spotted what looked like official confirmation of just such a G3 on an LG site, and today the hardware finally sees a ...

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    Feeling a little confused about the rumored LG G3 Mini? We don't blame you, as there's been a lot of talk of different specs, not to mention different names, surrounding the hardware. Late last month we saw an LG G3 Beat for China, a five-inch device that might have been pushing the limits of how large a “Mini” phone could be (but maybe that's exactly why LG gave it a different name). Then just overnight we shared with you the user manual for a device dubbed the G3 S, and while the docs didn't reveal a lot of technical detail, the idea that this could be the Western version of the G3 ...

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    Earlier this week we saw AT&T join the growing list of carriers announcing their plans for the start of LG G3 sales, and just like it told us would happen, the phone's available in the company's retail stores as of today – no surprise there. Over at Sprint, though, users were supposed to still have a little bit of a wait on their hands: pre-orders were set to begin today, but the phone itself wasn't scheduled to arrive until next Wednesday, July 16. Well, apparently Sprint didn't feel like being late to the party after all, and has gone ahead with making the G3 available at retail as ...

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    Samsung's already delivered an upgraded version of its Galaxy S5 flagship in the form of the GS5 LTE-A edition, a model so far constrained to South Korea that boosts the phone's display up to a quad HD panel while also swapping in a Snapdragon 805 for a little performance kick and support for those titular LTE-A bands. Lately, though, we've been looking for LG to do something like that of its own – not with the quad HD update, sure, since the G3 is already sporting a crazy high-res screen, but with those same LTE-A and Snapdragon 805 upgrades. While that's so far been driven by rumors, ...

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    Verizon may have just started pre-orders of its G3, but T-Mobile customers have received what looks to be a better deal. And no, we're not referring to the carrier's Open Beta sweepstakes promotion either -- customers who ponied up cash for T-Mobile LG G3 pre-orders are now seeing their units arrive at their doorsteps. The T-Mobile G3 variant offers zero branding beyond LG's own inclusions other than a fairly minimal "T-Mobile" at the bottom of the back side. The box also doesn't have any immediately conspicuous carrier tramp stamps, though those are definitely buried within the ...

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    One of the most important parts of the smartphone user experience is the keyboard -- sure, you can swap it out for a custom offering on Android, but the average user probably won't look to do that. To that end, LG has had one of the better offerings. We praised the Smart Keyboard in our G3 review for the feature allowing you to quickly resize it, and now it's picking up new tricks in the latest LG Smart Keyboard update. Five main new features have been added: Emoji Suggestion, Application-based Text Tone Suggestion, Next Word Suggestion, Bilingual Word Suggestion, and Real-time Path Input. ...

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    The LG G3 has been one of the most hotly-anticipated Android phones in quite a while without a doubt, and that's largely because of the reputation its predecessor, the LG G2, garnered through its availability on an assortment of carriers in the US. The G3 isn't about to buck that trend, as Verizon has just joined AT&T in announcing information about the phone's debut on its network. These Verizon LG G3 availability details include price along with a date. Without a doubt, the coolest thing about the LG G3 on Verizon is the price -- it comes in at just $99.99 when coupled with a ...

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    New hardware destined for Verizon has found itself at the center of quite of stories we've brought you lately. For instance, there was that leak earlier this week that sure seemed to reveal Verizon's plans to train staff on an incoming Sony Xperia Z2. We've also been on the lookout for news of the start of Verizon LG G3 sales, as all three other major carriers have already announced their plans. There's still nothing official just yet, but today a series of Verizon rumors attempts to shed some light on what's just about to go down at big red. Word is that Verizon will announce the start of ...

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    LG sure seems interested in adding some new members to the LG G3 family, and just last week we saw some images of the G3 Beat for China. But was that five-inch handset the “G3 Mini” we'd been talking about, or a fully separate G3 spin-off? We're still looking for an answer there, but even with that question open-ended, new details on LG's plans continue to arrive, and today we check out a leak that claims to reveal the LG G3S. According to @evleaks, this is the device we've been calling the G3 Mini, and at least the one we're looking at here will be have dual SIM support – that seems ...

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    AT&T's accepting LG G3 pre-orders as of tomorrow. Sprint's taking them starting July 11. And no matter which major carrier gets your business, it won't be long before you have the chance to add a G3 to your plan. But darn it, some of us just aren't very patient, and when we're talking about a smartphone with a big, beautiful quad HD display, we want it now, not whenever those pre-orders come around to being fulfilled. If you've got a G3 itch that badly needs scratching, you might want to turn to a retailer rather than a carrier, and this evening we hear about availability coming to GSM ...

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