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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    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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