Would you recommend the LG G3?General

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  1. Jack Dalley

    Jack Dalley Member

    I need to change my phone after the Samsung Galaxy S4 because for one it's an awful phone in my experience (have had to replace the battery twice, screen cracked after just one drop, etc) and was wondering whether to buy the new LG G3? If I was to do it I want the 32GB version because of the additional ram which I assume would be necessary for such an amazing screen.

    For people who have the phone, would you recommend it? What's the battery life like? How fast is it? Any other comments regarding the phone? :D

  2. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    I have an S4 and luv it. Had a 32GB since last June. Nobody will be able to give you a legit response until the device is actually in their hands and used for several days. You could get some fanboy praise, since an actual device being used is not a factor ;)

    Assumptions could be made with the G2, but the display and power saving adjustments (for the display) alone offsets that as a practical comparison.
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  3. Jack Dalley

    Jack Dalley Member

    I really don't know why my S4 was so terrible. I'm pretty sure there's something with the UK models or something because my friend also has an S4 and she hates it too. Mine is just so bad.
  4. Maine Coon

    Maine Coon Well-Known Member

    there are very few ppl in the US who have G3 and no one on this board, AFAIK.

    you have to wait for the official release in the US/UK to get recommendations.

    I will buy it for sure. Seems like my dream phone.
  5. Jack Dalley

    Jack Dalley Member

    Yeah, I thought it sounds amazing. I really hope it turns out to be just as awesome as it sounds and looks.
  6. gnet78

    gnet78 Member

    I haven't loved my s4 either. I am debating between LG G3 or the M8. I like having the latest and greatest but I am not one to root or other stuff like that so I probably can't go wrong with either.
  7. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    In my near worthless opinion, the S4 is better than the M8 to me.

    Yep, if you like metal phones (I do not) M8 is nice.

    Speakers are nice on M8

    Signal appears a tad weaker than the already average S4

    Camera pics look better on the S4.

    More display real estate on S4

    Not awkwardly tall with wasted bezel.

    The G3 though is shorter than the M8 and much bigger display.

  8. zipred

    zipred Well-Known Member

    I've had great enjoyment from my S4. For my work flow it suites me better than my HTC m 8. Even though it's older and a bit slower, overall it's a gem. In fact it was the size that influenced the purchase of my Nexus 5, my absolute favorite to date. Even with the demanding long hours of work I use it for the Nexus 5 is simply stellar.
  9. AnonGuy

    AnonGuy Well-Known Member

    Never heard any complaints from the people I know with Verizon S4s. I know 3 people. They don't complain, and have nothing but good things to say about their phones. The one that I see (and often use, several times a week) doesn't perform badly, doesn't lag, doesn't stutter. I think these issues are blown way out of proportion and is a hold-over from years-old issues with other Samsung devices (If you didn't use an OG Galaxy S, and many with the newer phones didn't, you don't know what lag looks like, Lol).

    As for the G3. No, I wouldn't recommend it.

    The in-use battery life has been widely reviewed to be inferior to other devices. I"m sure someone can link some sensationalist benchmark to try to disprove, but that's like one out of about 20 and the one I know most will run to doesn't really give any info as to their methodology and the scripts they use to run the tests. Every other review ranks this device even below the iPhone 5S in-use for battery life, and phones like the Note 3, M8, and S5 beat it easily.

    In performance benchmarks it also scores terribly compared to other flagships, and why? Because of that screen. The phone uses a ton of muscle to drive those pixels, and that means the device heats up quickly and can more easily overheat than other devices. As a result of that, LG get the battery life they do not from the B.S. about graphite in the battery, but from thermally limiting the performance of the device. That means, your 2.3GHz G3 is going to be running at like 800Mhz most of the time, and when it comes time to play games or even navigate around the UI the phone is prone to heating up which kicks in the thermal limiters resulting in a performance drop, stutters, and lags.

    That QHD screen is ahead of its time, and the other design decisions they made (like decreasing the bezels to create a 5.5" device that is smaller than competing 5" devices like the M8") means:

    1. They couldn't put an appreciably bigger battery in the phone, and
    2. The device is simply not as efficient as those others in dissipating heat, because all the components are closer to each other.

    It's Summer. If you're going to go to the beach on a 90 degree day and snap photos, this phone is going to have an issue with it.

    The only thing about this phone that is an improvement which doesn't come with a serious drawback is the laser auto-focus, and that's been matched by software in other device so it isn't really a big selling point (the OIS+ may be, though, if compared to devices without it - especially for 4K video but that's going to make your device heat up fairly quickly and that's a much bigger concern with the G3 than something like the Note 3 at this point).
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  10. poczynek

    poczynek New Member

    Sorry but all of that is complete rubbish. I've had the phone now for 10 days and I love it. I previously had the m8 and Note 3. The battery on this thing is giving me 5.5 hours sot. The screen is great - that whole brightness thing is just plain wrong. Gizmodo got it right when reviewing it today:

    'On first glance, the most impressive thing about the G3 is its display. It
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  11. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

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  12. Displacedmic

    Displacedmic Active Member

    i love the home button on the samsungs. i am a longtime HTC user so i was sure i wanted the M8. At the time i hadn't even heard of the g3. i went to the store and played with the m8 and i found i hated the lack of a dedicated home button. having to click on the screen and THEN hit home was a big distraction. maybe something you get used to. i should say almost certainly something you get used to.
    the dot case seemed like a gimmick as well - and i couldn't get it to sit flat when open which is something i don't think i could get used to.

    so i played with the s5 and i loved it. but here's the problem - Samsung INSISTS on putting as much bloatware as they possibly can. ironically they also insist on actively maintaining it which means you are constantly updating garbage we never use.

    This is from my experience with the s3 btw - i've never used an s4 but we have
    two S3s in the house.

    The M8 had less crap. it also wasn't using 2/3 of its RAM with no user-apps running like the S5 does. and the m8 came standard with 32g vs the S5's 16. for the same contract price...

    in the end i decided against both. i know the g3 has the same on-screen buttons, but i'm still going to check it out

    /tldr - i don't like bloatware
  13. theguest13

    theguest13 Well-Known Member

    I had the m7 so the m8 wasn't even an option for me, would have been a pointless upgrade. Never really been a Sammy fan so preordered the lg g3 two weeks ago. First impressions are I like it and it feels just as much a 'premium' phone as the HTC one did.
  14. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    Seems that based on all the anecdotal (though now correlating) information, pending us actually using a G3 ourselves:

    Depending on the type of user:

    Light = Yes
    Medium = Yes
    Heavy = No
  15. Displacedmic

    Displacedmic Active Member

    Respectfully, it seems to me that quite a bit of what you've posted is either overstated or unsubstantiated.
  16. theguest13

    theguest13 Well-Known Member

    To be honest, I usually give my phones a caning. I stream spotify on my commute (half an hour ish) then play games at lunch (hour) spotify on the way home again and then stream Netflix in the evening, play games after that. I also have all my emails syncing and check g+ and fbook through the day. This is my first proper night with the phone but tomorrow I'll give it the good going and let you know how it holds up.
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  17. PrinceOfDorne

    PrinceOfDorne Well-Known Member

    Of all the smartphones out today, I'd say YES. I would recommend M8 but the G3 has better specs. M8 has great material but the design of G3 is just as good as the M8 and I just realized lately the benefit of plastic build over a metal one.
  18. theguest13

    theguest13 Well-Known Member

    After 12 hours usage I'm now down to 15% battery. That's consisted of 4hours screen on time, 1hour30 of spotify streaming (screen off), 30mins dead trigger 2 game, 10 mins other games, 10 mins youtube, 20 mins chrome,downloaded Facebook PayPal and ea golf (bout gb game with add files) . had push emails all day and been on fbook and g+. Unfortunately not managed Netflix out of it. Taken around 20 photos and a 10 second video. (Think that's all I can think of)
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  19. KOLIO

    KOLIO Guides Guide

    The 4hrs screen-on time is way above normal for my personal usage on work days,so,this is acceptable for me.

    Of course,more is better & expect your battery life to actually improve once you get everything set-up & running.
  20. grtc23

    grtc23 New Member

    I've had mine for 4 days so far and I am blown away! I've just been watching some UHD 4K video - stunning. I think its a great phone, the best at the moment, and it took a lot to tear me away from Samsung but LG have done it with this. Very highly recommended!:p
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  21. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    The Anandtech review confirms some concerns and the view the G3 is a better fit for light to medium users. Also the Qhd display results in throttling, dimness and over sharpness. Performance is impacted and they wish the device had a good 1080p display instead.

    All reviews that follow similar review procedures are unanimous rather than the more generic reviews. It will be interesting to see if current users have the same favorable views in a few weeks. Light to medium users probably still will.
  22. KOLIO

    KOLIO Guides Guide

    As soon as mine comes in,if you wanted me to try/test anything regarding battery life/performance/etc....,I'd be more than happy to accommodate as much as possible.

    While the consensus is that the G3 took a hit on battery life vs the G2,it'll more than likely suit my needs (as what I consider myself a middle-of-the-road user) & should make it through a typical day.
    If not,I'll get an extended battery,or,utilize wireless charging while @ work.
    Either solution to this potential battery issue isn't a burden for myself,as I always disarm myself of phones & two-way radios as soon as I hit the office.

    On my days off/away from home,an extended battery will do the trick.
  23. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    Most should like the device, so people like me are a minority anyway. I do not like the throttle and display issues. Turning the throttling off for display or chipset will probably accelerate battery drain to ludicrous speed. Darth Helmet would approve :) ;)
  24. admob

    admob Well-Known Member

    i ve put this on another thread, but i dunt mind repeating myself... is throttling the same as lag and skipping... just moving the app drawer left t oright is jumpy??. surely this cant be right??
  25. AnonGuy

    AnonGuy Well-Known Member

    It causes slow downs. Yes. It's like the phone turns on power saving to reduce heat generation which limits performance. If you play a lot of games on your phone, or do a lot of photo/video editing or recording, it can be a big issue.

    I think the throttling has affected many phones in the past and has been underrated in its effect on performance especially when it happens during intensive tasks. People will blame the skin or bloat ware when actually it's cause the phone forced it's performance down for the aforementioned reasons.

    This is a downside of overspending devices when battery tech is moving at such a slow pace and you're trying to make thinner and smaller devices that cannot accommodate generation-sized jumps in battery capacity.

    This also happens in PCs. See the recent comparisons between the MacBook Air and the new cheap iMac to see the effect of throttling.

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