Specs summary


The LG G3's screen is 5.5 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad core 2.46 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 25 days standby time, 1140 minutes (2G), 1494 minutes (3G), 400 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

With its best in class display, incredible camera, and refined software, LG has succeeded in creating one of the best smartphones of 2014.

- Joshua Vergara , Android Authority 

The G3's greatest strength is its lack of weaknesses

- Vlad Savov , The Verge 

Reviews summary

Based on 61 reviews

What's good  

  • Removeable battery
  • Beautiful, crisp QHD display
  • MicroSD slot
  • Wireless Charging

What's bad  

  • Slight performance lag
  • Plastic chassis
  • Large dimensions
  • Mono loudspeaker

LG turned a number of smartphone conventions on their head with the G2. With the G3, they are looking to secure a place in the upper ranks of the high-end smartphone market. But did their “best of everything” approach work? Many reviews seem to think so. Let’s take a deeper look.

One of the first things noted in many reviews, as well as one of the most touted features of the phone, is it’s massive 5.5-inch IPS display. The phone is the first of its kind from major companies to sport a QHD display at nearly 540 pixels-per-inch. Reviews were divided as to if this had a major impact on image quality. Vlad Savov of The Verge says, “the G3 renders everything beautifully, but I cannot discern any advantage from the extra pixels” while TechRadar states, “The QHD screen is something that has to be seen to be believed.”

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While reviews might be divided on the impact of QHD, all reviewers agree that the display is sharp, clear and plenty bright. Perhaps Engadget properly describes the issue when they say, “All told, while it's a great display, it's a bit like having an HDTV in 2004. Great if you can get the content for it, otherwise it's just a good TV.” As content continues to climb in resolution, the benefits of a QHD display will likely become more apparent.

Of course, wrangling all those pixels requires some considerable power. With a quad-core Snapdragon processor and 3GB of RAM, the specs would appear to be up to the task on paper. In real performance, tests indicate that this is mostly true. Nearly every review pointed out one minor flaw in performance--a slight delay in the interface. Engadget notes, “Everything opens quickly, and the scrolling is plenty smooth, but there's just the tiniest of moments between moving your finger and the menu following along.”

Then you’ve got the issue of the size of the screen. 5.5-inch displays are typically reserved for phablets and other larger devices. However, several critics noted that the unique curved design of the phone and ultra-slim bezels on the screen help to mitigate the phone feeling overly large. Engadget says, “the G3 is easily the most comfortable handset of this size I've encountered to date. That said, it's definitely still going to be a stretch for some people.” While most noted it can be held with one hand, they also recommended two-handed operation for a secure grip.

This brings us to the most debated element--the phone’s case. LG opted for a plastic removable back with a metallic finish. TechRadar was quick to note concern where Gareth Beavis remarked, “the fact that the battery is removable might be a big win for some, but it comes at the cost of feel in the hand. The result is that despite being made of a more refined material, the LG G3 actually feels cheaper in the hand than the G2.” PhoneArena had a slightly more positive opinion, stating that the smooth polycarbonate used for the exterior of the G3 "may not be decidedly premium, but it's still a notch above your typical plastic finish. It's really like you're getting the best from both worlds.”

Lastly, there is battery life. With a 3,000-mAh cell, the phone boasts on the largest batteries in the smartphone market. A removable cell also makes it possible to carry a spare and swap batteries for power users. Unfortunately, the QHD display and high-end processing does appear to require more power from the battery. Average battery life across benchmark tests rated from a scant six hours up to a full day of average usage. PhoneArena states, “the G3 will last you through a day of moderate usage, but don't expect wonders from it.”

In all, LG G3 reviews indicate that the device lives up to the hype and is more than a worthy successor to the reputation of the G2. The bleeding-edge specs push the limits of smartphone technology, though there are a few quirks to be found. However, for most, it seems the good outranks the bad by a significant margin. CNet says, “The G3 is the perfect new gadget for ‘early adopter’ types who want the latest and greatest.” while Engadget says, “LG has almost produced a power user's dream.”

Reviews (8.6/10 Avg. rating)

PC Pro

A classy, top-rung smartphone with Quad HD screen

from PC Pro

On paper, the G3 looks like it’s got the chops to land some knockout blows on its premium smartphone rivals. In reality, though, we’re not convinced the pixel-packed screen is of any practical benefit; it’s more about one-upmanship than useful technological advancement. While the pin-sharp clarity makes a stunning first impression, LG has had to compromise screen brightness and battery life as a result.

Make no mistake: the G3 remains a good all-round handset, and we love the quick-draw camera, but with the HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5 delivering a mor... Full review


Great but not must buy

from BitBitByte

The G3 is a great phone. It has a pretty nice design, chart topping specs and is still somehow manageable despite the 5.5-inch display alluding to otherwise. But at the end of the day, LG is marketing the G3 for it’s camera and display. And when it comes to both, neither are really massive upgrades over the other. The camera, save for focusing, produces the same quality images. Similarly, the display, while higher resolution, isn’t something that most will notice. Add to that the lower brightness and overall poor image quality compared to a good 1080p display means LG has seemin... Full review

The Guardian

The best phablet to date

from The Guardian

LG’s G3 is the best big-screened phone to date: the very small bezels around the screen and curved plastic back make its 5.5in screen eminently useable. The even weight distribution made me confident about using it in one hand, although it may still be too big for some people.

The quad HD screen sounds great in a specification list - 534 pixels per inch! - but doesn’t actually look noticeably different from smaller full HD screens such as the Galaxy S5’s 5.1in screen. The pixels aren’t visible in suitably-written apps; what is there beyond invisibility?Full review

The Mobile Indian

The best minus the beauty

from The Mobile Indian

Is LG the best smartphone today? The answer however is a bit tricky. Without any doubt, it is one of the best smartphones in terms of processing power like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Also, it is perhaps the second best in camera quality, next to the iconic Nokia Lumia 1020 which has obvious advantage with a 41 megapixel camera. Connectivity wise too it has everything that one could with for (apart from dual SIM).

The only drawback is its looks. Its plastic rear panel make it look a bit cheaper than some of its competitors like HTC One M8, iPhone 5S, and the Sony Xperia Z2. I... Full review


Well-rounded behemoth

from Brighthand

The LG G3 takes every notable smartphone fad of the last several months and expands upon it. A big screen isn’t enough, so it has to stuff a phablet screen in a smartphone body. Full HD resolution isn’t enough, so it has to go Quad HD. A strong camera with the usual autofocus isn’t enough, so it has to bring lasers. Some of these excesses backfire a little more than anticipated, but the G3 is something like the definitive Android phone of 2014 — not because it’s the best, but because it has everything.

And by and large, it does everything well. It&rs... Full review


More than just a lot of pixels

from iTechTriad
The G3 is a great phone with a tremendous screen and is capable of about anything you throw at it. If you are currently in the market for a new Android phone, this is definitely a solid option. With a great camera, solid build, great software, and incredible screen, it’s probably the best option, right now. That said, it all comes down to what suits you... Full review
The Telegraph

It’s as well built as the latest HTC One and more discretely stylish than the Samsung S5

from The Telegraph
This is a phone that is firmly among the very best on the market right now: if it’s not perfect, it’s close, and the niggles are minor. But it comes before the iPhone 6 is released next month, and when Samsung and others are known to be planning significant improvements. There’s plenty to like, and many signs that LG is continuing to offer a superb option in a very crowded market... Full review

A killer phone with a whole lot of pixels

from Pocketnow
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 ... The post LG G3 (AT&T) review: a killer phone with a whole lot of pixels appeared first on Pocketnow... Full review

A phone with great specs, but real-world issues

from Computerworld

The G3 boasts no shortage of compelling qualities. The device has a big, beautiful display in a sleek and nicely designed body. It has decent battery life, expandable storage and some genuinely useful features like a tap-to-wake option and limited-use guest mode.

At the same time, however, the phone's software is bloated and convoluted -- and while you can hide or disable many of the UI-related sins, the out-of-the-box experience leaves something to be desired. Equally important, that overly ambitious foundation is likely to blame for choppy performance throughout the system.Full review


Feels modern, fast, and very well thought out

from Geek

What LG has accomplished here is nothing less than a top-tier smartphone. The G3 doesn’t upset the smartphone hierarchy apple cart, but the G3 is a device worth comparing to the best products released by HTC, Samsung, and Apple. The G2 suffered from having decent hardware bogged down by terrible software, and LG has come back this year with significant improvements to both.

The LG G3 well worth considering as your next smartphone, just not necessarily for the reasons LG is using to sell you on the device. The G3 is a capable smartphone with a screen that failed to adequatel... Full review

The worst phone I have ever had the misfortune to own

Maybe it's because I didn't have a choice in what phone to get. Maybe it's because I absolutely LOVED my old phone (HTC One S) and didn't want to get rid of it. Or maybe it's because the phone really is as annoying as I think it is. The bottom line is, I hate it. Although some people might like the... More
Maybe it's because I didn't have a choice in what phone to get. Maybe it's because I absolutely LOVED my old phone (HTC One S) and didn't want to get rid of it. Or maybe it's because the phone really is as annoying as I think it is. The bottom line is, I hate it. Although some people might like the larger screen, I find it's too big to hold comfortably. I tend to keep my cell in my back pocket. Can't do that with this one as it's too big. And it's heavy. Heavier WITHOUT a case than my last phone was WITH it's case (and since I have a habit of dropping my phone, I need a case, so now this big, heavy phone will be even bigger and heavier). What I like about it: the camera. What I don't like about it: pretty much everything else. Ease of navigation? Not there. Nothing is straightforward. You constantly have to search for what you want. I have had several phones from several different manufacturers before this one and I have never, EVER had problems with set up or learning/finding it's features. The battery life is not good either. Just setting the phone up with my preferences, it went from a full charge to 74%. Haven't listened to music, haven't played any games or downloaded anything and still it sucked back over 1/4 of the battery. I shudder to think how often I will have to charge the thing once I start to actually use it. Regrettably, I am stuck in a 2 year contract. I am literally counting down the days before I can get out of it and get a decent phone. (As of now, it's 716 days. It's going to be a long 2 years.) Less

Good battery, great screen, good camera

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Full Specs

Release date May 28, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
800/1800/2600 MHz
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad core 2.46 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 32 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.43 W/kg
Body: 1.1 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 597 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 400 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
1140 minutes (2G)
1494 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 25 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Blue Steel, Burgundy Red, Metallic Black, Moon Violet, Shine Gold, Silk White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.6 x 7.5 x 0.9 cm
(5.8 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 149 grams
(5.3 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel Density 534 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Laser Auto Focus
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): LG D855

32GB storage model has 3GB of RAM
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