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LG G3 Overview

Last year LG shocked everyone with a new design that made the G2 screen the absolute focus of the smartphone experience. Moving the controls to the rear of the phone was a new way to operate that made perfect sense after first use.

Winning various awards, the LG G2 was seen by many as the best smartphone of the previous generation.

This continues in 2014 with the LG G3, a stunning handset providing unparalleled power and performance at a pocket-friendly price. By choosing an LG phone you choose true innovation.


The huge 5.5 inch screen is made all the more impressive with an incredible Quad HD (QHD) resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels which produce an untouchable PPI of 538.

With all this screen real estate, viewing pictures, video and playing high-end games is a sumptuous experience. Even simply browsing the web for articles gives wonderfully sharp text, most notably because the resolution is almost two times that of a full HD display.

Processor, RAM & Memory

The G3 also shows off the industry’s top of the range specification at this time, an example of just how much power can be put into a modern mobile device.

The 2.46 GHz quad-core processor is a case in point, delivering demonstrably more capability than other smartphones and effortlessly handling any task put its way.

Coupled with 2 GB of RAM and the newest Android 4.4.2 KitKat augmented with LG’s Emotion UI, the G3 is the smartphone with for something for everyone.

On board is 16GB of internal memory for storing your apps and digital content. If this is not enough then a microSD memory card slot supporting 128GB microSDXC memory cards should suffice.

Android OS

Take some of these great hardware features and pair it with the exceptional Android OS and the G3 is one capable phone for business or pleasure.

Personalise the phone the way you want with default Android customisation options as well as those added features and functions brought to you through LGs customised user interface.

Download your favourite apps, be they games or productivity tools from Google Play Store and do it all at exceptionally fast speeds thanks to the built in WiFi and 4G connections.


No high end smartphone is complete without a camera and the G3 houses a 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabiliser plus for more stable and less blurry photos, even when the subject is moving.

Laser Auto Focus is included on the G3 too. This new sensor allows the G3 to have the fastest auto focus of any top of the range smartphone to date. It’s not all about still images either; the G3 can record high definition video at 2160p and 1080p at 30 & 60 fps respectively.

A 2.1 megapixel camera on the front also works in favour of capturing the perfect selfies.

When capturing an image, simply tapping on the subject will focus and trigger the shutter rather than the old way of having to focus in preview mode and then pressing the shutter button.

Refined UI

The software found on the G3 has been reworked to look and feel smoother. Learning from users LG has introduced a smart keyboard that learns as you type to reduce mistakes by up to 75%.

Tracking and analysing habits it knows the word you intended to type, even if you got it wrong. The height of the keyboard can be adjusted and individual keys can be customised.

Suggestions and recommendations based on behaviour and usage come from LG's Smart Notice which acts much like a personal assistant. It might ask whether you want to call someone back or suggest removing unused apps.

Security is also very important and Knock Code, Content Lock and Kill Switch are 3 features on the G3 that go further to assist and protect you and your content.


It’s quite amazing to see LG squeeze every feature into the G3 and keep the price down. Even when it comes to connectivity, LG manage to tick every box.

Dual band (2.4 / 5 GHz) ac Wi-Fi is available alongside Wi-Fi direct, DLNA, Miracast and HDMI over SlimPort. 4G LTE is catered for (subject to network requirements) and even USB OTG & Host are supported.


It might have everything you need but it needs a big battery to power all these features and a removable 3,000 mAh user removable battery with the option for wireless charging does just this. You should easily last a day and when the going gets tough take advantage of power saving technologies built in to get you through.

Slim and Svelte

LG’s unique design allows for the G3 to be deceptively slim. A 5.5 inch screen on any other phone might be unwieldy, yet LG manage to make it feel just right.

By moving the regular control buttons to the back of the device, the screen bezel can be reduced to almost nothing. Unlike their competition, LG don’t compromise on how the G3 feels in the hand in order to bring you a larger screen. This is further aided by the floating arc form factor that easily fits in your palm.

The rear cover, although plastic, has a brushed metal look to it and is fingerprint-proof as well as being lightweight to reduce any additional bulk to the handset.

The G3 is the pinnacle of modern engineering and smartphone design. It has the look that captures all of our attention and a specification list that matches and beats most, if not all of the competition. Embrace the best of mobile technology in the LG G3.

Reasons to buy LG G3

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • LG Emotion UI
  • 5.5” Quad HD 1440 x 2560 (534 ppi)
  • 13 MP camera with laser autofocus, OIS & HDR
  • 2.46 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 2 GB RAM / 16 GB internal storage
  • Micro SD memory card support up to 128 GB
  • 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm
  • 3,000 mAh removable battery
  • Wireless charging

What's in the box of LG G3?

  • LG G3
  • USB Cable
  • 3 Pin UK Mains Adapter
  • Headset
  • Documentation


SIM Free & UnlockedYes
Operating SystemAndroid
  • Version4.4 (KitKat)
  • Custom Skin
  • Speed2.5GHz Quad-Core
  • Dual Core
  • Quad CoreYes
  • Make/ModelQualcomm MSM8975AC Snapdragon 801
  • Other
Expansion SlotYes
  • TypeMicroSDXC
  • Capacity (Up to)128GB
Internal StorageYes
  • Capacity16GB (~12GB User Accessible)
  • TouchscreenYes
  • Size5.5
  • TypeQuad HD IPS
  • Resolution 1440 x 2560
  • Other538PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Frequencies850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • Speed
  • Frequencies850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • Speed
  • Frequencies700 / 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2300 / 2600
  • Speed
  • Version4.0 with A2DP
  • Functions
  • Version802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 / 5 GHz)
  • Version
  • DataMicroUSB
  • PowerMicroUSB
  • Audio3.5mm
  • Video OutSlimPort via MicroUSB, USB On The Go
Device Controls
  • Keyboard
  • Optical Trackpad
  • Hardware ButtonsVolume up and down, power
  • Other
  • Antenna TypeInternal Glonass
  • A-GPSYes
  • Built-in SoftwareGoogle Maps
  • Megapixels13
  • FlashDual LED
  • Camera Lens
  • OtherOptical Image Stabalisation. laser autofocus. HDR, 4K video,
Front Facing CameraYes
  • Type2.1
  • AccelerometerYes
  • Proximity SensorYes
  • Digital Compass
  • GyroscopeYes
  • Light SensorYes
  • Formats
  • Recording
  • Formats
  • Recording
Near Field CommunicationYes
FM RadioYes
  • Capacity3000mAh
  • Type
  • RemovableYes
Call Time
  • GSMUp to 19 h
  • 3GUp to 21 h
Standby Time
  • GSMUp to 565 h
  • 3GUp to 553 h
Dimensions146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm (5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 in)
Weight 149g
Warranty24 months


LG_G3_D855_User_Manual.pdf LG_G3_D855_User_Manual.pdf (20270KB)



Will my phone work

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this product. Hopefully you will find the answer to your question, if not, use the contact form below and we shall answer it for you.

A further HTC One FAQ can be found in this blog post

Do you ship internationally?

Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link:

Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?

Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world. Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.

Is this phone brand new?

Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.

Is there any network/operator branding?

No - There is only the manufacturer’s branding.

Does the phone have a Micro SDHC/memory card slot?

Yes. It supports up to 128GB microSDXC memory cards.

What SIM card does this phone use?

This phone takes a micro SIM card.

Is this handset LTE compatible?

Yes, this is a 4G enabled phone. Compatibility will depend on the country it is used within and the network/airtime provider.

Does this phone have a removable battery?

Yes, the battery is removable.

Is the phone IP rated?

No, there is no water resistance on the phone.

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  • Peter Cook 15/7/2015 Recommend to a friend? Yes

    It's very difficult to fault this phone. It has a great display, which is bright enough to use outside in the sunshine. Battery life isn't perhaps the best, but with a removable back cover, it's easy to pop in a spare battery if you need to. It has wireless charging, an sd card slot, and a very good user interface, so what's not to like? The only minor gripe I have is that the auto brightness control is too dim, but this is easily solved by installing the lux app. And if the display isn't colourful enough for you, you can tweak it up in the settings menu. And finally, the phone looks and feels great, and there are great bargains to be found. I picked one in new condition for a bargain price, a third the cost of the LG G4.

  • Nick Goodman 8/8/2014 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    An absolutely stunning phone! It has got such a quality feel to it and the screen is amazing - so large and clear and yet the G3 does not feel that big in the hand (I had a Note 2 before). Has to be the best phone out there !

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