With the G3, LG is making a run at the top spot in the smartphone market. Available from Verizon for just $99 (for a limited time), the G3 packs a phone display with the world's highest resolution and a powerful laser autofocus camera that lets you fire off photos faster than Samsung's Galaxy S5 and HTC's One M8.
That's not all this handset has to offer. The G3 boasts a sexy new Floating Arc design with metallic back. Plus, LG has given its Android skin a welcome facelift to reduce clutter.
With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage, the G3 has the specs to compete with any Android phone. Unfortunately, short battery life and a dim display hold back an otherwise solid handset.
Editors' Note: See our full review of the LG G3 on AT&T for our in-depth look at the phone's features, camera, software and more.
Verizon's Cloud app is more useful, as it offers 5GB of free online storage, while VZ Protect gives you virus and malware protection for free. In addition to Verizon apps, the G3 comes with ISIS Wallet, Slacker, Clash of Clans and Hotels.com.
The LG G3 rides on Verizon's 4G LTE network and is XLTE-ready, which means the handset can jump on Verizon's higher capacity XLTE band where available. (Verizon's XLTE network now covers 350 of its 500 LTE markets.)
During G3 testing in New Jersey, we saw an average download speed of 58.5 Mbps and an average upload speed of 16.7 Mbps. ESPN.com's mobile site loaded in just 3 seconds, while NYTimes.com's loaded in 4 seconds. The image-heavy Laptopmag.com took a slightly longer 8 seconds.
Unfortunately, when tested near our offices in New York's Flatiron District, the G3 saw an average download speed of just 380 Kbps. But when we used a Galaxy S4--which also uses XLTE--in the same spot, downloads averaged 16.9 Mbps.
This runtime is more than an hour short of the smartphone category average of 7:44. Samsung's Galaxy S5 for Verizon lasted a much longer 8:52, while the Verizon HTC One M8 ran for 9:52. The G3 for AT&T lasted 7:12.
Unlike the AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile versions of the G3, which cost $199 with a two-year contract, the Verizon G3 costs just $99 (until July 27th). You can also snag the handset for $29.99 per month with a Verizon Edge plan.
If you opt for a 2GB per month data plan, you'll end up paying $50 per month, as well a $40 per month line access fee. That's $90 per month total. Opt for a 4GB per month plan, and you'll end up paying $110 per month.
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|Phone Display Size||5.5|
|Display Resolution||2560 x 1440|
|Form Factor||Candybar Touchscreen|
|Operating System||Android 4.4.2|
|CPU||2.5-GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor|
|Processor Family||Qualcomm Snapdragon 801|
|Memory Expansion Type||microSD Card|
|Display (main)||5.5-inch, 2560 x 1440 QHD display|
|Bluetooth Type||Bluetooth 4.0|
|Front Camera Resolution||2.1MP|
|Audio formats supported||MIDI|
|Audio formats supported||eAAC+|
|Audio formats supported||AMR|
|Audio formats supported||AAC+|
|Audio formats supported||WMA|
|Audio formats supported||AAC|
|Audio formats supported||WAV|
|Audio formats supported||MP3|
|Talk / Standby Time||21 hours/ 28 hours|
|Size||5.8 x 2.9 x 0.35 inches|
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