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LG G3 deep-dive review: A phone with great specs, but real-world issues

JR Raphael | July 31, 2014
The LG G3 Android smartphone has some impressive features, but during real-world use, problems can emerge.

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.

The G3's camera quality is also hit and miss, and LG's history with upgrades doesn't inspire confidence when it comes to the phone's odds of getting the upcoming Android "L" release in a timely manner. With other manufacturers now making speedy ongoing upgrades a priority, future support is something important to consider.

No device is perfect, though -- and if you can deal with its downsides, the G3 is a really good phone with a lot to offer. Maybe by the time the G4 rolls around, we'll see the really great phone LG is so close to creating.


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