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  1. j_grouchy's Avatar
    Very positive review here (until it addresses the software, of course):
    http://www.digitaltrends.com/cell-ph...-pro-3-review/

    Ultimately, it's the software that turns the reviewer off a glowing recommendation. I really hope LeEco is listening closely...
    11-16-2016 03:43 PM
  2. cjp39's Avatar
    I bought this phone for my wife. We are coming from the Asus Zenfone 2.
    This phone seems like a good step up in every way. It's solid build, premium chip and huge battery are some sweet selling points at a great price.
    The software is a bit weird but after a week or two It will be normal.
    The camera is better than I expected. Indoor shots look bright and crisp.

    I'm thinking of buying another one for myself. I'll kick myself if I miss out on the $100 off.
    How is the blue tooth?

    Sent from my XT1585 using Android Central
    12-31-2016 06:56 PM
  3. bramgoodwin's Avatar
    Bluetooth works fine. Have used with Bluetooth Speaker and Earphones.
    01-01-2017 04:37 PM
  4. GrooveRite's Avatar
    Does the device support aptX for BT?
    01-03-2017 01:44 PM
  5. Teutres's Avatar
    I have the phone. Ask me if you want.
    01-08-2017 07:01 AM
  6. j_grouchy's Avatar
    So I finally am using this device, three months after buying it in the first flash sale. We'd been planning to move over from Sprint for the longest time, we were just waiting for an opportunity when one or both of us really needed to upgrade. Well, the LG G3 I'd been using started giving me real trouble. This was the second replacement for that phone - the first one bricked after just a few weeks, the second one after a little over a year. This time, the screen just started doing weird stuff - freezing up, fading out, flickering. Made it unusable...so we went over to T-Mobile last night and signed up.

    The Pro 3 is a nice, solid device. Easy to set up, fast and responsive. The interface takes some getting used to, but it's not quite as annoying as I thought it would be. Slowly having to get rid of my LG muscle memory (I miss knock-on!), but I'm already getting the hang of it. The one thing I've noticed is the fingerprint reader is not as dependable as I'd hoped. I've figured out how to touch it to get it to wake faster, but I'd say it's probably somewhere between 50 and 75% success at first touch.

    Another thing that took me a while to figure out was why my screen seemed so much bigger. The G3 was also 5.5" (although it was a quad-HD display, this one seems just as crisp as that one did). No...I finally realized the difference: capacitive buttons. I'd gotten so used to the on-screen buttons, I never really thought about how much real estate they took up on the screen. It feels like I have much more room on this one, amazingly enough.

    I'm not a big 'music on my phone' kind of guy, so I haven't messed with the earphones or the audio, but what I've heard just messing with the notifications and ringtones, the audio on this is decent. Surely not among the top performers, but clearly better than my G3.

    While I tend to keep my phones in the 2 to 3 year range, I suspect this one will not be a long-term device for my 'daily driver'. It's good, not outstanding. I'm hoping to see some software and UI upgrades this year, hopefully closer to stock android as rumored. I have heard the camera is disappointing...but I haven't taken many photos yet, so we'll see. I think it's enough to keep me happy at least through this year...long enough until I can have a choice for a higher-end device with better camera and fingerprint sensor...maybe water-proof/resistant. We'll see. I'm sure I'll be back if anything comes up that I want to complain about (or praise, of course).
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    02-03-2017 02:30 PM
  7. j_grouchy's Avatar
    Okay...so after a few weeks of having this as my regular phone, I have the same concerns.
    The camera just generally is not great. It's not awful, really...it just doesn't stand out. It's quicker than my G3 was, but the image quality is lacking and the audio quality on videos is not great.
    The fingerprint sensor is still inconsistent.
    The vibration is very weak. I'm constantly missing notifications and even calls because I don't feel the vibration in my pocket. My G3 also was pretty weak in this regard, but the Pro 3 is much worse.
    Still gotta complain about the lack of good quality protective cases. I ended up with a Nillkin textured thin case, but it's not anything close to a Spigen or Otterbox level of protection. This one is primarily for grip and to cover the gold color which I've never been wild about.

    Overall, I'd say this phone is good enough to keep me happy through the year. It's nice to have a low cost device that handles well and does most everything I need well enough. I think if anything about it will cause me to move on sooner rather than later (I usually keep phones for roughly 2 years) it will be the camera.
    Mallowpuff likes this.
    02-24-2017 05:02 AM
  8. bramgoodwin's Avatar
    Did you download the 21S update rolling out in the last few days? Specifically, the finger print sensor seems more responsive. The camera with HDR enabled does not have any lag, as it did before. Photos look good. Be interested how you feel, after update. Don't forget we got it for $249?
    02-24-2017 12:19 PM
  9. j_grouchy's Avatar
    I did update. Can't really tell a difference with the fingerprint sensor. I hadn't really tried enabling HDR, but it does appear to be low-lag.
    I'd still like a stronger vibration....and better cases!
    02-26-2017 10:00 AM
  10. bramgoodwin's Avatar
    I did update. Can't really tell a difference with the fingerprint sensor. I hadn't really tried enabling HDR, but it does appear to be low-lag.
    I'd still like a stronger vibration....and better cases!
    Don't forget cheap $249 price.
    02-26-2017 10:19 AM
  11. j_grouchy's Avatar
    I paid $299 when it first went on sale in November
    02-26-2017 11:08 AM
  12. bramgoodwin's Avatar
    I paid $299 when it first went on sale in November
    Still great price.
    02-27-2017 10:13 AM
  13. j_grouchy's Avatar
    Three other comments on my Pro 3 after about a month of use.

    1. Battery life on this thing is, in a word, FANTASTIC. On my old LG G3, it was often down to about 40 or 50 percent by lunch time. I usually had to charge it up off and on all day long. It took me a week or two to realize I don't have to plug this thing in AT ALL during the day and will usually still have at least 40% at the end of the day. I've never dropped into the single digits on this thing.

    2. The notification light is weak. Just like the vibration, I barely notice it even when I'm looking out for it.

    3. Weird thing happened the other day. I don't usually do music on my phones, but the other day I fired up Pandora and plugged in the headphones that came with the phone. About 20 minutes in, the phone totally flipped out. The screen went blank and the sound no longer came through the headphones, instead blaring out the main speakers. I ended up having to hard reboot the phone to get it back to normal. I don't know if it was something weird with the Pandora app or something with the phone, but I've shied away from using it at work for music anymore and uninstalled Pandora for now.
    03-07-2017 08:34 AM
  14. 1938968921's Avatar
    hey buddy how did you get android pay to work ? i spent 2 days trying different methods but it just wont work for me.
    04-06-2017 12:55 AM
  15. j_grouchy's Avatar
    Yep...I've only used it once (that's the only time I've ever used it) just the other day. No problems.
    04-11-2017 12:33 PM
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