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    Default New G3 UK User

    Just got my G3 and all well so far. It's doing a large amount of app updating at the moment and seems to be happy to be left alone to get on with it. I just hope I've set it up to do that over wifi. Since there are concerns over signal strength and one or two other things I'll post again later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by belodion View Post
    Just got my G3 and all well so far. It's doing a large amount of app updating at the moment and seems to be happy to be left alone to get on with it. I just hope I've set it up to do that over wifi. Since there are concerns over signal strength and one or two other things I'll post again later.

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    That varies as I receive a great signal, hope you enjoyed your unboxing of the G3 and have fun with it :-)

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    Yes, all good fun so far, thanks.

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    After bedding down G3, Nexus 5 and Lumia 1020 all at 100% battery charge about midnight last night, rather than test them early next morning I turned them on about noon, much longer sleep than normal. Respectively, they showed battery charge of 89%, 95% and 96%. Don't yet know how to find battery usage stats on G3. G3 also used about 15mb of data overnight, but I don't as yet know where. More later.

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    Here's a quick signal comparison between G3 and N5.
    As I look at them, quite a bit of fluctuation as is normal, possibly more so in G3, but both giving broadly similar readings...at the moment where I am, good, circa -75dBm 19asu, 4 bars.

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    Another signal check, different location:
    G3: 103/5
    N5:93/9
    Both this and the former reading were indoor. I'll just nip outside and see what I get....
    G3: 87/13
    N5: 73/20

    More later.

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    Another outdoors, different location:
    G3: 95/9
    N5: 85/14

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    Bad spot in certain area of shopping mall:
    G3: 113/0
    N5: 107/3

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    And lastly, in a fairly open outdoor area:
    G3: 71/21
    N5: 67/23.

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    Despite the differences in signal strength suggested by the above figures, radio signal is not a problem for me with the G3 specimen that I have, on my network (3 UK, advanced 3G signal where I am), and in my location.

    Regarding the display: it's obviously of the highest quality by virtue of the pixels but not really very noticeably sharper than the 1080p Nexus 5....but then the N5 display sharpness is superb in the first place. Colour saturation is a tad higher than the N5, and does not show the latter's yellowish tinge....or rather, that of my particular 4-month-old specimen. Photos taken on my Lumia 1020 and transferred via OneDrive to the N5 and G3, when viewed side-by-side on the latter two at about the same brightness, look about the same apart from the N5's yellowish tinge....though both phones show the photos noticeably sharper than when viewed on the 720p Pentile OLED of the 1020.
    I find I need to set the G3 to a higher brightness setting than the N5, to get the same comfortable viewing.
    The 1440p display comes into its own when viewing the two 4K videos that come installed in Gallery.

    I do not as yet feel qualified to comment on another concern of users, battery life. Perhaps I'll add some comments after a few days.

    My own impression so far is that this is a wonderful, wonderful phone and I thank the LG company for producing it, and indeed the scarcely-inferior Nexus 5....both of them life-enriching devices of very high quality. Possible signal and battery problems for some users aside, I don't think anyone buying this phone would be likely to regret it, especially at the price being asked compared to other high-end devices.

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    I am at 20% battery after about 28h on the phone's first charge with 3h 25m screen-on time.

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    The signal readings in this thread seem to match what I found. Roughly 10dB lower than the nexus 5. It does quite well despite the lower signal but I found it lost signal much easier so there were more places out of coverage on the g3 when compared to the nexus 5. I had 2 handsets the same and returned it for this reason

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    Yes, consistently poorer judging by the readings. For me it was not easy to give comparisons because when I pulled the phones out to measure, the readings would both fluctuate as I was looking and I had to note down whatever seemed to be a fairly stable average. Perhaps in my area the signal is strong enough for me to be able to get away with a poorer response from the G3.

    Something I forgot to mention...the G3 connects more readily to the poor wifi signal that I have, than either of the other phones.

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    Remember reading in a review that the G3 took 3 hours to charge, I believe from ordinary mains charge, though from what starting charge I don't recall. I've just mains-charged mine from 20% to 100% in 1 to 1½ hours. It got warm but not hot.

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    Does anyone know how to remove the McAfee apps? More so the family protection app as bo matter what setting I use, I can't access betting sites, torrent sites, or even certain news articles!
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    i used towelroot. once rooted you can disable or remove whatever you need to
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    A pleasing feature of the G3 is LG Health. Fill in your age, height and weight details and it immediately tells you how unhealthy you are, and what you must do to mend your ways. I tried it today and was commanded to walk a certain minimum number of steps, which I managed to exceed no problem. This is not just distance walking...if you just struggle out of your chair to get your cigarettes, it faithfully records the number of steps taken, and how much healthier you are getting.
    Joking aside it's an excellent feature and probably really will help the user.

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    Auto-rotate screen stopped working. A soft reset fixed it. Anybody know whether this is a fairly common fault in phones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevovr View Post
    i used towelroot. once rooted you can disable or remove whatever you need to
    Cheers, but figured out you can just disable it in your McAfee account settings. Rooting my phone would stop a few of my banking etc apps from working, so not an ideal option.
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    Well, I'm at 45% battery after 26h, screen on time 2½h which has used 38% of that drain, and I think I'll give the old girl another charge to 100%.

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    To sleep last night at 98% battery, down to 94% in the morning, the usual apps responsible, Phone Idle, Android OS etc. Good.

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    Just looked at a demo Galaxy Note 3 in a store. Such richly saturated colours on the app icons! Such sharpness and smoothness from the 5.7" 388ppi OLED display! It was not immediately obvious to me that the G3's display is better in either respect. Perhaps on closer examination, but I didn't have time to hang about.

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    Since I've got three phones, one of which is a Lumia 1020, I thought I'd better do a brief comparison, so I took three shots of the same subject, a lot of brightly coloured detailed signs, and that's it.
    Nexus 5: Very good.
    G3: Better, allowing greater cropping before quality deteriorates, more neutral colour than Nexus.
    1020: G3 compares very favourably with 5mp oversampled image, and surprisingly well with hi-res version.

    I'm reluctant to compare in greater depth because I don't think that image quality is of much importance...it's the picture quality that counts and that's down to the skills, or luck, of the photographer.

    My G3 at the moment is at 64% battery after 53½ hours with light-to-moderate use.

    I'm inclined to close this thread with apologies to LG for subjecting their product to such unseemly testing, and to thank them once again for producing what is a great technological achievement and a wonderful phone.

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