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  1. Miongdroid's Avatar
    I can't decide between a G3 and a Galaxy Alpha. I prefer the G3 but overheating would be a deal breaker. Is heat really such a problem on ths D855 model? Also how do cases like the slim armor case of Spigen affect heat? The G3 is supposed to get Marshmallow so I think it should last a little longer, but what do you think? They cost about $300 dollars here. I cant afford much more.
    12-05-2015 05:59 PM
  2. belodion's Avatar
    I've had no overheating problems with mine....unlocked D-855 EUR.
    12-06-2015 07:21 AM
  3. DevP12's Avatar
    I really like my LG G3, it pooped on me recently (constant boot looping and all that). I have the Sprint version, and sometimes it does get hot. I also have the Spigen case with it, I believe the same one you mentioned above. What I usually do is to just take the case off and take out the battery to let it cool. You could try and run it without a case to help it cool easier, I haven't tried that at all. Kind of afraid I will drop it.
    12-06-2015 01:16 PM
  4. dpham00's Avatar
    In the usa I have seen it dip to $200 new.

    Really it depends how much the other phones cost where you are. I was able to pick up a used nexus 6 for $124. Another option would be the Moto X 2014 for $175
    12-06-2015 01:25 PM
  5. Tadrift's Avatar
    Well, I can relate. I just went through the same purchase decision. I bought the G3 D850 in July for around $300. It was the max amount I could afford. I came from a Moto G, that although was a great phone, I wanted a better screen and camera.

    I have had numerous LG phones in the past and I know their hardware is top notch. I never have cared for their software, but I thought I could live with it. The phone has rarely ever got hot, the photo's have been fantastic, it was able to handle my daily app usage.

    Over the past few months, the LG overlay on Android 5.0.1 with the G3 has really gotten under my skin. It is messy and really hurts my productivity. Then the HTC A9 came out, Nexus 5X. I found myself really wanting to change phones. Then the OnePlus X hit at $250 and I thought, why am I struggling with this G3, that is such a good deal and nearly stock Android.

    This past weekend, I decided that I was most likely going to sell my G3 and get something else. The G3 hardware is great! So why not at least try to Root and add a custom rom to it. As it turns out, my version with the 21r update is very difficult to do. It took a lot of hard work, but I finally got it done. I put CM12.1 on it (5.1.1) by Sunday. It flat out fly's now! Yesterday and today, I have been testing everything and adding my apps back on. I haven't found a single bug.

    Bottom line, the G3 is now exactly the phone I wanted all along. I can't believe how slow the stock ROM was. No more stutters, lag, and many new features. Battery life is about the same. No heat issues (except when I was downloading all the apps). It is blistering fast. I highly recommend it if you think that you have the patience to buy a used one, root and ROM it. You can buy them here in the US used in near perfect condition for under $200.

    Otherwise, I just can't recommend the G3. The Android Overlay they have really drags the performance of the phone down. It is a solid phone otherwise.
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    12-08-2015 02:45 PM
  6. xocomaox's Avatar
    The G3 (and pretty much every phone) will perform better and allow for more flexibility on a custom firmware, even if it's stock-based. There are some really solid ROMs out there for this phone and I highly recommend getting to understand how they work and how to set them up.

    If you do pick up the G3, it will serve as one of the best phones for the buck, when you account for all the features and hardware you're getting. It's definitely got the best footprint for a 5.5" screen that includes great features like nearly limitless storage and modifiable battery capacity.

    When the G5 gets announced or released, you'll see a dip in the prices for the G4 which is also a really great phone.
    12-08-2015 04:45 PM
  7. Marshall_Stack's Avatar
    Just got my G3 last night. Moving from a 4S - yes I am old and still miss my Blackberry.
    Have to get back in the Android swing of things.I picked this because it was dirt cheap and had as good if not better specs in all the stuff I care about.
    Like work. Not creating vines. Also read the the OS was clunky - thought that was an easy fix.
    Just like guitars - buy it and start modding day one.
    Where should I go to learn about changing the software?
    Thanks -
    12-10-2015 10:08 AM
  8. xocomaox's Avatar
    Just got my G3 last night. Moving from a 4S - yes I am old and still miss my Blackberry.
    Have to get back in the Android swing of things.I picked this because it was dirt cheap and had as good if not better specs in all the stuff I care about.
    Like work. Not creating vines. Also read the the OS was clunky - thought that was an easy fix.
    Just like guitars - buy it and start modding day one.
    Where should I go to learn about changing the software?
    Thanks -
    Welcome to Android Central!

    The best place to really get the info you're looking for specific to firmware modifications and root activities would be at XDA:

    LG G3

    There are some great non-root things you can do with your phone to speed things up and get the most out of it by searching through AC's website.
    12-10-2015 04:24 PM
  9. Marshall_Stack's Avatar
    Thanks.
    12-10-2015 04:47 PM
  10. Miongdroid's Avatar
    How good is the battery life and how much do you use the phone? What do you have to do to get it to heat up?
    12-20-2015 02:35 AM
  11. gandilla's Avatar
    I think it still worth because 3 gb ram camera and screen is still good for other cheap options
    12-20-2015 11:51 AM
  12. gandilla's Avatar
    How good is the battery life and how much do you use the phone? What do you have to do to get it to heat up?
    4 hours screen time..
    12-20-2015 11:54 AM
  13. jonahtrav's Avatar
    I picked up a Lg3 four months ago and I've found the phone to be plenty fast with the stock rom..maybe I have low expectation...so what exactly needs speeding up or fixing? This is my first Android phone and I'm finding it pretty good coming from a Windows phone.

    G3 D850
    12-20-2015 07:34 PM
  14. icu's Avatar
    I still love my phone, but there are other options. The Nexus 6 is on sale if you can deal with a monster phablet (the G3 is relatively small for it's screen size - barely wider than the Nexus 5X) Grab a 32GB Nexus 6 for $249 at Amazon, 64GB for $299 | Android Central

    The Moxo X Pure Ed. was just on sale too. There are some pretty good post-Black Friday sales going on.
    12-21-2015 10:43 AM
  15. Ryche's Avatar
    Honestly, after 8 months, 3 phones, and 2 master resets, I'm getting off the LG G3 bandwagon. I don't know if others have had the issues I did, but for me, it just didn't work. The phone has so much promise, but never lived up to the possibility.
    12-21-2015 03:57 PM
  16. jonahtrav's Avatar
    Yea it sounds like you have had some bad luck...I wonder when you turn a phone in does the carrier give you a new phone or a refurbished phone that had problems and was "fixed" and that's why you keep getting bad phones.

    G3 D850
    12-24-2015 05:18 AM
  17. xocomaox's Avatar
    I still love my phone, but there are other options. The Nexus 6 is on sale if you can deal with a monster phablet (the G3 is relatively small for it's screen size - barely wider than the Nexus 5X) Grab a 32GB Nexus 6 for $249 at Amazon, 64GB for $299 | Android Central

    The Moxo X Pure Ed. was just on sale too. There are some pretty good post-Black Friday sales going on.
    Those are all great phones to pick up, especially for their low prices and features/hardware. I would say the G3, even though it's older than both of those, still holds its own. You're hitting all phablet sizes, too. 5.5" G3, 5.7" MX:PE, 6.0" N6

    Yea it sounds like you have had some bad luck...I wonder when you turn a phone in does the carrier give you a new phone or a refurbished phone that had problems and was "fixed" and that's why you keep getting bad phones.
    It's usually refurbished to cut cost for the company. Don't worry, refurbished from a carrier (if they are a major carrier) is going to be very new most of the time. They do a great job and it's manufacturer-grade refurbished.
    12-24-2015 08:10 AM
  18. Ryche's Avatar
    It's usually refurbished to cut cost for the company. Don't worry, refurbished from a carrier (if they are a major carrier) is going to be very new most of the time. They do a great job and it's manufacturer-grade refurbished.
    Seconds this - anything from the Warranty Center (as mine came from) is refurbished-like new. Sometimes all Refurbished means is a full cleaning and a new back case if the insides are still good.
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    12-27-2015 12:00 PM
  19. maclancer's Avatar
    The G3 (and pretty much every phone) will perform better and allow for more flexibility on a custom firmware, even if it's stock-based. There are some really solid ROMs out there for this phone and I highly recommend getting to understand how they work and how to set them up.

    If you do pick up the G3, it will serve as one of the best phones for the buck, when you account for all the features and hardware you're getting. It's definitely got the best footprint for a 5.5" screen that includes great features like nearly limitless storage and modifiable battery capacity.

    When the G5 gets announced or released, you'll see a dip in the prices for the G4 which is also a really great phone.
    I understand that custom based rom sometimes works 100 times better than the one that came with it. However i recently had my t-mobile G3 and i would like a custom based rom, however because this phone come with one year of warranty... I prefer to use stock firmware. Now when this G3 does not have any more support from LG or t-mobile... I will definitely going to root it and install the best custom rom available.
    12-27-2015 06:56 PM
  20. xocomaox's Avatar
    I understand that custom based rom sometimes works 100 times better than the one that came with it. However i recently had my t-mobile G3 and i would like a custom based rom, however because this phone come with one year of warranty... I prefer to use stock firmware. Now when this G3 does not have any more support from LG or t-mobile... I will definitely going to root it and install the best custom rom available.
    Fear not, rooting and putting on custom firmware isn't like Samsung phones when voiding the warranty (they have something called an e-fuse that, once tripper, is not reversible). If anything happens you can most likely flash back to stock and send the phone in for a replacement.. They will have no way to check for this custom firmware or rooting. However, this method may not work if something fails that is required to flash the phone, like the USB port going bad. But if there are digitizer issues or other things going wrong, a simple flash to stock will make it look like you've never touched the phone at all.
    12-28-2015 11:04 AM
  21. Theot's Avatar
    I've had my G3 for a year. I'm on sprint and after the last couple updates I've not had the overheating issue like it used to be and it used to get warm pretty fast and start throttling with any moderately graphic intensive game.

    I've ran stock, rooted stock base and CM builds. I love the simplicity of CM but there have been to many bugs for me still. The main reason I root is to block ads and to get a slimmed down optimized ROM. For the sprint G3 I stick with the Bare ROMs. They are fully debloated of the carrier and non essential LG bloat and run quite well. I get great battery life.

    If you don't want to root, I highly recommend uninstalling all the carrier bloat you can, and disable all the LG apps you can that you don't want to use. Enable developer options, turn down the animations to 0.5x and you will see a big improvement. For any other apps you want to get rid of and can't, I use this debloater http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2998294 it's simple and works well and easy to undo if you over do it.

    I think the G3 is still a very solid device with good specs, you just have to tweak the software a bit to make it run well and if you need a good camera you can't go wrong.
    12-30-2015 12:44 AM
  22. Ivailo Yanev's Avatar
    Year and a half with mine and not a single hiccup just waiting to see what the difference between my current 5.0 and the new 6.0 (hopefully coming soon) will be. I'd say it's still worth it!
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    12-30-2015 10:06 AM
  23. maclancer's Avatar
    Year and a half with mine and not a single hiccup just waiting to see what the difference between my current 5.0 and the new 6.0 (hopefully coming soon) will be. I'd say it's still worth it!
    Hopefully 6.0 come very soon to T-Mobile. According to some... It is very fast and much better than 5.0
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    12-31-2015 02:38 AM
  24. bembol's Avatar
    I bought it twice when it came out and a year later, thought I could get over the pale display and use it as an "iPod" but after a few weeks I sold it.

    Love the G series since the G2 but when I got G4, the display was night & day. Sped a bit more and go for the G4.
    12-31-2015 03:02 AM
  25. Gdraft#WN's Avatar
    I've been on vacation for a week, in and out of the hotel, logging in and out of the hotel WiFi.

    At least in theory..... I cannot even count how many times I have had to reboot this week. It would hang connecting to the WiFi. Then when leaving the hotel it would hang and not find a T-mo signal.

    Basically everytime I connected or unconnected to WiFi, I had to reboot.

    As much as I hate to go through the hassle of a factory reset, I will do that this weekend and see if I can breathe some new life into this piece of $@#%.

    If not, it is going to be time to get a nexus and go to stock Android and tell T-mo and LG to take their "software enhancements" and put them some place unpleasant.

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    12-31-2015 08:38 PM
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