LG

LG G3

Features

  • 4G LTE Capable
  • Android
  • 13 megapixels
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • Talk time: Up to 21h
  • Standby: Up to 23d 1h
  • View full specs
 

Review Score:

80/100

"Where the LG G2 was Spartan, even boring, the LG G3 has one of the prettiest UIs on Android right now. In many respects ..."
80/100

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Phone Plan Contract Value Data Price How to Buy
 
LG G3
$0 upfront
$40 Plan
Get roaming in 47 countries for just $5 extra per day
  • Infinite standard SMS in Australia and to overseas
  • 4G in selected metro areas
Deal
Bonus LG QuickCircle Case™
24
Months
$400
Details
500MB
Details
$40/mthMin. Total Cost $960
over 24 months
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1300 784 178
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LG G3
$0 upfront
$40 Business Plan
  • Unlimited Data First 2 Months
  • Infinite standard SMS in Australia and to overseas
  • 4G in selected metro areas
24
Months
$400
Details
500MB
Details
$40/mthMin. Total Cost $960
over 24 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
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LG G3
$10/mth
$30 Plan
Get roaming in 47 countries for just $5 extra per day
  • 4G in selected metro areas
Deal
Bonus LG QuickCircle Case™
24
Months
$300
Details
300MB
Details
$40/mthMin. Total Cost $960
over 24 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
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LG G3
$10/mth
$30 Business Plan
  • Unlimited Data First 2 Months
  • 4G in selected metro areas
24
Months
$300
Details
300MB
Details
$40/mthMin. Total Cost $960
over 24 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
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LG G3
$0 upfront
$50 Plan
Get roaming in 47 countries for just $5 extra per day
  • Infinite standard SMS in Australia and to overseas
  • 4G in selected metro areas
Deal
Bonus LG QuickCircle Case™
24
Months
$500
Details
1GB
Details
$50/mthMin. Total Cost $1,200
over 24 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
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LG G3
$0 upfront
$50 Business Plan
  • Unlimited Data First 2 Months
  • Infinite standard SMS in Australia and to overseas
  • 4G in selected metro areas
24
Months
$500
Details
1GB
Details
$50/mthMin. Total Cost $1,200
over 24 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
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LG G3
$0 upfront
$60 Plan
Get roaming in 47 countries for just $5 extra per day
  • Infinite standard calls
  • Infinite SMS in Australia and to overseas
  • 4G in selected metro areas
Deal
1GB Bonus Data!
24
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
3GB
Details
$60/mthMin. Total Cost $1,440
over 24 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
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LG G3
$0 upfront
$60 Business Plan
Infinite standard calls & TXT in Australia
  • Unlimited Data First 2 Months
  • Unlimited standard calls & TXT/PXT
  • 4G in selected metro areas
24
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
2GB
Details
$60/mthMin. Total Cost $1,440
over 24 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
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LG G3
$5/mth when you stay connected for 24 months
$55 Go Mobile Plan
  • Australia’s most reliable mobile network
24
Months
$550
Details
1GB
For use in Australia.
$60/mthMin. Total Cost $1,440
over 24 months
Call Telstra Now
1300 847 281
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Cost of a 2 minute standard national mobile call (incl. flagfall): $2, Extra data charge $10 per GB (or part thereof) within Australia

 
LG G3
$2/mth when you stay connected for 24 months
$65 Go Business Mobile Plan
  • 1 free Data Share SIM included
  • Australia’s most reliable mobile network
  • Your choice of bonus entertainment
Deal
Choice of a bonus subscription: Presto / NRL / AFL
24
Months
$800
Details
1.5GB
Details
$67/mthMin. Total Cost $1,608
over 24 months
Call Telstra
1300 553 385
Go to site

Cost of a 2 minute standard national mobile call (incl. flagfall): $2, Extra Data $10/GB automatically added in 1GB blocks

 
LG G3
$0 upfront
$70 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas
  • Extra $5/day for roaming in 47 countries
  • 300 International minutes
  • Red Care priority help from Aussie call centre
Deal
Online Offer 1GB Bonus Data + 1GB Bonus Data for Students
24
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
4GB
Details
$70/mthMin. Total Cost $1,680
over 24 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
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LG G3
$0 upfront
$70 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas
  • Unlimited Data First 2 Months
  • 300 International minutes
  • Red Care priority help from Aussie call centre
Deal
6 Months Spotify Premium, smh.com.au or Stan access
24
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
3GB
Details
$70/mthMin. Total Cost $1,680
over 24 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
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LG G3
$0 upfront when you stay connected for 24 months
$70 Go Mobile Plan
  • Australia’s most reliable mobile network
Deal
Choice of a bonus subscription: Presto / NRL / AFL
24
Months
$1,000
Details
2.5GB
(incl. bonus 500MB data) For use in Australia.
$70/mthMin. Total Cost $1,680
over 24 months
Call Telstra Now
1300 847 281
Go to site

Cost of a 2 minute standard national mobile call (incl. flagfall): $2, Extra data charge $10 per GB (or part thereof) within Australia

 
LG G3
$0 upfront
$80 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas
  • Extra $5/day for roaming in 47 countries
  • 300 International minutes
  • Red Care priority help from Aussie call centre
Deal
Includes Double Data + Extra 1GB if purchased online
24
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
9GB
Details
$80/mthMin. Total Cost $1,920
over 24 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
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LG G3
$0 upfront
$80 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas
  • Unlimited Data First 2 Months
  • 300 International minutes
  • Red Care priority help from Aussie call centre
Deal
Free Spotify Premium, smh.com.au or Stan access + Double Data!
24
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
8GB
Details
$80/mthMin. Total Cost $1,920
over 24 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
Go to siteCall me back
 
LG G3
$0 upfront when you stay connected for 24 months
$85 Go Business Mobile Plan
  • 1 free Data Share SIM included
  • Australia’s most reliable mobile network
  • Your choice of bonus entertainment
Deal
Choice of a bonus subscription: Presto / NRL / AFL
24
Months
$1,200
Details
3GB
Details
$85/mthMin. Total Cost $2,040
over 24 months
Call Telstra
1300 553 385
Go to site

Cost of a 2 minute standard national mobile call (incl. flagfall): $2, Extra Data $10/GB automatically added in 1GB blocks

 
LG G3
$0 upfront when you stay connected for 24 months
$95 Go Mobile Plan
  • Australia’s most reliable mobile network
Deal
$200 welcome credit when you switch to Telstra
24
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
6GB
(incl. bonus 1GB data.) For use in Australia.
$95/mthMin. Total Cost $2,280
over 24 months
Call Telstra Now
1300 847 281
Go to site

Extra data charge $10 per GB (or part thereof) within Australia

 
LG G3
$26/mth
$70 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas
  • Extra $5/day for roaming in 47 countries
  • 300 International minutes
  • Red Care priority help from Aussie call centre
Deal
Online Offer 1GB Bonus Data + 1GB Bonus Data for Students
12
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
4GB
Details
$96/mthMin. Total Cost $1,152
over 12 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
Go to siteCall me back
 
LG G3
$26/mth
$70 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas
  • Unlimited Data First 2 Months
  • 300 International minutes
  • Red Care priority help from Aussie call centre
Deal
6 Months Spotify Premium, smh.com.au or Stan access
12
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
3GB
Details
$96/mthMin. Total Cost $1,152
over 12 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
Go to siteCall me back
 
LG G3
$20/mth
$80 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas
  • Extra $5/day for roaming in 47 countries
  • 300 International minutes
  • Red Care priority help from Aussie call centre
Deal
Online Offer 1GB Bonus Data
12
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
5GB
Details
$100/mthMin. Total Cost $1,200
over 12 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
Go to siteCall me back
 
LG G3
$20/mth
$80 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas
  • Unlimited Data First 2 Months
  • 300 International minutes
  • Red Care priority help from Aussie call centre
Deal
6 Months Spotify Premium, smh.com.au or Stan access
12
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
4GB
Details
$100/mthMin. Total Cost $1,200
over 12 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
Go to siteCall me back
 
LG G3
$0 upfront
$100 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas
  • Complimentary Roaming on 24 month plan
  • 300 International minutes
  • Red Care priority help from Aussie call centre
Deal
Includes Double Data + Extra 1GB if purchased online
24
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
13GB
Details
$100/mthMin. Total Cost $2,400
over 24 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
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LG G3
$0 upfront
$100 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas
  • Unlimited Data First 2 Months
  • 300 International minutes
  • Red Care priority help from Aussie call centre
Deal
12 Months Spotify Premium, smh.com.au or Stan access + Double Data
24
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
12GB
Details
$100/mthMin. Total Cost $2,400
over 24 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
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LG G3
$0 upfront when you stay connected for 24 months
$100 Go Business Mobile Plan
  • 1 free Data Share SIM included
  • Australia’s most reliable mobile network
  • Your choice of bonus entertainment
Deal
Choice of a bonus subscription: Presto / NRL / AFL
24
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
6GB
(5GB + 1GB bonus)
$100/mthMin. Total Cost $2,400
over 24 months
Call Telstra
1300 553 385
Go to site

Extra Data $10/GB automatically added in 1GB blocks

 
LG G3
$12/mth
$100 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas
  • Complimentary Roaming on 24 month plan
  • 300 International minutes
  • Red Care priority help from Aussie call centre
Deal
Online Offer 1GB Bonus Data
12
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
7GB
Details
$112/mthMin. Total Cost $1,344
over 12 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
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LG G3
$12/mth
$100 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas
  • Unlimited Data First 2 Months
  • 300 International minutes
  • Red Care priority help from Aussie call centre
Deal
6 Months Spotify Premium, smh.com.au or Stan access
12
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
6GB
Details
$112/mthMin. Total Cost $1,344
over 12 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
Go to siteCall me back
 
LG G3
$0 upfront
$130 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas
  • Unlimited Data First 2 Months
  • 600 International minutes
  • Red Care priority help from Aussie call centre
Deal
12 Months Spotify Premium, smh.com.au or Stan access + Double Data
24
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
20GB
Details
$130/mthMin. Total Cost $3,120
over 24 months
Call Vodafone on
1300 784 178
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LG G3
$0 upfront when you stay connected for 24 months
$135 Go Mobile Plan
  • Australia’s most reliable mobile network
  • Includes $150 International call allowance
Deal
$200 welcome credit when you switch to Telstra
24
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
10GB
(incl. bonus 2GB data) For use in Australia.
$135/mthMin. Total Cost $3,240
over 24 months
Call Telstra Now
1300 847 281
Go to site

Extra data charge $10 per GB (or part thereof) within Australia

 
LG G3
$0 upfront when you stay connected for 24 months
$135 Go Business Mobile Plan
  • 1 free Data Share SIM included
  • Australia’s most reliable mobile network
  • Your choice of bonus entertainment
Deal
Choice of a bonus subscription: Presto / NRL / AFL
24
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
10GB
(8GB + 2GB bonus)
$135/mthMin. Total Cost $3,240
over 24 months
Call Telstra
1300 553 385
Go to site

Extra Data $10/GB automatically added in 1GB blocks

 
LG G3
$0 upfront when you stay connected for 24 months
$195 Premium Mobile Plan
  • International calls, text & roaming inclusions
  • 1 free Data Share SIM included
  • Free New Phone Feeling
Deal
Choice of a bonus subscription: Presto / NRL / AFL
24
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
16GB
(incl. bonus 1GB data) For use in Australia.
$195/mthMin. Total Cost $4,680
over 24 months
Call Telstra Now
1300 847 281
Go to site

Extra data charge $10 per GB (or part thereof) within Australia

 
LG G3
$0 upfront when you stay connected for 24 months
$195 Business Mobile Premium Plan
  • International calls, text & roaming inclusions
  • 1 free Data Share SIM included
  • No New Phone Feeling redemption fee (usually $149)
Deal
Choice of a bonus subscription: Presto / NRL / AFL
24
Months
Unlimited
Conditions Apply
16GB
(15GB + 1GB bonus)
$195/mthMin. Total Cost $4,680
over 24 months
Call Telstra
1300 553 385
Go to site

Extra Data $10/GB automatically added in 1GB blocks

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$550 Value - Analysis

Telstra - $55 Go Mobile Plan

Here's an example:
  • 275 x 2 minute calls
  • +Unlimited text messages (SMS)
  • +Unlimited picture messages (MMS)
  • =$550 value
This is an estimate usage pattern only. Call rates are shown on right.
Telstra
Flagfall$0.00 per call
Voice calls$1.00 per minute
SMS$0.00 each
MMS$0.00 each
Video flagfall$0.00 per call
Video calls$1.00 per minute
 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

$400 Value - Analysis

Vodafone - $40 Plan
Get roaming in 47 countries for just $5 extra per day

Here's an example:
  • 152 x 2 minute calls
  • +Unlimited text messages (SMS)
  • +72 picture messages (MMS)
  • =$400 value
This is an estimate usage pattern only. Call rates are shown on right.
Vodafone
Flagfall$0.40 per call
Voice calls$0.98 per minute
SMS$0.00 each
MMS$0.55 each
Video flagfall$0.40 per call
Video calls$1.47 per minute
 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

$400 Value - Analysis

Vodafone Business - $40 Business Plan

Here's an example:
  • 152 x 2 minute calls
  • +Unlimited text messages (SMS)
  • +72 picture messages (MMS)
  • =$400 value
This is an estimate usage pattern only. Call rates are shown on right.
Vodafone Business
Flagfall$0.40 per call
Voice calls$0.98 per minute
SMS$0.00 each
MMS$0.55 each
Video flagfall$0.40 per call
Video calls$1.47 per minute
 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

$300 Value - Analysis

Vodafone - $30 Plan
Get roaming in 47 countries for just $5 extra per day

Here's an example:
  • 88 x 2 minute calls
  • +200 text messages (SMS)
  • +54 picture messages (MMS)
  • =$300 value
This is an estimate usage pattern only. Call rates are shown on right.
Vodafone
Flagfall$0.40 per call
Voice calls$0.98 per minute
SMS$0.30 each
MMS$0.55 each
Video flagfall$0.40 per call
Video calls$1.47 per minute
 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

$300 Value - Analysis

Vodafone Business - $30 Business Plan

Here's an example:
  • 88 x 2 minute calls
  • +200 text messages (SMS)
  • +54 picture messages (MMS)
  • =$300 value
This is an estimate usage pattern only. Call rates are shown on right.
Vodafone Business
Flagfall$0.40 per call
Voice calls$0.98 per minute
SMS$0.30 each
MMS$0.55 each
Video flagfall$0.40 per call
Video calls$1.47 per minute
 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

$500 Value - Analysis

Vodafone - $50 Plan
Get roaming in 47 countries for just $5 extra per day

Here's an example:
  • 190 x 2 minute calls
  • +Unlimited text messages (SMS)
  • +90 picture messages (MMS)
  • =$500 value
This is an estimate usage pattern only. Call rates are shown on right.
Vodafone
Flagfall$0.40 per call
Voice calls$0.98 per minute
SMS$0.00 each
MMS$0.55 each
Video flagfall$0.40 per call
Video calls$1.47 per minute
 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

$500 Value - Analysis

Vodafone Business - $50 Business Plan

Here's an example:
  • 190 x 2 minute calls
  • +Unlimited text messages (SMS)
  • +90 picture messages (MMS)
  • =$500 value
This is an estimate usage pattern only. Call rates are shown on right.
Vodafone Business
Flagfall$0.40 per call
Voice calls$0.98 per minute
SMS$0.00 each
MMS$0.55 each
Video flagfall$0.40 per call
Video calls$1.47 per minute
 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

Included Value

Vodafone - $60 Plan
Get roaming in 47 countries for just $5 extra per day

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

Included Value

Vodafone Business - $60 Business Plan
Infinite standard calls & TXT in Australia

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

$550 Value - Analysis

Telstra - $55 Go Mobile Plan

Here's an example:
  • 275 x 2 minute calls
  • +Unlimited text messages (SMS)
  • +Unlimited picture messages (MMS)
  • =$550 value
This is an estimate usage pattern only. Call rates are shown on right.
Telstra
Flagfall$0.00 per call
Voice calls$1.00 per minute
SMS$0.00 each
MMS$0.00 each
Video flagfall$0.00 per call
Video calls$1.00 per minute
 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

$800 Value - Analysis

Telstra Business - $65 Go Business Mobile Plan

Here's an example:
  • 400 x 2 minute calls
  • +Unlimited text messages (SMS)
  • +Unlimited picture messages (MMS)
  • =$800 value
This is an estimate usage pattern only. Call rates are shown on right.
Telstra Business
Flagfall$0.00 per call
Voice calls$1.00 per minute
SMS$0.00 each
MMS$0.00 each
Video flagfall$0.00 per call
Video calls$1.00 per minute
 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

Included Value

Vodafone - $70 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

Included Value

Vodafone Business - $70 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

$1,000 Value - Analysis

Telstra - $70 Go Mobile Plan

Here's an example:
  • 500 x 2 minute calls
  • +Unlimited text messages (SMS)
  • +Unlimited picture messages (MMS)
  • =$1,000 value
This is an estimate usage pattern only. Call rates are shown on right.
Telstra
Flagfall$0.00 per call
Voice calls$1.00 per minute
SMS$0.00 each
MMS$0.00 each
Video flagfall$0.00 per call
Video calls$1.00 per minute
 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

Included Value

Vodafone - $80 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

Included Value

Vodafone Business - $80 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

$1,200 Value - Analysis

Telstra Business - $85 Go Business Mobile Plan

Here's an example:
  • 600 x 2 minute calls
  • +Unlimited text messages (SMS)
  • +Unlimited picture messages (MMS)
  • =$1,200 value
This is an estimate usage pattern only. Call rates are shown on right.
Telstra Business
Flagfall$0.00 per call
Voice calls$1.00 per minute
SMS$0.00 each
MMS$0.00 each
Video flagfall$0.00 per call
Video calls$1.00 per minute
 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

Included Value

Telstra - $95 Go Mobile Plan

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

Included Value

Vodafone - $70 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

Included Value

Vodafone Business - $70 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

Included Value

Vodafone - $80 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

Included Value

Vodafone Business - $80 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

Included Value

Vodafone - $100 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

Included Value

Vodafone Business - $100 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

Included Value

Telstra Business - $100 Go Business Mobile Plan

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

Tip: You can refine your usage estimates at the top of the page

Included Value

Vodafone - $100 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

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Included Value

Vodafone Business - $100 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

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Included Value

Vodafone Business - $130 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

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Included Value

Telstra - $135 Go Mobile Plan

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

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Included Value

Telstra Business - $135 Go Business Mobile Plan

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

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Included Value

Telstra - $195 Premium Mobile Plan

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

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Included Value

Telstra Business - $195 Business Mobile Premium Plan

Here's what you get...

You can make as many calls as you want to local, national, and local GSM mobile numbers. Refer to the carrier's Fair Use Policy for more information.

 

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1GB Data

for use in Australia
Telstra - $55 Go Mobile Plan

Here's a usage example:
  • 875 web pages
  • +500 emails
  • +40 videos
  • =1GB
First 1GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
TelstraExtra data:
No extra data options available.

 

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500MB Data

within Australia
Vodafone - $40 Plan
Get roaming in 47 countries for just $5 extra per day

Here's a usage example:
  • 437 web pages
  • +250 emails
  • +20 videos
  • =500MB
First 500MB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
VodafoneExtra data:
1GB (tether)$10.00
3GB (tether)$20.00
5GB (tether)$30.00
8GB (tether)$45.00
12GB (tether)$65.00

 

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500MB Data

within Australia
Vodafone Business - $40 Business Plan

Here's a usage example:
  • 437 web pages
  • +250 emails
  • +20 videos
  • =500MB
First 500MB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
Vodafone BusinessExtra data:
1GB$10.00
3GB$20.00
5GB$30.00
8GB$45.00
12GB$65.00

 

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300MB Data

within Australia
Vodafone - $30 Plan
Get roaming in 47 countries for just $5 extra per day

Here's a usage example:
  • 262 web pages
  • +150 emails
  • +12 videos
  • =300MB
First 300MB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
VodafoneExtra data:
1GB (tether)$10.00
3GB (tether)$20.00
5GB (tether)$30.00
8GB (tether)$45.00
12GB (tether)$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

300MB Data

within Australia
Vodafone Business - $30 Business Plan

Here's a usage example:
  • 262 web pages
  • +150 emails
  • +12 videos
  • =300MB
First 300MB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
Vodafone BusinessExtra data:
1GB$10.00
3GB$20.00
5GB$30.00
8GB$45.00
12GB$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

1GB Data

within Australia
Vodafone - $50 Plan
Get roaming in 47 countries for just $5 extra per day

Here's a usage example:
  • 875 web pages
  • +500 emails
  • +40 videos
  • =1GB
First 1GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
VodafoneExtra data:
1GB (tether)$10.00
3GB (tether)$20.00
5GB (tether)$30.00
8GB (tether)$45.00
12GB (tether)$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

1GB Data

within Australia
Vodafone Business - $50 Business Plan

Here's a usage example:
  • 875 web pages
  • +500 emails
  • +40 videos
  • =1GB
First 1GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
Vodafone BusinessExtra data:
1GB$10.00
3GB$20.00
5GB$30.00
8GB$45.00
12GB$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

3GB Data

within Australia
Vodafone - $60 Plan
Get roaming in 47 countries for just $5 extra per day

Here's a usage example:
  • 2625 web pages
  • +1500 emails
  • +120 videos
  • =3GB
First 3GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
VodafoneExtra data:
1GB (tether)$10.00
3GB (tether)$20.00
5GB (tether)$30.00
8GB (tether)$45.00
12GB (tether)$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

2GB Data

within Australia
Vodafone Business - $60 Business Plan
Infinite standard calls & TXT in Australia

Here's a usage example:
  • 1750 web pages
  • +1000 emails
  • +80 videos
  • =2GB
First 2GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
Vodafone BusinessExtra data:
1GB$10.00
3GB$20.00
5GB$30.00
8GB$45.00
12GB$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

1GB Data

for use in Australia
Telstra - $55 Go Mobile Plan

Here's a usage example:
  • 875 web pages
  • +500 emails
  • +40 videos
  • =1GB
First 1GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
TelstraExtra data:
No extra data options available.

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

1.5GB Data

for use in Australia
Telstra Business - $65 Go Business Mobile Plan

Here's a usage example:
  • 1312 web pages
  • +750 emails
  • +60 videos
  • =1.5GB
First 1.5GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
Telstra BusinessExtra data:
250MB$5.00
1GB$15.00
3GB$30.00
6GB$60.00
10GB$100.00
15GB$150.00
Plus 1 more options

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

4GB Data

within Australia
Vodafone - $70 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas

Here's a usage example:
  • 3500 web pages
  • +2000 emails
  • +160 videos
  • =4GB
First 4GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
VodafoneExtra data:
1GB (tether)$10.00
3GB (tether)$20.00
5GB (tether)$30.00
8GB (tether)$45.00
12GB (tether)$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

3GB Data

within Australia
Vodafone Business - $70 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas

Here's a usage example:
  • 2625 web pages
  • +1500 emails
  • +120 videos
  • =3GB
First 3GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
Vodafone BusinessExtra data:
1GB$10.00
3GB$20.00
5GB$30.00
8GB$45.00
12GB$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

2.5GB Data

for use in Australia (incl. bonus 500MB data)
Telstra - $70 Go Mobile Plan

Here's a usage example:
  • 2187 web pages
  • +1250 emails
  • +100 videos
  • =2.5GB
First 2.5GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
TelstraExtra data:
No extra data options available.

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

9GB Data

within Australia
Vodafone - $80 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas

Here's a usage example:
  • 7875 web pages
  • +4500 emails
  • +360 videos
  • =9GB
First 9GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
VodafoneExtra data:
1GB (tether)$10.00
3GB (tether)$20.00
5GB (tether)$30.00
8GB (tether)$45.00
12GB (tether)$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

8GB Data

within Australia
Vodafone Business - $80 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas

Here's a usage example:
  • 7000 web pages
  • +4000 emails
  • +320 videos
  • =8GB
First 8GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
Vodafone BusinessExtra data:
1GB$10.00
3GB$20.00
5GB$30.00
8GB$45.00
12GB$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

3GB Data

for use in Australia
Telstra Business - $85 Go Business Mobile Plan

Here's a usage example:
  • 2625 web pages
  • +1500 emails
  • +120 videos
  • =3GB
First 3GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
Telstra BusinessExtra data:
250MB$5.00
1GB$15.00
3GB$30.00
6GB$60.00
10GB$100.00
15GB$150.00
Plus 1 more options

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

6GB Data

for use in Australia (incl. bonus 1GB data)
Telstra - $95 Go Mobile Plan

Here's a usage example:
  • 5250 web pages
  • +3000 emails
  • +240 videos
  • =6GB
First 6GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
TelstraExtra data:
No extra data options available.

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

4GB Data

within Australia
Vodafone - $70 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas

Here's a usage example:
  • 3500 web pages
  • +2000 emails
  • +160 videos
  • =4GB
First 4GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
VodafoneExtra data:
1GB (tether)$10.00
3GB (tether)$20.00
5GB (tether)$30.00
8GB (tether)$45.00
12GB (tether)$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

3GB Data

within Australia
Vodafone Business - $70 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas

Here's a usage example:
  • 2625 web pages
  • +1500 emails
  • +120 videos
  • =3GB
First 3GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
Vodafone BusinessExtra data:
1GB$10.00
3GB$20.00
5GB$30.00
8GB$45.00
12GB$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

5GB Data

within Australia
Vodafone - $80 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas

Here's a usage example:
  • 4375 web pages
  • +2500 emails
  • +200 videos
  • =5GB
First 5GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
VodafoneExtra data:
1GB (tether)$10.00
3GB (tether)$20.00
5GB (tether)$30.00
8GB (tether)$45.00
12GB (tether)$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

4GB Data

within Australia
Vodafone Business - $80 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas

Here's a usage example:
  • 3500 web pages
  • +2000 emails
  • +160 videos
  • =4GB
First 4GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
Vodafone BusinessExtra data:
1GB$10.00
3GB$20.00
5GB$30.00
8GB$45.00
12GB$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

13GB Data

within Australia
Vodafone - $100 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas

Here's a usage example:
  • 11375 web pages
  • +6500 emails
  • +520 videos
  • =13GB
First 13GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
VodafoneExtra data:
1GB (tether)$10.00
3GB (tether)$20.00
5GB (tether)$30.00
8GB (tether)$45.00
12GB (tether)$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

12GB Data

within Australia
Vodafone Business - $100 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas

Here's a usage example:
  • 10500 web pages
  • +6000 emails
  • +480 videos
  • =12GB
First 12GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
Vodafone BusinessExtra data:
1GB$10.00
3GB$20.00
5GB$30.00
8GB$45.00
12GB$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

6GB Data

for use in Australia (5GB + 1GB bonus)
Telstra Business - $100 Go Business Mobile Plan

Here's a usage example:
  • 5250 web pages
  • +3000 emails
  • +240 videos
  • =6GB
First 6GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
Telstra BusinessExtra data:
250MB$5.00
1GB$15.00
3GB$30.00
6GB$60.00
10GB$100.00
15GB$150.00
Plus 1 more options

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

7GB Data

within Australia
Vodafone - $100 Red Plan
Unlimited standard SMS & MMS including to overseas

Here's a usage example:
  • 6125 web pages
  • +3500 emails
  • +280 videos
  • =7GB
First 7GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
VodafoneExtra data:
1GB (tether)$10.00
3GB (tether)$20.00
5GB (tether)$30.00
8GB (tether)$45.00
12GB (tether)$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

6GB Data

within Australia
Vodafone Business - $100 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas

Here's a usage example:
  • 5250 web pages
  • +3000 emails
  • +240 videos
  • =6GB
First 6GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
Vodafone BusinessExtra data:
1GB$10.00
3GB$20.00
5GB$30.00
8GB$45.00
12GB$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

20GB Data

within Australia
Vodafone Business - $130 Red Business Plan
Unlimited standard TXT & PXT including to overseas

Here's a usage example:
  • 17500 web pages
  • +10000 emails
  • +800 videos
  • =20GB
First 20GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
Vodafone BusinessExtra data:
1GB$10.00
3GB$20.00
5GB$30.00
8GB$45.00
12GB$65.00

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

10GB Data

for use in Australia (incl. bonus 2GB data)
Telstra - $135 Go Mobile Plan

Here's a usage example:
  • 8750 web pages
  • +5000 emails
  • +400 videos
  • =10GB
First 10GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
TelstraExtra data:
No extra data options available.

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

10GB Data

for use in Australia (8GB + 2GB bonus)
Telstra Business - $135 Go Business Mobile Plan

Here's a usage example:
  • 8750 web pages
  • +5000 emails
  • +400 videos
  • =10GB
First 10GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
Telstra BusinessExtra data:
250MB$5.00
1GB$15.00
3GB$30.00
6GB$60.00
10GB$100.00
15GB$150.00
Plus 1 more options

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

16GB Data

for use in Australia (incl. bonus 1GB data)
Telstra - $195 Premium Mobile Plan

Here's a usage example:
  • 14000 web pages
  • +8000 emails
  • +640 videos
  • =16GB
First 16GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
TelstraExtra data:
No extra data options available.

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

16GB Data

for use in Australia (15GB + 1GB bonus)
Telstra Business - $195 Business Mobile Premium Plan

Here's a usage example:
  • 14000 web pages
  • +8000 emails
  • +640 videos
  • =16GB
First 16GB is at full speed.

This estimate is a guide only. Based on web page=0.8MB, email=0.2MB, video=5MB
Telstra BusinessExtra data:
250MB$5.00
1GB$15.00
3GB$30.00
6GB$60.00
10GB$100.00
15GB$150.00
Plus 1 more options

 

Tip: You can refine your data requirements at the top of the page

LG G3 Specs

Display
TypeQuad HD-IPS
Screen Resolution1440 x 2560 pixels
Screen Size5.5 inch (14 cm)
TouchscreenYes
Camera
Resolution13 megapixels
Front Facing-
3D Resolution-
Flash TypeLED
Video Camera1080p @ 30fps
Music & Video
Music PlayerYes
Video PlayerYes
Video CallsYes
FM RadioYes
Audio FormatsMP3, WAV, FLAC, eAAC+, WMA
Video FormatsH.263, H.264, MPEG4, VP8, VC1, DviX, XviD
Memory
RAM2GB
Internal16GB
ExpandableUp to 128GB
Physical
Form FactorSlate
Width74.6 mm
Height146.3 mm
Thickness9.1 mm
Weight151 grams
AccelerometerYes
GyroYes
Connectivity
Main Connectivity4G LTE
Maximum Data Speed100 Mbps
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
USB2.0
BluetoothYes
NetxG CapableNo
Telstra Blue TickNo
NetworksGSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Data NetworksLTE 700, 850, 900, 1800, 2100, 2300, 2600, GPRS, HSPA+
Messaging
Push EmailYes
Text Messages (SMS)Yes
Picture Messages (MMS)Yes
General
GPSYes
Battery (2G Talk)Up to 21 hours
Battery (Standby)Up to 23 days 1 hour
App StoreGoogle Play
Processor Type2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
Operating SystemAndroid
Release DateAugust 2014

LG G3 Review

The LG G3 originally copped a lot of flak, being released around 6 months after its predecessor. Yet, in that short time, LG has managed a huge leap ahead in its flagship offering. The G3 is a fantastic phone with a beautiful user interface, solid camera and reliable battery life.

It’s not without its flaws, however. It can be prone to random lag and app crashes at times.

Pros:
  • Beautiful user interface (UI)
  • Great camera
  • Fantastic quad-HD display
  • Tiny bezels make it look almost next-gen
  • Great customisation
Cons
  • Occasional lag
  • More app and system crashes than other devices
  • Slightly too big for easy one-handed use

Design

Despite how it looks, the LG G3 is not a metallic device. The plastic rear plate has been cleverly etched to give it the appearance of metal grain. This is actually not that disappointing. LG has done a far better job than Samsung did when it tried the same thing on the Galaxy S3 and S4. Even once you know it’s plastic it still looks pretty and is pleasant to hold. It doesn’t have the premium feel of the HTC One (M8), but it’s still an example of how a simple design can have its own beauty.

As a bonus, plastic is significantly lighter than metal. Given the width of the G3, which is still a bit phone even if LG has done well to keep the size down, any added weight would have made one-handed operation a precarious business.

It’s far from bulky, we’d have liked it to be a little smaller. The 5.5 inch display is surrounded by impressively-thin bezels that help to keep the size down and really do make it look almost next-gen when put next to something like the Galaxy S5.

The rear-situated volume and lock buttons are back again. This is a divisive issue within the office, but I’m personally a fan. Once you get used to the layout, it works well with a device this size. It’s definitely better than awkwardly stretching your hand to reach a button on the opposite side, and as such has the benefit of being as comfortable for lefties as it is for righties.

Once you get in to the user interface you start to see the real changes made by LG. Where the LG G2 was Spartan, even boring, the LG G3 has one of the prettiest UIs on Android right now. In many respects it mimics what we know to be coming on the Android L update slated for later this year.

Icons are simple with clear edges and a 2D look. Transitions are well animated and the whole ethos appears to have been “make it look fun”. Our favourite bit of animation is triggered when swiping to unlock. The lock screen fades away gradually and unevenly, revealing the home screen hidden below as you do.

If you haven’t opted to lock your phone with a password or Knock Code, you can put up to 5 app icons on the lock screen. In a fantastic piece of customisability, LG lets you decide which apps to put here. The UI is replete with this level of personalisation, and it’s one of the things that makes the G3 a treat. Unfortunately, using these app shortcuts can often cause quite a bit of lag, which detracts unnecessarily from the whole affair.

The icon tray at the bottom of the home screen is customisable, too. This isn’t exactly something new, but it is a feature that is curiously left out of some phones.

All of this pales in comparison to LG’s most brilliant piece of personalisation: the default on-screen buttons are yours to move, erase and add as you please. Don’t use the multitasker button? Fine, ditch it and replace it with Qslide or Dual Window. Unfortunately there isn’t an option for the old Android Menu button standard, which would have been great. You can even chose between white, black or gradients of each.

Finally, our last favourite little personal touch is colour themed folders. It may not sound like much, but being able to switch up the colour of your icon folders really lightens up your home screen. It’s much nicer than the default dark options that sit in stark contrast to the colourful and fun direction in which Android is moving.

Pretty much the only thing that isn’t customisable are the default volume+- activations. Holding Volume - takes you straight to the camera and volume + launches QMemo+. You can turn this ability off if you like, but you can’t change what apps are launched by holding either button.

Camera

The camera is pretty good. It excels in daylight, where it’s one of the best options on the market. Autofocus is almost instantaneous, the shutter speed is very quick and colour accuracy is high. It captures a level of detail that is unsurpassed by most other handsets we’ve used.

As you lower the light levels things get a little variable. At night, in a well-light room, sometimes you’ll get a truly great shot and sometimes things come out a little blotchy. Not blurry, mind you, it’s almost like you’ve put a water-colour filter over the image. The ratio seems to be about half-half in terms of usable vs Von Gogh painting.

Flash photography is also a mixed-bag. The photos themselves come out well, suffering little or none of the washed-out look that is all too familiar with night shots. Unfortunately, this is only really good for non-living targets. The flash itself is so bright that it’s borderline impossible to keep your eyes open when it goes off. It also takes a while to actually capture an image, so you’re left staring in to what may as well be the centre of the sun for well over a second. Accordingly, you may end up with a lot of half-closed eyelids and faces that blurred as they were rapidly turned away to shield their owners from the blinding onslaught.

Battery life and management

Battery life is very good, but doesn’t quite make the 2-day Holy Grail. Generally we got about a day and a half out of it. In the real world that translates to charging it every night, but never having to worry about running out before the day’s end.

Some more-taxing games did use a lot of charge and had us around 10% by bed time, but that’s standard for any device on the market.

Built-in to the G3 is a battery management system. Like the rest of the UI, this is customisable. You can set which services and features to disable when it activates, as well as what percentage of battery life causes it to switch on. You can also set it as a quick setting in the notification panel, so that you can manually turn it on and off as needed.

In some regions (Australia included), the wireless charging capabilities are built right in to the phone’s rear case. This is great to see. Too often manufacturers charge you for additional charging accessories to achieve this.

The Qi wireless charging standard is the one used by LG, so any Qi device will do it. There’s a proprietary LG wireless charging stand if you’d prefer to stay in-brand. From our tests it works very well and charges about the same as plugging your phone directly in to a wall outlet.

Performance

This is where the LG G3 falters. Where most phones tend to nail the big things like smoothness, speed and stability but get tripped up on the little things, the G3 is the opposite. For all of its customisation, its beautiful interface and elegant look, it just doesn’t run as efficiently as other devices.

It’s not a total lost-cause; it’s just not as good as it should be. Opening apps is sometimes fast, but can often take way longer than you’d expect. Apps also crash a bit more often than on other devices, and we even had two full system crashes where we had to remove the battery to restart the device.

These are not problems from which a modern flagship phone should suffer.

In fairness to the G3, it still works like a flagship most of the time. It’s fast smooth and, thanks to its UI, appears to move with an elegance not found on other phones. LG came so close to making an absolute market-buster here, but the software side of things seems to be holding it back.

There’s light at the end of the tunnel. Already we’ve received two software updates that have made minor improvements to things like browsing and battery management, so at the very least LG is taking the G3 seriously. Still, you should never buy a phone based on updates that may or may not ever make it to the airwaves, and as things stand the G3 could use a fair amount of improvement.

Connectivity

This is not an issue with the G3. It runs well over 3G, 4G and WiFi. WiFi connectivity goes all the way up to the most-modern 802.11ac standard, but you can still get a/b/g/n if your router is a little older.

As for 4G connectivity the G3 has it all: Cat4, FDD, TDD, 700MHz compatibility. In South Korea there will soon be a Cat6 version launching, but that’s not something anyone outside of SK needs to worry about.

If you’d like that again in English it basically means the LG G3 will operate on any current 4G network in the western world at the max speeds said network is capable of delivering to your location at any point in time.

If you’re living in a 3G area then the G3 has you covered, too. It has the latest and greatest in 3G tech, including dual-channel HSPA+ for any tech-heads out there.

Other connectivity specs:
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB 2.0
  • NFC
  • A-GPS

Verdict

The LG G3 is an awesome, awesome phone that is let down by some inherent unreliabilities resulting from LG’s proprietary UI. It’s so close to being the best phone ever released that we can almost taste it.

It’s still a fantastic phone; one of our absolute favourites to be released this year. It may sound crazy, but the simple intelligence of its layout, complete with huge potential for personalisation, offset most of the instability issues.

Subsequently we’d rate it around the HTC One (M8) or Galaxy S5 mark, which is very high. It could have been higher, if it were only a little more reliable. At the very least LG has proven that it’s a name to look out for in the smartphone market. Come the LG G4 we may see a serious game-changer.

For now, the LG G3 is a great phone and well-worth your consideration. Just be aware that you may have to restart your phone a little more often than your friends, which is the price you pay for an otherwise beautiful experience.

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