During all the excitement on the pending release of the BlackBerry Passport, I thought it would be a good idea to head over and see what the other guys are doing. We know Apple is making another iPhone. This time they’re going bigger. *yawn*. We know Samsung’s S5 sales have gone flaccid. The HTC One M8 has been forgotten. So what else is out there? Well, BGR called the LG G3 the new king of android a few days ago and gave it a glowing review. So I guess that’s the phone I need to look at. So, let’s look at the specs. People are very concerned about specs when it comes to android.
The phone’s key specs include a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage, support for an additional 128GB of microSD storage, Android 4.4 KitKat, a 13-megapixel rear camera with Laser Auto Focus and Optical Image Stabilization, a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera and a massive 3,000 mAh battery.
Ok, that’s enough time spent at BGR. I really don’t want to go off of their opinions. They are after all the ones that are consistently wrong about the future of BlackBerry. I much prefer to hear what users are saying about a device. Let’s head off to Android Central. I’ll go look at their forums and see what people are saying about the device.
And right off the bat, first thread I come to is titled: “Well, returned the G3”
It appears MrBungle999 found the device a bit boring. In his words, “I just couldnt justify paying extra compared to the G2. Its a great phone but just not enough wow factor. G2 is good enough for now plus I know there will be some crazy cool new phones coming in the next few months. It was just not far ahead of the curve compared to G2. Interface and camera were nice though”
It appears that there are a few people that agree with MrBungle that the G3 just isn’t enough of an upgrade for them to be purchasing one. There are a few that simply don’t agree however. There are some people that think it is well worth it though. For instance GrooveRite says “You can say the same for most yearly incremental upgrades as well. For me though, the G2’s lack of removable bat. and sd card slot make the G3 a highly worthy upgrade considering its just a yearly incremental upgrade. I know not all with agree with me but I do know many who value the importance of having those features on their devices!”
So yes! I agree GrooveRite! For me, I’d never purchase a device without expandable memory. Although, because of that, you won’t see me upgrading devices simply for that feature either. MrBungle though we find out later, has downgraded down to his wife’s old used Samsung S4 in hopes that something exciting will come out in the future. Doesn’t look good for the G3 if someone is willing to return it and move back to a much older used phone.
Well let’s keep moving shall we?
BJBaller asks ‘Should we trade up to an LG G3?’ Apparently BJBaller and his girlfriend are looking to trade up from an S4 and a Moto X. While a few tell him that the Moto X is a great device, the overwhelming majority tells him to trade up! And he does! Yay! His last post in the thread as of this writing? “I noticed a few apps aren’t compatible wth like ESPN sportscenter and Kohl’s wtf?” Uh-oh! Well, I’m sure you don’t really need those BJBaller, you have a larger screen now!
Let’s move on as he looks for someone to help him.
Oh my. This one is worrisome. “Earpiece buzz or crackle”
I’ll quote Matto2007 here: ” Just got a new Verizon LG G3 along with my friend. I have noticed that my earpiece is make a buzzing / crackle noise while in a call. I tested my friends but his does not seem to do it but was just wondering if anyone else had those issues. It seems very faint almost like an electrical buzz or like a tiny bug in the earpiece. It doesn’t do it constant just intermittent during the calls but I do notice it more when my cell coverage (bars) are lower but like I said my friends doesn’t do it. Guess I will head to the store and see if they will switch it out.. Will update if it’s still an issue with a new one.”
Well, there’s always a chance of getting a bad device right? He could have got one built right at quitting time. But wait! Mmohn01 has the same issue. As does Bigwilly087. And Chucklesjh, and aitt. Whoops! Not done! Add levoresume to that list. Well, at least Matto2007 got a new device. Wanna guess what happened? Yup. Same issue.
Now here’s the sad part. Another quote right from Matto2007: “Well corporate told me that they only offer one worry free exchange whatever that is and that they will not exchange this unit for a new one. They told me I could get a like new / refurbished one but that’s bullsh*t it’s a new phone why would I exchange it for a used one its only a week old. I guess I will go back to the store and see if they can do anything otherwise I guess it’s back to the DNA and await a newer phone later this year. It’s a shame really I love the phone I just can’t get past the buzzing during phone calls. ”
Ok, that’s enough of that for me. There’s another android phone that just isn’t cutting muster. I tend to think it’s a pretty bad statement about the phone when people are willing to downgrade to older phones rather than continue to use the new one that they just purchased.
I’ll stick to my BlackBerry thank you very much!