July 30, 2014, 10:10 AM — The just-released LG G3 looks to be a killer Android phone. But how does it stack up against the best Android phone on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S5? I've got specs and details.
If bigger is better, then the G3 gets the nod here. It's got a big, 5.5-inch screen compared to the S5's 5.1-incher. And the resolution on the G3 is outstanding, 1440 by 2560, with 538 pixels per inch. The S5's resolution is 1080 by 1920, with 432 pixels per inch. So if size matters to you, then you'll want to clearly go with the G3. But the G3 screen also has some woes, with people reporting that it sometimes drops frames in some animations. In addition, the S5 has superior color quality. So if it's quality, not size, you're after, go with the S5.
Both phones are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor running at 2.5GHz. They both come with 2GB of RAM. So performance should be identical, right? Well, not quite. It takes a lot of ooomph to power the LG's larger screen with all of those pixels, and so people have reported that the G3 can be sometimes sluggish. The nod here goes to the S5, by a hair.
This one is a dead heat: Both come with 32GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot that can handle cards with up to 128 GB of memory.
The S5 comes with 16-megapixel rear camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing one, while the G3 has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing one. Samsung and LG both tout their camera technologies with fancy extras. In practice, you'll find them to be much the same.
Here the S5 is a clear winner. It's water resistant and dust resistant, and has a heart rate monitor and finger print scanner. The G3 doesn't have much.
So which phone is better? If size matters and you want a large screen, you'll clearly want the G3. But in most other ways, the S5 is a superior phone, so if you don't need the larger screen, the S5 is the winner.