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LG G3 vs. Galaxy S5 Hands On Comparison

by Jacob Kleinman | May 27, 2014May 27, 2014 4:00 pm EST

LG just announced its latest flagship smartphone, the G3, but how does it compare to Samsung’s Galaxy S5? We took a look at the two phones side-by-side today to find out just that.

The LG G3’s screen is a full half-inch bigger than the Galaxy S5 measured along the screen’s diagonal, but the two phones are actually pretty identical in size when you factor in the rest of the design. Thanks to its super-thin bezels, the G3 is just a tiny bit bigger than the S5, though as you can see in the video above LG’s new phone is barely visible hiding behind Samsung’s latest flagship handset. From the side the G3 is just a little thicker that the S5 (0.03 inches to be precise), though this difference is barely noticeable.

The G3 may pack a Quad HD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels at 534 ppi compared to the Galaxy S5’s 1080p 432 ppi display, but side-by-side it’s hard to tell the difference between the two high-quality screens—even though LG claims it should be obvious. Both look super sharp and bright, and the only obvious difference is size. If you prefer a bigger phone the LG G3 is the clear victor here.

Under the hood these two phones offer pretty much the same specs, including a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, microSD support up to 128GB of storage, Android 4.4.2 and NFC. The G3 offers a slightly bigger battery at 3000mAh compared to the S5’s 2800mAh battery, while Samsung offers a more powerful 16-megapixel camera next to LG’s 13-megapixel shooter. The G3 boasts a few extra camera tricks however, including laser auto focus and OIS+, which could give it an edge against the Galaxy S5. Finally, the S5 packs 2GB of RAM while the G3 offers either 2GB or 3GB of memory depending on region.

At the end of the day the LG G3 and the Galaxy S5 are extremely similar phones. If you’re a fan of big screens and high resolution displays LG may have the upper hand, though we’re not sure that will be enough to help the company dethrone Samsung’s Galaxy S series.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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