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OnePlus One vs. LG G3: Which Superphone Is Worth Your Money?

by Brandon Russell | August 21, 2014August 21, 2014 2:01 pm EST

The LG G3 is the super phone everyone has been waiting for. The OnePlus One is the best phone you can’t buy. So, which one is the better purchase?

That’s something Jon has the answer to, though it’s not as black and white and you might think.

When we reviewed the G3 in June, it was clear that LG had a winner; the device received our highest ever score, and that’s no easy thing to do. It’s also not easy to upstage devices like the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8), which the G3 did without breaking a sweat. Compared to the G2 last year, the G3 had both brawn and brains, along with one of the best screens we’ve ever laid eyes on. The buttons on the back are still odd, though that’s about the only complaint we have about the phone.

The OnePlus One, meanwhile, is a bit more of a wild card. Not only is it being offered by a young company, but you can only buy it through a wonky invite system, making it a much harder device to get your hands on. Is that headache worth the $299 off-contract? Absolutely. The price is obviously the headliner here, but the OnePlus one also comes with the specs to match, along with terrific hardware that can stand toe-to-toe with the best designs out there.

It really comes down to your preferences. The OnePlus One runs CyanogenMod, which is based on Android 4.4, while the G3 runs Android 4.4 with a skin on top. Both cameras are excellent, and battery life is equally impressive on both devices. Almost everything about these devices is on an even playing field, which means the margins by which one of them wins out is slim.

Which device comes out on top? You’ll have to watch the video to find out. We have some great things to say about both devices, but there can only be one winner.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.