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Reader's choice: LG G3 outscores Samsung Galaxy S5

Reader's choice: LG G3 outscores Samsung Galaxy S5

With so many high-end smartphones out there, it's impossible for us to avoid comparing them on a whole bunch of different levels. We've made detailed comparisons, specs comparisons, and what not, but one thing we didn't have until recently was a dedicated "reader's choice" comparison, where our users could step into our shoes and vote for the handsets they think are superior in comparison with their rivals. Well, we recently put up such a comparison featuring Samsung's Galaxy S5 and HTC's One (M8), and guess what - you ruled that the One (M8) deserves to grab the win.

Last week, we had a similar comparison, but this time, it was the LG G3 that challenged the Galaxy S5. Once again, our readers were given the opportunity to vote for the phone they think is superior in each of the following categories: Design, Display, Interface and functionality, and Camera. Well, it wouldn't be an overstatement if we say that the G3 has scored a rather definitive victory over its rival, as it has managed to gain a significant lead with a total of 9286 votes, versus the Galaxy S5's 5051.

Interestingly, the Galaxy S5 was simply crushed in the Design department, where the G3 grabbed a cool 78% of the votes. Well, we guess it's high time for Samsung to shake things up, but then again, we've been saying this for quite some time now. Moving on to Display, the LG G3 once again comes out on top in a convincing manner, snatching 60% of the votes. The Galaxy S5 relies on a vivid AMOLED display, but this technology also has a number of downfalls, such as its inaccurate color reproduction, and this has probably what made most users opt for the G3's more-believable screen appearance. Who knows, users might have also preferred the larger-than-life, 5.5" size of the G3's display, in comparison to the Galaxy S5's still-generous 5.1" panel.

Another clear victory for the LG G3 is found in the User experience portion of the comparison, where LG's handset has almost 67% of the votes. Both companies have gone for a more simplistic and flatter approach to software interface development, but LG's offering seems to appeal more to our readers. Exactly why this is, we don't know, but feel free to let us know why you prefer one UI over the other in the comments below!

Finally, both handsets were really neck and neck in the Camera part, but at the end, the LG G3 won with 50.68% versus 49.32% for the Samsung Galaxy S5. From a total of 3431 votes in the Camera section, just 47 votes have managed to separate the two and grant the G3 a narrow victory, though it'd be safe to say the contenders are pretty much equal in this department.

Check out the exact numbers in the gallery below, and let us know if you agree with the results in the comments!

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posted on 30 Jul 2014, 05:42 3

1. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


normal results.. g3 is new device compared to s5 so its attractive to ppl.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 05:58 11

3. RohanM (Posts: 134; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


S5 is also not that old.. so lol

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:22 1

8. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


you know in that market even 1 month is long time

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:51 5

13. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2867; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I can say Sammy haters. S5 should be up at least in camera and display.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:10

16. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


yes right

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 11:06 2

65. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


S5 IS STILL MUCH BETTER THAN G3

Simply the iboys manipulated the poll with their votes. And PA know, and expected that.

Don't be naïve. The iboys are all over here to fight with Samsung. LOL

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 11:09

66. ecmedic4 (Posts: 202; Member since: 02 May 2013)


Yes it's all a big conspiracy against Samsung! I really hope you don't actually believe what you type sometimes as it sounds totally ridiculous.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 17:39 1

71. naittosan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


Anything to use as an excuse to save Samsung

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 12:02 1

69. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


I thought PA full of samsung fans like you

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 14:15

74. babyboy14622 (Posts: 29; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


you mad bro!!!

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:24

50. Tommy1960i (Posts: 103; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


The Lg G3 has an awesome screen plus it has a pefect camera, exactly like the S5, but there is something in it that is different anyway...

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:54 1

61. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


You must ask PA

HOW THEY COULD PROVE, THAT THE IBOYS ARE NOT VOTING on this poll.
I'm sure that PA know very well that the iboys vote on every poll against Samsung, but close their eyes , BECAUSE THAT'S THEIR POINT with those polls.
Samsung bashing must go on. Right.
Now they hide behind the dirty trick:
"Once again, our readers were given the opportunity to vote for the phone they think is superior "
ROTFL

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 05:58 2

2. Qbancelli (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)


It is newer and better.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:56

62. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


No. It's NOT.
Simply the iboys manipulated the poll with their votes.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:00 16

4. hateftotti (Posts: 146; Member since: 03 May 2011)


G3 is a great phone but in these kind of polls all of the haters will vote against samsung devices.
Remember that poll about S5 and HTC One M8 when S5 outscored by M8 in camera part which was funny!

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:01 1

42. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The truth has been spoken.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:23

57. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Cause Samsung is better than LG?

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:03 12

5. YodhaMali (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)


Design - G3
Display - S5
UI - S5
Camera - S5
Battery - S5

S5 - 4; G3 - 1.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:07 5

7. ihavenoname (Posts: 1524; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Same here, but I like G3 UI better.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:23 2

9. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


agree except ui.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:10 3

31. teerex42 (Posts: 168; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


And the charging...my GS5 literally charges 10% in 10 minutes..it's noticeably faster than the G3

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:22

36. Japultra (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 May 2014)


PhoneArena says G3 charge is much faster than S5. I get about 10% in 10 minutes as well on the G3 (and the G3 has a larger battery so it has more battery to charge)

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:41

39. Urosz (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


g3 have better camera
zedomax did good comparison

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:57

63. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Who???

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:05 3

6. ihavenoname (Posts: 1524; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Otherwise I agree with other voters but GS5 has much better display. Resolution and size are not everything.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:07

30. teerex42 (Posts: 168; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


That it does, the LG's screen is washed out compared to the beautiful display of the GS5!

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:06

45. thunder18 (Posts: 116; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


You can easily adjust the contrast of the G3's screen. It's in the accessibility menu. Just check XDA-developers. With that being said, no LCD is going to match the contrast levels of an AMOLED display. That's just a fact as an LCD can't completely turn off it's light source to display true black.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:16 1

33. Japultra (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 May 2014)


Some people prefer natural, accurate colours over saturated colours.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:59

64. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


So GS5 will give it to them, too

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:59 5

14. pavsidhu (Posts: 117; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Samsung Galaxy S5 is overrated!

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:28

18. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


And why is that?

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:23

37. Japultra (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 May 2014)


Overrated doesn't mean it's bad. Only that it's celebrated moreso than it should be.

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 15:22

76. pavsidhu (Posts: 117; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Yeah, S5 is a very good phone, but the LG G3 is better. Shame LG doesn't have powerful marketing like Samsung

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:32 1

20. CheckThisOut2k (Posts: 48; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


Big Papa Smurf disagrees!

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:05

44. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You bet I do. It's okay. Haters gonna hate.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:06

29. teerex42 (Posts: 168; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


Look at my review down below having both phones. The GS5 is the better phone of the 2, connectivity, the screen, the charging, the camera, water/dust resistant. GS5 wins in most categories.

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 15:20

75. pavsidhu (Posts: 117; Member since: 20 May 2014)


I'd rather have a phone which is complete then a phone which is half baked sorry

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:31

19. CheckThisOut2k (Posts: 48; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


I really like my G3, but I'll buy a better battery replacement soon!

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:03

28. teerex42 (Posts: 168; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


The GS5's battery last longer than the LG's in my experience.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:35 5

23. twens (Posts: 700; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


It's funny how Samsung has won themselves so much hatred by being at the top. It's so funny

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:19 1

34. Japultra (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 May 2014)


I used to love Samsung but they need a design supercharge. They're recycling the S3 design over and over, and not even in a good way. They need to reduce the amount of bloat they offer as well.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:58 1

26. speed4evr (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Having owned the S2/S3/Note2/S4, G2/Nexus5 and currently the G3. Ive preferred the previous samsung models for many reasons (display, easy to root, camera), G2 for the Battery life/KnockFeatures/Price. Deciding between the S5 and G3 was one of the harder device decisions I've made. I liked that Touchwhiz is less intruding on the S5. I really like the flatter look and lack of home button on the G3. I prefer a more minimalistic feel for the UI(Nexus 5) and the G3 wins that. The G3 display is very clear and looks beautiful. Just my 2 cents.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:00 3

27. teerex42 (Posts: 168; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


I had the LG G3 and took it back for the GS5. In my experience with both phones using them over several days, the GS5 is a better phone.
Water/dust resistant, much faster charging, although not quadhd screen, the super amoled blows away the washed out LCD screen. It's brighter if used in the sun and brighter overall along with deeper blacks and more colorful than the LCD screen, camera is better, though it is a personal choice I like Sammy's UI better..the actual responsiveness and connectivity was noticeably faster on the GS5. I'm attributing this to the quadhd screen possibly but I noticed it right away. Battery is another thing that lasts longer on the GS5. The only thing I found better on the LG was the design, with the exception of the back, in which I like the GS5's leather like look and feel better.
The LG is a sexy phone but I want more than that out of my phone. Whatever you choose, I hope you enjoy it :)

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:26

38. alouden (Posts: 217; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Thanks for sharing. Been trying to decide between the two. It is good to have a fair assessment from someone who owned both phones. I think i would prefer LG's UI (I have the G3 on my G2), but am now leaning toward the S5.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:09

47. thunder18 (Posts: 116; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


My fiance has the S5 and I have the G3 and it testing done on wifi, the G3 and the S5 both using the Chrome browser, the G3 will consistently load websites faster. espn.com, msn.com, you name it.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:20 1

35. BobbyDigital (Posts: 622; Member since: 29 May 2014)


I honestly don't know why you Sammy boys are up in arms. It's all about personal preference. Period. Not everyone is going to like your beloved Samsung. People are allowed to vote what they deem better in THEIR experience and THEIR opinion. No one cares about what so and so at XYZ developer site or what some Sammy fanboy at a blog says. People choose what they like. Period. Get over it already.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:43

40. Urosz (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


cmon people s5 sux g3 is better just like z2 and m8 are better too

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:07

46. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Please care to explain because from what I see, your comment is simply looking for attention and nothing else.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:56 1

41. Mreveryphone (Posts: 58; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


I've got both phones, my s5 has already started to lag and I have the same apps installed on both phones. Maybe that extra gig of ram isn't a gimmick after all. I do like the screen on the s5, as well as the g3's...I guess that's a personal preference thing, you can't go wrong with either one. The charge time on the s5 is better, but the G3 doesn't take that long either. Battery life is better on the G3 for me at least. I really prefer the knock code due to the face that you can go from sleep to home screen in a couple of taps, no need to do that extra step. The water resistant feature does add that extra sense of security just in case. Truthfully you can't go wrong with either phone...

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:13

48. thunder18 (Posts: 116; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


I think with the screens it's one of those things like when you compare them right next to each other, it's noticeable. When you take "one" of them home, you quickly forget that one had a more saturated display and your brain quickly gets used to either one.

3 gigs of ram can only help things. it made a huge difference on the Note 3 vs. the Note 2. Also, as you rightly mentioned, the G3's battery is larger. Of course it's going to take slightly longer to charge.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:25

51. AfterShock (Posts: 2991; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


If I had to choose between these two phones alone, I'd go G3.
Bias to feel in hand, shape, materials, lack of front hardware button, non amoled even if halo'd an eating my 801/330 alive.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:34

54. CheckThisOut2k (Posts: 48; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


I'm coming off of the LG G3 and if I don't like it in two years, I might get the Galaxy S6/7 or the Note 5.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:30

58. youlookfoolish (Posts: 131; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


Meanwhile, the S5 still outsells the G3 5-1.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 11:54

68. CheckThisOut2k (Posts: 48; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


Do you have any proof or is it your opinion?

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:44

59. Denco (Posts: 51; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Opinion polls are always subjective and theoretical. Readers are tiny and unreliable arbiters of brands. The real deciding factor of which smartphone brand is better than the other is the buyers market outcome. Is LG outselling Galaxy S5 or vice versa? Let's hear the quarterly or end-of-year earnings reports of the two brands and we will see the real winner.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 11:14

67. npaladin2000 (Posts: 141; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Well, clearly this is a conspiracy because otherwise Samsung's marketing department would have cast enough votes to make sure that they won. ;)

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 17:45 1

72. ricethief (Posts: 8; Member since: 17 Jul 2012)


People need to realize what's best for you isn't the best for everyone. Can't believe how bent out of shape people get when someone likes a different model of phone then whatthey have. I prefer colors that closest to being accurate. For that I prefer the G3. After adjusting contrast don't have any issues with washed out colors. For people that read a lot on their phone the G3 screen blows away anything I've ever seen on a phone. The clarity of text is noticeable. These are the reasons I prefer the G3.

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 08:17

73. sasch (Posts: 14; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


i Have an Love hate relationship with Samsung, I used The HTC One M8, Samsung S5, LG G3
and i must say i couldn't wait for the LG to be released, but after only one week i was very disappointing, the screen over hyped colors are way off, the battery life terrible, the out door visibility dreadful. so at the end i gone back to the S5 it is just a better allrounder , no one can take this from Samsung the screen is beautiful, the battery live is pretty good considering i am a heavy user, i must admit i would like Samsung to improve the UI A little and may be change the design to the standards lets say curved glass or something snazzy but i guess they will get the hint eventually i just hope the note 4 improves or i will definitely go back to Apple Iphone 6 if the 5,5 Version is in fact an option.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 09:39

77. dicben304 (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Aug 2014)


Ive owned the g2 gave it to my son. Now im using the g3. Owned an s4 and had samsung note 3, gave it to my sister, my dad owns an s5. Camera s5 hands down, screen i like amoled so s5. However the g3 screen is more sharper. But. Im never been more content and happier with the g3. Points to back buttons and thin bezels, and i cant live without the knock on. Its so useful as i open my phone even one the table without scramming for the power button nor the menu button like the s5.

Battery still a little less than my old g2 but stills gets the job done more than a day. Did some few twitches and g3 now more snappier. I like the flat ui of g3 than s5 and holding both, the g3 feels better.

I also have a feeling that samsung and lg are really connected in a way the feel of the ui and the tv remote are almost identical.

I just feel that lg is samsung's reaserch and development guinea pig. Its their way of protecting their reputation if a new thing would flop and lg takes it. However, the thin bezel and back botton layout and knock feature feels like what every touch screen phone should be.

I wish i could make the volume keys scroll my screen or let lg create an intuative touch pad at the back so i can navigate while i browse in the net so i have full view of the screen when i read

Proud, happy, content g3 user for now. Samsung impress us soon, sony forget about them had the z1 z ultra but the ui sucks as well as battery and cam

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