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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 (Posts: 350; 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: 130; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


S5 is also not that old.. so lol

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:22 1

8. nohatenofanboy (Posts: 350; 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: 2581; 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 (Posts: 350; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


yes right

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 11:06 2

65. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 811; 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: 198; 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: 178; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


Anything to use as an excuse to save Samsung

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 12:02 1

69. nohatenofanboy (Posts: 350; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


I thought PA full of samsung fans like you

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 14:15

74. babyboy14622 (Posts: 28; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


you mad bro!!!

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:26 8

10. sar44 (Posts: 196; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Stupid noobs and haters,
G3
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2797810
http://anandtech.com/show/8169/the-lg-g3-review/2
http://www.ixbt.com/mobile/images/lg-g3/vs-black-angle-alt-l.jpg
http://www.ixbt.com/mobile/images/lg-g3/vs-black-angle-l.jpg
S5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PP8mgv0eCY#t=572
http://hi-tech.imgsmail.ru/hitech_img/2d53581586be6304c80408c3daa3eb29/r/884x-/i/45/b7/3b41437f386e991756e5ceaff736.jpg
http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/116013-image/%E2%80%8BSamsung-Galaxy-S5-HTC-One-M8-Sony-Xperia-Z2-LG-G-P%E2%80%8Bro-2-0122.jpg
http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/116012-image/%E2%80%8BSamsung-Galaxy-S5-HTC-One-M8-Sony-Xperia-Z2-LG-G-P%E2%80%8Bro-2-012.jpg
http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/116009-image/Samsung-Galaxy-S5-HTC-One-M8-Sony-Xperia-Z2-LG-G-Pro-2-009.jpg
ideal black color, ideal contrast, ideal viewing angle, ideal response speed is worse than QHD
Camera
S5
G3
http://pp.vk.me/c618826/v618826401/95e9/7bw7hDlOdSg.jpg
http://pp.vk.me/c618826/v618826401/95e2/NMeVKQWoFs0.jpg
http://pp.vk.me/c614824/v614824401/15efd/3awlVBQMNfo.jpg
http://pp.vk.me/c614824/v614824401/15ef4/hCockYiBow4.jpg
http://pp.vk.me/c619218/v619218401/ad50/vZosnbAwfNo.jpg
http://pp.vk.me/c619218/v619218401/ad49/TX4mRgFNq3I.jpg
http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/LG-G3-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-S5_id3724/page/3
http://polls-polarb-com.a.ssl.fastly.net/000/186/650/186650-1-large-d063293267b7ddb6.jpg
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S5-tops-our-blind-camera-comparison-for-the-third-time-in-a-row-LG-G3-close-second_id57178
http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Camera-comparison-LG-G3-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-S5-Galaxy-Note-3-iPhone-5s-LG-G2-Sony-Xperia-Z2-HTC-One-M8_id3728
http://www.cnet.com/news/lg-g3s-laser-equipped-camera-put-to-the-test/
G3 - no waterproof
S5 - waterproof
G3 - cpu 2.3ghz gpu 450mhz
S5 - cpu 2.5ghz gpu 570mhz
Not need verbiage, just give me your proofs

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:32 1

11. nohatenofanboy (Posts: 350; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


wtf ??

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:49 1

12. sar44 (Posts: 196; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


"Not need verbiage, just give me your proofs"
Child, you know how to read? Go to assert itself in another place

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:28

52. nohatenofanboy (Posts: 350; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


r u ok ?

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:32

21. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Wth

What a big huge fat pussicat...?

Your avatar.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:29

53. nohatenofanboy (Posts: 350; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


do you have problem with that ?

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:20

56. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


No I don't, but I can't stop laughing.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 12:03

70. nohatenofanboy (Posts: 350; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


good to now that it makes you smile

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:04 3

15. jellmoo (Posts: 664; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


"G3 - cpu 2.3ghz gpu 450mhz
S5 - cpu 2.5ghz gpu 570mhz"

Wait... What? Where did you get that info? Everything I've read shows a 2.5GHz on the LG G3, with a 330 clocked at 587MHz.

http://www.androidbeat.com/2014/05/lg-g3-vs-lg-g2/

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:33

22. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Could be the Asian version

International version sucks. 2gb Ram and downgraded Cpu.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:41

24. sar44 (Posts: 196; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Sorry, false info. I remember exactly where that it is had read.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:18

17. ecologer (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Jul 2014)


Samsung Galaxy S5, just like S4, S3, Note 3 and Note 2 uses PWM driven backlight, which means constant strobe effect for all screen brightness values between 0% and 99%. That is a huge annoyance and quickly results in an eyestrain.
You can see how this looks on S4, but on S5 it is the same:
vimeo.com/101804094

Or look it up: Samsung Galaxy S4 flickering (PWM backlight)
Info on PWM and its effect is included in the description below the video.

LG G2 and G3 uses DC regulated backlight dimming, so it is much more friendly to your eyes.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:43

25. sar44 (Posts: 196; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


I admit it too. I did wrote about it earlier
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2746925

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:13 2

32. teerex42 (Posts: 159; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


Get off the crack man...eye strain my ass. The super amoled display is superior to washed out LCD. Everyone that I know who has a samoled display on their phones love them over any screen out there, and that includes the icrap's retina display.
Any sort of this effect you call it is not noticeable to the human eye. All we see is beautiful colors and deep blacks :)

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:42

55. ecologer (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Jul 2014)


It's not the AMOLED, it is the implementation of brightness regulation that is causing concern. Samsung did it right on Galaxy S II, but have lost their clue ever since:
youtube.com/watch?v=4pqKG3mCgPM

Usually it is the people with sensitive eyes who notice the difference first. There is a scientific paper summarizing the effects of PWM backlight effects:
essex.ac.uk/psychology/overlays/2010-195.pdf

I'll quote it here:
"The obvious biological effects occur:
1) immediately from 2) flicker that is visible. The risks include seizures, and less specific neurological symptoms including malaise and headache. Seizures can be triggered by flicker in individuals with no previous history or diagnosis of epilepsy."

"The less obvious biological effects occur:
1) from flicker that is invisible 2) after exposure of several minutes.
Invisible flicker health effects have been reported to include headaches and eye-strain."

You can find references to neurological studies in the References section.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:04

43. thunder18 (Posts: 113; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


People are going to like what they like man. Even if something else has better specs. There's no getting around that. One need only take a look at VHS vs. Betamax.

One thing that I think may be helping, at least for Sprint customers is pricing. Samsung as the Android market leader has been publishing really high MSRPs lately. The S5's MSRP is $100 higher than the G3. Best Buy has been selling the G3 for $100 on contract vs. $199 for the S5. Even contract free you're going to have to pony up for that extra $100 in retail pricing out of pocket.

Also,
"G3 - no waterproof - Correct
S5 - waterproof - Correct
G3 - cpu 2.3ghz gpu 450mhz - Wrong!!! 2.5gHz with 578mHz GPU:http://www.phonearena.com/phones/LG-G3_id8347
S5 - cpu 2.5ghz gpu 570mhz - Correct, same as the G3 as they both use the MSM8974AC:http://www.anandtech.com/show/7846/the-difference-between-snapdragon-800-and-801-clearing-up-confusion
Not need verbiage, just give me your proofs"

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:21

49. Jishnusur (Posts: 71; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


Avoid this moron. He is a blind S5 fan. Yea man Your S5 is the best. Happy? Now gtfo

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:51

60. Busyboy (Posts: 288; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


@sar44, the G3 is actually clocked at 2.5ghz and not 2.3ghz. Double check your facts before wasting your life finding links that no one will check.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:24

50. Tommy1960i (Posts: 98; 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 (Posts: 811; 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: 60; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)


It is newer and better.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:56

62. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 811; 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: 137; 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: 8117; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The truth has been spoken.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:23

57. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; 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: 1374; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Same here, but I like G3 UI better.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:23 2

9. nohatenofanboy (Posts: 350; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


agree except ui.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:10 3

31. teerex42 (Posts: 159; 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: 23; 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 (Posts: 811; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Who???

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:05 3

6. ihavenoname (Posts: 1374; 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: 159; 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: 113; 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: 23; 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 (Posts: 811; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


So GS5 will give it to them, too

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:59 5

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


Samsung Galaxy S5 is overrated!

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:28

18. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


And why is that?

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:23

37. Japultra (Posts: 23; 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: 76; 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: 43; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


Big Papa Smurf disagrees!

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:05

44. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8117; 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: 159; 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: 76; 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: 43; 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: 159; 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: 608; 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: 23; 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.

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