Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: first look
0. phoneArena 24 Feb 2014, 21:04 posted on
Samsung, you've done it again! You've managed to once again wow the crowds with a new, premium Android device, and we're glad that we had the opportunity to take it for a spin here at MWC. The device we're talking about is, of course, the highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5. Without a doubt, we're dealing with a handset that will grab the attention of anyone looking for a high-end, no-compromise Android smartphone. What we're also sure about, however, that Samsung's competitors won't just give up without a fight. In fact, the Galaxy S5 will be racing against a number of other top-notch handsets, one of them being the LG G2...
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3. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Of course G2 looks great vs s5. Photos are telling us.
15. jcdz89 (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)
G2 is not a good looking phone but when comparing with that ugly s5 it's pretty good.
54. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
G2 is sexy good looking phone.
won best innovative design award @2014 CES!
44. youlookfoolish (Posts: 173; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
It's subjective. I agree with you however. The S5 honestly doesn't stand out from the S4 in my eyes. The G2 is thinner on bezel and sharper without the dumb perforated style back plate.
2. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
LG, show Sammy what real plastic awesomeness is. Please teach them how to use plastic on their phones.
53. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
LG has already PROVEN IN BEST DESIGN AWARDS!
see Reddot design awards and iF design award for LG Mobile!
4. tech-head (Posts: 133; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)
Glad I didn't wait for the S5. I'm happy with my LG G2.
37. steedsofwar (unregistered)
I'm feeling exactly the same. This only leaves HTC to announce their contender. I'm not holding my breath if I'm honest. I have a feeling that I'm gonna incline towards the next nexus. Purely for software reasons. I'm already running AOSP 4.4 Kitkat on my G" and blown away by the responsiveness and smoothness. The G2 has an awesome battery and camera. I hope the next Nexus will do the same.
45. youlookfoolish (Posts: 173; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
Here here. Nothing about the S5 will make me put my G2 down. The health features and water proofing make me feel like it's the S4 active update.
6. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2210; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
"Samsung, you have really outdone yourself in 2014," said nobody ever.
8. Edward_bly (Posts: 278; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)
+1 I just wish they hadnt have used that back design.
46. youlookfoolish (Posts: 173; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
Samsung is falling into a similar "refinement" cycle like Apple. But many consumers will still eat it up on name brand only. That's just the way it is.
7. Reeyawn (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)
The real rival of the s5 is not the G2 but the G3. Wait till the G3 arrives.
11. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
I will love to see how the G3 goes, considering how anemic of an upgrade the S5 is over the G2 (And in some regards, it is a downgrade from it). Also interested to see how the new HTC phone goes, it may actually be better than Samsung's this year.
39. erod550 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
Battery, larger size despite a smaller screen.
26. R-vjn (Posts: 186; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
thats right, but we can't deny the fact that the G2, last years LG flagship, stands its own against S5, Samsung's this years flag-boat.. :D
47. youlookfoolish (Posts: 173; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
Hard to compared a 2014 model to a 2013 model for sure. It's impossible to speculate what the G3 will actually be from a hardware stand point. But with that said, LG has a track record of over specing their phones.
I simply hope they stop trying to throw too much software at the end user and make it leaner and meaner.
10. maherk (Posts: 3884; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Snapdragon 801 vs 800, 16mp vs 13mp, fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor vs none, ip67 certificate vs none, fastest download speeds and fastest camera on a phone vs nottt, plastic yet premium phone(not my words, almost every reviewer's words) vs shiny plastic( the same one you thought you hated on the S4), touchwiz vs cheap copy of the touchwiz. YETTT, you pick the G2 over the S5. This what I can call a blind sheep. Choosing Z2, the Next One, or the coming G3 would definitely sound reasonable, but picking up a 6 months old G2 over this shows how much butthurt you trolls are.
LIKE IT OR NOT, majority of the reviews are giving props for everything Samsung did(except for the memory) and there is nothing you can change about it.
13. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
G2 is also significantly cheaper, has a better quality screen and slightly larger, is a smaller device, has optical image stabilization, and has 16gb of more memory built it as well as 200 extra mah on the better. The S5 isn't clearly better like you would say.
14. maherk (Posts: 3884; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Cheaper? Maybe because it is 6 months old, maybe?
Better quality screen? Last time I checked the Note 3 had the best Screen in the android market according to Display Mate, and Samsung has implemented the same technology in the S5.
Both have image stabilization, still I feel sorry for you for jumping all the improvements the S5 has in the camera department to focus on this matter.
16 gb more? The S5 is coming in both flavors, 16 amd 32 gb, and guess what, for another 12$ you can pick any 16 gb sd card and call it a day, something your precious G2 can't.
200 extra mah doesn't mean it's much better, the z1 has an average battery life despite having a 3000 mah. Its all about optimization, and Samsung has done a great job in the Note 3 and am sure they ll use that to their own benefit in the S5.
fyi, a used G2 is sold on Craigslist for as much as the 5 months older used S4 is selling for, and sometimes even for less. Just shows how much people are "loving" the S4 knock off aka the G2.
40. erod550 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
S4 knock off? Your fanboy is showing. There are quite a few differences. The S4 is a great phone, but the G2 is as well and is certainly not a knock off, with innovative features like knock on (heh) and the button positioning, allowing for a thinner bezel on the sides. Samsung isn't the only company with innovations you know.
34. maherk (Posts: 3884; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
A fanboy wouldn't have bought the Lg 2x, Lg 4x, Lg G2, Sony Xperia S, Sony Xperia Arc S, Motorola Razr, iPhone 2g, iPhone 3gs, iPhone 4s, and Nokia N8. I am a tech fanatic, I always try to go get the best, and when I don't get what I paid for I speak out my mind. Samsung isn't perfect, but they are the closest to paying me my money back with the offerings I get from their phones. I have the Note 3, I won't upgrade to the S5 because I don't see the need to it, but if I still had an S4, I wouldn't think about upgrading it twice.