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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G2 specs comparison

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G2 specs comparison
We can't help it but stage a fight between what will be the flagship handsets this spring season - the newly-announced Samsung Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, and the reigning finest by LG - the G2. All three sport 1080p displays, processors of the Snapdragon 800 family, and high-resolution cameras, but there are more than enough differences to go around, too.

The Galaxy S5 is pretty close to the overall dimensions of the Z2, both being waterproof handsets. The G2 is much shorter and appears more compact, despite having the same 5.2" screen size as the Z2. It has a 13 MP camera, compared to the 16 MP on the S5, or the 20 MP of the Z2, but LG put optical image stabilization in it, so it still counters the other two. 

Of the three handsets only the G2 doesn't have a microSD slot for storage expansion, yet it comes with 32 GB of memory out of the box. Sony tops the rest with its 3 GB of RAM, and is also the phone with the largest battery capacity. The Snapdragon 801 processors in the S5 and Z2 allow 4K video recording and selective focus in the camera app, while LG G2 makes do with "only" 1080p video recording.

Given the specs, you can't go wrong with either of these, and they have enough unique features that separate them, too. The LG G2 moved its physical buttons on the back, allowing for a more compact handset, and easier one-handed operation. The Galaxy S5 sports a Finger Scanner in the home key, as well as a heart rate sensor, while Sony's Z2 counters with stereo speakers and premium design. Which one would you pick this season?

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G2

Design
OSAndroid (4.4.2) TouchWiz UIAndroid (4.4.4, 4.4.2)Android (4.4.2, 4.2.2)
Dimensions5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm)5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches (146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm)5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches (138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm)
Weight5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
5.75 oz (163 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
Body material Glass 
RuggedWater, Dust resistantWater, Dust resistant 
IP certifiedIP 67IP 58 
Display
Physical size5.1 inches5.2 inches5.2 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

432 ppi424 ppi423 ppi
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Super AMOLEDIPS LCDIPS LCD
Screen-to-body ratio69.76 %69.17 %76.28 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness  450 cd/m2 (nit)
Camera
Camera16 megapixels20.7 megapixels13 megapixels
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.2F2.0F2.4
Focal length (35mm equivalent)31 mm 29 mm
Camera sensor size1/2.6"1/2.3"1/3.06"
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps)3840x2160 (4K)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)
Recording formatMPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMVMPEG4, 3GPP 
FeaturesDigital image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video calling, Video sharingHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR)Optical image stabilization
Front-facing camera2.1 megapixels2.2 megapixels2.1 megapixels
Video capture 1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-ACQualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-ABQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400Quad core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processorAdreno 330Adreno 330Adreno 330
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR33072 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage32 GB16 GB32 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC 
Battery
Talk time21.00 hours
the average is 11 h (675 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 11 h (675 min)
 
Stand-by time16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 20 days (477 h)
28.8 days (690 hours)
the average is 20 days (477 h)
 
Talk time (3G)21.00 hours
the average is 15 h (897 min)
19.00 hours
the average is 15 h (897 min)
 
Stand-by time (3G) 30.8 days (740 hours)
the average is 23 days (546 h)
 
Music playback67.00 hours120.00 hours 
Video playback13.00 hours10.00 hours 
Capacity2800 mAh3200 mAh3000 mAh
TypeLi - IonLi - IonLi - Polymer
Not user replaceable  Yes
Wireless chargingOptionalOptional 
Technology
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz700 (band 13), 700 (band 17), 800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz800 (band 20), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz
DataLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRS

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:05 20

1. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Z2 is the winner here...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:30 2

13. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


G2 because it has power, design and OS..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:28

29. osanilevich (Posts: 245; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)


Is that a joke? G2 is the most underpowered of the three. Design and OS are both tossups but power is simply not true

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:08

32. cheetah2k (Posts: 859; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


G2 for OS? 99% of the world is still on 4.2.2...... Fk dat

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:32 4

15. Johnnokia (Posts: 552; Member since: 27 May 2012)


No one is winner. Both S5 and Z2 are disappointed ..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:37

24. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1404; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I have to agree with you. Both S5 and Z2 are very much a refresher of their little brothers. However, they are still very good phones. For me who is upgrading from the Nexus 4 to one new flagship soon, I might have to go with Z2 because I love the water proof feature and the front facing camera. I wouldn't trust the S5's water proof just yet, because their failure with the S4 Active. However, other aspect S5 has a small advantage over Z2.

I am going to see what HTC has to offer. They need to move their announce date earlier... this is killing me XD But for now, I am set on the Z2 as my next phone

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 19:53 2

36. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 85; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


For you Mr Nokiatrolialumia Both the S5 and Z2 are light years ahead of any nokia alive... especially when the nokia x+ is the best nokia around...

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 07:11

46. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1404; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Nokia X+ should never even exist... go home Nokia, you are drunk.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:11

23. Skoms (Posts: 118; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)


Sony Z2 or Samsung S5

They are both water resistent

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:53

33. mokhtar (Posts: 265; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


s5 is water resistant , z2 is a waterproof , there is a huge difference :D

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:17

38. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 158; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


Yeah. Z2 is the only one with LTE for both USA and Europe.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:12 14

2. 007Rokib (Posts: 16; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Z2 is the clear winner.........

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:13 2

3. mobi_user (Posts: 116; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


Apart from being a hardware beasts, nothing interesting yet.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:14 11

4. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Z2 wins it , im still in shock that its the Galaxy S5 :o

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:17 8

5. Jishnusur (Posts: 73; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


The samsung S5, what an EPIC Fail lol! 6 months old G2 is better in every aspect..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:18 4

6. HASHTAG (Posts: 179; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)


The Z2 probably wins, though the S5 will still outnumber the Z2 in sales.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:19 7

7. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3215; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


LOLOLOLOL what you say now SAMMY BOYS HAHAHAH! As Sony promised, Z2 IS EXTRA ORDINARY

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:20 9

8. xrahul007 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Z2 is the new champion...start of the fall of Samsung....

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:22 8

9. mokhtar (Posts: 265; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Z2 CLEAAAAAR WINNER

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:48

30. shy2papa (Posts: 211; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


Absolutely Samsung has run out of ideas and waiting for Apple to release the iPhone 6 copy it lol

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:22 4

10. yadu004 (Posts: 63; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


Perhaps the Laziest update in the Galaxy S line!! .. They didn't even bother to change the design!!!.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:30 5

11. LiyanaBG (Posts: 366; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


G2 and Z2 million times better

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:30 7

12. N3Z1droid (Posts: 87; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)


i must admit, this round is Z2 win, congrats Sony

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:31

14. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Nearly all these phones are clones of last years models,innovation is seems to be dead

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:45

16. Taters (Posts: 3528; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


They all suck pretty hard. The LG G2 is too big. The S5 is way too big and the Z2 is bwhahaha way WAY too big. The HTC One new is going to fail even harder because that is just what HTC does.

My Nexus 5 is better which is quite sad....

The LG G3 is the last hope....

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:51

17. rickysam (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


hold on guys s5 is gonna kill the other two when it comes to performance i think this time sony cant even match the 16mp camera of s5

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:54 3

18. xrahul007 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Drunken man's dream....

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:11

22. rickysam (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


wait for the reviews dude

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:00

19. egbtmagus (Posts: 58; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Holy crap! It weighs more and is bigger than the G2 while still having a smaller display, a WORSE camera and smaller battery. HA!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:47

26. georaldc (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Oct 2013)


The one time I tried a G2, its video recording option couldn't even get close to 60fps, let alone hold a steady framerate. The optical stabilizer also didn't make much of a difference (though I didn't have time to play with it long) so I don't know how you can easily classify it as a WORSE camera.

Why are so many sites and reviews always mentioning the G2's 60fps recording feature anyway when you need some serious light for it to not drop frames.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:05

20. RodStiffington (Posts: 16; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)


Samsung (S5) took Apple's (5s) approach: redesign, don't reinvent.

If LG (squeak) didn't have such low build quality (squeak), and abysmal button placement, I'd say the G2 took the biggest leap forward.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:09

21. rickysam (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


hey fanboys now s5 is water resistent and is still smaller tan z2 any reson for that broad bezel?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 06:51

45. kobainez (Posts: 302; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Its water resistance dumbass unlike z2 that is waterproof

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:41

25. bwhiting (Posts: 173; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


Z2 wins to me in the actual comparison. The one thing that throws me off is that the standby time is like way shorter than average when most would be longer since it not really is being used at all.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:52

27. amro99 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


I wonder what Samsung has ben doing in the past couple of months (except being busy selling s4 and note 3 and their countless variants) nothing special about it, except some hardware boosts, which every OEM can do!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:21

28. mokobey (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Jan 2014)


that bezel on s5

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:07 1

31. nozxi (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


Talk time S5 21.00 hours and Z2 13.80 hours stand by S5 16.2 days (390 hours) and Z2 36.7 days (880 hours)....look at that battery contrast. Completely different optimisations

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 00:21

43. Federated (Posts: 245; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


Z2 has 19 hours talk time, not 13.80 hrs.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 03:19

44. rickysam (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


sony phones r not good with batterylife

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:54

47. Federated (Posts: 245; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


That was true before. Not anymore. I'm using Z1s right now and the battery last forever. I simply just can't kill the battery in a day with heavy use.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 17:15

34. xtroid2k (Posts: 433; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Idk. I love the z2 however I think having a slightly less powerful display will set things up right for longer battery life.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 18:03

35. ryq24 (Posts: 529; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Z2 would have been a clear winner if it is more compact or smaller! Both to me disappoint! iPhone 6 has a chance to regain lost ground this year if they come out with bigger screen!

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 00:06

42. Federated (Posts: 245; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


If you want it smaller and thinner then you have to remove waterproofing and cut the battery capacity from 3200mAh to 1500mAh, and lastly, you have to put a smaller camera sensor. 1/3.2" instead of 1/2.3". Now you'll have 99% phone face to bezel ratio. The most compact 5.2 inches in history.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:16

37. melcruz66 (Posts: 23; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


This time Z2 wins. Sony got it all right. The others were just 2nd.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:34

39. Kal123 (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


The winner is the beautiful Sony

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:37

40. Kal123 (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Weight on Sony Z2 is 148 not 158

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 00:00

41. Federated (Posts: 245; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


Sony Xperia Z2 won easily. The phone is just perfect. All boxes are ticked in my book.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 07:49

48. marlowe1001 (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


So samsung fans your Samsung company disappointed you and you should teach that company a lesson by not buying its less fortunate s5. Make samsung knows its mistakes.

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