LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Call quality is great on both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the LG G2. The G2 can get very loud on our end of the line and that comes with a slight distortion in sound quality. We recommend you set the volume level three or four bars below the maximum for near perfect voice clarity, but the volume boost is definitely welcome for very noisy environments. The Galaxy S4 on the other hand is noticeably quieter, but still brings very clear and natural voices in the earpiece.
On the other side of the line, our callers reported great sound quality out of the G2’s microphone as they were able to easily make out our voice and considered it sounding clear and natural. Almost the same can be said about the SGS4. Its microphone output yields sufficiently loud and natural sound but with a slight occasional crackle, and overall just a bit less clear than the G2.
Both devices come with noise cancellation technology that works good on both. Technically, the SGS4 has dual mics, while the LG G2 has a whopping three microphones.
The LG G2 has a 3000mAh battery that is not user-replaceable, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 relies on a 2600mAh battery that one can access and replace. This gives the G2 a slight edge in longevity as it’d be able to last you through a single day of even heavier use, and even two days at average use.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
LG has used the extra time fully to its advantage with the G2 and comes up with an extremely well made device that impresses us in almost every way possible. The great ergonomics with very conveniently placed buttons on the back, the bright and vivid 5.2 inch display with almost no bezel, the newest powerful Snapdragon 800 chip, the impressive 13-megapixel OIS camera: those are huge advantages over the Samsung Galaxy S4.
After nearly half a year, Samsung’s flagship has finally found its match. Ignoring price for a second, we see no reason why you’d get the Galaxy S4 over the LG G2. The latter is faster and better.
The biggest question is which device should you buy right now, in a time when the Galaxy S4 has dropped in price? Good news is that LG is very aggressive with its pricing and has already announced pre-launch price cuts in some markets that put the G2 head-to-head with SGS4. If you’re in one of those markets, save your pennies for the G2. Even if not, though, the LG G2 is still worth the slight premium even without a replaceable battery and expandable storage.
49. LG_is_the_best (unregistered)
LG takes what works and boosts it to the next level.
51. the_matchless (Posts: 63; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)
LG G2's release has brought some serious new worries for the team Samsung "how to differentiate S5 from it"
In fact they are investigating to find the culprit who has sold their next Gen design to the rivals...
7. ianbbaa (Posts: 296; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
...winner only because of a bit bigger screen - which i find nice as a previous NOTE user, now with S4 i am happy to handle smaller phone in one hand and i could manage those 5,2 thin bezels comfortably...
...BUT - those back buttons is FAIL!!!!
I dont care what maker, but samsung only (and iphone) have physical button which is the most comfortable thing to unlock your phone with one hand. Everything else, if on the back or on the top needs tricky fingerplay to unlock....
Using Samsung, or Iphone is pretty straightforward - just pick your phone and thumb does it in one shot...
So for me, "iphonish" button is a must!
Overall, i am happy to see LG jumping into high-end segment at this way, probably after back buttons they will bring something better that they invent on their own.
37. eli577 (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)
You are forgetting double tap screen wake on the LG. I think it's more comfortable to tap the screen, than pushing a physical button (and I'm a GS4 user right now). The trick is that you don't need to search for the button with your finger, you can double tap the screen anywhere you want to.
38. eli577 (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)
Oh yeah, another thing.
Phonearena!!!! Please update your benchmark results when you get a retail unit. I think your numbers are not useable, because in other benchmark comparisons (gsmarena to be precise) the G2 wipes the floor with the competition, it even beats the Z Ultra.
45. Trex95 (Posts: 663; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)
I agree with you. I still prefer the LG optmius G Pro over the G2 cause of physical button and i hope the next LG G2 Pro comes with physical button with the same design as LG G2.
50. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)
i don understand whether ths bigger screen is that much a big difference ? Since G2 has onscreen buttons which will take up some more space and pixels. Other than while watching movies, I don think the screen diff really matters
3. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1131; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
I'll choose G2. LG managed to score a home run with this beast. S4 no way a bad phone though.
8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2148; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
What half a year does. Up to this point the S4 was The Flagship, now the G2 is the new champion, then will come the S5 and the G3 etc... LG learnt the best from Samsung (even if a little too obviously, G variants of S-beam, S-view cover, multitasking, camera interface and sensor, phone looks and materials, colorful UI etc.), and that's good news for us cause we have a choice.
12. sergiobr (Posts: 524; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
Sammy is coming with Note III. Better photos etc. What I don´t like is the size. I´ll go to LG.
11. maherk (Posts: 2265; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Anyone else saw the difference between the full review of the G2 and the comparison in here? In the review the writer admitted that the LG's back was poorly manufactured, mainly when he noted that the creaking sounds made by the back were extremely irritating. Then he went to say how the G2's screen needs improvement and it has cold colors compared to competitors. I chose not to continue reading this review because something smells fishy, maybe LG forgot to dorp them their paychecks.
22. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Agree something doesn't seem right here.. Review complains about build, call quality, screen and in the comparison there's issues intact build and call quality is now excellent.
41. Taters (Posts: 4336; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Nothing fishy about it. NEVER underestimate how varied human error can get. I like to call it human stupidity. My second major is psychology and you would be amazed by the results of some of the human perception tests we did. Long story short, people are retarded.
One of the major ones I notice is this IMAGINARY creaking metal lovers like to place on plastic phones that are solid as a rock. Actually, it doesn't even have to do with plastic, it more has to do if they hate the company or the type of plastic. For example, the Lumia 920 actually does have creaking near the ffc camera where test gets in but you'll never hear a single complaint because retards like matte plastic. But solidly built phone with very low clearance between parts and the shell like the G2 and GS4 get imaginary creaking because their plastic is glossy.
The GS4 literally has no room to creak, that is how tightly packed it is yet it somehow does to HTC and Nokia fan boys. lol
I think the same thing applies here. Although their might be some clearance on this step rounded battery LG made. You would still have to push really damn hard for any give.
13. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
And the winner is............ The LG G2.
14. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1313; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
If the bootloader is unlockable on the G2 when it comes out on Verizon I would considered it. Otherwise I'm looking at the Note 3 if it comes with 3gigs of ram, removable battery and SD card slot. My only drawback on the Note 3 is if the screen is darker than the G2 and price.
35. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 355; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Unlockable bootloader? On Verizon??!???!! Don't hold your breath. Seriously.
15. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4166; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I love LG's UI, except for the notification shade. Over half of it is just filled with toggles, sliders, and QSlide apps. There's barely any room for notifications! Otherwise, it's a very nice skin.
LG's been bringing the heat lately. Better watch out Samsung, if LG keeps this up, you'll be in trouble within a couple years.
17. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3358; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
You can probably remove some or all of that stuff from the notification shade like you can on the S4.
18. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4166; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I've dug through all the settings on my L9, you can't remove anything from it. You can delete all the app options for QSlide, but then you're just left with an empty grey space in the notification shade. No option to remove the brightness slider or quick toggles at all (which I actually don't mind). Maybe they added it in the newer version on the G2, but I doubt it.
19. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3358; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I gotcha. I just figured with LG trying so hard to be like Samsung lately that they would have included that functionality also. But like you said, it could still be in there.
20. bodzio1809 (Posts: 211; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
You can remove QSlide apps window with no empty space. I saw this on video in youtube.
27. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4166; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Mind linking me to the video? I've searched everywhere for a solution, but the only ones I've found requires rooting
29. bodzio1809 (Posts: 211; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
I don't remember the name of it :( I watched plenty of videos about G2 and saw that.
16. dancorcal (Posts: 39; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
Great job LG now make a mini and fit a 4.5 or 4.7 display into same size as s4 mini and better specs.
42. Taters (Posts: 4336; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
The S4 mini is TINY. It's like literally the size of an iphone 5. Sure their are still some bezels to shrink still but I think the Moto X is as small 4.7 inch can get and the GS4 mini is much smaller still.
25. rdemon (Posts: 46; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
LG G2 is not a bad phone, for now. Lets wait for Note 3. Then we'll have a real battle in ours hands.
30. mottykels (Posts: 373; Member since: 15 May 2013)
Specs of g2 is better but ilove the Touchwiz UI,
ill go with s4 :P
*Design ( i hate g2 rear button)
*Physical home, back, and menu button(g2 button is too large :/)
31. mottykels (Posts: 373; Member since: 15 May 2013)
One more thing Expandable memory up to 64gb ;)
32. iushnt (Posts: 905; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
In terms of Software updates, can G2 match S4?
33. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Have to handle a G2 but believe it the be clear winner if my choice was just betwen the two .
34. szaboagoston (Posts: 41; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
Thanks Victor, this was a great comparison, one of the bests I've seen on Phonearena. Your English is also really good. I would have liked to see more low-light shots from the G2, but I'm sure that you will write about that more extensively in a coming article.
40. rodkurt (Posts: 128; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)
try considering that s4 came out earlier than g2.
43. Taters (Posts: 4336; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
I hope the Nexus 5 is based on this but I hope the short cuts to make it cheaper are less this time.
My Optimus G for example had superb quality control and My Nexus 4 had slight light bleed in the corner among other things. Basically the Optimus G felt more solid in many ways. Especially the screen software/firmware, same screen but a HUGE difference in quality.
44. Tech_Junkie1996 (Posts: 43; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)
The funny thing is, LG did the same thing with the Optimus G. Sadly, it was easily over-looked by the S3 and One X. Hopefully, LG will finally get the recognition it deserves. Optimus G sales were terrible and sprint even had it marked down to $100 a few months after its release. If people recognize this as a true power house and get it rather than the GS4, then maybe next year Samsung will actually be innovative.
46. rockers123 (Posts: 127; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)
G2 is a complete copycat of Samsung. Check their Camera UI, Smart Screen, Smart Video, etc..
Howe come they are exactly using the term 'Smart Screen'?
48. LG_is_the_best (unregistered)
Boom! Bow to the king S4... bow to the king
52. Killertech2099 (Posts: 148; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
I rather keep my s4 till the s5 comes out. I can make more storage and more battery life than the g2. Plus the g2 ui is so ugly!! It looked like baby fingers created the skin, dont get me wrong its a beast but i love my s4. its not worth the money though.
53. cnwwyo (Posts: 126; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Why don't u guys compare the ability to get signal anymore?