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.
LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 - Call quality, Battery and Conclusion