LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
LG's G3 flagship might have arrived the last of them all spring chickens, but unsurprisingly it's the most decked-out. It sports the first Quad HD (1440 x 2560) display in a phone from major manufacturer, as well as a unique laser autofocus system. Does HTC's finest, with its premium chassis and unique Duo Camera, stand a chance against the Quad HD G3? Let's figure it out...
UPDATE (Jun 25, 2014): This comparison was originally based on our experience with the Korean version of the LG G3. After testing the International (European) version of the phone, we've updated the story with our new findings, affecting the display, camera and battery performance.
LG stuffs a 5.5” display in a relatively compact mostly plastic chassis, while the premium One (M8) is way more palm-friendly.
The G3 builds on LG's penchant for great screen-to-body ratios, as it fits the 5.5" display diagonal in a body as big as the 5.2" Z2. With the 5" One (M8), however, HTC went for the long and narrow form, which is more palm-friendly than the wider G3 (70.6 mm vs 74.6 mm). HTC has created a bold and characteristic metal design that cannot be easily mistaken, and a rather solid build, which made it a tad heftier than the G3. The One (M8), however, is one unibody piece of crafted aluminum, whereas the metallic-looking back cover of the G3 is removable, so you can easily swap the battery if needed. HTC's phone is also very slippery in the hand, on account of the polished aluminum frame, having you grip it hard each time it's picked up. The rear cover of LG's phone is mostly made out of plastic, with only a thin metal layer thrown in for a good measure. It's pretty slippery, too, though not as much as the polished aluminum on the back of the One (M8).
Unfortunately, HTC has gone for a top-placed lock key, which makes you stretch all the way up the tall handset to lock the display, whereas the G3 keeps up with the G2 fashion, with a conveniently located rear lock key and volume rocker. Thus, the G3 design might be less manageable with one hand, due to the wider chassis, but in other aspects its design is more flexible, and let's not forget we are talking a 5.5" display here, against the 5" panel of the One (M8). HTC's phone, on the other hand, sports a dual stereo speaker set at the front - a feature that the G3 doesn't sport.
G3's pixel density breaks records, but the One (M8) is more visible outdoors.
We said that the LG G3 is wider than the One (M8), but it makes up for it by sporting a noticeably larger screen. The G3 packs a 5.5" panel, while the One has a 5" display. LG one-upped every major phone manufacturer with the first Quad HD 1440x2560 pixels display, ensuring incredibly high pixel density. Even at 5.5", the G3 display still sports the record for a smartphone 538ppi. In comparison, the One (M8)'s 1080p panel has 441 ppi, but it is still looking fine and detailed.
The IPS-LCD displays of the G3 and the One (M8) aren't with the best color representation we've seen, but are far from the worse, too. The basic hues of the G3's screen are somewhat off-base and lean on the oversaturated side, especially the reds, for instance, while One (M8) does it predominantly with the greens, yet overall the G3 does does a bit better job in replicating the reference gamut. We measured the color temperature of the G3 to be 7099K, against the 7128K on the One (M8). Both are decent results, and close enough to the reference 6500K white point, so the screen colors don't appear cold.
The G3 display's outdoor visibility is just a tad worse than on the One (M8), as the handset has lower, 450 nits of peak brightness, against 490 on the HTC. The viewing angles are something we can easily observe without any measuring equipment, and they are stellar on both handsets.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|HTC One (M8)||490
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|HTC One (M8)||79.6%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. KenAdams (Posts: 55; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)
HTC One: Speakers, design and front camera
LG G3: Display, removable battery.
10. hipnotika (Posts: 353; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)
but m8's display has more contrast and looking good to eyes.
11. Slade.Wilson (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Jun 2014)
I choose the One M8 for Rock-solid software and hardware. Including the nice screen and the awesome speakers. About the camera..... I guess I'll tweak the exposure values a little...... Maybe...... Goddamnnit! Nothing is perfect!
22. amiroomg (Posts: 17; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)
indeed both are best 2014..
i really have doubt btw g3 and m8...
i wish one of them didnt introduce.
but im a little care more m8.
32. chocolaking (Posts: 491; Member since: 22 May 2012)
HTC One has Blinkfeed that G3 does not, or any similar app or feature .
personally I used it at least 2 hours a day..
it's also one of the best feature I like about HTC.
and with the new sense.. i can even see my instagram n facebook and tweeter and g+ and nba scores!!!
Blinkfeed all the way!!! = m8 ftw
39. rabubbles (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)
Actually HTC released blinkfeed on the play store, so other phones can use it. But I agree blinkfeed is sweet.
2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1651; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
I really like the G3, but I'd rather have M8.
6. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1867; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
They are both great phone to say the least. However, I wouldn't choose neither of those phones because the headphone jack is on the bottom of the phone... I use my armband to carry my phone while I run and it will make it hard to plug in. I'll stick with my Z2 for now :D
7. express77 (unregistered)
I would choose G3 over M8 any day. HTC had their chance twice but totally blew it.
20. Blaze.Infernus (Posts: 16; Member since: 01 May 2014)
Um, what? How? It's an excellent quality phone, makes a LOT of people happy by suiting their needs the best, and was named the best phone by pretty much EVERYbody. How exactly did they blow it? Twice?
Ohhhhhh. Are you one of those people that thinks numbers trump everything else?
21. CyberFalcon (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)
i think he is speaking abt the camera...
Everybody knows that the Ultra pixel is a total gimmick...
Other than that the M8 is a good phone...
34. Blaze.Infernus (Posts: 16; Member since: 01 May 2014)
Fair enough, and I agree it's disappointing, but that implies that the camera makes the phone, which of course is a complete load. That's why I couldn't see how HTC blew it entirely.
35. Lboogey6 (Posts: 269; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
actually the g2 carried the best phone by all reports the htcrap was popular by nerds and phonearena. which is funny cause innovation left out by htc was exciting to people that thrive on basic plane devices yay for technology
16. district11 (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)
Dont insult android flagships with iPhone :D
19. Slade.Wilson (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Jun 2014)
One M8 gives me braingasms every time i look at it.
4. newbey123 (Posts: 519; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)
The G3 is a really nice phone, but the the M8 is still the better all around phone. Good phone from both companies though.
5. tiara6918 (Posts: 1946; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
I'm totally enjoying my m8 right now, the only thing that makes me interested with lg in this comparison is its leading 2k display(I'm not really after outdoor visibility)
12. Slade.Wilson (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Jun 2014)
I wanna buy it but I am scared about the camera. Are your photos overexposed sometimes? Did the software update fix that? The only thing stopping me from having the one M8 is the camera. Otherwise, I think its worth more than the most expensive vertu phone :-D
25. rizevnarastek (Posts: 338; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
If anything HTC figured that out and it rather underexposes than overexposes...It's a great camera. I hate people that don't have any clue bitch about the 4Mp resolution!
31. tiara6918 (Posts: 1946; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
I haven't taken much photos yet but from what I've seen the image quality is already good enough. The front facing camera is a huge improvement from my one x and butterfly as it captures more light and details. I didn't look at the camera as a downside when buying this phone, it might not be better than it's competitors but as far as I'm concerned I'm already contented with the camera
9. Slade.Wilson (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Jun 2014)
Deathstroke chooses..... The one........ One the left.........notttt! Jokes aside, htc gets my money for outstanding speakers and design.
14. Slade.Wilson (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Jun 2014)
On the left* typo totally ruined the joke.
13. R-vjn (Posts: 172; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
Gosh, the G3 looks stunning along with the M8..! At least for me..lols
15. masoudz2 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)
g2 very good g3 just beautiful
5.2 better vs 5.5 low nits
inferior g2 us alot place
17. diehardnokian (Posts: 142; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)
I wish PA had included some photo samples taken in the night. HTC's Ultrapixel -- designed to capture more light per pixel for low light scenarios. I wanted to see how that stacks up against the G3. Disappointed!
24. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)
Yea seriously . PA should've compared lowlight photos. Want to see how g3 performs in lowlight.
26. rizevnarastek (Posts: 338; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
LG's photos at night may appear brighter but look like an oil painting whereas HTC's do not. A thing to pont out is that it's good to shoot in manual mode and reducing ISO settings (night mode can exaggerate) that way you get darker photos (that can be edited to bring out every fine detail though in PS ect..) but more detailed photos.
18. xsoft7 (Posts: 25; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)
in 2014, a 600$+ phone that feels choppy and slow (G3, galaxy s5, and i heard sony Z2) - is not worth buying!
on the other hand HTC M8, nexus 5 are phones which are blazing fast!
27. Eclectech (Posts: 128; Member since: 01 May 2013)
Based on early analysis, I expected the LG G3 to blow the HTC One away. The HTC One M8 is a solid phone and has been a joy to own. I have yet to come across a phone which would make me switch.
28. Leandronb (Posts: 48; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)
very hard to decide which device i will buy, or if is better stick with my lg g2.
lg g3-big screen in a relatively small body, removeable big battery, good speaker, already used to lg ui and back buttons.
htc m8-best speakers ever, beautifully crafted phone, blazing fast ui and performance, but just 4mp, how to zoom in this?
and there is xperia z2, have decent speakers, screen, very good battery and the most important for me is waterproof. how to decide?
29. droidmanX (Posts: 41; Member since: 25 Jan 2014)
Display:- both look great, but I am more inclined to bigger screen. Having said that 5.2" is still acceptable.
Sound:- Look at the scores for headphones output. Wow. I think people who own HTC ONE M8 must be having a blast listening to songs and watching videos.
Performance: 801 will breeze through without any problems, Sense 6.0 is extremely smooth and nice UI , LG G3 Ui is good too
Battery life:- Now this is an extremely important aspect and here LG G3 seems to be having an edge. Hope HTC ONE M8 is not having terrible numbers that you have to turn it down. If HTC ONE M8 is having decent numbers then it is still an excellent buy.
Price:- Over pricing will always hurt and I am hoping they will put it in affordable limits. These days companies have forgotten 600$ price tag.
Overall: Looking at the comments and talk in the town, HTC ONE M8 has very good feedback. LG G3 and HTC ONE M8 both are good phones. I thought they will put 805 inside LG G3 so that makes it on par. Still it is so confusing to pick one from amazing flagships introduced this year. S5, Z2, M8 and now LG G3. Competition is heating up.
30. OnlyOneGio (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)
I still prefer HTC M8 cause of its sexynis and magnificent boom sound. The other things aren't the best but the average person will be satisfied with them cause they are far from the worst.
33. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3683; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
M8 anyday over G3. I would take an average gimmicky camera over a lifeless display.
37. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)
It's interesting that call sound and quality is only a marginal consideration on fa PHONE these days...
38. AceHood (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jun 2014)
I have the m8 and I actually like the camera and the interface is amazing
40. guitarpete987 (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Jul 2014)
I chose the M8 as my phone because I love Blinkfeed, I love the attention to detail with which HTC designs their phones and their build quality, I love the speakers, I LOOOOVE Sense UI, and I think that while the M8 does have an inferior resolution, its screen contrast and overall pleasantness of the image is better on the M8 than on any other phone.
41. Jalil (Posts: 40; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
I have my HTC One M8 for 3 weeks from now and I am satisfied with it.
I like its sound quality and design.