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LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)

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Interface and Functionality

Flat, simple and chock-full of functions does it for G3, while the One (M8) Sense UI looks more visually sophisticated.

The phones come with Android 4.4 KitKat, but each has its own manufacturer overlay with very distinct looks, and functions that differ quite a lot. LG has started to take the Optimus UI user interface in the right direction. The custom UI now appears to be somewhat toned down, with flatter design and more regular colors, though its responsiveness seems sluggish at times. The G3 offers unique features like Knock Code, Qslide floating apps, and the Dual Windows mode, which comes very handy on the big-screen handset, as it splits it in two, letting you run two apps at the same time. The G3 now offers LG's own take on a news and social network aggregator, called Smart Bulletin, which is similar to Samsung's My Magazine. LG is now color-coding its new Optimus UI, so when you see the light blue (some might call it turquoise) hue, you know you are fumbling around the general interface, but when the menu strip at the top is violet, you have stumbled into the music player, and so on.

LG G3 interface - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
LG G3 interface - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
LG G3 interface - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
LG G3 interface - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)

LG G3 interface


On the other hand, HTC's Sense 6 UI that's running on the HTC One has a somewhat more mature look and an overall uniform and grown-up approach to the GUI. It's not as feature-rich as the Optimus UI, but does have some surprises like the BlinkFeed news and social networks aggregator, the Zoe camera collage mode, as well as some custom apps by HTC. Where HTC's interface suffers, compared to the G3, is the status bar – when you pull it down on the One (M8), it offers a barren options area, and a cumbersome access to the most used settings. LG, on the other hand, has the richest status bar of them all, offering not only swipable connectivity toggles, but also brightness and sound sliders, as well as the ability to manage your Qslide floating apps, or your Qremote commands, directly from the notification bar.

HTC One (M8) user interface - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
HTC One (M8) user interface - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
HTC One (M8) user interface - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
HTC One (M8) user interface - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8) user interface


Needless to say, typing with the on-screen keyboard of the One (M8) is easier with one hand, thanks to the more narrow body. LG, however, offers a pretty flexible keyboard, whose buttons can be adjusted by height, width and spacing, so as to fit your individual fingertips size better. Moreover, the keyboard can be scootched left or right for easier thumb-typing.

LG G3 - On-screen keyboards - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
On-screen keyboards - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
HTC One (M8) - On-screen keyboards - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
On-screen keyboards - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)

LG G3

 

HTC One (M8)

 

On-screen keyboards



Processor and Memory

With the phones largely equal in the silicon department, G3 sometimes chokes to fill in all those 3.8 million pixels.

The G3 sports a slightly faster, 2.5 Ghz Snapdragon 801 processor, against the 2.3 GHz version in the One (M8) Still, the G3 doesn't feel faster in everyday interaction with the phone.

The One (M8) has 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage, while the G3 has a 2 GB/16 GB and 3 GB/32 GB variations. Both phones sport microSD slots for storage expansion.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
LG G3 23551
HTC One (M8) 19139
AnTuTu
Higher is better
LG G3 30634
HTC One (M8) 31075
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
LG G3 1322
HTC One (M8) 1171
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
LG G3 1626
HTC One (M8) 1673
Sunspider
Lower is better
LG G3 947.2
HTC One (M8) 693.1
GFXBench Manhattan on-screen
Higher is better
LG G3 7.5
HTC One (M8) 11
Basemark OS II
Higher is better
LG G3 951
HTC One (M8) 1071
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Internet and connectivity

Excellent browsing experience on both handsets, with the G3 having the upper hand on account of the larger ultra high-res display.

It's a pleasure to browse on the 5.5” panel of the LG G3, simply on account of the large display size, but also the excellent pixel density. Even miniature text looks sharp, and a tad more so than on the One (M8). That's not to say that the HTC handset offers a bad browsing experience, as it also sports very high pixel density, and a fluid moving browser, yet gives you a smaller screen real estate to enjoy them.

LG G3 - Browsers - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
Browsers - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
HTC One (M8) - Browsers - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
Browsers - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)

LG G3

 

HTC One (M8)

 

Browsers


The phones are available with 4G LTE modems and 42 Mbps HSPA+ download speeds, depending on the region and carrier. They also sport a full suite of connectivity options, like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, DLNA and NFC. The phones have infrared sensors at the top, too, with the one on the M8 built directly in the lock key. The IR blasters come with remote control apps, with LG's QRemote offering much richer functionality, as it allows you to control things like AC units, in addition to the usual TV, stereo, and set-top box devices that HTC's app manages. Wired connectivity is done via an MHL port on the One (M8), and a SlimPort on the G3, both of which serve as a TV-out option with the respective adapter cables..

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posted on 10 Jun 2014, 07:17 2

1. KenAdams (Posts: 55; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


HTC One: Speakers, design and front camera

LG G3: Display, removable battery.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:38 7

10. hipnotika (Posts: 306; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


but m8's display has more contrast and looking good to eyes.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:39 6

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!

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 10:28 1

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.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 05:16 1

32. chocolaking (Posts: 461; 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

posted on 06 Jul 2014, 20:39

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.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 07:18 17

2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1519; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I really like the G3, but I'd rather have M8.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 07:35 1

6. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1458; 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

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 07:43 1

7. express77 (unregistered)


I would choose G3 over M8 any day. HTC had their chance twice but totally blew it.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 09:50 5

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?

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 10:04 4

21. CyberFalcon (Posts: 172; 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...

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 11:36 1

23. drazwy (Posts: 144; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


Exactly.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 09:15 1

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.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 10:46

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

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 07:19 10

3. district11 (Posts: 114; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)


HTC is the king of the enormous bezel.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 07:54 4

8. superkuiken (Posts: 51; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)


*ahem* apple iPhone *ahem*

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:47

16. district11 (Posts: 114; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)


Dont insult android flagships with iPhone :D

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 09:27 3

19. Slade.Wilson (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Jun 2014)


One M8 gives me braingasms every time i look at it.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 10:47

36. Lboogey6 (Posts: 269; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


its boring and makes me throw up

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 07:22 4

4. newbey123 (Posts: 451; 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.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 07:31

5. tiara6918 (Posts: 1527; 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)

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:42

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

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 12:45

25. rizevnarastek (Posts: 332; 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!

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 01:23

31. tiara6918 (Posts: 1527; 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

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:34 1

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.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:43

14. Slade.Wilson (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Jun 2014)


On the left* typo totally ruined the joke.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:43

13. R-vjn (Posts: 165; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Gosh, the G3 looks stunning along with the M8..! At least for me..lols

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:44

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
g2 9.4
g3 9

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:58 1

17. diehardnokian (Posts: 78; 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!

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 12:13

24. gaara6775 (Posts: 511; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Yea seriously . PA should've compared lowlight photos. Want to see how g3 performs in lowlight.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 12:55

26. rizevnarastek (Posts: 332; 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.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 09:10 4

18. xsoft7 (Posts: 15; 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!

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 14:05

27. Eclectech (Posts: 81; 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.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 14:53

28. Leandronb (Posts: 12; 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?

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 20:34

29. droidmanX (Posts: 39; 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.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 01:15

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.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 05:39

33. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


M8 anyday over G3. I would take an average gimmicky camera over a lifeless display.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 15:01

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...

posted on 22 Jun 2014, 21:08

38. AceHood (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jun 2014)


I have the m8 and I actually like the camera and the interface is amazing

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 17:38

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.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 01:44

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.

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