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LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)

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Camera

G3's camera is superior to the 4 MP shooter on the One (M8) on all counts.

G3 comes with a 13-megapixel camera with 1/3.06” sensor. HTC One M8 has the same size sensor, but with only 4-megapixel resolution – HTC calls this a “UltraPixel” camera. G3 features a unique infrared laser emitter on the back, which helps speed up focusing to 0.276s. Those times are already excellent on the HTC One (M8), too, which flaunts 0.3s fast autofocus, thanks to its Duo Camera setup.

Camera UI of the LG G3 - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
Camera UI of the LG G3 - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
Camera UI of the LG G3 - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)

Camera UI of the LG G3


Camera interface of the HTC One (M8) - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
Camera interface of the HTC One (M8) - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
Camera interface of the HTC One (M8) - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
Camera interface of the HTC One (M8) - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
Camera interface of the HTC One (M8) - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
Camera interface of the HTC One (M8) - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
Camera interface of the HTC One (M8) - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
Camera interface of the HTC One (M8) - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)

Camera interface of the HTC One (M8)


The G3 photos are slightly inaccurate in terms of color representation, as the colors appear with a slight boost in saturation compared with the actual scene, and there is often a warm, yellowish veil on it. The One (M8) photos, however, fare worse, and often cast too cold or too warm of a hue over the scene, compared to reality. Needless to say, the 13 MP camera of the G3 also captures a much greater amount of detail than HTC's 4-megapixel shooter.

Indoors, the G3 camera often chooses too slow of a shutter speed – this allows it to take photos without firing the flash, but may result in a tad blurry image due to hand shake. Other than that, noise is kept in check, and colors look mostly natural, except in our studio environment with strong artificial lighting, where the G3 outed photos with warm overcast. The LED flash illuminates the scene very well from about a five feet distance, too. Indoors, the One (M8)'s photo colors get a bit washed out, and details are softish.

The G3 sports a 2.1 MP front-facing camera, while the One (M8) is perhaps the only phone with a front camera resolution larger than the rear one. It carries a 5 MP wide-view camera at the front, and produces more detailed and higher quality selfies than what we are observing with the G3.


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Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 2.3
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444
363
LG G3 2.7
4.3
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LG G3 is capable of 4K video recording with 30 fps, while the One (M8) sticks with 1080p only. Footage from the G3 is superior not only because of the higher definition and frame rate possible with the handset, but also because of the OIS tech that makes it very steady in all situations. There are no visible artifacts or skipped frames in the One (M8) video recordings, too, but it just can't be as steady and detailed.


Multimedia

Video playback on the large Quad HD display is a delight, but the G3's speaker is no match for the One (M8)'s stereo set.

The G3 grid-style gallery has been reworked with the same flat and simple design as the general interface, and offers pinch-to-zoom gestures, but for editing options it takes you to the Google Photos editor, instead of having one embedded in the interface itself. The One (M8)'s gallery application is more complex visually, categorizing your photo folders in thick bars across the display. It also sports built-in editing functions, and you can automatically build a short artistic collage out of your photos and videos there, that HTC calls a Zoe, adding effects like vintage overcast and music themes.

Gallery app of the LG G3 - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
Gallery app of the LG G3 - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
Gallery app of the LG G3 - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)

Gallery app of the LG G3


Gallery app of the HTC One (M8) - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
Gallery app of the HTC One (M8) - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
Gallery app of the HTC One (M8) - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
Gallery app of the HTC One (M8) - LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)

Gallery app of the HTC One (M8)


Music playback on the G3 commences with a frugal interface that offers song categorization, and visually appealing album art thumbs. The controls are simple, yet the player offers a very rich amount of equalizer presets, including a custom one, as well as the option to change the pitch and speed of the tune. LG equipped the G3 with a 1W amplified loudspeaker, which does sound pretty strong, though its quality is far from the excellent front-facing stereo set on the One (M8) that HTC calls BoomSound. On the HTC phone, the music player is visually richer, and the album categorization rather pretty, but it doesn't sport built-in equalizer presets. The two stereo speakers, however, do a great job of providing one of the fullest sound experiences on a mobile phone.

Video playback on the G3 is stellar, as not only is the screen large and with record definition, but also the player laden with options, including subtitles support, captions, and brightness settings. LG's flagship also played everything we gave it, which includes DivX/Xvid/MKV/MPEG-4 formats, at up to, you guessed it, 2K resolutions. LG has put a few Quad HD samples on the phone, and we have to admit these look absolutely breathtaking on the 5.5” panel of the G3, though we doubt you'll find much such content to load on the phone and enjoy on a regular basis. HTC One (M8) has a less ambitious video player, thrown together in the gallery, with a limited amount of options, but rich codec support, playing most popular formats at up to 1080p resolution. It does offer simple editing like trimming or annotating, though.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 1.28
LG G3 0.57
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 75.2
LG G3 81
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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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