LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
Above average meets excellent.
LG G3 exhibits above average call quality, both in the earpiece, and through the noise-canceling microphones. The output volume is strong, and the mics relayed our voice clean and recognizable to the other end. The earpiece is powerful, too, without hiss or distortion at the highest volume ends.
Phone calls made with the HTC One (M8), on the other hand, sound excellent on both sides. The top speaker gets the role of an earpiece, which makes the voices coming in loud, clean, and without crackling even at the highest volume setting. The two noise-canceling microphones also captured out voice clearly, without background noise to disturb the conversation.
The G3 tops the flagship battery endurance ranks this season, though the One (M8) scores pretty well, too.
During the unveiling event, LG didn't speak much about the battery life out of the 3000 mAh juicer on its first phone equipped with a high-res Quad HD display. It simply clarified that the phone's endurance is commensurate with one that has similar specs, but a 1080p panel, thanks to the adaptive frame rate and clocking tech in the phone. Since the 5.5" Quad 1440x2560 pixels panel is made with the advanced low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) technology, the screen is sipping power, and able to halve its refresh rate when displaying static content, like pictures, or article pages, just like with Sharp's IGZO displays.
Officially, it pegs the G3 as capable of up to 23 days of standby in 3G mode, and 25 when connected to an LTE network. The talk times given is 21 hours in 3G mode, which is a very good result. In our battery test, the G3 lasted 6 hours and 14 minutes, which is a pretty average result, but might be expected, considering the large display with Quad HD resolution.
The HTC One (M8) has been equipped with a smaller, 2600 mAh battery, although the difference in capacity shouldn't worry you much. According to the manufacturer, that should suffice for up to 20 hours of 3G talk time, and stand-by time is quoted as 20.7 days. In addition, running our custom battery benchmark on the handset produced a result of 7 hours and 12 minutes, which is very good. Having this in mind, we're confident that if you're not pushing it too much, you'll squeeze day and a half or two worth of usage out of the HTC One (M8), without reaching for a charger. And let's not forget to mention the handset's extreme power saving mode. Turning it on will shut down all of the phone's non-essential features, but may extend its usage time dramatically.
The G3 seems to be better in pretty much every way, yet the One M8 is not far behind. LG G3 has the larger screen with a much higher pixel density yet the One (M8)'s display is more than adequate for any use as well.. LG might have stuffed the G3's 5.5” panel in a relatively compact frame, but the premium aluminum unibody of the One (M8) is still easier to operate with one hand. The G3 might sport a tad faster processor, and a version with 3 GB of RAM, but in everyday interactions it doesn't feel faster than the One (M8).
When it comes to the camera, however, this important section goes entirely on the G3's side. LG's handset has a great 13-megapixel optically-stabilized camera with a much higher image and video quality than what the 4-megapixel camera of the HTC One offers. HTC One M8's advantages before LG's finest, besides the premium design, are the longer battery life, and the better sound output.
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: 490; 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: 1576; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
I really like the G3, but I'd rather have M8.
6. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1749; 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: 176; 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: 122; 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: 512; 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: 1908; 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: 337; 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: 1908; 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: 167; 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: 96; 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: 681; Member since: 20 May 2014)
Yea seriously . PA should've compared lowlight photos. Want to see how g3 performs in lowlight.
26. rizevnarastek (Posts: 337; 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: 19; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)
in 2014, a 600$+ phone that feels choppy and slow (G3, galaxy s5, and i heard sony Z2) - is not worth buying!
on the other hand HTC M8, nexus 5 are phones which are blazing fast!
27. Eclectech (Posts: 97; Member since: 01 May 2013)
Based on early analysis, I expected the LG G3 to blow the HTC One away. The HTC One M8 is a solid phone and has been a joy to own. I have yet to come across a phone which would make me switch.
28. Leandronb (Posts: 28; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)
very hard to decide which device i will buy, or if is better stick with my lg g2.
lg g3-big screen in a relatively small body, removeable big battery, good speaker, already used to lg ui and back buttons.
htc m8-best speakers ever, beautifully crafted phone, blazing fast ui and performance, but just 4mp, how to zoom in this?
and there is xperia z2, have decent speakers, screen, very good battery and the most important for me is waterproof. how to decide?
29. droidmanX (Posts: 39; Member since: 25 Jan 2014)
Display:- both look great, but I am more inclined to bigger screen. Having said that 5.2" is still acceptable.
Sound:- Look at the scores for headphones output. Wow. I think people who own HTC ONE M8 must be having a blast listening to songs and watching videos.
Performance: 801 will breeze through without any problems, Sense 6.0 is extremely smooth and nice UI , LG G3 Ui is good too
Battery life:- Now this is an extremely important aspect and here LG G3 seems to be having an edge. Hope HTC ONE M8 is not having terrible numbers that you have to turn it down. If HTC ONE M8 is having decent numbers then it is still an excellent buy.
Price:- Over pricing will always hurt and I am hoping they will put it in affordable limits. These days companies have forgotten 600$ 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.
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: 3672; 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.