LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4: first look

LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4: first look
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This is it - the ultimate Korean clash - the LG G2 is going up against its neighbor, and rival, the Samsung Galaxy S4! OK, the enthusiasm is probably a bit too high here, considering that we've only been able to play with the G2 for a few minutes thus far, and, in that line of thought, this probably isn't the ultimate Korean clash, but anyway, we can still present you with a quick comparison between these two capable handsets so you can get a basic idea of how they are going to stack up against each other, once the G2 enters the market later this year.

Both smartphones are, without a doubt, true engineering achievements, as both are remarkably thin and compact for their sizes. The Galaxy S4 is probably the 5-incher with the smallest footprint right now, but it's mind-boggling how LG has managed to produce a handset that is almost as small, but packing a larger, 5.2" screen at the same time. With those extremely narrow bezels, the LG G2 is almost as compact and easy to hold as the Galaxy S4, and that's definitely no small feat. It's worth noting, however, that the G2 is a bit heavier at 143 grams (5.04 oz), compared to 130 g (4.59 oz) for the Galaxy S4.

Another interesting design difference, which would actually be valid no matter which handset we compare the G2 to, is the positioning of the physical keys. While the Galaxy S4 has those keys (power/lock one and volume rocker) at their standard locations on the right and left sides, respectively, the LG G2 is the first phone to have those keys placed on its back, right below the camera. Yep, that's where you'll find the G2's power/lock and volume buttons. According to LG, that makes for a much more natural placement of those buttons, but of course, we'll have to play some more with the handset in order to see if this position works better than the traditional one or not.

In terms of their displays, these guys couldn't be any more different. On one hand, LG is sticking to the IPS LCD technology with True 1080p resolution. We say 'true', because LG's screen utilizes a standard RGB matrix that has a complete set of red, green and blue subpixels, making for an overall denser and cleaner image compared to the Galaxy S4's 1080p screen, which is based on a PenTile pixel matrix. Still, at such high resolutions, you have to look really, really, reeeeeallyyy closely, in order to notice a difference with regards to image clarity. S, on the other hand, we have the GS4 and its AMOLED screen, which has its pros and cons, compared to LG's IPS technology. In short, Samsung's screen can display an incredibly vivid and high-contrast image, but at the same time, you can expect colors to be more accurate on the G2, while brightness and outdoor visibility will undoubtedly be significantly better on LG's device.

Moving on to the software part, both companies are offering heavily customized versions of Android 4.2, with a lot of extra features, many of which most people will probably never use. If you like to experiment with such features, the Galaxy S4 may prove to be the richer playground, as Samsung has really outdone itself in this respect, though the LG will definitely not leave you bored as well. Of particular interest in the G2 is the new Guest Mode, which does exactly what it says - it allows you to have a kind of a 'guest' account, if you want to give the phone to someone (friend, kid), but don't want to expose all of its functions or content to them. Meanwhile, the GS4 has Samsung's numerous S-branded offerings, like S Health, S Note, S Memo and so on. At this point, we can't really say which handset sports the better experience - it's mostly a matter of personal preference. Of course, we'll do our best to go into more detail once have the time to compare the two smartphones properly.

At the end of the day, we obviously have two spectacular smartphones here that can easily go toe to toe with each other. The LG G2 will have the advantage of the bigger screen and faster chipset, thanks to the Snapdragon 800 that's found inside, but the GS4 remains a very strong all-round performer that will not step aside so easily.




Related phones

G2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21.3h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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18 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

"This story is sponsored by LG." Not reading it. Sorry.

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I agree with PapaSmurf, "LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4" sponsored by LG, already says that there is a reason to be biased.

18. rf40928

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

You're both nothing but Samsung fanboys. The LG has a FASTER more powerful processor, a bigger battery for longer life ( this is why its heavier ), a better camera ( from what ive seen on multiple reviews ) and a chip that covers more LTE bands then the S4 can. Besides that like all Android phones they compete against each other.

5. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

simple, get out. :) k anyways, this seems like galaxy s4 done right. finally no more physical button. that nexus 4 taught LG something. like that its 5.2 so even after soft button and status bar you got enough screen left. to buy or not to buy? idk seems like a nice device. but nothing unique about it. just an average high end device. so waiting for more options to come in coming September clash at IFA.

8. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

S4 FTW

10. blingblingthing

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Your loss. The article isn't biased at all. Any android fan is happy to have this beast on our side. GO ANDROID!!

19. rf40928

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

All Android handset makers are competing against each other - not helping each other. Only Google really benefits which is why Samsung ( the biggest Android seller ) is trying to diversify away from Android. Also of all Android handset makers - only 1 ( Samsung ) made a profit in the last year. All others broke even or even lost money. Two phones made money PERIOD: The iPhone and the Galaxy.

2. Thomas5.3

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 30, 2011

it is just sad to see how many sponsored articles appear on phone arena about the G2. I can barely find the "real" articles, if you can still speak of that. i understand it if you place a banner or something but this just goes way to far. I really start to doubt your objectivity

4. Yubnub

Posts: 100; Member since: May 23, 2013

"This story is sponsored by LG." I'll still read it.

6. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

There is no need to talk about that +0,2 inches...It´s used for on-screen buttons-USELESS!

11. blingblingthing

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Have you give on screen buttons a try? Or are you one of those guys not opened to me ideas and concepts? I'm using a nexus 4 and right now prefer onscreen buttons.

17. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

I tried it, nothing special but It´s okay. I just don´t like this situation because everybody is losing their mind because of this little +space...

16. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

it is useful because you can watch videos on full screen, the entire 5.2 inch display is used to play the videos

7. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I find no reason to question the authors objectivity. Yes it is sponsored by LG. That was the disclaimer. The disclaimer also noted the fact that sponsorship doesn't influence the writers opinion. This is obvious in the article. Its not a fluff piece for LG. In fact after reading it I walk away with the belief that Ray's opinion is that the G2 is a worthy competitor, but the S4 has more to offer, The G2 screen is sharper but better depends on your opinion of amoled v. LCD, that the G2 has a more powerful chipset(than the US version anyway), and that both have great designs. This article is sponsored but far from biased toward LG. If anything, I got the sense that Ray was trying to make it appear unbiased by pointing out more pros about the s4. Not out of fanboyism but to maintain that sense of fairness.

9. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Something is looking awkward with this g2 that makes it cheaper-looking

12. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

price? i'm thinking 600+ too ambitious? i've already bought two devices this year... 600 would fit into my budget anything over that and i'm on the streets tricking

13. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

I think it should be noted that lg crammed a 5.2" screen in a body that has no physical navigation buttons where as the s4 has crammed a 5" in a small body with actual buttons.. There I'm sure if Samsung went the onscreen navigation button route than the s4 would have been even smaller as it wouldn't need space for the home button etc.. Having said that those side and top bezels on the g2 are SLIM and I kinda like the idea of the volume and power button on the back.

14. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

I think it should be noted that lg crammed a 5.2" screen in a body that has no physical navigation buttons where as the s4 has crammed a 5" in a small body with actual buttons.. There I'm sure if Samsung went the onscreen navigation button route than the s4 would have been even smaller as it wouldn't need space for the home button etc.. Having said that those side and top bezels on the g2 are SLIM and I kinda like the idea of the volume and power button on the back.

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