LG G3 vs HTC One (M8): first look

LG's G3 flagship might have arrived the last of them all spring chickens, but unsurprisingly it's the most decked-out. Does HTC's seasonal finest, the One (M8), stand a chance against the Quad HD G3? Let's dole out some initial impressions to help you figure it out.


The G3 builds on LG's penchant for good screen-to-body ratio, 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 much more palm-friendly than the wide G3 (70.6mm vs 74.6). As usual, HTC has created a bold and characteristic design that cannot be easily mistaken. What's more, HTC's phone is undeniably premium, due to its usage of high-quality materials and a rather solid build, though a tad heftier than the G3. However, it 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. 

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 tradition, 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, which makes a perfect use of the comparatively tall body - a feature that the G3 doesn't sport.


We said that the LG G3 is a bit wider than the One (M8), but it more than makes up for it by sporting a noticeably larger screen.The G3 packs a 5.5" panel, while the One has the still-sizable 5" display. LG one-upped every major phone manufacturer with a Quad HD 1440x2560 pixels display, however, as that kind of resolution ensures incredibly high pixel density and image clarity. Even at 5.5", the G3 display still sports the record for a smartphone 538ppi pixel density. Still, the One (M8)'s 1080p panel is looking fine and detailed more than enough, ready to take on any definition test thrown at it, unless you are talking about 2K movies in their native resolution, which is a rather unlikely scenario. The IPS-LCD display of the G3 seems to be a great one when it comes to color representation, and the brightness seems on par with the One (M8), at least during our brief indoor encounter with the handset. The viewing angles are something we can easily observe without any measuring equipment, and they are stellar on both handsets.

Interface and Functionality

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, while at the same time, responsiveness has been taken to a whole new level. The G3 offers unique features like Knock Code, and Sual Windows mode, which comes very handy on the big-screen handset.

On the other hand, HTC's Sense 6 UI that's running on the HTC One has a somewhat more mature look, utilizing some nice textures, 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 pleasant surprises like the BlinkFeed news and social networks aggregator, the Zoe camera collage mode, as well as some custom apps by HTC.

Processor and Memory

Coming two months later than the HTC One (M8), the G3 still sports the same processor. We've got a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 in LG's finest, but there's also a version with the slightly faster, 2.5 GHz model, the one you will find in the Samsung Galaxy S5. With an updated Adreno 330 GPU, the phones perform even better than those Snapdragon 800 phones that are already on the market. The One (M8) has paired the processor with 2 GB of RAM, while the G3 has a variant that will come with 3 GB of the good stuff, while both sports microSD cards for storage expansion.


Snap, snap - who doesn't enjoy taking pictures?! Well, LG seems to know that the camera is a very important aspect for its consumers, and we guess this is why the manufacturer has provided an optically-stabilized 13 MP OIS+ module on the back of the G3. It is also paired with a unique laser autofocus light, which should help speed up the shot-to-shot times. Those times are already excellent on the HTC One (M8), which flaunts 0.3s fast autofocus, and an innovative Duo Camera that uses a second sensor/lens combo, for improved depth perception. When it comes to sheer amount of detail resolved, however, we expect the G3 to have the upper hand, on account of the 4 MP vs 13 MP resolution. HTC takes pride in the out-of-focus effects that come with the One (M8), but LG offers something similar called Magic Focus, which can selectively blur the background, while emphasizing the object front and center.


So there you have it - we have just compared the just-announced LG G3 juggernaut, to HTC's current flagship. Two epic devices have met for the first time at PhoneArena, and the result is showing us that're dealing with an extremely quickly-evolving industry, judging by the great progress made by those two companies. Naturally, the G3 seems to be better in pretty much every way, save for the choice of materials for the exterior. What we're all looking forward to now is rolling up our sleeves, and creating a thorough point-by-point comparison to determine who will be the 2014 boss, at least for the first half of the year.

Related phones

  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. maherk

Posts: 6963; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Nothing comes close to the M8 when it comes to design. 2nd is the Z2.

2. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I agree..but The G3's design is a step up from G2. LG really did a good job on this esp on making this the most compact 5.5inch phone!

4. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

You and your big bezel fetish. I'd rather have the slim bezel and metallic shell of the g3

5. maherk

Posts: 6963; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Metallic shell? Shows what a blind fanboy you are. Learn more about the product snarty

6. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Metallic is how articles describe the looks of the material if you read. It's plastic with a METALLIC design. As a result, HTC's metallic design is no longer a unique thing to brag about. I'm the fanboy? Youre the one who came into a LG article to defend your poor little Z2 and HTC phone.

7. maherk

Posts: 6963; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Everyone who isn't new on this site will laugh at you when they read the last part of your comment. And don't try to explain your slip up in your first comment, you clearly thought the G3 is built of aluminum.

9. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Ooooh I'm so embarrased. Virtual people on a phone website are laughing. Have fun with your 4mp camera and 5" phones that are as big as phablets.

10. maherk

Posts: 6963; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I didn't know that my S5 has 5" screen and 4up camera.

11. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Im talking about your beloved M8 and Z2 you admired so much that you had to mention in a LG article. People who read LG articles want to know more about LG phones, not your phone crushes.

13. python111

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

LG article?? It is being compared to the M8, how is this an LG article?

12. Marienx

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Metallic? hahahahaahaha.. It's exactly what LG wanted to do ... Fool the consumer... and I have to hand it to them... It seems like they did, pretty good, pretty, pretty, pretty good.

14. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Yup. I agree

17. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Design is subjective but most of the 2014 flagships offer better specs and user experience.

18. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013


3. YodhaMali

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

G3 looks better than G2, while M7 was a better looker than the current M8. If not for those big bezels, the sleek Z2 would have been totally out of its competitors' (S5, M8, G3) league.

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Sheesh...enough arguing, already...lol

15. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

10% smaller and I'll buy G3 now

16. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

You will have to wait until after the OnePlus style launch of the G3 is over, maybe a few months. Then you can buy the G3. But it won't be any smaller.

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