LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: vote for the better phone


And here we are, ready for yet another face-off on the pages of PhoneArena that's going to determine the future of the galaxy. Well, not really, though we wouldn't be surprised if things get especially heated in the comments; after all, we're pitting two of the most popular flagships against each other here: the LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Instead of sticking with out traditional way of comparing phones, though, we're going to do something different – you, our readers, will be the ones determining the outcome of this match-up. You'll be able to vote for the handset you think is better in a number of categories, including design, display, user experience, and camera.

Needless to say, this confrontation will be way more intriguing if one doesn't just vote for their favorite in all categories, but really gives credit to the one that deserves it. For the purpose, we'll refrain from making our own comments or opinions, and will stick with more neutral, descriptive texts.


Last year, the Galaxy S4 and G2 weren't that different in the design department, as both had pretty similar shapes, sizes, and material finishes, but things aren't that close this year with the S5 and G3. That's mostly because Samsung switched to a new style for the S5's back cover, which involves a softer finish with a dotted pattern that gives the phone a more unique look. On the other hand, though, LG has come up with a glossy plastic finish that imitates a brushed metal look in a pretty convincing way. Other than that, things look pretty familiar on the front, with the Galaxy S5 having the typical Samsung appearance, and the G3 aiming to impress with minimal bezels around the display. Minimal bezels or not, we still have to point out that the G3 is a significantly larger phone, and it also has physical keys that are positioned on its rear, instead of their standard location around the sides of the phone, as in the GS5.

Which design is better?

Samsung Galaxy S5


If you just can have enough screen, the LG G3's larger-than-life 5.5” QHD panel will probably suit your needs. However, at 5.1 inches, the display of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is also quite healthily-sized, and its lower, 1080p resolution is still delivering great pixel density.

In terms of color reproduction, the question one has to answer is 'LCD or AMOLED?'. The particular incarnations of these technologies in the G3 and GS5 deliver completely different display experiences, so users really have to think twice before choosing their side. LCD is the tech that conforms to the standard sRGB color gamut, while AMOLED goes for a larger colorspace that, however, involves some significant color alterations, so various nuances and colors tend to appear differently from their references. In practice, that means that 'grass green' may appear more like 'olive green', or 'sky blue' may look like 'electric blue' on the AMOLED screen of the Galaxy S5. Basically, the dilemma here is whether you'd prefer the more realistic colors of the G3's display, or the overly-vibrant-but-off colors of the S5. Of course, there are other important differences between the two screens in question, such as brightness, color temperature, and other characteristics. Feel free to explore the detailed screen measurements below before making your choice!

Which display is better?

Samsung Galaxy S5

Interface and functionality

Both LG and Samsung made the switch to a flatter and more simplified user experience with their new flagships, but now it'll be you who's going to judge which one has done the better job. One major difference that we can point out with regards to their visuals is that TouchWiz sticks with a somewhat darker color theme, which is to be expected, having in mind that it's running on a phone with an AMOLED screen. Meanwhile, LG has gone for a brighter UI that also tries to be somewhat mature-looking (not overly jolly and colorful).

In terms of functionality, both handsets are choke-full of features and settings. Among the notable assets of the Galaxy S5 are its Ultra power saving mode, various Air gestures, and My Magazine news aggregator, while the G3 counters that with its own arsenal including the Smart Notice assistant, QSlide, and Smart keyboard. Obviously, there's something unique with both devices, as well as some shared functionality. Which type of experience appeals to you more: the LG one or the Samsung one?

Which user experience is better?

Samsung Galaxy S5


As far as camera specs are concerned, the Galaxy S5 “outpixels” the G3 with a 16 MP shooter, whereas the G3 has “only” 13 MP. Not a big difference anyway. The GS5 also features a slightly bigger camera sensor of 1 / 2.6” (vs 1 / 3.06” for the G3), as well as a slightly wider aperture of F2.2 (vs F2.4 for the G3). However, since the camera of the S5 has a higher resolution, that basically means that the pixels in both cameras are of the same size - 1.16 micron. Meanwhile, the LG G3 comes packing optical image stabilization, which allows it to use lower shutter speeds without introducing blur in the photos, which may prove to be beneficial in darker scenarios. In the final analysis, you'll have to take a nice and careful look at the camera samples below, before picking a winner in this category.

In terms of camera app options, the Galaxy S5 is the one to provide users with numerous settings, while the LG G3 stays relatively clean in this respect. Of course, one can always get more flexibility with a third-party app. At the end of the day, it's the quality of the images that's going to matter!

Which camera is better?

Samsung Galaxy S5

Dropped your votes in all the polls above? Cool! Voting will be closed on Tuesday, July 29, and we'll analyze the results on Wednesday, so stay tuned! In the meantime, be sure to let us know what you think about this face-off in the comments below!

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)
Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

There's a downpour of S5 articles lately, I wonder why. Projected sales volume not met? Or is it really moving slow?

15. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

samsung good at mrketing even they pay to authors for more samsung articles

25. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

OR they report on Samsung and Apple the most because they've a huge market share which in turn means more readers of this site own anyone of the two brands. I am sure you would have proof for that elaborate claim ?

68. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

So as a smartphone enthusiast would you prefer PA to cater to the two biggest OEMs because they have the biggest following? Or would you prefer PA to spread an equal amount of love to other OEMs that are just as capable as Samsung and Apple at making great phones? Equal coverage for all OEMs will give the smaller ones a fighting chance. Do you prefer a strong duopoly in the smartphone market where Apple and Samsung rule? What a boring world that would be. IMO Samsung design is anything but inspiring and Apple would rather sue someone than compete with them. I much prefer a thriving market with several competent OEMs, this gives the consumer more choices and more choices are better. Personally I think PA does a pretty decent job of spreading the love, at least to OEMs that don't do the majority of their business in China. Some of the writers are too biased, but they balance each other out pretty good.

88. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

We can't have equal coverage unless smaller OEMs did exactly as much stuff as Samsung and Apple. They are the top dogs in the industry, so they come up with the most amount of news to cover. It's logical. :) Thanks for the good words, take care!

73. ERIK05

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

im not sure how sales of the g3 are doing in the us, but in south korea, its triple the sales compared to the s5

100. bombpop

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 28, 2014

Samsung has been caught paying to attack other devices and praise theirs over all others, and fined for it. They've done it before and the free devices, swag and perks reviewers get tend to cloud their better judgment--even the readers call them on it when they get busted altering reviews in favor of the more popular devices or their upcoming sequels. Its not just in this industry either, but its certainly prevalent in other industries too

58. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yup There are more articles about Samsung lately. Most of them bashing Samsung. WHAT IS THE REASON of this fuzz.? :) By the way I see how good job have done the iboys here, to bash Samsung in this useless poll. ROTFL Tomorrow PA will make article how on this "poll" G3 beats S5 in everything, and will quote this "result" in hundreds articles later.. iClever. Right???

28. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Well I've had the G3 for a few days and I'm taking it back for the S5. There are several features missing from the G3 that the S5 has. Super fast charging, full charge in under an hour..the LG took 2 hours from 37% to fully charged...superamoled is superior to washed out LCD..brighter screen vibrant colors..water and dust resistance..easier rooting for you nerds out there lol..keyboard. When you use LG keyboard via swiping if you misspell a weird you have to back space for every letter in that word where as the S5 you just hit the back space and it deletes the whole word...S5 comes with fantastic ear buds that sound superior to any speaker on a phone HTC or otherwise. I do like the design of the G3 with the exception of the back..I like the S5's leather like back.has a much nicer premium feel to it. All in all it's a personal preference but you can't argue with some features that the S5 has over the G3 with one of the biggest being the charging your phone fully in under an hour on the S5 that people seem to not realize. I didn't know about it until this past week. Good luck in whatever everyone chooses.

31. tyson3

Posts: 59; Member since: May 15, 2012

You just need to switch it out for another one bc the g3 usually charges in about 30 min for me. There are also a ton features with the g3 that come in handy. I would switch it out for another g3 before going s5. Plus the s5 prime will be out in September which will be slightly better than the s5

44. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

My VZW LG G3 charges OK unless you use Navigation and stream music. Then it sits still at the same percentage at which you started. My Note 3 with USB 3.0 charges the fastest I have ever seen. I an looking at returning the G3 and sticking with Note 3. I know it's the future but I like a physical home button.

74. ERIK05

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

yeah.. your comments seems a bit like advertising. first of all who would buy a n s5 after just having bought the g3, especially when the s5 prime is about to come out. ( maybe a soccer mom but not a tech guy) here are my toughts: - waterproof - ok ill give you that but not a major selling point. - fast carging- mmm, maybe but i always charge my phone at night and keep it plugged at work, so to me 1 hour or 2 feels the same. - earbuds -really? they're all crap, no matter what phone you buy. - fake leather feels premium to you? please.... - keyboard? just download another one.

87. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

The noise canceling ear buds that came with the z2 were actually very nice

89. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

I have yet to see the day where waterproofing is not a major selling point. That's practically the entire marketing campaign for the Z2. Every picture I've seen of the thing has something to do with water. Fast charging might not be important to you but for the rest of us, a good battery that charges quickly is crucial

2. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

g3 hands down

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

s5 hands up

37. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Xiaomi Mi4 destroys both of them

75. ERIK05

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

i've been wondering, whats so special about that phone. it'd sure be interesting to see another serious contender

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Design=G3 Display=S5 Interface=G3 Camera=G3

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Design = GS5 embraces plastic which has better grip while G3 is metal wannabe with its glossy plastic which scratches easily. Looks are subjective however many do prefer a physical button. We also know which one of them is water and dust proof. Display = GS5 produces accurate colors (displaymate) goes from 2 nits to 698 nits with great outdoor visibility while LG G3 is is over sharpened dull display with inaccurate colors and poor outdoor visibility. Interface = Again subjective. But track record says Samsung is better at providing updates and more functions to its users. Camera =http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S5-tops-our-blind-camera-comparison-for-the-third-time-in-a-row-LG-G3-close-second_id57178 However G3 is winner 'specwise' but we also need to bear in mind that it launched quite later then GS5.

7. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

You mean water resistant

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yes I did. Thanks for correcting. Although officially its IP67 water-resistant but several tests do suggest its quite water proof but since Samsung wouldn't protect that under warranty it should just be called water resistant.

12. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Agreed, I had mine in the water often and for a good bit of time with no issues

72. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

first of all it doesnt scratch easily and second of all the interface on g3 is abit better. i received updates alot for my g3. 3rd i dont think you even own a g3 yet you are talking blashemy

49. gregoryyy3 unregistered

Scratches easily? So I'm assuming you have/had a g3 and it's scratched a lot? Cause really doubt you've ever held one..

76. ERIK05

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

i think samsung should've skipped the s5 (which should be named the galaxy s4s ) and go straight for the galaxy s5 prime and maybe they would've had it released at the same time as the g3. but its good to see that g3 took the oportunity to up their game. hopefully it stays at the top so that in the future instead of being just iphone vs samsung , well also have lg as a serious option

94. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Design = Samsung looks as a bar of soap and is ugly no matter the tastes. Some of us abhor physical buttons and prefer on-screen ones for their customizability which LG did great on both G2 and G3. Samsung gets massive points for IP67 but not enough to offset the ugly. Display = Displaymate can talk sh** all they want but existance of green tigers proofs that S5 has sh** color accuracy, and that 700 nits of brightness is achieved only in your dreams with cca. 500 nits being actual maximum. G3, while not the most accurate display out there still shows siberian tigers as being white and has much better sharpness due to 1440p resolution and full RGB matrix. Interface = Hard to decide but for me personally, more coherent and unified look of Optimus UI wins here, although both are pretty bad. TouchWiz in S5 is just all over the place. Camera = S5 clearly wins in both stills and video and I don't know what people who voted for G3 were smoking.

96. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

'Samsung looks as a bar of soap and is ugly' -This is exactly what I meant when I said SUBJECTIVE. Fine you abhor the design but don't transcend your opinion as fact ! I like it and so does other 10 mil GS5 owners. Displaymate is there before you're even born. Just because you don't like the result you can't blame the messenger. BTW, PA's display test stand nowhere near then that of DisplayMate's who have won more then 50 awards for their reliability in past 20 years !

97. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

I did that post to prove how subjective it all is. And I've never seen heard anyone praising Samsung's design. The part about buttons is also subjective but I put that because you clearly mentioned that many prefer physical buttons. Guess what, just as many prefer software ones. As for your second paragraph, I'm pretty certain you haven't seen my birth certificate so you are guessing at best. Also I haven't based my claims on either PA or DM but on personal experience with the device. The oh so praised "Cinema Mode" does little to help and colors still look way artificial and have a waxy tone to them, like they were made by crayons. You say 10 million people prefer it that way, but according to this poll it looks like more people prefer LCD screens. As a disclaimer I'd like to say that I had no intention of starting any kind of flame war or anything and that I find both devices to be quite a disappointment, just that G3 disappointed me little less.

6. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

I agree with all but camera, I think the S5 wins

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