LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s vs Lumia 930: screen to size ratio comparison


The LG G3 has entered the smartphone arena with a splash with one landmark feature - it's the first phone from a first-tier brand to ship with a Quad HD (1440 x 2560-pixel) display. LG uses a 5.5-inch display panel in the G3, bigger than the 5.1" Samsung Galaxy S5, and 5-inch HTC One (M8). You might think that this makes the G3 a very big phone and - while it is true that it is by no means small - LG's 2014 flagship is surprisingly compact for its size.

To understand just how compact the LG G3 is, compared to other flagships, we turn to a metric called 'screen-to-size ratio'. How do we measure that and why do we need it? It is pretty straightforward - we take the size of the display and see what percentage does it make of the whole body of the smartphone. The higher the number the less bezel a phone has, and the less bezel there is - the more compact a device is. This way we can learn which phone has the least 'bezel clutter'.

In this comparison, we compare the LG G3 with current-day flagships from other first-tier brands: the Galaxy S5, One (M8), Apple iPhone 5s, Sony Xperia Z2, and Nokia Lumia 930. Notice how the LG G3 leads the way with a fairly sizable advantage. Impressive, isn't it?

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58 Comments

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

76.40% thats a lot of cheese....

20. Wolf_Blitza

Posts: 64; Member since: May 30, 2014

The old Xperia ZL was about 76%, impressive since it had smaller 5" screen. And the GS5 was a step backwards, the GS4 was 72.1%.

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5699; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, the ZL was the size Moto X but with a 5" screen, unfortunately the ZL2 is now Nexus 5 size, and only in Japan Hopefully LG makes a Moto X sized phone with a 5" screen

49. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The ZL was fat as hell though. The GS4 is 7.9mm

29. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

What about that poor iPhone :P haha

31. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I still don't understand why screen to size ratio is even an topic o.O It's really a personal preference. Everyone likes how a phone look differently.

50. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

More compact the better. Common sense. The G3 would be unusable without the 76% screen ratio so it's a pretty important topic actually.

57. almostdone

Posts: 448; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Because no one wants a 5" screen with a 5" bezel...

33. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

LG G10 = 99% screen to size ratio soon....

45. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And let this chart shows how inferior the Ip5s is.

2. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

The G3 is a beautiful beast,but i still like the design of the 930.Wish if the 930 has snapdragon 801

18. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

the difference between the s800 and s801 is subtle, some droids with s800 have better benchmarks than some with s801 ( Note 3 & Z1 vs One (M8)...see the benchmarks in gsmarena). Furthermore, WP apps are Ram dependent not processor dependent so that doesn't make the jump from s800 to S801 beneficial. Also, I think S400s are already powerful enough, most heavy games run without problems on S400 powered droids and WPs , and s600 can make anything run smoothly and is much better than S400, now imagine how s800 is.

24. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Chips work better on windows phone with the way the os is built, look at videogames benchmarks between galaxy 5 and the 1520, you will see even with the bigger screen the 1520 have it still beat the galaxy 5 in videogames benchmark........if a windows phone come out with the new chips 801 & 805 you will see they perform better too.......i dont mean to get off topic but only phones I would buy with no removable battery are windows phone and apple....longest my battery last is 4 days on my 1520 every other day is 2 days and 9 hours before I need to charge again......android power hungry I would never get same amount of days if I watch a lot of videos GPS and etc......plus android lag, reboot every now and then.....remember I didn't say it do it every day I said every now and then......i just got the LG G2 from getting rid of my galaxy note 3, I was hoping things would change but even that phone lag, it haven't freeze on me but it did happen to my cousin, she had to wait for the battery to die so she can use the LG g2 again.....now she only want phones that can open up thats why I sold her my galaxy note and took her LG g2.....this my response for the article they post the other day about removable batteries'

35. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I'm getting 930

3. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

i bought an S5 today because G3 isn't available, otherwise it may have been my new phone

22. nazyr1803

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

u are from? coz if u be patient maybe someone will bring it in to ur country

55. tacjam

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 24, 2010

Should've waited 30 days, not only is the G3 a better handset, but you'll soon see the S5 Prime hit the market, Samsung will try to regain the specification battle. Samsung was stupid to release the S5 last month, they should've waited until June when all the S3 come off contract, that way they could've also added a 4k screen.

4. FingerMyApple unregistered

A phone that has no bezel is like a face has no forehead and chin, and no cheeks. LG g2 failed to impress public because of cheek-less fugly appearance. That's why iPhone sell because of nice forehead and chin, as well as chubby cheeks, elegant design as always :)

6. FingerMyApple unregistered

And I'm very amazed that only droider in pa prefer cheek-less zombie faced phone that add zero value but sacrifices the size for battery life purposes, so sad their hatred are...

14. Chunkyspudface

Posts: 65; Member since: May 31, 2013

What the hell are you talking about? The only reason apple sell the amount that they do, is that there are lots of "zombie-faced" people following them... Yes, they are pretty well designed products but other than that? Not much else really impresses anymore, at least other companies bother to step up their design.

32. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

dont bother yourself he is an apple fanboy... watch him when apple release thin-bezel phone . he will say : wow I cant believe wow this is innovation very sad other phones has thick bezels bla bla bla ... they trying to be optimistic about what apple offered them they r very blind to see facts

36. Chunkyspudface

Posts: 65; Member since: May 31, 2013

Yeah, waste of time trying to make them see sense...

38. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Lol really? Try to make a phone with 5.5"screen and the 'cheeks' you're talking about. Even Apple can't sell them.

39. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Sacrifice the size of battery??? By apple fan??? Lol.... Just check your own with small battery....sacrificing battery for thin profile...

42. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 923; Member since: May 07, 2014

If you open your eyes and forget fanboyism for one minute you will see that LG G3 looks a lot better than every iPhone model. Plus it has a bigger and better display. Not like that tiny iPhone display. You can surf better on a 5.5 inch screen. Gaming is fun on a bigger screen and videos looks great on a bigger screen. and if that bigger screen comes in phone still compact, that's a win for sure. Soon, iPhone is going to follow all these Android OEMs by launch iPhone 6 with a bigger screen because now they have realised that Stev Jobs was not right after all regarding the ideal phone size... and there wasn't one comment of hatred until you showed up with all your hatred.

56. tacjam

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 24, 2010

iPhone is just a large app drawer, it's practically the same thing as it was in 2007, yet the fools line up for it. Since Steve Jobs died, not one piece of innovative product has graced Apple's shelves. With no innovation, Apple is left with silly lawsuits to keep innovation from making them obsolete. Now go wait in line for your medicor 2007 technical wonder iPhone 6 that you, and most grandparents prefer.

10. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

The iPhone must have a thick bezel to accomodate the circular home button.They did the same thing on the upper bezel to keep the phone symmetrical.The lumia 920 has thin upper bezel but the lower bezel was super thick,which makes it awkward to use in landscape

13. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

"A phone that has no bezel is like a face has no forehead and chin, and no cheeks." okay, how about iPad Air?

17. FingerMyApple unregistered

IPad air just want to slim down its waist until it achieve one pound, that's why people love iPad air so much :p

43. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 923; Member since: May 07, 2014

Apple may have started the tablet trend, but Samsung has perfected and Apple has yet to follow. Galaxy Note is the real tablet on which you can actually do some productive work with ease.

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