Reader's choice: the LG G3 is a better phablet than the iPhone 6 Plus

Reader's choice: the LG G3 is a better phablet than the iPhone 6 Plus

Introduction


On the first of October, we put the iPhone 6 Plus and LG G3 against each other in a match whose outcome you - and only you - decide. We gave you until last Sunday to vote for the better phablet, and thanks to those of you who obliged, we now have the results. They speak clearer than clear - the LG G3 is the better phablet, at least when it comes down to four key categories like Design, Display, User Experience, and Camera.

Design


Apple's design team might lose sleep over this, but our readers preferred the LG G3's plastic design (2336 votes) over the iPhone 6 Plus's aluminium premium-ness (557 votes) without a smudge of uncertainty. Note, however, that the Design category isn't merely a beauty contest. It takes into consideration practical qualities such as the device's exact dimensions, ergonomic choices (such as power and volume key placement), and embellishments (like the LG G3's anti-fingerprint coating). Since we can't read our readers' minds, we can only speculate why they voted for the LG G3 over the iPhone 6 Plus. Was it #bendgate's black PR curse? Or maybe they simply appreciated that the 5.5-inch phablet is as compact as reasonably possible? Indeed, although the iPhone 6 Plus is no less beautiful, Apple made it taller and wider than it absolutely had to. We've seen reports that the majority of customers prefer the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 over the Plus-sized version, and its overwhelming size sounds like one logical explanation. Why don't you tell us why you chose the LG G3?

Display


In the Display department, votes for the iPhone 6 Plus (755 votes) inched closer to those in favor of the LG G3 (1673 votes). That's no surprise, as both the former's 5.5-inch 1080p screen, and the latter's 5.5-inch QHD (2560x1440) panel are beautiful in their own right. And although the iPhone 6 Plus has better brightness, contrast, and gamma levels, the LG G3's truer colors and pin-sharp resolution attracted a bigger crowd - despite the annoying oversharpening of text and relative dimness.

Interface and functionality


The LG G3 stole the vote in the Interface and functionality category too, racking up 1737 votes against the iPhone 6 Plus' 568 votes. While taste is extremely subjective, not too many can deny the fact that the LG G3 is a simple joy to operate with its subdued colors, clear icons and uncluttered menus. It also offers multitasking and security features - Dual Window and KnockCode in particular - that Apple's phablet cannot match out of the box.

Camera


Somewhat surprisingly, the LG G3 (1773 votes) won the Camera battle as well! It raced past the iPhone 6 Plus (635 votes) and Apple's remarkable reputation in smartphone photography, perhaps owing to its bigger camera sensor (13MP vs 8MP), its superb auto-focus system, and a nicer front cam. Truth be told, though, you'd happy to have either of them when a photo opportunity comes along.

Related phones

G3
  • 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)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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151 Comments

1. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

HHHHAAAA HHAAAAAAA!!! iThought so take that u apple pickers!!!

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

Why do you fanboys feel the need to make wack comments like this? Do you honestly think a poll done on a tech website is going to change anyone's mind about the device they chose? Do you seriously think that your immmature comment is going to make anyone feel bad? You sound like a 12-year-old. Time to grow up.

35. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Exactly! In all honestly, I'd pick the 6 Plus over the G3. The G3 lags way too much for me to use.

36. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

37. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

i dont have either one. does it really lag like u say? b honest. i trust u. n how does it lag

75. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

6 Plus is butter smooth after using 10GB+ of storage just on music and photos/videos, not including the apps I've already downloaded. The 801 processor simply can't handle the QHD screen. Everyone talked so much about the S5 being choppy when in reality the G3 performed worse when I used it for about an hour.

90. willard12 unregistered

So, was it butter smooth before or after the pulled the 8.0.1 update?

92. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

When I got my 6+, I used it on 8.0 before updating to 8.0.2. Performance was butter smooth on both updates.

123. datguyglad

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Hmm.. I've owned the G3 for about three months now and yes there's a few quirks about the phone but doesn't lag as much as people make it out to be. Unlike you I really can't comment to much about a phone by just sampling it for an hour. I honestly think it's smoother and snappier then the S5 which was me previous phone for about 4 months.

53. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

WOW. A quad core snapdragon 801 running at 2.5Ghz with 3Gb of ram lags way too much for such an honest liar, like PapaSmut. Of course you would take a 1gb iPhone 6 plus, because you believe and will drink any kool-aid that Apple will serve you.

57. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

If you know a thing or two about him you wouldn't have posted your silly comment. He dislikes Apple and tend to pick anything running Android (same goes for me). But when we are talking about spending $700 on a phone, we expect it do deliver, and sadly the G3 doesn't. If we were talking about the Z3/Note4 and even the Z2 vs the iPhone 6 Plus, then I am sure he wouldn't end up picking iPhone 6 Plus, and the same goes for me.

74. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Already got the 6 Plus. If it doesn't work out (which I doubt it since it does almost everything I did when I had my S5) then I'm getting the Note 4.

68. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I tried the Galaxy Alpha in a shop (while I had an iPhone 5 and was considering switching to Android before I bought the 6) and it instantly lagged. A brand new device in 2014 still lagging, pretty poor - so that's the reason I chose to stick with Apple. It was the only phone I really liked the look of and it was disappointing, specs seem irrelevant if the implementation is poor.

134. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

All this talk about lag is just lame BS. A phone that has full multitasking isn't going to be as smooth as one that does. Yes all the feature on iPhome compared to Android are so much worse and the only thing that makes u by an iPhone is because a better phone that does more stutters a bit? A semi carrying a full.load in a 53' trailer is going to be a bit slower going up a hill than a 2 door hatchback. But in an accident which one are u likely going to survive in? Yes my Note 3 with quad core and full hd multi window and more does studded once in a w hole when I use TW based features. Waiting an extra millisecond or so for an app to full catch up isn't gonna kill me. Especially since I paid 40% less and got 110% more.

145. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It's a lame argument I'm afraid - for one, my personal taste is that I want my modern phone to react instantly when I do something, it's 2014 not 2004, it's just something that bugs me, I was open to switching but disappointed when I tried. Secondly - "Multitasking", the thing every Android user bangs on about, well to start with I'm not convinced of the massive benefit on my PHONE (phablets/tablets where productivity has more of a case I can see) and more importantly, in a recent test of the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 that Phonearena posted (and subsequently took down) it was shown that when cycling through multiple apps that the iPhone was STILL faster than the multi-core phones and they STILL had to reload most of the apps when switching between them despite all their "multitasking". Same old same old, impressive specs on paper from Android, the reality isn't always as good.

73. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Are you dumb? Look at the phones I've owned in the past and come back and say the same comment. I dare you.

84. jeff327

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Ha Ha. Who is dumb? The one that thinks you can list whatever phone you want as owned and believe every word you said. So, I accept your dare and repeat the exact same thing. You are drinking the cool aid Papa Smurf. Oh by the way I own the a Corvette, Bentley and a Lamborghini. So ask me about cars as I must really own these because I said I do.

93. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Here you go. Just for you. Need me to prove you wrong with anything else? :) http://tinypic.com/r/2ue1kx5/8

96. jeff327

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

What does that prove? By the way I am a French Model. See I said it on the internet so it is true.

99. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Confirmed dumb. You claimed I do not own these devices, yet here they are right in front of your face. Congrats on being the laughing stock of this article. Btw, your sarcasm failed to save you on this one.

135. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Every time you fans lose a battle, your first line of defense is o tell someone he doesn't own something. Then next is Apple profits which had resulted on the iPhone going up 100 bucks and yet has no new features. Last year's soc with a speed bump. How is it Samsung can release a phone with a larger display, higher resolution and the phone remains the same cost and yet Apple cant?

55. jeff327

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Papa Smurf you know about the lag because you own this device? Funny think is I do and there is no lag. The lag excuse over Android phones is really a tired excuse. None the less please own a phone before commenting on the performance and please do not BS and tell me you did own the phone. If you do that will just make you look silly.

76. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Comment #75 awaits you. Let me know how you handle the truth.

85. jeff327

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Oh I see. You used it for about an hour. Again I say you are full of it. If you used this phone at all you did so for about a minute at a retail store. Boy I must be dumb calling you on your BS when you list all the phones you ever owned. If you ever need a place to store all your phones I own the Empire State Building. Do you know what that must be true? Because I said I do. I know you do not care and you will continue with your childish posts but you really look silly. It is embarrassing.

95. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What's embarrassing is you being proven wrong in comment #93. Once I get a new phone, the old is sold a few days after. Maybe next time you shouldn't jump into stuff that isn't your business because when I look back, your name wasn't up on the original thread. I registered the G3 under my account with T-Mobile. Switched back within an hour because the lag was horrendous. G2 is miles ahead in terms of performance. It was fun making you look like a fool. We should do it again some other time. :)

98. jeff327

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

You are making yourself look silly. You picture proves nothing. I would like you to send me the T Mobile paperwork. lol You are trying way too hard for something so stupid. But you continue to believe your silliness and I will keep playing with you.

100. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

How the hell does the picture prove nothing? Not even me owning the devices? Lmfao wow you seriously can't be that dense. I buy my phones out right through dealers because I can afford my habit. You're trying too hard for something so stupid. But you continue to believe your silliness and I will continue to keep playing with you.

102. jeff327

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Huh? Now your posts are just gibberish. But OK Papa whatever you say. I believe you.

104. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If you think my post was gibberish you need to go back to school. Unlike most of you users here, I have no reason to lie. Good to know I've finally earned your trust! /s

103. jeff327

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

By Papa. I have work I need to do and I am sure you have your room to clean up in your moms house. I will catch you during other ignorant rants on other PA articles.

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