Call Quality

The LG G Pro 2 is a large device, but this large size does not translate into loud sound in the earpiece, and in calls the earpiece is actually a bit on the quiet side. Our callers also reported hearing our voice with a bit of distortion - those are not huge issues, but we expect a bit better from a high-end device. The Sony Xperia Z1 is not perfect either, but you’ll at least hear your callers much louder and clearer, and the same can be said for the other end of the line - our conversation partners reported easily recognizing that natural tonality in our voice.


The LG G Pro 2 is a big phone that comes with a large, 3200mAh battery, and the Sony Xperia Z1 also features a fairly huge for its size 3000mAh battery. The battery endurance of the Z1, however, is not all that impressive - the phone just sucks up that battery juice very quickly. In most cases, the handset would last you a full workday, but overnight charging is pretty much guaranteed. The G Pro 2 ranks much better and you can rest assured it won’t die mid-day, plus - on less busy days - it could last up to two days, which is nice. We should also mention that the battery on the Sony phone is not user removable, while you can easily swap the battery on the LG G Pro 2 and that’s an option we like to have.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
LG G Pro 2
6h 48 min (Average)
Sony Xperia Z1
4h 43 min (Poor)


After all that we’ve said about the LG G Pro 2 and the Sony Xperia Z1, you’re probably still wondering about the one big question that we have not answered yet: which one should you buy?

For us, both handsets are more or less on par. Both are very powerful devices that deliver smooth and enjoyable Android experience, both are great for gaming and have very good cameras that could easily replace a point and shoot. There are some subtleties: the Xperia Z1 camera captures smooth video with fast auto-focus, but the handset lasts shorter and its screen has poor viewing angles. LG’s G Pro 2, on the other hand, comes with a slightly better overall camera with OIS+, it features a large and vivid display, and offers a lot of useful features like the split-screen multitasking, and those nuances tip the scales in favor of the LG G Pro 2.

If you are not picky about these tiny details, though, you should simply decide which one looks and feels better in terms of size and design. For all else, you probably won’t regret buying either one.



1. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

And the G Pro 2 isn't being compared to the Xperia Z2 because... We used to call them i PhoneArena (which is now not allowed in the comments), but this has to change. If only Samsung invested the money they use to pay sites on designers instead... Still waiting for a 'do you like the s5' poll...

2. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Calm down bro, they simply didnt recieve the retail version of it yet, or they have it but are busy reviewing it... How can you say that the reviews are paid? Any proofs? (Not defending anyone, just trying to be racional)

3. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Cause they haven't gotten it yet.

4. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

No one pays these sites.. OEMs dont care about sites... If there are 1000 people in this world, only 10 visit these sites...

11. g2a5b0e unregistered

There was a "Do You Like the S5" poll. Perhaps you should pay more attention. Clearly, the G Pro 2 isn't being compared to Z2 at this point because the Z2 isn't ready to review yet. I'm sure when it's out, there will be one. How much do you think Samsung paid for those results?

14. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I genuinely missed that. I'm annoyed because the Z2 corrects the few flaws of the Z1 - to compare it to the Z1 is like going to make people think 'same old Sony'.

15. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

17. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Wait till the Z2 be compared to the G3.

5. Nabil2511

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

larger screen, bigger dimensions, but yet almost the same weight.. amazing job LG

10. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Not when considering that one is made of metal and glass, and the other is made of plastic.

6. iLoveAmexica

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

now i felt like z1 is so yesterday.. sony need to control this whole flagship thing js

7. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

G pro 2 wins by a mile.... Sony mobile is always has problem in display ang battery kudos LG!

8. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012


9. Amir1 unregistered

Z1 camera clearly produces MUCH more natural colors for all images and videos. natural = as if you look at the site yourself = better. it's quite stunning how natural colors the Z1 camera has. aplouds to sony. all they need is to improve the camera processing and they will have the best flagship camera.

12. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Gpro 2 wins? What category battery? Viewing angles? I really don't get those viewing angles sh*t . Who the heck will watch a video or look at a picture sideways? Battery well maybe. But that's all about it.

13. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

Another weird comparison by PA, why compare the G pro 2 with Z1? they are in different category, should have compare it with Note 3, One Max or any other recent phablet....

16. docxx

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

strange comparison, hope you will do the same with Z2 ultra.

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