LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Introduction


The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the reigning king, the champion of Android sales, and it’s been so for nearly half a year with almost no competition. Now, LG has come up with a competitor - the LG G2, a device with a larger display, better ergonomics, faster chips and camera with optical image stabilization.

Can the Galaxy S4 still hold its ground? Or has time finally taken its toll? And is the LG G2 the new Android hero device? Let’s find out.

Design


Two polycarbonate handsets, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and LG G2 are both similar yet very different in terms of design and actual feel. The Galaxy S4 is flat, with no curves on its back, so when you hold it the palm of your hand kind of bumps into its edges. The slightly thicker LG G2 on the other hand follows the curves of your palm and nestles in it so very comfortably that it’d fool you for being the slimmer one (it’s not).

A usually boring subject like the buttons becomes interesting with the LG G2. The G2 simply lacks buttons on the sides as all of them have fled to the back. That’s right, the volume and lock keys are all on the back of the G2, right below its main camera and our initial feedback is extremely positive. This new positioning makes a lot of sense - your fingers are always there and you don’t have to reach out far and adjust the phone in your hand when trying to press a button. The Galaxy S4 on the other hand uses traditionally placed buttons on the sides.



We ought to mention LG’s amazing work on making the G2 so compact. The handset comes with extremely slim bezels and manages to be of virtually the same size as the S4, but still have a 0.2” larger display. Nicely done. The screen size on both devices however takes its toll and you’d find it hard using each of the devices single-handedly.

Last but not least, the actual build quality is solid on both devices - there are no screaking parts and everything is well put together.

LG G2

LG G2

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches

138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

LG G2

LG G2

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches

138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page




Display


LG’s great work on thinning down bezels allowed it to include a 5.2-inch display in the G2, slightly bigger than the 5-inch one on the Galaxy S4.

The screen technology the two use, however, differs and so does the image quality. LG has gone with traditional IPS LCD (full RGB matrix) while Samsung uses an AMOLED panel (PenTile with Diamond Pixels). Both are extremely sharp and detailed, featuring a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, but the G2 is one step ahead with the slightly crisper image (but the difference is barely noticeable).

There is one thing, though, that will make you tell the two apart easily. That is the colors. The G2 has very lively, true to life tones for the most part, while colors on the S4 are clearly overblown. Whites on both are a bit colder than we'd like, and you can see a slight blueish undertone.

LG also has a much brighter, vivid display against a comparatively dim screen on the Galaxy S4. The higher luminance of the LG display gives it the edge in terms of outdoor use, and we appreciate that!.

All in all, we’d give the display honors to the more accurate and brighter screen of the G2.


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51 Comments

53. cnwwyo

Posts: 126; Member since: May 26, 2011

Why don't u guys compare the ability to get signal anymore?

52. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I rather keep my s4 till the s5 comes out. I can make more storage and more battery life than the g2. Plus the g2 ui is so ugly!! It looked like baby fingers created the skin, dont get me wrong its a beast but i love my s4. its not worth the money though.

48. LG_is_the_best unregistered

Boom! Bow to the king S4... bow to the king

46. rockers123

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

G2 is a complete copycat of Samsung. Check their Camera UI, Smart Screen, Smart Video, etc.. Howe come they are exactly using the term 'Smart Screen'?

44. Tech_Junkie1996

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 29, 2013

The funny thing is, LG did the same thing with the Optimus G. Sadly, it was easily over-looked by the S3 and One X. Hopefully, LG will finally get the recognition it deserves. Optimus G sales were terrible and sprint even had it marked down to $100 a few months after its release. If people recognize this as a true power house and get it rather than the GS4, then maybe next year Samsung will actually be innovative.

43. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I hope the Nexus 5 is based on this but I hope the short cuts to make it cheaper are less this time. My Optimus G for example had superb quality control and My Nexus 4 had slight light bleed in the corner among other things. Basically the Optimus G felt more solid in many ways. Especially the screen software/firmware, same screen but a HUGE difference in quality.

40. rodkurt

Posts: 128; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

try considering that s4 came out earlier than g2.

39. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

biased article

34. szaboagoston

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Thanks Victor, this was a great comparison, one of the bests I've seen on Phonearena. Your English is also really good. I would have liked to see more low-light shots from the G2, but I'm sure that you will write about that more extensively in a coming article.

33. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Have to handle a G2 but believe it the be clear winner if my choice was just betwen the two .

32. iushnt

Posts: 3182; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

In terms of Software updates, can G2 match S4?

30. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Specs of g2 is better but ilove the Touchwiz UI, ill go with s4 :P *RemovableBattery *UI *Design ( i hate g2 rear button) *Physical home, back, and menu button(g2 button is too large :/)

31. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

One more thing Expandable memory up to 64gb ;)

28. etotherescue

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Release it in the U.S. already!!!

25. rdemon

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

LG G2 is not a bad phone, for now. Lets wait for Note 3. Then we'll have a real battle in ours hands.

21. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

LG G2 just killed Samsung Galaxy S4..!!!!

16. dancorcal

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Great job LG now make a mini and fit a 4.5 or 4.7 display into same size as s4 mini and better specs.

42. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The S4 mini is TINY. It's like literally the size of an iphone 5. Sure their are still some bezels to shrink still but I think the Moto X is as small 4.7 inch can get and the GS4 mini is much smaller still.

15. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I love LG's UI, except for the notification shade. Over half of it is just filled with toggles, sliders, and QSlide apps. There's barely any room for notifications! Otherwise, it's a very nice skin. LG's been bringing the heat lately. Better watch out Samsung, if LG keeps this up, you'll be in trouble within a couple years.

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

You can probably remove some or all of that stuff from the notification shade like you can on the S4.

18. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I've dug through all the settings on my L9, you can't remove anything from it. You can delete all the app options for QSlide, but then you're just left with an empty grey space in the notification shade. No option to remove the brightness slider or quick toggles at all (which I actually don't mind). Maybe they added it in the newer version on the G2, but I doubt it.

19. g2a5b0e unregistered

I gotcha. I just figured with LG trying so hard to be like Samsung lately that they would have included that functionality also. But like you said, it could still be in there.

20. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

You can remove QSlide apps window with no empty space. I saw this on video in youtube.

27. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Mind linking me to the video? I've searched everywhere for a solution, but the only ones I've found requires rooting

29. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

I don't remember the name of it :( I watched plenty of videos about G2 and saw that.

14. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

If the bootloader is unlockable on the G2 when it comes out on Verizon I would considered it. Otherwise I'm looking at the Note 3 if it comes with 3gigs of ram, removable battery and SD card slot. My only drawback on the Note 3 is if the screen is darker than the G2 and price.

35. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Unlockable bootloader? On Verizon??!???!! Don't hold your breath. Seriously.

13. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And the winner is............ The LG G2.

11. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Anyone else saw the difference between the full review of the G2 and the comparison in here? In the review the writer admitted that the LG's back was poorly manufactured, mainly when he noted that the creaking sounds made by the back were extremely irritating. Then he went to say how the G2's screen needs improvement and it has cold colors compared to competitors. I chose not to continue reading this review because something smells fishy, maybe LG forgot to dorp them their paychecks.

22. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Agree something doesn't seem right here.. Review complains about build, call quality, screen and in the comparison there's issues intact build and call quality is now excellent.

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