Camera


Here is where the battle gets really heated. The Samsung Galaxy S4 proved to have one of the best cameras on an Android smartphone (if not the best), and now the LG G2 comes with huge ambitions to offer even better picture quality. While both handsets feature 13-megapixel main cameras, the LG G2 brings optical image stabilization (OIS), multiple focus points (9), and manual focus.

First, let’s take a look at the camera interfaces on the LG G2 and the Galaxy S4. At first look they are very similar - both are very quick to start and have similarly focused on introducing a lot of clearly explained shooting modes.

LG G2 camera UI - LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4
LG G2 camera UI - LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4

LG G2 camera UI


The two camera apps also have a lot of adjustable settings for more experienced photographers - exposure, ISO, white balance, timer and color effects are all there on both. However LG’s interface is much more convenient to use with large, easy to press and intuitive to find buttons.

Samsung Galaxy S4 - LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 - LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 - LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 - LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4


What’s great is that all of that translates into some amazing images. The LG G2 captures very detailed pictures - sharp and clear - almost always better than the Galaxy S4. The difference in color reproduction is negligible (the G2 picks more true to life tones while the SGS4 prefers warmer than real colors), but the big difference in image quality comes from the Galaxy S4 washing out darker parts of the image. This results in less dynamic images on the Galaxy S4. The G2 on the other hand handles has none of these issues, and captures images that are rich in dynamics and pleasing to the eye.

Indoors where light gets scarce the G2 does extremely well. Again, we liked its images better than the S4 - they were less noisy (noise becomes a real issue in the S4) and colors looked livelier on it. The presence of OIS allows the G2 to abstain from firing the LED flash. Without the flash, images even in lower light have pleasantly warm tonality whereas in the same conditions, the Galaxy S4 automatically fires the flash that makes the whole image blueish. The LED flash on the G2 however is not as strong as the one on the Galaxy S4 that contributes to more evenly lit scenes.


Video recording is good on the Galaxy S4, but it’s simply great on the LG G2. Both support 1080p for extremely sharp footage. There is a skipped frame here and there, but overall we prefer the recordings from the G2. The Galaxy S4 again tends to wash out darker areas of the footage and the recordings do not look that lively. Transitions are more or less smooth on both, but moving the camera faster introduces a rolling shutter jello-like effect.

The G2 ups the stakes with support for 60 frames per second while the SGS4 maxes out at 30fps. This comes with one huge benefit - you can get smooth 2.5x slow motion effect at full 1080p if you convert LG’s footage to 24fps. Both devices record video using the MPEG codec.

A neat new feature on the G2 is Audio Zooming, which lets you tap on an object while recording video so the device will try to focus on sounds coming from its direction.



Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
LG G2 4
6.5
395
377
Samsung Galaxy S4 3.4
4.75
1016
486




Multimedia


Both handsets are great for enjoying media. You’d be able to watch movies, check out images and listen to music on both indoors, but the LG G2’s brighter display makes it more suitable for outdoor use.

For video, both devices come with a pre-loaded video player that plays all formats we threw at it, at even 1080p without a hitch.

LG G2 - LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4

LG G2

LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 - LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4

For music, the two devices offer one custom app and the stock Google music application. LG’s solution breaks down your collection by songs, albums, artists, genres, playlists and folders, and navigation is easy as you can just swipe between tabs. The SGS4 has the same tabs plus an option to automatically play back music depending on your mood. However it lacks swipe support and that’s a bit inconvenient.

Sound output is very loud and sufficiently good for casual use on both devices, but it does not even come close to the stereo sound of say the HTC One.

LG G2 - LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4

LG G2

LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 - LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4


Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
LG G2 0.29
Samsung Galaxy S4 0.38
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
LG G2 66
Samsung Galaxy S4 77

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51 Comments

1. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

They have the same looks..

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I also found some similarities......

23. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

S4 any day....

49. LG_is_the_best unregistered

LG takes what works and boosts it to the next level.

51. the_matchless

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

LG G2's release has brought some serious new worries for the team Samsung "how to differentiate S5 from it" In fact they are investigating to find the culprit who has sold their next Gen design to the rivals...

2. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Winner G2

7. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

...winner only because of a bit bigger screen - which i find nice as a previous NOTE user, now with S4 i am happy to handle smaller phone in one hand and i could manage those 5,2 thin bezels comfortably... ...BUT - those back buttons is FAIL!!!! I dont care what maker, but samsung only (and iphone) have physical button which is the most comfortable thing to unlock your phone with one hand. Everything else, if on the back or on the top needs tricky fingerplay to unlock.... Using Samsung, or Iphone is pretty straightforward - just pick your phone and thumb does it in one shot... So for me, "iphonish" button is a must! Overall, i am happy to see LG jumping into high-end segment at this way, probably after back buttons they will bring something better that they invent on their own.

37. eli577

Posts: 141; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

You are forgetting double tap screen wake on the LG. I think it's more comfortable to tap the screen, than pushing a physical button (and I'm a GS4 user right now). The trick is that you don't need to search for the button with your finger, you can double tap the screen anywhere you want to.

38. eli577

Posts: 141; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

Oh yeah, another thing. Phonearena!!!! Please update your benchmark results when you get a retail unit. I think your numbers are not useable, because in other benchmark comparisons (gsmarena to be precise) the G2 wipes the floor with the competition, it even beats the Z Ultra.

45. Trex95

Posts: 2319; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I agree with you. I still prefer the LG optmius G Pro over the G2 cause of physical button and i hope the next LG G2 Pro comes with physical button with the same design as LG G2.

50. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

i don understand whether ths bigger screen is that much a big difference ? Since G2 has onscreen buttons which will take up some more space and pixels. Other than while watching movies, I don think the screen diff really matters

24. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2347; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

LGg2 won by a landslide,,,imo

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I'll choose G2. LG managed to score a home run with this beast. S4 no way a bad phone though.

5. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

I totally agree!

8. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

What half a year does. Up to this point the S4 was The Flagship, now the G2 is the new champion, then will come the S5 and the G3 etc... LG learnt the best from Samsung (even if a little too obviously, G variants of S-beam, S-view cover, multitasking, camera interface and sensor, phone looks and materials, colorful UI etc.), and that's good news for us cause we have a choice.

9. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Technology is too fast mate.

12. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Sammy is coming with Note III. Better photos etc. What I don´t like is the size. I´ll go to LG.

6. cristianer

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 20, 2010

I like the new G2.

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

LG G2 wins!

11. maherk

Posts: 6679; 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.

26. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Maybe other person done it.

41. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Nothing fishy about it. NEVER underestimate how varied human error can get. I like to call it human stupidity. My second major is psychology and you would be amazed by the results of some of the human perception tests we did. Long story short, people are retarded. One of the major ones I notice is this IMAGINARY creaking metal lovers like to place on plastic phones that are solid as a rock. Actually, it doesn't even have to do with plastic, it more has to do if they hate the company or the type of plastic. For example, the Lumia 920 actually does have creaking near the ffc camera where test gets in but you'll never hear a single complaint because retards like matte plastic. But solidly built phone with very low clearance between parts and the shell like the G2 and GS4 get imaginary creaking because their plastic is glossy. The GS4 literally has no room to creak, that is how tightly packed it is yet it somehow does to HTC and Nokia fan boys. lol I think the same thing applies here. Although their might be some clearance on this step rounded battery LG made. You would still have to push really damn hard for any give.

13. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

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.

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.

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