LG G3 vs HTC One (M8)
LG's G3 flagship might have arrived the last of them all spring chickens, but unsurprisingly it's the most decked-out. It sports the first Quad HD (1440 x 2560) display in a phone from major manufacturer, as well as a unique laser autofocus system. Does HTC's finest, with its premium chassis and unique Duo Camera, stand a chance against the Quad HD G3? Let's figure it out...
UPDATE (Jun 25, 2014): This comparison was originally based on our experience with the Korean version of the LG G3. After testing the International (European) version of the phone, we've updated the story with our new findings, affecting the display, camera and battery performance.
LG stuffs a 5.5” display in a relatively compact mostly plastic chassis, while the premium One (M8) is way more palm-friendly.
The G3 builds on LG's penchant for great screen-to-body ratios, as it fits the 5.5" display diagonal in a body as big as the 5.2" Z2. With the 5" One (M8), however, HTC went for the long and narrow form, which is more palm-friendly than the wider G3 (70.6 mm vs 74.6 mm). HTC has created a bold and characteristic metal design that cannot be easily mistaken, and a rather solid build, which made it a tad heftier than the G3. The One (M8), however, is one unibody piece of crafted aluminum, whereas the metallic-looking back cover of the G3 is removable, so you can easily swap the battery if needed. HTC's phone is also very slippery in the hand, on account of the polished aluminum frame, having you grip it hard each time it's picked up. The rear cover of LG's phone is mostly made out of plastic, with only a thin metal layer thrown in for a good measure. It's pretty slippery, too, though not as much as the polished aluminum on the back of the One (M8).
Unfortunately, HTC has gone for a top-placed lock key, which makes you stretch all the way up the tall handset to lock the display, whereas the G3 keeps up with the G2 fashion, with a conveniently located rear lock key and volume rocker. Thus, the G3 design might be less manageable with one hand, due to the wider chassis, but in other aspects its design is more flexible, and let's not forget we are talking a 5.5" display here, against the 5" panel of the One (M8). HTC's phone, on the other hand, sports a dual stereo speaker set at the front - a feature that the G3 doesn't sport.
G3's pixel density breaks records, but the One (M8) is more visible outdoors.
We said that the LG G3 is wider than the One (M8), but it makes up for it by sporting a noticeably larger screen. The G3 packs a 5.5" panel, while the One has a 5" display. LG one-upped every major phone manufacturer with the first Quad HD 1440x2560 pixels display, ensuring incredibly high pixel density. Even at 5.5", the G3 display still sports the record for a smartphone 538ppi. In comparison, the One (M8)'s 1080p panel has 441 ppi, but it is still looking fine and detailed.
The IPS-LCD displays of the G3 and the One (M8) aren't with the best color representation we've seen, but are far from the worse, too. The basic hues of the G3's screen are somewhat off-base and lean on the oversaturated side, especially the reds, for instance, while One (M8) does it predominantly with the greens, yet overall the G3 does does a bit better job in replicating the reference gamut. We measured the color temperature of the G3 to be 7099K, against the 7128K on the One (M8). Both are decent results, and close enough to the reference 6500K white point, so the screen colors don't appear cold.
The G3 display's outdoor visibility is just a tad worse than on the One (M8), as the handset has lower, 450 nits of peak brightness, against 490 on the HTC. The viewing angles are something we can easily observe without any measuring equipment, and they are stellar on both handsets.