Introduction


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.

Design

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.


LG G3

LG G3

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8)

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches

146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

LG G3

LG G3

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8)

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches

146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

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



Display

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.



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41 Comments

1. KenAdams

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

HTC One: Speakers, design and front camera LG G3: Display, removable battery.

10. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

but m8's display has more contrast and looking good to eyes.

11. Slade.Wilson

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

I choose the One M8 for Rock-solid software and hardware. Including the nice screen and the awesome speakers. About the camera..... I guess I'll tweak the exposure values a little...... Maybe...... Goddamnnit! Nothing is perfect!

22. amiroomg

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

indeed both are best 2014.. i really have doubt btw g3 and m8... i wish one of them didnt introduce. but im a little care more m8.

32. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

HTC One has Blinkfeed that G3 does not, or any similar app or feature . personally I used it at least 2 hours a day.. it's also one of the best feature I like about HTC. and with the new sense.. i can even see my instagram n facebook and tweeter and g+ and nba scores!!! Blinkfeed all the way!!! = m8 ftw

39. rabubbles

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Actually HTC released blinkfeed on the play store, so other phones can use it. But I agree blinkfeed is sweet.

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I really like the G3, but I'd rather have M8.

6. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

They are both great phone to say the least. However, I wouldn't choose neither of those phones because the headphone jack is on the bottom of the phone... I use my armband to carry my phone while I run and it will make it hard to plug in. I'll stick with my Z2 for now :D

7. express77 unregistered

I would choose G3 over M8 any day. HTC had their chance twice but totally blew it.

20. Blaze.Infernus

Posts: 16; Member since: May 01, 2014

Um, what? How? It's an excellent quality phone, makes a LOT of people happy by suiting their needs the best, and was named the best phone by pretty much EVERYbody. How exactly did they blow it? Twice? Ohhhhhh. Are you one of those people that thinks numbers trump everything else?

21. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

i think he is speaking abt the camera... Everybody knows that the Ultra pixel is a total gimmick... Other than that the M8 is a good phone...

23. drazwy

Posts: 354; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Exactly.

34. Blaze.Infernus

Posts: 16; Member since: May 01, 2014

Fair enough, and I agree it's disappointing, but that implies that the camera makes the phone, which of course is a complete load. That's why I couldn't see how HTC blew it entirely.

35. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

actually the g2 carried the best phone by all reports the htcrap was popular by nerds and phonearena. which is funny cause innovation left out by htc was exciting to people that thrive on basic plane devices yay for technology

3. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

HTC is the king of the enormous bezel.

8. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

*ahem* apple iPhone *ahem*

16. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Dont insult android flagships with iPhone :D

19. Slade.Wilson

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

One M8 gives me braingasms every time i look at it.

36. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

its boring and makes me throw up

4. newbey123

Posts: 700; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

The G3 is a really nice phone, but the the M8 is still the better all around phone. Good phone from both companies though.

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I'm totally enjoying my m8 right now, the only thing that makes me interested with lg in this comparison is its leading 2k display(I'm not really after outdoor visibility)

12. Slade.Wilson

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

I wanna buy it but I am scared about the camera. Are your photos overexposed sometimes? Did the software update fix that? The only thing stopping me from having the one M8 is the camera. Otherwise, I think its worth more than the most expensive vertu phone :-D

25. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

If anything HTC figured that out and it rather underexposes than overexposes...It's a great camera. I hate people that don't have any clue bitch about the 4Mp resolution!

31. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I haven't taken much photos yet but from what I've seen the image quality is already good enough. The front facing camera is a huge improvement from my one x and butterfly as it captures more light and details. I didn't look at the camera as a downside when buying this phone, it might not be better than it's competitors but as far as I'm concerned I'm already contented with the camera

9. Slade.Wilson

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

Deathstroke chooses..... The one........ One the left.........notttt! Jokes aside, htc gets my money for outstanding speakers and design.

14. Slade.Wilson

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

On the left* typo totally ruined the joke.

13. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Gosh, the G3 looks stunning along with the M8..! At least for me..lols

15. masoudz2

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

g2 very good g3 just beautiful 5.2 better vs 5.5 low nits inferior g2 us alot place g2 9.4 g3 9

17. diehardnokian

Posts: 147; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

I wish PA had included some photo samples taken in the night. HTC's Ultrapixel -- designed to capture more light per pixel for low light scenarios. I wanted to see how that stacks up against the G3. Disappointed!

24. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Yea seriously . PA should've compared lowlight photos. Want to see how g3 performs in lowlight.

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