Call quality


Regular phone calls made with the LG G3 sound great on both sides of the line. Sound coming out of the earpiece is loud and natural, but since it becomes too boomy if the volume is turned up too much, we'd advise you to keep it at a notch or two below maximum. The phone also does a good job at reducing background noise with its secondary mike. As a result, the voice delivered on the other side of the line is loud and clear, with only faint traces of digitizing.

As for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the earpiece produces balanced sound, and at a very high volume at that. We wouldn't rank it higher than the G3, however. Extra volume can be had at a tap of a button, which boosts the gain, but sacrifices quality to an extent. The mike is also a good one, but occasional hissing can be heard on the other side of the conversation.

Battery


There's a respectable, 3000 mAh battery inside the LG G3. It is rated for 19 hours of 3G talk time or over 3 weeks in stand-by, according to data provided by the manufacturer. In the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is packed a slightly bigger, 3200 mAh battery, which is expected to last through 25 hours of 3G talk time or 22 days of stand-by. Given these figures, one might expect that the Note 3 would last longer between charges. Our custom battery benchmark, however, suggests otherwise, even though the gap between the two handsets is a narrow one. The G3 endured through 6 hours and 14 minutes of testing before its battery was drained completely. The Note 3 lasted only a tad less – 6 hours and 8 minutes. All in all, we'd expect at least a couple of days of moderate usage from either handset.

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 G3
6h 14 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy Note3
6h 8 min (Poor)


Conclusion


At the end of the day, we think it is clear to see that the LG G3 has a lot going for it. It is well worthy of its flagship status, and anyone who chooses to own it isn't likely to be disappointed. But now that we've stacked it up against the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, we can safely say that the G3's lead isn't all that great. As a matter of fact, the Note 3 is an alternative worthy of consideration, especially when its lower pricing is taken into account.

The LG G3 is the prettier smartphone among the two with its metallic design. Also, it fits better in the hand thanks to its smaller size and more ergonomic shape. But the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 isn't a bad looking phone either, and some may like its conservative, inconspicuous design better.

Then there's the LG G3's QHD display, which has been one of the hottest topics in the industry as of late. There's no denying that its resolution of 1440 by 2560 pixels is astonishing, but now that the dust has settled, there seems to be little practical benefit in having all these pixels. The 1080 by 1920 pixel screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 looks almost as fine from a standard viewing distance. Color reproduction, on the other hand, is clearly more accurate on the LG G3, although the Note 3 is also not to be underestimated - its AMOLED panel delivers vivid hues, which some people prefer.

In terms of performance, we did not notice any major differences between the two phones. Yes, even though the LG G3 sports the faster, newer Snapdragon 801 SoC, while the Note 3 has last year's Snapdragon 800. Both exhibit some slight lags every now and then, but overall, these issues are minor to negligible.

The polished user interface makes using an LG G3 a pleasure. We're glad to see that the company's Android UI is now more grown up and focused on simplicity. Feature-wise, it is as loaded as ever. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 does not lag behind when it comes to features, yet visually, the UI leaves room for improvement.

And in the camera department, we'd call it a tie. The LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 take great photos – the former is faster and produces better details while the latter does a better job at capturing videos.

Ultimately, choosing a favorite between the LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 depends mostly on what your personal preferences are, and now that we've presented you with their respective pros and cons, we hope that picking one would be less of a hassle. Whichever you go with, rest assured that you'll be getting your money's worth in return.


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