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 Note 3
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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37 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5806; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

LG G3 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm Samsung Galaxy Note 3 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm So the difference between a phablet and phone is only 5mm in height and width now days This is why I think Android OEM need to make their flagships in multi sizes like laptops I still prefer the Moto X's size 135x65mm

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wow my 8 month old Galaxy Note 3 is STILL holding it's own VS the NEW king of the Android world the LG G3. To me that is super impressive. My Note 3 proves that it was indeed 2013's BEST device & it makes you think how insanely BOSS the Note 4 will be when it's released in the 4th quarter of 2014. Samsung's mighty Note series is the pinnacle in the mobile world, & this comparison CLEARLY proves it! The Note 3 shows how future proof it REALLY is. The Note 3 will be hanging tough even in 2016... In one word... STELLAR!

9. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Note 4 need to follow lg. 1st is cartoonish icon of touchwiz i don't like it, 2nd they need to simply their apps, 3rd is OIS camera and i'm pretty sure they will nominated as a king at the end of 2014 (at least G3 doesn't have S Pen feature)

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Gave my Note 3 to my brother and he finally realized why I dish out money on high end phones. Getting my M8 soon, then G3, iPhone 6 if the display is bigger and Note 4 for the rest of the year. :')

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am getting the Z2 for Verizon when it drops, for the wife. Me, the Note 3 is just too great to get a phone that may be barely better than it. To me the M8, G3, & the iPhone 6 are NOT worth the investment for a marginal at best difference. The Note 3 is just too EPIC. The only worthy phone to the Note 4 will be the LG G Pro 3 when that comes out, even though it will be S-Pen less...

26. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Damn right it is!! There aren't alot of phones that are as relevant as the Note 3........especially MONTHS after its release. At this rate, the only phone that can beat the Note 3 would be the Note 4 lol Samsung has changed the way we view smartphones since the introduction of the Note back in 2011. My only concern is that I hope that the entire mobile industry doesn't plateau when it comes to design and specs

2. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

I have doubts about battery life rankings bcuz at gsmarena's battery life test g3 gets low battery life than s5 and m8

3. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

and z2 gets the higher than other flagships

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Not S5 or M8.

4. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

When comparing battery life from two different test methods you're not going to see the same results. There is no standard between testers. One may test at 50% brightness while another may measure the actual brightness level. One site may run a looping game for 3 hours another may use a video. Test method A may favor one device over the other but test method B may reverse the outcome . The only constant would be the same test performed by the same website.

5. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

This is tough. I like both phones. Its like choosing between Kate Upton and Andriana Lima.

23. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

No man you always take the t*ts & a$$ over small t*ts and a$$. Kate Upton WINS hands down!!!

6. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

note 3 are suprissingly have good screen ratio maybe on par with lg and thinner just sligty taller but not wider impressive considering bigger screen huh. personnaly I like samsung leather faux better than lg metal faux.

7. Mowlamania

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Please do one of these comparison articles for the LG g3 and the Sony z2

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

G3 > Z2.

13. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Nailed it.

19. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am sorry but read post 18. The rules have changed & what you say is not accurate.

16. maherk

Posts: 7054; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I ll take the Z2. Better screen, and better battery, not to forget the ip58 certification.

18. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

No way! The LG G3 is not water proof so no the G3 can't be greater than the Z2. To be a TRUE flagship, you need to have an IP certification... The screen of the LG G3 is impressive because of the pixel count, but it's too dim. The Z2 has a remarkable 1080p screen... The G3's camera is on par with the Z2 based on the S5 & Z2 comparison, BUT the Sony can literally go places the G3 would die in. Thus making the Z2 an overall better device hands down. AGAIN you can't be a true flagship & NOT have an IP certification. The rules have changed & this HAS to be taken into consideration when making that type of comparison.

33. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

you are sh!t

28. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

note4 >note3>everything else

14. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Now its clear, N3>S5>Z2>G2>M8>G3. And yes its IMO with my reasons.

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I like Z2>S5>G3>N3>M8>G2, my reasons is that a true flagship now a days has to be IP certified. The Z2 looks & has a better IP certification than the S5. The G3 is the newest & best of the non IP certified devices. The N3 is freaking STILL epic & has a WAY better camera than the M8. The G2 is the oldest of the bunch & gets last because it doesn't look & doesn't have the stereo speakers of the newer M8. That sums it up pretty well. Guys the rules have changed in the mobile game. To be a FLAGSHIP you NEED to have IP certification, no if and's or but's. It is what it is, plain & simple.

29. 8800-Arte

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

I like S5>G3>M8>Note 3>Z2>G2>N5

30. jellmoo

Posts: 2674; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I disagree completely. IP cert should be on niche devices, not a flagship standard feature. It adds bulk and size to devices, as well as irritating port covers. It's great to have the option of things like the Samsung Active line, but that's the way it should be, an option so that those that want it, have it. And my take would be: N3>S5=Z2>G3>G2>M8 (If the G3 had a 1080p screen it would probably jump to second place. If it had a 1080p amoled screen, it would probably jump to first)

31. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am sorry a true flagship has to have IP certification. The game has changed whether you like to believe it of not!

32. jellmoo

Posts: 2674; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

And again, I disagree. The game hasn't changed, it's still the same game. IP cert is a fringe feature that two manufacturers have embraced. It isn't a needed feature by any stretch of the imagination, and considering the tradeoff for it, it is better left to fringe devices where people who need it can have it.

15. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

but at this caliber, 0.2 inches don't make that big of a difference. Not true at all. Since the G3 has the menu buttons ON SCREEN, that .2 inches becomes much more - they certainly take up valuable screen space. I much prefer Samsungs buttons under the screen - I don't want to give up any of the gorgeous displays for buttons!

22. Gatorsrule52

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

Uhh no how bout g3>everything else especially the note 3. I know the note 3 is great and all but it's older now and the g3 is better in most every respect. Ip certification doesn't mean anything to me. Imo it's a gimmick because I'd never endanger my phone with water anyway. One thing I don't understand about this review is how the note 3 camera is "just as good". How can that be when the s5 camera is about the same as the g3 one, even inferior in some ways?

24. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

IP certification has to mean something if you want a flagship. Because the IP certified devices can go places where the non IP certified devices would die in. Plus the additional protection is always welcome even if you are meticulous with your devices.

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