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LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2

LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2

LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2
LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2
LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2
LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2
LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2

LG has started gaining steam in the Android flagship world with its last year's LG G2 and Nexus 5, and this year it tries to keep up the pace with the brand new LG G3. The G3 is the first phone from a first-tier brand to come with a Quad HD (1440 x 2560-pixel) display and it ups the screen size for a flagship phone to a large 5.5 inches. The Sony Xperia Z2, on the other hand, is one of the many flagship phones that compete directly against the G3, and it’s time we compared these two devices in-depth.

The two are different after all: LG’s G3, on one hand, has a plastic body, while the Xperia Z2 is made of glass; LG’s phone has got a 13-megapixel OIS+ camera, while the Z2 sports a 20-megapixel one with larger sensor; and while both run on Android 4.4 KitKat, their custom skins differ a lot.

Is one better than the other on the whole? Let’s find 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.


Both the LG G3 and Sony Xperia Z2 are large, but the Sony feels more premium, with a glass body, while the G3 has a ‘metallic’, but not metal body that’s made of polycarbonate.

In terms of design, the LG G3 is a refinement, but not a huge departure from its predecessor - it features those signature rear buttons, and very minimal bezel up front, but it has also grown larger, packing a 5.5-inch display that makes it nearly phablet-sized. While LG claims that the G3 is ‘metallic’, the phone actually has a polycarbonate shell with a brushed metal-like finish that might fool you into thinking this is metal from afar, but once you hold the phone, it becomes clear that you’re holding a plastic device.

The Xperia Z2 also builds up on a legacy of gradual improvements, perfecting further the stylish glass design it started with the original Z. With the Z2, Sony has refashioned the sturdy metal frame and added elegant edges on the side on the Z2, and the phone looks very stylish and well-built.

The size difference between the two is not that big, but it is there: the G3 is wider (2.94” on the G3 vs 2.89” on the Z2), and thicker (0.35” vs 0.32”). Still,both are very large flagship, not all that great for those wearing tight clothes with smaller pockets. The Z2 is not that easier to handle - even though it’s a bit thinner than the G3, it’s a blocky phone with sharp edges that are not all that ergonomic and comfortable to hold. To easen operations, the back of the G3 is curved, a more ergonomic shape that fits better in the hand. In addition, the Z2 is a bit on the heavy side, weighing 5.75oz (163g), heavier than the otherwise larger G3 (5.26oz, or 149g).

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches
146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm
5.26 oz (149 g)


Sony Xperia Z2
5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches
146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)

Sony Xperia Z2

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


The 5.5” Quad HD display on the LG G3 is technically sharper than the Z2, but it’s hard to tell the difference in real life.

The 5.5” Quad HD (1440 x 2560-pixel) display is probably the biggest highlight of the G3, and it’s indeed a super sharp, high-res screen with minimal bezel. In contrast, the Xperia Z2 has got a 5.2” display with a more traditional, 1080 x 1920-pixel resolution that still looks very sharp.

A Quad HD display has nearly 80% more pixels than a 1080p Full HD screen, and pixel density comes in at 533ppi on the G3, against 424ppi on the Z2. All those numbers might sound like a convincing argument in the superiority in sharpness of the G3 screen, but what they don’t tell, is that you’d hardly see any difference unless you have perfect 20/20 vision and stare at the screen from close. Looking at the two displays from a regular viewing distance (of around 10” to 12”), it’s hard to see much of a difference in sharpness at all.

Looking at colors, you’d notice that both the G3 and Z2 do very well in terms of color temperature: the G3 has a color temp valuation of 7100K and the Z2 – of 6900K, both very close to our reference value of 6500K, which means they both appear well-balanced and not too cold. Color accuracy, however, is not perfect on either one: the LG G3 fits in the sRGB color gamut, but it is slightly oversaturated, while the Xperia Z2 has a larger gamut and again - blown out colors. Color deviation (Delta E), though, sits at the fairly reasonable 2.86 for grayscale and 4.59 for rgbcmy on the G3.

Outdoors, the Xperia Z2 does a bit better, even though the two phones are nearly equally bright. The Z2, however, is less reflective, and this makes it slightly easier to read under the bright sunlight. In terms of viewing angles, the IPS LCD displays on both are fine (although not great), but the G3 is a bit better, preserving more fully its color at an angle.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
LG G3 455
Sony Xperia Z2 458
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posted on 13 Jun 2014, 06:10 13

1. CyberFalcon (Posts: 223; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)

Finally a worthy opponent...

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 07:29 7

9. chocowii (Posts: 470; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

Two of most good looking flagships to date.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 07:46 6

11. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

One M8

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 08:26 4

15. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

The bezels are, Yuck.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 08:51 9

18. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

I don't mind bezels. At least there are some great speakers underneath them. And the overall design is just so beautiful!

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 10:58 1

30. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

Well I do, yes speakers are the best out there, but I don't like how they've done the bezels. The M7, however was great.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 10:27 5

27. chocowii (Posts: 470; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

Zero bezels are more yucky!

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 11:00 3

31. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

No, The particular bezel on the M8 are just yucky to me. Much bezels don't essentially mean bad design, but if they're done badly they can affect the design terribly. Well at least This is my opinion, you may not agree with me.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 16:44

36. monkeytown (Posts: 125; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


posted on 14 Jun 2014, 03:09 1

40. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

No doubt 2 innovative phones. Boils down to preference.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 09:46 1

22. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

trueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee..........both r great.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 05:49

46. 3rdDegree (Posts: 218; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)

Ouch. How could they get the PPI figure incorrect? It's 538. Not 533!

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 06:14 7

2. hipnotika (Posts: 353; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)

why lg made g3's screen's contrast too low :/ it's screen is too cold :(

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 06:16

3. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Damn... Tough choice...

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 08:18 9

12. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

There are two breaking point for me to go with the Z2.
1. Waterproof
- I thought this feature is just a bonus, but after having Z2 for two months it's a feature I can't part with.
2. The headphone jack is on the top
- I put my phone in my armband when I run and having the port on top is much easier to plug it in.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 10:37 1

29. maherk (Posts: 4820; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Not really, Z2 is easily the winner here.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 06:23 4

4. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

G3 wins anonymously.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 07:33

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

For the first time ever, I can finally agree with you.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 09:10 1

21. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

Yeah, for the very first time. Lol

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 09:01 3

19. T.Law (Posts: 418; Member since: 10 May 2014)

It came out much later but the Z2 is still one of the best.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 06:28

5. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Victor, aren't those Z2 photos taken in 8mpx and manual mode? Why not 20mpx or at least superior auto and 16:9 aspect ratio (in superior it has a slightly higher resolution)?

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 06:35 12

6. mistertimi (Posts: 77; Member since: 28 May 2014)

Z2 for me. Every category is pretty much a draw, but after having an Xperia Z there's no way I can go back to a non-waterproof phone. Showers just wouldn't be the same lol

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 08:28 1

17. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)

I agree. After having my s5 in the shower I'll never go back to a non waterproof phone

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 13:20 3

34. lallolu (Posts: 552; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)

Why do you guys like having your phones in the shower? Watching dirty films to simulate things not there?

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 13:32 3

35. mistertimi (Posts: 77; Member since: 28 May 2014)

Haha not gonna lie, I've knocked one out with my phone in the shower ;). But the ability to put it on loudspeaker while talking to someone, or just listening to music/being able to switch tracks etc or just watch tv is epic

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 12:17

47. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)

This is not necessary you made it as your necessity.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 19:02

49. mistertimi (Posts: 77; Member since: 28 May 2014)

It's necessary because I shower everyday, and like doing so with my phone. Sure it's not a necessity like the ability to make phone calls or send texts.. but then again, barely any features are. I'm sure many people wouldnt leave the iPhone 5s because of the fingerprint scanner. Couldn't they just use a pin or password instead? Sure, but it's a necessity for them. It's what they need from a phone in order to make the purchase.

I NEED a coffee in the morning. Of course, if I don't have it I won't die lol, but you can bet that I'll be in a worse mood. Same as if I couldn't watch stuff in the shower, or the i5s people couldn't unlock their phones with their fingerprint.

Please don't nitpick Gaara. We all know Naruto schooled your ass in full-blown one-tailed form, don't make me go Sage on you ;)

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 21:19

50. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)

OK so you mean only water resistant phones are good because you take shower with them? That can only happen in my Infinite Tsukuyomi :p (I'm no gaara fanboy :p)
I wish what would be everyone's reaction when phones become fire resistant ,lolz .

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 06:55 1

7. amiroomg (Posts: 19; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)

1) m8
2) g3

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 07:01 4

8. antonioli (Posts: 200; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)

Two good options. I expect people can choice them instead of only thinking about Galaxy.

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