Call Quality


Call quality is above the average for both handsets. The LG G3, however, sounds a bit better: with a crisp and clear sound output in the earpiece, allowing you to easily recognize callers’ voices in their natural tonality and with little other distortions. On the other end of the line, the microphone output of the G3 is also a great performer, clear and loud enough. The Xperia Z2, on the other hand, also sounds perfectly audible, but it does have a slight unnatural metallic rumble to voices in the earpiece, with annoying side noise, while output from the mics is slightly better.

Battery


Both the Xperia Z2 and G3 come with large, long lasting batteries: the Z2, however, has the slightly larger, 3200mAh battery, while the G3 has a 3000mAh one. It’s maybe no surprise then, that the Xperia Z2’s score is 8 hours and 10 minutes on our real-life usage simulation test, at the top of our ranking. What about the LG G3? It seems that adding the stress of a Quad HD display takes its toll, and the G3’s battery life is good, but not great, as it scores 6 hours and 14 minutes on our battery test.

How does this translate to real-life usage? If you don’t put the LG G3 under the heaviest of tasks like intense gaming, it can easily last you a full day without needing a recharge. The Z2, on the other hand, has no issues lasting through a full day, and even a bit more, but two days off the charger still seem like a stretch for it.

The LG G3 key feature here is that its battery is easily user-removable, while the Xperia Z2 is sealed and there’s no way to swap batteries on the go.

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 (Average)
Sony Xperia Z2
8h 10 min (Excellent)

minutes Lower is better
LG G3
120
Sony Xperia Z2
212

Conclusion


All in all, the LG G3 brings a lot of improvements to the flagship table: it’s got a sharper-than-before, Quad HD display, a well-performing optically-stabilized 13-megapixel camera, and a solid build that is also flexible with an easily removable back cover.

The Sony Xperia Z2, however, does not fall far behind - its 1080p display appears practically as sharp as the Quad HD one from regular viewing distance, and it has the more premium body, a great battery life, plus it’s water-proof. But best of all, the Z2 also has a great camera that captures impressive images.

At this point, it’s time to call it a draw in terms of specs, and you can safely choose the one with the style and interface that you like better, without worrying that it might disappoint in terms of hardware performance.



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51 Comments

1. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Finally a worthy opponent...

9. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Two of most good looking flagships to date.

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

One M8

15. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

The bezels are, Yuck.

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

30. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 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.

27. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Zero bezels are more yucky!

31. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 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.

36. monkeytown

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

funny.

40. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

No doubt 2 innovative phones. Boils down to preference.

22. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

46. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

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

2. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

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

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Damn... Tough choice...

12. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

29. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Not really, Z2 is easily the winner here.

4. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

G3 wins anonymously.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

21. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Yeah, for the very first time. Lol

19. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

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

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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)?

6. mistertimi

Posts: 77; Member since: May 28, 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

17. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

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

34. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

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

35. mistertimi

Posts: 77; Member since: May 28, 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

47. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

This is not necessary you made it as your necessity.

49. mistertimi

Posts: 77; Member since: May 28, 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 ;)

50. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 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 .

7. amiroomg

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

1) m8 2) g3 .......

8. antonioli

Posts: 200; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

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

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