Call Quality


Yup, people do still use their phones to make actual calls. Call quality, however, may have not been of top priority for Samsung's engineers as the phone's in-call sound quality is average and nothing more. There's sufficient loudness, there's no denying that, and we can definitely follow the conversation without effort, but voices are a bit muffled in the earpiece, while some unwanted hissing sounds make it to the other side of the line. Also, the other party described our voice as slightly digitized and artificial. The LG G2 couldn't amaze us with quality phone calls either. The earpiece sounds good enough, but the microphone can't capture our voice as clearly as we wish it did. Overall, when it comes to call quality, we'd rank the LG G2 at the same level as the Galaxy S5.

Battery life


There is a beefy, 2800mAh removable battery inside the Samsung Galaxy S5, and the international LG G2 packs an even larger, 3000mAh cell. Battery capacity, however, is just one part of the equation, as the phone's power efficiency also has a direct impact on its battery life. The LG G2, in particular, packs Graphic RAM, which reduces the screen's power draw when a static image is displayed. The Galaxy S5 also has a trick up its sleeve – its Ultra Power Saving mode. According to Samsung, enabling the mode when you're down to just 10% of battery left should provide up to 24 hours of stand-by time. This is done by switching off all of the smartphone's non-essential features and turning the screen black-and-white.

If it is figures that you're eager to hear, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is rated for the respectable 21 hours of talk time on a single charge, or 16 days of stand-by. Web browsing time is quoted as 10 hours, and you'll be out of juice after 12 hours of watching video. As for the LG G2, we know it from experience that a single charge can last us through a couple of days of moderate usage. Talk time is listed as 17.9 hours, and stand-by time is said to be 29 days.

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
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Good)
LG G2
6h 48 min (Average)

Conclusion


When you think about it, there is no such thing as a best smartphone. There has never been one, and one would probably never materialize. Yet right now, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of the few phones that get reaaly close to that elusive status. Simply put, it is a great phone and we have nothing too bad to say about it. When stacked against the LG G2, Samsung's new flagship proves that it is a step ahead in many ways with its fashionable design, better camera, water-resistant construction, and superior internal hardware.

The LG G2, however, isn't lagging behind by much. Its camera is almost as good, its screen is just as eye-pleasing, and its hardware still packs enough punch to handle any app thrown at it. And if that's not enough, the LG G2 is considerably cheaper to own than the Galaxy S5. In the U.S., to be more specific, the latter is on pre-order for about $200 on a 2-year contract, while the LG G2 can be had for free on an identical service agreement.

Ultimately, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is your phone if you demand having the best of the best. Just keep in mind that it comes at a price. And if value for money is what you're after, then the LG G2 would be an excellent investment, regardless of whether you pick it on contract or SIM-free.


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22 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I still don't see the while concept behind the om screen buttons, never understood why google shifted to this direction, and will always chose a phone with physical/capacitive buttons over on screen ones.

10. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Ditto. That's why I chose the DROID Maxx over the Moto X, but was severely underwhelmed by it so I rolled with the Note 3. I'm curious to see if the multitask button on the S5 can be changed to a menu button.

2. rkoforever90

Posts: 473; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

G2 is almost 200 pounds cheaper than s5. making it a far better handset in terms of VFM. also designwise G2 seems better . but samsung`s camera is impressive

3. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

g2 any day!!It has a far better camera & obviously cheap!

6. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG G2 is still the best phone for its price ! s5 is not good design and i hate AMOLED 'S FAKE COLORS! STILL G2 IS CHEAPER AND BETTER CHOICE ....

9. thunder18

Posts: 156; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

Don't drink the Kool-aid. Even Displaymate says the S5's screen is the most accurate yet. More accurate than standard IPS LCDs.http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_S5_ShootOut_1.htm

12. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

try to read the article you are commenting on you troll

4. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

The G2 buttons on the back are actually quite nice once you get use to them, I never have any issues with them like I do with the side ones on other phones. When I gave up my S3 for the G2 I was not disappointed, it's an awesome phone.

5. TisaTsir

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

G2 is out performing S5 in some areas...I would go for G2 since it's €230 cheaper than S5 and the specs are almost the same.

7. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

G3 SOON.......... as of now still G2 !

13. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

do you mind mentioning where the G2 oit performed the S5? unless and of course you didn't read the article, just like every other LG fanboy who commented in here.

16. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Battery life, screen to body ratio(ofcourse onscreen buttons take some place, but still you got 0,1 bigger screen in smaller body) and for some people design. I also like buttons on the back. However I think that amoled screens are future and screen in S5 just confirm it :)

8. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Wow, the 9 month old G2 can hold its own against the S5. But with better ergonomics, on-par display and camera but with that bonus OIS, better looks (for me, and for all non samsung fan boys) and a whole lot of cash in my pocket, I would easily go with the G2. G2 FTW..!! Btw, I dunno what torture the G3 is going to do to the S5..lols

11. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

the G2 is 6 months old smarty pants. And try to read before you comment, not just this site but every other reviewer felt that the S5 is far better in design since it ditched the glossy plastic. And did you even bother reading the display part? the S5 has 4 different modes, 2 of them have more accurate color reproduction than the G2. And the G2 didn't do any harm for the S4 sales, actually nothing did, so why on earth do you think people will want it over the S5?

14. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

yeah yeah, you again with the sales numbers, please...lols...hahahaaa. Pity on you, seriously..!! Try to read before comment?? Did you read my comment and also the things in the brackets?? C'mon super sammy boy..stop yelling at people having a different opinion than yours. And looks are subjective, and I clearly mentioned that. Btw, the G2 was announced in August 2013, so do the math.

15. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Announced in August, released in September. Still, if you're taking the announcement in account, the S5 was announced in February, that makes it 5 months instead of 6 "genius". better looks (for me, and for all non samsung fan boys), yeah I can clearly see how is that being subjective. And it is you who said that you can clearly see how it will torture the S5, you were clearly pointing at sales you knucklehead

19. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Hahahahaaaa, its utterly pointless replying to you, so i'm done..! :-D

17. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I would choose the G2 over the GS5 if it had the 801 instead of the 800 and if the buttons weren't on the back. So unfortunately the GS5 wins hands down, although the G3 should beat the GS5 hands down.

18. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

I'll keep my G2, thank you S5 :)

20. acn2003

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

G2 any time... s5 is way too overpriced for what it gives...

21. Mrobinson

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

I had my Lg G2 for 6 months and hate it. Its still mint condition and its been freezing and the battery dies alot quicker than it suppose to. Thinking about switching to the s5. LG and my carrier cant find a single problem with me phone so if anyone has any tips let me know.

22. lamrith

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Just FYI - This may not be an issue for everyone, but the S5 has issues with USB connectivity. It will only connect as a media device, it will not connect as a USB Mass storage device with a drive letter. Due to that you cannot access and edit files on the phone directly. I have also heard people having issues connecting to car sterios etc. GREAT phone other than that. How can these new phones not come with this basic feature?

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