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LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5
For readers who are considering buying the LG G3 or the Samsung Galaxy S5, here is a specs and price comparison between the two devices in Australia. The comparison could help readers make an informed decision.
Models pose for photographs with LG Electronics' flagship G3 high-end smartphone at its unveiling ceremony in Seoul May 28, 2014. South Korea's LG Electronics Inc launched a revamped version of its flagship G3 high-end smartphone at a discount to its predecessor model on Wednesday and said it would ship more than 10 million units to improve its ailing handset business.
Display and Design
The LG G3 comes with a 5.5-inch True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touch screen, rendering 1,440 x 2,560 pixel resolution. Its QHD display is one of the first in the market. The G3's display trumps that of the Galaxy S5 which comes with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen, rendering 1,080 x 1,920 pixel resolution.
The LG G3 comes with 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm dimensions and weighs 149 g. The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm dimensions and weighs 145 g.
A user's preference will determine which among the two devices, which are both made of plastic, is better in terms of design.
Hardware and Operating System
Although there were some rumours the devices would be using the latest Snapdragon 805 chipset, both smartphone manufacturers chose to use the Snapdragon 801 chipset. The LG G3 is equipped with a 2.5-GHz quad-core Krait 400 processor, while the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 2.5-GHz quad-core Krait 400 processor.
The LG G3 comes with 16 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded by up to 128 GB using a microSD card. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes in two variants with 16 and 32 GB internal memory, which can be expanded by up to 128 GB using a microSD card.
Both devices run on the Android KitKat operating system and 2 GB of RAM.
The LG G3 sports a 13-MP primary camera with phase detection/laser autofocus, optical image stabilisation and dual-LED flash. The secondary camera on the device is 2.1 MP. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S5 sports a 16-MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and LED flash. The secondary camera on the device is 2 MP.
The LG G3 comes with Li-ion 3,000-mAh battery and the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a Li-ion 2,800-mAh battery.
Price in Australia
The LG G3 16 GB 4G LTE is priced at around AU$799.95 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 16 GB 4G LTE is priced at around AU$719.95 in Australia.
The LG G3 has a great camera, a brilliantly sharp display, a snappy quad-core processor, and a flat UI that makes Android 4.4 look good. LG's flagship has also improved on the previous model -- the new G3 comes with a removable battery and microSD card slot, both things the G2 lacked.
LG has always played second fiddle to Samsung in the smartphone market, especially in Korea, but it looks like its latest flagship, the G3, could cause a major upset. Early reports from Korea show the G3 selling like hot cakes, outdoing Samsung's Galaxy S5 by three times in the initial launch period.
It's not hard to see why. Unlike the Galaxy S5, which shows a more conservative approach in its design, LG's G3 goes bold with a new high-resolution "QHD" (2,560x1,440-pixel resolution) display, as well as adding a laser-guided autofocus for the camera.
That's not to mention the other design changes that address the issues of the previous flagship, such as the addition of a microSD card slot and removable battery. With a cleaner, toned-down redesign of the UI (it's running a reskinned Android 4.4 KitKat), the LG G3 has what it takes to be a top-ranked flagship smartphone for 2014.
The G3 is set to debut globally soon in the UK, US, and Australia. In the UK, the phone will be available on July 1 with a likely price of £490. In Australia, the 16GB version of the phone will go for AU$799, and in Singapore, the 16GB model will retail for S$868 without contract, while the 32GB will go for a slight markup of S$928.
In Australia, LG has said the G3 will go on sale "the first Monday of August" -- August 4 -- and will be mostly available in black with limited stock of the white version in some retailers. When local review units become available, we'll conduct some speed and call quality testing.
LG G3 SHOWS OFF HIGH-RES SCREEN, METALLIC BACK (PICTURES) SEE FULL GALLERY
Sporting the same rounded corners and slim bezel as the G2, the LG G3 keeps the same buttons on the rear as well. Instead of the glossy plastic found on the G2, though, LG has given the G3 a metallic-looking back.
LG says the rear cover is mostly plastic (to allow wireless charging to work), but it added a metal film to give it that shiny, polished look. The result is a very premium finish, and Samsung should pay attention here. While the dimpled rear cover of the S5 was a marked improvement over the glossy finish of the S4, the G3's back cover conveys a more luxurious feel that you normally get from metal phones such as the HTC One M8 or the Apple iPhone 5S.
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Key Features: 16-megapixel camera; 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen; Android 4.4 with TouchWiz
What is the Samsung Galaxy S5?
The Galaxy S5 is Samsung's flagship phone for 2014 and more than 10 million units were shifted in its first month on sale. Is it a success? Certainly in terms of sales figures it's right up there.
Should we get carried away by sales numbers alone? A phone should stand on its merits and the Galaxy S5 has made some important improvements to certain key areas over the Galaxy S4. The screen and camera are significantly better than those on last year's model.
The Galaxy S5 now comes with waterproofing and a fingerprint scanner, although both have their downsides. The fingerprint scanner, for example, is nowhere near as easy to use as Apples TouchID on the iPhone 5S.
There's no question that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of the best phones of the year, but competition is a lot stiffer these days. We start the review by comparing to the best of the rest.
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