LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 quick look

May 28, 2014
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The LG G3 has finally been revealed, and while we may have known almost there is to know about the device, we can’t help but be impressed by what we have in our hands. Changing up the release cycle a little bit, LG released its latest flagship in the first half of the year this time around, bringing the fight to the slew of other equally impressive flagships that have been released over the past few months.

We’ve already taken a look at how the LG G3 fares against the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8, and now we pit it against another popular flagship, the Sony Xperia Z2. Here’s a quick look at the LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2!

Design

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In terms of design, both smartphones retain a lot from previous iterations, but with a few subtle changes and refinements overall.

The Sony Xperia Z2 boasts the same angular design which is something that you’d get pretty much only with Sony devices. The all glass design, the signature button layout with the large silver power button, a dedicated camera button, and the dust and water resistance feature all make a return here.

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On the other hand, the LG G3 features a move away from the glossy plastic build of its predecessor to a more premium feel with a cover that is still plastic, but with a beautiful brushed metal finish. LG’s push towards a bezel-less phone continues with the G3, with its ultra-thin bezels, and thin top and bottom borders allowing for a relatively sleek device. The rear button layout is there once again, but with a flatter design and meatier click to it, and overall it looks a lot more refined.

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In terms of dimensions, the LG G3 is actually a touch shorter, and just a smidgen wider than the Sony Xperia Z2, which is an impressive feat, considering that the G3 offers a lot more screen real estate. With similar sizes, the handing experience with both devices is as you’d expect. One handed use is definitely pushing it, and more often than not, some form of hand gymnastics will be required. This holds especially true for the G3 if you aren’t used to the rear button layout, which does take a little adjusting to.

Design always comes down to personal taste, and regardless of whether you prefer the curves of the LG G3, or the straight lines of the Xperia Z2, in either case, you’re getting a beautiful, premium phone.

Display

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The Sony Xperia Z2 features a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with a 1080p resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 424 ppi. Sony managed to address a lot of issues with respect to brightness and viewing angles that plagued its predecessors, now offering a fantastic display experience with the Xperia Z2.

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No matter how good that experience gets, the edge has to be given to the LG G3 in this regard, with it featuring a fantastic 5.5-inch display with a 2560 x 1440 (Quad HD) resolution, resulting in a massive pixel density of 534 ppi. IPS LCD technology brings with its signature brightness and great viewing angles, and the display, which in many ways is the hero feature of this phone, really does shine through.

That said, a 1080p resolution is still pretty great, so you’ll have a great experience on either of these displays, be it reading text, watching videos, or playing games.

Performance and Hardware

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Both the LG G3 and the Sony Xperia Z2 feature the best processing package currently available, with the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, clocked at 2.5 GHz in the G3, and 2.3 GHz in the Xperia Z2, backed by the Adreno 330 GPU. You get 3 GB of RAM available with the Z2, and 2 or 3 GB of RAM available depending on which version of the G3 you pick. As expected, performance is as smooth as ever, helped along by the great software experience that both these smartphones offer.

On the hardware front, both smartphones offer 16 GB of internal storage, that is further expandable via microSD up to 128 GB, so storage should be of no issue. A 32 GB version of the LG G3 is also available, which also features the added benefit of 3 gigs of RAM. The full suite of connectivity options are also available, with everything from Bluetooth to NFC, along with 4G LTE support in appropriate markets, when it comes to mobile networks.

When it comes to the speakers, Sony changed things up this time around by introducing front facing speakers. The quality of the speakers are quite good, and it does get very loud. The speaker of the LG G3 still remains at the back, and while I haven’t been able to exactly test it out, the sound experience should be better than what was available in previous iterations.

The Sony Xperia Z2 packs a larger 3,200 mAh battery, compared to the 3,000 mAh unit of the LG G3, and considering that the G3 battery needs to power a larger display with a higher resolution, at least on paper, the Xperia Z2 is expected to boast the better battery life. That said, LG does include some battery optimizations with the G3 that should make a difference, but we’ll have to wait for the more comprehensive review to see how the battery performs.

Camera

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The Sony Xperia Z2 features the same 20.7 MP camera of the Z1, with some improvements across the board. Talking about the app, you get a ton of new features such as Timeshift video, 4K video, Selective Focus modes.Picture quality is good, without any of the smudginess in dark areas that we saw with the Z1. Level of grain is still pretty high though, but it does capture colours very well. What is a downer is the lack of options when it comes to using the camera at its highest 20.7 MP capacity, with you being limited to 8 MP to be able to use all that it has to offer.

The LG G3 features a camera setup that is quite similar to what was found on the LG G Pro 2, with a 13 MP rear shooter with OIS+. As we’ve seen before, this camera should perform admirably as well. The newly-added auto focus laser that also make a big difference by allowing for some quick auto focus, an issue that has plagued previous iterations of the LG smartphone cameras. The camera of the LG G3 should be impressive, and we can’t wait to put it through its paces.

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Software

Sony believes in keeping things simple and elegant, as is evident from the UI, which might be a little brighter than previous versions, but still retains its simplicity. The only noticeable additions are Sony apps like Walkman, Gallery, and Small Apps, to an otherwise stock-like experience. Sony has always followed the mantra of keep it simple, keep it fast, and that is definitely the case here.

LG has introduced a major overhaul to the software experience, with the latest G UI featuring a flatter, smoother, cleaner, and therefore, faster interface. The Quick Settings panel in the notification pulldown has been cleaned up as well, and also features a a circular motif, and the generally bright and colourful UI of previous iterations have been also been toned down a lot. That said, the software is still quite feature packed, and includes a few very useful additions. Returning are QSlide Apps, multi window, and Knock Code, with new additions including Smart Notice, the Google Now-like “concierge service,” a revamped keyboard, and Quick Circle, which functions with the new Quick Circle protective cover.

Overall, you do get very different software experiences here, with a minimalistic take in the Xperia Z2, to a toned down, but still feature packed UI on the LG G3.

Specs Comparison

 LG G3Sony Xperia Z2
Display5.5-inch display with 2560 x 1440 resolution5.2-inch display with 1080 x 1920 resolution
Processor2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU
RAM2GB or 3GB w/ 32GB model3 GB
Storage16GB or 32GB, microSD with expansion16GB, expandable
Camera13MP rear cam with OIS and laser auto focus, 2.1MP front cam20.7 MP rear camera
2.1 MP front cam
Battery3000 mAh removable3,200 mAh non-removable
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, USB v2.0, Slim PortWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB v2.0
Networks4G LTE support4G LTE support
SoftwareAndroid 4.4 KitKat with LG UIAndroid 4.4 KitKat with Timescape UI
Dimensions146.3 x74.6 x 9.1 mm,
151 grams
146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm,
163 grams

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Conclusion at a Glance

So there you have it, the LG G3 vs the Sony Xperia Z2!  All of the flagships are certainly looking really great this year, and these are two of the best that are currently available. Stay tuned for a lot more in-depth coverage of the LG G3, and more detailed comparisons between the latest LG flagship and the other great smartphones that have been released this year.

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