OnePlus 2 vs LG G4 quick look

by: Joshua VergaraJuly 31, 2015
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OnePlus has taken the wraps off of its latest flagship offering, and naturally, a question that a lot of you will have is with regards to how it fares against the latest and greatest that the world of Android flagships. We’ve already pit the device against the Samsung Galaxy S6, and now, we take a quick look at the OnePlus 2 vs LG G4!

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The OnePlus 2 retains a lot of the design language of its predecessor, but with some minor tweaks and refinements along the way. The big change comes in the build material, with the OP2 featuring a metal frame and stainless steel accents. When it comes to the rear backing, apart from retaining the sandstone black version, new options include Kevlar, bamboo, rosewood, and black apricot, all as a part of the StyleSwap series. OnePlus also promises that switching between this rear backing options will be much easier this time around, and will not require any additional tools to do so.

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The big change that is noticeable immediately is the introduction of a home button up front, and like most devices that feature the same, this button is home to a fingerprint scanner. Another added control is the Alert Slider, found on the left side, that lets you toggle between your notification settings (none, priority, and all) quickly and easily, without needing to unlock your phone. Another big addition with the OnePlus 2 is the use of a USB Type-C port, found at the bottom of the device, making it one of the first devices to adopt the latest USB standard.

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On the other hand, the LG G4 brings together the best design elements of their last two high-end offerings, the G Flex 2 and the LG G3, culminating into the LG G4, with its subtle curve to the display, that is more pronounced when turning over to the back, as well as the signature LG rear button layout. While the design isn’t a dramatic departure from the the company’s norm, what LG tried to do in terms of uniqueness is seen in the material options available for the rear panel. Available in a plastic backing with a ceramic finish, or in leather, with a variety of color options, the LG G4 is a head turner in its own unique way.

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Both devices feature 5.5-inch displays, with dimensions that are quite similar. As such, the handling experience is also similar between the two, although the LG G4 does get some points for easier access to the button layout courtesy of their unique position on the back, compared to the more standard placements found with the OnePlus 2.

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Both devices feature 5.5-inch displays, but of the 1080p variety in the case of the OnePlus 2, compared to the Quad HD screen of the LG G4, resulting in a pixel density of 401 ppi and 534 respectively. The In-Cell IPS LCD display with a 178 degree viewing angles means that viewing angles are great, and with a brightness of 600 nits, the OnePlus 2 outperforms most devices in the market, including the LG G4, and in this regard, outdoor visibility should be of no concern. While many may be disappointed with the lack of Quad HD, 1080p certainly still gets the job done.

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A big focus with the LG G4 was on making this display rival the DCI standard found in general television and cinema, with the Quantum display hitting 98% of the mark.The LG G4 display may not pop as much as the AMOLEDs of the world, but the color reproduction is certainly very accurate, and there are no issues with brightness or viewing angles.

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Given that both smartphones are current generation high-end flagships, it’s no surprise that they feature the best that Qualcomm has to offer. The OnePlus 2 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, clocked at 1.8 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 430 GPU, while the LG G4 comes with a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 and 3 GB RAM in the case of the LG G4, with an additional gig of RAM available with the OnePlus 2 64 GB version.

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The performance is as smooth as ever with either device, and doing anything, from opening and closing apps, scrolling through various elements of the UI, to playing graphic-intensive games are handled easily, even though the hexacore processor of the of the LG G4 is considered the inferior of the two, it doesn’t really translate when it comes to real world performance. The Snapdragon 810 is notorious for getting uncomfortably warm though, and we will have to wait and see if that issue comes with the OnePlus 2, even though OnePlus claims that this shouldn’t be a worry.

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The OnePlus 2 comes with either 16 GB or 64 GB storage options, which also dictates how much RAM you get, 3 GB or 4 GB, but there is no expandable storage available, so users will have to pay a little more to get the latter. On the other hand, the LG G4 comes with 32 GB of on-board storage, but with a microSD card slot that allows users additional storage of up to 128 GB. On the hardware front, the big addition in the case of the OnePlus 2 is the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner that is integrated into the physical home button up front. The OnePlus 2 packs a larger 3,300 mAh battery, compared to the 3000 mAh unit of the LG G4, and given the overall similarities between the two devices, the battery life story should also be along the same lines, with the OnePlus 2 maybe offering better battery life because of its lower resolution screen.

One feature that is conspicuously missing from the OnePlus 2 is a NFC chip. OnePlus claims it removed it because users don’t really care about it, but given that NFC is crucial for mobile payments and other applications favored by OnePlus’ target audience, we’re skeptical about this decision.

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In the case of the G4, a f/1.8 aperture package outshines the competition with a larger sensor over ones found in other flagships. OIS is also enhanced with a wider stabilization range. Color has been given a big focus, with LG adding in a color spectrum sensor found right next to the optics that will analyze the scene to help achieve the right white balance automatically and accurately.The manual mode is another big story, as LG has put in all of the big features photographers get in full cameras – a full white balance gamut, a lot of ISO stops, manual focus, a histogram, and even the ability to shoot RAW and JPEG simultaneously. Overall, the LG G4 camera is one of the best in the business, and is certainly a very hard act to follow.

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If there was any issue with the OnePlus One, it had to do with the camera, which, while definitely not the worst, wasn’t particularly great either. OnePlus is hoping to change all that with the 13 MP rear camera of the latest device, which comes with an f/2.0 aperture, OIS, and also a laser auto focus system similar to what the LG flagship is packing. The OP2 camera also supports 4K video recording and capturing images in the RAW format. While things look great in our initial time with the device, a more thorough testing will be required before we can make any final judgments.

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The OnePlus 2 is running OnePlus’ own Oxygen OS, based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, which retains a lot of the stock Android and Material Design elements, while also adding some interesting and very useful features. It is filled with features though, including off-screen gestures, such as double tap to wake, drawing an O to open the camera, drawing a V to toggle flashlight, drawing two straight vertical lines with two fingers to play/pause music, and drawing < or > to play previous or next track respectively. Custom LED notifications lets you set a particular color for a certain type of notification, easy notification access, custom hardware and software navigation keys, a dark mode for better night time viewing, and Shelf, which is essentially a large widget that houses your most used apps and favorite contacts, and that is to only name a few.

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In software, the G4 comes with a very familiar user interface that hasn’t changed much – but an optimized processing package allows for lag and stutter to be kept at a minimum. Many of LGs features have been retained, ranging from the useful, like Knock Code and Multiwindow, to the not so useful, like Smart Bulletin and Smart Notice.

Of course, the big story here is the price, and OnePlus continues to break the mold in this regard, by bringing to consumers another fantastic high-end smartphone, at less than half the price of its direct competition, including the LG G4. It’s difficult to argue against a device that offers all that the OnePlus 2 does, for just $389 for the 64 GB version, and even cheaper at $329 for the 16 GB iteration, which is more than enough reason to overlook any flaws that the device may have. It is actually quite unfortunate that OnePlus is re-introducing the dreaded invite system once again, because other than that, the company seems to have a sure fire winner on their hands, and hopefully, it’ll be much easier to get your hands on the device this time around.

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  • nahaluk

    You should compare Oneplus Two with Moto X Pure edition, not LG G4. That is the real rivalry! And the new Nexus down the road.

    • cdm283813

      Not really. I smell a price cut for the G4 once the Moto X hits the market in September. So I can definitely see a 3 way happening with OP, LG and Moto. I just don’t see the S6 dropping to this level. Maybe a cut to $500 but not $400.
      I personally would pick a Moto X over the OP2 and G4. Harder decision for the S6. Other than USB-C the S6 is definitely flagship status. A removable battery and SD card in the G4 is not an automatic win.

    • Reed

      You can already buy the G4 from T-Mobile for about $480. It has an unlocked boatloader and is rootable now. It’s a very good comparison.

      • cdm283813

        Especially when they include a spare battery and SD card. Not sure if that deal is still going on.

  • Bob Marley

    The LG G4 on T-Mobile is only $480. For $100 more, you get a far better camera, NFC, wireless charging (with adapter), quick charging, microSD support, a user-replaceable battery, the opportunity to buy the phone without an invite as well as a company that has a functioning and serviceable customer service department.

    • a22matic

      Well said.

      • Jimmy Donta

        This kid is already set on buying the OP2 lol… Fanboys you got to love them…

        • paxmos

          1+1=0 loves kids like you

    • alex27$

      Camera samples favor the op2 in both noise levels and color reproduction.

      Also some people don’t like lag and poor battery life, believe it or not.

      If you wish to slow down your phone further by using an SD card, by all means. Then try an iPhone or nexus or Motorola or S6 and realize how stuttery your bloat ware filled feature stuffed plastic phone is (if you get a g4).

      • Bob Marley

        The G4 does not lag and its battery life is fairly decent. Unlike the OnePlus 2, it won’t take 3+ hours to charge fully; SD cards’ inferior performance is indistinguishable when playing MP3s or watching movies, which is what most people use SD cards for. The G4 also starts with 32 GB storage vs. 16 for the OnePlus 2. Please show everyone these “camera samples”.

        • alex27$
          • ramjet73

            Read the comments for that article. Looks like techno BS to me. :(

            How are users of phones without SD cards going to take advantage of RAW photo images and 4K movies without storage beyond the internal memory? Possible, but very inconvenient. There’s no point in having those high end features if it’s difficult to use them. And are you aware that Google has enhanced support for SD cards in the Android “M” preview including automatic mounting in the base Android system? That is certainly a turnabout on their part.

          • alex27$

            Onboard storage works fine for that, especially as I don’t consider a 16GB model as an option. I don’t shoot tons and tons of video, and cloud storage works if I need more anyway, I just prefer to keep my phone running as fast as it is.
            Even with the more advanced support that treats SD cards like internal storage, the SD cards would still negatively affect the speed of phones, especially on such as the Galaxy s6 because of its incredibly fast storage.

          • ramjet73

            Since Android keeps apps cached in Dalvik/ART and loaded in RAM memory until it is needed for higher priorities, and neither of those depend on where the program is installed, putting apps on an SD card shouldn’t affect performance in any significant way nor should storing media files (photos, music and videos) on removable media as has already been discussed. Modern operating systems are designed to handle storage with different access times and use each type effectively. If digital SLR’s and video cameras can operate effectively with SDHC cards phones should have no problem with that media as long as the readers are upgraded to handle higher access speeds in the future.

          • paxmos

            Forget these bloggers, none are trustworthy and they all say different things

      • paxmos

        I bet 5 bucks you haven’t even touched a G4!!!

        • alex27$

          Actually yes, I have. At Best Buy and the T-Mobile store.
          Not a bad phone, but I prefer several other options.
          If you depend on all the features, that’s your priority. Having a fast fluid lag-free phone happens to be one of mine.

          • paxmos

            I own the G4, I have yet to see any lags. G4 replaced my laggy G3 which finally ended up running Cyanogenmod 12.1
            Don’t judge a phone having tested it at Best Buy. For God sakes, none of their displayed phones work and are so dirty beyond belief.

    • CapnNausea

      As much as I wanted to love my G4, I just had to sell it. After having it since launch day, I sold it yesterday and it was still having issues registering touch screen inputs, would lag quite frequently in applications it should have dominated (I.e. running hangouts SMS and Spotify concurrently – that’s it) and I still didn’t have root access, so it had bloat crap on it. I’m hoping the new Nexus doesn’t let down, right now back to the OG N5.

  • reyan

    hey guys still waiting for an invite for oneplus 2 try this https://oneplus.net/invites?kolid=2UO0I3

    • Kanoosh

      no one is waiting for the OnePlus 2 ..Shu! get outta here

    • mrjayviper

      Are you a paid 1+ employee? I see all over Android sites posting the link

      • reyan

        no just an enthusiast fan trying to bump up his rank in the reservation list

  • Kanoosh

    if only the LG G4 had a less generic design , i would of gone with them..But this time around it’s either the MotoX pure, Note 5 or nexus..

    • ramjet73

      Hmmm… Curved back, volume and power buttons on the back of the phone, soft keys instead of a single hard button. What is it that you would like to be less generic?

      • Kanoosh

        Considering i can get all that in the G3 for less.. I would want something to stand out more than its predecessor to entice me to pick that one over the older one..which was still great.

        and fyi, i said generic DESIGN, not “features” ..the design (or esthitics) of the G4 are very bland compared to the G3.
        THAT is what i ment, but whatevz.

        • ramjet73

          As the saying goes, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, but IMO the G4 has cleaner lines than the G3 (see http://www.androidauthority.com/lg-g4-vs-lg-g3-616092/ ) and looks better, especially with the leather back or quick circle case. I own the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 and if LG makes the rumored Nexus 5 (2015) it will be pretty bland compared to the G4. But as you said, “whateverz”. :)

  • Reed

    I love my G4. It’s probably the best phone I’ve ever owned, bar the battery life, which could be better. The camera is just stupid good. It takes a picture that compares to my DSLR in the right conditions.

    I also find its faster than my S6 ATM because of that phone’s memory leak, though I’m sure that’ll change eventually. Even when it does, they’re both insanely fast.

  • Craig Trunzo

    I really just can’t see the OP2 as a viable option against any of the “Flagships”

    YAY!!! You can plug you USB cord in any direction you want, but it will take 3-4 hours to charge the phone.
    I’d much rather spend the extra 10 seconds to make sure the connector is going in the right way and have the phone charged in an hour.

    • Merewoodbebox

      3-4 hours?? you mean 2 hours right. chargiing my oneplus 2 doesnt take more than 2 and half hours lool. im not saying the g4 sucks and if i could get it from a respected seller at £20 more i would have gotten it but no the g4 takes 1:45 mins to charge and my oneplus take 2, if your using it 2:30 max.15 mins extra is no problem

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  • ramjet73

    I bought my leather back LG G4 from T-Mobile before it was released and received it June 1 with no regrets to date. Although I paid $600 (via T-Mobile’s EIP) that price included a spare battery, charging cradle for the battery and 32GB micro SD card from LG and a 128GB micro SD card from T-Mobile so I figure that I actually paid about $400 or less for the phone itself. And I added Qi wireless charging with an $8 case from AliExpress (http://goo.gl/n0ydjt) which also gives me the “Smart Circle” functions with the cover closed and appears to be identical to the LG G4 case Verizon sells for $60.

    I’m not sure which flagship(s) the OnePlus 2 is planning to “kill” but it’s not going to get my LG G4. :)

  • Tj

    The Oneplus is cheaper and has a better cpu, better/more ram, and a larger battery. Reserve yours here https://oneplus.net/invites?kolid=LXW0F4!

    • Phillip

      CPU not proven to be better in real world performance.

  • Dhruv Tiwari

    Well, oneplus 2 is best but they should include wireless charging that is better for us..
    Check my website oneplus two stuffs

  • Tekin

    LG G4’s design is a rip-off; look up Oneplus One. Exact same curves and body design.

  • Dhruv Tiwari
  • Priya Singh

    Get your oneplus 2 invite now.. Follow the link https://oneplus.net/invites?kolid=NGHKBF

  • meir

    Note 4.

  • Rudra Narayan Jena

    Get your OnePLus Two invite here
    https://oneplus.net/invites?kolid=QULTTK

  • the_gator

    Lack of NFC is a deal breaker but at least the one plus will get updates a lot better and quicker then the LG phones.

  • Elena

    But still I can say that LG G4 is much better than One Plus 2 with extraordinary features like high resolution camera and fast charging and we can even make it compatible with wireless charger by buying wireless charging receiver quick circle case.

  • Rudra Narayan Jena

    Get your OnePlus Two Invite here
    https://oneplus.net/invites?kolid=QULTTK

    Cheers :)

  • Rick_Deckard

    Well… I got the LG G4 H815 International model for $484… Seriously… LG G4 is a better deal for me…. Not because of the removable battery or the MicroSD, but because of the camera!!!!! By far the G4 is the best cellphone camera that I’ve ever had…

  • Always Texan

    Okay, so here’s my question. I’m considering both of these phones. The advantage of the G4 is the removable battery – presumably better lifespan. But how much better? Is it worth $150 (difference in price plus squaretrade warranty on Amazon)

  • Randall Harris

    G4 Left —- O+2 Right
    Nuff said