Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2 quick look

by: Joshua VergaraMarch 4, 2014

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Both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G2 are absolute powerhouses, with enough unique differences between the two to make this comparison quite interesting. Here’s a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2!

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When it comes to design, the Samsung Galaxy S5 does introduce a very welcome change away from the glossy plastic, and brings in a textured soft touch finish on the back, although overall, the design aesthetic is very similar to the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 before it. You have to same button layout all around, but the capacitive menu button has been done away with, in favor of a recent apps button.


Speaking of button layouts, LG attempted something very different with the G2. While it is made up of a glossy, slippery plastic that is very fingerprint prone, what is really unique about this device is the button layout that is now on the back of the device, and is supposed to be used with your index finger. Convenient or not, this positioning allows for a very clean look to the front of the device. Helped along with the ultra-thin bezels that really make the display shine through, we have absolutely no distracting elements on the front.

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Overall its a battle of the soft touch plastic of the Galaxy S5, which may or may not look good according to your standard, and the curved back, with the button layout at the rear, of the G2. In either case, you have a device that is a pleasure to hold.

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You get a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with G2, compared to the 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen of the Galaxy S5, both with a 1080p resolution. There isn’t much a difference in the size, but the small bezels of the LG G2 make it very attractive. Either way though, the colors are quite vivid, and viewing angles and brightness are not issues with either of these smartphones.

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Both of these smartphones have similar processors, with the Galaxy S5 featuring an updated Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5 GHz, compared to the 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800 of the LG G2. 2 GB of RAM and Adreno 330 graphics offer best-in-class processing packages, with the S5 getting the slight nudge of being faster.

MicroSD expansion is missing from the G2, which is always one of the advantages of Samsung devices. Built-in storage for both is available at the standard 16 GB or 32 GB.

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While the LG G2 boasts a slightly bigger 3,000 mAh battery, which accounts for its extra thickness, compared to the 2,800 mAh unit of the Galaxy S5. However, the Galaxy S5, much like many other Samsung smartphones, comes with a removable battery, so you can always carry spares around in case you’re worried about running out of power.

One aspect of hardware we’re very excited to put through its paces in a more detailed comparison is a camera fight, because both of these devices offer really good optics. While the 13 MP rear shooter of the LG  G2 comes with Optical Image Stabilization, which is a big deal, Samsung has definitely upped its ante with the 16 MP ISOCELL camera,

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When you look at the software over the last year or two, you might find that if these two companies weren’t rivals when it comes to their software offerings, they’d be more like brothers. After all, both user interfaces are bright and colorful, and very similar in their appearances, and are packed with a long list of features that you may or may not use.

LG G2 Review

Useful LG G2 features include Knock On, which will be updated to the Knock Code, and while the Galaxy S5 does come with some software enhancements like the Magazine UX and Kids Mode, you do also have some hardware additions like the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor, with its the associated applications.

Samsung Galaxy S5 camera settings

With both these smartphones, it’s obvious that the companies are trying to offer a lot for the user experience. You just have to take a look at the Settings toggles in the notifications drop down to see just how much they offer, and how similar they are.

Not a lot is different when it comes to the camera software either, with both offering numerous modes, filters, settings, and more, and it’s only a question of which device offers more, that you would want.

 Samsung Galaxy S5LG G2
Display5.1-inch Super AMOLED, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 432 ppi5.2-inch IPS LCD, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 424 ppi
Processor2.5 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Adreno 330 or 2.1Ghz Octa-core Exynos (depending on market), unspecified GPU in Exynos SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, quad-core Krait 400 @ 2.26GHz, Adreno 330 GPU
Cameras16 MP rear LED flash, 2.1 MP front13 MP rear, OIS, LED flash, sapphire glass, 2.1 MP front
Battery2,800 mAh3,000 mAh non-removable
Storage16/32 GB, expandable16/32 GB, no expansion
ConnectivityGPS, GLONASS, microUSB 3.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LENFC, A-GPS, GLONASS, microUSB, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Networks3G, LTE Cat. 3 2X2 MIMOLTE, LTE-A, HSDPA, GSM
SoftwareAndroid 4.4 KitkatAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Dimensions142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm,
145 grams
138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm, 140 grams

Both smartphones do offer very full featured offerings, however, the LG G2 does change things up a little with its unique button layout at the back, while the Galaxy S5 pretty much continues the formula that Samsung has been using, while adding a lot more on top of it. Whichever one is better for you depends on what you need to get the best experience for you.

What do you think? Do the unique aspects of the LG G2 make it a winner over the Galaxy S5, or is tried and tested the best way to go? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Sandy

    LG G2 FTW !!!

    • patrik

      Yeah the LG G2 sure is alot worse than the S5.

      • Sandy

        Welcome Butt Hurt ShameSung Fan :D

        • alan haynes

          LG is samsung’s bitch.

  • miky

    Older G2 phone > new S5 phone. -_-

    • patrik

      Nope. Not in any aspect is the G2 better than the S5. Not ONE.

      • Chris Martinelli

        Better screen, smaller bezels, better battery life, and I assume if the S5 is like ALL other Samsung phones, less bloat, so its faster. It’s also 6 months older.

        Ya, nice job Sammy.

      • Mr james bunt

        Seriously , Shut Up you Sammy boy/girl . I was a S3 , S4 , Note 2 and Note 3 user , but i decided to change to lg because they promised something new , not like sammy , new phone , same old shape with a bit of curve and updated technology . I dont want those i want redefine design not copying from previous generation . I am now currently using LG G2 as my daily driver after i sold all my sammy phones , including the Note 3 .

  • I still like the LG G2 better….Sorry Sammy, but I do still have a Note 3 if that makes you feel better. I’ve always supported Samsung, but they are not really doing anything right now, that would make me buy their next device. The Note 3 is it for me….at least for now. (G2 is my daily driver though)

    • patrik

      G2 is not better than the S5 in any aspect. This is a fact.

      • Xavier_NYC

        How’d you figure that one out? How is the GS5 bigger than the G2 with a smaller screen and a smaller battery? And seriously a heart rate monitor lol. Yeah every 16 year old is def gonna use that. Stop being a fan boy.

      • IDontKnowMyName

        A fact that you pulled out of your ***. Now that is a fact ;)

      • Noname

        Stop crying little girl

      • bill

        G2: 3000 mAh vs S5: 2800 mAh
        G2: 5.2″ in smaller body vs S5 5.1″ in bigger body
        G2 has arguable better camera, with near-identical CPU and identical GPU & RAM. And this is considering the G2 came out 6 months before the S5 and sells for approx. $200 less off-contract (G2: $650, S5: $850)

        • james 008

          Also: G2 have a great knock on feature which is enjoyable to use and last not least, keys are conveniently placed at rear.
          All other phone get lost with your high prices.
          LG 2 GGGGGGG+

  • Still G2. Just one point ahead of S5 :)

    • patrik

      Actually the LG G2 is every point behind S5.

      • Guest123

        WOW!!!!. . . reading your comments. Sad day to see an Android “fan” behaving like a ifan about a specific company.

        You haven’t used a S5, thus you have NO clue whatsoever as to how good it is, other than the promoting it is getting from sites that samsung advertises with and invites to their release parties — a very similar situation to apple’s junk when it comes out.

  • m

    G2 is the better and with kitkat it will be just as fast

  • Ringo

    LG G2. Big screen in a smaller body with great battery life.

    • mggOptimusG

      Screen is actually smaller if you count those on-screen buttons. G2 is like a 4.9″ not a 5.2″.

  • Mike Bastable

    yeah the g2 is easily the best phone i ever owned. beats the S5, packs equal punch in a smaller well thought out design package

  • Mike

    LG G2 for sure. Its the perfect size, and the battery is amazing.

  • Bob

    ”Useful LG G2 features include Knock On, which will be updated to the Knock Code.” really? I heard it didn’t come to g2 with kitkat. Is this information official?

    • Corruptiondee

      It’s not in the T-Mobile kitkat 4.4 update. However, Knock On is 10x more responsive.

  • Daniel Henderson

    Is the S5 bigger than the G2 or is the S5 being held closer to the camera?

    • Xavier_NYC

      The S5 is bigger.

      • Daniel Henderson

        That’s a bummer. The G2 isn’t a small phone to begin with. Someone really need to do a comparison with the S5 vs. The first Galaxy Note for a size comparison. I’m not buying a man purse for my phone…

        • YellowDevil

          The G2’s screen is the same size as the first Galaxy Note, but is overall a smaller phone than the S5.

    • Guest

      Edited, nevermind

      • jeffb2552

        I have a G2 – terrific computer – none of these are “phones” anymore. Scorching fast, never locks up no matter what is open, battery lasts forever, screen is crystal clear. LOVE IT!

  • Joseph

    From my estimation, G2 has smaller body with bigger screen space and potentially better battery life/quick charge, maybe on par or better camera, looks much better aesthetically, less bloat (looks at touchwiz). Sammy really dropped the ball this year i think with a letdown of a product.

  • V-Phuc

    A major and glaring issue that AA continues to gloss over in its many reviews: the true available internal storage after all the bloatware. Why gloss over it (or not to mention it at all)? I can certainly live without all the extra features, but it makes no sense to me to get a 16GB phone to find out ~12GB got eaten away by bloatware (a bit of exaggeration to make my point, you see).
    Please provide us that IMPORTANT CRUCIAL detail. Not everyone cares about display resolution, powerful camera, heart rate monitor, knockon/off, whatever, but I believe everyone cares how much is TRULY LEFT in their phone after the bloatware installation!

  • Corruptiondee

    I have a G2, and it’s the best phone I’ve ever owned. Hands down. With that being said, I’ve only owned flagship devices from Samsung. I was apprehensive about going to LG, but on paper the LG G2 piqued my interest. I’m happy to say that in real day to day use, it has exceeded my expectations. I get zero lag, a great camera, top tier performance, a great IPS (non-pentile) display, and great battery life. The LG G2 can easily hold its own at against any phone out.

    To top it off, I’m running an official kitkat build on my T-Mobile variant. It now runs even better. With the disappointment that is the Galaxy S5, I may just stay with my LG G2 even longer. The custom 3000 MAH battery cannot be understated.

  • John Garlits

    Hey, in case you missed it, lots of G2 variants already have kitkat (International, T-mo, AT&T).



  • Binaya Malla

    LG g2 is the best phone ever made. Battery life’s better than any other, screen looks fabulous, customization rocks.. samsung sucks.

  • Palwin

    I have lg g2 and its the best phone…after s2,s3 and htc one x plus i think lg g2 is the beast phone..

    Htc is better and lg g2 is best from samsung galaxy3,4,5…

    Samsung has almost same look of all model.

  • mggOptimusG

    The S5 looks better.
    If the G2 still has that overheating screen I have on the OptimusG then it is useless. Try watching a movie at 100% brightness you tell me the results. My OptimusG can take about 30-40 minutes then goes to 85% and you can make popcorn on the back of the device.
    The G2 screen is actually much smaller than S5 since they have those useless on-screen buttons. My OptimusG 4.7 would be almost as big as the G2 since it uses capacitive buttons. Wake up people, capacitive buttons are still useful, and much easier to use than on-screen ones. I have my capacitive backlight turned off so you never see them and the look is better balanced. Also acts as a security thing if you are not used to it.
    The fingerprint scanner would probably not be useful as my security app requires alphanumeric PIN. It would be useful to unlock a semi-permissive mode, but that is only wishful thinking.
    The S5 could possibly not need a case since the back has a “look” to it and the G2 does not. So you would want to hide the G2’s ugly plastic.
    I just wish the S5 would have offered a FM radio, the electronics for that are insignificant. And you get better battery life than radio streaming over data connection.
    Had a Samsung Omnia2 at some point and it was not a bad phone, we will see a few more reviews as the S5 is released. Then we can decide.

    • patoneil

      1. The looks is subjective, but I want my phone to look like a phone, not a band-aid.
      2. “Immersive Mode” lets you use the phone without distractions from on-screen buttons.
      3. S5 almost certainly overheats too (G2 and S5 has almost identical internals)

      • Ryan

        The S5 absolutely overheats. During initial setup, with screen at 25% and download booster active, I overheated in under 5 minutes. That essentially makes the download boost a moot point, and solidifies that it does in fact, overheat.

    • Nottolate

      ‘The G2 screen is actually much smaller than S5 since they have those useless on-screen buttons.’

      Not when you know how to get rid of them. I’ve always hated those buttons too and that is the first thing I got rid of. I made em so small you can barely see em. You can also flash and use pie control.

  • james 008

    Lg The Best. Stop getting pissed off. Accept the fact.