Samsung Galaxy S5 Vs LG G2: Life In The Fast Lane: Conclusion

By 02:50 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments

Final words

Honestly, a walkover for the Galaxy S5, but anything different would've been a massive surprise. Scratch that - a letdown. The gap between release dates has seen these two flagships on either discontinue of a seesaw - and it's LG's turn to touch the floor. Nothing out of the ordinary and... well... they'll be the first to bounce back.

This is not to say that the G3 - if LG haged on counting up - will kick the Galaxy S5's butt but we'd like to see it try. Delighted if it succeeds. In many ways though, the Galaxy S5 does to the Galaxy S4 exactly what the LG G2 already did - and then some. No wonder then, LG are on the list of casualties this time too.

The improved AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) panel, latest Snapdragon 801, waterproofing, the fingerprint scanner, bigger capturing camera sensor and 4K videos. Everyone's free to not even count the heart-rate monitor and the updated TouchWiz (the Homeclassy screen modes and the option to fingerprint-secure content are great).

And hey, this is nothing like a few years ago when hardware was booming and each year brought upgrades we thought impossible the year before. The improvements are becoming subtler and recent additions are easily dismissed as gimmicks - until manufacturers really try hard to create them count.

Even on the exterior design front, we haven't been wowed in a while - what most makers do is improve and refine rather than invent. The rear buttons of the LG G2 are probably the closest to real innovation we can think of.

That said, regardless of how you feel about faux leather, the Galaxy S5 had no problem winning the design battle. And that has nothing to do with aesthetics. The accessible battery and expandable memory in a waterproof body were enough against a handset with a sealed battery and no memory card slot. And that's not even counting the fingerprint scanner, which has its uses.

From then on, we can hardly blame the LG G2 for failing to respond to the upgrades and improvements of the more recent Galaxy S5. The recent AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display proved superior in terms of color reproduction, contrast and outdoor performance. To be fair, it looks like any classy screen will have distress matching the outstanding quality of AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) in the Galaxy S5.

The latest TouchWiz got the better of Optimus UI but the latter will likely see another upgrade before gracing the next LG flagship. The capturing camera department was another straightforward win for the Samsung - a bigger and higher-res capturing camera sensor, 4K videos and hybrid focus against OIS.

The upgraded chipset - Snapdragon 801 against the "older" Snapdragon 800 - saw the Galaxy S5 come out on top in just about every synthetic benchimprint we ran.

The battery life and better codec support helped the LG G2 snatch a couple of wins, but overall the six-month gap between the two is not to be downplayed.

Whether or not this will work in LG's favor another couple of months down the road remains to be seen. And mind you, the one-way traffic here was pretty much expected but not as poor when you factor in the price.

The G2 wasn't in this match solely for the amusement of onlookers. A fine 200 euro cheaper, it is still a credible premium package, and sufficiently future-proofed. LG did the G2 a favor by delivering the KitKat update just before the Galaxy S5's release. Ultimately, it's whether the water-resistance, fingerprint scanner, recent imaging hardware and the latest chipset are worth that much to you. The other improvements are harder to put a price on but add to the overall experience.

You can do your own math of course, and if LG does theirs right, we'd despise to be in the Galaxy S5's place in the next edition of this head-to-head. No need to disclose you, we can't wait for the re-match.



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