LG G3 Vs Samsung Galaxy S5: South Korean Derby: Displays, Connectivity

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Displays

Going into this shootout, you'd expect that it's pretty clear which of the two devices will have a distinct advantage when it comes to display fidelity. But before we go declaring the winner outright, let's haged in mind that there's more to a classy screen than the number of pixels it has. Contrast, colors, and sunlight legibility all factor into how fine a particular display is, and we'll be taking everything into account before we give a final verdict.



The two displays side-by-side

Both phones represent each company's screen-making expertise. Samsung put their Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display on the Galaxy S5, while the LG G3 sports a True HD-IPS + LCD.

The Galaxy S5 has a 5.1" classy screen of 1080p resolution and 432ppi. The G3's panel is of 1440 x 2560px resolution, which at 5.5" comes out to a pixel density of about 534ppi. Looking at them both under our microscope under the same magnification, you can clearly see which one is which.



Samsung took several years to perfect Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) for it to finally offer the most accurate colors in the market. Using the display mode settings you can tweak that to a more saturated see if you prefer. It has excellent viewing angles and practically infinite contrast too.

The G3 is another story, however, as it's markedly worse both at 50% and 100% brightness. At 100% brightness the black luminance is among the highest we've seen, while the whites are markedly dimmer than on the G2. Here's how it stacks up to other top flagships:

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

LG G3

0.14 109 763 0.72 570 789

Samsung Galaxy S5

0 274 0 529

Sony Xperia Z2

- - - 0.41 488 1195

Sony Xperia Z1

- - - 0.38 580 1513

Sony Xperia Z

- - - 0.70 492 705

Oppo Find 7a

0.33 280 842 0.68 580 852

Samsung Galaxy S4

0 201 ∞ 0 404 ∞

HTC One (M8)

0.20 245 1219 0.46 577 1256

LG G2

0.10 149 1522 0.45 667 1495

HTC Butterfly S

0.15 165 1117 0.43 451 1044

Apple iPhone 5

0.13 200 1490 0.48 640 1320


The two screens differ wildly in sunlight legibility as well. The S5 is among the best we've seen in the current batch of flagships, while the LG G3's highly reflective display will create it a challenge to create out in colorful environments.

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Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Nokia 808 PureView

    4.698

  • Apple iPhone 5

    3.997

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    3.997

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    3.549

  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

    3.419

  • Nokia Lumia 925

    3.402

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

    3.352

  • Samsung Omnia W

    3.301

  • Samsung Galaxy S

    3.155

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

    3.127

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom

    3.118

  • Nokia N9

    3.069

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    2.970

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    2.950

  • HTC One S

    2.901

  • BlackBerry Q10

    2.856

  • Samsung Galaxy S II

    2.832

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus

    2.801

  • BlackBerry Z30

    2.790

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P1

    2.655

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    2.672

  • Nokia Lumia 900

    2.562

  • HTC One Max

    2.537

  • Nokia Lumia 720

    2.512

  • HTC One

    2.504

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2.462

  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini

    2.422

  • HTC One (M8)

    2.371

  • Motorola RAZR i

    2.366

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    2.307

  • Oppo Find 7a

    2.279

  • Apple iPhone 4S

    2.269

  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim

    2.262

  • LG Nexus 5

    2.228

  • HTC One X

    2.158

  • Nokia N8

    2.144

  • Oppo Find 5

    2.088

  • BlackBerry Z10

    2.051

  • Apple iPhone 4

    2.016

  • HTC One mini

    2.003

  • LG G2

    1.976

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray

    1.955

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    1.944

  • Samsung Galaxy Camera

    1.938

  • LG G Pro 2

    1.922

  • HTC Butterfly

    1.873

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6

    1.865

  • LG G3

    1.820

  • Sony Xperia V

    1.792

  • Sony Xperia U

    1.758

  • Meizu MX3

    1.754

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    1.740

  • LG Optimus 4X HD

    1.691

  • HTC One V

    1.685

  • BlackBerry Q5

    1.682

  • LG Optimus Vu

    1.680

  • LG Optimus GJ

    1.666

  • HTC Desire V

    1.646

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

    1.622

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    1.578

  • Samsung Galaxy Core

    1.563

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    1.552

  • LG Optimus 3D

    1.542

  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE

    1.542

  • Nokia Asha 302

    1.537

  • Sony Xperia M

    1.473

  • Nokia Lumia 610

    1.432

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

    1.393

  • Gigabyte GSmart G1355

    1.361

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand

    1.321

  • HTC Desire C

    1.300

  • Nokia Asha 501

    1.270

  • LG Optimus L7

    1.269

  • LG Optimus L9

    1.227

  • Meizu MX

    1.221

  • Sony Xperia E dual

    1.203

  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket

    1.180

  • Sony Xperia tipo

    1.166

  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2

    1.114

We've also seen Samsung's Air View, which detects your finger at about an inch distance thanks to its highly sensitive digitizer. It triggers special previews of image folders, messages and calendar events.

Winner: LG G3. Despite its inferior color, contrast, and sunlight legibility, the bigger classy screen diagonal and the higher resolution still has its say at the discontinue of the day. The QHD resolution may not be readily apparent when it comes to browsing the interface, but it does create a incompatibility when you see the ultra-crisp text in webpages, and especially in watching QHD videos or playing games. As more QHD content becomes available, the advantage of having the G3 display will become even more pronounced.

Connectivity

Both phones are powered by elegant Qualcomm chipsets and like all the connectivity benefits that come with it. The Galaxy S5 beats out the G3 in the number of supported bands, especially when it comes to LTE, though both should have you well covered for whatever region you buy the device in. The two flagships also like the fastest mobile data around with Cat. 4 LTE (up to 150Mbps down and 50Mbps up), but even without an LTE network where you are, they'll still go quite quick at 42.2Mbps down and 5.76 up courtesy of HSPA.

Local connections are blazing quick as well thanks to dual-band Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11ac (a/b/g/n are supported too). Bluetooth 4.0 is available for connecting accessories, although the S5 has the advantage of EDR in this regard. Both phones also support the ANT+ standard, which is popular with sports accessories.

Wired connectivity is where the two flagships start to diverge. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0 port, which will provide faster data transfers between the phone and a computer with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0 port. It also integrates MHL 2.1, which means it can, with the correct adapter, output 1080p video.

Both phones sport Universal Serial Bus (USB) On-the-go as well, which means you'll be able to plug in expandable storage drives, although again you need the correct adapter.




microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 on the LG G3 • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0 on the Galaxy S5

Both phones feature NFC for utilize with tags and easy pairing with most devices. They also both have IR blasters to control electronic equipment at home, including TVs, disc players and even air conditioners. LG's QRemote app seems slightly more robust in this regard, but a software update or app store download could even things out in that regard.




Both devices have an IR blaster up top

Winner: Tie. The key features - 150Mbps LTE, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC - are evenly split.

The Galaxy S5 has Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0, which offers faster transfer rates for those who still utilize cables.


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