LG G3 Vs. Sony Xperia Z2: Distance To Impact: User Interfaces

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User interface

The LG G3 and Sony Xperia Z2 both offer Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box with a number of software tweaks by each parent company. As usual, Sony's modifications are lighter while LG has modded the stock Android head to toe as usual.

The LG G3 has the company's proprietary Knock Code feature that lets you acquire straight into the homeclassy screen via a series of taps on certain places on the classy screen - even when the classy screen is off. Otherwise, the other standard unlock methods as well as lockclassy screen widgets and shortcuts are available on both devices.

The G3 lockclassy screen is fairly standard

Sony stayed closer to the vanilla lockscreen, the only real change is the capturing camera shortslit at the bottom. The Xperia Z2 lockclassy screen supports widgets (one per pane).

Near-stock lockclassy screen on the Xperia Z2

The leftmost homeclassy screen pane of the LG G3 is reserved for the so-called Smart Bulletin, which is a special space similar Samsung's My Magazine (except not as robust). Smart Bulletin posts at-a-glance info from LG's Health app and Smart tips that highlight aspects of the phone's technology and usage, but nothing else beyond that.

LG's Smart Bulletin is very limited

Sony has Socialife, which is an app instead. It merges Facebook and Twitter accounts with news sources, but doesn't hold up an entire homeclassy screen pane.

What's recent is Sony's respond to Samsung's My Magazine, HTC's Blinkfeed and LG's Smart Bulletin

The Sony home screen, just like the lockscreen, is also very vanilla - you start with 5 and you can add or rego panes. One Sony addition is Themes, which pack a wallpaper and matching color highlights for UI elements.

Themes create for quick and easy customization

LG's notification area is more customizable. You can rego the brightness and volume sliders, or any of the toggles in the topmost row.

LG's notification area with Quick Settings

Sony's notification area looks more stock but Sony did put tabs on it to separate the notifications from the toggles. The toggles themselves include some Sony add-ons like the Stamina mode.

Xperia's cleaner notification area differs only slightly from vanilla Android

LG provides a private mode called Guest mode, which lets you pick apps the guest has access to, including a custom Guest gallery of photos and videos, while restricting access to the settings or multitasking features of the G3.

Guest mode on the LG G3

LG can also run split classy screen apps with their own Dual window feature, which offers identical capabilities to Samsung's latest Galaxies.

LG's Dual Window feature

Sony has its own multitasking feature, Small Apps. Instead of splitting the screen, Small apps live in small windows that can be moved around or minimized to a tiny icon. Like Dual Window, you need an app that specifically supports the multitasking feature, but Sony's solution can turn widgets into Small apps.

Small apps put helpful tools in floating windows

The two approaches are not really compatible. LG's approach assumes both apps are equal, while Sony's has one main app and one utility app.

Winner: LG G3. We know the Optimus UI has its vocal detractors, but no one can deny its wealth of features and a fine deal of those are pretty helpful in your day-to-day operations. Dual Window is more elaborate than Small apps, too.



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