All the big players of the smartphone market have already released their flagships for 2014 and more will be coming soon, as IFA Berlin is right around the corner. LG’s G3 and Sony’s Xperia Z2 are no doubt two of the most powerful smartphones currently on the market, therefore we thought it’s about time to put them head to head in a LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 specs battle.
Our loyal readers may know from our previous Versus articles that the LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 specs battle will be divided in ten rounds. We will be judging the performance of the two smartphones when it comes to Display, Dimensions, Processor, Memory, Camera, Connectivity, Battery Life, Design, Operating System, and Price. Each price is worth one point and, at the end of the battle, the smartphone that manages to score most points is named winner.
The smartphone screens have grown in size almost every year, but the same happened with their resolution. Even though it was rumored that Android smartphones launched in the first half of the year will get Quad HD screens, LG’s G3 was actually the first mainstream flagship to take advantage of the new technology.
The LG G3 boasts about a 5.5-inch True HD IPS + LCD display with an impressive resolution of 1440 x 2560 and a pixel density of 534 ppi. It also arrives with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. On the other hand the Sony Xperia Z2 features a 5.2-inch IPS LCD Full HD screen with 1080 x 1920 resolution and 424 ppi.
As you may see, the LG G3 brings a higher resolution display, so it wins the Display round. The LG flagship wins the first round of the battle.
Because modern Android smartphones need to accommodate larger displays every year, they also grow in size. Fortunately, some manufacturers have found clever ways to keep the size of their smartphones as low as possible.
Despite being equipped with a 5.5-inch screen, the LG G3 measures 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm and has a weigh of 149 grams. The Xperia Z2 is 146.8 mm tall, 73.3 mm wide, and 8.2 mm thin, while weighing 163 grams.
The two handsets have similar sizes and even though the Z2 is a more compact we can’t give it the Dimensions point. This round ends as tie.
Qualcomm is currently dominating the smartphones market when it comes to processing solutions, as most manufacturers choose their solutions. The Xperia Z2 and LG G3 make no exception.
Sony Xperia Z2 is underpinned by a Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 chipset with quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU. The LG G3 has a Qualcomm MSM8975AC Snapdragon 801 SoC based on four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.5 GHz and Adreno 330 GPU.
Even though G3’s processor is clocked 200 MHz higher, the end user won’t be able to actually feel the difference. Another round ends as tie.
There are over 1.3 million apps available for download in Google Play Store as of August 2014 so you’ve got plenty to choose from. You’ll need a large amount of storage for your favorite apps and games, not to mention your music collection, favorite TV Shows, or the photos and videos you take with your smartphone.
The LG G3 is available with either 16 GB storage and 2 GB RAM or 32 GB storage and 3 GB of RAM. It also has support for microSD cards up to 128 GB. Sony’s Xperia Z2 arroves wotj 16 GB native storage, also expandable using microSD cards (up to 128 GB supported), and 3 GB of RAM.
Both smartphones come with almost identical specifications when it comes to storage and RAM, therefore we can’t choose a winner. The Memory round ends as tie.
I have always believed that the best camera is the camera you always carry with you. Because I’m always carrying my smartphone with me, I want it to feature an above-average camera.
The Sony Xperia Z2 features a 20.7 MP primary camera with autofocus, LED flash, 1/2.3” sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama, and 4K video recording support. The front-facing camera has a 2.2 MP sensor and it can record Full HD videos.
The LG G3 is equipped with a 13 MP main shooter with phase detection/laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1/3” sensor size, simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR, and 4K video recording capabilities. It also features a 2.1 MP user-facing camera with Full HD video recording support.
Even though the Z2 has a larger camera sensor, real life tests have shown that LG G3’s camera is capable of snapping higher-quality photos. The LG G3 wins the Camera round.
In the past couple of years, the high-end Android smartphones have brought almost identical connectivity options. Let’s have a look under the hood of the G3 and the Z2 anyway.
LG G3 comes with HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 21 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, infrared port, and microUSB 2.0. On the other hand, the Xperia Z2 features HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 21 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and microUSB 2.0.
If you haven’t spotted the difference yet, I will point it out to you: the infrared port of the LG smartphone. Anyway, this isn’t enough for the G3 to win the Connectivity round. This ends as tie.
Let’s face it, the battery life is the biggest issue of the modern smartphones. Fortunately, the manufacturers are putting in efforts to address that and the first signs are already showing.
The LG G3 features a Li-Ion 3,000 mAh battery while the Sony Xperia Z2 is kept alive by a Li-Ion 3,200 mAh cell. We are glad to announce you that both devices have above-average battery life. While most smartphones can barely stay awake for one day on a single charge, in our tests, both the G3 and the Z2 were capable of getting through about 48 hours of moderate usage on a single charge.
We are dealing with two smartphones that have different approaches when it comes to design and built materials. While the G3 is still using plastic, the Z2 has glass both on its front and its back.
The LG G3 is a reminiscent of its successor, the G2. It has a curved back, rounded corners, and even keeps the rear-mounted power and volume keys. Anyway, the most appealing element of G3’s design is the really thin bezel that surrounds it’s 5.5-inch display. Furthermore, it looks more premium than its successor, the metallic finishing of the rear cover amplifying this feeling.
The Sony Xperia Z2 is what you would call an elegant smartphone. It continues the design language introduced by its predecessors, the Xperia Z and the Xperia Z1, with sharp edges and less rounded corners and a glass back panel. It’s also worth noting that unlike the LG G3, the Sony Xperia Z2 is IP58 certified which means that it’s dust proof and water resistant over 1 meter and 30 minutes.
Even though the G3 is a good-looking smartphone, the Design round goes to the Xperia Z2. It has a classy look and it’s both water and dust resistant. The Sony flagship wins a point.
As you may know, most Android OEMs are applying their own custom skins over Google’s Android. Even though we are dealing with two smartphones running Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box, they are quite different in terms of features and UI.
Just like the other Sony smartphones, the Xperia Z2 comes pre-loaded with the company’s proprietary UI. Even though Z2’s interface is capable of bringing a linear visual experience, Sony’s smartphone fails to impress when it comes to software features. Sony’s unique software features are all camera-centric. Just to name a few, Background Defocus, Timeshift Video, AR Effect, Timeshift Burst, and more. Anyway, what bothers me about Sony’s software are the native apps. From WALKMAN to Xperia Lounge, Play Station Mobile, Sony Select, and Sony Entertainment Network, all seem to want you to purchase content from the Japanese phone maker.
The G3 UI is surprising you in a good way from the first moment you look at it. It has a flat design and it’s full of useful features. The Smart Keyboard is size adjustable and, most important, pre-installed apps can be deleted to provide more free space. Smart Notice is some sort of personal assistant that can “suggest what you need, even before you need it.” Therefore you will be asked whether you want to erase apps you haven’t used in a while, it has a Call Log-based reminders system, and, among others, it can suggest to turn on battery saver when the battery is low. Anyway, the most appreciated feature of the G3 is Knock Code, which allows you to unlock your phone without touching the Unlock button. You can even save a knock pattern to secure your smartphone.
LG software additions to the G3 are more useful than Sony’s therefore we have to give the Operating System point to the South Korean smartphone. Sorry Sony fans!
Because the Sony Xperia Z2 is not in the offer of the big US carriers, we’ll have to compare the price of the unlocked G3 and Z2 variants. We have chosen Amazon as the place to grab the price from, being world’s biggest online retailer.
In the US, the LG G3 is available on-contract at a price of $99 with a Sprint or Verizon plan, or at $199 with an AT&T plan. On Amazon, you can grab the 16 GB model at a price of $530, while the 32 GB model is priced at $610. On the other hand, an unlocked Sony Xperia Z2 costs $530.
As you can see, the 16 GB variants of the two smartphones have the same price of $530 on Amazon. The Price round also ends as tie.
Here we are at the end of the LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 specs battle. Now we will start counting points to see which smartphone has won the fight.
Not less than six rounds have ended as tie. Why? Because the two devices are equally matched when it comes to Dimensions, Processor, Memory, Connectivity, Battery Life, and Price.
The Sony Xperia Z2 has only managed to score one point. It has won the fight against the G3 in the Design round, mostly because of its IP58 certification.
The LG G3 outmatched its rival in the Display, Camera, and Operating System rounds, therefore winning three points. It came above because of its Quad HD screen, higher-quality photos, and useful software features.
In our opinion the South Korean flagship is the winner of the LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 specs battle, but you are entitled to your opinion. Please prove us wrong in the comments section below.