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LG G2 vs. LG G3: worth the upgrade?

Last week, LG revealed their latest flagship device, the LG G3, to the world. Does the latest device from LG boast anything extraordinary over its predecessor, the G2? We take a quick look at both devices and see if it is worth the upgrade cost.

lg g3 g2 comparison teaser
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Both smartphones are made of a polycarbonate chassis, but the G3 has the aura of being much higher quality. This is mostly due to the fact that LG has thrown in a bunch of brushed aluminum around the body of their latest smartphone and given it more of a matte toned down finish. This makes the G3 less prone to fingerprints and is also easier to grip when in your hand. The glossy look of the G2, while still polycarbonate, looks a little less classy when compared side by side.

lg g3 g2 size comparison
The LG G2 (left) compared to the G3 (right). / © AndroidPIT


Besides the technical data, which we’ll highlight in the next section, LG has listened to many of its critics and has included two very important changes with the G3: the battery is now replaceable and internal storage can be boosted with a microSD slot.  With internal storage being limited and battery life one of the first and foremost thing on consumer minds, LG takes a step in the right direction with their latest smartphone. LG has also stepped up the display specs, equipping the G3 with QHD resolution at 2,560x1,440 pixels, compared to the G2's Full HD display at 1,920x1,080 pixels.

Technical Data

  LG G3 LG G2
System Android 4.4.2 + Optimus UI Android 4.4.2 + Optimus UI
Display 5.5 inches, IPS, 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, 534 ppi 5.2 inches, IPS, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, 424 ppi
Processer Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2.5 GHz, Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2.26 GHz, Quad-Core
RAM 2 GB (16 GB version ) and 3 GB (32 GB version) 2 GB
Internal Memory 16/32 GB + microSD (up to 128 GB) 16/32 GB
Battery 3,000 mAh (removable) 3,000 mAh
Camera 13 MP, OIS+, Laser autofocus (rear), 2.1 MP (front) 13 MP (rear), 2.1 MP (front)
Connectivity HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi
Dimensions 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm
Weight 149 gr. 140 gr.
lg g3 g2 comparison buttons detail
On both smartphones, the physical buttons are located on the back of the device.  / © AndroidPIT


Improvements in the hardware, despite only tiny steps, are expected when a new smartphone is released and the G3 is no exception. LG has also taken consumer criticism to heart and has adjusted the G2 not only in design, but also provides the ability for users to replace the battery and expand storage with a microSD card. If you’ve refrained from picking up an LG device in the past, notably the G2, these important changes could be easily seal the deal for you. All together, the  G3 seems to be a nice bump from the G2 and well worth the upgrade. For a full over-view of the LG G3, check out our hands-on review and video

Note: We used the Korean version of the G3 for our photos. This differs slightly from the international version with the addition of a logo on the back of the device and extendable antenna. The technical data is drawn from the European model of the LG G3.  


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  • sam pack Jun 17, 2014 Link to comment

    I had the g2. Loved the phone a lot, only thing was the cheap plastic look & speakers. Don't know why cellphone manufacturers don't add this to there devices. It's just better. Now have a htc one m8. 5.5 inch screen is to big for my taste.

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