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LG G2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. Sony Xperia Z1: The triumvirate

17 October 2013 | Read the review | Post your comment
LG G2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. Sony Xperia Z1: The triumvirate - read the full textWeve been enjoying an open season for a while, and yeah, the shootouts will keep on coming but its a different kind of game now. What we have here is exactly the type that can, and will, see...


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This is the 1000th review article on GSMArena. Way to go!!!

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  • 2013-10-26 20:15
  • ut}v

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-10-26 15:17 from 4QSR - click to readTry Z before in the store.
Feel even the UI of L9 is better than Z.

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  • 2013-10-26 15:43
  • ty@6

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-10-26 10:16 from t7Xk - click to readBlah blah blah LG troll. Like what you like and prefer what you prefer...But do not lie, exaggerate, fanboy troll.

First off...LG's display is over saturated. Especially in the green. The green always seems to be the height of saturation in these cases.
And showing faded greys and lacking of contrast is not natural. It's fake. So their screen shows fake blacks, and over saturated colors.
Amoled on the other hand has saturated colors, but shows real blacks and contrast....It also has screen settings that you rarely get on any device. It gives you near perfect colors and true blacks...It's more realistic than 100% perfect colors without black and definitely more realistic than saturated colors and no black....

It is the most compact.
Battery life a little longer, but also not removable.
Good camera, but still falls behind the rest

???Are you kidding.???? UI is preference...And as it showed SAmsung did more with the UI..Where as Sony's goes for a more pleasing looking yet simple one....ANd LG's Touchwiz...I mean not copying touchwiz more and more just like not cough taking on more Samsung design.....Well...preference.

Did you see the part about Note and video????

Again...Like what you like.....But don't bend over for a company

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  • 2013-10-26 15:17
  • 4QSR

lg g2
natural color and purity of display
most comfortable to hold design.
rear buttons is nice...

long lasting battery life...

impressive 13mp camera with o.i.s.

sweetest ui.
more coatumized and easy to use...

excellent dual fhd video rec.

friendly price...

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  • 2013-10-26 10:16
  • t7Xk

There is a comparison test of Z1, G2 and Cyber-shot QX10. Everyone can search on the Google. Result: Z1 is beaten by G2. So the best choice is G2.(camera, screen, battery life)

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  • 2013-10-26 07:17
  • ty@6

> In reply to Andrew Tan @ 2013-10-22 03:26 from TSQW - click to readPlease don't comment on the camera unless you've seen it in action - you're just spreading mis-information. The latest update does nothing of the kind - it's a change to the ISO settings and a slight nip and tuck to the processing algorithm. If anything, the pictures are now sharper than ever - not that they needed much improvement.

And to those trashing the "terrible" battery life on the Z1 - I routinely get well over 1.5 days of usage from my device with medium to heavy usage. Will the Note 3 do better? No doubt. Is 1.5 days "trash" or "terrible" with plenty of games playing, a tonne of picture taking and fairly solid movie and youtube streaming?

No, of course it isn't.

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  • 2013-10-25 11:09
  • HC0k

My personal choice is
1. LG G2
2. SONY Z1

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  • 2013-10-25 10:59
  • MZb%

> In reply to zizo40 @ 2013-10-24 16:09 from 9xF8 - click to readSamsung gets display there.
LG gets battery mostly and say maybe the unique design with the buttons

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  • 2013-10-25 06:36
  • 4QSR

I would like to thank GSM Arena for a great review.

My own opinion is: i'm amaezed that some people write this model is bad and the other is better.

All 3 models are simply GREAT

now how to choose, also very simple:
Sony: if your priority is water resistance and camera
Samsung: if your priority is phablet with stylus
LG: if your priority is disply and battery

OR: best way to choose is the price
In my country LG around 600 USD
Samsung and Sony around 700 USD

OR: wait for LG Flex and Samsung Curve!:)

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  • 2013-10-24 16:09
  • 9xF8

1 xperia z1
2 galaxy note 3
3 lg g2

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  • 2013-10-24 14:30
  • HIjk

I've been saying this since the beginning when z1 reviewed by cnet. It has lousy battery life compared to their competitors with smaller battery capacity including htc one or Galaxy s4. Stamina mode is almost like airplane mode and no one wants to turn that on the whole day. Poor optimisation even on their cameras. No doubt they have great hardware but still lacking in many areas. Software update will solve it? Sorry they lack of experience in those areas.

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  • 2013-10-23 16:24
  • v3BS

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-10-22 10:35 from v0qT - click to readMust be your tiny hands mate because it's fine in my hands.

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  • 2013-10-23 01:45
  • nxV{

The best compare ever...tnx...

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  • 2013-10-22 13:33
  • S75d

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-10-21 23:15 from nxV{ - click to readLG G2 is beautiful elegant phone and its very comfortable in hand...

Z1 is Bulky and thick bezel.
Not comfortable in hand.
The flat glass cover is so slippery...

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  • 2013-10-22 10:35
  • v0qT

> In reply to reader1 @ 2013-10-22 01:57 from S37f - click to readWrong. Battery is used and activates radios when the screen is on.

"Now with the new Battery STAMINA Mode enabled, apps are not allowed to synchronise and check for notifications and incoming messages when the screen is off, something that normally consumes quite a lot of power while your phone is resting in your pocket."

No literature says it is activated while the screen is on.

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  • 2013-10-22 07:36
  • v0qJ

> In reply to [deleted post]You are confusing their being biased with your being a trolling fanboy.
First off...Stamina mode like said is like energy saver mode and mostly saves in stand by time. It definitely does not add twice the time...Especially if you are actually using it.

They got another review unit and lot of units they get are review units. And at this time all where as updated as possible. The update did not come out til after the the shootout...And unlike what all you whining fanboys keep saying....but this update that or this update that....Blah blah....Sony is not the only company that can update their devices and improve performance....And it's not LG or Samsung's fault that Z1 drastically needs a software update more than the others in some areas. But the update supposedly brought good updates to the camera.

Yes underwater function is awesome. They should do a water proof shoot out from devices like the Z, Z ultra, Z1, and Active.

Playstation mobile is cool, but like said not for everyone.

Sound and shot is still and yes not every phone can see it. Not every phone can have top hardware, good camera, well optimized software, this feature, that feature, camera flash, or like Z serious water proof or playstation mobile either.

Sorry you are b.u.t hurt Jealous over Samsung's success here, but it was not because of being biased. Samsung has clear advantages. Samsung is an advanced chip and display producer with massive manufacturing process and money. They have done well and making what can be considered best all in ones for a long time now. Like Omnia HD of it's time.
No. You are just jealous and too much an obvious Sony fanboy fanatic troll. This long comment of yours shows this above and beyond. Samsung again just had many clear advantages. And they did not omit anything. Al though not mentioning it's water proof feature sucks a little. However these reviews have a guide line that's always the same. It's the same features and reviews every other phone gets.
Again.....The update came after the review. Are they supposed to redo the entire review just because Sony release an update so all it's fans can be happy???....And software updates are not some magical and mystical Sony only thing. Quit whining about it.

No reviews for Sony? Really? Where do you come up with all this crap? There are less...For one thing Sony is not releasing as many phones. So that means less reviews. Samsung makes more phones and is generally more advanced in some way. And everyone is greatly impressed with the One's design....They do reviews on many brands and devices.

Blah blah blah....Again and again and again and again....over an over...Every Sony fan keeps whining and whining and whining but it has an update or its gonna get an update...WE KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry it needs updates to match others.

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  • 2013-10-22 05:30
  • 4QSR

I don't wanna sound biased at all, but considering that the LG G2 isn't actually a phablet, it still has raw power to compete with the Note 3 and the Z1 which are both phablets. I like the design of the Z1 most, though. Samsung just seems to have fashion problems.

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  • 2013-10-22 04:44
  • vaNK

> In reply to reader1 @ 2013-10-22 01:57 from S37f - click to readYou do realise that all phones have something like the Z1 stamina mode don't you? On the Note 3/2 or SGS3/4 its called power saving mode... it simply allows you to limit CPU, GPU power, screen settings etc.

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  • 2013-10-22 03:27
  • vuA}

> In reply to [deleted post]I got Z and Z Ultra previously, that Stamina Mode is not a efficient as you though.

It do getting better standby mode, but a phone is not design for standby only. When on screen, the SOT is pretty bad compare with others phone. Others phone without stamina mode or any mode that disconnect all data connection can perform better than any Sony phone with it, don't you think Sony is efficient on battery control?

Those special features by Sony camera is the worst I ever seen, how many times you use that stupid social live thing, again'ts worst that useless Dinosaur effect, it is create for kids. Also that always fail to recognize Info eye. Really nothing extra added in Z1 camera is impressive. It is gimmicks to the end.

Music Unlimited is useless for most country.

Playstation mobile certfication is only useful for Playstation users, this is not a common useful feature.

The new firmware by Sony said improve photo output quality is not really huge improvement, I had seen many people compare it, Sony just apply even strong noise filtering and remove more details, I don't see this is improvement.

GSMArena nothing biases, this is the most fair review I ever seen.

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  • 2013-10-22 03:26
  • TSQW

> In reply to TheNeighbor @ 2013-10-22 00:48 from v0qJ - click to readStamina mode in Z1 is an improved version doing exactly what you ask for. It does not waste energy while you are not looking at an app even if the screen is on. This reduces data and processor resource consumption, which makes the feature much more effective.

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  • 2013-10-22 01:57
  • S37f

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