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LG G3 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5: Which is Better for Business?

LG G3 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5: Which is Better for Business?
Can the LG G3 stack up to Samsung's flagship phone? / Credit: LG/Samsung

A great display can make or break a business phone. And if it’s a big, high-quality screen you want, the LG G3 delivers. LG’s new flagship phone boasts an eye-popping 5.5-inch screen that packs four times as many pixels as a 720p screen. In terms of pixel density and size, it outmatches the screen on Samsung’s Galaxy S5— but there’s a lot more to a business phone than pixels. The Galaxy S5 is packed to the brim with features including a fingerprint reader and dual-window multitasking software. So how does the LG G3 stack up to Samsung’s big new phone? Read on for a feature-by-feature comparison.

LG G3: The G3 features a pocket-stretching 5.5-inch, 2,560 x 1,440-pixel screen. It’s not just large; it's also the sharpest display you'll find on any phone. The higher resolution means clearer images and the ability to display more information on-screen at once. That's a plus for business users who want to use their phone for real productivity tasks like editing a spreadsheet on the go.

Galaxy S5: The Galaxy S5’s 5.1-inch display is bigger than the Galaxy S4’s 5-inch screen, but it’s significantly smaller than the G3’s screen. Whether that’s a plus or a drawback depends on your needs. And the Galaxy S5’s smaller screen makes it not only more portable, but also easier to use for anyone with small hands. And though the 1080p screen can’t match the G3’s pixel density, it does deliver extremely bright and sharp images, making it one of the best displays on any current smartphone.

LG G3: The LG G3 packs powerful hardware that outpaces the Galaxy S5 in one key area. The phone features the same blazingly fast quad-core processor as Samsung’s phone, but it has 3GB of RAM, compared with 2GB of RAM in the Galaxy S5. That should translate into even snappier multitasking, making the LG G3 one of the fastest smartphones available. It also has 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot and a beefy 3,000-mAh batteryto keep it going through the end of the workday.

Galaxy S5: Business users who want a speedy smartphone can't go wrong with the Galaxy S5. Under the hood it has the same quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor as the G3, so it delivers extremely fast performance. Other hardware highlights include 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card and a 2,800-mAh removable battery.

LG G3:The G3 is surprisingly compact for a phone with such a large display. Thanks to its superthin bezels, it’s about as wide as the Galaxy S5, but taller and thicker. Like the LG G2before it, the G3’s power and volume buttons are located on the back of the device instead of on the edge, which could take some getting used to. The back of the G3 is made of plastic, but features a metallic finish that gives it a slightly more premium feel than its predecessor.

Galaxy S5: Like the LG G3, the Galaxy S5 is a plastic smartphone, but offers a few nice design changes over previous Galaxy S phones, including a dimpled, textured back that makes the device easier to grip. The Galaxy S5 also sports a faux metal trim around the edges. The phone’s water resistance is one perk that the G3 lacks; the Galaxy S5 can even be dunked underwater and remain functional, though the flap that covers its microUSB port can be a bit of a nuisance when it’s time to charge the phone.

LG G3: LG's QSlide multitaskingfeature is a nice perk for business users. It lets you open a second app in a floating, persistent window, so you can juggle tasks such as responding to email while conducting research in a Web browser. QSlide lets you resize the app window, drag it around on the screen and tweak its transparency. You can even minimize a QSlide app by dragging the window to the side of the screen. 

Another feature you’ll find on the G3 is Smart Notice, a personal digital assistant that works a lot like the Google Now service, but with more proactive notifications. Smart Notice monitors your usage patterns and location to offer useful information before you ask for it. For example, if you declined a call because you were busy earlier in the day, the service might remind you and ask if you'd like to call that person back.

Galaxy S5: Samsung's Multi-Window feature lets you run two apps at once in a split-screen view. It’s a bit more functional than QSlide, since it lets you divide the screen between two apps instead of having one app floating over the top of the other. It also supports more apps that can be used in the split-screen view than the G3. It’s easy to resize the app windows; just drag and drop the border between them. 

The Galaxy S5 is fully compatible with Google Now, which offers functionality that’s similar to Smart Notice. The service monitors your usage, email and calendar to deliver alerts before you ask for them. For example, during heavy traffic times it can offer alternate directions for your commute home from work.

LG G3: Security is a top concern for anyone who uses a smartphone for work. The LG G3 can’t stand up to the Galaxy S5’s wealth of security features, but despite lacking a fingerprint scanner, it does have a few things to offer. That includes Knock Code, which lets you unlock your phone by registering a unique sequence of taps on the screen, whether the display is turned on or off. Compared with conventional password and swipe pattern methods, it's a more convenient way to keep your device secure.

In addition, Content Lock is a feature that lets you hide individual files from view so that you can keep confidential data private when you're sharing your smartphone. Locked files can reside on either the G3's internal memory or the microSD card, and can be unlocked at any time with a password.

Galaxy S5:The Galaxy S5 lets you step up your security game with a fingerprint scannerbuilt right into the Home button. To quickly and easily unlock the device, just slide your fingertip over the button. This extra security boost is a real plus for business users who regularly access private business or client data on their mobile device. Once the phone is on, you can use the fingerprint scanner again to access Private Mode, a hidden folder where you can store your most sensitive documents and messages.

Additionally, Galaxy S5 owners get access to a suite of security features called Knox 2.0. Its best feature is the ability run your business apps in a secure "container" that's separate from the rest of your smartphone, ensuring that sensitive data isn't accessed by other applications.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.

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