“Five point five inches” sounds gigantic – well, for smartphones, at least. Even the original Galaxy Note, the model that got the phablet craze going and had everyone saying “that’s way too big” only had a 5.3-inch display. Has LG utterly lost its mind with the G3, giving a mass-market flagship a phablet-sized panel like this? LG swears that it’s made some really smart engineering choices with the G3 to keep the handset’s overall size down, despite that billboard of a screen, but is that really the case? We went hands-on with the G3, comparing it to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 with the intention of finding out for ourselves.
Despite the very big screen on the G3, the handset’s stated dimensions aren’t too objectionable: at 74.6mm wide, it’s just a smidge past the GS5’s 72.5mm, and we see about the same difference between the GS5 and the M8’s 70.6mm.
We’re not just concerned about width, either; does the G3’s sub-9mm thickness give it an edge over the 9.35mm-thick One M8? And what other trade-offs are we making when choosing one of these designs over the other? We take all three of these current-gen flagships and put them head-to-head, to start getting a sense for just how they compare. Watch on to see what we found: