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Smartphone Showdown - Galaxy S5, Note 3, Xperia Z2, G3 and Nexus 5

Smartphone Showdown - Galaxy S5, Note 3, Xperia Z2, G3 and Nexus 5
We pit five of the best phones on the market against one another, in a battle of the flagship Android smartphone showdown. Who takes the benchmark crown?
By: Anthony Garreffa | Phones in Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 28, 2014 9:04 pm

The Contenders


There has never been a better time to buy an Android-powered smartphone, as there are some seriously powerful handsets on the market right now. Sony has a great smartphone in the Xperia Z2, with a fully waterproof smartphone that packs a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera that is nothing short of beautiful. It sandwiches glass and metal perfectly, to provide users with a gorgeous smartphone that packs a powerful punch.




Moving onto LG, which has two great smartphones on the market right now - the G3 smartphone, and the Nexus 5. The G3 features a 5.5-inch 2560x1440 or "QHD" display, which is something that truly needs to be seen in order to be believed. It has some serious internals to match the gorgeous, high-resolution display. The Nexus 5 is still a great contender, as it's a cheap smartphone when compared to the rest. This doesn't mean it's not worth your money, but even more so. Performance isn't everything either, which is something to remember going into this article.


Then we have the two flagship smartphones from Samsung: the Galaxy Note 3, and the Galaxy S5. The Galaxy Note 3 is Samsung's 'phablet' measuring in with a 5.7-inch display, while the Galaxy S5 sports a 5.1-inch screen. Samsung sells boat loads of these devices, so it'll be interesting to see how two of the most popular handsets on the market fair against the rest.



Clash of the Handheld Titans


Let's get into the specifications of what we have in front of us today, which are five of the best Android smartphones on the market. What you'll see below is that most of them are actually very similar, running the same system-on-a-chip (SoCs), and similar RAM amounts and display resolutions.




As you can see from our chart above, we have very similar chipsets and specifications in our handsets. The LG G3 stands out from the crowd with its beautiful, high-res 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 2560x1440.


The Sony Xperia Z2 has a more-than-capable 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera that is capable of shooting 4K video. This is one smartphone that has a serious rear camera, but it doesn't mean the other smartphones lose out in this category. LG has baked in a laser autofocus-capable 13-megapixel rear-shooter into its G3 smartphone, which is somewhat of a big surprise.



Smartphone Performance Isn't Everything


When I decided to write this article, I really sat on the fence. I hate comparing smartphone performance, benchmarking the devices and showing you, our readers, raw numbers. Sure, some phones come out on top while others lose, but you should never buy a smartphone based on synthetic benchmarks - or any benchmarks for that matter. Screen size and quality, battery life, the rear-facing camera and so much more go into your purchasing decision. Don't buy a smartphone because it has X processor inside, or Y camera. If you want something that is a great smartphone with a better-than-average rear-facing camera - then you should look at something like the G3 or Z2.


If you already have a Galaxy S3/S4 or a Note 2, then you would most likely slide right into the warm embrace of the Galaxy S5 or Note 3. Every Android phone in this comparison article is a phone worthy of your money, let's put it that way. We're going to talk about this more on Page 3, but for now - let's see what these smartphones are really capable of when we make them go through smartphone benchmark boot camp.

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