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I'm buying an S5 because I'm a toddler's dad.
I'm writing this hoping to help others having an existential crisis between the S5 or G3.
I'm a longtime iPhone user, starting with the iPhone 4, but lately, I've been bored. I want something I can tinker with. I want a larger screen. I know Apple will (probably) release a new iPhone this year with a larger screen, but still, I'm bored. Therefore, Android.
When I started doing research trying to figure out which phone I wanted to purchase, the flagships were the HTC One (M8), the LG G3 and the Samsung S5. I eliminated the HTC on account of it's camera, leaving the G3 and the S5 as possibilities. It took me a few weeks, but I've made my decision. Here are the few things that I saw as the most important pros and cons, as well as the things they seem to do equally well.
How I use my phone
- Web browsing
- Reading books
- Checking Facebook
- Taking pictures of my son
I know that's a boring list, but that's pretty much it.
Strengths of Both Phones
- Camera - 13 and 16 MP respectively. That's good enough.
- Ergonomics - They both felt great in my hand.
- Expandable Memory - I love music. I have 80 gigs of it. I want to keep it all with me all the time. 128GB SD card, here I come.
- Speed - Both phones use the same processor.
Where the G3 won
- Screen Size - I LOVE the size of the G3 screen. It's so big!
- Sound Quality - The LG G3 is an "audiophile's" phone.
- Looks - There's no denying that the G3 is a prettier phone than the S5.
- Resolution - The resolution of the G3 is INSANE. I used "Rockefeller's View" from InterfaceLift (sorry, I don't have enough points to post a link) as a "reference photo" between the two phones. The detail on the LG was incredible. I could see each individual window!
- Cleanliness of UI - I generally liked the cleanliness of the Android skin that LG had created. It seemed less cheesy, and a more "grown up" than Samsung's.
- Internal Memory - I live in the US. Land of the 16GB Galaxy and the 32GB G3.
Where the S5 won
- Contrast Ratio - I can't speak highly enough of the contrast ratio. Blacks are black.
- Brightness Range - And by brightness range, I don't only mean how bright the phone gets, but also how dim it gets. The G3 is brighter at it's low end than the S5, so it'd likely blind me in the middle of the night.
- Headphone jack on top - I can now start using my smartphone stand again, and keep my headphones plugged in.
- One Handed Operation - Their implementation of One Handed Operation is far superior to the G3, reducing the ENTIRE screen to a smaller size, as opposed to simply reducing the keyboard or the number pad.
- Multitasking - Samsung opted to allow developers to build apps that can be multitasked. LGs multitasking is limited to their select applications.
- Water resistance - Did I mention I'm a dad? I have a toddler at home, and when he flushes my phone, I don't want to worry.
- Kids Mode - I hear that it wasn't released with the phone, but it's available as an add-on after the fact. Either way, I want it.
In the end, the deciding factors for me were the one-handed operation, brightness capabilities, contrast ratio, and water resistance of the G3. Being a father to a small kid means sometimes having only one hand to work with. Samsung makes that very easy for me with the one-handed operation. When I'm cradling a child trying to get him to go to sleep, and I want to read, I don't want a phone that will emit so much light that it distracts from the task of napping. Seeing as how I can turn down the brightness pretty far, I shouldn't have much of an issue with the S5. When I go to the splash pad, or when my son decides to see what happens when he drops Daddy's phone into a cup of water, I don't want to worry.