As we near the end of spring, so too nears the end of the mainstream release cycle for four of the biggest Android OEMs on the planet. Samsung, LG, HTC, and Sony all have competitive flagship devices on the market now, and none of them clearly edges out the others in a holistic sense. They're all very good smartphones in an extremely competitive product category.


Not pictured: Xperia Z2, because I don't have one to picture.

Some might think the Z2 or G3 too large, while others may find HTC and Samsung's software layers too invasive. HTC and Sony's devices lack removable batteries. Samsung and LG don't exactly have a reputation for build quality. The speed of software updates could vary wildly between these devices. HTC and LG's offerings aren't dust or water resistant, while the S5 and Z2 make a major talking point of such features.

All things considered, there are still substantial distinctions to be made between the top-tier Android smartphones, and if anything, it feels like the battle lines between fans are becoming more boldly defined than ever before. We've all got our reasons, but what do your reasons tell you is the smartphone of choice at the moment? Vote in the poll below, and voice your opinion in the comments section.

Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, HTC One M8, or Sony Xperia Z2 - which is your favorite?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    FYI after using it for a day I voted G3. I really like this phone so far.

    • moumouza

      Apart from the resolution, how are the G3 screen's other attiributes? Various sources i've seen claim that there are some issues with its contrast, brightness and reflectivity

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        It's not exceptionally bright but perfectly passable. Contrast is indeed not exactly awe-inspiring, even compared to the One M8. It's a bit dull. Reflectivity isn't something I've really thought about extensively at this point.

        • moumouza

          Thank you. Should we expect a AP review soon then?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

            End of next week I'm thinking.

          • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

            I don't want to be demanding but can you please compare the battery and the frames to second in demanding games to what they are like to any other new smartphone when you do the review? I think most of us are curious on how the high-res display affects the phone in those areas. Thank you.

          • Mark Burley

            I'm thinking z3 compact is gonna have killer games performance with a quad 2.5 801 and 330 gpu and a 720p screen.

          • [S]unjay

            That sounds right. Great specs with less demanding requirements.

          • Mark Burley

            Well if you can stomach a good quality but 720p screen this will be a pocket rocket can't see many dropped frames happening there!

          • [S]unjay

            Not at all, it may perform better than the Z3, S5 and M8. I wonder how it will fare against the Note 4 which has a 805 with a 2K screen.

          • Mark Burley

            Well we have to consider the dosh factor there but the nexus 6 and 9 will probably lead the way forward on the soc front soon but there again we will have to pay more.

          • [S]unjay

            Meh, I prefer the Z3 Compact's remote play.

          • Mark Burley

            Yeah I have the z2 myself so last year but soon I may be going all wii u on my ps4 with it so I'm told by Sony would be interesting for a sub set of games.

        • cowgar

          In other words is sh1tty but you need to keep your professional journalism jargon...

          don't get me wrong, but I hope manufacturers get some sense and instead of hunting for marketing (QHD) like the old megapixel race, they will focus on screen qualities in their flagship instead of high resolution which doesn't make any sense when black is grey and white is dull yellow (and all in between lifeless)...

          if it would be Samsung Galaxy Ace Super Plus Mini 3 phone (AKA, one of those daily low-cost releases from Samsung) I would not care...this is £500 device

          then again, who cares about screen quality - it's just 90% of the phone... well, nice David that you like it (gsmarena proves otherwise)

        • enoch861

          Doesn't the One M8 use an OLED display though? IPS displays will always look dull compared to OLED screens since OLED screens are usually over saturated while most IPS screens offer realistic colors/balanced saturation and contrast. In turn they don't "look" as "popping" as an OLED display but on the contrary they offer the best picture quality.

          • Sean

            Nope, it's got a (beautiful imo) LCD.

          • enoch861

            I stand corrected. Either way, if the screen looks as good as the G2, then it's already a winner in my book.

          • cowgar

            acording to gsmarena its contrast is half of what G2 had (1500:1 vs 760:1 on 50% of brightness and similar on 100% of brightness) and sunlight eligibility is quite horrible...

            thus as I said above, is called sh1tty screen in my book - definitely the worst among any competitor out there... not that M8 is any great but 1200:1 is still passable.

            there's still a chance of getting other screen what gsmarena tested, usually there are 2-4 different screens to be get (HTC One X had screens from 3 makers, HTC One M7 had I believe even 4 different LCD units) so might be they got the worst one...

            iPhone is showing everyone that one can make excellent LCD screen if you keep consistency and quality control among manufacturers - even though I prefer AMOLED screens, is one manufacturer (Samsung) and better consistency getting good screen as its quality is burried inside the OLED technology alone.

            Galaxy S5 is really greatest screen atm (also one of the best calibrated screen) and of course much better than any LCD tech on mobiles ('infinite' contrast, better viewing angles and sunlight eligibility, better battery, more pleasant to eyes and more importantly covers wider spectrum of colors)...

            too bad most new AMOLEDs have pentile matrix (shifting everything towards green, mostly noticable in red color on my Note 3 and S5 just google 'red'), not that I care much on mobile device...

            way to go LG, you got the dimensions completely ideal (5.5 screen in pocketable form factor? awesome) and your android UI looks and I bet feels milion times better than 'bloated-gingerbread' called TouchWiz but hey, isn't screen important? like, a little?

      • Amer S. Zain

        Quad hd makes 1080p videos wash out..
        Also.. Phone icons, systems and etc... Are all wash out..... And you cannot even really take a photo while the car is moving.... Or an object..... Haha 😂

    • zZim

      From what I have seen on phonearena, battery life might be an issue :(

      & if you would be able to compare the photo quality head to head with G2, that would be perfect!

      • http://www.emmanuelchenze.com/ Emmanuel Chenze

        from what I've seen on Phonearena today, battery life on the G3 is the best!

        • zZim

          Sorry, my bad, I have me meant GSMarena. Their findings: browsing on G2 - 11 hours, browsing on G3 - 6 hours :/

    • Droid

      David, waiting for your review. I want to know more about build quality and display color production.

    • Rod

      Is there any jank?

      I have stutter-phobia

  • Andrei

    How about OnePlus One? :D

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I prefer to limit polls to phones you will actually be able to buy.

      • DanieleMnn

        How about the nexus 5? It cost less than half the price of these phones and it's basically on par with them.

        • K

          Not a 2014 flasghip

      • pj

        I can't buy the Sony Z2 and it makes me so angry

      • Droid

        Bulls Eye .. LOL

  • Fabian Pineda

    The G3 looks incredibly sexy, but I'll stick to the M8 for personal preferences. But the G3 is amazing.

    • abqnm

      I have an M7 and love it, but the M8 is just slightly nicer. The G3 really has a lot going for it and I want one. I just wish it were all aluminum like the M8. Prior to the G3, the M8 was definitely my top choice. Now I have a tough decision to make.

  • Tony

    Hardware keys? No thank you. Crazy HTC double chin bezels? Nope.

    • http://blake.pm Blake Mitchell

      Boomsound is worth extra bezel. I was disappointed with the black bar stuff but now that I use the device and I am used to it and put my thumb there pretty frequently to hold it one handed. I have not decided that it is a positive, but it's not the negative I thought it would be.

    • Rod

      Plus, removeable battery.

      If you leave it somewhere and forget, one can simply take off the battery, and your device is gone.

  • sal

    I now have a Nexus 5. None of these devices is interesting to me. The rumored death of Nexus devices is not making me sure if I will own an Android phone in the future.
    iPhone 6 might be very interesting especially after iOS 8. Apple knows how to persuade developers to make awesome stuff out from the OS.

    • http://ignaciozippy.com/ Ignacio Zippy

      THIS. The OnePlus One would be our only hope, but with it being vaporware…

      • Elliot Kotis

        He was sarcasmistic (yes I meant to spell it like that).

        • http://ignaciozippy.com/ Ignacio Zippy

          The “Apple being developer friendly” part, sure.

    • Brandon Jiang

      sooo what about the GPe devices and android silver? Upgraded to M8 from Nexus 5 and slapped on GPe, got 4.4.3 a couple days ago.
      +All the hardware <3

      • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

        So you basically paid TWICE the amount from an N5 to an M8, for a "fairly" incremental "upgrade"?
        It'd probably make sense if it were from an N4 to M8. But N5 to M8? Yes it is an upgrade, but THAT kind of money for such a minor increment? Nope.

        • Brandon Jiang

          I won it. From AndroidAuthority.

          • Grayson

            Nice. I don't think a GPE M8 is worth twice the price of a Nexus 5 either. Not even close. But if you won it, hellz yeah.

        • Burn Rao

          You just got burnt, Mr. Bhalerao, burrrrrrrrnt!

        • Guest

          hey dude. wanna edit your little bitchfit? or apologize? maybe this will make an impact on you. so you stop assuming shit. because quite frankly, when the fuck did i ever say i bought or paid.
          hell, it could've been a gift too.

          • someone755

            Stop saying shit and calm the fuck down.

        • http://www.daverobertson.me Dave Robertson

          I made this move. The M8 is a very different phone to the N5. A little on the large side, but it provides more power, larger battery, better build, better screen and IR blaster. For me, it's a more interesting and more useful device. Other people may feel differently, but it felt worth the £200 cost after selling my N5.

    • Gg

      Lol death of nexus. Wake up.

    • Elliot Kotis

      Nexus devices are being opened to more and being renamed Silver. LOL iOS 8 is still years behind, everything in it was in first update Jellybean. Also, iPhone 6 is an ugly mofo, its bezels are bigger than the screen...

      • http://ignaciozippy.com/ Ignacio Zippy

        Looking at the GPE devices (as overpriced as the regular versions, without direct support from Google) I can't look forward to Silver, even less if there are mobile operators implied.

        • Elliot Kotis

          Yeah true. There are some nexus 6 (oI think it'll just be 5 as in 5" from now on) rumours. And I agree about android silver, I'm being overly optimistic hoping that lg will bring out a beast of a phone for a cheap price. And it'll basically be a nexus 5 sequel. And iPhone 6 is almost confirmed to be ugly. You see the display units circulating?

    • saltyzip

      Android till I die

      • someone755

        Don't want to be that guy, but what if it dies first?
        You'll be on Android 5.1 20 years after its release, all of your friends going all "OOOOOH WE KNEW THAT WOULD HAPPEN" with their iOS 40 3 meters long iPhones.

    • Rod

      That's exactly how I feel.

      No phone interests me today, and I don't know what to buy if the Nexus line is over.

      Hopefully, Motorola is in the right path. That's the only viable alternative right now.

    • jc914

      I'm sure many Android users are thinking the same. IMO with Apple's new 'innovation' Android will only get better! iOS is playing catch-up, keeping Google on its toes and bring true innovation.

  • moumouza

    Voted other, and that's Note 3. None of this years flagships seems to be better, as long as size is not an issue

    • Rod

      Note 3 is great at being cheap.

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    One M8 for me. The build quality and construction, the software, everything about this phone is just perfect for me.

    It's the first phone where I've actually preferred a manufacturer's UI to AOSP or GPe.

    • K

      Same here. Camera performs great and looking at the phone never gets old. As a former G2 owner I was set on waiting for the G3 but the M8 was too tempting. Don't regret the purchase and unless something else very badass comes out this year then this may be the first device I keep for longer than 6 months.

    • mauric

      Yeah especially that enormous black bar underneath the screen with the HTC logo is brilliant. Makes it looks like a skyscraper.

      • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

        Doesn't bother me at all. Really sucks that some people blow off such a great phone over one bit of aesthetic.

        • Jimbo

          Uhh...plastic vs metal?? I'd argue that size of a phone affects it's functionality more than metal or plastic

          • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

            Depends on the size of your hands, I guess. I much prefer the thin and tall aspect of my M8 to the wide and square aspect of my Note 3.

    • ather akber

      same here, the sense is actually better in this, the battery life is outstanding, camera is amazing, screen is brilliant oh and those front speakers.? boombastic!

    • Rod

      4MP doesn't break your deal?

      • Kat

        The XDA M8 picture thread has great shots. Sure, if there was an M8 variant that offered a higher MP then I'd buy it, but the 4MP produces some great images.

        • Rod

          The shots are good, I know.

          But they lack detail, at least for my taste.

          Plus, cropping is out of question.

  • Seggturkász Agyturkász

    I really like the G3, I just wish it would be a bit smaller...

    • Alberto Blasi

      get a G2 then.

      • dave

        the G2 lacks the sd card slot + no removable battery.

        • someone755

          Unless you're a traveler and have at least 1 spare battery to swap it out, fuck removable batteries.
          Either way tho there do exist battery packs (like 10+ Ah) that charge your phone, making for basically an electric outlet.

  • Gaja

    G3 any time of the day..

  • irtechneo

    I might be one of the rare people on this site that actually prefers Samsung. My Note 3 is amazing and I really like my wife and daughter's S5's. I do like some parts of Touchwiz but a third party launcher takes care of what I dont like about it.

    • SSDROiD

      You're not alone there. I think Samsung's devices are extremely bloated, but I still like their specs, design and TouchWiz. However, I *might* go for LG G3 this time around.

    • Rod

      You don't care about quality, that's alright mate.

      To each their own.

  • supremekizzle

    LG G2. G3 isn't worth it.

  • Henrique Persechini

    I would still buy a Nexus 5 over any of these, and this if I didn't think my Nexus 4 and I are still going places together. Next best option for me would be that sexy moto X/moto X successor (X+1? X2? XX?)

    • saltyzip

      I'm still loving my nexus 4 too, nexus 6 should be its replacement assuming good reviews and it's on the money too.

    • BehelitOutlaw

      N5 over G3? Thank you that was funny

      • Nightfall

        I would...

    • Nes

      All these flagships are huge and not for me honestly. I don't like my s4's size, love my friend's MotoX. Hoping for the follow up to the X to simply improve on everything, if not, I'll switch to an iPhone, probably the 6. If the iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches I'm switching regardless of the android offerings.

      • someone755

        If the iPhone is big enough, it'll still be one kidney too expensive for me.
        To be honest though, all of these cost an arm and a leg.
        I'm waiting for a Moto X2 (or something) that also sees the light of Europe AND has a better chipset.

        • Renan Lazarotto

          Sorry, but you are implying that Moto X has a bad chipset just because many competitors have 4 or 8 cores. When it comes to real performance, Moto X is head-to-head with many of the competitors, but it has a huge advantage because all the sensors it have that the others don't. I say this because I used to think exactly like you, until a friend bought one X and made me so jealous that I had do buy one too. Best phone I've ever had, there is no Samsung, Apple, LG, Sony or whatever that will change that.

          • someone755

            I'm saying the Moto X has an old chipset, not a bad one. I guess the use of word "better" wasn't best there...
            Anyways, I made that mistake with the Xperia S. The chipset wasn't bad, it's just that it was so old that Qualcomm dropped support like a month after I bought it. That would mean the end of updates at ICS. Luckily, Sony pulled through and made a great 3.4 kernel for JB (4.1, also the end of official updates) which we're using now to power KK.
            So, I want a phone with a chipset that's as new as possible just because of this.
            I agree that it's a great phone, but as a developer and flashaholic, having the chipset vendor drop support a few months after I buy the device is unacceptable.

    • Rod

      Nexus 5 is amazing, still.

      Really satisfied.

    • someone755

      If the second one is XX, I doubt we'll ever get a third one with the same naming logic.

  • dandroid13

    GS5, nothng compares to a Galaxy.

    • Ray

      Richard is that you?

      • Hugh Johnson

        Ray is that you?

        • Ray

          You dont get it Richard is a known Samsung troll who says things just like this all over the internet.

          • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

            I got the joke, haha.

    • K

      I totally agree with you dandroid. No other 2014 flagship has a faux chrome trim, ugly dimpled plastic, and gimmicky software fearures. The S5 is truly unique

      • dandroid13

        Well, that's what you think, and thank God, most people think differently.

        • K

          Most people have a sheep mentality. They just buy whatever they're familiar with and Samsung has built a following like Apple. I'm referring to regular consumers, not the tech junkies like us which can make a more informed decision

          • dandroid13

            So, are you calling me sheep? The shiny, unibody, "super hyper mega better than any other phone in history" HTC One isn't available here and I find Sense boring. LG UI is just a copy of TW and I don't like the full glass covered Z2. So what? I prefer hw buttons and AMOLED screens.

          • http://blake.pm Blake Mitchell

            You find Sense boring? Do you find TouchWiz boring as well? If not what does it have that is "less boring" than Sense? Is it the visual design? If so are you 12?

          • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

            The Z2 also has aluminum.

          • K

            If you read the last sentence from my previous comment then you'd see I wasn't calling you a sheep

          • dandroid13

            Where? Are you K?

        • http://blake.pm Blake Mitchell

          Why do you care so much that you would thank God that most people don't agree with K?

    • Rod

      In terms of cheapness, stuttering and ease of theft, I concour.

  • I don’t like LG

    After my horrific experience with the G2, I will never go LG again. Went through 4 certified like new replacements from Verizon and even sent it to LG twice and still was not fixed. Even though they claimed it was. Could not get a gps lock to save it's life.

    • Denis

      you're an exception. never saw such issue reported in any of the G2 forums. it's an excellent phone if not one of the best from the last generation.

  • james fuston

    The caption on the picture is interestingly appropriate. Z2 is certainly my favorite, but I'll probably end up buying a G3 because I have no idea how to get a Z2.

  • Paul Safra

    Picked up HTC M8 HK edition a few weeks ago and gave my wife my Note 3. For me it's all about sound quality since I'm in headphones 9+ hours a day at work. This thing is a beast driving my AKG without any issues or clipping.

  • Mg

    Sony easily the best. Sadly most people will just vote for what they bought, making this poll pointless.

    • Elliot Kotis

      I have Nexus 5, I love the G3 though.

      I like the Z2 however I have issues with it:
      1. How big it is for the actual size of the screen
      2. The style still looks like their older phones (The original Xperia Z)
      3. The UI is still stuck 2 years in the past.
      4. Update speed and you dont get many features to make up for this.

      • Jay T

        1. Yep, the phone is big, with a lot of bezel. Much better than the Z1, but could still use some improvement. However, because of this it has a massive battery.
        2. Have you even seen the Z and the Z2 beside each other? They are similar, but the Z2 is way better made, and looks far sleeker.
        3. Again, have you ever seen one? The UI is almost the same as android 4.4, without the Google Now Launcher (which you can install anyway, if you want.) Plus, you get awesome theme support, including being able to change how parts of the system look, like the navigation and status bars.
        4. I'm not sure what you mean when you complain about update speed. The Z, Z1, and Z2 are all on android 4.4.... Is the Galaxy S3 on 4.4? The One X? The LG G?

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

        Your second point doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
        Doesn't the HTC One M8 look a lot like the M7 too?
        And what about all Samsung's flagships?

        The Xperia Z2 is actually vey different from the original Xperia Z as it's now made from aluminium. It's just "still a rectangle", sure. But which phone isn't?

        • Elliot Kotis

          HAHAHAHAHAHA I dont know what I was on about.... I think I was tired.

    • Grayson

      The G3 has the most votes and you can't even buy it outside of Korea yet, so your comment doesn't hold up.

      • Jay T

        The Z2 is actually very comfortable to hold. It's big, but the edges are rounded and smoothed. Plus, it has amazing battery life. I'd rather have my phone get incredible battery life then an unproven tech like laser auto focus.

        • Grayson

          I've held the Z1 and several other Sony phones. I don't think they are comfortable. And plenty of other phones have good battery life as well, including the G3.

          • Coollead

            The Z2 and Z1 don't compare. The Z2 is incredibly more comfortable than the Z1.

      • Coollead

        The camera on the Z2 is amazing. Every time I take a picture in a difficult situation, it blows my mind how nice the photo comes out, even on the auto mode you're talking crap about.
        The Z2 also does noice cancelling, which is a life-changer for someone who rides the train for 1-2 hours a day, 7 days a week. The speakers are amazing, waterproof, etc. Don't hate on it just because you can't get one in America easily.

  • Kenneth Maxwell

    waiting for the new moto x or droid line of phones

  • someone755

    Eh. If I look past all of them being too big for my taste, the M8 is a weird shape, the G3's screen is of an unbelievable and completely unnecessary resolution, I hate Samsung, and the Z2's shape is basically a brick.
    I'd buy the G2 or M7 in an instant tho, if they had S800 inside.
    I'm waiting for a Xperia Z2/Z3 Compact to be honest. The size is just right, and it's the only small phone with a flagship SoC.

    • importtuner419

      The G2 does have the S800

      • someone755

        Just gotta check the availability and pricing here and if it's alright, I'll take it! ^.^
        Thanks for this!

        • importtuner419

          Glad to help

          • someone755

            450€. On a carrier with a 2-year contract.
            Meanwhile, I can get a brand new Xperia Z1 (a normal one or a compact one) for 250€ from a tech shop.
            HOW EXPENSIVE CAN THIS CARRIER GET (404€ for a N4 or N5 with 2-yr contract, this is fucking ridiculous) ;-;

  • Hugh Johnson

    What a bunch of bandwagoners for the new LG lol

  • Nathan

    Waiting for the Moto X + 1. Hopefully the camera and battery life won't disappoint. And build quality/durability of course.

    (Worldwide release pls)

  • Ben Said

    Nexus 5 all the way for me. As a student, I wanted to buy a phone outright. Clove UK had an amazing £280 deal on a 32GB Nexus 5 and I just jumped at it. Couldn't be happier. Stock android, 1080p screen (which is not the best) and that Snapdragon 800. I had a Moto X before that, while I miss the features, I'm loving the bigger and better quality screen and even battery life.

  • karthik nayak

    The Big 4 :P

  • thartist

    I'd rather Moto X+1

  • Gagan Deep Singh

    Give me the G3 with a 5in screen and I will be more than happy. :D

  • Tim Peyton

    Am I the only one still rocking a Nexus 4 and not terribly interested in anything currently out?

    • http://ignaciozippy.com/ Ignacio Zippy

      My N4 will drain the battery too fast when on 3G. If I could fix that I’d keep it for as long as I could.

    • didibus

      There's little more I need that my N4 don't provide. A snappier and better camera is all I'd like, but not worth the money of a brand new phone.

      I also keep hearing about a lot of problems people have with N5, which N4 have none of.

    • c3vzn

      Yes you are the only person in the world still using a Nexus 4. /s

    • Animalismus

      Cool. How long would this planet sustaine if everyone upgraded their phones in 6 to 12 months?

    • Osmar Catelan

      I'm still a proud user of a N4, despite the better cameras around still get all my needs, the battery isn't exactly bad after this whole time

  • saltyzip

    Good to see Samsung bringing up the rear

  • Kevin Thomas

    Not liking any of these phones truthfully, and it's just a few weeks away from Upgrade on my carrier. Tired of the Galaxy line, Sony and HTC build is just industrial and ugly, LG not sure at this point.

    I seriously thought about Nexus 5, but I keep reading bad things about the camera and speaker.

    Choices, choices, choices....

    • Canavi

      I don't see a problem with my camera. HDR+ always has to be on, but I take decent enough pictures. (Granted I'm not making prints out of them, just social media) and speakers aren't the greatest but I also have a JBL flip/headphones whenever I'm listening to music, the sound on games is fine without either of these.My battery holds up just fine, unless I'm playing gfx intense games. I came from an s3 so this n5 is in a whole other league.

      • Kevin Thomas

        Thank you for providing your personal experience with the device. I'm really leaning to the N5 because after contract I can still have it and user on a different carrier, unlike now where I can't do anything with my current phone (Sprint is my carrier).

    • Grayson

      I wouldn't say the speaker on my unit is bad. It's average for a smartphone speaker. Some of the original units shipped had a faulty design and some extra glue that muffled the speaker, but that's been fixed.

      And the camera is just super underrated. Especially after all of the firmware updates and camera app updates. It's nothing less than a great camera now. Usually gets better pictures than my wife's iPhone 5, which also has a good camera.

    • Rod

      Nexus 5 camera is really good man, don't let be fooled.

  • http://blake.pm Blake Mitchell

    I voted M8 but suspect that I will change to G3 once I have used it. I might have voted Z2 if I had used it as well. The S5 is a hot pile of garbage though.

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  • Zack Mills

    Just recived my Z2 in the mail. Such an upgrade from my Galxay S3. I love it!

  • Matevz

    G3 looks like the one for now, although find7 and one+ are okay as well it seems.
    But, since I am on Note3, there is no way I am shrinking down my screen size! I am waiting for that Lenovo Vibe Z2 pro to come out. It looks like a bad boy I would love to rock....
    6inches of metal Snapdragon beast is a go for me :)

  • southerndinner

    S5. Best camera and no LG/HTC reliability issues.

    • Kevin Aaronson

      Same here, I'm a sucker for hardware buttons, gorgeous screens, removable batties and Samsung tricks, one handed mode is cool as shit.

  • Stanley C.

    S5 just cause I have all the prior models. but my choice hight now will be Nexus 5 for sure.

    U cant beat the Nexus 5. Deal with it!

  • Tim Cook CEO Apple

    You can't go wrong with any of them. But if I had to pick it'd be the G3.

    • Jonny Ive

      Oh herro Timmy, it's Jonny ive here aka johnny five from short circuit.

      I Aldo would pick the G3 cos it is better than the iPhone and stuff.

      • satya nadella

        Stfu you clown wp ftw PC master Bator race ftw windows 8.1345346.5335675.655!!!!!!!!

        • Bill Gates and Steven Elop

          You silly cretin! Android is the best. Keep your mouth closed you puppet.

  • dandroid13

    I am still waiting for someone to give a good reason why everything HTC does is so great, and why Samsung sucks...

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

      Easy just own multiple of both brands devices like me, and you'll see why that's true.

      • dandroid13

        Nope, that's not an option. HTC isn't available here.

    • Guest


      • dandroid13

        Dat shiny turd phone, lol

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      Better build quality, better software, good cooperation with the dev community...

      • dandroid13

        All subjective reasons, I prefer TW, Sense looks boring. And dev support? Samsung devices ship with unlocked bootloaders and we don't need to care about RIL or S-OFF.

        • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

          I've owned 4 Samsung devices, including the Note 3 I currently have, and none of them have come with unlocked bootloaders out of the box.

          • dandroid13

            International versions are unlocked. I feel sorry for you americans. :P

          • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

            Hahaha, me too. I'd love this Note 3 a lot more if I could throw Slim or AOKP on it.

  • mauric

    S5, nothing compares to the amoled screen. The plastic actually feels really nice and soft. Because of the plastic it´s impossible to destroy it which makes it possible to use it without a case, which is a huge "+" for me.

    • Jackie Chan

      What? LG G3 is best? Yes, I agree.

      • mauric

        welcome invisible pixels!

  • Jesper_SB

    Just got the S5 for my wife an OMG its a piece of junk compared to the S4 wich was a let down compared to the S3. Samsung never again, LG is the new black!

    • godutch

      I am not a Samsung fan but give a new device some time to settle, 2-4 months before giving the final judgement because bugs need to be ironed out. My HTC One (m7) is so much better now than one year ago....

    • dandroid13

      You obviously are using it wrong. :P

  • Kobiwan73

    I wish the G3 was water resistant and had a fingerprint scanner. Water resistant at least.

    • Brandon Power

      I'm glad it's not water resistant, have you noticed the bezels on S5 are bigger than S4

  • Fer

    Every Android phone is the same, same malware, same lag, but with a different name and launcher, boring....

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      As compared to what? The iPhone...of which every single one is exactly the same?

      • Fer

        No, the iPhone is just overpriced crap, we all know that

    • Brandon Power

      Nice try buddy

  • skadoosh

    oneplus one

  • Best phone


  • jamesinkorea

    LG G3 FTW!

  • _artem_

    Voted for other: oneplus one 64gb
    The only significant difference to lg g3 is screen resolution but it's quiet unimportant if you compare prices. I don't want pay twice the same price just for higher resolution and bunch of bloatware

  • Alberto Blasi

    Seen them all today. G3 hands down.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    A tough pick between g3 and z2 for me

  • Jeff Harris

    M8 is excellent. I get 18 hours battery, with moderate use, style, build quality, is top notch! Size is perfect. Best running phone with no lag, great camera, despite the 4 mp, it takes awesome shots! Absolutely love this over s5 and others!

  • johalc

    As long as G3 has good battery life that will be my next cop. Shame nexus is being discontinued, would love to see one based on G3.

  • BetteReality

    M8 fore sure. Attention to detail makes this phone absolutely feelluxury. *Cold metal in the morning*And just the build quality. The beautiful ui everywhere. Had it for a month and some days. Never seen my phone stutter. Lagless OS.

  • senor_heisenberg

    That picture with the three phones really shows how ugly and uninspired the GS5 is. The GS4 was by no means a showstopper aesthetically, but it looks a helluva lot better than its successor.

  • Justin W

    Just got the Z2 and I love it so far. THought about getting the G3, but after having the Note 3 for a short time, the large screens on both just don't work for me.

  • NoName

    LG G3 for the win!

    AOSP is so boring.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    I like water resistance, but extended battery is a must for me, so my favourite right now is G3, because Samsung's firmware is abusive - I love my Note 3 but hate S Planner, and I cannot disable it without rooting. Also, cannot disable lockscreen widgets.

  • Rod

    S5 - crappy software, poor build quality and materials, removeable battery/SIM
    G3 - faulty software, removeable battery/SIM
    M8 - 4mp camera
    Z2 - too big for a rectangular device. uncomfortable to hold

    My favorite is still Nexus 5, even without those beastly specs.

    • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      Yeah... Love my N5... But I would use the G3 just as well... And I'm not a fan of big screens... The 5" screen on my N5 is perfect...

      • Rod

        You know, when I was still with my N4, and N5 was rumoured to be 5", I went crazy, even considered choosing another phone.

        But I just love this size now. N5 has a great form-factor.

        • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

          Yes LG did a great job with the N5... Can't wait to see the next Nexus... If there is one that is... I hope so tho...

  • TedPhillips


    z2 and g3 are close for me, they are all too big though. I'd really like a well executed z2 compact/z2s.

  • namesib

    Samsung because they don't waste their screen on virtual buttons. Would have been the G3 if it had hardware buttons.

    • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      Judging by the picture above. The chin of the GS5 is bigger than the G3 because of that one button... I understand the argument... But if you spent a good bit of time using a device with on screen buttons... You barely realize their there... Of course if they weren't there you would have more screen real estate... But than there would be less screen to give room for capacitive buttons and physical buttons...

    • Rod

      Good luck with the wear.

      My buddy's S4 has no more home button.

  • namesib

    Funny how these polls never reflect sales. Long live physical buttons.

    • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      I use to love physical buttons... Than I got the GS2 Epic... Capacitive buttons became the sht, until I got the Nexus 5... Love on screen buttons... Far more responsive than physical and capacitive buttons... :p

  • robert26101

    What's funny is this poll does not represent sales. The GS5 will out sell all the competition. This poll is useless!

    • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      Let's hope one of them do tho... I think Samsung has some great devices... But HTC and LG are showing they have it in them to create a great device too...

    • Rod

      iPhone 6 will absolutely crush Samsung.

      • robert26101

        No one here is even talking about the IPhone. So go troll else where! You can keep your outdated iPhone 6. Android is way ahead of apple.

        • Rod

          Actually, I own a Nexus 5. And am a big fan of android.

  • steelew

    The G3 has the most RAM a big battery and some cool features...the rear power button and volume rockers not withstanding.

  • Bruno

    26% HTC? If HTC really make great products, why are they almost bankrupt?
    I have an HTC One S, and what I love from HTC is all the bugs, the lags when waking the phone from sleep mode, apps that close by themselves, Shitty audio program (Beats)...

    Why people like HTC One M8 ? Probably because it'S cheap and shitty. People love shitty product.

    • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      The HTC One S? You're trying to compare the One S to the One m8? Don't let the names fool you. The One S isn't even in the same league as the M8. The One S isn't even a flagship device. Never was. Also sells figures doesn't determine a devices quality. I bet if you ever got the M8 in your hands you would think differently.

  • Andrew Black

    Using the z2 now... Love the phone but I really don't like the call quality and mic.

  • HolyFreakingCrap

    who the hell would put the search bar in the middle of their homescreen?

  • Bob Hart

    Won't part with my Nexus 5 for any of these.

    I have 3 wireless chargers throughout the house and won't give up this feature.

    • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      Do those work with a case on?... I was thinking of getting the PowerGlider Rechargeable External Battery Case for my N5 and some wireless charging ports...

    • Rod

      I'm with you.

      N5 still king

  • rap

    Not willing to pay off contract prices for any of those. Love my Nexus 5.

  • acer1096xxx

    I have an M8 but the G3 looks awesome. Voted for the G3 :P

  • scy1192

    G3, but if my current phone kicks the bucket before it's released here in the US, I'm getting a GS5 or Note 3.

  • AOSPrevails

    Just out of those 4 I like the G3 the most, if there is a Android Silver G3 or G4 next year I am definitely buying it to replace my N5.

  • AdrianJNYC

    I just got my One M8 (T-Mobile) and the smartphone is freaking amazing. Also, the camera may not be the best, but it sure has a cool factor about it. I'm definitely loving HTC exceptional design smartphone. Now, I think I need to put a dot view case over the M8.

  • mustafa

    I feel like AP should havevwaited until after their review to post this poll, just to make it a bit more accurate

  • Sukumar Patel

    After holding a HTC One M8, that is the one I wwould love to buy.
    Its so freakin sexy

  • Zach Mauch

    The moto x+1 will blow them all out of the water. I just hope it has a spectacular camera.

  • Roh_Mish

    Love both z2 and G3. All other phones are not what I expected and I don't like their design.

  • Eric Mitchell

    My Nexus 5 works just fine.

  • dsass600

    All these phones are too big

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  • Heimrik

    Nexus 5 FTW...

  • HotInEER

    I had high hopes for the G3, however after hearing about possible screen issues, and the screen not being very bright, I think i'll stick with my HTC One M8 which I absoluetly love. On a side note I loved my G2 and my wife loves her's still.

  • Mike Decker

    Current S3 user now. If I had to choose between these options it would be S5 or M8. Also still have unlimited data through VZW so I'll be buying used my next upgrade to keep the plan so waiting till something comes down to the $150-200 range till I think about it.

  • Sebastian Bartlett

    G3 is the best but if these s5 prime rumours are true then that may not last.

  • Sachi

    HTC one m8 :
    1. The camera is the most disappointing feature.
    2. My unit has a build quality issue where booms Oundle speaker grills are blocked. Top one has entire left half of the grills blocked.
    Bottom one has entire 2/3rd of the grills blocked. So I can not take calls with my left ear. I can only take calls from my right ear. Super annoying.

    LG G3 :
    1. All LG phones which uses snapdragon cpu has headphone audio very quiet. That's a major no no for me.
    2. The screen contrast ratio is in 3 digit numbers and it's highly reflective. So the sunlight visibility is very bad.

    1. Since it is ip67 certified the l speaker will be bad.
    2. Worst dimple design.
    3. New camera is little bit over exposing in some brightly lit scenes.

    1. Ultra quiet audio via headphones
    2. Screen sunlight visibility Is bad
    3. Build quality Issues like audio bleeding etc.
    4. Unable to record 4k consistently. Smith of tye time it force closes saying phone is overheated.

    N3 exynos is the best. It has everything that regular N3 as plus good headphone audio quality abut it lacks 4k videos recording and developers support.

    • Coollead

      TIL my Z2 has a bunch of problems I haven't experienced at all.
      Thanks, random internet FUD spreader.

  • cesar suarez

    Moto X+1 ;)

  • Blowntoaster

    Don't see what the fuss is about the G3. It is good yes, but not better than the S5, One M8 or Z2. Those devices each bring something more unique to the party.
    S5 with all it's features and waterproofing, AMOLED Screen,etc.
    Z2, cool design, good camera, great screen...
    One M8, great design, great performance, great Screen, good if slightly underwhelming camera.

    All the fuss seems to be JUST over the screen of the G3, but it seems the G3's screen is not as great as it is being made out to be. what a pity, it could have been the best.

    In early impressions of the device the contrast seemed a bit off, the screen was quite dim and looked "colder" when compared to most devices.
    Seeing tests from some sites show that the contrast ratio is almost half that of the G2, and the screen is quite dim compared to others. Not as great an overall experience then as the rest of the 1080p flagships.

    Maybe the rest of the experience is better, but I doubt it. If I were an LG fan, I'd go out and get a G2 rather than this one. Better to wait for the G4...

    on the other hand, I bet a lot of people are curious about the Note 4, Rumoured Galaxy F/ G906xx??...

    there should have been another phone or two in the list, the Note 3 and the G2. Still two of the best out there, even if they are no longer the latest...

  • Pushkar Yadav

    new version of "am I"
    am i the only one who is still using his note 1 (n7000) cause I am broke :(

  • Andrew

    G3 - it's got LASERS!

    Z2 best camera & good stereo speakers
    Oppo Find 7 - turbo charging - full battery in < 30 mins
    M8 only 4mp :(
    S5 touchwiz bloatware & jank

    My perfect phone would be upgraded G2 rear buttons narrow bezels, G2-sized with G3 button aesthetics, G3 laser camera with a few more megapixels, Oppo's fast charge and non-size-increasing Z2 speakers and noise-cancel, and maybe S5's screen :)

    IMHO Z2 deliberately kept headphone volume low - after all you shouldn't need it so loud if noise-cancelling works. Saves your ears, lower risk of tinnitus!

  • Chris

    After taking your polls it just turns to a "0" I have to refresh the page to click "View Results" :(

  • BoFiS

    Maybe if anyone made a decently-small phone with good specs...like the Sony A2?

  • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

    For those wanting a Z2. It's a Daily Deal over at ebay as of today May 9th! Got a white one :)


  • Diaz1999
  • Alono

    Xperia Z2 is the worst thing... camera really sucks.... 20 mpx are gimmick. Screw you Sony.

  • Nicb1

    Just wanted to ask, when comparing the screen of the LG G3 to the other flagships such as the HTC One m8, is the resolution difference noticeable to your eyes. I haven't had the chance to look at the G3 myself yet so i'm not sure if the 2k display is more of a gimmick than anything else, or if it actually makes a difference.

    I'm looking to get a new phone but i'm also reluctant to go with the G3 since LG has a horrible history with software support (Not considering the S5 either since I want to try something not made by samsung)

  • zmr333

    G3 GPE and I'm sold.

  • that’s right

    Galaxy Nexus

  • Alex James Simon

    Galaxy S5 for me, the screen sold me on it.

  • niteowl360

    Always been an HTC fan.
    Had a Nexus 5 recently but had to go back to HTC One X as the Nexus 5 was plagued with in call poor quality issues (underwater / muffled voice)
    I'm asking your opinion as going from the HTC One to the G3 is interesting in terms of the HTC excellent in call quality. I'm concerned about the G3 In call quality being from the same manufacturer as the N5.

  • Amer S. Zain

    you are crazy if you buy g3.. Battery life really suck.. I mean it can't takes a day.. Even a normakl usage..... after all yeah i switch to z2 and omg this phone is for me.