The LG G3 (left) is arguably one of the best Android flagships money can buy at the moment, while the OnePlus One (right) proudly claims to be a “flagship killer”, offering top-of-the-range specs at a wallet-friendly price point.
It makes perfect sense to us, then, that the two should do battle in a fight to the phone-based death. Mmm, death.
As per Mobot phone battle tradition, we’ll break this down in an old school way. More specifically, spec by spec. Ready? GO.
LG G3 vs. OnePlus One: display
Both the LG G3 and OnePlus One have 5.5in displays, but resolution is what really sets the two phones apart.
The OnePlus One has a perfectly decent 1080p resolution, but the LG G3 is actually one of the world’s first QHD phones – certainly the first officially available in the UK.
A 1080p resolution multiplies out to 2 million (1920 * 1080), while QHD equates to 3.7 milllion (2560 * 1440) – almost twice as many pixels. Of course, some naysayers question the need for such a high resolution on a relatively small display, but there’s no question that the LG G3 wins here.
LG G3 vs. OnePlus One: design
For our money, the LG G3 is the better-looking phone. While the displays are both 5.5in diagonally, the OnePlus One is actually wider (75.99mm vs. 75mm), taller (152.9mm vs. 146mm) and heavier (162g vs. 149g).
The LG G3 undoubtedly looks more premium, too, with a brushed metal finish, and anti-scratch coating on the rear.
Like the LG G2, the rear buttons on the LG G3 have proved divisive, but consensus is they’re surprisingly intuitive with continued use. That also means you’ve got eye-friendly, “buttonless” sides. Like.
LG G3 vs. OnePlus One: processor and RAM
Both the LG G3 and OnePlus One are powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, with Adreno 330 graphics. It’s a draw! Though worth noting that the LG G3’s QHD display will prove more of a distraction for ye olde processor.
As for RAM, the OnePlus One comes with a meaty 3GB RAM. The LG G3 is slightly more complicated; the 16GB model packs 2GB of RAM, while the 32GB has 3GB. Unfortunately, the former model is more common in the UK.
LG G3. vs OnePlus One: camera
The LG G3 and OnePlus One both have 13MP rear cameras, with dual LED flashes, and support for 4K and slow motion video.
Each has unique features (laser autofocus, Touch & Shoot on the LG G3; live facial recognition, live filters on the OnePlus One), but we reckon it’s the G3’s optical image stabilisation that tilts the balance in LG’s favour.
On the front, the LG G3 has 2MP, while the OnePlus One is selfie-hungry at 5MP.
LG G3. vs OnePlus One: software
The LG G3 rocks KitKat Android 4.4 along with the obligatory manufacturer bells and whistles, though to be fair, some of it can be deleted to free up space.
We much prefer the OnePlus One’s CyanogenMod 11S (ok, on paper), which is simultaneously close to stock, but with fancy features including secure messaging, Privacy Guard for setting app permissions, and not forgetting the customisation stuff.
LG G3. vs OnePlus One: battery
The OnePlus One has a slightly larger battery (3,100mAh vs. 3,000mAh), and of course that QHD resolution will inevitably prove to be a drain on the LG G3.
Having said that, the LG G3 at least has a removable battery.
LG G3. vs OnePlus One: price
Here’s where the OnePlus One potentially knocks the LG G3 out of the ring: price.
The OnePlus One costs £229 (16GB, Silk White) or £269 (64GB, Sandstone Grey), while the LG G3 will set you back over £400.
However, it’s tough to recommend the OnePlus One when, like, you can’t actually buy it anywhere. To date, it’s been released in incredibly small quantities, with units largely limited to invite schemes and giveaways.
LG G3 vs. OnePlus One: conclusion
If the OnePlus One was widely available, it’d be easy to recommend, coming in at almost half the price of some Android flagships, with a full 3GB of RAM, 5MP front shooter and CyanogenMod 11S.
Alas, we appear to be in the midst of a Chinese-style hunger marketing campaign. Don’t be surprised if a few hundred/thousand One Plus Ones are released online, only to sell out within seconds/minutes.
As for the LG G3, it’s regarded by many as the best phone money can buy, and is slowly falling towards the £400 mark. It has a suitably premium design, higher resolution, optical image stabilisation and a removable battery.
Is the LG G3 worth the extra money? You decide, Jeeves.