**LG might be the underdog in the smartphone world, but the launch of its new flagship, the G3, sees it rise to the top of the pile.**But can it beat the likes of the Sony Xperia Z2, Sony’s best handset yet, in the smartphone stakes?

Design and Build

Looking at both smartphones side by side, it’s true to sat that they couldn’t look more different. The Sony Xperia sports a remarkably square design, with aluminium trim finishing off its edges perfectly. On the other hand, the LG G3 features a curved design with an incredibly slim bezel and a brushed aluminium-effect donning its rear case.

In terms of size, both handsets boast large screens, the LG a 5.5-inch True HD display, and the Sony Xperia Z2 a 5.2-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen. However, if we’re comparing screen quality, then the LG G3 wins hands down, offering a Quad HD display at a massive 534 pixels per inch versus the 424 ppi of the Z2.

But don’t let the numbers do all the talking; with Sony’s Triluminos technology allowing the Z2 to display a wider range of colours, it makes images appear far sharper than your typical smartphone screen.

Another slight difference between the LG G3 and Sony Xperia Z2 is their weight. Although both smartphones feature identical 8.9mm-thick bodies, the LG G3 weighs in at a massive 14g lighter than its Sony rival creating a much daintier device as a result.

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LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2: a set of powerful specs

Sony is notorious for offering us the best set of specs in its range of smartphones, and the Z2 is no different. Under the hood the Z2 packs in a massive Snapdragon 801 chipset with a 2.3GHz processor, on top of a huge 3GB of RAM.  The LG G3 just edges slightly ahead, with a quad-core 2.5GHz processor, 801 chipset and 3GB RAM, making it one of the speediest smartphones on the market.

When you step away from the specs on paper however, you realise that both the Z2 and G3 offer an equally impressive set of specs which would satisfy even the most fastidious of users!

20MP vs 13MP camera

Perhaps the biggest stand out feature on both the Z2 and the G3 is their respective cameras.

Sony has really blown the socks off all its closest rivals with its humungous 20.7 megapixel rear facing lens. Compare this to the LG G3’s 13 megapixel camera and the winner of the camera phone battle seems clear. But don’t judge the G3 by its specs on paper. LG has packed in a number of ground breaking camera features into the G3 which could level the playing field somewhat.

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LG G3 camera features

**Laser AutoFocus **

First of all, the LG G3 boasts an incredible new technology called Laser Autofocus, which essentially uses an invisible laser to judge the distance between the camera lens and the subject you’re snapping. This not only makes your photos much sharper than traditional 13 megapixel camera phones, but it also allows the phone to focus at an alarmingly speedy rate. In fact, LG has gone as far as suggesting that the G3’s camera takes less time to focus than it takes for your brain to send a signal to your hand!

Dual Tone Flash

The LG G3 also sports a LED dual tone flash, similar to that of the iPhone 5s. With LG’s technology on board, the G3 camera gets to work effortlessly, especially in dimly-lit situations. Rather than providing a blinding flash which renders everything a ghostly white, the G3’s dual tone flash gives your subjects a softer, more realistic look.

Sony Xperia Z2 camera features

But it’s not just the LG smartphone which boasts an array of cool camera features; the Sony Xperia Z2 is also one to watch if you’re after a truly impressive camera phone.

Superior Auto

Superior Auto is a feature first previewed on the Z1 which automatically selects the optimal settings for each individual photo you take. So whether you’re snapping away during the night or in the early morning sun, the Z2 camera’s Superior Auto mode has got it down!

Background Defocus

Background Defocus is another cool camera feature on the Sony Xperia Z2 which makes the device work more like a professional SLR than your typical smartphone camera! Without having to fiddle around with settings, the Z2 allows you to defocus the background of your photos to emphasise the subject in the foreground and vice versa.

So if you like getting arty with your snaps, the Xperia Z2 has a number of cool apps perfect for giving your photos that professional edge.

What’s best, LG or Sony Features?

It’s not just at the camera where these smartphones’ features end; both the Xperia Z2 and LG G3 boast a number of incredible built-in features which make them hard to beat.

First things first, the LG G3, similarly to its predecessor the G2, features rear-mounted control buttons. This- whilst removing any physical buttons from the phone’s fascia, allowing for an almost zero bezel display- also makes it easier for users to access the camera, notes app, volume and power buttons.

While the Sony Xperia smartphone has stuck with the traditional placement of its volume rocker and power button, it sure has packed in a few visual and audio treats for us, as you would expect from Sony. On top of the Walkman app, the Z2 also offers ClearAudio+ technology, which automatically adjusts the settings every time you change tracks, making for one of the best audio experience on a smartphone yet.

Users can also make the most of the Z2’s crystal clear display with the help of Sony’s Video Unlimited app, which, as you might have guessed, gives users unlimited access to TV series and movies from Sony’s wealthy store.

Oh, and did we mention that the Sony Xperia Z2 is waterproof?