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The OLED arms race is in full force, and if you're in the market for a new television, you'll find two names at the top of the heap for 2023 -- the LG G3 and the Samsung S95C. And there's a reason these two names keep popping up: They simply blow away the competition.
Both of these are top of their class, offer some of the best image quality in an OLED, and are absolutely fantastic choices for your entertainment needs. I strongly feel you wouldn't be disappointed buying either.
They're also relatively expensive, have nearly identical specifications, and put out virtually the same image, meaning deciding which is better is an awfully tough task. While there's no clear winner between the two, choosing which one is best ultimately comes down to the very subtle areas each excels at and which of those areas matter to you. Here's the breakdown.
While both the LG and Samsung feature an "art gallery" mode, the feature works better here because of the super-slim design. If how your TV looks when it's not being used is important to you, the LG G3 is the way to go.
2. You're watching in a bright room
If you'll be watching in a room with a lot of natural light or a room that's simply bright, look to the LG G3. Both options here are plenty bright (the G3 is actually the brightest OLED available though), but the Samsung struggles with extremely bright scenes (like live sports with ice or snow) due to its more aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter.
3. You insist on Dolby Vision
Is Dolby Vision a must-have in your television selection? If so, there isn't a choice here as the S95C doesn't support it. There's endless debate about whether Dolby Vision is truly better than HDR10, but if you're in the camp that insists it is, you'll need the G3 to enjoy that content.
Either of these televisions is perfectly fine for gaming, but if you're a serious gamer where every nuance matters, the S95C is your choice.
Both have a relatively low input lag, and both support Auto Low Latency, meaning you don't have to switch to gaming mode for the fastest input. But the Samsung has a slightly lower lag, both in and out of game mode, even with LG's Boost Mode which lowers input by a few milliseconds. It's not a huge difference, but the smallest things can be huge if you're a competitive gamer.
Additionally, when gaming, the G3's brightness takes a noticeable dip while the S95C holds steady. Samsung also takes the edge in supporting 4K at a 144Hz refresh rate while the G3 supports 4K at 120Hz.
2. You have multiple input devices
Samsung wins a point here simply because of how sleek the One Connect Box looks. If you have multiple video game consoles or satellite boxes connected to your television, it can be a pain to fish wires through a wall (letting cables hang down just isn't an option if you're curious). But with One Connect, all of your devices connect to a box and there's only one wire running to your TV.
3. You won't be mounting your TV on a wall
While wall-mounting is all the rage these days, there are plenty of people who choose to have their television freestanding. And if you're one of those people, the choice here is essentially made for you. LG has so much of a focus on a flush wall mount that the G3 doesn't even include a stand. A stand is available for purchase, but when prices are nearly identical, an additional purchase tips things a little.