Right now, hardware feature wise, the Sony Z1 is top dog(IMO). Water proof, SD card slot, 1/2.3 RS camera sensor(vs the 1/3.0 on normal phones), 5 inch 1080p display of awesomeness(I expect the LG to be on par), 3000 mah battery, software buttons(i love them!), very thin with very very good build quality.
I really want to get a phone that im going to really use and learn. I think the Note 3 will be that phone, I will learn every mm of that phone before I move from a rooted stock rom. Plus 96GB of storage will be a thing of beauty!!!
My GF is already making fun of me due to the size of it.