TThere’s a pretty tight battle on the high-end Android smartphone market this year with quite a few interesting handsets fighting each other. Samsung has the Galaxy S4, Sony has the Xperia Z1, HTC has the One, and LG has thrown the G2 into the battle. We’ll focus on the battle between the HTC One and LG G2.
The HTC One was officially introduced in February and it was released on the market in March. HTC’s flagship boasts about an aluminium unibody case and a 4 MP camera with UltraPixel technology. But are these enough to secure a win in front of the G2?
The LG G2 was announced in August and made its market debut a month later. The device took advantage of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon release schedule, as the US chipset maker didn’t made the Snapdragon 800 available sooner than July 2013.
You probably know from our previous Versus articles that the LG G2 vs HTC One battle will be dived in ten rounds. Each round is worth one point and at the end of the battle the smartphone that manages to score most points will be declared the winner.
In the ten rounds of the LG G2 vs HTC One battle we will be judging the smartphones’ performance in terms of Display, Dimensions, Processor, Memory, Connectivity, Camera, Design, Battery Life, Price and Operating System.
Do you have a favorite? Let’s begin!
As you probably noticed, the high-end Android smartphone makers are fitting full HD screens on their devices and the LG G2 and the HTC One make no exception.
The G2 packs a True HD-IPS + LCD with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a pixel density of 424 ppi, while the HTC One brings a 4.7-inch unit with Super LCD3 technology, a 1080 x 1920 resolution, and a slightly higher pixel density of 469 ppi.
Both displays come with great brightness and contrast and almost 180 degree viewing angles, so no matter which of the two you choose you will get a really impressive screen. Still, the LG G2 has a slightly larger screen which is be more appropriate for web browsing, watching videos, or playing games, so this round has to go to the Korean flagship.
With the screen sizes increasing every year (hopefully, will stop at some point), the Android OEMs are struggling to keep their smartphones’ dimensions as low as possible.
The HTC One is 137.4 mm tall, 68.2 mm wide, and 9.3 mm thin while having a weight of 143 grams. Since it has to accommodate a larger display the G2 is both taller and wider than its rival, measuring 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm. Still, the G2 is decent-sized despite its 5.2-inch screen. It’s also worth mentioning that the G2 is thinner than the One and has the exact same weight.
There’s no way to separate the LG G2 and the HTC One when it comes to dimensions: one is shorter and narrower, while the other one is thinner. Well call it a tie.
We are dealing with two smartphones underpinned by Qualcomm processors, one powered by a Snapdragon 600 unit, the other one sporting a Snapdragon 800 CPU. Let’s have a look at them.
As you’ve probably guessed the HTC One is the one featuring the Snapdragon 600 chipset, since the Snapdragon 800 units were only used on the smartphones launched after July. The Snapdragon 600 SoC powering the HTC One has a quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 CPU and Adreno 320 GPU.
LG G2′s Snapdragon 800 one is the most powerful chipsets on the market, sporting four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.26 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU.
The Snapdragon 800 unit is undoubtedly faster than the Snapdragon 600 SoC of the HTC One, therefore this round goes to the LG G2 as well.
May of the Android customers use their smartphones prefer to store their music or photo collections on their devices, not to mention about all the apps they are downloading from Google Play.
There are two storage options available for the LG G2, 16 or 32 GB. On the other hand the HTC One comes with either 32 GB or 64 GB of internal flash storage. If you were hoping for microSD card slot, hear that neither of the smartphones involved in this battle support external cards.
It’s pretty simple. HTC One wins the round. While the G2 has a maximum of 32 GB of storage, One’s internal storage can climb up to 64 GB.
The 4G is one of the major selling points for the modern smartphones and you can barely find a high-end smartphone that doesn’t come with LTE.
In terms of connectivity, the LG G2 comes with HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 21 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, infrared port, and microUSB 2.0.
The HTC One comes with HSPA+; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, infrared port, and microUSB 2.0.
Did you spot the difference? Well, the G2 comes with LTE Cat4 instead of Cat3 like One, but this isn’t enough to separate the two smartphones. This is another tie.
I am sure that most of you like to have high-quality cameras on the back of their smartphones and that’s what we will be talking about next.
The HTC One brings a 4 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash, 1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, Yes, 1080p@30fps, 720p@60fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., and video stabilization, while the front-facing unit has a 2.1 MP shutter, also capable of recording 1080p@30fps videos.
On the other hand the LG G2 brings a 13 MP primary camera with autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash, simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR, and 1080p@60fps video recording with HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization. The user-facing camera of the LG G2 is a 2.1 MP unit with 1080p@30fps video recording capabilities.
Even though HTC made a real fuss about the UltraPixel camera of the One, the real-life tests have shown that it’s not as great as the Taiwanese manufacturer suggested. Meanwhile, the 13 MP unit of the G2 exceed our expectations and the quality of the pictures taken with it recommend it as one of the best currently on the market.
The Camera round goes to the LG G2, because its camera is capable of shooting higher-quality photos than the one of its rival.
The LG G2 has a plastic-made body, but the glossy finish on the back brings it closet to how a premium smartphone should look like. Another distinctive design element of the Korean flagship is the very thin bezel that surrounds the screen, which allowed LG to keep its size decent despite having to accommodate a 5.2-inch display.
Moreover, LG chose to put the volume and the power buttons on the back of the G2, right below the camera sensor. Even though the placement is a bit unorthodox you will need less than a couple of hours to get used with the position of the said buttons. Soon after that you will see that using them is more natural than it looked in the beginning.
There’s no doubt that the HTC One is one of the best-looking smartphones currently on the market. It has an unibody aluminium case, with soft lines and a construction that screams “premium.” There’s not much to say about HTC One’s design. We’ve all seen it and we all have to admit that it’s an elegant phone with an impressive construction. Another nice touch is the ceramic bezel that surrounds the smartphone’s body.
Even though LG G2 is undoubtedly a good looking smartphone, the HTC One wins the Design round by miles, as it is the best looking Android smartphone around.
In my opinion, the biggest issue of the modern smartphones is the battery life, as you can barely find a handset that capable of staying awake for more than a 24 hours.
When we tested the HTC One, the 2,300 mAh battery of the Taiwanese handset was able to ensure a battery life of about 16 hours of moderate usage. Yes, the HTC One is one of those smartphones that you plug it out when in the morning then plug it back in at night in order to keep it alive.
The LG G2 has a 3,000 mAh battery and a more-battery friendly processor, that’s why it is fully capable of staying awake for about 24 hours on a single charge. That’s why it will score another point.
The majority of smartphones sold in the US are bought by customers with a subsidized price and that’s what we’ll compare next. May the cheaper smartphone win.
Both the LG G2 and the HTC are available for purchase through AT&T and Sprint and both carriers have the same pricing for the two devices. If you agree to sign a two-year contract AT&T will sell you the LG G2 or HTC One for $149. On the other hand, Sprint sells the two devices for $99 with a two-year agreement.
Since both terminals have the same pricing, this rounds ends as tie.
Even though the both smartphones involved in the battle are running Android Jelly Bean, the interfaces developed by the the manufacturers are pretty different.
HTC One was launched with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean than it was updated to Android 4.2.2. Not long ago, some of the US carriers have started to update HTC One to Android 4.3 which is nothing but great news given that the Android 4.4 KitKat debut is just around the corner.
HTC Sense 5 is one of the most controversial user interfaces on the market. One of the best features brought by Sense 5 is Blink Feed which brings a live stream of news directly on the homescreen of the HTC One. Other than that you will find HTC Zoe which enables you to do some pretty cool stuff with your pictures, Zoe Share, and HTC Video Highlights.
The LG G2 introduces an interesting an innovative user interface, too. For example QSlide is a pretty nice though for mulitasking, Slide Aside allows you to switch between as many as three different open apps using swipe gestures, and KnockOn wakes your device when you tap twice on the screen. You’ll also be able to find other nice features integrated in G2′s interface, but nothing worth mentioning. Oh, I almost forgot, the LG G2 is running Android 4.2.2 out of the box.
Even though LG tries its best to introduce a couple of innovative features, HTC’s Sense is cleaner and relies on features that you will find useful on a daily basis. The HTC One wins this round.
Here we are at the end of the LG G2 vs HTC One battle and we should be able to find out which smartphone has managed to score most points. Let’s have a look at the highlights.
We’ve had three equally matched rounds – Dimensions, Connectivity, and Price – because both devices have about the same size, almost identical connectivity functions, and the same subsidized prices.
The HTC One has scored three points after it won the Memory, Design, and Operating System rounds. The Taiwanese smartphone has more internal storage than its rival, it looks better, and the HTC Sense 5 is a much cleaner UI.
LG G2 has won the Display, Processor, Camera, and Battery Life Rounds, therefore scoring four points, which are enough to win the battle against the HTC One. G2 outmatched its rival courtesy of its bigger display, faster CPU, better camera, and longer battery life.
Summing up, the LG G2 wins the battle against the HTC One, or at least that’s what our article says. Maybe you have something on your mind and you want to prove us wrong. Please feel free to use the comments section below and let us know what you think about the LG G2 vs HTC One battle.