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Spec Comparison: LG G2 vs. Moto X vs. Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One

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With the LG G2 now official, and a spec list in our inbox, it’s time to do our standard comparison to its competitors. Since the G2 is the first on the planet to use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 800, a brand new IPS display tech, and Optical Image Stabilization in its 13MP camera, it’s easily going to show its advantages over the Galaxy S4, HTC One, Moto X, and Nexus 4, at least on paper. But, we still wanted to get it all out there for you.

You’ll find the chart below. 

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  • RealDude

    Everyone here that says you can’t expand storage for the lg g2 is a total jackass. You can expand it using the micro usb

  • David Davidson

    I don’t usually resort to memes…but it seems so appropriate:

  • JorgeGortex

    5.2″ screen. Is this a tablet or a phone? The trend towards ever bigger and bigger phone screens is what is the most ridiculous. If I am buying a phone, I want a phone, and that is something small enough that I can with reasonable comfort put in a pants pocket. I would guess that the majority of people do not spend hours watching videos from their phone, and that is the best use of a large screen. For the rest of the 80+% of us its overkill.

  • Nexus 5

    So just looking at this sheet can someone tell me what’s the advantage of getting a Moto X ands why is there so much hype on it especially with that price?

  • albundyhere

    i kinda like the amoled screens. why take a step back to ips? sammy also has an 8 core 1.6ghz exynos? wow. i’d think it would smoke the quadcore snapdragon but i’ll let the benchmarks speak for themselves.

    • Taglogical

      I’ll take IPS every day of the week over anything OLED

  • benhodges

    So what’s the process of switching between phones now that we have different SIM form factors? If I have the S4, and want to switch between using that and the Moto X (on Verizon), will that be possible?

  • mendy817

    any idea if it will have wireless charging? i wonder if the back buttons would make that more difficult

  • jt O’Brien

    I’m starting to lean toward the Moto X more and more for some reason… I don’t know why though. I’m hoping that the optimization on it isn’t a gimmick. Because honestly the LG G2 is what I consider, “too powerful”. Like who the hell needs specs like that? Still the Moto X or the Note 3 for me (Maybe the One Max). I like innovation not spec wars.

    • Malcolm Love

      I find it kinda weird you think the G2 is “too powerful” and then said you’re considering the next Note. If anything the next Note will be just as “powerful” or more than the G2.

      • jt O’Brien

        The Note is a phablet. That’s it’s selling feature. This is just a super powerful phone on a slightly larger than average display,

  • Rafael

    That LG G2 looks beast, that battery is amazing.

    On a table comparison the Moto X doesn’t look bad actually, would like to know more about the battery duration since it’s got fewer cores (but more “processors”) and a lower resolution and size display.

  • MiPaDo

    First on the Planet??? Wtf.

    One of my employees is using a Xperia Z Ultra as a phone and it has a S800.

  • Michael Harrison

    So if no removable back, and no holes/slots on the sides…where the hell is the SIM card going?

  • Sb_81st

    looks very S4′ish….

  • soap

    I’d like to know about wireless charging and bootloader status.

  • Nadora

    Hmm unibody, non removable back. Where does the SIM go?

  • Jordan Pfingsten

    An I the only one who is starting to think we are way too spoiled?
    Example : Everyone oos and awws over this phone until they see no SD card and people instantly turn hostile!

    Yes, they need to win is over and EARN our business. But I don’t know if I would want all you crying babies as my customers.

    • Higher_Ground

      I tend to think at least some of that comes from people who aren’t exactly dieing to upgrade right now. I can’t upgrade until next summer (unless buying full price) but I still like to see what’s coming out now and will throw my 2¢ in – though FWIW microSD hasn’t really been much of a selling point for me anyway.

  • joejoe5709

    WiFi ac standard? I think the HTC One has it.

  • question

    kellex ..does this one have always on voice commands/activation like Moto x?

    • GoBlue

      no.

      • question

        thanks makes my decision easier ….im getting moto x.

        • joejoe5709

          For what it’s worth… there are apps out there that do similar things and I guarantee something similar will be a part of Key Lime Pie. I don’t think Moto did anything terrible special here. I think they’re just ahead of the curve thanks to Google. It’s the obvious natural progression of voice control including Siri.

          • question

            can you point me to any app that does that for me without draining battery ? I want to try it.. moto claims this feature doesn’t drain battery and it is hw dependent ..

      • jim

        Go Bucks

    • slick8125

      they never mentioned it, and i’m surprised. unfortunately i’d take it as a no, but what happened to this: http://www.qualcomm.com/media/blog/2013/02/20/snapdragon-wakes-mobile-world-snapdragon-voice-activation? i figured it was baked in, but maybe s800 is more of a tier (like the s600) instead of a set processor… damn.

  • joejoe5709

    Nice. This was helpful! I thought the ppi was really high but apparently it’s “only” third place. Granted it’s a slightly larger screen and the difference isn’t going to be noticeable… And with that large gorgeous screen they gave us a pretty sizable battery – well… mostly because we’ll *need* it. And not surprising it’s a little heavy. I bet that giant battery has a lot to do with that so that’s alright. Other than quibbles like an SD card slot or non-removable battery there isn’t a bad spec in the bunch. Also, I’m not sure I’m ready to jump to the 5.0″ screen range just yet but time will tell.

  • RaptorOO7

    So why did you leave the microSD slot off your comparison chart. The fact that only 1 of those phones has it is still reason enough to include it and put a NO next to the others. Be accurate in your reporting.

    • joejoe5709

      ?? It’s not like he’s being secretive with it. It’s pretty clear who has SD card support and who doesn’t.

  • Mr ilheis

    Bottom Line: IT’S A BEAST!!

  • Anon

    It still looks like the S4 is king in the spec comparison area. I thought that Droid Life reported a few months ago that the S4 does have LTE Advanced and it could be turned on in the future with an update?? Was that not true?
    Also, LG put the power and volume on the rear to save room and space to make the phone thinner, at least thats what I read, yet its still 8.9mm compared to the S4 7.9mm?
    For anyone with a current S4 this is not a step up by any means but for people on the sideline this is another viable choice.

    • ManiDePRico

      Prior to the release of this phone, it seemed (through leaks and discussions) that moving the buttons to the back was to make it thinner, but during the live cast LG claimed it was for better/ more natural usage of the phone (your index finger just naturally goes there according to them). Additionally, you don’t have to move the phone in your hand to hit the buttons, so according to them it should allow you to not have to shift the position of the phone to hit buttons such as a top power button (HTC One) or side power button (GS4) with the right hand; this supposedly reduces the chance of dropping the phone. I do agree with you that GS4 owners have a phone that is on par with the LG G2, and that people looking for an upgrade do have a viable choice with this device.

    • joejoe5709

      From what I’ve read it wasn’t to make the phone thinner, but the make the side bezels almost nonexistent. With no buttons on the side, you can shrink these areas down dramatically. At least in theory anyway… time will tell if it was a good choice. The reviews will be very interesting.

    • Anon

      What about the LTE A for s4

  • T4rd

    This isn’t the first phone on the planet with the Snapdragon 800. The GS4 LTE-A and the Xperia Z Ultra have the S800 in them and are available now internationally.

  • BrandonC

    Actually a tough call on what to go with. A spec monster with a company that hasn’t had the best track record of software updates or a Google edition of one of the slower ones or the little engine that could the moto X

  • CasperTFG

    How does a site Admin forget one important spec: carrier logo size

    • JoshGroff

      Verizon

  • Ray Gray

    I thought the g2 had a removable battery?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I just got an email saying my chromecast shipped with the 3 motnhs netflix!!!!!! go best buy.

    edit: wrong tab, but i’m so happy i’ll let everyone know anyway.

  • Shane Redman

    Moto taught me that it’s not about specs anymore…

    • onlygoodtime88

      moto is garbage no thanks

      • Shane Redman

        You’re not fluent in sarcasm are you? Thought that was a universal language by now

        • JoshGroff

          Sarcasm doesn’t convey well over text, but the ellipses should have gave it away.

          • Cory_S

            It doesn’t convey well for people that don’t have a dedicated core for text to sarcasm detection and translation

          • JoshGroff

            I’m glad I didn’t have a mouthful of water when I read this. Have my internetz for the day, you’ve earned them.

          • Shane Redman

            It’s like you get me Josh

            All jokes aside, the MotoX is the closest thing to a Nexus on VZW…I personally like it.

          • Pedro

            I look at the comment, and don’t even see a single ellipse. Let alone more than one.

            The ellipsis, though, that’s the ‘tell’.

          • JoshGroff

            Rofl, I wasn’t even aware of my mistake. >.>

    • Raj Bhatt

      That Motorola is full of shi…

  • onlygoodtime88

    we need Camera Comparison HTC ONE,S4.LG G2 bring it

  • Sporttster

    So will any of these do HDMI out???

    • mog386

      Not HDMI in so much that it has an HDMI port, but each one (except for the Moto X) supports either MHL or Slimport. So you can get an Adapter to have HDMI out through the Micro USB port

      • Sporttster

        Seriously? Moto doesn’t have that ability?!? They’re the ones that had the separate port and now they don’t even allow it out the USB??!! WTH Moto?!!

        • Higher_Ground

          yeah add mini HDMI ports to the list of things not deemed worthy of retaining since I do vividly remember the droid X having one (and lucky for me my tablet still has one – though I guess you could get a chromecast and hope for app support)

  • http://www.yepi-yepi.com/ Yepi Friv

    I’ll choose Moto X

  • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

    UPDATED: No SD card slot, confirmed by LG rep.

    • EC8CH

      NEXUS 5 CONFIRMED!

      :-P

      • Jackson

        true that

    • Kevin

      well… boo but thanks for the update

      • Weber

        I almost downvoted Kellen’s comment out of anger.

    • Dale

      Crap. That means $299 for 16gb and $349 for 32gb on Verizon.

      • mog386

        That’s assuming the 32GB version isn’t an AT&T exclusive (as has been the case a lot more recently)

        • T4rd

          Verizon has the 32GB GS4 available. I don’t think any other carrier does.

          • mog386

            Both Verizon and AT&T have the 32GB version of the GS4, Sprint and Tmo do not. Also, I was not talking about the GS4 specifically.

          • Eric

            ATT had/has the One exclusive in 64gb.

          • mog386

            Exactly my point.

          • T4rd

            I know you weren’t taking about the GS4, I was just using that as an example of them not having a 64GB exclusive. AT&T has been getting a lot of other phone exclusives too though.

    • Sporttster

      So f’ing stupid…..I swear….forget this phone now too…..

      • Jillxz

        Forget this phone because it does not have an SD Card slot and removable battery. 32 gb is plenty and there is the option of 64gb , which I will be getting. Don’t need an sd card slot or removable battery. Who in the world needs 200 apps. !2-15 apps are plenty for me

        • schlanz

          Because your needs = everyone else? I struggle to see the justification for excluding such a simple thing as an SD card slot.

          I may be able to live with 32GB or 64GB of storage but I am spoiled with a removable battery.. you truly can’t comprehend the convenience of a spare battery charger until you use one on a daily basis. I never plug my GN2 in but due to my heavy usage I run through the battery almost twice daily. Having to keep it tethered to a wall or power pack for hours on end is absolutely pointless when you have this.

          Not to mention, if your battery goes belly up, you can easily buy a new one rather than going through a warranty replacement scenario. And god forbid you don’t have some kind of insurance with an extended warranty, and your battery stops working past the first year. Or you get a little physical damage to your phone that doesn’t affect your phones performance, but voids your warranty.

          • Jillxz

            Maybe all this is true. But my batteries have always lasted well beyond two years. . Most people don’t use a phone as heavily as you seem to use yours. Your usage seems quite extreme.

          • schlanz

            My usage is definitely more than average, but regardless, the convenience factor of a spare battery charger is not lost on someone with more pedestrian usage.

            And of course, most people don’t have the unfortunate experience of dealing with a faulty battery. But it does happen. And I have seen firsthand the rage of someone who was out of warranty with a bad non removable battery.

            I just don’t think there are really any real pros to having a non-removable battery (maybe it slims the phone by 1 mm?), but there are plenty when it comes to a removable one.

        • Raven

          I have over 300 apps on my trusty old Droid 4, but that is not why I need an SD card. I also have 4GBs of music, and 16GBs of movies on my 32GB MicroSD. Yes, I still have unlimited data, but I travel, I drive through areas of poor service, and I fly with no service. But, the other very import reason is that I use Titanium Backup to backup all of my apps to my MicroSD and they are all safe and sound on there. I could factory reset my phone and restore everything important from my MicroSD.

          • Jillxz

            Thank you much. We are all different and have different needs.

          • Sporttster

            You nailed it, my friend. Thats why….

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        What the hell do you people use your phone for that you need over 32 GB of space? Use the could man :p

        • schlanz

          I use the cloud for only my music (thanks Google Music!). Pictures, videos, which I take a lot of, I prefer to keep on SD and backed up to my PC. I have a 64GB SD card that’s well over half full. I also download movies and tv shows to my SD card (though I typically delete them after I’m done watching).

          I only have 16GB internal which always fills up.. I constantly have to manage the storage and delete apps/games I don’t use too much anymore. I can only imagine how exasperated that problem would be if I didn’t have SD storage option.

          • j

            sync pics and stuff to your g+ account (settings in the gallery I believe).. delete internal storage every so often.. profit?

          • schlanz

            I’m well aware of the option, hence I said “prefer”.

        • Ben Edwards

          Music, movies, photos etc. We don’t have large enough data caps here (in NZ) for streaming to be a viable option so an external SD is somewhat of a must.

      • Joseph A. Yager

        Looks like you’ll have to stick with Samsung for all future purchases, until they no longer have this option.

    • Robert Willis

      Maybe I’m a newb here but can someone explain why manufacturers don’t like to include SD card slots? Is it purely the engineering effort and hardware parts cost?

      • tomn1ce

        I think that’s more to get you to use the cloud and hit your data cap faster unless you’re always on wifi. For every GB that you go over that’s $10 they will charge you.

        • Robert Willis

          That was the other thing I was thinking about. Motivating users to use cloud services. The problem I have is that I travel internationally a lot and like to have my media local when I don’t have wifi.

        • Sporttster

          Thats why its bs and we should get our reps to look into this bs of forcing us to have to pay for data and cloud storage nonsense by taking away the sd slot.

      • legaceez

        There was a push by Google because it confused to many of the average users. I’m was basically random to them where files and stuff were saved. They couldn’t figure it out and sometimes wiped either internal or external memory thinking there stuff was safe when it wasn’t.

        • Robert Willis

          Thanks. I do remember being confused when I first got my OG Droid but I quickly figured it out.

          • legaceez

            Yup definitely something that takes getting used to and power users will pick it up easy but the average consumer not so much.

            Even with the hassle I’d still prefer an expandable storage.

          • Jeremy

            But would a power user really pick it up? Seems like they took everything away that a power user would want. Storage, cpu, removable battery, and you’d probably have to get a new nano sim card. I know I would, because I have the standard micro sim. The voice control is the main selling point for the moto x, I think.

          • legaceez

            They’d probably be on the fence about it like I am. I mean really nothing’s a deal breaker to me besides removable battery but from what I hear battery performance is pretty good.

            CPU performance and resolution is moot if you can’t tell without other tools besides your naked eye. Even for a power user. Storage is a toss up. I’d prefer external but if the internal is large enough (32GB) I’d have no issue. New nano SIM card is a given. You can even cut your micro one into a nano.

            I mean I don’t speak for all power users but I think I could adapt for the right price point.

        • mog386

          It wasn’t just that, but also I/O performance.

          • legaceez

            Def another good factor although not that big as long as the manufacturer used good memory to begin with as most app data resided on the internal card anyways.

            Look at the old Nexus 7 for example. Still had abysmal I/O performance.

          • Raven

            That was a reason to get rid of apps2sd, but not SD cards for bulk storage.

        • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

          finally catching up with apple

          • legaceez

            I wouldn’t call it catching up. It was a conscious design choice with some advantages that made more sense 4 years ago, the least of which is expandable storage in and of it self.

            One is having a non-secure file system that you can easily mount and use on any computer as external storage rather than having to use iTunes. We know how much of a hassle iTunes is.

            Two being able to easily reuse the same SD card from phone to phone without having to transfer anything. Buy it once and use it on all your phones. Made backups and such a breeze.

            Three is the fact that it’s dirt cheap compared to paying $100 for an extra 8GB or 16GB like Apple was charging. Nowadays of course prices are much better.

          • CHRIS42060

            That is one of the main things I love about an SD card. I have used the same one for my last 2 or 3 phones. Easy way to transfer pictures, documents, and music (although most of mine is in the “cloud” now) between devices.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        There were a great many reasons, everything from ease of use, to failure rates, to increased cloud storage, to engineering, to cost.

        Long and short, from an engineering, marketing, and financial perspective, the positives of an SD card are greatly outweighed by the negatives.

      • Jillxz

        well this phone has a unibody and therefore does not include an sd card slot or removable battery. What’s so great about an sd card slot and removable battery ? I never remove a battery or use an sd card slot and neither do the great majority of consumers.

      • joejoe5709

        Google is more or less universally forcing everyone’s hand on this one by dropping support for SD cards within Android. The Nexus phones/tablets haven’t had SD cards for a very very long time. They throw out several reasons that are a little questionable, but understandable. The conspiracy behind it is that Google would prefer you use cloud storage and the carriers would prefer you use data to retrieve it. So the gist is that it’s good for everyone except the consumer.

        Same goes for the removable battery – it’s a dying breed as well.

        • guesswhat

          I heard that using SDCARD invovles violating some microsofts patents with usage of filesystem. So google is staying from iscro sd cards ..Also works for them to push people to use google drive ..

          • Pedro

            Yeah, there is that whole FAT32 licensing that doesn’t have to happen if just ext4 is used.

          • Jeremy

            But then people, who for the majority use windows, wouldn’t be able to move files between their PC and the device. Not without downloading separate software, anyway. If they aren’t using a *nix OS to begin with, they probably wouldn’t be happy with having to download software to their PC.

      • The_16th_Doctor

        they (especially google) wants people to start using the cloud, google drive and what not. thats why there are no slots in the nexus’

    • Eric

      And they preached how they listened….

    • Justin Bontrager

      So much for “learning from you”.

    • Daniel

      UGH, that and the removable battery (and on-screen nav keys) were my 3 favorite features about this phone, forget it now. I refuse to give up having expandable storage on my phone, it is far easier to swap a card to a new phone than sit there copying over gigs upon gigs of content. This is a terrible trend that I hope reverses. MicroSD cards have only gotten cheaper/larger/faster and will continue to, why not be able to have a 64 gig card in there? I love mine and makes me not care as much that my phone “only” has 16 gigs internally.

      • schlanz

        Because they want you to pay an extra $50 for 16GB more, or $100 for 32GB more, rather than going for the bottom tier storage and utilizing your 32/64GB SD card that is already bought and paid for.

        And then of course there’s the cloud storage.. which carriers like VZW hope everyone starts using to tack on another $5-10 to everyone’s line fees. Such a stupid, stupid trend, I agree.. and is almost a deal breaker for me.

        Not to mention since storage is so cheap these days, why the hell is 16GB still the “normal” amount? All phones should include at least 32GB at this point. 64GB class 10 micro SD cards can be had for around $50-60. Regular SD cards are closer to $30-40. I just see no excuse for phones to come with only a paltry $16. It’s simply another way to price gouge us customers.

        • michael arazan

          Preaching to the choir. How many times do people (including myself) have to write this message for it to sink in?

        • michael arazan

          Preaching to the choir. How many times do people (including myself) have to write this message for it to sink in?

    • Jackson

      Thats upsetting

    • Michael Harrison

      Where will the SIM card slot be on this thing?

    • CHRIS42060

      I hate that OEMs and carriers are moving in different directions. Phones seem to be getting manufactured with less storage and no ability to expand it. This increases the consumer’s need for cloud services, and that uses date. Then you have the two largest carrier are limiting data. Its not a problem if you have Sprint or T-Mobile….. Unless you live outside of an “urban” area then cloud services are unbearably slow to unavailable.

      Then again maybe they are moving in the same direction and trying to increase data usage for consumers and increase prices for the carriers. Just seems like they both have different ideas.

  • mog386

    US Variant does not have mircoSD slot, Korean Variant does.

    • marko358

      Boo!

    • Sporttster

      BOOOO!! That’s bs!

  • chris125

    Poor moto x ha

    • guest

      why moto x still stands out with its great design and unique features and snappy performance ..

      • Robert Macri

        Nice try Moto.

      • chris125

        Because the snap800 has always on built in. So one of the main “selling points” that moto would use is no longer unique to it. Why get the x when you can get this and have those features?(that’s probably what the sales people will say)

        • guesswhat

          G2 doesnt have always on voice activation ..thats says something about moto what pulled off here ..im sure this feature will be pulled into next year phones.. moto x has the advantage till then

    • joejoe5709

      The Moto X will do fine. Get over it.

  • Daniel Walsh

    HTC is the only one that makes a premium looking phone with amazing hardware and build quality. Mine is arriving today. :)

    • Steve B

      It’s premium but it looks like garbage. Oppo 5 is a much better device all around. Better hardware, software and design.

      • Daniel Walsh

        What are you smoking you little idiot? Are you blind too?

        • JoshGroff

          That escalated quickly.

          • CasperTFG

            Sure did.

    • JoshGroff

      One* ;)

    • Sporttster

      Ya know, with them at least having a 64gb variant, I might look into it, too. I need space and these idiot phone manuf are going the opposite way and limiting storage with either no sd slot, little storage inside or both…..

      • JoshGroff

        One of the major factors that made me choose the S4. I don’t use much space, but I like having the option to expand and hold all my music locally.

    • Eion

      I give props to HTC for front facing speakers. That’s about it.

      • Daniel Walsh

        wow, idiot

        • Eion

          Easy my little HTC fanboy. It’s ok if someone does not like your choice in phones.
          The fact of the matter is, for me, The HTC One isn’t anything amazing. I’ve used one at the store, my friend owns one, I just don’t receive the “omgz premiumz” when I hold and use it. It has way too much bezel, not enough screen space. Those buttons at the bottom are all sorts of wrong and I just do not like the look and feel of the phone.
          Again though, they did a great thing with forward facing speakers. Hopefully more companies follow their lead.

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    Wait so I’m confused…microSD slot on the G2 IS confirmed? I thought it is missing in the US variant.

    http://t.co/9mYyYZf1ja

  • zephiK

    So does it have a microSD slot or not? This page says it does, other websites/pages doesn’t list a microSD.

    • Dale

      Also seeing conflicting reports of 1.3MP vs 2.1MP front camera

    • Joseph A. Yager

      Engadget seems to think it will have a microSD slot, too…

      • Jillxz

        At the live stream LG event which I watched all of it , it said that it has a Unibody . That means the back is one piece. So it has NO SD card slot and NO removable battery. This was on the live LG stream .

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      It does not. At least not the US variant.

      • MJ04

        32GB is enough for me

        • JoshGroff

          I can live with 16 if properly managed, but I always like having the option to extend my memory.

        • tomn1ce

          Did you mean about 24GB….I believe that’s what you’ll have available…

          • MJ04

            yea, i dont use many apps.

        • joejoe5709

          Ditto. I was pissed at first but after living with the GNex for two years, I don’t need an SD card anymore. Not that I use the cloud either. I just learned to manage my space better. Besides music and video I only use about 10GB. 16GB is a little small for me. 32GB is really the minimum without an SD card.