This is another great comparison pitting the HTC One Max against the LG G2 – both smartphones are their manufacturers’ newest models. The LG G2 has been out a short period and, although formally announced, the HTC One Max will not be released until the end of this month. But we will take a look at the specifications below and make a few comparisons and then look at what each individual phone brings to the table before we make a decision on whether the HTC One Max or LG G2 is the winner.
Both phones are considered a phablet – over that 5-inch range – and both have a 1920×1080 Full HD display, although, because of the larger screen on the HTC One Max, 5.9-inches vs 5.2-inch, its 373 ppi is less than the 423 ppi of the LG G2, although the human eye will not be able to distinguish that small of a difference under normal circumstances. Both devices have 2GB of RAM, and, for all intents and purposes, each will have 32GB of internal storage. The cameras on both the HTC One Max with its 4MP UltraPixel configuration and the LG G2’s 13MP are on par with each other, with maybe a slight edge for low-light photos going to the HTC One Max. Now let us take a look each individual phone and see how they stack up.
HTC One Max
The HTC One Max is beast, there is no other way to describe it with it’s 5.9-inch screen and size that comes with its dimensions of 164.5 x 82.5 x 10.3mm and a hefty weight of 217 grams – some of that weight is from the all aluminum body. This is a jumbo phablet and if you have smaller hands, it might be uncomfortable to hold if you do a lot of texting or emailing on your device…but as far as watching videos, movies, or reading, its size then becomes a real asset. In comparison to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the HTC One Max is slightly wider, thicker and 49 grams heavier. The battery is huge at 3300mAh, and will need all of that to power this large screen. The processor is a sore spot in that it is really last year’s model – a Snapdragon 600 Quad-Core running at 1.7GHz, but on the bright side it does come out of the box with the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and its does contain a microSD slot to expand your internal storage. It also has a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone for added security and dual stereo speakers in the front, augmenting its large display for watching videos/movies.
The newest flagship from LG, the G2, showed us that LG is finally serious about playing with the “big boys.” The critics have been kind to the LG G2, and our own review praised it as well – the 5.2-inch FHD is beautiful, and even though LG G2 is made out of plastic, it has a good feel in your hand with its rounded sides. An unusual feature is where LG placed the on/off button – on the back of the phone – it takes a little getting used to, but because of the KnockOn feature where you simply tap twice on the screen to awaken it from sleep, you don’t have to always pick up the LG G2 to press the button on the back. The LG G2 is also running this year’s processor, the Snapdragon 800 Quad-Core at a blazing 2.3GHz. It also has a 3000mAh battery for exceptional battery life and does not have a microSD slot, but with 24-25GB of usable space on the 32GB of internal memory, it still gives all but the biggest memory hogs an ample amount of space for storage.
…And the Winner is…
The LG G2: This was a tough decision that I based on a couple of key factors – the size and the processor. I like a large phone myself (I use the Galaxy Note 3), but the majority of people do not, and coupled to its large phablet size it should also have software that takes advantage of the screen real estate, like note taking, drawing, etc. The HTC One Max is a beautiful big screen that affords you no stylus or integrated software to take advantage of it. The processor in the LG G2 is so much faster, and with a device this expensive, you do not want to start off buying last year’s chip in the HTC One Max, at least I do not. With its large screen and dual speakers, the HTC One Max is a perfect multimedia device, but for everyday usage, you cannot go wrong with the LG G2 – its large screen, fast processor, and size make it a more “main stream” phone that you will not be disappointed with.