Welcome to another edition of Phone Wars! Today we’ve got two newly released AT&T devices. The LG Optimus G and the Sony Xperia TL, which is being marketed as the James Bond phone. Both devices are sporting LTE connectivity on AT&T’s network, and running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, this will be a great fight. The Sony Xperia TL is the phone James Bond used in his latest movie Skyfall, and of course AT&T and Sony are using that to sell the device. While the LG Optimus G has almost all the same internals as the Google Nexus 4. So let’s get into this war! May the best Android win.
LG Optimus G
Here we’ve got the LG Optimus G, and it’s a beauty. One of the better devices to come out of South Korean manufacturer LG in a long time, well besides the Nexus 4 of course. Despite not having expandable storage, the device still has plenty of space for everything you may want to store on it. Along with the 2100mAh battery it’s packing, running out of battery power should not be a problem, even running on AT&T’s new LTE network.
- Nice beefy battery to keep you running all day long
- Speedy Quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM to allow you to run more apps without slowing down your device
- Non-removable battery
- Still on year-old Ice Cream Sandwich. Which is now two versions behind
$199.99 on a 2-year contract
Sony Xperia TL
Ah, the Sony Xperia TL. Also known as the James Bond phone. Yes this is the same device used in the new James Bond movie Skyfall, as stated above. And as I also said above, AT&T and Sony are heavily marketing that point as they should. The Xperia TL has a nice 4.5″ device, but still stuck on a dual-core processor. But that won’t hold back the possibilities of this great device. If only Sony can get updates out to it in a reasonable amount of time. We’ll have to see on that one.
- Expandable storage up to 32GB via Micro SD card slot
- Beautiful 4.5″ 720p display
- Still on Ice Cream Sandwich, which is now two Android versions behind
- Non-removable battery
$99.99 on a new 2-year contract
For most of you, it’s probably a hard choice. Especially since both devices are on AT&T, come with LTE and are available today. But the deciding factor might be the price. Now in my book, the Optimus G wins. Mostly for the higher resolution screen, and larger battery. But neither manufacturer has a particularly good track record of getting out updates to their devices. Both of these are flagship devices for LG and Sony, respectively, so maybe they can get Jelly Bean out to these quicker than they have in the past with other devices.