Yes, I know that the LG Optimus G Pro was out in April this year, and the HTC One max just arrived on the scene, however, I can never help but feel the HC One max is a device that should have been released earlier in the year, I guess because of the processor makes it seem like an older, rather than newer device. My observation is further validated as you look and compare the specifications - except for the display, length of the device, and the camera, these two devices line up almost head-to-head with each other.
- They have the exact same processor, the Snapdragon 600 Quad-Core running the exact speed of 1.7GHZ.
- They have the exact same amount, 2GB, of RAM.
- They are both available in 16GB/32GB variations.
- They both have a microSD slot for added internal storage.
- They both have a 2.1MP Front-Facing Cameras.
- The battery size is within 160mAh of each other.
You cannot get much closer than that, so we decided it would be a good match up, the old LG Optimus G Pro versus the newer old HTC One max. Look through the specifications and compare them, and then we will move on to the individual devices, and then pick a "winner."
HTC One max
The HTC One max is the NKOB (New Kid On the Block) and has the same beautiful lines of the HTC One - brushed aluminum with its large earpiece at the top and dual stereo speakers at the bottom front that sound incredible for a smartphone - all smartphones should aspire to this type of sound, because as devices get larger we tend to use the speakerphone more often than not to avoid holding them up to our ear. It has a beautiful 5.9-inch Full HD display with a very respectable 373 PPI, beating out the LG Optimus Pro G by 4/10 of an inch, but losing in the PPI department at 401 for the Optimus Pro G.
The HTC One max uses the same camera in the original HTC One, with only 4MP, but they are "UltraPixels," which means, according to HTC, they are much larger and able to capture more light, however, we found the camera to be good, but not as great as HTC would lead you to believe. The size can be a factor for smaller handed users and is definitely a two-handed device, in the true phablet format. Another problem with the HTC One max is the premium price of $300 on a two-year contract for a device that is less than "premium" in the specification department.
LG Optimus G Pro
The LG Optimus G Pro was well-liked by Alex when he did our full review, in fact, his biggest disappointment was that it was limited to the AT&T network and would probably not receive the developer support that it deserves. The display was stunning, battery life was good, performance was good, helped by the 2GB of RAM. It does have a physical home button, via Samsung, but this one doubles as the LED notifications area, a feature we found quite useful. It comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which was tops back then, but doesn't compare to the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on the HTC One max.
...And the Winner is...Close, but Optimus G Pro
This was a close call, but we give the nod to the LG Optimus G Pro - it may not have the looks of the HTC One max with its aluminum casing or its wonderful sound, but it is a terrific bargain - only $50 with AT&T's discount. The Optimus G Pro simply works and has the same specifications as the very expensive HTC One max - the biggest disadvantage is its exclusive availability on AT&T's network. You get a beautiful display, good camera, and good performance, all for $50, so if you are using AT&T this device is a steal.
Let us know in the comments or on Google+ what you think of these two devices and which one you would buy.