This is a great match up – both the HTC One mini 2 and the LG G2 mini are new devices that have not yet quite arrived on their respected carrier. Nobody, and I mean nobody, can say that these two minis should not be compared – both are from great manufacturers…HTC and LG…and both devices should stand up to the competition – each other. Quite frankly, I am a little disappointed in LG's approach to their mini and really skimming on the display specs when they know what the competition is putting out on the table. Size wise the two devices are very similar – they even have the same Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and the both have 1GB of RAM. Both sport a microSD card but you can add an additional 128GB of memory in the One mini 2, but only 32GB in the G2 mini. Both devices come with Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. Both devices are a nice design and feel good in your hands, but the HTC One mini 2 out-shines the G2 mini with its metal body and smooth curves.
Please take a look at the specifications below and do your own comparisons – then we will look at each individual device and see exactly where they differ and hopefully see a clear winner of this comparison of mini smartphones from HTC and LG.
HTC One mini 2
The HTC One mini 2 is certainly a nice looking device – possibly the HTC One design is the nicest we have seen so far – but its beauty is only skin deep. Just like all mini versions, the One mini 2 is a mid-range spec squeezed into a smaller body. It does have a better 4.5-inch HD 1280×720 resolution with 326 ppi display than the G2 mini. The camera is also better on both ends – 13MP versus 8MP main camera and a 5MP versus 1.3MP front-facing camera. HTC, thankfully, abandoned their 4MP UltraPixel camera used on the HTC One M7 and M8, and decided to go the more traditional route on the mini 2. The 5MP ffc will give you excellent video chatting capabilities and fantastic selfies. It has a base 16GB of internal memory versus the 8GB found in the G2 mini, although it has a microSD Card slot for expansion. The 2110mAh battery is a little smaller, but should last a full day. The One mini 2 carries over the famous dual stereo front mounted speakers from its larger sibling. In keeping with HTC's tradition, it looks like they will be asking about $700 to buy the device out right, however, if purchased on a two-year contract, the price will be much more reasonable. We are expecting to see a version of the One mini 2 on Verizon.
LG G2 mini
The LG G2 mini is your typical mini device – scaled down version not only in looks, but also in all specifications. It seems like when manufacturers add a mini device to their line-up, they gear it toward a mid-range or emerging nation audience. The G2 mini's main downfall is its 4.7-inch qHD display with a 960×540 resolution and only 234 ppi. Its internal storage is only 8GB and while it does have a microSD slot, it only goes up to 32GB versus the 128GB offered by the One mini 2. The camera is also not quite up to the specs of the One mini 2 – it has a 8MP main camera and only a 1.3MP front facing camera…making for poor video chatting and a selfie only good enough for social media sites. It does have a few features such as an IR Blaster and FM radio and the 2440mAh is larger than the 2110mAh found in the One mini 2 and knowing LG's excellent battery life, that should give the user a heavy days use. The $400 off-contract price is better than the HTC One mini 2's $700, but on a two-year contract the price equals out.
…and the Winner is…
We had to go with the HTC One mini 2 over the LG G2 mini in this comparison. First, we go with the non-spec aspects, the looks – the aluminum body with its curved back is beauty redefined, not to mention the dual stereo front mounted speakers. It beats out the LG G2 mini in display area, internal memory and in the camera specs. It is slightly taller and thicker and the battery is a little smaller and the price is a little steeper, but overall, the HTC One mini 2 is just a little more stunning than the LG G2 mini. Please do not misunderstand my stance – the G2 mini is a nice looking device with curves that make it fit comfortably in the hand and it has the usual G2 controls on the back of the phone (which some like and others hate), but the display just doesn't cut it in a 2014 device.
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