This is our LG G2 vs. flagship smartphones comparison, a side-by-side assessment of how the new LG smartphone stacks up against the competition in terms of its specifications. In particular, we are comparing the specifications of the LG G2 with those of the Motorola Moto X, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10, and the Nokia Lumia 1020. For easy reference, we have organized the information in a chart.
Throughout the launch, LG emphasized that its new smartphone is the result of what the company has learned from its users. Such information was used in the various aspects of the LG G2. These include the design, display, camera, sound, and UX.
LG claims that it has put a premium on the design of the G2. It says that despite the fact that humans hands are generally not getting bigger, smartphones are. This causes frequent smartphone drops that are a result of poor design. To address this, LG designed the G2 to allow for easy handling regardless of which hand holds the device.
Basing its decisions on research, it strived to create an ergonomic device that allows for easy access to the camera, features like QuickMemo, as well as the volume and power button. Consistent with this principle, it designed the device with very thin bezels measuring only 0.1 inch or 2.54 mm. By comparison, the Pantech Vega Iron, which was announced last April, claims to have 2.44 mm bezels, or 10 mm less than the measurement of the LG G2’s bezels. Earlier, a photo showing the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 side by side clearly showed the difference in the sizes of the bezels of the two devices.
Design, of course, is subjective, and it is difficult to say which among the smartphones has the best design. Suffice it to say that each manufacturer has a different idea of what consumers want. For instance, with the Moto X, the focus was on customization. With the LG G2, it appears to be comfort and ease of use.
The LG G2 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. LG promises that this will ensure excellent performance. It offers fast speeds, a long battery life, support for 4G LTE Advanced, and premium graphics.
As Adrian previously reported, there are currently only two other smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors. These are the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The LG G2 should provide some competition against these two devices, which reportedly show high scores in benchmark tests. LG’s advantage over these two is its global availability. In the United States, the smartphone will be available from the four major carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. AA total of around 100 carriers are eventually expected to offer the G2. Apart from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, the LG G2 also comes with 2GB of RAM as well as dedicated memory for graphics. This is another first for LG, as CNET points out.
LG claims that the G2 has the first 13 MP camera in the world to feature optical image stabilization. Previously, this feature was only common for cameras with around 4 to 8 MP. The result is a camera that allegedly prevents blurred shots even in low lighting conditions or when the subject is in motion. There are different shooting modes available as well as 8X digital zoom. It may be premature to make judgments simply based on LG’s claims, but until actual photos are compared, LG’s main camera does seem pretty powerful.
The LG G2 has a 5.2-inch display. This is larger than the 4.7-inch display of the LG Optimus G from 2012. This is also larger than the display of the Motorola Moto X, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10, and the Nokia Lumia 1020. In terms of pixel density, it has 424 ppi, which is lower than that offered by the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z.
The LG G2 packs a massive battery with a capacity of 3,000mAh. This could potentially beat all the others in the group, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 which supposedly has a long battery life. Of course, actual battery tests would need to be performed to see which really lasts the longest.
Don’t forget to check out David’s report on the launch of the LG G2.