Its times like these when high-end phone releases come out in a domino effect – Just about a month ago we saw the amazing droid phone series, and who can forget the Galaxy S4 and HTC One clash? Lately, we have seen phones by manufacturers that have had a pretty bad past – LG and Motorola; we all know how things went bad with Motorola after the Razr, and LG not being able to make headlines like Samsung and HTC, especially in the mid-range league. After laying low for a bit and going back to the drawing boards, both LG and Motorola have come out guns blazing with their latest handsets. As always, we couldn\’t sit still and we just had to make a comparison. So let’s do the ultimate showdown and see which one’s better.
After getting a first look at LG’s flagship, one thing was for sure; the LG G2 is a very big phone. One could easily mistake it for a phablet. Standing tall at 8.99 mm and 71 mm wide, we\’d say it towers over most of the phones we\’ve seen in the market. But is it too big? Honestly, yes, we think the G2 is giant. Being accustomed to normally 120-130 mm tall phones (much like the Galaxy S3) users will have to be very careful when using the G2 to avoid from dropping it. On the other hand, the Moto X was a delight to look at. Being an ideal 129 mm tall phone, the Moto X will be a much better option for the outdoorsy people since it’s not that easy to drop, and the 65 mm width can be handled with ease in almost any hand size – exactly what a SMART phone should be like. Another major design we can’t help noticing on the G2 design is the placement of the hardware buttons. Are you ready for this? The buttons are placed at the back. Yes, you heard us right, the BACK. This might sound insane, but after LG began delivering the explanation; we thought it was a bold, but good idea. Think about it, where does your hand go when you’re using your phone? Will this be a trend setter? We shall eager wait and see. Although design should be a clear win for the Moto X, the LG G2 surprised us with its revolutionary volume rocker/lock buttons placement and its super slim body – props to LG’s hard work and creativity.
Generally bigger screened phones have better display since it has more pixel density and ppi (pixe per inch). In the match up between displays, the G2 sports a massive 5.2inch G2 and the Moto X, 0.5 inch smaller at 4.7 inch. The G2 comes with at an impressive 1920×1080 display, head to head with 1280×720 display of the Moto X.
The G2 will be a delight when watching movies with 1080p. The Moto X is still a display competitor in the market with a more comfortable-to-use size. Nevertheless the G2 takes this round for its sheer monstrosity.
Here’s where there’s room for arguments or controversies. The Moto X packs a dual-core X8 processor, clocking in at 1.7 GHz. Not too bad, considering some laptops don’t even make it ti 1.7 GHz. However, we\’re not comparing the Moto X against a shitty laptop now are we? With that said, the G2 is a processor powerhouse with quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 clocking in at a whopping 2.26 GHz! Reigning as the fastest phone of this year yet, the phone is extremely snappy. Like, more than necessary snappy – we don’t know whether this is good or bad. But sadly there’s a drawback to being this insanely fast; it was no surprise that the G2 would heat up like crazy, and we all know how heat up issues cause battery loss.
Moving onto RAM and storage, both handsets come with 2GB of RAM and two versions of storage: 16GB and 32GB. Both phones will be fun to multitask with, and carry out tasks smoothly.
While we tip our hats off to the G2 with its impressive 2.26 GHz processor, it would be interesting to see if users start complaining about heat problems.
Not much to compare here as both cameras are almost similar. The G2 wins by a small margin for its 13MP rear camera and a 2.1MP front camera. The Moto x is not too bad with its 10MP rear and 2MP front. What difference does 0.1 megapixel make anyway? This had us scratching our heads. But as we have mentioned, very marginal lead for the G2 in pixel count, but what really should make a difference is image stabilization (OIS).
The ads really got us overwhelmed about the OIS of the G2 camera and we think the advertisements were a tad overrated. All in all, the cameras are fantastic to snap with and produce crisp clear photos.
Truth be told, both phones deserve the spotlight they have right now. But if we’re going to announce which one is a better buy, it’s going to be the G2. Mainly because it has excelled in both the most important areas, display and processor, and for their bold creativeness to place the buttons behind the phone and it will be very interesting to see if it can be a trend setter, so far, we love the idea. The Moto X can also be considered as an alternative if the budget is lower, but the wait really paid off for LG.