LG G2 vs the competition flagship Android smartphones square off

Now that the LG G2 is official, the battle between mid-2013 Android flagships is fully underway. But which wins the war? We've pitted the new smartphone against its biggest competitors in the US -- Samsung's Galaxy S 4, the HTC One and the Motorola Moto X -- to understand which device most deserves a place in your pocket.

Based purely on the spec sheet, the G2 is the frontrunner. Its larger 5.2-inch screen, quicker 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 and image-stabilized 13-megapixel rear camera will please those who want a media powerhouse. Its extra-large battery and 24-bit / 192KHz audio are also unique in a category where longevity and sound quality tend to play second fiddle. If all you want is the most technically capable device, look no further.

Yet each of the G2's competitors has an advantage that's harder to quantify. The GS4 has a full set of hardware nav keys (for those who prefer them), air gestures and a slightly tougher plastic build. The One claims superior low-light photography and dual speakers. And the Moto X partly makes up for its lackluster speed through design customization and helpful tricks like Touchless Control. To us, that puts LG in an awkward middle. While the G2's performance is almost beyond compare, many of its software features aren't all that unique -- those who aren't sold on its performance could easily be lured away.

LG G2 Samsung Galaxy S 4 HTC One Motorola Moto X
Starting price N/A $99 (Sprint, T-Mobile); $199 (AT&T, Verizon) $99 (T-Mobile); $199 (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon) $199
Known Dimensions 5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches (138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm) 5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm) 5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches (137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm) 5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41 inches (129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm)
Weight 4.94 oz. (140g) 4.59 oz. (130g) 5.04 oz. (143g) 4.59 oz. (130g)
Screen size 5.2 inches 5.0 inches 4.7 inches 4.7 inches
Screen resolution 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (423ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (441ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (468ppi) 1,280 x 720 pixels (312ppi)
Screen type IPS Super AMOLED Full HD S-LCD3 AMOLED
Battery 3,000mAh (2,610mAh in Korea) 2,600mAh (user removable) 2,300mAh (non-removable) 2,200mAh (non-removable)
Internal storage 16 / 32GB 16 / 32 / 64GB 32 / 64GB 16 / 32GB
External storage microSD (Korea only) microSDXC None None
Rear camera 13MP, LED flash, OIS 13MP, LED flash 4MP, LED flash, Ultrapixel, OIS 10.5MP, LED flash, Clear Pixel
Front-facing cam 2.1MP 2MP 2.1MP 2MP
Video capture 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wireless charging No Optional No No
Radios

CDMA, EV-DO, GSM, DC-HSPA+, LTE, LTE-A

(access varies by carrier)

CDMA, EV-DO, GSM, DC-HSPA+, LTE, LTE-A

(access varies by carrier)

CDMA, EV-DO, GSM, DC-HSPA+, LTE

(access varies by carrier)

CDMA, EV-DO, GSM, DC-HSPA+, LTE

(access varies by carrier)

Bluetooth v4.0

v4.0

v4.0 v4.0
SoC 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
GPU Adreno 330 Adreno 320 Adreno 320 Adreno 320
RAM 2GB 2GB 2GB 2GB
MHL/Slimport Slimport MHL MHL N/A
WiFi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, dual-band 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, dual-band 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, dual-band 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, dual-band
Operating system Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2.2
Standout features HQ audio, OIS, Guest Mode, Slide Aside, QuickRemote, Hi-fi audio Air gestures, Group Play, WatchON Ultrapixel camera, Zoe, BoomSound, BlinkFeed Active Display, Quick Capture, Touchless Control, design customization

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LG G2 vs. the competition: flagship Android smartphones square off