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

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