The brand new smartphone from LG Electronics was unveiled today in New York City, that being their new G2 of course. With a stunning 5.2-inch edge-to-edge display, tons of power under the hood, and an aim to re-imagine buttons on a smartphone. So how does the new G2 stack up against the competition? Quite well actually. Beating the Galaxy S4 in nearly every category, and killing the Moto X, we figured a few comparison photos were in order.
Now hardware, user experience, and software all differ greatly here. As does the operating system on each of these devices. Some might enjoy the idea of a smaller 4.7-inch device, while others don't care about size and want a huge beautiful screen. No matter what you're into, one of these should make you happy, so check them out below.
Obviously the 4.7-inch 720p display on the recently announced Moto X is no competition for LG, since they're rocking a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p full HD panel, but again, to each his own. Then of course this is S4 Pro dual-core (with the Moto X) vs the absolute latest and greatest quad-core silicon in the mobile processor space with the G2. We're not going to compare all the rest, because the G2 wins in every single category (at least on paper) and instead just let you see the size difference. The G2 isn't that big, considering everything they've packed inside. Not bad LG, not bad.
All three of these devices are running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean from their respective manufacturers, and all three are rather customized. Galaxy S4 has TouchWiz and their nature UI. LG has their own changes, some which are similar to Samsung's, but plenty of their own such as the KnockON to wake, slide-out multitasking panel, and other new stuff with the G2. Then of course the Moto X is nearly stock, with an Active display and a few neat Google and Moto editions on top of stock Android. Pick your poison.
The Galaxy S4 is and will be the main competitor to the G2, even though it has been available for a few months already. LG is late to the game here, but the wait might be worth it with a faster, more efficient, newer quad-core processor. They've added optical image stabilization to the 13 megapixel camera. Something Samsung wasn't able to do, but are rumored to offer with their upcoming Note III we'll see next month. These devices will be battling it out, so we grabbed a few comparison shots.
The 4.99-inch 1080p display vs the 5.2-inch 1080p screen on the G2 are comparable, although the G2 offers a full HD IPS panel that gets much brighter than the AMOLED counterpart here with Samsung. To be honest, again on paper, the LG G2 handily beats the Galaxy S4 in all areas. We'll need a few weeks with the device to test and compare, obviously, but so far our impressions are quite favorable to good old LG.
Specs aside, the G2 actually looks very similar to the Galaxy S4 on front, with curves and design cues from the Nexus up top, and the texture on back reminds us of the Galaxy S II, actually. It's a well designed smartphone, and we can't wait to get our hands on it for an extensive review of everything that's new. Don't forget to check out our detailed hands-on coverage, and stay tuned for more details.