LG G2 vs. Moto X: The hot new Android phones go head to head

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Samsung has been sitting pretty for the past year or so as far as Android handset sales go. The South Korean tech manufacturer has been lording over sales of the OS with it’s Galaxy series of handsets and tablets. But this summer, several companies seem hellbent on taking the top spot. LG joined the venture today by showing off the G2. The new handset will be vying for the right to take on Samsung with Motorola’s Moto X. How do the two newcomers look in a head-to-head showdown? Let’s find out.

 

Moto X

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LG G2

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Size 129 x 65 x 10.4 (mm) 127 x 71 x 8.9 (mm)
Weight 130g 140g
Screen 4.7-inch AMOLED 5.2-inch LCD
Resolution 720×1280 pixels 1,920×1080 pixels
OS Android 4.2 Android 4.2
Storage 16/32GB 16/32GB
SD Card Slot No No
Processor X8 chipset, 1.7GHz dual-core 2.26GHz quad-core
Snapdragon 800
RAM 2GB 2GB
Connectivity Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, EV-DO Rev.A Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, EV-DO Rev.A
Camera Front MP, Rear 10MP Front 2.1MP, Rear 13MP
Bluetooth Yes, version 4.0 Yes, version 4.0
Battery 2200mAh 3000mAh
Charger Micro USB Micro USB
Marketplace Google Play Store Google Play Store
Price $200+ $N/A
Availability AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile

The areas where LG’s G2 excels over all the competition, Moto X included, are display and processing power. Measuring in at 5.2 inches and offering 1080p viewing and a high pixel-per-inch count, the G2 is going to offer gorgeous visuals. While the Moto X is no slouch, it’s also not touching the screen of the G2 with its 720p display. Both handsets look like they’ll pack a punch when looking at the processor. While the quad-core Snapdragon 800 on the LG is one of the most impressive processors on a mobile device, the Moto X has the benefit of the Motorola exclusive octa-core X8 chipset that promises peak performance in all areas. If you’re looking for speed and the ability to handle just about anything you throw at it, both of these devices should be at the top of your list, though in benchmark tests, the G2 handily outpowers the X. While the G2 appears to have the edge in megapixel count on its camera, the Moto X’s ClearPixel camera may make the most out of less MP and still provide some great shots of its own.

Going by the spec sheet, one might consider giving the nod to LG’s G2 handset, but it’s worth noting that you’ll have some adjustments to make when it comes to working the phone thanks to buttons placed on the back panel of the device. Volume and Power controls are located below the camera lens on G2 – way in back – and while we’re sure there’s some reasoning behind this, it might be a bit of a turn off for those that are so used to the current layout of their handset. You’ll have to get the devices in your hands and test them out to really get a feel for it.

(Read our LG G2 hands-on impressions and our full Moto X review.)

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