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HTC One max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G2: specs comparison

HTC One max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G2: specs comparison

The HTC One Max is now a reality, and though product unveilings are usually a joyous occasion for the companies behind them and consumers both, it falls down on the latter to roll up their sleeves and start weighing the product's relative pros and cons. And though the general user experience is arguably only partially reliant on specs, they do remain an important reading that we go through every time a new flagship device enters the market.


Today, we're comparing three of the hottest flagships currently (and soon, in the case of the HTC One Max) available. Unlike the software side of things, where the trio features a wildly different value propositions, down under in the world of hardware, things are simpler and far less subjective. This, for example, means that we can easily call HTC on using a somewhat cheaper, slightly outdated chipset with the One Max – the Snapdragon 600 (Adreno 320), whereas the competition in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2 has already moved to Snapdragon 800 with Adreno 330 graphics. On the other hand, at 5.9-inches, the HTC One Max has the largest screen real estate of the group, and this one should prove to live long enough to see more than a day of heavy usage, thanks to the large 3300mAh battery that HTC has snugged inside the One Max. While we're still at the topic of displays, it's probably also worth mentioning that the three contenders have all opted for a somewhat different display tech, each with its respective cons and pros – Super-LCD 3 for the One Max, Super AMOLED for the Note 3 and an LG IPS LCD panel for the G2. In our experience, Super-LCD 3 panels are a tad superior to some IPS LCDs (S-LCD3 is also an IPS panel) and also have a hand over AMOLEDs (though that gap has been significantly reduced with the Note 3).


Another rather more substantial win for the HTC One Max is its dedicated fingerprint sensor, not a first for Android or the world of smartphones as a whole, but definitely the first in a truly modern smartphone. Whether the said sensor delivers, however, remains to be seen (or tested).


With those in mind, and taking into account the extensive specs break-down we've provided for you below, do you think the HTC One Max will manage to sway consumers off rival propositions?


HTC One max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G2

Design
OSAndroid (4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3) Sense 5.5 UIAndroid (4.4, 4.3)Android (4.4.2, 4.2.2)
Dimensions6.48 x 3.25 x 0.41 inches (164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm)5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches (151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm)5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches (138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm)
Weight7.65 oz (217 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (138 g)
5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (138 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (138 g)
Body materialAluminium  
Design features Stylus 
Display
Physical size5.9 inches5.7 inches5.2 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

373 ppi386 ppi423 ppi
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

S-LCD 3Super AMOLEDIPS LCD
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness  450 cd/m2 (nit)
Camera
Camera4 megapixels13 megapixels13 megapixels
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.0F2.2F2.4
Focal length (35mm equivalent)28 mm31 mm29 mm
Camera sensor size1/3"1/3.06"1/3.06"
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (60 fps)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)
FeaturesContinuous autofocus, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)Digital image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video lightOptical image stabilization
Front-facing camera2.1 megapixels2 megapixels2.1 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064TQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400Quad core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processorAdreno 320Adreno 330Adreno 330
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 533 MHz) / LPDDR23072 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage32 GB64 GB32 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC 
Battery
Talk time28.00 hours
the average is 12 h (713 min)
25.00 hours
the average is 12 h (713 min)
 
Stand-by time16.4 days (393 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)
22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)
 
Talk time (3G)25.00 hours
the average is 15 h (903 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 15 h (903 min)
 
Stand-by time (3G)24.4 days (585 hours)
the average is 30 days (709 h)
17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 30 days (709 h)
 
Stand-by time (4G) 15.8 days (380 hours)
the average is 23 days (543 h)
 
Music playback 84.00 hours 
Video playback 13.00 hours 
Capacity3300 mAh3200 mAh3000 mAh
TypeLi - PolymerLi - IonLi - Polymer
Not user replaceableYes Yes
Technology
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE800 (band 18), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2600 (band 7) MHz700 (band 17), 800 (band 18), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2) MHz800 (band 20), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz
DataLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), , HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRS


Check out our Specs Comparison tool to compare the specs of the HTC One Max to those of any other smartphone!

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posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:39 22

1. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


The galaxy note 3 wins

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:19 7

12. o0Exia0o (Posts: 341; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


How do you figure? The LG G2 seems to be a fairly decent offering.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:39 1

30. EarnYourLeather (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Because Galaxy is now a household name and people like to feel like they're a part of a successful brand.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 14:30 1

32. Windsponge (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)


I checked out LG a lot finally bought note 3. Button on go really ruin a pretty good phone. Note 3 is much smoother. Much better features for me. I think 3 is better.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 20:20 1

39. cheetah2k (Posts: 772; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Note 3... no way.. Not if you put them side by side and watch all the UI lag in the Note 3. The LG G2 is so fluid, and also natively supports LTE-A, plus that "knock knock" to turn on is simply brilliant without the need to press a button or anything!.

The Note 3 camera lags like a pig.. much like the S4 camera, you just can't capture a moment without it passing by before the shutter works... ugh.. FTL

LG have made a cracking phone in the G2. After their previous 2X and 4X flagship phone failures, they've really pulled their fingers out and given us something awesome

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 05:28

46. maccess (Posts: 583; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


"UI lag" lol it's obvious you know nothin about note 3.. please mind yourself to check all note 3 reviews on youtube.. you'll see no lag.. or maybe you didn't know what lag means??

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:45

2. zhiae (Posts: 174; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


next best media consumption on the way.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 17:55

36. GTR722 (Posts: 223; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


I love how PA always "forgets" about Sony Phones....where is the ZUltra PA ??

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 01:19

45. Chris.P (Posts: 257; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Here:http://www.phonearena.com/news/HTC-One-max-vs-Sony-Xperia-Z-Ultra-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-Mega-6.3-specs-comparison-phablet-heat_id48268

We split them up in two.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:46

3. tech2 (Posts: 1883; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Nice day to show this comparison, PA coz tomorrow all of'em will be dethroned by ........;) :D

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:16

11. o0Exia0o (Posts: 341; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


That is assuming that you are putting your faith in rumors seeing as no invites have been sent out for a scheduled event.

Just so you know I hope that you are right though.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:43

19. Shatter (Posts: 1989; Member since: 29 May 2013)


They are not rumors anymore. It is all 99.9% confirmed. All that is missing is an official announcement.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 08:31

21. o0Exia0o (Posts: 341; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


So you have official proof that it will be released tomorrow? Would you care to share said proof that it will be released tomorrow? If you don't then your comment is invalid. Nobody was talking specs here, just announcement/ release date.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:46 2

4. zhiae (Posts: 174; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


message to HTC
: u dont sell well
there is nothing wrong with ur device it is our mind change it fake us like any other company's do.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:52

5. Smokin (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Wait. In GSMArena its 6" IPS LCD. I dunno wheres right

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:02

15. Chris.P (Posts: 257; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Super-LCD3 is also an IPS panel. Problem with getting a more consistent naming is that manufacturers rarely talk about specifics like this and instead just use blanket terms, like IPS.

I've edited the wording a bit to reflect this. Good eye, by the way ;)

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:57 9

7. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Another weak device by HTC.
That's why they are falling.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:14 9

9. Retro-touch (Posts: 252; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Have to agree, only a blind and retarded person would go for this over a Note 3, which outclasses it in every department save for build quality

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:24 1

23. dratomic (Posts: 458; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


metal is not equal to build quality. if ygis metal clad breaks with a drop like htc one (which is not repairable) then in my opinion it's not build quality. Watch note 3 s drop test to get what I'm saying.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:41

31. EarnYourLeather (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


"Metal is not equal to build quality."

I wish I could put that on a billboard somewhere.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:49 1

25. almostdone (Posts: 110; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


With all that metal making the phone so big and heavy 217g.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:49 1

26. ngo2dd (Posts: 781; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Or people who are jt spec Whore. Beside benchmarks there is not really different. You will have similar battery life in all three. The G2 have a much better camera then the note 3. Apple prove that it s not all about spec but user experience. That is why Google only went with a duel core for the Moto X. But only dumb people call other retard for not careing about the new spec. A cellphone is like a computer I don't care about the newest thing spec but something that work and last longer

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 11:18 3

27. dratomic (Posts: 458; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


GSMArena says note3 camera >>g2. so your opinions are invalid

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 20:27

40. cheetah2k (Posts: 772; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


GSMArena obviously didnt care about the Note 3 camera startup lag then.. Also the low light video and still photos are terrible... Looks like another rushed device like the S4 IMO.

LG G2 >> Note 3 for sure, especially out door photo colour reproduction and IS

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 00:58

44. dratomic (Posts: 458; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


GSMArena is the most null and unbiased site ever (sure their reviews were skewed towards samsung in the past but they have been clean for 5 years now!) and I buy my devices based on their review and fortunately I've never regret it

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 05:31

47. maccess (Posts: 583; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


shut up boy.. you just pure samsung hater like to talk bullsh*t about them..

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 08:15 2

20. alouden (Posts: 188; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


It's probably a decent phone. But you're right. If I were to choose now, I would have to choose the Note 3.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:20 10

13. nxl2610 (Posts: 49; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


S600 ? and the 4 "ultrapixels" camera ?
Sry HTC ,your Max is DOA

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:22

14. o0Exia0o (Posts: 341; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


1+ AGREED.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 14:34

33. Windsponge (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)


Agreed!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:08

16. mottykels (Posts: 366; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Poor htc for s600 and poor g2 for jb4.2.2, note3 wins

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:21 1

17. hassoups (Posts: 280; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


217 grams? Really? The only reason I'm thinking about upgrading from note 2 to 3 is because of the weight

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:42

18. londoner (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


will the G2 have an upgrate for the kit kat?

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 09:48 3

22. lpratas (Posts: 96; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Galaxy Note 3 also supports microSDXC cards, fact that you ignored, Chris P.. 64GB micro SD cards are microSDXC, and the Note 3 supports it.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:42

24. drdaly (Posts: 33; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)


Personalized skins leaves nothing for the Upgrade Lg G2 skin is much like my nexus4 no big difference i mean,
Android version even kit kat will not be major upgrades just incremental like iOS always do

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:37

28. simplepink (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


I was totally hoping and rooting for HTC but again, they disappoint! Sigh. N3 is even more appealing today bc of HTC news. Thanks PhoneArena for the comparison!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:34 1

29. EarnYourLeather (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Note that the G2 is the only device here not being marketed as a phablet. It was included in this comparison, because it is an absolute BEAST of a smartphone.

I was waiting with bated breath for the Nexus 5 but I'm not even looking forward to its launch anymore after getting a G2. I honestly think it's the most slept on Android phone this year.

It is currently the reigning spec king for a non-phablet so performance is state of the art, and the level of customization you get with it is unmatched–that works in both directions. You can seriously all but remove LG's skin for a stock-like experience, if you really care about that sort of thing. The only thing you can't completely make dissappear are the Q-slide apps. Otherwise LG's skin is only as heavy as you want it to be, and I strongly feel that point has been ignored by everyone who has reviewed the phone.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 14:36

34. Windsponge (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)


Note 3 better. How do you like those on screen buttons? I hated them. Got Note 3.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 16:55 1

35. EarnYourLeather (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Loving them. Makes the front of the phone look super clean when it's off, and they go away when I'm watching videos. I only wish LG included a setting that made their background totally and consistently transparent, not just somewhat transparent on the home screen.

The Note 3 is just too big.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 20:32

41. cheetah2k (Posts: 772; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


The Note 3 is indeed way too big. Maybe good for a handbag and bluetooth headset. Just not practical. Aside from that all the Note 3's I've tried (about 5 so far in various countries) seem to have too much lag in the UI, again the phone is overburdened with useless gimicks that chew up memory and CPU cycles..

After my bad experience with the Samsung S4 (and for the record I've been a Samsung man for a long time), I think it will be a while until I buy another Samsung phone again...

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 20:10

38. londoner (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


Hey mate. Am just about to buy the G2 butthere is something that stoped me... i amtalking about theos andoid 4.2 when the note 3 and htc has the 4.3 versions. how big is the differencies between the 4.2 and 4.3 versions of thejelly bean?

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 20:34 1

42. cheetah2k (Posts: 772; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


How much of a difference to useability and features is 4.3 vs 4.2? Not much.

IMO the LG G2 is probably the most bug free phone I've used in a long time and its really really smooth.

I don't think you would be disappointed buying the G2. I got mine in Singapore on release day, and have not looked back!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 19:17

37. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Sorry HTC! Just not impressive enough, and if the international Oppo N1 has LTE (extremely unlikely) it would blow this out of the water for me.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 20:58 1

43. julz17ronald (Posts: 45; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


of course Note 3 wins.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 17:28

48. dgjr7 (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


The one I own wins.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 15:23

49. Faisal8 (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Yassssssss The one I bought wins....And also it's the first Mobile I bought it.. Galaxy Note 3

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