HTC One (M8) vs LG G2
From our reviews, we already know that these two prized stallions are equipped to snap some sharp looking photos that are worthy for sharing via social networking. Yet again, HTC chooses to stick with its ‘UltraPixel’ camera for the new HTC One, which features a 4-megapixel 1/3” sensor, an f2.0 aperture lens, dual-LED flash, and BSI. Meanwhile, the LG G2 is donning a beefy sized 13-megapixel 1/3.06” sensor, f2.4 aperture lens, a single LED flash, and optical image stabilization.
If features and options are what you require when it comes to snapping photos, you won’t be disappointed by either device. First and foremost, we have to mention that the two camera apps offer us a wide array of manual controls – allowing us to adjust several settings like the ISO, white balance, exposure, and much more. Sure, they also lay claim to several shooting modes as well, but there are more ‘fun’ selections with the LG G2. It’s not to say that the HTC One M8 is inept, but most of its ‘fun’ is found post shot thanks to the various Duo Effects it offers, which really enhances its photos by utilizing the handset’s secondary camera that measures depth information, allowing for faux-bokeh and animated effects in the background.
Comparing the same set of captured photos, we come to the ultimate conclusion that the LG G2 is quite simply the superior device for the occasion. We’re not saying that the HTC One can’t produce good-looking photos, which it can for outdoor settings with plenty of sunlight, but it’s lacking most in the details department. Naturally for the LG G2 and its higher 13-megapixel sensor, we can zoom into our photos or crop them, without losing too much detail in the process. Furthermore, we should note that LG’s flagship excels over its rivals in the areas of color reproduction and indoor shots as well.
Beating out the HTC One in many areas, it’s rather interesting to find the LG G2 being beneath the HTC One M8 when it comes to snapping photos under night time situations. Specifically, the HTC One M8 has a better balanced tone with its results – whereas with the LG G2, it typically casts a softer look. Despite that, we’re going to tip our hats to the LG G2 for having the superior overall results.
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Recording high-definition 1080p videos on the other hand, the differentiator is mainly isolated to their night time production. Needless to say, we like the quality of the two phones with their daytime shots, but the LG G2 falters under low lighting situations with the absurd amount of motion blur evident throughout the video.
Functionally, the two music players deliver the same options when it comes to music playback, but when it comes to flaunting the snazzier looking player, we have to tip our hat to the HTC Sense 6.0 music player. Why’s that? Well, it simply has a more profound dynamic and animated quality, as there’s a snazzy looking visualizer running while a song is being player. In addition, it also provides us with a karaoke-like function with its ability to display lyrics.
Armed with dual front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound, which directs the flow of audio towards us, instead of against us, the audio quality from the HTC One M8 is cleaner, more commanding, and basically punchier in tone. Taking all of those things into consideration, there’s no wonder why it trumps the LG G2 – more so with its peak audio output of 75.2 dB, versus the 66 dB mark of the LG G2.
Playing high definition 1080p videos with either device isn’t an issue, seeing that they play them flawlessly – aided also by their immaculate displays. However, we appreciate the HTC One M8’s dual front-firing speakers again, since its placement makes perfect sense when watching in landscape. Oppositely, the LG G2 has the useful function of being able to “minimize” a video, so that it can be played on top of other apps – giving it a practical multi-tasking element.
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HTC One (M8) vs LG G2 - Camera and Multimedia