HTC One max vs LG G2
The HTC One max inherits the UltraPixel technology of the original HTC One, and put simply this means we get a very similar 4-megapixel camera however this time without optical image stabilization. All this faces competition from a 13-megapixel optical image stabilized camera on the LG G2.
Firing up the camera app is a bit quicker on the HTC One max, but the LG G2 does not feel terribly slow either. The actual applications are very different. HTC gives you two large separate buttons, one for video and another for still image capture and it’s great to have one-tap access to both. LG instead relies on a switch you have to pull for going between video and stills. HTC further supports filters and allows you to manually tweak settings like ISO, white balance and exposure, but all those settings are hidden deep in hard to reach menus. The LG app in contrast features modes such as portrait and beauty shot that lack on the HTC device, plus all options are within easy reach and laid out in large buttons that are convenient to press.
The actual image quality is also vastly different. The HTC One max did not impress us in anyway as pictures on it turn bluish, cold and with low levels of detail. The LG G2 in contrast offers us outstanding image quality. Pictures on it turn out sharp, with excellent color fidelity and plentiful detail.
Indoors, the G2 has the edge as well since pictures on the HTC One max come up with lifeless cold colors. The flashlight on the G2 also lights up scenes more evenly and just works better.
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Both devices are capable of recording 1080p video at 30 frames per second which will be what most users will shoot in. However, LG has the sizeable advantage of optical image stabilization that results in much smoother recordings. The G2 can also record videos at 60 frames per second, which makes them smoother, especially in motion shots. Most importantly, the LG G2 preserves its vivid, lively colors in video and adds smoothness to the recording. The HTC One max looks out of the G2’s league as it records cold-looking footage and lacks OIS.
Both phones also feature 2-megapixel front-facing cameras capable of 1080p video that come useful for selfies and video conferencing. The one on the LG G2 performs slightly better capturing sharper still whereas images on the front shooter of the One max appear a bit blurry.
Music lovers will definitely enjoy the HTC One max and the extra oomph its speakers deliver. These two front facing speakers are among the loudest we’ve ever heard on a smartphone and we’re seriously impressed with how well they sound. It’s worth mentioning that the One max is the first high-end HTC device in quite a while to ship without the Beats Audio logo and bass enhancing preset. The LG G2 sound output pales in comparison with its rival, but the built in LG music application has plentiful options and options that we appreciate like a full-blown equalizer and presets.
Having a large screen best plays out if you like watching a lot of videos, and coupled with not only a large but also a good screen, the HTC One max is the perfect companion for movie buffs on the go. The pleasing colors, wide movie codec support (the only codec we could not play back was DivX) and the impressively loud and clean sounding front speakers, make the One max a true multimedia powerhouse. The LG G2 also fares well with a spacious 5.2” display, but we mentioned its slightly colder than we like screen and with its tinny sounding speaker, watching videos is a bit less gratifying experience.
The image gallery on the HTC One max features the entertaining automatic highlights reels that combine all your daily photos and videos into a cinematic sequence with music. Neat! The LG G2 lacks that flare but also features a versatile gallery app with plenty of sharing options.
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