LG G2 vs Motorola Moto X
Interface and Functionality
Both companies are making great strides with the software running on their flagship devices, as they improve upon the foundations of Android. It’s tough to say which one is the superior of the two, as they have their specific elements that appeal to different people, so we’ll simply note some of their outstanding main functions – and how the two handsets go about doing them.
When it comes to ease, we’ll say that the Moto X’s mostly stock Android Jelly Bean experience does a better job of making the experience simple – it doesn’t try to inundate us with a host of features. In fact, it’s almost amazing to find how easy it is for anyone to pick up the Moto X and start using it. In contrast, the LG G2 with its heavily customized Android Jelly Bean experience has a lot to offer in the visuals and presentation department. From being given a host of LG-specific widgets, to the different scrolling animations with the homescreen, the G2’s experience is undoubtedly expansive over the Moto X. However, the added complexities can disorient first time users.
Although the two offer the same multi-tasking functions, which are done with the aid of the quick apps menu, the LG G2 adds a new element with its QSlide and Slide Aside features. Sure, some might not view them as being practical with their executions, but at least we have alternative options with the G2.
When it comes to voice control services, the Moto X’s Touchless Control feature is easily more potent than the LG G2’s Voice Mate feature. Indeed, the two offer all of the intricacies that come with Google Now, but with the Moto X’s Touchless Control, it’s actively listening for our command – even if it’s turned off. In order to launch the Voice Mate feature, we have to turn on the LG G2.
Between them, there’s no questioning the insane amount of stuff that come along with the LG G2’s features – there’s just no comparison, it simply blows the Moto X out of the water. In fact, it features things like Knock On, Guest Mode, Answer Me, Text Link, Capture Plus, and Quick Remote, which gives us alternative ways of accomplishing basic tasks. Certainly, people will appreciate some of the features more than others, but the Moto X has a totally different approach with its simplistic offering. It boils down to whether you prefer something comprehensive, or something that’s easy to operate and just works.
Processor and Memory
Yet again, it’s the LG G2 that’s going to get the attention with its more cutting-edge hardware under the hood, where it’s packing a 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU. In comparison, the Moto X’s hardware isn’t anything worth writing home about initially, as its Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System, which employs a modified 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 320 GPU, seems less intimidating than its rival. However, we can attest that the Moto X isn’t a slouch either with its modest hardware, since it’s able to match the LG G2’s tight performance in almost every way imaginable.
Unfortunately, neither handset boasts expandable storage, which requires us to be more conscious about what we store. With the Moto X, it’s available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, while the LG G2 starts off at the minimum with 32GB of memory.
Higher is better
LG G2 20654
Motorola Moto X 8509
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LG G2 35376
Motorola Moto X 18483
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
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LG G2 50
Motorola Moto X 54
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LG G2 1229
Motorola Moto X 749
Vellamo HTML 5
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LG G2 2951
Motorola Moto X 2412
Internet and Connectivity
Needless to say, the larger and higher resolution display of the LG G2 makes it the more suitable device for web surfing, but when it comes down to it, the two get the job done with their responsive navigational controls and speedy page loads thanks to their 4G LTE connections.
Knowing that these are flagship smartphones, they’re stuffed with all the connectivity gear we’d come to expect. Not only are they both available in GSM and CDMA flavors, but they also feature aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and NFC.
1. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
You can't even compare these phones.... one is a god, the other a peasant. Literally why even try comparing these phones. The G2 is on a whole different level
3. papss (unregistered)
I have to agree... The G2 is a beast and the motox is typically average Moto who hasn't competed with anything since they were purchased.
6. nnjerzy (Posts: 104; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
I have to agree the G2 is a beast im waiting on mines today,,, i have to realy give it up to LG... the company has always made good phones,, even back in the chocolate days.... LG Dare,,
10. taikucing (unregistered)
so true. Moto X is a mid range phone. Motorola needs to make a flagship phone
21. cdwjustin (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)
what if someone was trying to decide between the two.? wouldnt it be nice to have a comparasion.?
22. scsa852k (Posts: 329; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
PA made this comparison just to make Moto X look bad
2. D.Aceveda (Posts: 390; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
This is just like comparing all the flagship models of this year to iPhones. No comparison.
Also. Whats the point of making these "VS" articles if you never out right declare one phone the victor?
It's always, "Phone A is good there is no doubt the specs are great, but Phone B is good too and for the price etc etc"
How about "Phone A wins", "Phone B wins"
I feel like I am the only person who notices the stupidity of these "VS" articles
4. gust3r3u (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)
Lg g2 wins , Moto x back to the drawing board ...DONE
25. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Didnt the moto x score high in the 3d benchmarks and 1080p play back as well as had decent battery life while playing videos and decent web browing as compared to gs4 ,so overall it truely isnt a bad phone.
7. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
Highest end compared to not even in the competition lol
9. roldefol (Posts: 3359; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I get that every new phone gets compared to every other phone. And while G2 vs. Moto X isn't nearly as ridiculous as G2 vs. iPhone 5, it's still a stretch. The main advantages of the G2 are the S800 and the huge, top of the line screen. The Moto X cannot touch those. And the main advantages of the Moto X are active notifications and stock interface. The G2 cannot touch those. It's a matter of personal priorities and only the user can determine that.
11. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Agreed. I'm thinking of picking up the X so I've been reading a lot about it. I believe the Verge had the best review, it started out by saying the specs didn't make sense but the more it was used, the more it was hard to let it go because Motorola designed it purely for the user experience.
I also talked to a guy who owned the X and the HTC One and said surprisingly the X was a faster phone. It's not all about specs, it's about optimizing the OS, which Moto has done a fabulous job with. So right now I'm waiting to see what the Nexus 5 will be and for the X to drop in price before making that call. Might even get the G2, it's an outstanding handset as well.
12. roldefol (Posts: 3359; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I'm waffling between the Droid Maxx (essentially a bigger Moto X with a massive battery) and G2. I still can't decide which way to go. My perfect phone would be a Moto X with a 5" 1080 screen (which I thought the Maxx would have, but alas it's only 720). But I can't wait for perfect, and I'm left trying to decide if the screen is more important than the UI.
13. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)
I've never seen an LG smartphone that was better quality or more reliable than a higher end Motorola.
Go with the Droid MAXX, I have an ULTRA and it's the best smartphone I've had. The X8 runs the phone flawlessly. (8 cores) Touchless controls rock, I use the quick access to the camera quite often, and it's one of the snappiest most responsive phone's I've ever had. If not the quickest and most responsive. The active notifications are a really nice touch too. Plus Motorolas and Nokias usually test out highest on Verizon's network for signal quality.
The 720p is kind of a moot point at this screen size. The average human eye has trouble differentiating between 1080p and 720p under 36"
Now if you were talking TV or home appliances I'd go with LG all day.
16. roldefol (Posts: 3359; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I'll have to see the two side by side. 720 vs 1080 really depends on screen size. In the 4.5-5" range, 720 is plenty sharp. Once you start pushing into the 5-5.5" range, you start seeing pixels again. So 1080 is actually appropriate for those devices. So that puts the Moto X solidly in the size range for 720 (RGB stripe,at that), but in the 5" Maxx it's borderline.
14. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
I was worried about the screen on the N4 when I was considering that phone. Without having the opportunity to see one in real life, I pulled the trigger and was fortunate to get one in the first wave. After powering it on, the screen blew me away. Is it as good as some other screens out there? Probably not but it's more than impressive for me. If the X is like that, it's the least of my worries. The only concern with the X is upgrade support, I'm a big fan of the Nexus series. Then again, the latest updates haven't been that significant after Project Butter was released.
I'll have to see them both in person, both cost a lot more than the N4 so the risks are higher. Maybe my age is starting to show, I'm more interested in simplifying my phone right now so the X appeals to me.
26. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Nexus 5 will probably have the same specs as Lg g2 since is it Lg making that one.
15. lyndon420 (Posts: 3042; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
To the whiners: both these phones are new and available to the public now. They are both geared towards the same consumer. I could see if maybe they were comparing a tablet to a phone - that would justify the complaints. Oh well...life is short and I get more out of the comments than the articles anyway.
17. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
Well they are definitely not geared towards the same people. I wouldn't touch a motorola with a 10ft pole. The maxx hasa slightly bigger battery, why pay 300$ for essentially last years phone. Why even look at a motorola period. The G2 is the best phone available at the moment. It's also available for 140$ on verizon so just keep that in mind when you look at the ugly motorola phones
18. roldefol (Posts: 3359; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
But that's mostly your opinion/spin. In my view the two phones are completely competitive (apart from price), because I'm looking at the whole experience - camera, UI, speed of updates, calling quality, battery life, audio quality, build and materials. If your only concern is fastest processor and highest screen resolution, fine, Motorola can't compete. I want the whole package though.
19. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)
That being said, if you look at the speed an benchmark tests the X8(which is not last year's technology)beats a lot of flagship phones in a lot of tests. Especially in FPS.
The difference in Processing speeds between the two will be relative.
I work for a very large US provider, and the LG's are probably the worst smartphone we sell as far as quality. And that's saying something considering how much trouble we have out of iPhones. Doesn't matter if it's our free one or so called "Flagship" phones the LG's have just been bad.
24. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
Well now that is an opinion for sure. LG came up from behind and killed off any competition so now we just have to wait till next year. It's pretty apparent that the G2 isn't anything less than premium. The Maxx is a rehash being pawned off for 300$. Same UI with a new processor that's not even that new. Sorry i think motorola wins the bad quality award.
23. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
The build quality on motorola isn't winning any awards. Neither is the UI when it's paired a long side the much hyped 8x processor and the bad 720p screen. The battery life also will probably guaranteed be better on the G2. Just telling it like it is, better is better!. The only thing that motorola x might have on the G2 is UI. You will never get the whole package. Each phone has flaws and i'm pretty sure the G2 sound is it's downfall. Then again i heard everyone praise the call quality and sound so... in a way it is the total package. Either get over the better version of touchwiz or buy a worse phone for more money (razor maxx)
27. roldefol (Posts: 3359; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
My big problem with all of this year's Motorola phones, whether you accept them as flagships or not, is pricing. If you cannot match your competitors on the most basic specs such as storage, you are not pricing your product competitively. Motorola is trying to match/beat iPhone pricing, when in fact its main competition is the One (32 GB), Lumia 92x (32 GB), and S4 (16 GB+SD). Sorry Moto, you're not Apple; you have to use value pricing. It should be:
Moto X 16 GB - $150
Moto X 32 GB - $200
Droid Ultra - $150
Droid Maxx - $250
I personally see the Moto X as an upper-midrange/lower-high-end product, and the Droid Maxx as a flagship. If both devices were priced in line with their capacity and performance, comparisons would be fairer.
28. mustafa.muhammad (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)
Thank you for fixing the G2 numbers in the database, but the numbers are still old here (and I think in other comparisons), when I add a phone and choose the G2 it gets fixed (the new numbers appear), please remove the old numbers and put the new in all the comparisons.
Thanks again for fixing.
29. gedansky (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)
I see a LOT of comments that show that people haven't been following the Moto X very closely or ready all the reviews, or they would know that the Moto X has done for Android, what the iPhone did for IOS... Dispel the concept of specs and make it about balance and performance.
All the reviews say basically the same thing... The Moto X is so well refined, with its proper balance of CPU, GPU, and software, that it equals or out performs virtually every smartphone out there. If you are looking for sheer physical size of product or spec, or customized UI there are some great phones out there. But, if you are looking for the best combination of speed, reliability, and ease of use (one handed use, ease of access etc), then the Moto X is the choice.
It's VERY hard to move away from specs as a driving factor, even when you understand. But, couple it with a simple fact... Motorola makes the best radios in the industry, and, their phones spend far less time in the shop than LG's, and it's a lot easier for me to consider the Moto X over the G2. But, I also don't want to carry a big screen TV in my pocket,
30. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Well said if this lg has the same radio as my kids lg rumor then going to have poor signal hope they updated it.
31. andrew43015 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)
I guarantee everyone that has an LG g2 that the left speaker at the bottom does not work I've got four phones from them still has issues volume keeps going down on its own without even touching it but I still love the phone because it got the quad core processor very fast and efficient what I need to look something up but I'm kind of looking towards the Moto X because it got that way you can talk to it and it talks back like that iphone s5