LG G2 vs Motorola Moto X
Sticking with the simplistic route with its operation, the Moto X doesn’t try to inundate us with a host of shooting modes or manual controls with its camera interface. Instead, it’s barebones and offers us minimal features. Oppositely though, the LG G2 is filled to the brim with so many camera shooting mode – with some being more practical than others. At the end of the day, it all comes down to choice: you can either go with the Moto X’s hassle-free experience, or the eclectic features of the LG G2.
So, we have the LG G2’s beefier 13-megapixel camera versus the Moto X’s 10-megapixel “Clear Pixel” camera. And of course, the question that remains is which one is better? Honestly, we can’t complain about the qualities with their outdoor shots, since it’s almost nearly identical with their precise details and good exposure. However, we realize the superior performance of the LG G2’s camera when we take photos under low lighting. Indeed, details are noticeably softer in tone with the two, but the Moto X has more distractive elements in its shots – like the amount of heavier noise and its muddy looking details.
Okay, we’ll admit that 1080p 60 fps video recording on the LG G2 is pretty sweet – something that’s rarely seen in the smartphone space. Plus, it has that cool new feature of track and zoom that hasn’t been seen before. Still, when it’s compared to the 1080p 30 fps recording of the Moto X, we notice that the LG G2’s videos have a lower exposure, which causes it to look considerably darker – resulting in some loss of details. Regardless of that, we still favor it slightly more than the Moto X, mainly because the Moto X’s results are a bit over exposed and artifacting elements are present when panning.
1. LG G2 Sample Video
2. Motorola Moto X Sample Video
Out of the box, we have the Google Play Music app on board, but as an alternative for the LG G2, it comes packaged with its own home brewed one. Playing the same song and putting them to their maximum volume settings, our ears take notice of the stronger tones put out by the Moto X’s speaker. Also, even as we project their respective speakers towards us, we can still audibly hear the stronger output of the Moto X.
Having the larger and higher resolution screen benefits the LG G2 in the video watching department, as the two help to make the experience simply breathtaking. Well, the Moto X is still a pretty snazzy device on its own too, but since it’s smaller and has the lower resolution, it really can’t compete on the same level as its rival. Nonetheless, videos play smoothly on both – with no evidence of sluggishness!
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: 122; 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: 26; 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: 396; 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: 4302; 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: 4302; 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: 4302; 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: 4455; 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: 4302; 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: 4302; 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.