HTC One max vs LG G2
Interface and Functionality
Both HTC and LG put their custom skins on top of Android to beautify it and add features, and even though both run on Android Jelly Bean (4.3 on the One max and 4.2.2 on the G2), the two interfaces look very different. The neutral charcoal color accents and flat icons on the HTC One max look calm, while the wildly cartoony and crazy colorful LG G2 could make you dizzy.
The One max is actually the first HTC phone to come with the new Sense 5.5 skin. There is little in the way of visual evolution, but functionally the new iteration of Sense adds the possibility to customize BlinkFeed with support for Google Plus and RSS feeds, and you can also disable it completely. Still, in terms of customization, LG wins hands down with its support for themes that allow it to change its appearance almost completely.
Core apps on both devices include the traditional Google suite of Chrome, Gmail, Maps and others, but LG also bundles in a ton of additional apps and features. There is the convenient double tap to wake the device from sleep, a guest mode, answer by just putting the device to your ear and advanced screen capture. The traditional LG QSlide small apps (like calculator and notebook) are here as well and you can put them on top of what you are doing for more efficient multitasking.
Basic functionality is well covered on both, but we like the LG’s skin a bit more for its easy one-touch access to toggles and brightness slider right in the notification shade. Phonebooks are rich in options, sync to the cloud and you can swipe between various tabs, which is convenient. The large displays on both make plenty of space for a well-spaced virtual keyboard and typing is quick on both. Interestingly, HTC’s large size and lack of single-handed typing optimization work to its disadvantage, and it’s almost impossible to type something on it singlehandedly, so even though we like both keyboards, the LG phone seems better suited to heavy texters.
The One max and G2 also feature infra red (IR) sensors built in. With the HTC One max you can control your TV, while the LG G2 opens even more possibilities with support for all sorts of electronics including TVs, air conditioners and so on.
Processor and Memory
The One max is the newer phone in the pair with LG G2, but surprisingly HTC has decided to equip it not with the latest silicon out there, but with the Snapdragon 600 system chip that was widely used in top devices from the first half of the year. The LG G2 in contrast uses the newest and more powerful Snapdragon 800. Both are quad-core chips and both are very fast, but even though you might not be able to tell the difference in regular use, the G2 with Snapdragon 800 is more future proof.
In terms of daily use, you can navigate around Android completely lag-free and core apps like the browser and camera work quickly on both. Digging deeper into the details, we see the new Krait 400 processor on the LG G2. This is a slightly improved version of the Krait 300 processing core on the One max, and it runs at up to 2.3GHz, faster than the 1.7GHz Krait 300. While the two handsets feature 2GB of RAM, the G2 also has the advantage of faster LPDDR3 RAM.
One area where the difference is apparent, though, is games. The HTC One max comes with an Adreno 320 graphical unit, while the G2 features the newest Adreno 330 that performs much better in graphically demanding games.
Internal storage is fixed at 32GB on the LG G2 and is not expandable whereas the HTC One max sports 16GB of internal storage, but with an easy to open back cover and a microSD card expansion slot you can bump this up by an additional up to 64 gigs.
Internet and Connectivity
Both devices feature mobile Chrome and a custom browser by the manufacturer. The LG browser features tons of customization options allowing you to tweak font size and save pages for offline reading, and the HTC one matches that even adding somewhat limited Adobe Flash support. Loading web pages on both is almost equally quick and scrolling around and zooming in and out are lag free.
Browsing is a joy on both as they support 4G LTE cellular connectivity and dual-channel Wi-Fi. Additional connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS with Glonass, MHL and NFC.