Call Quality


We are glad to hear clean and distortion-free performance of both the microphones and earpieces on the LG G2 and HTC One max. On our end of the line, we easily recognized the voices of our callers as they sounded full and natural, but a bit better on the LG device. Our callers reported the LG’s mic sounding clean and good with noise cancellation on the other end of the line as well, while the One max is a bit tinny and picks up side noises a bit more.

Battery


The LG G2 holds one of the top spots in our battery rankings and we’ve been continuously amazed by the longevity of its 3000mAh battery, but the HTC One max even tops that. The 5.9” HTC phablet comes with a 3300mAh juicer that would last most users two days, and if use the device rarely we could see it going into three-day territory. Neither device supports wireless charging out of the gate.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
HTC One max
7h 27 min (Good)
LG G2
6h 48 min (Average)

Conclusion


The HTC One max and LG G2 both run on Android, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end - these are two vastly different phones. The One max offers the bigger, 5.9” screen and while that might seem like a clear advantage, it works out like a double-edged sword since the device is so large and not comfortable to handle and carry. The LG G2 in contrast has a smaller, 5.2” display, but is surprisingly compact and easy to operate.

We have to admit that we like the nice vivid screen of the One max, its sturdy aluminum design and outstanding loud and clear front speakers, but in almost all else it’s a bit of underwhelming device. We are disappointed to see the Snapdragon 600 system chip instead of the latest Snapdragon 800, and we are particularly unhappy with the underperforming camera.

The LG G2 is not a perfect device (if we had to nit-pic, we'd say we are not perfectly happy with its bluish screen and the loudspeaker is a bit tinny), but it has the future-proof Snapdragon 800, a great 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, and it’s compact and easy to handle. Plus, it costs less. The HTC One max is priced at $249 on Sprint and expected to cost a whopping $299 on Verizon (with a contract), and comparing this to the LG G2 cost varying from $50 to $150 on major carriers, it’s hard to see any justification for the One max price. If you plan on buying one of these off-contract, the difference is still big: the One max costs a whopping $700, compared to $530 for an unlocked LG G2. With all this in mind, the LG G2 easily wins our recommendation here.


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11 Comments

1. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

I'm getting tired of all theses versus'.... What's the purpose of this? It was obvious G2 beats the hell out of One max.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

There's never a winner at the end. Titles should be comparison.

10. ScottRx82

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 31, 2013

I have the Max and my wife has the G2. We both actually agree that the Max is superior in every way except the camera.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

G2 with it's beautiful screen and amazing camera. Clearly a winner in my book.

4. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

one max for sure..

9. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Yes, I upgraded my one to One max.. G2 pro or Note 3 is clearly !! no match of One max.. clearly!!!! in every way !! no matter how you look at it.

5. Jillxz

Posts: 149; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

I got my LG G2 and I love it. Don't see any blueish color in that beautiful screen .

6. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

The G2 the best phone I ever had. I always had Samsung and I'm not sure if I'd ever go back if LG continues strongly like this year. No blue tint and the battery last 2 full days easily. It drains very slow and charges unbelievably fast.

7. SBL_LNG

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

No doubt, G2 for sure!

11. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Both phones are incredibly fast max bigger screen amd better sound g2 still big screen and way faster cant compare s600 to s800 i love my g2 great battery does everything in no time. I do love the zoe on the one phones wish it was added to more phones or the app sold for it the g2 has stuff you can edit out of pics if it pops up.

12. horangeh

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I have LG G2. The pics with the back camera have good detail and contrast BUT always pick up reddish tones that are not there and oversaturate other colors too. My hair is died blond and the cam always puts reddish tones where that I don't see in the mirror or with iphone 5s. The phone screen is indeed bluish - when I took a pic of blue-gray sky, the pic looked VIOLET on the phone but closer to blue-gray when I saw it on the computer.

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