HTC One max vs LG G2
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.
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.
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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