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LG G2 vs HTC One



LG G2 camera UI - LG G2 vs HTC One
LG G2 camera UI - LG G2 vs HTC One

LG G2 camera UI

The LG G2 has huge plans for its camera, but so did HTC with its UltraPixel shooter. Now, we can finally see the actual images and compare the hard facts.

The G2 features a 13-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and some unique features like manual focus and multiple focal points. The HTC One has a 4-megapixel camera that also supports OIS, and also has some unique functionality like Zoe and highlight reels.

First, let’s look at the camera applications. Both are very quick to start, but differ a lot. LG caters to the masses with a focus on shooting modes like Beauty shot, Macro, Panorama and so on that make capturing images very straightforward and easy to even newbie photographers. Aside from that, there are fine settings that experienced photographers can play with on both devices. You can adjust white balance, ISO, timer and filters, but there is a difference in the way you do so. In HTC’s interface everything is hidden in a long vertical list of menus and submenus, and is a struggle to find. LG on the other hand uses large, easy to find and press buttons for everything, and is extremely intuitive. Good job, LG.

Camera interface if the HTC One - LG G2 vs HTC One
Camera interface if the HTC One - LG G2 vs HTC One
Camera interface if the HTC One - LG G2 vs HTC One

Camera interface if the HTC One

Good news is that the LG G2 delivers superb image quality. Pictures are incredibly sharp and crisp, with lots of fine detail that you won’t find on the HTC One. Both devices capture lively and true to life colors in most situations, but the G2 is more consistent with its performance.

100% crops - detail - LG G2 vs HTC One

100% crops - detail

Indoors where light gets scarce, the difference between the two grows larger. The LG G2 captures much better images, preserving the life in colors, while the HTC One draws all richness from colors and delivers an unnaturally cold hue. The LG G2 flash light is not perfect (it could light up the scene more evenly), but it is stronger than the one on the HTC One and illuminates the scene better.

100% crops - color - LG G2 vs HTC One

100% crops - color

Video recording is another win for the LG G2. Both devices support 1080p recording, but while the HTC One maxes out at 30fps, the G2 records at up to 60 frames per second. The captured footage is extremely crisp and detailed on the G2, and colors retain their liveliness. Footage from the HTC One in contrast looks dull, washed out.

The G2 is not perfect however and it skips a frame every once in a while and the rolling shutter jello-like effect when quickly moving the camera is more obvious than on the HTC One. Both phones feature optical image stabilization that works great.

Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
LG G2 4
HTC One 3.4
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The two handsets also feature 2-megapixel front facing cameras capturing 1080p video. Their main use would be for video conferencing.


With amazing displays, the LG G2 and the HTC One are great devices for enjoying videos, images and music on the go.

Both devices come with a pre-loaded video player that plays back all formats we threw at it, at even 1080p without a hitch.

LG G2 - Video players - LG G2 vs HTC One
Video players - LG G2 vs HTC One
HTC One - Video players - LG G2 vs HTC One




Video players

The two devices offer one custom music player and the stock Google music application. LG’s music player breaks down your collection by songs, albums, artists, genres, playlists and folders, and navigation is easy as you can just swipe between tabs. The HTC One also sorts your music, but it is much less intuitive to use - you have to manually tap and select tabs, it lacks swipe support and that’s inconvenient.

LG G2 - Music players - LG G2 vs HTC One
Music players - LG G2 vs HTC One
HTC One - Music players - LG G2 vs HTC One
Music players - LG G2 vs HTC One





Music players

Sound output on the LG G2 is very loud and sufficiently good for casual use. The G2 has its speakers on the bottom rather than on the back so sound is not muted when the device lays on its back, but still it lacks depth - its sound is flat as on most smartphones. The HTC One on the other hand is in a league of its own with deeper, rich stereo sound coming from the front-facing speakers.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
LG G2 0.29
HTC One 0.68
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
LG G2 66
HTC One 78
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posted on 03 Sep 2013, 05:35

1. sss_ddk (Posts: 74; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

S800 and not S600

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 05:36

2. devoncatt (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

I thought the G2 had the Sanpdragon 800 not 600 as stated above?

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 05:36 4

3. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

htc one rock..
g2 is great phone and i respect to this beauty combine of functioanly and beauti but we know its newer than one for a few mounth but htc one still very georgus super phone with great ui , screen, sound and best body build ..
i think one max can be better than g2 with snap 800 and sense 5.5 ..
both phone are my favorite..
great job htc and lg.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 05:39 2

4. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

plus it i must to say g2 change my mind about LG..
i like htc one very much but now its 50-50 in front of g2..

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 05:46 1

7. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

Since then I'm with LG, I have lots of LG products in my house and it's very reliable, very affordable!

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 22:36

25. chocolaking (Posts: 495; Member since: 22 May 2012)

G2 is really nice . It actually made my thoughts change about LG as well.
but my htc one is sleek as it is.
G2 is also sleek and has a great design.
In my mind the ratio design for htc one and G2 is 51/49
Just because I already have htc one. lol..

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 05:44 1

5. tiara6918 (Posts: 2110; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

The g2 finally made me interested with LG, making it the first LG device I added on my want it list. No doubt that the g2 wins the smartphone battle for now seeing it compete with the competitors before it. Keep it up lg!

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 06:54

9. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

G2 did exactly the same thing with me.
thats a great, lovely phone :D

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 05:44 1

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Design wise HTC One, but overall G2 FTW. HTC get rid of that UltraPixel gimmick. XZ camera is better than HTC One.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 06:52 3

8. sergiobr (Posts: 713; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

LG G2 my next phone !!!! Adios Sammy !

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 07:02 3

10. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

Apple might have to start considering LG in the lawsuits now. The LG G2 is turning to be quite the Android flagship killer.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 07:32 1

11. Packer29 (Posts: 56; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)

I am still waiting to see all the info on the Note 3 but i am leaning toward the G2!

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 10:52

22. sergiobr (Posts: 713; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

Me too. Despite the size of Note III, 60 fps video ??? OIS ??? The rest Sammy is the king !

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 07:59 2

12. yasir-921 (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)

Slow down LG! Beating up the SG S4 and the hTc One!
Oh My GoD!

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 08:00 1

13. yasir-921 (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)

NO to the Galaxy Note III

Welcome the G2!

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 08:10

14. egbtmagus (Posts: 93; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Why no mention of HiFi Audio in any of these? The Ability to play lossless FLAC/WAV audio is huge and no other handset offers it.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 08:18

15. Haridenberg (Posts: 27; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

Which one has it?! G2 or One?!

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 09:24

19. Paradox (Posts: 124; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)

You can just get a third party player which can play these audio formats, so I wouldn't bother buying either of these phones if you want it for that feature, especially considering they don't have expaandable storage

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 08:27

16. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

I don't care... I want both of them XD Give me Give me

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 08:30

17. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 425; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)

just got my One. and i love it

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 08:31

18. nomancool (unregistered)

g2 is newer than one
so there is no point of comparison between them ...you should better compare it to the upcoming htc flagship

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 10:27

20. cristianer (Posts: 42; Member since: 20 Aug 2010)

I see just one problem with the One and it's the camera. You can name it whatever you want but it's still 4 mpx, and a 13 mpx will always win.

That's why I choose G2.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 10:41

21. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

The HTC One is huge for a phone with a 4.7 inch screen. They should be embarrassed by their phone size like Nokia should be.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 14:01 2

24. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

Omg you post this on every HTC one related article. We get it. You like tiny phones. Some people can sacrifice a little bit on size for features like the speakers and the metal chassis.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 11:22

23. szaboagoston (Posts: 43; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)

I have a little correction to add to your great comparison. My "standard" international HTC One has 32 GB flash memory, so there is no advantage for the G2 in that respect.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 23:36

26. transgressor01 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Aug 2013)

htc one is best smartphone of the year its solid physically and on software basis also

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 21:37

27. ArtZGraphic (Posts: 16; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

G2 is really better than One. cause G2 is the newest flagship nowadays, LG has fixed their problem such as camera. the G2 camera is really better than LG's flagship before.
but we have to wait the upcoming flagship from HTC, Samsung, and that has just released : XZ 1/Honami. who will be the best?

posted on 08 Sep 2013, 10:39

28. Mazdajdavis (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)

One other correction the HTC One records full 1080p in 60fps as well just checked, right there in the options, full HD 60fps that's what the option is called. So that with the fact that the LG has motion blur & is skipping frames I would give the video cam win to the one. Also they didn't mention it but slow motion mode on the One is great & so is the fact that you can slow down the whole thing or just certain parts to add that cool slow motion effect just at the part in the video you need it. Also maybe it's my screen but some of the picture shots where it said the LG stayed truer to the natural colors that's not how they looked to me unless they were miss labled, the LG looked a little washed out & the One pics looked more natural to me. Though I'll give it to LG for a great camera that can beat the One, I can't wait to see the evolution of the ultrapixel. HTC is on the right track that's just basic physics, an 8 ultrapixel camera would be unbeatable. If they could keep the 2um pixel size but squeeze 8 ultrapixels out of it without a Nokia camera buldge.

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