Introduction


The LG G4 is currently the newest member on the Android flagship block, and with it come plenty of smartphone "firsts," mainly in the camera area, like a unique color spectrum sensor, or a tri-axis optical image stabilization. The internals are not the only thing lifted out of the ordinary, though, as the LG G4 also offers variants with unorthodox stitched leather backs, and we are talking genuine tanned calf skin here.

With this comparison, we will be pitting the G4 against HTC's finest for the season, the One M9, which offers a smaller, lower-res display, but a premium metal body, 20 MP camera, stereo speakers, and is running on Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 810 system chip, while the G4 chugs along on Snapdragon 808. Will the faster chipset and premium chassis of the M9 be enough to offset the next link in the G line evolution? Let's find out...

Design

Premium vs flexible design – it's your choice of a more compact M9 with a metal body, or the G4 with swappable battery pack.

LG is the only major flagship maker this season that offers a removable back cover, replaceable battery and expandable storage at the same time. This combo allows for the ultimate flexibility when you want to change the look of the phone with an optional leather rear, or swap the battery on the go. Granted, the compromise is that it is not as exquisitely stylish as the aluminum casing of the One M9, but to each their own.

Needless to say, the LG G4 is harder to hold and operate with one hand, due to the considerably larger screen size. The One M9 is taller than average for its screen size, but decently narrow, so holding it in your palm and operating the display interface with your thumb only is pretty easy. LG sticks with the position of the power and volume keys on the rear, which is mostly a love-it-or-hate-it decision. The One M9 has a more orthodox button placement on the right side, and the buttons are easy to feel and press, though their feedback is a tad shallow.

LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

HTC One M9

HTC One M9

Dimensions

5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches

144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

HTC One M9

HTC One M9

Dimensions

5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches

144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Display

Since both screens exhibit cold, somewhat inaccurate color presentation, the only tangible advantage of the LG G4 screen before the One M9's is its larger size.

Another obvious difference between the One M9 and the LG G4, besides the exterior design, are their displays. The M9 features a 5” Super-LCD 3 display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, while the G4 comes out swinging with a larger, 5.5” LCD panel with 1440 x 2560 pixels. Despite the G4's higher pixel density of 538ppi against the 441ppi of the M9, both screens deliver sharp imagery, with no noticeable icon or text jaggies, even at closer examination.

LG might tout the “Quantum Display” technology used for the G4 screen, but when it comes to color quality and presentation, both the G4 and M9 deliver rather cold colors, above the 8000 Kelvin mark, with 6500K being the reference white point. The primary and secondary colors are mostly off the reference targets, too, especially the reds on the M9, and the greens on the G4, which on top of that are rather saturated there.

The HTC One M9 has a tad brighter display, which can be expected considering that the backlighting of the G4 has to seep through much more pixels, but its contrast and minimum brightness are worse than on LG's phone, which would be an issue at night. Overall, the only tangible advantage of the LG G4 screen before the One M9's is its larger size, which would appeal to media junkies.

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21 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I'd go with the M9 for the audio. Does anyone know if you can set presets with the HTC One's camera as far as exposure, white balance and HDR goes? if so, that could make a world of difference with the camera LOL. I mean it's not like you can get much out the camera but still...?

7. waddup121 unregistered

G4 fam

17. davidroso

Posts: 5; Member since: May 15, 2015

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2. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Battle of losers, I pick M9.

5. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

It's funny how today's losers are actually the ones that pack the more features and give the consumer more for the price... Sony, HTC, LG, Asus, Moto, etc... right now many of them offer more hardware features than the popular iPhone and Galaxy...

11. ph00ny

Posts: 2025; Member since: May 26, 2011

Um... Samsung is the king of offering features after features down the throat of the consumers. Outside of the removable battery and SD card slot, what is S6 missing? Maybe the gimmicky "Boomsound"

12. FluffyBled unregistered

I laughed at your comment ... the last word was really really inappropriate xD

14. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Eh? Samsung offers the consumers a lot more than other manufacturers. You might not agree with their decisions but when it comes to value, Samsung is far away ahead. They always give you a better gorilla glass, faster ram, faster cpu/gpu, the fastest modem, and they used to give you a bigger battery. They just recently started sacrificing MAH for looks but its the consumers that forced them to do that with declining sales. If the GS5 did well the GS6 definitely have had a 3500mah battery and waterproofing. It wouldn't have been nearly as sexy as the GS6 we have now but they would have beat everyone in every category like their previous strategy dictated. And even when they were forced to go with a smaller battery they made up for it with the 14nm fin fet design, built in wireless charging, and quick charge. Like I said. If you don't count the personal discounts they get from manufacturing, and you shouldn't for this comparison, they spend the most money on the consumer by far part for part. The edge for example needs a special factory for the display.

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Like them or not, Samsung parts are always the top of the line. Some people hate their AMOLED displays for example, but hey, it costs more than an LCD and that's the bottom line. So as far we are concerned, they are willing to lose the most money to give us an OLED display and Gorilla Glass 4 etc. They could cheap out and give you an excellent LCD display if they wanted and you would probably be happier, but that does not equate to giving the consumer more, that is technically giving the consumer less since an LCD would save them money over an AMOLED, not more. Again, you might find wireless charging useless but in order to fit a wireless charging plate and OIS in there while still keeping it at 6.9 mm couldn't have been cheap.

9. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

maybe you are the loser man. you consider LG G4 a loser? you must drunk boy! one of the best screen one of the best cameraphone one of the good looking phone(leather version) very good battery (removable ) micro SD card slot(expandable memory up to 2TB) more freebies good price

13. FluffyBled unregistered

Many would argue about your first statement.

3. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

G4 all day every day. Can't compete with that camera. Personally speakers don't matter to me. I do nearly all of my listening by way of headphones/IEMs. I want HTC to survive, but they laid an egg with the M9, imo.

4. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The m9 wins in everything but display and camera. I like an all around device so I would buy either phone.

6. gaming64 unregistered

I'm a gaming enthusiast so this time I'd pick the M9. Not in for display and camera but for the boomspeakers.

8. Rick_Deckard

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

I can't get the M9... Weak camera.... Camera is my favorite feature :-)

10. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

M9 is a joke

16. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

My daily driver is a GS6 but I did buy an M9 for fun. It's actually pretty nice and for the first time ever, I didn't have to return an HTC product for a dead pixel, yellow tint, loose and noisy buttons, not receiving texts, scratches, or poor finishing. The not receiving texts things I can't test much since it isn't my daily driver but no hardware or QC issues for the first time ever is promising I guess. The sim card tray tolerance and button clearance isn't nearly as nice as the buttons on GS6 and it does heat up quite quickly but the heat is more Qualcomm than suck T C. Maybe there is hope for them after all. I passed on the G4 because its just too big and the back buttons don't do it for me. And from the reviews the display isn't as crazy as they touted during the presentation. I still might sell this M9 for a G4 if the reviewers are idiots, and they may well be, and the display is as fantastic as they say. The Z3 display got trashed for example but it blows the iphone 6 display away, especially when they are side by side. I actually put the Z3 display just a hair below the GS6 and Note 4 displays. That triluminous stuff makes it pop.

18. nedooo

Posts: 71; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Quantum display looks like it died day ago next to SLCD of M9...

19. x-lawz

Posts: 14; Member since: May 19, 2015

For me.....I maintain my stand on the Galaxy s6Edge being the very most precious smartphone anyone could quite possibly have.....But let me not go into that right now For me,I've never really bought an LG smartphone before,but I've used the older flagships of HTC.....and going by the current trends of placing higher specs over actual usage....then I'd say the LG G4 really specs out the One M9....and lately,I get pretty quite confused on a particular funny question,what device is actually HTC's 2015 flagship?..... HTC has seemed to have released at least four different High End Smartphones already in the first half of 2015......HTC One M9,HTC One M9+,HTC One E9 and HTC One E9+......not even adding the phone still exclusive to the indian market for now,the HTC J Butterfly......all I'm saying is,so far,taking a close look at them all...though the One M9 is the very most expensive amongst the rest,going for about $700 USD....while the others are between $550-$680 USD......and yet,on specs comparism,the One M8 seem to be the one with the very Least spec sheet....they all have a quad HD resolution with over 540ppi,better cameras and batteries plus every other thing the One M9 can ever boast of housing,they all pack it aswell,so its quite baffling on what HTC's motive for 2015.

20. x-lawz

Posts: 14; Member since: May 19, 2015

For me.....I maintain my stand on the Galaxy s6Edge being the very most precious smartphone anyone could quite possibly have.....But let me not go into that right now For me,I've never really bought an LG smartphone before,but I've used the older flagships of HTC.....and going by the current trends of placing higher specs over actual usage....then I'd say the LG G4 really specs out the One M9....and lately,I get pretty quite confused on a particular funny question,what device is actually HTC's 2015 flagship?..... HTC has seemed to have released at least Three conventional different High End Smartphones already in the first half of 2015......HTC One M9,HTC One M9+ and HTC One E9+......not even adding the phone still exclusive to the indian market for now,the HTC J Butterfly......all I'm saying is,so far,taking a close look at them all...though the One M9 is the very most expensive amongst the rest,going for about $700 USD....while the others are between $550-$680 USD......and yet,on specs comparism,the One M8 seem to be the one with the very Least spec sheet....they all have a quad HD resolution with over 540ppi,better cameras and batteries plus every other thing the One M9 can ever boast of housing,they all pack it aswell,so its quite baffling on what HTC's motive for 2015.

21. divrdwn41

Posts: 1; Member since: May 21, 2015

It has always confused me how critics' of Samsung phones criticized the plastic non-metal feel gave an inferior product. But still would purchase a metal phone and but a case on it.

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