Call quality


Call quality with the G4, for the most part, is unchanged from what we experienced last year with the G3. In the greater scheme of things, it gets the job done, as the earpiece and speakerphone produce strong volumes to make them useable in noisy environments. However, there’s a slight hint of distortion to voices through the earpiece that make them sound a little bit artificial, but it isn’t too terrible. On the other end of the line, things seem to flow better, since voices have great audible command and robustness.

The HTC One M9 is loud and clear when it comes to calls: there are no issues with hearing your contacts in the earpiece, and voices on the other end of the line also sound clear.

Battery

Move over, people, nothing to see here – both phones will probably get you through the day with normal usage, and that's that.

Although LG increased the dimensions of the G4 over its predecessor, there’s no change to the battery capacity whatsoever – so it’s packing along the same 3000 mAh battery under the hood. It’s good to carry us a solid one-day of normal usage, but don’t expect the long-lasting results of the Motorola DROID Turbo here. When we turn to our battery test that puts phones through some tough non-stop usage with displays pre-calibrated at the same 200 nits, a comfortable brightness level for indoor use, the G4’s 3000 mAh juice pack propels the phone through 6 hours and 6 minutes in our test, which is very close to the mark of its predecessor.

Our battery life test on the HTC One M9's 2840 mAh unit yielded a result of 6 hours and 25 minutes, with charging being slightly faster – 106 minutes from zero to hero, compared to the 127 minutes that it takes the G4 charger to top off the phone completely.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
LG G4 6h 6 min (Poor)
HTC One M9 6h 25 min (Poor)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
LG G4 127
HTC One M9 106

Conclusion


The LG G4 and One M9 turned out to be two very similar flagships in an evolutionary way, as both don't offer the earth-shaking upgrade from their predecessors that Samsung did with the S6. LG, however, throws in more unique bells and whistles for the G4 to be an inherently worthier upgrade, while HTC kept novelties to a minimum, addressing chiefly the rear camera resolution with a 20 MP piece.

With the price equality, and the obvious screen size and design differences, it will be a matter of personal preference whether you'd pick the more compact, more premium-looking M9, or the G4 with a larger, Quad HD screen, and removable battery. If you are a music aficionado, we'd recommend that you go with the One M9, while the G4 is the phone for shutterbugs and media buffs, with its superb picture and video taking and playback abilities.



LG G4

Pros

  • Outstandingcamera with sharp detail and pleasing colors
  • Unique leatheroption
  • Removable battery
  • Base model with32GB of internal memory and expandable storage

HTC One M9

Pros

  • Slickmetal body
  • Quality audiooutput and stereo speakers
  • Polished HTC Senseinterface
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