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Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2

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Interface and Functionality


So many choices. Even though both devices are running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the interface looks and feels different, as the Motorola DROID Ultra is pretty close to stock Android as possible with a simplistic approach, 5 homes screens and a basic widget selection. Though there are some Motorola exclusives included, such as the Touchless Control, which is voice recognition with the Google Now experience, Motorola Assist, Droid Zap for sharing images and videos to other nearby phones, Motorola Migrate to transfer setting from your old phone to your new phone, and Wireless Display.

The Motorola DROID Ultra runs a pretty close to stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
The Motorola DROID Ultra runs a pretty close to stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
The Motorola DROID Ultra runs a pretty close to stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
The Motorola DROID Ultra runs a pretty close to stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2

On the other hand, the LG G2 gives a lot more user customization within Android. This ranges from screen-off effects, front touch button style and colors, two desktop themes, screen swipe effects, home screen and app list looping, and lock-screen effects. LG also includes some of its own unique software features. The first being Knock On, which we mentioned earlier, Guest Mode for allowing two unlock patterns (almost like having a separate profile on the phone for two users), Answer Me will automatically answer an incoming call when the phone is placed up to your ear, Slide Aside for easy multitasking, QSlide 2.0, Capture Plus, Quick Remote that turns your phone into a universal remote, and Miracast for sharing your phone’s screen wirelessly to a compatible HDTV.

Interface of the LG G2 - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Interface of the LG G2 - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Interface of the LG G2 - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Interface of the LG G2 - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2

When it comes to the above mentioned voice control services, the DROID Ultra’s Touchless Control feature is easily more potent than the LG G2’s Voice Mate feature. Indeed, the two offer all of the interactions that come with Google Now, but with the Motorola Touchless Control, it is actively listening for our “Ok Google Now” command – even when the screen is turned off and locked. In order to launch the Voice Mate feature, we have to turn on the LG G2.

Touchless Control on the Motorola DROID Ultra is combined with Google Now and is actively awaiting your command - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Touchless Control on the Motorola DROID Ultra is combined with Google Now and is actively awaiting your command - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Touchless Control on the Motorola DROID Ultra is combined with Google Now and is actively awaiting your command - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Touchless Control on the Motorola DROID Ultra is combined with Google Now and is actively awaiting your command - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2

LG G2’s Voice Mate feature - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
LG G2’s Voice Mate feature - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
LG G2’s Voice Mate feature - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
LG G2’s Voice Mate feature - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2

Needless to say, both offer a unique experience; depending on if you are looking for something close to stock Android, or a more customized user interface. You really have to weigh your options here as to which one you prefer.


Processor and Memory


For processing performance, the LG G2 is quite a beast with its 2.26 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and Adreno 330 GPU. Meanwhile the Motorola DROID Ultra is using their in-house X8 Mobile Computing System, which combines a modified 1.7 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 application processor, 400 MHz quad-core graphics processor, a natural language processing core, and a contextual computing core with 2GB of RAM.

As you can see from the above benchmark tests, the LG G2 pretty much dominates with pure application processing power, but both devices are pretty much equal when it comes to graphics performance. In normal day-to-day use, we did feel that the G2 was a bit quicker than the DROID Ultra, as when going between home screens, loading and running apps, and even booting-up the phone.

Since neither device has a microSD memory card slot, you are limited by the internal memory. The DROID Ultra comes with 16GB, but you are only left with about 9GB of usable space out of the box. But the LG G2 comes with 32GB of memory, with almost 24GB available to the user.



Internet and Connectivity


The Google Chrome browser is included on the Motorola DROID Ultra and LG G2, which makes web browsing a simple and enjoyable task. Due to the higher resolution screen on the LG G2, we did notice that text is sharper and clearer to read. One other interesting point is even though the LG G2 has a larger screen at 5.2”, some of the space is used by the on-screen softkeys, and with that is taken into account, both phones have about the same size browser screen at 5”.

Web browsing on the Motorola DROID Ultra - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Web browsing on the Motorola DROID Ultra - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Web browsing on the Motorola DROID Ultra - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Web browsing on the Motorola DROID Ultra - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2

Web browsing on the LG G2 - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Web browsing on the LG G2 - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Web browsing on the LG G2 - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Web browsing on the LG G2 - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2

No surprise here, as Verizon’s 4G LTE network is also supported. When using the Speedtest.net app, both devices achieved around 20-25 Mbps download speeds, and 8-12 Mbps for uploads. And since both smartphones are Global Roaming ready, they can be used in other countries with EDGE/GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) and HSPA/UMTS (850/900/1900/2100MHz).

Naturally, there is also Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz bands), Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. The LG G2 also supports MHL video out, USB3 data transfer speeds, and has an IR Blaster that turns it into a universal remote.

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