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Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2

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When it comes to the camera interface, the Motorola DROID Ultra is simplistic with only a few options for HDR, flash mode, tap-to-focus, slow motion, panorama, geo tag, shutter sound and quick capture. While the LG G2 has options for almost everything, including the type of picture you want to take (normal, HDR, panorama, burst, etc), six scene modes, flash, brightness, auto focus, image resolution (13MP, W10MP, 8MP, 1MP), ISO, white balance, color effects, and geo tag.

The DROID Ultra comes using the company's new 10MP Clear Pixel sensor, which adds a clear pixel to the standard RGB, which is said to allow up to 75% more light to enter in. Though the LG G2 is using a 13MP RGB sensor, they have incorporated OIS (optical image stabilization) to help reduce vibrations and movements that can blur images and video.


Camera interface of the Motorola DROID Ultra - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Camera interface of the Motorola DROID Ultra - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Camera interface of the Motorola DROID Ultra - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Camera interface of the Motorola DROID Ultra - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2

LG G2 camera UI - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
LG G2 camera UI - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2

For the week that we tested both units, everyday was cloudy and overcast, but you can still see the differences between the two cameras. When viewed on a PC, the outside images that were captured from the DROID Ultra looked dull and dreary, with poor color reproduction, and when zooming in, we could see more pixelation of loss of detail. By comparison, the LG G2 did better with more realistic colors, and images looked sharper and had more detail, even when zooming in. For indoor images, the LG G2 also fared the best, with more natural color and not looking as soft as the DROID Ultra, but in a dark environment when using the LED Flash, both produced about equal results.


Even though 1080p video recording has been around for a while now, the LG G2 allows the option of recording with the traditional 30fps or with the higher 60fps. Without a doubt, viewing the 60fps 1080p recorded video is a real treat, as movement is smooth and fluid, without trails and stuttering that is often the case with smartphone videos. The overall video also has good color reproduction and looks sharp, as the LG G2 has continuous auto-focus, and the optical image stabilization eliminates small vibrations from being picked up. Not only that, but the audio is also a treat, since it is recorded with a bit rate of 157 kbps and a sample rate of 48 kHz. With all that in mind, the video from the Motorola DROID Ultra looks like your average cameraphone video – not great but not horrible. Even though it’s full HD 1080p and 30fps, colors again look darker and there is more of an overall softness to the image. Audio quality also doesn’t sound as good, with it being recorded at a lower bit rate of 128 kbps.



One cool feature we’d like to mention is the Tracking Zoom on the LG G2. With this turned on, once you start to record a video, you can place the magnifier lens on any object, and it will continue to follow that object with it showing in a zoomed-in square on the video. We’re not sure how useful this is, but it is still fun to try out.


Multimedia


Out of the box, the Motorola DROID Ultra and LG G2 are preloaded with the Google Play Music app – meaning, they’re both on the same playing field. But an added bonus on the G2 is LG’s own music player app. Though it doesn’t really add anything visually, it does support playback of lossless 24 bit / 192 kHz FLAC and WAV audio files. But when using the built-in speaker, music was noticeably louder on the DROID Ultra and also sounded fuller. Naturally when using a good pair of quality earbuds, both devices produce better sounding audio playback, but again the DROID Ultra was capable of slightly higher volume.

The standard Google Play Music app - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
The standard Google Play Music app - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
The standard Google Play Music app - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2

Music player of the LG G2 - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Music player of the LG G2 - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Music player of the LG G2 - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2

For watching your own videos, the advantage goes to the LG G2 for having the larger and higher resolution full HD display. Even though the Super AMOLED on the DROID Ultra is still pretty snazzy with super-saturated colors, its lower resolution is clearly visible, with videos not looking as sharp and crisp.

Motorola DROID Ultra - Video playback - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
Video playback - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2
LG G2 - Video playback - Motorola DROID Ultra vs LG G2

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