In the race to be the biggest competitor to the iPhone, LG and HTC are both giving it their best shot. HTC announced the new One X in February while LG held off until May. For those waiting for the LG Optimus, it should be available in North America any day now.
The real question is how they stack up against one another? We’ll get to the specifications in just a minute, but based on an informal survey among test users the LG model has a slight advantage over HTC. What seems to be most attractive is a very clean design which does away with the gentle curves of a few years ago and replaces them with hard corners. It makes the phone look more like a business device than a toy. With that said, on to the specifications.
For 2G networks the LG Optimus operates on CDMA 800/1900 while the HTC One X utilizes GSM 850/900/1800/1900. For 3G networking both phones use HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100. Most users are not going to be able to see a noticeable difference between the phones in this regard. Any trouble with the networks themselves is going to be provider-related rather than phone-related. That said, for the few providers still holding out with a preference for CDMA the LG wins this battle.
Both phones feature a 4.7 inch screen; the LG is a true HD-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen while the HTC sports a Super HD-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. Both are capable of 16 million colors and a resolution of 720 x 1280. We give the edge on displays to the HTC One X.
The sound system in both models is nearly identical in terms of functionality. Both include an earphone jack, a built-in loudspeaker, and the ability to choose between MP3 or WAV sound files or a vibration alert. For sound specifications we call it a draw.
Both the LG and HTC include built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and infrared. They also both have USB ports for transferring data via the flash drive. Where HTC does better than LG in this area is probably the added GPRS and EDGE. Though EDGE is not widely used, it’s nice to have it when it’s necessary. The HTC One X gets the thumbs up here.
In the area of memory we really like LG’s thinking, and we believe it’s one of the things that give them the overall edge. The LG Optimus offers 2 GB of RAM and a microSD slot capable of hosting cards up to 32 GB. That gives the LG phone the potential for plenty of personal storage space while reserving all of the RAM for phone operations. As for the HTC One X, it offers 1 GB of RAM and 26 GB of user accessible storage. As we said, the winner in the memory category is LG.
Both phones have what you’d normally expect of a mobile device camera. They’re capable of fairly decent pictures and 1080P video. The one advantage HTC has in this area is that the One X allows for simultaneous photography and HD video. How they managed that on 1 GB of RAM we’ll never know.
Android OS version 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is the operating system for both phones. They come with your typical standard software and the ability to download apps and games to your heart’s desire. Both come with GPS support, full Adobe flash functionality, HTML support, and typical e-mail, MMS, and SMS messaging. In terms of standard media formats like MP3, WAV, and so on, there’s really not enough difference to speak about. Both phones will be able to handle most of your media without problem.
Batteries and CPU
Lastly the edge on CPUs goes to the dual core 1.5 GHz LG Optimus. Even though the HTC One X sports a quad core 1.5 GHz CPU, real-life tests of mobile phones don’t justify going quad core. Most apps don’t use the extra cores and they simply produce more heat and reduce battery life. To that end of the LG carries a Li-Ion 2150 mAh battery while the HTC utilizes a Li-Po 1800 mAh.
In the end it seems that the differences between the two phones are minor at best. We give a slight edge to the LG Optimus all the way around because it seems to have a bit more to offer along with a more attractive package. We’re still not sure whether it’s ready to compete with the iPhone though.