|LG G2 Moto X|
The LG G2 is ridiculous. In the last few weeks we saw the release of the Moto X. The concept behind the Moto X is the exact opposite of the LG G2. It has a 4.7 inch screen and slim bezel, nice look and feel. It looks like it'd be very comfortable in the hand. Motorola, now being owned by Google, has kept the operating system 99.9% stock android. Stock android runs smoother, looks better, and last longer than any skin I've ever used.
The Moto X has some more useful add-ons:
|Power/volume buttons are on the back.|
It's downright poor design by Samsung and LG. They have access to stock android with which to build off of, but it looks like LG took Samsung's Touchwiz and starting building off of that, and the result is something even more ugly.
|Left: Touchwiz Notification Center; Right: Stock Android Notification Center|
|LG's Notification Center|
How could they not notice, and how could they be ok with it? Notice Google made a separate pull down in stock android for all your quick toggles to keep things nice and clean. LG and Samsung could have done something similar, but they crammed them all together on one page.
Samsung has multi-window, and LG has Q-slide apps for multi-window/multitasking. Neither are terrible ideas, but where LG has decided to place them is terrible.
|Sony's multitasking + small window apps|
|Stock Android's quick toggles.|
What about the placement of the power and volume keys on the LG G2 you ask? They claim it is better because while in a call your finger falls there naturally. That may be true, but what about when watching a video or doing anything with your phone in landscape mode? Is LG completely out of ideas as far as how to separate their device from the rest of the pack that they've moved the placement of the power and volume buttons and called it innovative design? Only time and testing will tell whether this button placement will be a problem when keeping your device in your pocket or laying it on it's back on a table.
So while the Moto X has average specs, it's likely a more efficient device with
|Did I mention the Moto X can be designed by you?|
LG has made a copycat device. Not only does the UI look basically like Samsung's Touchwiz, but the device itself looks like a Samsung phone. It's shaped similarly, and looks like it's made mostly of a glossy slippery plastic.
While the plastic may seem cheaper when compared to devices like the HTC One or any device with a glass panel back (Sony Xperia Z, Nexus 4) the difference is a trade off. You either get more solid/premium look and feel or you get a plasticy look and feel but with the added ability to change batteries (if yours is dying or you want to put in an extended battery) and put in an SD card.
|The HTC One and Sony Xperia Z look and feel more premium than any Samsung Phone.|
|LG's Qslide apps|
So let's look at the G2's bullet points:
- Ugliest UI I've seen yet on an Android phone
- Non removable battery
- No SD card support
- Strange button placement
- Boring plasticy/Samsung look-a-like design
- Released with Android 4.2, already behind with the OS.
The Moto X on the other hand is likely much more efficient. You also don't get a removable battery or SD card support, but the design of the phone is so nice, not just in the look and feel of the shell, but the OS is essentially stock android, with a few nice (useful) features added.
|There's no difference|
We are getting to the point where specs just don't make that much of a difference anymore. The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the S4 are essentially the same phone.
The look and feel of the device, and usability matters more than anything else. Samsung and LG have gotten too wrapped up in trying to add ridiculous features that sound cool in commercials, but most don't work that well or end up being gimmicks that you'll stop using after the first day of owning the phone.
Samsung already has so many add-on features that aren't all that necessary that their OS takes up a ridiculous amount of space. They claim that you have 16gb of storage, but after the OS you have about 9gb of actual usable storage space. And if they keep adding more of these ridiculous features, the OS is going to take up more and more space and create an even more laggy experience.
|Cleaner Stock Android|
As a result of the skin and added features updates will always take longer to reach you. Google will update their operating system and it'll take months for you to get it, if you get it at all. Most of the time Samsung or LG or Sony will have to reskin it and roll it out for just their most recent devices, meaning you may or may not get it at all, and if you get it, it may not be very optimized for your device.
I've owned several Samsung/touchwiz powered devices and I've had the same problem with every one of them. After about a year it will start slowing down and becoming more choppy/laggy, and it only gets worse the more updates they roll out to it. However, my Nexus 7 has received several updates and a year later it's still running buttery smooth like the day I bought it. You'll usually get maybe two updates within the two years you have your Samsung device. My Galaxy Note i717 received two updates over the year and a half I've had it, and it got to the point where it was a pain to use because it had become so slow and choppy. At that point you have to root it and that will fix a lot of the problems, but it'll be even better once you put on a custom rom. Which tells me that the hardware isn't too out of date to be usable, but the operating system is not efficient or optimized. If a stock-like custom rom can run fine on older hardware, clearly something is wrong with Touchwiz.
|At least you can replace the battery with Samsung Phones|
There is no reason to believe that it'll be any different with LG's G2. While I don't see any of these manufacturer's parting with their custom UI's, the bottom line is that they will never be as good as a device running stock android, or even a custom rom similar to stock android.
That is where the Moto X will always be better than these spec powerhouses. We can possibly assume that because Motorola's new phones run something very close to stock android they will be able to push updates out to their phones much quicker than the more heavily skinned competition.