Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. Motorola Droid Maxx vs. LG G2
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Motorola Droid Ultra and LG G2 are three high end handsets set for release in the upcoming months. With them comes next generation specs and software. The decision of which to purchase will be a tough one for any consumer. For the most part, you can’t go wrong with all three. But for those looking to make that illusive decision, there are plenty of factors to take into consideration. Let the Technibattle begin.
TechniBattle – Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. Motorola Droid Ultra vs. LG G2
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
With Samsung yet to release an official announcement, many leaks have pin pointed four variations of the handset. We have already confirmed that one model will sport a 5.7 inch full HD 1080p display. We now have information claiming a second model will sport a 5.99 inch 1080p screen.
Depending on the countries, the Samsung ‘phablets’ may come with a Super AMOLED or Super LCD display. Both offer their own advantages, as Super LCD tends to generate more realistic color tones, while Super AMOLED is slightly over saturated, but vibrant and colorful. The US and UK variants will come with 2.3GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 processors, while other countries may see an octa core Exynos 5420 chip-set.
The Note 3 will come with 3GB RAM, effectively making it the first handset to surpass the industry standard 2GB found in most high end Android devices. It will come with 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB internal storage respectively, with a removable battery and micro SD card slot.
On the camera front, you will likely see a 13 megapixel shooter, similar to what is found on the Galaxy S4. Features included with the camera are optical image stabilization among others. All of the other Samsung TouchWiz bells and whistles such as eye tracking, eye pause, air view, and S Pen functionality will be included.
In terms of pricing, the Galaxy Note 3 will likely sell for $299 on contract for the base model, available on all four major US carriers. The T-Mobile off contract finance pricing is yet to be determined, though likely in the range of $199 down with $20 monthly payments for 24 months.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 packs a punch in every avenue. Between specs, screen, software and battery life, this handset is guaranteed future proof. Everything about it screams premium, and the only fall back on that end would be its build quality. Still, the Note 2 was built to last with a quality plastic casing, and we expect the Note 3 to exceed that quality. There is no doubt about it, the Note 3 is a highly anticipated handset that will sell in the millions.
Motorola Droid Maxx HD
Motorola’s new flagship devices add their own flavor of functionality to the Android platform. With a system the company calls “touchless control”, you will have the ability to communicate with your device hands free, similar to what Google has done with their Chrome search integration.
There are new widgets for added functionality and 10 megapixel cameras. Motorola continues to release thin devices, with the high end Droid Maxx HD coming in at a whopping 7.18mm in thickness. The Maxx will sport a 4.7 inch 720 x 1280 display (312 PPI) with a 1.7Ghz dual core X8 processor and 2GB RAM. It will sports a rear 10 megapixel camera with a 2 megapixel front facing shooter. The handset comes in 16GB and 32GB models.
What truly separates the Maxx from the rest is its whopping 3500mAh battery. With that much power, you are certain to have a full day of power without worrying about constantly recharging your phone. The new hardware is also touted as being battery efficient. If the original Droid Razr Maxx was any indication, we have high hopes for the battery life on the new Droid line of phones.
Motorola will be releasing exciting handsets in the coming months. The Moto X has already been confirmed, with Google behind the wheel. As a competitors, Motorola is reestablishing themselves in a grueling market filled with formidable competition. Time will tell whether these handsets are enough to sway Verizon customers. The Droid Maxx will likely run you $299 on contract, which is fairly pricey for subsidized pricing.
The G2 is high end and sports some great specs, including a 5.2 inch IPS-LCD 1080p display, rendering roughly 420 PPI (Pixels Per Inch), as well as a 2.26GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB ram. These specs put it in line with the next generation of high end Android handsets, with the newly minted Snapdragon 800 processor, set to weed out the Snapdragon 600 chips found in phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.
There are aspects of LG’s new flagship handset that stand out against competition. For starters, the volume and power rockers are located near the back end of the device, which LG claims is to make the device less awkward to use. The phone is very thin, with a screen that almost looks painted on. There are no capacitive buttons, with an all touch screen display, similar to the LG Nexus 4 and soon to be released Motorola Moto X.
The rear camera is 13 megapixels with optical image stabilization with a 2 megapixel front facing shooter. Both camera’s have the capability to record in 1080p with full HD playback. It packs enough juice to get heavy users through the day with its 3,000mAh battery. The G2 comes in a base 16GB model and 32GB for those seeking extra storage.
The company is set to release the G2 on all four major US carriers within the next 2 months, including T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. Manufacturers in the past few months have tried to make an effort to release handsets for every carrier, so nobody is left in the dust. T-Mobile will offer their no contract finance on the G2, with pricing up in the air, though it will likely be in the range of $99 to $149 down for the base 16GB model. With Sprint’s LTE network in full force, they have become a fairly attractive option for those looking for service. The subsidized price will likely be $199 for the base model for Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T, and $249 for the 32GB model.
All three present attractive options
There really isn’t a bad choice here. All three offer their own unique flavor. The great thing about these three handsets is that battery life is sufficient on every one. One of the main complaints about smartphones today is their shortened life span. Not literally, but on the battery end. Carrying around an extra battery or charger can prove to be tedious. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Motorola Droid Maxx HD and LG G2, you will seldom find yourself charging your phone multiple times throughout the day.
It all comes down to personal preference and of course, which version of Android you prefer. Do you prefer Samsung’s TouchWiz? Motorola’s overlay? Or LG’s theme? The best course of action would be to go to your local carrier in person, utilize all three handsets, and make your choice after you have firmly held each in your hands. The Note 3 isn’t set to be released until late September/early October. If you’re in the market now, the Droid Maxx HD and LG G2 will be released this month. We will post detailed video and written reviews as soon as we get our hands on these three phones.
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