Superphone Round-Up: Samsung, HTC, LG and More

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There are a lot of really great smartphones on the market today. With various manufacturers competing for their slice of the smartphone market, there are a lot of factors to consider when shopping for one of these high-end phones. Although some consumers may find the myriad of options confusing or overwhelming, we find it exciting. After all, competition leads to better devices and features and we’re the benefactors.

In this product showcase, we’ll take a closer look at three of the hottest phones currently on the market: the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S 4, and LG Optimus G Pro. Not to leave all other phones out in the cold, we’ll also consider a few additional superphones that have some standout features and are just rolling out to retail now, to give this trio even more competition.

HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S 4, and LG Optimus G Pro, each screen is set to 50% brightness

Certainly hardware specifications are a key feature to compare when looking at a smartphone, but software also makes a big difference in usability of a device and to help it stand out among the crowd. While two phones may have comparable hardware and run on a similar version of Android, the additional software features are much more unique to a particular phone and manufacturer.

We’ll dive into the unique software features of each phone in the coming pages but first, let’s compare the hardware specifications of the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S 4, and LG Optimus G Pro side-by-side. Be sure to journey on to our full reviews of each device as well; just hit the product links at the top of the table...



Samsung Galaxy S 4

LG Optimus G Pro

1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600
1.9 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600
1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600
32GB or 64GB
16GB or 32GB
32 GB
microSD slot
Operating System
Android 4.1.2
Android 4.2.2
Android 4.1.2
4.7 inch, Full HD 1080p, 468 PPI
5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Display
Front: 2.1 megapixel
Rear: HTC UltraPixel
Front: 2 megapixel
Rear: 13 megapixel
Front: 2.1 megapixel
Rear: 13 megapixel
Size and weight
5.4 X 2.7 X 0.37 inches
5 ounces
5.4 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches
4.6 ounces
5.91 x 3.0 x 0.37 inches
6.14 ounces
2,300 mAh
2,600 mA
3,140 mAh
Carrier availability
C Spire
US Cellular
Verizon Wireless
 Price  $99 on Contract
 $149 on Contract
 $59 on Contract

As you can see from the chart above, the hardware features of each of these phones is very comparable. Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 edges out the competition by a hair in terms of processor speed. The S 4 is also the lightest phone of the three. LG’s Optimus G Pro takes the cake in terms of having a larger 5.5-inch display and a larger battery.

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zybch one year ago

Anyone else find the latest batch of android phones boring and a bit 'meh'?

Dave_HH one year ago

I don't know. I think the Galaxy S4 Active is pretty nice myself.

SmogHog one year ago

The Galaxy S4 SHV-330S LTE-A sold in Korea with the Snapdragon 800 is in a class of it's own until folks get their hands on an LG G2 or a SS Note III

Dave_HH one year ago

SH, why don't you score us one of those. ;)

bamcintyre one year ago

Got me an S4, and my wife and daughter S3s.. I'll eventually figure out how to use everything in this sukka, but I sure like it.

navas one year ago

the galaxy s4, HTC One and galaxy note 3 are good, but the LG G2 is the best

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