Spec Showdown: Moto X Versus Galaxy S4, LG Optimus G Pro, Nokia Lumia 1020, and HTC One

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Shopping a high-end handset, are you? Well fancy that, we just happen to have something you may want to look at! Wading through the pertinent specs of several different smartphones is, quite frankly, a little overwhelming, especially when you're starting at a 2-year commitment with the one you ultimately choose. To help you make an educated decision, we've put together a chart of some of the more popular smartphones as of late so you can quickly and easily compare the specs of each one.

Not only did we put together a list of specs, but when possible, we also linked to our own review/analysis of each device, the sole exception being Motorola's new Moto X handset (we'll have a review in due time). So, without further adieu, here they are:

  Motorola
Moto X

Galaxy S4
LG
Optimus G Pro

HTC
One

Nokia
Lumia 1020
Display 4.7 inches; 1280x720 5 inches; 1920x1080 5.5 inches; 1920x1080 4.7 inches; 1920x1080 4.5 inches; 1280x768
CPU
 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
1.9GHz quad-core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
RAM  2GB  2GB  2GB 2GB
2GB
Storage 16GB/32GB
 16GB/32GB 32GB
32GB
32GB
microSD No Yes Yes No No
Camera(s) 2MP front; 10MP rear
2MP front; 13MP rear
2.1MP front; 13MP rear
2.1MP front; 4MP rear
1.2MP front; 41MP rear
Battery  2,200 mAh
2,600 mAh
 3,140 mAh
2,300 mAh
2,000 mAh
OS  Android 4.2.2
Android 4.2.2
 Android 4.1.2
Android 4.1.2
Windows Phone 8
Data 4G LTE 4G LTE 4G LTE 4G LTE 4G LTE
Dimensions 5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41 inches
5.31 x 2.69 x 0.31 inches
 5.91 x 3 x 0.37 inches
5.31 x 2.63 x 0.37 inches
4.13 x 2.81 x 0.41 inches
Carrier(s) AT&T; Sprint; T-Mobile; Verizon;
U.S. Cellular
AT&T; Sprint; T-Mobile; Verizon;
Cricket; Metro PCS
AT&T AT&T; Sprint; T-Mobile AT&T
Price $200 $200 $100 $200 $300

Samsung Galaxy S4

You'll notice there are some potential deal killers listed above. For example, if you're a Verizon customer and want to stick with Big Red, then the LG Optimus Pro, HTC One, and Nokia Lumia 1020 are all off the table; two of those are exclusive to AT&T. Likewise, only two handsets -- Samsung Galaxy S4 and LG Optimus Pro -- offer expandable storage by way of a microSD card slot.
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These comparisons really don't do a lot w/o going into detail or using all of them side-by-side to compare. HTC camera, S4's archaic button design, TouchWiz vs Sense vs stock... all make this table far less useful.

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I disagree. Tables like these are great for quickly weeding out potential candidates due to various deal killers. For someone that doesn't follow the fast-moving smartphone world closely, it's helpful to know, at a glance, which phones are available on which carrier, which ones have a microSD card slot, and other potential deal killers.

For example, if I'm in the market for a Verizon phone, or a handset that's at least 5 inches, I can narrow down my list of candidates at a single glance. This is meant to be a starting point, not an in-depth roundup.

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Lots of information packed into one place.

I just bought an HTC One, but it's last year's model. I like it though, and it's camera is pretty nice.

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zybch replied on Sat, Aug 3 2013 10:40 PM

Its kind of pointless to do these kinds of tables when there is such a difference in how some of the devices manage the OS/apps. The lumia for instance would seem to be way way way slower than the quad core devices but the way its OS operates actually makes it one of the fastest devices. Likewize with the screen resolutions. You simply cannot tell the difrerence between 720 and 1080 at 12" away on a 4"-5" display, its just a meaningless spec-battle that only serves to decrease battery life in the higher resolution screens. Also, no iPhoney in there...

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zybch replied on Sat, Aug 3 2013 10:55 PM

The only real details that help people weed out particular phones is the carrier section.

These phones all perform remarkably closely despite CPU differences, and other than avoiding the really old android versions in the Optimus G and HTC One, its really just the availability that matters, unless you want an amazing camera (Lumia 1020) or expandable storage (Sammy S4) or to look like a hipster douche and get an iPhone.

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digitaldd replied on Mon, Aug 5 2013 10:35 AM

So is the MotoX a midrange smartphone masquerading as a high-end one with its price? 

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sevags replied on Mon, Aug 5 2013 1:22 PM

The moto X is just too expensive for the specs. WP8 on the Nokia doesn't need more than a dual-core not even sure if it's meant to run on quad-core yet but comparing CPU and cameras alone I would never consider one. Also most of us are used to seeing larger batteries from Motorola which isn't the case with the X. I will wait for the Moto XS before I'm impressed.

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