The LG Optimus G Pro was released at Mobile World Congress alongside a new mid-tier range of LG smartphones. We put the newest flagship up against the HTC Droid, a Verizon only smartphone that has been touted as one of the best in the US right now.
Design & Display
Both phones have quite big bodies, if you are used to the four-inch iPhone or any other small smartphone, be prepared to hold a much bigger and more roomy device.
The HTC Droid DNA was the first to have the 1080p display and color and text reproduction is incredible on the phone, and trumps the LG Optimus G Pro. That being said, if you are looking for 0.5 extra inches of smartphone real estate, the G Pro may be the smartphone for you.
In terms of design, both smartphones are very slim and light, while the LG comes in white and a few other colors, Verizon have added only one color to the HTC Droid DNA, a black and red sports-car look.
We think the HTC Droid DNA looks like a nice device, but for those that love the white on a smartphone, the LG Optimus G Pro is the one for you.
The Optimus G Pro trumps the HTC Droid DNA when it comes to processors, due to the Optimus G Pro release date; it was able to add the new Snapdragon 600 quad-core processing chip, clocked at 1.7GHz. The Droid DNA has the previous Snapdragon S4 Pro, a great processor but a little slower at 1.5GHz.
Both devices have 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU. Put against one another, they perform just as well as one another, but when you combine a few tasks, the Optimus G Pro starts to pull away.
The Optimus G Pro has more storage and battery life compared to the HTC Droid DNA. When testing, the G Pro went on for a few hours longer.
The front facing cameras both work well and have 2.1MP shooters. The rear camera on the LG Optimus G Pro has a 13MP shooter, whereas the HTC Droid DNA has an 8MP camera. The HTC Droid DNA wins on image and color clarity and reproduction, also the Droid DNA photos are less grainy.
Both smartphones have Android 4.1 inside with their own customized skin. We would recommend you try them both out before you purchase, as we cannot really say which one you will enjoy better.
Sense 4 is designed with big widgets and squares, while the Optimus G Pro UI is a lot more bright and bubbly, many may find this off-putting.
The HTC Droid DNA has better display and design, but the LG Optimus G Pro claws it back with better performance, battery life and storage. Both phones work excellently, deliver fast response and only the needy will be thinking about storage.
In our view, the HTC Droid DNA is just a slightly better phone – but in many ways we are stuck in a draw situation.