Almost Equal - The LG Spectrum vs. The HTC One XL


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Buying a new mobile phone can be a hefty investment, with top of the line models running in the hundreds of pounds. However, not all phones carry a steep price tag, there are some great mid-range devices out there that are perfectly reasonably priced. Deciding on one can be a little difficult though, since they all seem very similar. Today we're comparing the LG Spectrum to the HTC One XL, in a head to head comparison to see which one is better. They're pretty similar phones, even coming in at around the same price point. If we had to judge by appearances, we'd probably take the Spectrum, since it's just a little sleeker and sexier. But choosing a phone should really come down to the specs, so we're going to have to take a closer look at what these two models can do before we can really announce a winner. As it happens, they have similar specs, but one of these devices is better than the other.

The HTC One XL: What it Has to Offer...

The hugest advantage of the HTC lies in its internal storage. Like most of HTC's XL models, the One XL specialises in storage, and comes with a whopping 32 GB of internal memory, rather than the mere 4 GB that come on the Spectrum. That's a massive eight times more music, photos, videos and data that can be stored on your device, which is a pretty big difference. The screen on the XL is bigger too, coming in at 4.7 inches rather than 4.5 inches. And when you're reading a web page, bigger screens are definitely better. The other big advantage of the One XL for some people is that it has newer Bluetooth support, coming equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, whereas the Spectrum has only 3.0. For users who frequently connect to Bluetooth devices, such as a hands free set, this means faster data transfer, and that your phone uses less battery power when connecting. The HTC also comes in smaller in general, as well as thinner and lighter than the Spectrum, making it more portable. Finally, the One XL is running a newer version of Android's operating system, coming with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, as opposed to the Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the LG. Generally, a newer version of an operating system is faster and more stable than an older version, as carries less risk of your phone freezing and crashing. Oh, and the HTC has a built in FM radio too, not a necessity, but it might be nice to have.

The LG Spectrum: What it Has to Offer...

After all that, the Spectrum doesn't have all that much that it's better at. Both phones run the same processor, so they're equally powerful. The LG's screen has slightly more PPI (pixels per inch), making it a little brighter and sharper, but not terribly so. And that's it.

Which One's the Best?

The HTC One XL gets our vote. We love all that extra storage space, and a bigger screen always gets our vote. The Spectrum is a good phone; it's just not quite as good as the One XL...

Phil Turner has had Virgin phones in the past, though he has now moved to Ireland where there is no Virgin network.

*by andreascy*