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LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III: screen comparison

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LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III: screen comparison
This story is sponsored by LG. PhoneArena's opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!

One of the things that can make or break the experience of using a smartphone nowadays is the screen, and these tend to come in many different kinds and implementations, as manufacturers try to come up with something new and unique for their handsets. Interestingly, screen technology also happens to be one of the major differentiating factors between two of the very best Android handsets right now - the LG Optimus G and the Samsung Galaxy S III. With the former using an advanced kind of LCD technology called True HD IPS Plus, and the latter - the so-called Super AMOLED, it is clear that what we're dealing with here are two exceptionally potent screens. With that in mind, we think it's completely possible to discover which one is the better of the two if we take the time to examine them closely. Let's do so right now!


Outdoor visibility

LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III: screen comparison
Let's start by checking how these guys fare when taken outdoors, where most handsets usually struggle to offer an easily viewable image. Taking advantage of its True HD IPS Plus display technology, the LG Optimus G is capable of producing some very high brightness levels, which don't seem to be within the reach of the GS III's Super AMOLED panel.

That doesn't mean that the Galaxy S III is hard to read when you're out and about. It actually performs well in this department, but when directly compared to LG's offering, it's visibly more washed out.


Colors

The GS III tends to display colors in an inaccurate way

The GS III tends to display colors in an inaccurate way

AMOLED displays, like the one of the Galaxy S III, are known for their very saturated and unrealistic colors. They happen to be far from natural for two reasons. The first is their already mentioned tendency to appear oversaturated, and the second is the AMOLED screens' cold color temperature - something they have been unable to escape from to this day. The Galaxy S III is not an exception. When you put it next to a quality IPS screen like the one of the Optimus G, you immediately notice that the white on the GS III's screen is actually bluish, while the Optimus G display is much closer to the real thing.

Of course, the same observations are valid for all colors, not just for the "whites". This is one area where IPS LCD screens have remained unbeatable. Sure, if you're only staring at the Super AMOLED panel of a Galaxy S III, you may even fail to notice the inaccurate temperature of the colors, and you might even like it this way, but it'll quickly become obvious that the Optimus G's IPS display produces the more accurate picture once you take a look at it.


Resolution

On paper, both handsets are almost equal in terms of resolution, or pixel density. However, there is an important difference, which makes the display of the LG Optimus G the better one in this category. While the GS III uses a PenTile pixel arrangement, the Optimus G sticks to a traditional RGB matrix. In short, equally sized displays of the same resolution would look better with an RGB matrix, because they'll have more subpixels. The result of this is that RGB displays appear finer and smoother, with less fuzziness. Both the LG Optimus G and Samsung Galaxy S III perform very well here, due to their high resolutions, but the Optimus G does have the upper hand, as its RGB matrix helps it achieve some cleaner-looking details compared to the GS III.

Optimus G (left) vs Galaxy S III (right)

Optimus G (left) vs Galaxy S III (right)


The main activities that benefit from this have to do with reading text. If you're working with documents, reading ebooks, or simply web browsing, you'll surely appreciate the more detailed display of the Optimus G. Other things, like watching video or viewing pics, don't suffer that much from the PenTile display.


Viewing angles

Although the Optimus G loses some brightness when tilted to its side, it does retain its very natural colors

Although the Optimus G loses some brightness when tilted to its side, it does retain its very natural colors

Traditionally strong in the viewing angles department, AMOLED screens have recently been losing their lead to the highest-quality IPS screens. Such is the case with the Galaxy S III and Optimus G. Although the GS III manages to retain relatively good contrast levels as you start tilting the screen to various sides, we don't like how quickly the panel starts shifting its colors, becoming quite bluish in the process. Meanwhile, the True HD IPS Plus display of the Optimus G loses some of its contrast, but the image stays pretty much the same, without any serious alterations.

All in all, LG has proven that it's a serious innovator when it comes to display technology. The Optimus G is up there with the very best in this respect, boasting a high-definition screen with nicely saturated (but not too much) and realistic colors, along with reliable outdoor visibility and viewing angles. As good as the Super AMOLED technology of the Galaxy S III is, Samsung will have to think of something better than that if it wants to compete with LG's True HD IPS Plus tech.

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posted on 16 Nov 2012, 02:20 4

1. jstahl (Posts: 79; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Both suck. Apple and HTC are the best. Only if HTC made iOS phones. That will be my dream phone.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 03:31 25

8. aco96 (Posts: 179; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


iphone's display is made by LG...

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 03:57 14

11. MeoCao (unregistered)


LG has made huge improvement and after Nexus 4 I believe LG will do much better in phone design.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 04:28 7

13. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


U mad bro?

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 09:36 4

24. thenoodge (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


i have the iphone 5 and now the optimus g it was given to me during the training for it and i have to admit the screen on it is better then my iphone 5 just about everything is better and i never thought id like a sprint lg phone they are usualy garbage but they stepped it up alot

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 21:59 2

29. epicandroid (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


just cause you're taiwanese doesnt mean htc is the best..im taiwanese but i think samsung is better :P look at the sales

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 17:34 1

32. alexanderbell (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


@jstahl God, you're an idiot. Please go away and read some other site.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 02:24 1

2. aquadust (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


There is still a lot of work to do with OLED panels, I'd like to see power consumption comparison while browsing the web :)

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 03:55

10. MeoCao (unregistered)


I think AMOLED is worse in color reproduction, but very power efficient.

Still GS3 is 6 month old and the fairer comparison would be between Optimus G and Note II.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 13:30

27. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


Someone did a test when web browsing, and samsung won LOL
i think they won in every category for battery life
I still like the LG OG Better :-)
I think i read it on GSM Arena

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 02:27 3

3. darkskoliro (Posts: 932; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Still not sure whether or not I'd go with an amoled screen. Dont see any majors only minors..although id kill for an LCD with solid black :P

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 02:34 1

4. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


In my opinion, the AT&T version of the LG Optimus G has a better build design/quality. The Sprint variant looked nice too (which I was super excited for), but handling it in the store was a little disappointing. Despite the patented crystal reflection back and the amazing specs, the phone felt very lightweight and cheaper than other handsets I've held, but I was really hyped when I got to get my hands on the device at the AT&T store, it really is an amazing device. Very solid in both areas (build & specs) despite lacking the 13mp camera which I really don't mind. Interesting, it might be only me that felt that way, but honest opinion. Anyway I'm looking forward to seeing improvements in Samsung's screen quality this coming year (2013).

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 02:50 7

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5349; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


OLED has more cons than pros...

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 02:57 3

6. wendygarett (unregistered)


Not surprising that this is sponsored by LG... I'm sorry to say that amoled is the latest tech and it's always better compared to other lol

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 03:53 3

9. rudlie (Posts: 182; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


amoled is a stuck technology. don't you know samsung has start to giveup on that technology and plan to back to LCD tech. amoled can not be enhanced any more, while IPS display getting more advanced. super amoled is 2-3 years ago technology until now there's no differences

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 13:34

28. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


Is this the reason why they haven't made a Super AMOLED HD Plus?

FYI LCD is way older than AMOLED

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 03:28 3

7. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


The text, while less precise, looks more defined on the S3 imo..
Only the really thin lines suffer from the pen tile arrangement, bolder lines are being compensated with the sub pixel rendering.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 03:58 4

12. i_hate_my_life (banned) (Posts: 24; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)


WHERE IS THE LUMIA 920 COMPARISON?! everyone is waiting for this!

last time you compared the OLD Lumia 900 vs iphone 5 vs one x vs S3

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 04:30 1

14. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


I have said it once and am saying it again- THERE IS NOTHING LIKE AN AMOLED DISPLAY.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 06:07 1

18. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Then I am saying this again, there is nothing like a True HD IPS+ display.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 22:55

30. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Really? Colors look better on Amoled. They are so vibrant.

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 06:33

31. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Goes to show you actually haven't seen a True HD display.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 17:38

33. alexanderbell (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I've seen both and I have to say that they both look good but LG's zero-gap display beats Galaxy S3 hands down for making stuff look like they're popping off the screen....

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 05:14 2

15. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 378; Member since: 24 May 2011)


Super Amoled Is Super Amoled, The Best Screen I Have Seen Is Without Doubt The One On The Note 2. But That's My Opinion. I Like The High Contrast, The Amazing colors And The Deep Blacks Which No LCD Can Match Really. I Prefer My Low Resolution GalaxyS2's Screen Over My Friends High ResolutiOn LCD Ones. BUt Again It's Just My Preference And I Can Choose What Phone With What Screen I Can Buy.And That's Why Android Is Awesome..!

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 06:15 3

20. redmd (Posts: 857; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I like your comment but you have a serious case of keyboard malfunction.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 08:06

23. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 712; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Sorry do disapoint you but the Galaxy S2's screen is not that great, the whites are light blues, and when you tilt the phone just a little bit it turns everything into blue, if the phone has a perfect black bacground and there is something white in the middle you can see some light bleed around the white and into your "deep blacks". May i have to say that also it oversaturates everything. Right now LCD rules the world. Also stop writting like that it makes you look down right R E T A R D E D.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 12:09 1

25. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 378; Member since: 24 May 2011)


You Sir Have Never Beta Tested An Unstable ROM Before, Otherwise You Would Have Known Sometimes This Things Behave Like This. The Keyboard Auto Capitalizes The 1 St Letter.
Running 4.1.2 s**t ROM I Guess, Switching Back To The Tried And Tested Resurrection Remix :)

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 15:29

34. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 712; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Don't you know how to install a new keyboard from the Play Store? Also i didn't insult you, i only said that the way you were writing made you look retarded. I'm sorry you can't read properly ;) And yes i have tested plenty of ROMS as i had 4 different Android devices and rooted and installed roms in each and everyone of the devices, even if it would mess with the keyboard i would be smart enough to install a new keyboard or change ROM.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 12:14 1

26. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 378; Member since: 24 May 2011)


And Btw See How I Wrote An Entire Comment Without Insulting You? And Also I Did Point Out Every One Can Have Their Preferences. You Like LCD I Like Amoled. You Don't Have To Thrust Your Opinion On Me.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 05:24 4

16. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 501; Member since: 20 May 2012)


So now Samsungs screen suck? Man, I really hate now fast technology changes in the cell phone market, makes me tired of hearing about it, even as an IT guy

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 05:53 2

17. Retro-touch (Posts: 248; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


It doesn't suck its just progression of technology I'm sure they'll come up with something new that trumps current LCDs and LCDs will overtake Samsung again and Samsung, rinse and repeat. Its Samsung versus everyone else cause they are AMOLED poster boys

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 06:14 2

19. redmd (Posts: 857; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I'd like to see one that's sponsored by Samsung. use that of the note 2 please.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 06:19

21. redmd (Posts: 857; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Ray S why didn't you use the note 2? latest LCD vs 6 month old AMOLED? or it was LG who suggested.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 06:39

22. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2089; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I'm with you on that. I realize that the Optimus G is more of a direct competitor with the S3, but the Note 2 incorporates Samsung's most recent screen technologies & therefore should have been the phone entered into this screen comparison. The modified RGB matrix (rather than pentile) & brighter screen alone give it a much more favorable position against LG's IPS displays.

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