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LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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Interface and functionality

We get LG's usual Optimus UI and Samsung's Nature UX overlays on top of the Android 4.1.2 interface. Both offer connectivity toggles and brightness adjustments in the notification bar, but LG prevails with a dedicated landscape mode for the Optimus UI, which Samsung doesn't offer.

The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro


The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX


Samsung, on the other hand, handles multitasking well via the multi-window mode that lets you split the display and use any two apps at once, complete with a hovering keyboard on top. LG has the QSlide apps function, where you can pin one or two apps like the calculator, video player or the browser, in pop-up windows, floating over any screen underneath. The QSlide apps can be activated from the notification bar slide, resized and made transparent, but there are only seven of them in total. Still, the much larger display on the G Pro makes these hovering apps more useful than the fairly limited in comparison real estate on the S III, despite that you can split its screen to use any two applications there.

LG also offers two features the Galaxy S III doesn't have, like the QRemote app that uses the IR blaster to control the electronics around, and the QButton that lets you map any application to it, like the camera for example, then use it as a physical shutter key.


Processor and memory

The Optimus G Pro flaunts the newest generation quad-core Qualcomm chipset – 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 – while the Galaxy S III has a quad-core Exynos 4412, clocked at 1.4 GHz for the international version, and a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon in the US variations. The newer Qualcomm design in the G Pro has the upper hand in benchmarks, yet both handsets run Jelly Bean very well, and chew through any app thrown at them in your daily routines.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
LG Optimus G Pro 12239 18798 59,2
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 12016 58,6

Another advantage of the G Pro is that it comes with 2 GB of RAM, compared to 1 GB in the international version of the S III, while the US ones also sport 2 GB. The basic Galaxy S III has 16 GB of storage plus a microSD slot, while the Optimus G Pro sports twice that amount of internal memory from the box, in addition to the card slot.


Internet and connectivity

There are two great stock browsers on the G Pro and the S III, which are very snappy in rendering, scrolling or panning around, and both allow you to install Adobe Flash, even though the handsets run Android Jelly Bean.

The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance


The Samsung Galaxy S III is presenting us to a brilliant web browser - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III is presenting us to a brilliant web browser - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III is presenting us to a brilliant web browser - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III is presenting us to a brilliant web browser - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III is presenting us to a brilliant web browser


The Galaxy S III offers 4G LTE and/or HSPA+ connectivity, depending on the carrier, though at slower 21.1 Mbits than the G Pro, which on top of that has a more versatile integrated multi-band 4G radio. We also get all flagship staples like Wi-Fi, Wi-fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, DLNA and NFC, while the G Pro tops it off with Miracast.

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posted on 08 Mar 2013, 08:25 9

1. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


We can wait 5 days, right?

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 08:43

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


35 to make a proper comparison.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 08:53 5

3. MrKoles (Posts: 330; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


s3 display is disappointing...I hope they will fix it in s4...RGB for everybody!!!

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 09:15 11

6. tech2 (Posts: 2350; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


disappointing for 2013 not 2012

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:41 2

8. MrKoles (Posts: 330; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


It was disappointing next to LG 4HD and HOX

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 09:00

4. BitterTruth (unregistered)


No comparsion!

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 09:07 8

5. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


s3 will be brought to compare one more time against s4, then we might not see again

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 18:55

23. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


thats what u think bro! even S2 is not out of the classiness anymore!!!

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:01 2

7. cloud_atlas1991 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Oh Galaxy S3... the legacy Android phone. 5 days from now and it will be turning over the throne.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 11:44

9. ibap (Posts: 706; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


"less-resolute display"? Lower resolution perhaps?

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 12:50

10. dynamo.one (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


optimus g pro=washed out colors.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 13:00

11. ddxmms (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


like father like cousin !

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 13:11

13. aco96 (Posts: 211; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Samsung Galaxy Note 2 + HTC One X + powerful hardware = LG Optimus G Pro

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 17:57

14. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


GS3 running key lime Pie, if it does get the update, will still be very much relevant in 2013. True it is running last year's hardware and is now considered a mid ranger but it'll run for another solid year until the S5 comes out before being relegated to obsolescence. That Optimus G Pro does look a beast, can't wait to see what LG have planned for the Optimus G 2, it is rumoured to pack an edge to edge almost no bezel screen with the big.LITTLE setup as with the S4 and Note 3.

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 06:21 1

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 12380; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


If apple wins in court against Sammy, Sammy could recoup the money by nailing LG.

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 15:21 1

18. oyalinkaya (Posts: 19; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I really don't get this patent war. What are the designers supposed to do?

Maybe, them designers should work on some triangular or hexagonal chasis designs in order not to infringe patent copyrights.

This whole design based patent war is ridiculous. S3 and G Pro has different designs even though there are some similar aspects. All in all, there are not much options to place some of the features other that they are already positioned, such as the earpiece, the function buttons, the front camera, the sensors, the rear camera and the flash. I cannot imagine a phone with a microphone in the center of the back cover.

The companies should be reasonable. Who did really buy a Chinese copycat of an iPhone with the exact shape and positioning of the original Apple design? Let me say, only those who cannot afford a genuine iPhone, in other words people who are the target consumers of Apple Inc. . Moreover, never ever any global company will copy exactly the same desing of the others. Such a mistake would damage the prestige of that company so much that it would not worth it.

We should stop being guardians of money milking companies' prides...

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 18:01 1

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 12380; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I agree 100% dude

posted on 10 Mar 2013, 11:10

21. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


I agree, there are only this amount of "good designs" a company can use.

its either plastic rounded candybar design, plastic sharp cornered candy bar design, glossy black candy bar design, metal frame rounded candy bar design, metal frame sharp candy bar design.

I don't see any company going out of those parameters for highend qwertyless phones.

if a company tries to diverge(ie. kyocera echo, they most likely fail)
since a company only has this pool of functional designs, all designs are all bounded to look similar

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