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LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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The Optimus G Pro offers a 13 MP camera on the rear, while the Galaxy s III has an 8 MP unit. Both phones offer HDR shots, but with LG the wide dynamic range footage applies to video capture as well. Samsung's camera app interface sports more scene presets and color effects than the Optimus UI, but LG counters with some new options like virtual 360 degrees panorama stitching, as well as a Dual Recording video mode, that captures footage with both the front and rear cameras at once, picture-in-picture style.

Camera interface of the LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Camera interface of the LG Optimus G Pro


Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III


The Optimus G Pro produces well-defined photos, which, after the latest software update, appear with boosted contrast and color saturation, making them more appealing for the eye out of the box. The Galaxy S III photos are a tad more accurate in terms of color representation, but appear blander, and the white balance measurement in contrasting light situations throws the colors off more than on the G Pro – the gray sky in the S III photos appears purplish all around, which happens with the G Pro as well, but to a much smaller extent.

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LG Optimus G Pro - Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
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HDR - Samsung Galaxy S IIIOutdoor samples - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
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HDR

   

Samsung Galaxy S III
Outdoor samples


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Medium light - LG Optimus G Pro - Samsung Galaxy S IIIIndoor samples - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
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Samsung Galaxy S IIIIndoor samples - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S IIIIndoor samples - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S IIIIndoor samples - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S IIIIndoor samples - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III
Indoor samples


Both phones can capture Full HD 1080p video with 30fps, but the footage from the G Pro appears more fluid, with less skipped frames, and higher contrast, which makes it more visually appealing. The sound captured by the G Pro's microphones is also much fuller than the wimpy recordings from the Galaxy S III.

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Multimedia

Both picture and video galleries have a few tricks up their sleeves, apart from the built-in identical picture editing. Samsung, for instance, splits the screen in two, with the folder structure on the left, and the content on the right, taking advantage of the large display to make navigation easier. LG, on the other hand, offers a handy thumbnail zoom function that rescales the thumbs size by pinching with your fingers directly in the gallery interface.

LG Optimus G Pro - Pictures and video galleries - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Pictures and video galleries - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Pictures and video galleries - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S III - Pictures and video galleries - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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Samsung Galaxy S III

Pictures and video galleries


Samsung's music player lets you select equalizer presets and sound modes from within the interface, while LG only has a Dolby Mobile surround switch for headset mode, but features a handy YouTube button that takes you to an automatically created video playlist of the song currently played. The loudspeakers on both handsets are not some exceptional performers, but do the job comparatively loud and clear.

Both the Optimus G Pro and the Galaxy S III have functional video players with plenty of settings like pop up play function, loop and subtitle support, as well as zoom during playback. The phones also support any popular format out of the box - of course, when you load a Full HD movie, the G Pro will show it in its full glory, but the deep blacks and saturated colors of the Galaxy S III make every footage appear pretty vibrant, so you might be willing to disregard any hardly perceivable differences between HD and Full HD definitions at normal viewing distance.

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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: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


35 to make a proper comparison.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 08:53 5

3. MrKoles (Posts: 325; 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: 2183; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


disappointing for 2013 not 2012

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:41 2

8. MrKoles (Posts: 325; 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: 701; 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: 204; 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: 574; 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: 11908; 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: 11908; 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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