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LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z

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Interface and functionality

Both handsets have their own manufacturer overlays on top of the Android 4.1.2 interface – Sony's Timescape has been renamed to Socialife now, while LG keeps on calling its skin the Optimus UI.

Both offer the opportunity to pin several apps like browser, calculator, notebook or video player, as pop-up windows on top of the interface, so they are always active while you do something else underneath. Sony calls the feature Small Apps, while LG names it QSlide apps, and they are easily accessible from the notification bar on the G Pro. LG lets you pin two mini apps at once, though, while on the Xperia Z you can only have one at a time.

The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z
The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z
The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z
The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z

The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro


Sony Xperia Z comes straight with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z comes straight with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z comes straight with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z comes straight with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z comes straight with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean


Sony's UI is closer to stock, and less functional than the Optimus UI – there are much less connectivity toggles in the notification bar, for instance, and there is no landscape mode.

LG has also introduced some new hardware features, like the QButton on the left, which can be mapped to launch any app of your choosing, including the camera, and there is an infrared sensor at the top of the G Pro, with a resident QRemote app to it, which lets you control your TV, home stereo, AC unit and so on. Sony also has a similar app for phones like the ZL or slates like the Tablet Z, it's just that an IR blaster didn't make it into the Xperia Z.


Processor and memory

The Optimus G Pro is equipped with a newer generation quad-core Qualcomm chipset – 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 vs 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro on the Xperia Z – so naturally it is more powerful than Sony's handset.

In reality, both chips provide plenty of horsepower for your daily tasks and interface strolls, but the G Pro would certainly make a speed mark when it stitches things like a 360 virtual panorama, which it has as an option in the camera interface.

The handsets sport 2 GB of RAM, but there are 16 GB of internal memory on the Xperia Z, while 32 GB are housed on the G Pro, yet both give you a microSD slot should you need more than that.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
LG Optimus G Pro 12023
Sony Xperia Z 8221
AnTuTu
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LG Optimus G Pro 21303
Sony Xperia Z 20835
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
Higher is better
LG Optimus G Pro 28
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
LG Optimus G Pro 590
Sony Xperia Z 626
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
LG Optimus G Pro 2211
Sony Xperia Z 2198
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Internet and connectivity

We've no complaints from the way both default browsers handle your Internet needs – they are fast and smooth in scrolling, zooming or panning around, and the screens offer amazing pixel densities for easier reading. Sony Xperia Z, however, uses Google's Chrome, which precludes you from adding Adobe Flash to it, while the Optimus UI sports its own browser besides Chrome, that can easily have Flash installed to it.

The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance - LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z
The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance - LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z
The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance - LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z
The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance - LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z

The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance


The Xperia Z comes with Chrome as its exclusive tool for surfing the web - LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z
The Xperia Z comes with Chrome as its exclusive tool for surfing the web - LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z
The Xperia Z comes with Chrome as its exclusive tool for surfing the web - LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z
The Xperia Z comes with Chrome as its exclusive tool for surfing the web - LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z

The Xperia Z comes with Chrome as its exclusive tool for surfing the web


The phones offer 4G LTE and HSPA+ connectivity, with bands depending on the region, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, DLNA and NFC. The G Pro also throws in Miracast and Wi-Fi Direct in the mix.

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posted on 06 Mar 2013, 08:20 7

1. rodkurt (Posts: 128; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


optimus g and note II please

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 14:00 3

35. Airforce (Posts: 69; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


why do i have a feeling..NOTES AND PHONES ARE BECOMING SIMILAR..in screen size..Like what the FCUK...phones are now having screen sizes of 5" or higher..I guess in 2014..there wont be any difference in a phone nd NOTE any more

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 08:27 27

2. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Obviously Xperia Z wins lol.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 08:34 16

7. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Tell me, please, why?

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 08:36 16

9. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


bcuz he is sony fan :D

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 12:37 18

32. SonyFan (Posts: 22; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


+waterresistant
+faster software updates
+more custom roms for xperia z
+not plastic
+better cam

now you know why?

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 15:58 7

36. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


You can name everything the LG does better as well. At least try to approach this from both sides or your comment becomes completely irrelevant.

I'd personally go with the Xperia Z because it is more comfortable to hold and has a premium feel to it, wish it was coming to AT&T.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 12:46 7

50. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


-Water resistance is a bulls**t, created by Sony ;)
-Faster software updates? You must be kidding...slow and no quality (ICS 4.0 for 2012 lineup).
-Really small percent of users are using custom roms.
-LG plastic has brilliant quality, and it´s not as fragile as glass. (personal experience).
-You can eat the 13mpx sensor for dinner and lunch...the same: no quality.

Now I would like to ask you, do you know, why I don´t know?

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 00:33 1

52. harshithh (Posts: 12; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)


we can see some guy is really jealous of sony xperia z
!!!!!

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 01:07 5

53. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Oh, of course...How can a human being be jealous of a TELEPHONE? Maybe, you have put something in your breakfast hat shouldn´t be there.

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 04:42 6

55. taikucing (unregistered)


and more importantly, LG has IPS display while xperia Z still uses TFT crap. And the exmor sensor is too overrated.

posted on 10 Mar 2013, 18:07 1

59. rgxVOiD (Posts: 440; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


So water resistance is bulls**t but not having one is a good thing?

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 04:27

68. bshp2000 (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Jul 2013)


-Water resistance is not bulls**t, I know from experience,
-LG plastic may be tougher but plastic can never match glass or metal in terms of quality,
-Sure, megapixels don't usually matter much, but it still counts, in terms of the image resolution.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 09:59 5

20. wendygarett (unregistered)


I choose neither, both looks crap to me :)

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 10:19 13

24. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Says person in whose user profile "Want it" section we can see "Sony Xperia Z"...

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 10:25 8

25. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Says the person whose user profile says:

"My goal is to attract as many red thumb as I can, and pretend Apple fanboys (and Samsung fanboys as well) to show how stupidity these fanboys are :)."

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 16:06 5

37. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


While I would personally choose the HTC One over these device they certainly do not look like crap. It's sad to think that you believe Samsung's plastic phones do NOT look like crap and that these do.

*Samsung makes great phones, but they do not look very good IMHO.

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 02:17 6

54. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


why sony??
whats this hell??
sony only focus on watter proof but whats another its has??
-not good screen
-sh~~y camera
-non removable battry
-high cost
-mid battary but not good at all

then sony want to cover all this sabotage with water proof!!
Stupid Sony!!

posted on 10 Mar 2013, 18:09 2

60. rgxVOiD (Posts: 440; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


The English in this comment gave me cancer

posted on 06 May 2013, 08:42 1

66. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


I bath with my Xperia Z. What's the problem? The screen is 100% gorgeous! Don't remember that there's the Mobile Bravia Engine 2 there for great photos and great video. The camera is extremely detailed and delivers very realistic photoshots. If you are not satisfied with somehow strange color, you can surely fix that in the standard photo mode, instead of using Superior Auto. Good screen but compact device always comes with a not too long-lasting battery. I don't know what you're talking about the high cost but in my city is 1/5 cheaper than the other expensive phones.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 04:31

69. bshp2000 (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Jul 2013)


Not good screen? Xperia Z has the same screen resolution as S4, 441 ppi. Camera is excellent, or at least on the same level as Optimus G Pro, tons of other phones (iPhone 5, HTC One, Z10, etc.) have non-removable battery. And as for price, Xperia Z is cheaper than Optimus G

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 08:31 14

3. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


No way... G Pro rules!

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 08:32 21

4. smallworld (Posts: 488; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Xperia Z.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 08:32 9

5. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


g pro over most phones right now till the gs4 note 3 come out anyway lol

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 08:33 16

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Sony all the way!

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 08:34 14

8. mocir (Posts: 23; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


If you show both phones to random people, they would obviously choose the Z.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 08:40 10

10. smallworld (Posts: 488; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


And btw Xperia Z also support Wifi direct and Miracast.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 08:45 16

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I chose Sony Xperia Z.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 08:46 11

12. ryq24 (Posts: 739; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Optimus g pro should have won but it loses because its an lg!

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 09:04 14

14. ubuntu (Posts: 40; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


1 vote for Xperia Z

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