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LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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Interface and Functionality:

Now here’s where it gets cooking, seeing that LG has finally accomplished some remodeling work with its custom Android experience. At their core, the two opposing custom UIs offer all the foundational aspects of the platform that we adore – like its deep personalization and wealth of widgets. Beyond that, there are stark similarities between their additional features, but when it comes down to it, we find Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX to be the deeper, more comprehensive, and practical between the two. Honestly though, we appreciate the evolutionary improvements made with LG’s effort, like its QSlide, Dual Screen/Dual Play, and Live Zooming features, but we find Samsung’s wealth of offerings to be more refined and developed. Specifically, S Voice, S Beam, and Share Shot are some of the myriad of cool features that are not only practical for real-world usage, but the execution is there as well in making it useful for everyday situations.

Interface of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Interface of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Interface of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Interface of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Interface of the LG Optimus G

The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 ICS - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 ICS - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 ICS - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 ICS - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 ICS - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 ICS - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 ICS - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 ICS - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 ICS


Taking a quick peek at the core set of organizer apps of both handsets, there’s nothing different about them except for their slightly different looks – albeit, their functions are identical. Furthermore, there’s nothing too out of the ordinary with the native email apps on both devices, as they prove useful in making us extremely productive on the go. However, there are some specific features that stand out with the two – like the screen zooming feature with the LG Optimus G and the “select all” function found with the Galaxy S III. Then again, the Gmail experience is 100% identical.

Core organizer apps of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Core organizer apps of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Core organizer apps of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Core organizer apps of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Core organizer apps of the LG Optimus G

Some of the core organizer apps on the Samsung Galaxy S III - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Some of the core organizer apps on the Samsung Galaxy S III - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Some of the core organizer apps on the Samsung Galaxy S III - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Some of the core organizer apps on the Samsung Galaxy S III


Giving us plenty of room for our thumbs to play around with, the on-screen keyboards of both Android smartphones enable us to accurately type messages with minimal mistakes. Not only are we presented with spacious layouts, their responsiveness enable us to maintain a steady rate of input.

On-screen keyboard of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
On-screen keyboard of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
On-screen keyboard of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
On-screen keyboard of the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III

On-screen keyboard of the LG Optimus G

The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III


Processor and Memory:

From a cursory look, one would hardly notice the difference in performance between these two Android titans – mainly due their super responsive actions with all tasks. Whether it’s basic tasks like opening apps to more complex ones like gaming, the two are no doubt on the same pace to each other, but as we meticulously compare the two, we do notice more of a snappy feel with the LG Optimus G. In addition to that, its benchmark scores really tell the true story in how its quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM is more effective in executing tasks with a sense of rapidness than the Samsung Galaxy S III’s dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB of RAM.

With the Sprint versions of the two handsets that we’re checking out, the Samsung Galaxy S III coughs up the usual 16GB of RAM out of the box, which can be supplemented by its microSD slot. The same goes for the AT&T Optimus G. Oppositely, the Sprint LG Optimus G has only 32GB of internal storage with no expandability.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
LG Optimus G 7750
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335
AnTuTu
Higher is better
LG Optimus G 9565
Samsung Galaxy S III 15152
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Internet and Connectivity:

Let’s be serious here people, even though there’s an advantage with the LG Optimus G’s quad-core processor, it doesn’t necessarily prove to be a deciding factor in the web browsing experience. In fact, the experience is simply dreamy with the two smartphones, since they offer speedy 4G LTE connectivity and those always-lovable fluid navigational controls. Heck, even relying on their stock browsers that support Flash, they’re able to maintain a responsive performance throughout it all.

Web surfing with the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Web surfing with the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Web surfing with the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Web surfing with the LG Optimus G - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Web surfing with the LG Optimus G

The Samsung Galaxy S III web browser - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III web browser - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III web browser - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III web browser - LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III web browser


Very well known at this point, we know that there are many variants of the two smartphones in this comparison, which means that they’re both available in GSM and CDMA forms – with 4G LTE connectivity in tow as well. Moreover, they share many of the same connectivity features as well, like aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot functionality, and NFC.

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posted on 22 Oct 2012, 06:52 19

1. MeoCao (unregistered)


Can there be a comparison? G wins hands down.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 12:05 14

26. formersamsungphoneowner (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)


LG " G" is clearly the winner here.

BETTER DESIGN ( more sophisticated & a truly elegant phone)

BETTER DISPLAY ( very accurate life-like colors).
the 13MP Camera is obviously better than 8MP of s3.
(take a look at those sample photos)

"G" is NO DOUBT its more faster in BROWSING & DOWNLOADING.
why there is no actual video comparison in web. browsing?

I LIKE S3 BUT THIS TIME MY VOTE GOES TO LG OPTIMUS G.

THANK YOU...

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 19:10 7

32. Angelface77 (Posts: 32; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


I could not agree more with you. LG made a great comeback with this beast

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 13:01 2

36. whysoserious (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Design is personal preference, I know, but I think the G looks like a combined Razr Maxx-Galaxy S2. For specs, you're right, LG-hands down. For camera and video, S3 gained my vote, despite the 5 megapixel lead of G.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 17:11 4

29. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Agreed with you guys whatever points you have mentioned above.

But LG lacks in software side of it.
So I would say GS3 = 55/100 and G = 45/100

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 01:51 6

30. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Galaxy S3 rules here folks.

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 12:37 5

42. Just_a_boy (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Optimus G is better than Samsung GS3 only brainwashed Samsung fanboys will disagree, faster processor, faster browse speeds and better screen. AMOLED panels and their saturation mislead the comprehension of the image, sometimes that is not good!

posted on 28 Oct 2012, 11:44 4

43. Angelface77 (Posts: 32; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


Can not agree with you more. LG wins all the way.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 06:59 10

2. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


software wise, LG obviously ripped off TouchWiz a lot. nature ux? features? cartoony UI? yup.

but even SGS 3 beats the camera.

sad story - and that is why the LG Nexus may fix everything.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 07:26 4

6. predator93 (Posts: 122; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


LG and Samsung have copied each other equally when it comes to software. If you go back before touchwiz was introduced in android, touchwiz copied a lot of ui elements from LG. An example for this is the cube found on samsung jet (I have owned own and I can say it is better implemented compared to arena) which was ripped from lg arena 's S class UI. If u have used an LG phone like cookie and arena u can still find some similarities in the UI of optimus phones (ex :- 4 shortcuts on the bottom).

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 07:38 13

13. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


but in terms of quality software experience - fanboyism aside, Samsung wins. That's why many would prefer Samsung over any other manufacturer.

any way, I have high hopes for LG's Nexus.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 07:44 9

14. predator93 (Posts: 122; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


I do agree Samsung implements things better when it comes to software. LG Nexus will definitely be better compared to their other phones.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 07:00 17

3. Fayeznoor (Posts: 71; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


ill prefer Samsung

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 07:28 18

8. THE-DARK-KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


The clash of the titans. But take note LG- THERE'S NOTHING LIKE AN AMOLED DISPLAY!!!! Love my s3!!!

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 07:33 17

9. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)


And there's nothing like an HD IPS+ Display.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 07:37 7

11. predator93 (Posts: 122; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


I want a hybrid of oled and ips lcd.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 15:36 3

27. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


There's nothing like an SLCD2 (HTC One X) or as Engadget likes to call it the best screen on a mobile phone right now!

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 17:55 2

37. babyk (Posts: 312; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


No Doubt..One X hands Down

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 09:02 11

22. xoatomxo (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Apr 2011)


I have galaxy s3 and I love it.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 07:18 11

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


Well, I see what you did there, John.. since in your book S3 beat the iPhone 5 and the latter was tied with optimus g, now Sammy had to get a slight upper hand.
But really, the Optimus is simply more future proof and has superior hardware.
I agree that Samsung has more mature software and better support but the most it should get is a tie here.. win is a little over the line.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 07:23 1

5. ryq24 (Posts: 737; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


anytime lg vs samsung i would always go for samsung. but samsung vs sony, that's a tough one for me.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 07:28 7

7. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)


LG wins, no brainer.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 09:42 9

23. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4002; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


LG lover, no brainer.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 03:53 3

31. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Proud to be one, rather than joining mainstream Apple and Samsung :)

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 06:55

48. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Sorry LG sucks hard, even though my phone was better than that POS Optimus Black (i had the 2X) it still sucked in after sales support and on stock ROM a very laggy experience.

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 09:15 1

49. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Wow, why are you here slowpoke?

I knew the 2x sucked, that's why I settled for the OB in the first place, it is getting better CM support than the 2x. Jelly Bean runs on it pretty well but the stock LG GB UI was still pretty nice. I'm sticking with LG no matter what..

Have a nice day sir!

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 10:19

50. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Because i just saw that stupid comment from yours, sorry to disappoint you but the OB is worst than the 2X at least the 2X is dual-core, anyway they had good hardware both of the phones LG software is what sucks, but to say that the 2X sucks and OB is better is just lying.

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 19:12 1

53. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Oh you, I know the 2x has better processing power and all. But after reading a lot of reviews, there were a lot of problems. All I needed at the time of purchasing was at least a phone with 1 GHz clock speed, LED flash, secondary mic and a unique feature, which were the G key and the super bright NOVA display. The software sucks, on the 2x, Tegra 2 was terrible IMO.

posted on 23 Dec 2012, 07:24

54. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


It wasn't that terrible, on CM7 (GB) it was faster than my sister's SII which was on ICS. It was a good phone ruined by LG's lack of software updates and also by the 512mb RAM...

posted on 23 Dec 2012, 07:57

55. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)


And now that it has an official ICS update, you still think the software runs bad?

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