LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
The 5-megapixel cameras of both handsets are able to deliver some pretty looking pictures that are filled with a healthy amount of detail and color. With outdoor shots, you'd have to meticulously look closer at photos to gauge which one offers the better quality. In fact, both produce some dynamic looking images in conditions where lighting is optimal – but upon closer inspection, the Samsung Focus is able to minutely capture more fine detail. Additionally, color production with the Focus is higher with its deep and vibrant looking colors. It's not to say that the LG Quantum doesn't take good photos, but you'll be required to have a keen eye to identify any difference with its results. However, it's crystal clear that the LED flash on the Focus is able to illuminate shots far better than the weak one with the Quantum.
Fittingly, we find both handsets capable of recording 720p videos, but the Focus captures them at a rate of 23fps – which is less than the 24 fps rate of the Quantum. Despite the small gap, there isn't a noticeable difference between the quality to make one smoother looking than the other. However, we constantly find ourselves fighting over the adverse changes in white balance and exposure with the LG Quantum. Moreover, there's a bit of artifacting going on with both handsets when they're used in low lighting situations. In the end though, we'd gather that most people will be more than satisfied with their output.
LG Quantum Sample Video:
Samsung Focus Sample Video:
Since the Zune experience is in full effect on both smartphones, it presents a visually different experience when playing songs – so there is no difference with their presentation. But cranking their volumes to their maximum, the audio quality from the LG Quantum's speaker becomes distorted and crackly in tone. With the Samsung Focus, it's undoubtedly the louder of the two, but its output is a little bit more tolerable with its blistering tones.
High definition playback is of no concern for these two high-end spec'd phones as they both are more than capable of playing a movie trailer encoded in DivX 1280 x 720 resolution. During its play, there were no visible signs of any slowdown or jerkiness – but rather, we're greeted to buttery smooth visuals that pack plenty of sharp details. And since we're talking about watching videos on a mobile phone, the larger screen of the Samsung Focus makes it more enjoyable over the Quantum – not to mention the stunning looking colors that accompany its playback.
With the Quantum, you're only offered 16GB of internal storage for all your needs – and that's it! Oppositely, the Samsung Focus packs a microSD card slot which accepts a card to boost the handset's 8GB capacity out of the box. However, it's worth noting that it's not hot swappable and that removing it at any time after installation can produce a disastrous effect on your phone, so be wary of this.
Seeing that these are Windows Phone 7 smartphones, they pack the usual set of core apps associated with the platform – such as Bing Maps and Microsoft Office. Out of the box, the Focus is packaged with Samsung's “Now” Hub which essentially aggregates pertinent information like the local weather, news, and stocks. Meanwhile, the only additional app found preloaded with the Quantum is LG's “Play To” app which basically provides DLNA services. So if you happen to have media content stored locally on the handset, you can use the app to share it with other DLNA compatible devices. Moreover, both smartphones offer their own unique stores under the Marketplace – which happen to be the “Samsung Zone” and “LG Apps Store.” When you enter them, you're treated to a handful of free apps you can download that are exclusive to the respective manufacturer.
1. babydriver (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Dec 2010)
I THOUGHT THE REVIEW OF THE TWO PHONES WAS GREAT; VERY INDEPTH. I LIKE THE SAMSUNG OVER THE LG EVEN BEFORE I READ THE REVIEW. IT'S TIME FOR ME TO GET A NEW PHONE AND SAMSUNG HAS BEEN MY CHOICE SO FAR AFTER READING HOURS OF REVIEWS FROM USERS OF VARIOUS SAMSUNG PHONES. GREAT REVIEW OF THE TWO!!
2. BJ (unregistered)
Thanks for the comparison! I have narrowed my selection down to these 2 phones and this comparison is perfect. Now I just need to go into the store and see if I can live without a keyboard. My HTC Fuze is ready to be retired.
3. NG (unregistered)
I have the Focus, it's about 5 weeks old and I am enjoying the windows interface, speed and great screen resolution but hate the flush touchscreen keyboard. After researching both phones I don't believe I'll trade in my focus for the Quantum in spite of the qwerty advantage. The sound and image quality is great. The only other neg. against the focus is the camera, it's ok but I wish I could have the camera from my Blackberry. The focus flash tends to wash out 70% of my pictures.
4. aner001 (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Feb 2011)
i like LG phones,look like batterychargershop.co.uk
5. rana1621 (unregistered)
I really like these two, but. . . . . . .I MA STUCk!! The reiw was helpful. Now i have the Samsung Impression and..... ugh. The keybored doent rlly type. it either adds 3 letters randommly or dosnt type at all, and whne i decide to look at my pictures, it wants to freeze! so i hvae to turn it off then back on. i need a phone that has a NORMAL keybored.
6. wrong (unregistered)
I am adding a comment on my windows phone LG Quantum and that is tested report not a consumer report the LG Quantum is the top selling windows phone and number one when as the focus is rated #4
7. gFx (unregistered)
This review has been very helpful to me! I'm going after Samsung Focus after reading this :)