Would you prefer an Optimus G over a Galaxy S III, if there was no marketing?

Would you prefer an Optimus G over a Galaxy S III, if there was no marketing?
Here's an interesting experiment that we thought of. Imagine that we live in a world where our beloved device manufacturers cannot use that powerful tool called "marketing". Of course, this would mean that they can no longer convey special messages through advertising, and no more buzzwords or silly little brandings that make a basic feature sound a lot cooler that it really is.

Now, having put ourselves in this most unimaginable situation, we wonder if this would make any difference in our preferences. Actually, it's pretty hard to imagine that it won't. With absolutely no marketing tricks being played on our minds, we'd have to judge devices solely by what we see. Still, since the specs sheet isn't a part of marketing, it'll also have to remain a factor here.

Interestingly, we recently made a similar experiment, and it proved that if users were to choose a handset based on specs alone, the LG Optimus G, which is LG's upcoming flagship model, easily wins in comparison with the Samsung Galaxy S III, which is one of the very best Android smartphones right now. This isn't a specs comparison here, though. We already know what both devices looks like, and what features they are going to pack. Sure, the Optimus G hasn't been released globally yet, but it's fairly easy for all of us to imagine what it's going to be like - super-fast and powerful, with a superior specs sheet and a different design. However, there's more to a phone than this. What about the software experience? LG has never been particularly awesome in this respect, while Samsung has made some substantial advancements lately, optimizing its software and adding a bunch of features to expand the functionality of its devices. LG has also added some cool software stuff, but there simply hasn't been that much excitement surrounding its products.

So, LG Optimus G, or the Samsung Galaxy S III? Remember, no TouchWiz, just a user interface; no HD Super AMOLED, just an AMOLED screen; and no Crystal Reflection for LG, just an oddly textured material that should be glass, or something like it. Which one are you going to choose? Will it be the Optimus G with its newer Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, or will it be the Galaxy S III with its slightly bigger screen and intriguing software features?

This here should be the right moment to mention that we've chosen this titled for the post and poll, because although the Optimus G is clearly superior to the Galaxy S III, we're still convinced that it won't sell as much as Samsung's device. We're not saying that the Galaxy S III doesn't deserve it, we're just saying that a significant part of its success has to do with Samsung's overwhelming market presence.

Trying to forget who Samsung and LG are, and solely focusing on the actual devices, which one are you more likely to pick up from the shelf?

Would you prefer an Optimus G over a Galaxy S III, if there was no marketing?

LG Optimus G
Samsung Galaxy S III

Related phones

Optimus G
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15h talk time)
Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I prefer the spec and build of the LG but the software of Sammy. If it was an LG optimus Nexus vs Galaxy Nexus III, I would most definitely pick LG

11. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

THANK U PA for that thought ive thought that out many times and wondered at the power of Marketing I will prefer the optimisation on the S3 and i also like its UI. And the better update support from Sammy will seal the deal for me. (but this choice here is a bit prejudiced as i have never held the G im my hands yet. That could change things)

16. Retro-touch unregistered

I think the G will be a great device, I'll wait for the Nexus devices announcement before making a decision whether to buy an S3 US version or the latest Nexus devices. The S4 sources being available and updated (fully working custom ROMS) makes the S3 a great buy, no to mention I like Touchwiz. I'll go with the next Nexus if they have a better camera (8MP or better) and a S4 pro dual or quad with at least 16GB and 2GB of RAM, those were my main issues with the Galaxy Nexus

36. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

S3 for design and killer optimisation by Sammy

46. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

totally agree! Its not only the hardware and spec sheet, almost every manufacturer will give you killer specs in their flagships, its actually about your experience with the phone which is largely governed by the software and UI. The UI of Sammy is great and Sammy has done a wonderful job in the optimizing its TouchWiz with Android not to forget adding more than a few great enhancements!

17. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Sure, I voted the Samsung Galaxy SIII, but it's just about the bad name LG has with the software updates and the horrible UI. Both get solved in a Nexus Device!

39. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Well, the LG Nexus is coming.

45. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

yeh and with only 8 gb storage lol

48. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

No, that's a prototype, you have to understand that. It'll have 16.

50. thunder18

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

I sincerely hope the talk of 8 and 16GB of memory in a Nexus device with no microSD slot are disinformation. Without a memory card, that would be ludicrous.

51. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yeah, the device all of the leaks are based off of is a testing device. Not intended for consumer use, when the final product releases it'll most definitely have 16-32 GB storage, maybe an 8 GB option just for those that are price conscious.

55. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Yea, but it won't have a SD card storage though. That we already know.

56. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Won't have a SD :/

63. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

as long as it has at least 16 gigs of internal, I'm fine with that. The vast majority of users will never fill that.

67. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

As a nexus user 16GB is enough, extra storage is helpful but not a necessity.

54. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Add a Nexus to that Optimus and you'll be happy ;)

64. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The LG phone just looks better to me. Based on looks alone I would pick LG.

71. Hlorri

Posts: 40; Member since: May 07, 2008

Without marketing, we would all be using the Nokia 808 PureView. :) Oh... I mean without marketing OR pundits. Or Stephen Elop.

2. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Galaxy s3 any day. I had several lg phones in the past and while they always seems to have some features ahead of the curve like the screen quality they always feel like a toy phone for some reason in actual design styling and ui icons. Granted you can use a customer launcher and icons for the menu and ui but the outside appearance cannot be changed

3. dr_fajardo12

Posts: 134; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

lg all the way

4. Fayeznoor

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

no way, its now about specs anymore. its all about software goodies. By far, Samsung Nature UX is the best Android Skin. and it has feature that no one can match. it has more unique selling points than any other phone in market...even many smartphones combined cant match features in Nature UX.

24. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Sure, if that's what you think.

44. Jericho unregistered

Yes,the optimus G can compete with the nature ux just go to youtube and watch phonearena's video review of LG Optimus 4X HD and check the mediaplex, quick memo etc and with optimus G now the optmius UI works in Landscape Too. And Dude its personal preference Some like Nature UX Some Like Moto's New(and awesome,near to stock) UI. Some Like Xperia Ux, Some like Sense 4.0. So dude stop hatin.

5. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

if the software is pure android, there's no way for s3 to win

6. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Weird that the Samsung Galaxy S III had a low score in the poll. I'll be frank, I kind of like the design of the Galaxy S III and the software really wins it. The Optimus UI now looks and would feel like the first Galaxy S' skin - very cartoon like. Asides that, Samsung phones feel better in the hand. I don't care if it has 2GB of RAM and a better processor because Samsung optimizes the hardware well.

61. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Are you the bobfreking designing the concept phones? Anyway, i agree that s3 has a marginally better overall package.

7. terter

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

No, never. I’m still waiting for ICS on my Optimus 2x. Apparently LG waits for that update to become irrelevant. And the real problem is that the gingerbread has to many bugs to make any satisfaction. Very disappointed, will never buy a LG phone again.

43. Jericho unregistered

Root it! Why wait? its easy. . . . . OR maybe you your too chicken to try something NEW(like rooting).

49. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Research it! Why not? It's easy. Or maybe you are too du.mb too research before talking about stuff you don't know, my Optimus 2X is rooted and on CM7, we can't have ICS because we don't have drivers, it's that simple, we do have ICS but without HWA and with a faulty camera that can't record videos.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Be honest. LG will find some way to crap up the Optimus G.

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