LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S

The LG Optimus 4X HD and the iPhone 4S are as similar as they are different. Confused? Well, allow us to explain: both smartphones belong to the high-end category and are the very best that the two companies, LG and Apple, have to offer right now. But at the same time, the Optimus 4X HD stands out with its hardware features, such as its quad-core processor and gigantic HD display, while the iPhone 4S is built with elegance, simplicity, and ease of use in mind.

Still, there is nothing wrong with pitting the two against each other, so that is exactly what we are doing in today's comparison. Curious to see how the LG Optimus 4X HD stands next to the iPhone 4S? Then let's begin with...


The iPhone 4S has the upper hand in this category, and it is leading by a mile. Crafted out of glass and stainless steel, Apple's smartphone is a pleasure to hold and admire, not to mention that it fits so nicely in the palm of your hand. At the same time, the LG Optimus 4X HD is also a pretty good-looking device, but its design sophistication is considerably behind that of the iPhone. Its physical buttons are nowhere near as clicky, while its plastic body does not feel as premium to the touch. But most importantly, chances are that the majority of people would prefer the iPhone's compact form factor to that of the Optimus 4X HD. Being the jumbo-sized smartphone that it is, LG's flagship requires more effort to operate.

There is a couple of details that we have to mention, however – details that some users might really care about. The Optimus 4X HD comes with a removable battery, which can be replaced with a fresh one should you run out of juice. Also, LG's smartphone has a microSD card for storage expansion, while the iPhone 4S relies solely on its internal capacity, and perhaps data stored in the cloud.


The 4.7-inch “True HD” display on the LG Optimus 4X HD and the 3.5-inch “Retina Display” on the iPhone 4S are identical on many levels. First of all, they are both made using IPS-LCD technology, which is why the two screens exhibit great viewing angles and excellent color accuracy. Also, their pixel density exceeds 300dpi, so even the finest details in images are easily distinguishable. Even when used outdoors, both displays are equally usable. The Optimus 4X HD's screen, however, has one huge advantage, which makes it a winner in this display showdown. We are talking about its size: the display measures 4.7 inches in diagonal, thus things like browsing the web or watching a video on it are so much more enjoyable.

LG Optimus 4X HD 360-Degrees View:

Apple iPhone 4S 360-Degrees View:



1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

IMO, the 4X HD's design and screen though difficult to operate is a ton better than the iPhone. :/ I just don't like the logo placement of LG, too near the screen. Oh well, great phones but I'd take quadcore HD 4.7'' android over dual core 3.5" 640x960 iOS anyday.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

iDisAgree, I prefer the much smaller tinier phone with the wi-fi video chat. If you ask me, having such a humongous HD screen with a quad-core processor (phonetically, prõ-sê-sôr) is such a huge waste and extravaganze unless, of course, you're flying on the Concorde to Paris. I will gladly settle for a lower-end limited device any day as long as I can just do the [VERY] basics; I don't need all that other stuff that that LG phone can do.

8. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

uhm, why not get more for less? apple is always over priced. think about it --- and if that's what you want, why get an iPhone? get a 1st gen Samsung Galaxy or some sort. A LOT CHEAPER bro.

16. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Uhm, I'm pretty sure his post is drenched in sarcasm.

9. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

there are also people who prefer budget phones like the wildfire s just because they like the size and don't need the power doesn't mean that wildfire s is better than optimus 4x Lets say you are buying a house, they are both priced at half a million one house is absulotly huge! 7 bedrooms, 10 other rooms, and lots of fancy stuff and in a good neighborhood and the other house is mehhh... its not that big, only has 2 bedrooms, not that fancy maybe in a not so great neighborhood. you could say I don't need all that fancy stuff, I don't like my house being that big, I don't need to be ina good neighborhood. The huge house is a big waste unless your Mitt Romney but does that make the small, not so great house better than the gimungus spacious, nicely located big house? nooooo. While you may prefer the smaller house the big house with better specs will always be better than the little house. there is no doubt oh yeah, android also has videochat that can work on BOTH wifi and 3G. I bet you apple fanboys forgot to look that up before you post it somewhere. You can also video chat even if your device doesn't have a front camera, you just use the back camera. Is there an app for that? And if you hate big screens, then TOO BAD, iphone 5 probably has a big screen and your out of luck. Did you know in android there is thing called customization(its where you make the phone what you want it to be, not apple) PS. Are you trolling, because you were contradicting the obvious :D

14. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

not wanting the basics is like i don't need fancy food, i just need bread and water to survive yes you can survive on bread and water but it would be absolutly terrible or you can live your life to the fullest and eat all the greatest things. does that make bread and water better than delicious food? no


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

OMG, I would say you're dense but even that would make you too intelligent to meet its' definition. Are you sure you don't have an iPhone? Or worse, the new and great Blackberry Bold 5??

17. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

you should really get the nokia 3210 it can do the VERY basics it can call people :D (not even the iphone can do that :D ) it has a screen, it has a keypad, it has a processor in it, it has an antenna in it. I suppose you don't want to browse the web or play games on it because maybe those features are "too advanced" for you and your abilites? after all smartphones are only for people who can't turn on wifi right? well you don't even need to turn on anything with this You will get that phone from at&t as soon as your contract ends for ur iphone because thats really all you need

27. Jillxz

Posts: 149; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Yep , I'd take the LG Optimus uadcore HD 4.7 android over the iPhone any day too. I even think the design looks better than the iPhone.

2. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

"Apple's smartphone takes better photos, containing more detail, with superior color accuracy" No way. Look at some comparisons, you will see no "superior color accuracy". "The music player on the iPhone 4S could hardly get any better than it already is" Another comparison on PA "There really isn't so much of a difference in the music players of both device, but we do like that fact that the GS III has all of the settings placed within the actual music player, whereas with the iPhone 4S, you always have to exit the music player, open the Settings app and navigate to the music settings if you want to tweak something."

3. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Nice, LG optimus 4X HD did well

4. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I'll never going to read another iPhone comparison on this site again. Always the same pointless conclusion on the end! Wake up, you people running this site. Can you imagine a high end android with 3.5 inch screen? LG is clearly superior here. Huge screen, more battery life, more processing power, memory card slot, thinner and lighter. Oh and yeah, call me subjective but android IS a better OS.

6. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

seriously? im reading the review, 4x interface is better, 4x typing is better, 4x web browser is better on 4x, watching videos is better on 4x battery is better I would have thought optimus 4x would have won by a landslide

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S" LG Optimus 4X HD is CLEAR WINNER!

10. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

The Iphone is getting stale right now, it taste like chicken thats been left in the frige for 2 weeks. yuk

26. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

ewwwwwwwwwwww just like taco

11. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

They always manage to make the iPhone sound more advanced than any other phone...

12. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

so despite the fact that the iPhone has a smaller screen, weaker processor, non-expandable memory, less RAM, poorer battery, a chore to watch videos (cos u have to change format and all) and a less customizable UI, it wins in this comparison?! and tbh, the pictures the phones take, the 4x HD isnt as bad as the reviewer makes it to be! so HOW did the iPhone win?! oh and please dont come up with bulls**t answers like ''it is LG, they never win'', cos if you do, you can go shove your close minded brain through a shredding machine!

13. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

It's easy, the more they support apple, the larger their pay.

18. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

I think the result is sarcasm lol

15. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

WTF is this silly comparison i'm even not reading it

19. strikercho

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Comparing 4S to that LG is like comparing Mercedes to KIA - pointless. I will never buy this LG for the following reasons: 1. Huge uncomfortable screen(although it is nice) 2. Worse camera 3. Cheap plastic body 4. Operates on Android

25. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

1. The screen size doesn't matter as long as the bezel size is trimmed down, which it is, so it's similar in size to the Razr. 2. The camera in the 4S is great, I'll give that credit, but the LG 4X camera is still very good. And to me, the 4X has more detail in the pictures. 3. Not even gonna lie. But I would rather have plastic than fragile glass. 4. There is nothing wrong with Android, especially ICS. The only thing they did wrong, was put their custom UI over it. LG should make stock Android phones, at least until they improve their UI more.

21. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Wow Phonearena I don't think you've ever said there was a phone that beat the iPhone even though the SGSIII, the ONE X, and a couple other handsets are clearly superior phones. Seriously actually pick a winner.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

PhoneArena will never admit a phone is better than the iphone. No matter how much more advanced, more powerful, and overall better in every way. They will still say the iphone is better OR its too close to tell.

24. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

There is a problem in the second sentence of the review. "Well, allow us to explain: both smartphones belong to the high-end category and are the very best that the two companies, LG and Apple, have to offer right now." The iPhone is NOT high end. Compared to whats out on phones now, 1.5 GHz quad core processors (or A-15 dual core), 2 GB of RAM, and 4.3+ inch HD screens; VS the 800 MHz A-9 dual core, 512 MB of RAM, and 3.5 inch screen that's just a small step above qHD. It's obvious who is the winner. But, I guess if you take the latter, give it an app launcher, and put the Apple logo on it and call it the iPhone, it's immediately the best thing in the world. Sigh

28. PadFone

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

hey guys and phone arena I have problems with my budget and I would like to buy a smartphone with quad core processor.LG optimus 4x HD is the cheapest smartphone with quad core processor in my countryand I also like the design of the phone.But a friend of mine told me that this phone isn t werry good,if it fall down it will broke bad and stuff like that so I would like a honest answer from you guys cuz you are the best!!!Thanks

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