LG Optimus 4X HD vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III and LG Optimus 4X HD come with Android 4.0 out of the box, which is a must if a smartphone is to be suitable for the high-end category. To no surprise, both companies have tweaked the appearance of these two Android heavyweights with skins of their own, yet Samsung's efforts have yielded better results.
The TouchWiz Nature UI, as Samsung calls it, feels a bit more polished and designed with attention to detail. You can place shortcuts on the lock screen for convenience, and a whole bunch of additional apps and features have been thrown in. But if you can live with an interface that is not as heavily customized, or if you prefer third-party solutions from the Google Play store, then the Optimus UI 3.0 will do just fine. Overall, it feels just as snappy and retains most of the traits that the stock Google experience is acclaimed for.
No matter which one of these two smartphones you pick, chances are you will be delighted by its on-screen keyboard. Given the width of the devices' displays, it is not surprising that in portrait mode, keys feel well-distanced from one another, and typos are quite uncommon. But even if you happen to tap the wrong letter, the auto-correct feature, which is enabled on both devices, will take care of it.
We have absolutely no complaints about the stock browsers on either the Samsung Galaxy S III or the LG Optimus 4X HD. Anything that you need in order to enjoy the web to its fullest is present on these devices, namely the support for Adobe Flash, the seamless text reflow, and the buttery-smooth navigation, not to mention that web pages look pretty nice when rendered across all that display real estate.
Processor and memory:
Pitting the LG Optimus 4X HD against the Samsung Galaxy S III is like having a drag race between a Ferrari and a Lamborghini. No matter the winner, you still have one mighty piece of hardware on your hands. But if synthetic benchmarks is what you trust, the Galaxy S III with its quad-core Exynos processor seems to have the upper hand. The Optimus 4X HD, however, with its quad-core Tegra 3 chip, does not trail far behind.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|LG Optimus 4X HD||3742||11184||52|
|Samsung Galaxy S III||5335||12016||58,6|
These noteworthy scores are complemented by excellent real-life performance under almost any circumstances. Apps launch in the blink of an eye, and virtually no lag exists when switching between tasks, which should come as no surprise since each one of these two smartphones has been given 1GB of RAM. All in all, performance under every-day conditions is top-notch with both the LG Optimus 4X HD and the Samsung Galaxy S III.
If storage capacity is of utmost importance, the Samsung Galaxy offers more flexibility as you can have it with 16, 32, or 64 gigs of on-board capacity, which can be expanded further with a microSD card of up to 64 gigabytes. That is plenty of storage space – perfect for carrying around all those Big Bang Theory episodes. The Optimus 4X HD comes in a 16-gigabyte variety only, but the good thing is that microSD cards of up to 64 gigs can be installed as well.