LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Introduction

Even after almost a year since its introduction, the Samsung Galaxy S III remains one of the most sought-after handsets, that's why we are staging a quick comparison with LG's newest flagship darling, the Optimus G Pro. We use the Korean version of the G Pro that is currently out on the market, and sports a 5.5” panel, unlike the 5” variation announced for Japan. LG said the G Pro will arrive in North America next quarter, but didn't specify which screen size will make it across the pond.

Granted, being a newer generation device, the G Pro beats the S III in almost every specs category, but Samsung has managed to create its finest future-proof, and keeps it relevant with thoughtful software updates, so let's dig in and examine which is the one for you...


Design

If one-handed navigation is more important to you, or you are simply not into giant handsets, the much more compact 4.8” Samsung Galaxy S III will be right up your alley, as it is very thin and light for the screen size, and has a pretty ergonomic rounded shape throughout.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

Weight

4.69 oz (133 g)

LG Optimus G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro

Dimensions

5.91 x 3 x 0.37 inches

150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

Weight

4.69 oz (133 g)

LG Optimus G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro

Dimensions

5.91 x 3 x 0.37 inches

150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



LG has done a very good job too, though, keeping the G Pro as light and compact as possible with this 5.5” panel, reducing the side bezel to a minimum. It is much taller than the S III, but not much wider, so one-handed navigation is still in the cards, provided that LG didn't slap the back button on the left, which requires finger acrobatics each time you have to use it, unless you are a leftie.

The LG Optimus G Pro (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The LG Optimus G Pro (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The LG Optimus G Pro (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The LG Optimus G Pro (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right)


Both handsets use plastic for the chassis, and sport removable glossy back covers, allowing you to easily swap the battery, or add more memory.

The Optimus G Pro intros two unique features that the S III doesn't have – a physical QButton on the left, which lets you launch any app on the phone you've mapped to it, and an infrared sensor at the top to control your TV, AC, set-top box and the like, which we found to be very handy on a daily basis – you can change channels on your gym TV, for instance, without looking for the remote forgotten somewhere on the 20 treadmills.

Left sides - The sides of the LG Optimus G Pro (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (top, right) - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Left sides

Right - The sides of the LG Optimus G Pro (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (top, right) - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Right

Bottom - The sides of the LG Optimus G Pro (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (top, right) - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Bottom

Top - The sides of the LG Optimus G Pro (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (top, right) - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Top

Backs - The sides of the LG Optimus G Pro (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (top, right) - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Backs

Rear cameras - The sides of the LG Optimus G Pro (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (top, right) - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Rear cameras

The sides of the LG Optimus G Pro (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (top, right)



Displays

The 5.5” LG Optimus G Pro panel sports excellent 401 ppi density on account of the 1080x1920 pixels of Full HD resolution. The Galaxy S III features a more humble 4.8” 720x1280 display with 306 pixels per inch.

With S III, the colors are oversaturated to the point of gaudiness, and they are also much colder compared to the toned down, accurate picture produced by the G Pro. Where the S III has the upper hand is in its deep blacks, which makes watching movies a joy, and there are also screen modes that scale down the color saturation if it annoys you. What you can't do anything about, however, is the very low screen brightness of Samsung's handsets. The Optimus G Pro is almost twice as bright, and with low screen reflectance, too, so it sports much better outdoor visibility under direct sunlight. As far as viewing angles go, both the Super AMOLED display on the S III, and the IPS-LCD panel on the G Pro perform very well from all sides.



LG Optimus G Pro 360-Degrees View:



Samsung Galaxy S III 360-Degrees View



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18 Comments

1. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

We can wait 5 days, right?

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

35 to make a proper comparison.

3. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

s3 display is disappointing...I hope they will fix it in s4...RGB for everybody!!!

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

disappointing for 2013 not 2012

8. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

It was disappointing next to LG 4HD and HOX

4. BitterTruth unregistered

No comparsion!

5. GALAXY-STORM

Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

s3 will be brought to compare one more time against s4, then we might not see again

23. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

thats what u think bro! even S2 is not out of the classiness anymore!!!

7. cloud_atlas1991

Posts: 61; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Oh Galaxy S3... the legacy Android phone. 5 days from now and it will be turning over the throne.

9. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

"less-resolute display"? Lower resolution perhaps?

10. dynamo.one

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 14, 2013

optimus g pro=washed out colors.

11. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

like father like cousin !

13. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 + HTC One X + powerful hardware = LG Optimus G Pro

14. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

GS3 running key lime Pie, if it does get the update, will still be very much relevant in 2013. True it is running last year's hardware and is now considered a mid ranger but it'll run for another solid year until the S5 comes out before being relegated to obsolescence. That Optimus G Pro does look a beast, can't wait to see what LG have planned for the Optimus G 2, it is rumoured to pack an edge to edge almost no bezel screen with the big.LITTLE setup as with the S4 and Note 3.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If apple wins in court against Sammy, Sammy could recoup the money by nailing LG.

18. oyalinkaya

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I really don't get this patent war. What are the designers supposed to do? Maybe, them designers should work on some triangular or hexagonal chasis designs in order not to infringe patent copyrights. This whole design based patent war is ridiculous. S3 and G Pro has different designs even though there are some similar aspects. All in all, there are not much options to place some of the features other that they are already positioned, such as the earpiece, the function buttons, the front camera, the sensors, the rear camera and the flash. I cannot imagine a phone with a microphone in the center of the back cover. The companies should be reasonable. Who did really buy a Chinese copycat of an iPhone with the exact shape and positioning of the original Apple design? Let me say, only those who cannot afford a genuine iPhone, in other words people who are the target consumers of Apple Inc. . Moreover, never ever any global company will copy exactly the same desing of the others. Such a mistake would damage the prestige of that company so much that it would not worth it. We should stop being guardians of money milking companies' prides...

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I agree 100% dude

21. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

I agree, there are only this amount of "good designs" a company can use. its either plastic rounded candybar design, plastic sharp cornered candy bar design, glossy black candy bar design, metal frame rounded candy bar design, metal frame sharp candy bar design. I don't see any company going out of those parameters for highend qwertyless phones. if a company tries to diverge(ie. kyocera echo, they most likely fail) since a company only has this pool of functional designs, all designs are all bounded to look similar

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