Interface and functionality

We get LG's usual Optimus UI and Samsung's Nature UX overlays on top of the Android 4.1.2 interface. Both offer connectivity toggles and brightness adjustments in the notification bar, but LG prevails with a dedicated landscape mode for the Optimus UI, which Samsung doesn't offer.

Samsung, on the other hand, handles multitasking well via the multi-window mode that lets you split the display and use any two apps at once, complete with a hovering keyboard on top. LG has the QSlide apps function, where you can pin one or two apps like the calculator, video player or the browser, in pop-up windows, floating over any screen underneath. The QSlide apps can be activated from the notification bar slide, resized and made transparent, but there are only seven of them in total. Still, the much larger display on the G Pro makes these hovering apps more useful than the fairly limited in comparison real estate on the S III, despite that you can split its screen to use any two applications there.

LG also offers two features the Galaxy S III doesn't have, like the QRemote app that uses the IR blaster to control the electronics around, and the QButton that lets you map any application to it, like the camera for example, then use it as a physical shutter key.

Processor and memory

The Optimus G Pro flaunts the newest generation quad-core Qualcomm chipset – 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 – while the Galaxy S III has a quad-core Exynos 4412, clocked at 1.4 GHz for the international version, and a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon in the US variations. The newer Qualcomm design in the G Pro has the upper hand in benchmarks, yet both handsets run Jelly Bean very well, and chew through any app thrown at them in your daily routines.

Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
LG Optimus G Pro 12239 18798 59,2
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 12016 58,6

Another advantage of the G Pro is that it comes with 2 GB of RAM, compared to 1 GB in the international version of the S III, while the US ones also sport 2 GB. The basic Galaxy S III has 16 GB of storage plus a microSD slot, while the Optimus G Pro sports twice that amount of internal memory from the box, in addition to the card slot.

Internet and connectivity

There are two great stock browsers on the G Pro and the S III, which are very snappy in rendering, scrolling or panning around, and both allow you to install Adobe Flash, even though the handsets run Android Jelly Bean.

The Galaxy S III offers 4G LTE and/or HSPA+ connectivity, depending on the carrier, though at slower 21.1 Mbits than the G Pro, which on top of that has a more versatile integrated multi-band 4G radio. We also get all flagship staples like Wi-Fi, Wi-fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, DLNA and NFC, while the G Pro tops it off with Miracast.



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!


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: 62; 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: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

"less-resolute display"? Lower resolution perhaps?


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: 31281; 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: 31281; 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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