LG Optimus G Pro vs Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z or the LG Optimus G Pro? This will be one of the dilemmas before high-end phone buyers this season, so we stage a comparison to ease the decision-making process.

The Optimus G Pro we are using here is the version for Korea, and comes with a 5.5” Full HD screen, while the model announced for Japan has a 5” display, and which variation will hit the US and Europe in Q2, remains to be confirmed. Still, besides the screen size, both G Pro versions are identical, so you will get a pretty good overview in any case...


The 5.5” Optimus G Pro version is very light and compact for a screen of this magnitude, thanks to the ultra-thin bezel around it, yet it is a challenge to operate safely with one hand, unlike the Xperia Z. Sony has used on-screen navigational keys, so its 5” flagship is pretty compact in its turn, and is thinner and lighter than the G Pro, making it more suitable for a daily driver in terms of ergonomics or plain old carry-around.

Sony's phone also sports a more premium feeling in the hand with its glass unibody and metal power key, and is easier to grip thanks to the rubbery sides that also add to its durability and seal off the water-tight chassis. Both handsets allow you to add more memory via a microSD slot, but the G Pro has a removable back cover, too, that lets you swap its largish 3140 mAh battery.


The G Pro houses a 5.5” screen with a bit lesser 401ppi pixel density than the 5” 441ppi panel on the Z, on account of the identical 1080x1920 pixel resolutions. In reality the density difference is invisible from a normal viewing distance, while LG's phone has the better display in almost any other aspect, especially viewing angles, which on the Sony Xperia Z are pretty bad for the phone's category, and one of the handset's weakest points.

Even when looked head-on, the colors and contrast of the TFT display on the Z look more washed out than on the IPS-LCD panel of the G Pro.

In terms of brightness both perform above average, with decent outside visibility, but, as we mentioned, colors and contrast deteriorate quickly on the Z with the slightest tilt of the phone.



1. rodkurt

Posts: 128; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

optimus g and note II please

35. Airforce

Posts: 70; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

why do i have a feeling..NOTES AND PHONES ARE BECOMING SIMILAR..in screen size..Like what the FCUK...phones are now having screen sizes of 5" or higher..I guess in 2014..there wont be any difference in a phone nd NOTE any more

2. lee480 unregistered

Obviously Xperia Z wins lol.

7. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Tell me, please, why?

9. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

bcuz he is sony fan :D

32. SonyFan

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

+waterresistant +faster software updates +more custom roms for xperia z +not plastic +better cam now you know why?

36. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

You can name everything the LG does better as well. At least try to approach this from both sides or your comment becomes completely irrelevant. I'd personally go with the Xperia Z because it is more comfortable to hold and has a premium feel to it, wish it was coming to AT&T.

50. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

-Water resistance is a bulls**t, created by Sony ;) -Faster software updates? You must be kidding...slow and no quality (ICS 4.0 for 2012 lineup). -Really small percent of users are using custom roms. -LG plastic has brilliant quality, and it´s not as fragile as glass. (personal experience). -You can eat the 13mpx sensor for dinner and lunch...the same: no quality. Now I would like to ask you, do you know, why I don´t know?

52. harshithh

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

we can see some guy is really jealous of sony xperia z !!!!!

53. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Oh, of course...How can a human being be jealous of a TELEPHONE? Maybe, you have put something in your breakfast hat shouldn´t be there.

55. taikucing unregistered

and more importantly, LG has IPS display while xperia Z still uses TFT crap. And the exmor sensor is too overrated.

59. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

So water resistance is bulls**t but not having one is a good thing?

68. bshp2000

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 29, 2013

-Water resistance is not bulls**t, I know from experience, -LG plastic may be tougher but plastic can never match glass or metal in terms of quality, -Sure, megapixels don't usually matter much, but it still counts, in terms of the image resolution.

20. wendygarett unregistered

I choose neither, both looks crap to me :)

24. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Says person in whose user profile "Want it" section we can see "Sony Xperia Z"...

25. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Says the person whose user profile says: "My goal is to attract as many red thumb as I can, and pretend Apple fanboys (and Samsung fanboys as well) to show how stupidity these fanboys are :)."

37. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

While I would personally choose the HTC One over these device they certainly do not look like crap. It's sad to think that you believe Samsung's plastic phones do NOT look like crap and that these do. *Samsung makes great phones, but they do not look very good IMHO.

54. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

why sony?? whats this hell?? sony only focus on watter proof but whats another its has?? -not good screen -sh~~y camera -non removable battry -high cost -mid battary but not good at all then sony want to cover all this sabotage with water proof!! Stupid Sony!!

60. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

The English in this comment gave me cancer

66. skyguy7567

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

I bath with my Xperia Z. What's the problem? The screen is 100% gorgeous! Don't remember that there's the Mobile Bravia Engine 2 there for great photos and great video. The camera is extremely detailed and delivers very realistic photoshots. If you are not satisfied with somehow strange color, you can surely fix that in the standard photo mode, instead of using Superior Auto. Good screen but compact device always comes with a not too long-lasting battery. I don't know what you're talking about the high cost but in my city is 1/5 cheaper than the other expensive phones.

69. bshp2000

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 29, 2013

Not good screen? Xperia Z has the same screen resolution as S4, 441 ppi. Camera is excellent, or at least on the same level as Optimus G Pro, tons of other phones (iPhone 5, HTC One, Z10, etc.) have non-removable battery. And as for price, Xperia Z is cheaper than Optimus G

3. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

No way... G Pro rules!

4. smallworld

Posts: 523; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Xperia Z.

5. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

g pro over most phones right now till the gs4 note 3 come out anyway lol

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Sony all the way!

8. mocir

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

If you show both phones to random people, they would obviously choose the Z.

10. smallworld

Posts: 523; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

And btw Xperia Z also support Wifi direct and Miracast.

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I chose Sony Xperia Z.

12. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Optimus g pro should have won but it loses because its an lg!

14. ubuntu

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

1 vote for Xperia Z

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