LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S III
For this comparison, we are using the Sprint versions of the two phones. 


Continuing its reign atop the Android world, the Samsung Galaxy S III has been one polarizing smartphone that has captivated us with its all-encompassing high-end goodness. Lurking in the shadows waiting for its turn to burn up the scene, the LG Optimus G is gearing up to finally make its attack in grabbing the crown. Being the newer kid on the block, the Optimus G’s combination of featuring a quad-core processor and 4G LTE connectivity makes for one alluring tally at the moment, but will it be enough to conquer the tight grasp that Sammy’s flagship has on the market?


Honestly, it’s rather tough to say which design we like better. On one side, we like the lightweight, minutely smaller frame, and more natural feel in the hand we get out of the Samsung Galaxy S III. In comparison, we’re attracted to the LG Optimus G’s more premium materials and solid construction – attributed to its Crystal Reflection rear pattern and layered glass surfaces. Essentially, we’ve got one solid dark slab with LG’s offering, while Sammy’s pride and joy comes off as a polished stone. Either way, we definitely like the designs of both.

Still employing capacitive Android buttons beneath their displays, we don’t come across any instances of accidental presses – since they’re space adequately from one another. Though, the Galaxy S III employs a firm physical home button in between its capacitive ones.

Interestingly enough, the placement of their power buttons and volume controls are identical – while at the same time featuring the same distinct feel and responsive touch when pressed. Taking a peek around the trim of both smartphones, they feature 3.5mm headset jacks, microphones, noise-cancellation mics, and microUSB ports for data/charging/video-out connectivity.


We’ll hand it to the Samsung Galaxy S III for having the showroom wow factor with its 4.8” HD 720 x 1280 Super AMOLED display, due to the enchanting overly saturated color tones and the deep blacks of its screen. Packing some heat of its own, the LG Optimus G stands out magnificently as well thanks to its 4.7” WXGA 768 x 1280 HD IPS Plus display, but unlike its rivals, its color tones are more natural and realistic. Even though LG’s offering is utilizing the more favorable RGB sub-pixel arrangement, as opposed to the PenTile matrix arrangement of the SGSIII, we don’t find one that’s considerably better when it comes to raw details. However, it’s the superior outdoor visibility of the LG Optimus G’s IPS display that enables it to inch out ahead.



1. MeoCao unregistered

Can there be a comparison? G wins hands down.

26. formersamsungphoneowner

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

LG " G" is clearly the winner here. BETTER DESIGN ( more sophisticated & a truly elegant phone) BETTER DISPLAY ( very accurate life-like colors). the 13MP Camera is obviously better than 8MP of s3. (take a look at those sample photos) "G" is NO DOUBT its more faster in BROWSING & DOWNLOADING. why there is no actual video comparison in web. browsing? I LIKE S3 BUT THIS TIME MY VOTE GOES TO LG OPTIMUS G. THANK YOU...

32. Angelface77

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 10, 2012

I could not agree more with you. LG made a great comeback with this beast

36. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Design is personal preference, I know, but I think the G looks like a combined Razr Maxx-Galaxy S2. For specs, you're right, LG-hands down. For camera and video, S3 gained my vote, despite the 5 megapixel lead of G.

29. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Agreed with you guys whatever points you have mentioned above. But LG lacks in software side of it. So I would say GS3 = 55/100 and G = 45/100

30. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

Galaxy S3 rules here folks.

42. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Optimus G is better than Samsung GS3 only brainwashed Samsung fanboys will disagree, faster processor, faster browse speeds and better screen. AMOLED panels and their saturation mislead the comprehension of the image, sometimes that is not good!

43. Angelface77

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 10, 2012

Can not agree with you more. LG wins all the way.

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

software wise, LG obviously ripped off TouchWiz a lot. nature ux? features? cartoony UI? yup. but even SGS 3 beats the camera. sad story - and that is why the LG Nexus may fix everything.

6. predator93

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

LG and Samsung have copied each other equally when it comes to software. If you go back before touchwiz was introduced in android, touchwiz copied a lot of ui elements from LG. An example for this is the cube found on samsung jet (I have owned own and I can say it is better implemented compared to arena) which was ripped from lg arena 's S class UI. If u have used an LG phone like cookie and arena u can still find some similarities in the UI of optimus phones (ex :- 4 shortcuts on the bottom).

13. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

but in terms of quality software experience - fanboyism aside, Samsung wins. That's why many would prefer Samsung over any other manufacturer. any way, I have high hopes for LG's Nexus.

14. predator93

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

I do agree Samsung implements things better when it comes to software. LG Nexus will definitely be better compared to their other phones.

3. Fayeznoor

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

ill prefer Samsung


Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

The clash of the titans. But take note LG- THERE'S NOTHING LIKE AN AMOLED DISPLAY!!!! Love my s3!!!

9. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

And there's nothing like an HD IPS+ Display.

11. predator93

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

I want a hybrid of oled and ips lcd.

27. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

There's nothing like an SLCD2 (HTC One X) or as Engadget likes to call it the best screen on a mobile phone right now!

37. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

No Doubt..One X hands Down

22. xoatomxo

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 26, 2011

I have galaxy s3 and I love it.

4. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Well, I see what you did there, John.. since in your book S3 beat the iPhone 5 and the latter was tied with optimus g, now Sammy had to get a slight upper hand. But really, the Optimus is simply more future proof and has superior hardware. I agree that Samsung has more mature software and better support but the most it should get is a tie here.. win is a little over the line.

5. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

anytime lg vs samsung i would always go for samsung. but samsung vs sony, that's a tough one for me.

7. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

LG wins, no brainer.

23. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

LG lover, no brainer.

31. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Proud to be one, rather than joining mainstream Apple and Samsung :)

48. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Sorry LG sucks hard, even though my phone was better than that POS Optimus Black (i had the 2X) it still sucked in after sales support and on stock ROM a very laggy experience.

49. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Wow, why are you here slowpoke? I knew the 2x sucked, that's why I settled for the OB in the first place, it is getting better CM support than the 2x. Jelly Bean runs on it pretty well but the stock LG GB UI was still pretty nice. I'm sticking with LG no matter what.. Have a nice day sir!

50. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Because i just saw that stupid comment from yours, sorry to disappoint you but the OB is worst than the 2X at least the 2X is dual-core, anyway they had good hardware both of the phones LG software is what sucks, but to say that the 2X sucks and OB is better is just lying.

53. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Oh you, I know the 2x has better processing power and all. But after reading a lot of reviews, there were a lot of problems. All I needed at the time of purchasing was at least a phone with 1 GHz clock speed, LED flash, secondary mic and a unique feature, which were the G key and the super bright NOVA display. The software sucks, on the 2x, Tegra 2 was terrible IMO.

54. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

It wasn't that terrible, on CM7 (GB) it was faster than my sister's SII which was on ICS. It was a good phone ruined by LG's lack of software updates and also by the 512mb RAM...

55. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

And now that it has an official ICS update, you still think the software runs bad?

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