For the camera-centric folks out there, these two don’t disappoint as the Samsung Galaxy S III is packing an 8-megapixel snapper – whereas the Optimus G is being more aggressive with its 13-megapixel camera on the Sprint version or 8MP on the AT&T model. Naturally, both are complemented with LED flashes and 1080p high definition video recording. Conversely, it’s the Galaxy S III flaunting the higher 1.9-megapixel camera in the front – with the Optimus G being outfitted with a 1.3-megapixel one.

Despite finding a higher 13-megapixel count camera on the LG Optimus G, we don’t find its quality to be any better than the results put out by the Samsung Galaxy S III’s 8-megapixel snapper – they’re nearly identical in all aspects actually! Well, that’s not a bad thing to find, but obviously, some people would anticipate seeing better results with the higher megapixel count and new LG Optimus G. As a whole, they definitely take some pleasant outdoor shots, but when it comes to indoor and low lighting situations, they exhibit the same flaws. Specifically, they’re unable to manage dynamic range – resulting in over-exposure and loss of details with brightly lit areas. However, we have to mention that the Galaxy S III’s LED flash execution is better since it turns on prior to taking the shot, resulting in better focus and sharper visuals.

Even though it’s a close race in the still image department, when it comes to high-definition 1080p video recording, Sammy’s flagship shows us that it’s the more preferable device for the occasion. Winning in almost every noteworthy area, Sammy’s smartphone delivers the goods with its more crisp details – whereas it’s a bit more faint and soft with the LG Optimus G. Furthermore, LG’s offering is plagued by more heavy artifacting when panning.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
LG Optimus G 3.30
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Samsung Galaxy S III 2.5
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Strange to say, their native music players lack the visual allure to make them stand out versus other offerings, but of course, the Google Play Music app with its snazzy visuals are available on both as an alternative. When it comes to the audio quality of their speakers, we don’t notice one to be superior than the other, since they produce strong volumes that are pleasant to the ear for the most part.

When it comes to the video watching experience, it’s really a tossup because it’ll depend on what you find to be more attractive. In terms of commonalities, they’ve got large screens and smooth playbacks to make the experience gratifying, but it’ll depend on whether you prefer the saturated tones of the Samsung Galaxy S III or the more accurate ones of the LG Optimus G. Simply put it, they’re both wonderful in this aspect.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
LG Optimus G 0.28
Samsung Galaxy S III 0.3
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
LG Optimus G 84
Samsung Galaxy S III 79

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