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LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus

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The 5-megapixel cameras of both handsets are able to deliver some pretty looking pictures that are filled with a healthy amount of detail and color. With outdoor shots, you'd have to meticulously look closer at photos to gauge which one offers the better quality. In fact, both produce some dynamic looking images in conditions where lighting is optimal – but upon closer inspection, the Samsung Focus is able to minutely capture more fine detail. Additionally, color production with the Focus is higher with its deep and vibrant looking colors. It's not to say that the LG Quantum doesn't take good photos, but you'll be required to have a keen eye to identify any difference with its results. However, it's crystal clear that the LED flash on the Focus is able to illuminate shots far better than the weak one with the Quantum.

LG Quantum's camera interface - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
LG Quantum's camera interface - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
LG Quantum's camera interface - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
LG Quantum's camera interface - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus

Photo camera - The camera interface of the Samsung Focus - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
The camera interface of the Samsung Focus - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Video camera - The camera interface of the Samsung Focus - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
The camera interface of the Samsung Focus - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
The camera interface of the Samsung Focus - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus

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LG Quantum - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
LG Quantum - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
LG Quantum - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
LG Quantum - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus

LG Quantum

Samsung Focus - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus

Samsung Focus

LG Quantum - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
LG Quantum - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
LG Quantum - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
LG Quantum - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus

LG Quantum

Samsung Focus - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus

Samsung Focus

LG Quantum - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
LG Quantum - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
LG Quantum - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
LG Quantum - Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus

LG Quantum

Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Samsung FocusCamera samples - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus

Strong - Darkness with flashIndoor samples shot with the LG Quantum - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Medium - Darkness with flashIndoor samples shot with the LG Quantum - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Low light - Darkness with flashIndoor samples shot with the LG Quantum - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus

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3ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples shot with the LG Quantum - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
5ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples shot with the LG Quantum - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
7ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples shot with the LG Quantum - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus

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Strong - Darkness with flashIndoor samples shot with the Samsung Focus - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Medium - Darkness with flashIndoor samples shot with the Samsung Focus - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Low light - Darkness with flashIndoor samples shot with the Samsung Focus - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus

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3ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples shot with the Samsung Focus - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
5ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples shot with the Samsung Focus - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
7ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples shot with the Samsung Focus - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus

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Fittingly, we find both handsets capable of recording 720p videos, but the Focus captures them at a rate of 23fps – which is less than the 24 fps rate of the Quantum. Despite the small gap, there isn't a noticeable difference between the quality to make one smoother looking than the other. However, we constantly find ourselves fighting over the adverse changes in white balance and exposure with the LG Quantum. Moreover, there's a bit of artifacting going on with both handsets when they're used in low lighting situations. In the end though, we'd gather that most people will be more than satisfied with their output.

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Since the Zune experience is in full effect on both smartphones, it presents a visually different experience when playing songs – so there is no difference with their presentation. But cranking their volumes to their maximum, the audio quality from the LG Quantum's speaker becomes distorted and crackly in tone. With the Samsung Focus, it's undoubtedly the louder of the two, but its output is a little bit more tolerable with its blistering tones.

Zune on the LG Quantum - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Zune on the LG Quantum - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Zune on the LG Quantum - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus

Zune on the Samsung Focus - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Zune on the Samsung Focus - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Zune on the Samsung Focus - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Zune on the Samsung Focus - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus

High definition playback is of no concern for these two high-end spec'd phones as they both are more than capable of playing a movie trailer encoded in DivX 1280 x 720 resolution. During its play, there were no visible signs of any slowdown or jerkiness – but rather, we're greeted to buttery smooth visuals that pack plenty of sharp details. And since we're talking about watching videos on a mobile phone, the larger screen of the Samsung Focus makes it more enjoyable over the Quantum – not to mention the stunning looking colors that accompany its playback.

Watching high definition videos on the LG Quantum is no problem - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Watching high definition videos on the LG Quantum is no problem - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Video playback on the Samsung Focus - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Video playback on the Samsung Focus - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus

With the Quantum, you're only offered 16GB of internal storage for all your needs – and that's it! Oppositely, the Samsung Focus packs a microSD card slot which accepts a card to boost the handset's 8GB capacity out of the box. However, it's worth noting that it's not hot swappable and that removing it at any time after installation can produce a disastrous effect on your phone, so be wary of this.


Software:

Seeing that these are Windows Phone 7 smartphones, they pack the usual set of core apps associated with the platform – such as Bing Maps and Microsoft Office. Out of the box, the Focus is packaged with Samsung's “Now” Hub which essentially aggregates pertinent information like the local weather, news, and stocks. Meanwhile, the only additional app found preloaded with the Quantum is LG's “Play To” app which basically provides DLNA services. So if you happen to have media content stored locally on the handset, you can use the app to share it with other DLNA compatible devices. Moreover, both smartphones offer their own unique stores under the Marketplace – which happen to be the “Samsung Zone” and “LG Apps Store.” When you enter them, you're treated to a handful of free apps you can download that are exclusive to the respective manufacturer.

Bing Maps for Windows Phone 7 - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Bing Maps for Windows Phone 7 - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Bing Maps for Windows Phone 7 - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus
Bing Maps for Windows Phone 7 - LG Quantum vs Samsung Focus


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