Samsung Galaxy S4 vs LG Optimus G Pro
Introduction

LG has been making some pretty good moves lately, first releasing the notable Optimus G, and more recently the Optimus G Pro – a powerful phablet device with a large 5.5" screen and the Snapdragon 600 processor. However, since LG simply markets the Optimus G Pro as its best smartphone right now, we're just going to go ahead and compare it to Samsung's best smartphone, which is the Galaxy S4. This is not StarCraft II, but we promise you, guys, this Korea vs Korea battle will be just as intense!


Design

Although pretty similar in design language, we think that the Galaxy S4 has a definite edge in the appearance department. Both handsets are made of glossy plastic, which we like, though the characterstic texture on the back of the Optimus G Pro is a bit too expressive for our taste. Still, it's worth noting that we're testing te Korean variant of the Optimus G Pro, so that design element may not be preserved in the U.S variant.


Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

LG Optimus G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro

Dimensions

5.91 x 3 x 0.37 inches

150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

LG Optimus G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro

Dimensions

5.91 x 3 x 0.37 inches

150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


In terms of size, LG has done wonders with its phablet, which sits surprisingly comfortably in the hand thanks to its super-thin bezel. However, the same thing is also true for the Galaxy S4, which has a super-thin bezel of its own, and given its smaller screen, it's even more comfortable to use. Naturally, the GS4 is also lighter, which should be taken into account if you plan to be wearing it in your pocket.




Display

OK, so obviously the Optimus G Pro has a significantly bigger display at 5.5 inches, and that's something the Galaxy S4 can't change. What the GS4 can do, however, is to offer a more true-to-life AMOLED display than LG's IPS LCD. It used to be the other way around, with AMOLEDs struggling to compete with LCDs in the colors department, but something must have gone seriously wrong in the making of the Optimus G Pro's display, which is visibly colder-looking than the one of the Galaxy S4. Viewing angles are also better on Samsung's device, as the G Pro is quick to lose some precious contrast and brightness when looked at an angle.

However, the Optimus G Pro does have the brighter screen, which makes it easier to view outdoors. At least that is one area where LCD are still unsurpassed.


Samsung Galaxy S4 360-Degrees View:

LG Optimus G Pro 360-Degrees View:

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62 Comments

1. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

S4 all the way!!!

4. Diego!

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Agreed. LG's copycat is just that, a copy :P

9. KashAli

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

which way?

2. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/reviews/130766-image/Samsung-Galaxy-S4-vs-LG-Optimus-G-Pro-01.jpg On some websites I saw some statements like "S4's bezel is very very thin but not as thin as LG G Pro" Now I'm sure that they were wrong.

5. Diego!

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

The "inner" bezel of LG Optimus G Pro is wider than the one in S4, therefore the whole bezel is bigger (in proportion to the screen that is) in the LG Optimus G Pro than in the Samsung Galaxy S 4.

45. Note2waitingonNote3

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

It's not surprising to see the Galaxy S4 s**t on the Lg Optimus G pro. My Galaxy Note 2 bitch slaps the Lg Optimus G pro all day long...

59. Jillxz

Posts: 149; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

No they were not wrong. The bezel around the LG is not as wide as the samsung.

3. Kurai unregistered

the s4 has a "supreme design"? . . . you said they almost look the same except the the s4 has a rounded corner . . . but i agree with the rest :)

6. Diego!

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

haha but is better than LG's ;)

7. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

when comparing Lumia 920 Vs S4... S4 has large display ... OMG, that's a breaking deal... G pro has Large Display not a big deal, even smaller screen is more comfortable to use in S4 Both the phone look similar, but still GS 4 is more preferable You are a true Sammy fan...

8. SleepingOz unregistered

S4 has the largest display compared to other smartphones of its size, where as the L920 is not just fat but has a huge bezel, as well! Also the G Pro is not considered as a regular smartphone but as a phablet.

15. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Are you forggeting the Xperia ZL samsung fanboy ??

29. zackdbassist

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

The zl is smaller dimension wise but mind you its heavier and thicker. Keep your views reserved until you use both of them.The sammy might turn out to be the easier one to handle as only the height is marginally more and the width is negated by difference in thickness. The zl's usable screen estate is also less if you are forgetting that. All this with a way bigger battery makes the samsung a winner. So, who is the fanboy now? Know the background info before you actually term someone as a fanboy. Appreciate better technology if you are on a tech website.

25. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Let's not forget that s4 has a large display but smaller body /chassis than 920..so larger display in smaller phone is a lot advantage..

10. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

OMG... did LG think of that design on their own???

42. marioellobo

Posts: 44; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

not they got their own innovation PASTE..

11. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Can We get some Screen-to-Phone Raito numbers, Please? I know the Sony Xpreia ZL has 75% I really dislike any kind of unuse bezel.

12. XperiaUser unregistered

how you can say "true-to-life display " to Amoled. this display is one of the worst display in terms of true to life lively colors . :@

13. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

u dont even readed the reviews talking about amoled.....sad.

19. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Sony's fans similar behaviors: Blaming S4's saturation without reading anything about the change about screen the latest Samsung flagship, and praise Sony's screen as the best for true colors while don't forget to praise BE2 also which made everything even more saturated than normal Amoled screen, lol.

30. zackdbassist

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Another fanboy to deal with. Read the latest reviews and test reports. The new gen amoleds have been tuned very well. Infact they give the user the flexibility to choose between saturated or natural colors. To each his own you know. This display is true to life because of very good color reproduction, best viewing angles and best contrast.

14. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

why ......... S4 vs Note 2 again ?

16. Johnabis

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 17, 2011

The LG Optimus G pro has an IR blaster as well, This article seems pretty biased.

17. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

"Galaxy S4 easily wins this comparison with its supreme design, screen, better camera quality, as well as way better user experience." 1) "Supreme design?" I CAN HARDLY TELL THE TWO APART! 2) "Screen." The S4 has warmer colors, but the Optimus G Pro has a brighter screen. They come to a draw in this category. 3) "Better camera quality." Pictures/videos look quite similar to me. Once again, a draw. 4) "Way better user experience." Why is the user experience better with the S4? If you were looking for a phablet, then the Optimus G Pro would be the better user experience. If you wanted a smaller screen, then the S4 would not be small enough, since a 5" screen is still HUGE. The S4 may have some new features, but you either love them or never use them. And the author completely forgot to mention that the Optimus G Pro has a much larger battery capacity at 3140 mAH compared to the S4's 2600 mAH. A very biased review indeed...

18. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

why don't you talk about speed, S4 has clearly better camera, the new Amoled uses new technoloie, so the colors finally look better and natural now s4 has better screen, also it's 1080p call quality is better on the s4, and every new S features LG copied are still better in Samsung, LG isn't original anymore... oh and I still prefer Note II over the LG you're clearly a Samsung hater, so your natural stupid instinct start trolling in Samsung articles hmm yeah I think this is enough said

55. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Note 2 it isn't nothing compared to LG Optimus G Pro.This LG Phablet has more premium feel and finish because it's all made of glass, Corning Gorilla Glass and it's reinforced in Kevlar at its back, not bezel. What stupidity of the reviewers of Phone Arena site. And LG didn't copied nothing of Samsung, it was Samsung that copied technologies from Lg. LG knows to make their phones without help of no one. Now for Samsung it's placed in a prestigious position already the Samsung fanboys can to bash the competing brands and place them in the trash. The screen technology of this phone it's so good as the technology of the S4 screen. And it has an powerful battery compared with the battery of S4 which it isn't enough for intensive usage like the battery of G Pro. 2600 mAH it's weak for a phone like Galaxy S4, unless 3000 mAH.

20. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

1) Subjective, depends on each other. However, S4 design is very Samsung, and GPro design too. Many people including me do not want a Samsung (Note 2) look with LG branded device. LG has had many good looking devices with different style, not this one. 2) Brighter is not everything. I do not know why PA never tries to bring S4 to outdoor in reality to see how it gets against strong light. Amoled reflects a little, and many people has tested at outdoor S4 and One (which is similar to LG Opt G) are equal. Indoor nobody needs maximum brightness. One GSMarena, they compared GPro to G "The Optimus G Pro screen is a bit more reflective though and it's sunlight legibility is worse." 3) I think you're right when we see the 2x2 inch photos on the article without open them. The difference is obvious man 4) If I want a phablet, I come to Note 2. 5' of screen does not mean it is bigger than other 4.7 or 4.8 inch screen phone. Dell Streak is also 5 inch but it is muchhh bigger than S4 (almost the same as Note2) Look at the picture, OpG Pro is much much bigger phone. About the battery, bigger capacity does not mean bettery usage. GPro:http://cdn.gsmarena.com/vv/reviewsimg/lg-optimus-g-pro/review/optimus-gpro-battery-test.jpg S4 (S600, Exynos version is even better)http://cdn.gsmarena.com/vv/reviewsimg/htc-one-vs-galaxy-s4/galaxy-s4-battery-test.jpg

23. Saafa

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

thx phone arena :) but lg model have IR blaster too , plz edit it. 0:-)

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I like LG designs. The Prada classy look of the Optimus G was nice. I don't know why they made the pro look like the Note 2. Getting desperate for better sales?

26. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

''What the GS4 can do, however, is to offer a more true-to-life AMOLED display than LG's IPS LCD'' seriously..???? true-to-life?? & that too amoled..?? AMOLED technology never can bring out true life like colors, period.. they are oversaturated..and lacks the sharpness of the IPS panels..! And also from all the reviews and comparisons from PA, I can clearly say that this site is heavily biased..SAMSUNG BIASED...! Please PA, try to unbiased..so that readers get the right view about the phones. & I know I'm gonna get a lot of thumbs down because the samsung fans amount is just too huge...

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