LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Excessive Force

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LG is thought to be the next company to release a Nexus handset, and the LG Optimus G has been in the spotlight, as this may turn out to be the basis for the next LG Nexus.

The LG Optimus G has some of the best hardware around, but LG seems to have difficulty in selling the same volumes as Samsung has with their Galaxy range. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is still the best-selling Android and will be the Optimus G’s biggest rival when it comes out. So how do these two phones rack up against each other?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Optimus G

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has Ice Cream Sandwich and is still waiting for Jelly Bean. Its hardware is very powerful and so it should be good for a few future updates.

The LG Optimus G is also on ICS and it’s rumoured that the updated Nexus version will have Android 4.2 Jelly Bean preloaded. The original Optimus G will get JB soon enough as well.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is renowned for its great all-round performance and brilliant 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor (US version). The S3 also has 2GB of RAM for multi-tasking, and comes in 16,32 and 64GB versions with SD support up to 64GB. The battery should (but sometimes doesn’t) give up to 12 hours of talk time.

The LG Optimus G brings “excessive force” too with a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 chip and 2GB of RAM, and its storage can be expanded up to 64GB too. It also has a 2,100mAh battery like the S3, and the Optimus G wins because of its updated chip.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 screen is 4.8”, with a 1,280x720p resolution, making it one of the best screens around. The LG Optimus G has a 4.7” screen, with 318ppi and a 1,280×768 resolution. The Optimus G has a higher resolution and ppi, but the S3 has the bigger screen, so it’s a draw.

The LG Optimus G has an amazing 13MP camera which scoffs at the 8MP offering in the S3, so it’s no contest on this one.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 and Optimus G both have arresting looks, but the S3 has drawn fire for looking tacky in plastic, whereas the G is a classy, high-end blend of crystal glass and metal, which makes it look and feel more premium.

So, the LG Optimus G has all the right stuff with which to scupper the S3, but as both phones are excessive at its best when it comes to hardware, it may come down to popularity in the end. The LG Optimus G should in theory sell as well as the S3, but it’s unlikely. The LG Nexus 4 will prove very popular, though, and if LG is clever this may be the phone that can use the Nexus name to win more trust and more fans for the brand in the long run so when it comes time for the LG Optimus G2, there is a bigger waiting audience.

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.