LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Battle of the Titan Smartphones

Published on August 31st, 2012

LG Optimus G E973 vs Samsung Galaxy S III I9300: Which Android  phone would you choose?

LG has recently announced its latest upcoming Android smartphone, the LG Optimus G E973, along with the LG Optimus L9. The Optimus G is LG’s flagship smartphone and will go head on with Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X and the upcoming iPhone 5. The Optimus G is built with cutting edge mobile technology that will make you drool over this smartphone. Today, let’s compare the two “Titan” android phones (LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S3) and see which one is the best Android phone.

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The LG Optimus G E973 in a Gist

The LG Optimus G is powered with the latest Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core processor clocked at 1.5GHz with Andreno 320 as its GPU processor. Later we will compare the Snapdragon S4 Pro’s performance with Samsung Exynos 4412 quad core processor. It also sports a 13 megapixel rear facing camera and a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera.

It’s built with a large 4.7-inch True HD-IPS+LCD display paired with the G2 Touch Hybrid Display. With the new technology, the LG Optimus G consumes lesser power compared to a Super AMOLED display. LG plans to release it on the market initially running on Ice Cream Sandwich, but a Jelly Bean update will surely follow. The rest of the specs can be seen at the table below.

LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Specifications

Now let us put the two high-end android phones side by side and compare their specifications.
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As you can see in the table above, the LG Optimus G has some advantage over the Samsung Galaxy S3. First, it has a slightly powerful CPU (benchmarks below), bigger and better display, much larger memory size and a Jelly Bean update is expected to follow soon. Although Samsung will most probably provide a Jelly Bean update on the Galaxy S3 too.

Why did I say that the LG Optimus G display is better than the Samsung Galaxy S3? Although it’s smaller by a mere .1-inch, the pixel per inch density ratio is much higher compared to the SGS3’s ppi (318 vs 306). LG also claims that the new display technology consumes as much as 70% less power compared to a Super AMOLED display. And I’m not really a Super AMOLED fan, since the color tends to become over-vivid and can sometime be extraneous to the eyes.

Snapdragon S4 Pro vs Exynos 4412 Quad Core Processor

Now, how does the CPU of the LG Optimus G par with Samsung Galaxy S III’s processor? VR-Zone has posted some benchmarks done by Tweakers.Net comparing the high end mobile processors currently found in the market. Please refer to the tables below:

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lg optimus g vs samsung galaxy s3

lg optimus g vs samsung galaxy s3

Benchmark Image source Tweakers.Net via VR-Zone

The table above shows that the Snapdragon S4 paired with Adreno 320 yields better results compared to Exynos 4412 and Mali 400. Don’t get me wrong, both of these processors are great, in fact they even yield better results compared to NVIDIA Tegra 3. But we see more potential in the CPU and GPU of the LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S3.

Since the new Optimus G is built with an impressive and powerful CPU+GPU, let’s just hope that it doesn’t have overheating issues like the HTC One X users are complaining about.

LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Conclusion

Based on the specifications alone, I’d go for the LG Optimus G E973. It’ has a (slightly) better specs compared to its competitor. Of course there are other factors that still need to be considered before we can really decide who the winner smartphone here is.

We haven’t compared LG Optimus G’s price since it’s still undisclosed as of to date. We also need to look at the camera (photo and video) quality. It’s doesn’t mean that the 13MP camera is better than the 8MP camera, until we see the actual images and videos.

We also need to look at the apps and other features that the LG Optimus G offers. If all this things will somehow be generally better than Samsung Galaxy S3, LG might have a chance to grab the consumers’ attention and beat its competitors.

I’ll update this “LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S3” article as soon as new information regarding the phone becomes available.

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  • Ashiq Rafa

    It’s better to choose this phone, optimus g. I’ll mention more clearly. When comparing with galaxy s3:-

    1. s3 comes with exynos quadcore cycling with 1.4 ghz while optimus g comes with snapdragon quadcore centered with 1.6ghz. It is a fact that snapdragons are better than exynos. So here Optimus g beats s3.

    2. Then camera. S3 comes with 8 Mega pixel camera while optimus g has 13 mp camera. So it’s sure that G can shoot more clear photos and videos. Also G has zero lag shooting method. When considering the features of camera app, s3 boasts of burst mode feature. Here G too does it. Additionally, G has a feature to keep the user not to miss any good poses happened just before clicking shutter button. So, here too LG optimus G wins.

    3. Design:- s3 tells that their design is designed by nature. The nature’s biggest enemy is plastic and s3 is a crappy plastic. Also, the curved ends of s3 never gives a better dimensions and holds in hands. People votes iphone (before optimus G’s release) omitting s3 in the case of design just because glass case gives a executive look. So here G too comes with a glass cover. The most loving feature of this design is its crystal clear technology. Lg had even patended this case as it’s such innovative. Small prisms are placed in between the case. Your case now will give a shining effect. Then considering the front parts of the phone:- s3, when screen is locked, people can just identify the phone’s screen dimension from the Basel part as they can recognize the colour change from the basel to the screen. But in G, a hybrid technology is used, so that when phone is locked the entire phone’s front look same. Cute:-)

    4. Smart features:- s3 has a smart video player that provides popup play. Buy, here G offers something better than this. While playing a video, clicking a button will make the video dim and is played behind the screen. User can see the video as well as work on the apps. When phone kept vertically to exit the landscape, the video looks same as popup play, in addition to dim option. There are other options too. User can click on a button on the video screen, so that when user touches the video track, thumpnails of that frame is shown in a small popup screen. Also, user can zoom in, zoom out, slow down or play the video quicker.

    5.smart stay:- the only feature where s3 wins when compared to G is smart stay. S3 could recognise the user’s eyes and stay awake till he looks away. But, this feature is not something that can make you stop from buying s3. Because, there apps available in the play store that will do same function.

    6. Quick memo:- optimus G has a great feature called quick memo. Fir this feature an external physical button is even provided. Clicking on this button will screen shot the present screen of the phone and edit it with smart tools. So now, you can just use this feature to write down the new number telling in between a call on the call screen, you can mark the destination in maps and route it and sent it, check and convince the friend whether it’s a goal or not while watching a football match. Quick memo – A great feature. S3 can’t even compete for this feature.

    7. The total UI:- in s3 user can just swipe the lock screen to unlock and water bubble sound is outed [:-) ]. In G, user do the same, but a initiative nice circle is enlarged to the unlocked screen. User can see the bottom app shortcuts of home screen in the lock screen, so that dragging those icons will show take the user to that particular app. When locking the screen, s3 has the graphics that just dims the light and turn off. In G, it ROUND IN a black screen and locks. Since G’s screen has no color change from basel, this locking effect looks nice. In notification bar of s3, user can swipe the toggle buttons left of right and find some more buttons. In G too, user has this option with very more buttons compared to s3. Additionally, user can customize the buttons order. In app drawer, S3 does nothing more. G could help user to change the app’s icon with the help of quick memo.

    8. Battery:- lg specially designed a new battery which ate slimmer but could take more cell units into it giving the maximum life. In fact presently G has most long lasting battery capacity.

    9. Display: s3 comes with super amoled display while G has true HD IPS display. The specialty of this display is that it will never get heated up (s3’s display heats up) and G’s display consumes less energy and keep the same volume energy used till the end while amoled display keeps increasing on the consumption of battery volume as time passes. Thus G’s display need less energy. Amoled displays are better of colour While ips displays are known for their clarity and brightness . In G, an hybrid technology is being used to avoid the basel and screen clout variation, and thus technology makes colours brighter. So here G’s display is far better than s3’s display. Considering the display dimension s3 wins as it’s 4.8inch while G is 4.7 inch. This variation is not an easily recognizable one. Keep in mind that, game developers build high end games for phones prescribing the display dimension. Since all other high end phones are with 4.7 inch, developers built games for this 4.7 inch. So for those games s3 will be having black bars at sides. So, what’s the use of such smaller variated dimension.

    10. Touch:- LG is introducing a new kind of touch technology that will remove the gap between display glass and touch layer. With this, when a user swipe left or right on any app, for e.g. moving to near by photos in gallery app, user can see that the photos are moved as along with the finger. If you swipe quickly to left and right without taking finger, you can see in s3 that the photo is not behind your finger and photo will be running to the fingers position while in G, photos stay just behind the finger. Smart 🙂

    • jeff

      Well said Ashiq 🙂

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  • hims

    i will choose galaxy s3 over optimus g because of software support. and touchwiz is better than optimus g

  • zen

    I agree with ‘hims’ and not just that. Ashiq Rafa makes some sweeping statements which are not only incorrect but very misleading.

    01) The frequency is not 1.6 GHz but its 1.5 GHz.

    02) The points Snapdragon has scored more in AnTuTu or GI Benchmark is quite narrow because even a difference of 500 points greater will not make a phone super powerful. There are several other parameters and bottlenecks.

    03) If Android or the application/s running on it cannot overcome bottlenecks, a faster processor only ends up introducing more number of wait cycles and nothing more dramatic. So what purpose does it serve to say I have super fast processor?

    04) Cell phones are not like a DSLR or other smaller cameras both in terms of focus and active pixel count. These autofocus cameras on the phones with its CCD sensors can’t even come close to a dedicated camera with CMOS sensor and true lens. By the way LG Optimus G has models with 13 or 8 megapixels depending on the market where it is being released. So it’s no big deal.

    05) More over good photography needs good lighting. In good lighting conditions even a 5 megapixels autofocus camera on the mobile phone will do reasonably good. Only Nokia will market their 808 PureView with 41 megapixels as its USP. Even though it has Carl Zeiss optics, xenon flash and 7125×5368 resolution, it is still an autofocus camera.

    07) Cell phones are not used primarily for night time photography or in low light conditions. So a 13 megapixels camera will do no better.

    08) 2GB RAM will provide you more space for more number of active applications but that does not mean it boosts performance any better than it already is. If you have opened over 10 to 15 apps at the same time then 2GB will be beneficial. By the way Samsung I9305 which is an updated version of S3 has 2GB RAM.

    09) If you are playing a game, not every resource of the game_name.apk is loaded onto the RAM. Even 1GB RAM has plenty of free memory available even with the most resource intensive game under play. If you are Android developer, you will know about the Dalvik garbage collector and how memory will not be a significant contributor after a certain point. If you have the time and if you curious, try reading this document: http://davidehringer.com/software/android/The_Dalvik_Virtual_Machine.pdf But if vendors are offering more RAM then it is always better. As mentioned earlier, the Samsung I9305 which is an updated version of S3 has 2GB RAM.

    10) Graphics is more of a performance war between Mali 400 and Adreno 320. No doubt Adreno 320 gives greater benchmark scores now. Don’t forget Mali 400 has been the undisputed king all these years. Obviously others catch up. In 2013, Mali T658 will again be the undisputed leader just like Mali 400 till the rest of the vendors do the catch up act during 2013-2014. By the way, Optimus G price is still not available.

    11) Nature’s biggest enemy is not plastic. Its hypocrites called Humans. One species –> Homo-sapiens. S3 is not crappy plastic. I have several phones from the year 2000. They have all been made using plastic. Before mobile phones, the landlines I have used were also made using plastic. I had Motorola RAZR in 2005/06 which was built of metal/alloy covers. That did not make it any special than the other phones which used plastic. Whether it’s made of plastic or metal or alloy or glass or a combination of these does not make a phone premium or cool or ‘Executive’ look. If that’s the criterion then Vertu phones are the best in the world. They have some stunning designs and are made of premium material including gold and diamonds and exotic crystals from Swarovski.

    12) It is the curves that appeal whether it’s the cars, women or phones. Do you like an Aston Martin DB9 or a Maruti 800? I don’t see how the curved ends of S3 never give better dimensions. I think you are confused or probably want to tell something else. I see no problem what so ever regarding the ergonomics of an S3 in anybody’s hand whether it’s left or right. I recently saw several videos on YouTube about a Korean woman reviewing S3 and Note 2 with her petite yet beautiful hands. If she has no complaints I don’t think we men can ever complain about the design or the size or the ergonomics.

    13) The shining effect using crystals!!! Wow, how long have you stared at any phone and wondered what a beautiful and shiny phone it is… Come on grow up kid.

    14) People can just identify the phone’s screen dimension from the basel part!!! Wow, what a criterion to call it cute. You really make me laugh you know that?

    15) I would love to mention everything about the apps that you mention are so cool but it’s not worth the time. Trust me when I say that it’s not LG’s feature but its Android update.

    16) AMOLED vs IPS… My choice: AMOLED any day. Here is the simplest thing anybody can do. Do the test for yourself and see the difference. AMOLED is better even in sunlight. I have used AMOLED for over 3 years and I can vouch for it. If you happen to get the IGZO display only then we can talk about power saving over AMOLED. Nothing else.

    17) In terms of battery both LG Optimus G and S3 have 2100mAH capacity. Let’s not be cynical and say LG’s battery has the longest life. Note 2 has 3100mAH battery. That does not make it an everlasting battery. It still needs a recharge.

    18) Anyways, we can have long comments but I can’t waste any more time. Both are Korean companies. If you decide to buy either one of them, you make Korea richer. So what’s the big deal in saying LG is better or Samsung.

    19) Last but not the least. I have read and written enough about technology. I can say with conviction that mobile phones are just gadgets. They are just devices intended to solve specific problems in communication, entertainment, productivity etc. If the phone is not used optimally then what is the point of saying that I have the best phone in the world? Most importantly they cost and they cost a lot. In terms of return on investment, the devices should be able to return what they are worth. It can either be in terms of saving time or improving our productivity or some other similar parameter. If we use such phones to just while away our time then who is the loser? You the reader, think about it.

    • jeff

      Very nice insights zen. I agree with you on number 19.

  • Anonymous

    I honestly think the S3 is better because of the shape. The new lineup of lg is just..square-ish. The S3 is nexus-like.

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