LG Optimus G vs. Google Nexus 4 – Fight!

by Jerry D on February 5, 2013

If you order the LG Optimus G into a spec-slap with the Google Nexus 4, which phone wins? Is the 4.7-inch display on the Optimus G more advanced than the 4.7-inch screen on the Nexus 4? Is its quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro processor closer to the cutting edge? What about size? Is the 139g Nexus 4 too weighty? All of these questions can be resolved by checking the comparison below

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LG Optimus G vs. Google Nexus 4: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it.

LG Optimus G VS Google Nexus 4
Display 4.7-inch True HD-IPS LCD 4.7-inch True HD IPS
Resolution 768 x 1280 pixels
(317.66 PPI)
768 x 1280 pixels
(317.66 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon
Software Android 4.0.4 Android 4.2
Storage 32GB internal, no expansion slot 8 or 16GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, face detection, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.3MP Yes, 1.3MP
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 68.9 x 131.9 x 8.5mm 68.7 x 133.9 x 9.1mm
Weight 145g 139g
Talktime 15.0 hours 15.0 hours
Standby 335 hours 390 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, TV-out, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA and Dolby Mobile GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot feature and TV-out

 

LG Optimus G vs. Google Nexus 4 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this LG Optimus G vs. Google Nexus 4 fight plays out…

LG Optimus G vs. Google Nexus 4 – Connectivity

As far as wireless tech is concerned, the Optimus G comes with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also boasts support for faster 4G networks. Google’s Nexus 4 comes with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP as standard. No 4G here, however.
— The Optimus G wins (1-0)

LG Optimus G vs. Google Nexus 4 – Size/Weight

Let’s get the tape measure out… The Optimus G and the Nexus 4 measure 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.5mm and 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm respectively. The Nexus 4 is 0.6mm fatter than the Optimus G. As for weight, the LG Optimus G weighs 145g, while the Nexus 4 is 139g. The Optimus G leads going into round #3…
— The Optimus G wins (2-0)

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LG Optimus G vs. Google Nexus 4 – Camera/Video

The Optimus G comes packing a built-in 13.0 Megapixel camera with advanced features such as: autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, face detection, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. It also features a second, front-facing camera with a resolution of 1.3 Megapixels.

The Nexus 4′s 8.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 1080p video recording) is no match for the Optimus G’s. A second 1.3MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— The Optimus G wins (3-0)

LG Optimus G vs. Google Nexus 4 – Display

The design of LG’s Optimus G features a 4.7-inch touch-sensitive True HD-IPS LCD screen, with a resolution of 768 by 1280 pixels. There are 983040 pixels overall, which translates to 317.66 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The LG Optimus G features a 4.7-inch True HD-IPS LCD display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 317.66.

The touch-sensitive True HD IPS screen on the Nexus 4 has the same 4.7-inch dimensions. There’s no difference in the resolution either. With 983040 pixels crammed into the 4.7-inch screen, the pixel density is 317.66 pixels per inch.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (4-1)

LG Optimus G vs. Google Nexus 4 – Processor

— It’s a tie, one point each (5-2)

Half-time: LG Optimus G vs. Google Nexus 4

We’re halfway through this fight and the Optimus G leads by 3. But this fight is far from over. With five more rounds to go, the Nexus 4 still has a chance to win.

LG Optimus G vs. Google Nexus 4 – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (6-3)

LG Optimus G vs. Google Nexus 4 – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (7-4)

LG Optimus G vs. Google Nexus 4 – Storage

How much room does each phone have? The LG Optimus G offers buyers 32GB of storage as standard. The Nexus 4 comes with multiple storage options, offering either 8 or 16GB capacities. With 32GB of internal storage, the Optimus G has more storage space. The Nexus 4 features 16GB in comparison. Without an expansion slot on the Optimus G, 32GB is the maximum amount of storage available. Google also didn’t build an expansion slot into the Nexus 4, so 8 or 16GB is all you get.
— The Optimus G wins (8-4)

LG Optimus G vs. Google Nexus 4 – Battery Life

And now, a quick word about the battery life… LG boasts 15.0 hours of talktime for its Optimus G, versus 15.0 hours for the Nexus 4. The standby times are 335 hours for the Optimus G and 390 hours for the Nexus 4. Neither phone comes second in this round. It’s a tie.
— Draw (9-5)

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Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

LG Optimus G vs. Google Nexus 4 – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (10-6)

BPF Verdict: The LG Optimus G wins! (10-6)

The LG Optimus G triumphs in this fight. It smacks down the excellent Google Nexus 4, taking 4 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 6 and losing 0. You can see where the fight was won – the Optimus G has the best connectivity (LTE), the best balance between size and weight, a 13.0MP camera and the most memory. You could argue that the Nexus 4 should get an extra point in the software round, because it features a pure version of Android and is easier to upgrade. But it wouldn’t have changed the overall result.

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