LG Optimus G vs. LG Optimus L9 – Fight!

by Jerry D on February 5, 2013

Compare the LG Optimus G and the LG Optimus L9 side-by-side… which one comes out on top? Is the 4.7-inch display on the Optimus G an improvement over the Optimus L9? Is its quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro processor newer and faster? These questions (and more besides) are answered below. Just scroll down a bit…

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LG Optimus G vs. LG Optimus L9: 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. Or view our FAQs.

LG Optimus G VS LG Optimus L9
Display 4.7-inch True HD-IPS LCD 4.7-inch IPS LCD
Resolution 768 x 1280 pixels
(317.66 PPI)
540 x 960 pixels
(234.255 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro 1GHz dual core TI OMAP 4430
Software Android 4.0.4 Android 4.0.4
Storage 32GB internal, no expansion slot 4GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, face detection, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.3MP Yes, 0.3MP
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 3.0 with EDR, A2DP
Size 68.9 x 131.9 x 8.5mm 68.2 x 131.9 x 9.1mm
Weight 145g 125g
Talktime 15.0 hours TBC
Standby 335 hours TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, TV-out, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA and Dolby Mobile GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality

 

LG Optimus G vs. LG Optimus L9 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. LG Optimus L9 fight plays out…

LG Optimus G vs. LG Optimus L9 – Connectivity

Let’s consider the wireless options first. The Optimus G boasts NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. As for 4G, you get that too. In comparison, the Optimus L9 features NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR, A2DP. There’s no 4G in this model.
— The Optimus G wins (1-0)

LG Optimus G vs. LG Optimus L9 – Size/Weight

This round is all about being thin… The Optimus G and the Optimus L9 measure 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.5mm and 131.9 x 68.2 x 9.1mm respectively. Overall the Optimus G is the bigger phone. The Optimus G is beefier than its opponent, weighing 145g. In contrast, the Optimus L9 weighs 125g.
— The Optimus L9 wins (1-1)

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LG Optimus G vs. LG Optimus L9 – Camera/Video

The Optimus G’s 13.0 MP lens features a maximum resolution of plus autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, face detection, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. There’s a 1.3MP camera on the front too.

The Optimus L9, meanwhile, has a lower-spec camera – a 5.0 Megapixel model with a max resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels, plus autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording functionality. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is a ho-hum 0.3MP.
— The Optimus G wins (2-1)

LG Optimus G vs. LG Optimus L9 – Display

As for screen size, the LG Optimus G features a 4.7-inch (768 x 1280) touch-sensitive True HD-IPS LCD display. The resulting pixel density of this handset is 317.66 pixels per inch. Lovely.

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 Optimus L9′s touch-sensitive IPS LCD screen matches its opponent for size. Unfortunately, it boasts a lower resolution (only 540 x 960 pixels) than the Optimus G. With 518400 pixels on the 4.7-inch screen, the pixel density is 234.255 pixels per inch.
— The Optimus G wins (3-1)

LG Optimus G vs. LG Optimus L9 – Processor

As for processing grunt, the Optimus G’s processor is a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, while the Optimus L9 uses a slower, older dual core TI OMAP 4430, rated at 1GHz.
— The Optimus G wins (4-1)

Half-time: LG Optimus G vs. LG Optimus L9

We’re halfway through this fight and the Optimus G leads by 3. Of course, this deficit can be overturned. But is the Optimus L9 good enough to fight back?

LG Optimus G vs. LG Optimus L9 – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-2)

LG Optimus G vs. LG Optimus L9 – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (6-3)

LG Optimus G vs. LG Optimus L9 – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (7-4)

LG Optimus G vs. LG Optimus L9 – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Optimus G and the Optimus L9 share the points (8-5)

LG Optimus G vs. LG Optimus L9 – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (9-6)

BPF Verdict: The LG Optimus G wins! (9-6)

The LG Optimus G wins this match-up. It beats the LG Optimus L9, taking 4 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 5 and losing 1.
You can see where the fight was won – the Optimus G has the best connectivity, an amazing 13.0MP camera, 4.7-inch 768 x 1280 pixel display (with a PPI of 317.66) and one of the newest quad core Snapdragon processors. Time marches on in the mobile market and you can see what a difference a few months makes.

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