Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. LG Optimus G – Fight!

by Jerry D on February 4, 2013

What are the real differences between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the LG Optimus G? Does the 4.8-inch screen on the Galaxy S3, outperform the Optimus G’s display? What’s the storage capacity like? Is the 13.0MP camera on the Optimus G significantly better? Find out which one wins this big phone fight in the table below…

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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. LG Optimus G: 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.

Samsung Galaxy S3 VS LG Optimus G
Display 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 4.7-inch True HD-IPS LCD
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(306.042 PPI)
768 x 1280 pixels
(317.66 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.4GHz quad core Exynos 4412 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro
Software Android 4.0.4 Android 4.0.4
Storage 16, 32 or 64GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 32GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording 13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, face detection, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.9MP Yes, 1.3MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and EDR 4.0 with A2DP
Size 70.6 x 136.6 x 8.6mm 68.9 x 131.9 x 8.5mm
Weight 133g 145g
Talktime 12.0 hours 15.0 hours
Standby 790 hours 335 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, stereo FM radio with RDS, S-Voice, TV-out and Smart Stay eye-tracking GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, TV-out, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA and Dolby Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. LG Optimus G 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 Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. LG Optimus G fight plays out…

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. LG Optimus G – Connectivity

— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. LG Optimus G – Size/Weight

Modern phones are hardly fat and frumpy. The Galaxy S3 is the wider of the two, measuring 70.6mm to the Optimus G’s 68.9mm. The Galaxy S3 is the taller handset, measuring 136.6mm to the Optimus G’s 131.9mm. The Optimus G weighs 145g, whereas the Galaxy S3 is 12 lighter and weighs 133g. The Optimus G takes an early lead.
— The Optimus G wins (1-2)

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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. LG Optimus G – Camera/Video

Samsung has built the Galaxy S3 with an 8.0 Megapixel camera that boasts autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. It also features a second, front-facing camera with a resolution of 1.9 Megapixels.

The Optimus G impresses with a better camera, which has a resolution of 13.0 Megapixels and includes autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, face detection, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. A second 1.3MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— The Optimus G wins (1-3)

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. LG Optimus G – Display

The Galaxy S3 boasts a touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display, measuring 4.8 inches and delivering a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Packing 921600 pixels into this 4.8-inch screen results in pixel density of 306.042 pixels per inch (PPI).

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy S3 features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 306.042.

In contrast, the 4.7-inch touch-sensitive True HD-IPS LCD display on LG’s phone is smaller. With 983040 pixels on the 4.7-inch screen, the pixel density is 317.66 pixels per inch.
— The Optimus G wins (1-4)

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. LG Optimus G – Processor

— It’s a tie, one point each (2-5)

Half-time: Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. LG Optimus G

Halfway through this fight, the Optimus G has opened up a useful 3-point lead. But there are some big rounds coming up, including storage and operating systems. Can the Galaxy S3 pull it back?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. LG Optimus G – Software

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

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. LG Optimus G – Applications

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

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. LG Optimus G – Storage

The Next battleground is storage. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with 16, 32 or 64GB of storage. The LG Optimus G only comes in one version, which packs in 32GB of storage. Here, the 64GB in the Galaxy S3 trumps the 32GB capacity of the Optimus G. Of course, the Galaxy S3 also features a microSD slot, which supports cards up to 64GB. This will boost the overall storage to a roomier 128GB. LG didn’t build an expansion slot into the Optimus G, so 32GB is all you get.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (5-7)

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. LG Optimus G – Battery Life

Battery performance will vary, but Samsung boasts 12.0 hours of talktime for its Galaxy S3, versus 15.0 hours for the Optimus G. The standby times are 790 hours for the Galaxy S3 and 335 hours for the Optimus G. Neither phone loses out in this part of the fight. It’s a tie.
— Draw (6-8)

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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.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. LG Optimus G – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (7-9)

BPF Verdict: The LG Optimus G wins! (7-9)

The LG Optimus G wins this match-up. It beats the Samsung Galaxy S3, taking 3 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 6 and losing 1. You can see where the fight was won – the Optimus G has the best balance between size and weight, an advanced 13.0 Megapixel camera and a 4.7-inch 768 x 1280 pixel display with a PPI of 317.66. Nice. Very nice indeed. Nice enough to beat the Galaxy S3, which has held the top-spot in rankings for months.

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