Amid all the build-up and hype surrounding Samsung’s unveiling of the new Galaxy S3; another phone was being unveiled to slightly less fanfare. Samsung’s South Korean rivals LG announced the latest version of their flagship phone – the Optimus – in the same week as the S3, and although the launch caused fewer waves in the technology world, the Optimus LTE2 may have emerged as the biggest rival to the new Galaxy’s expected dominance of the Android market. Depending on who you talk to, the LTE2 might even take the crown of “best smartphone in the world” right from the head of Samsung. Of course, the rivalry means nothing to us, all we want to know is, which one is the better phone? Let’s find out by putting the two head-to-head, LG Optimus LTE2 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3.
The best place to start the battle is in the engine room. The Optimus LTE2, one of the best LG phones, comes powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset, definitely something not to be messed with, unless you’re Samsung of course, which uses its own Exynos 4 Quad 1.4GHz Cortez A9 chip. The extra clocking speed of the LTE2 is matched by the dual-core processor of the S3; however, it is clear that Samsung has a fight on its hands!
The LTE2 comes with a modest 16GB internal storage which can be expanded to 32GB using the provided MicroSD card slot. This is dwarfed by the new Galaxy which offers a choice of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB as well as the obligatory MicroSD card slot. Not one to be outdone though, the Optimus fights back by providing a quite staggering 2GB of RAM! Against any other phone, the 1GB RAM in the S3 would prove worthy competition. Buts as the world’s first 2GB RAM smartphone, the LG has set itself apart.
The Galaxy S3 has the marginally bigger screen of the two phones with its 4.8-inch Super-AMOLED capacitive touch display. However, the Optimus LTE2’s 4.7-inch True HD IPS display, the same as that found in the HTC One X, is every bit as impressive. Both screens have 720 x 1280 resolutions.
A quality camera is always a big selling point in smartphones and both LG and Samsung have opted for an 8MP rear-facing camera. This is somewhat a surprise, especially for the S3 which was widely expected to be feature a 12MP unit. Both cameras come with 1080p video recording, LED flash, auto-focus, geo-tagging and face and smile detection. Samsung do take the prize of best of front-facing camera though with 1.9MP compared to the 1.3MP of the LTE2, both has 720p recording.
Each phone comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which pretty much guarantees excellent performance, both LG and Samsung have also chosen to shun Vanilla Android in favor of their own UI’s, LG with Optimus 3.0 and Samsung with TouchWiz 4.0. This gives each device unique appeal but it is still impossible to figure out which one is the best.
The 2100mAh battery in the new Galaxy S3 is being hailed as an excellent battery, setting the bar to new highs in terms of battery-life, but it seems to have already been succeeded with the 2150mAh battery in the Optimus LTE2. It will be interesting to see how both batteries’ hold up in such feature-heavy smartphones.
It is impossible to separate the two phones, both are of exceptional quality. Samsung’s impeccable reputation in the smartphone market will no doubt see the Galaxy S3 sail ahead of the Optimus LTE2 when it comes to sales, however, with some Samsung-like marketing, LG’s new monster will probably become Samsung’s biggest rival.
Result: Draw. I am sitting very firmly on the fence on this one, join me if you want to!