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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs LG Optimus G Pro: Which one to choose?

If you were to choose between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and LG Optimus G Pro, which one would you get? Here is a head-to-head comparison between these flagships from South Korean manufacturers.

Samsung is now in the fourth year of keeping its tradition of releasing Galaxy S devices. While we don’t underestimate the company’s capability to build top-notch smartphones, ideas would soon run out especially when it comes to designs. In fact, the Galaxy S4 shows that the company hasn’t done much in the physical aspect of its flagship this year.

LG, being always the underdog against its fellow South Korean manufacturer, has all the reason in the world to release a better and stronger device to be able to gain a bigger share in the market. The company’s Optimus line of devices has achieved greater heights as far as popularity and sales are concerned.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 vs LG Optimus G Pro comparison is one of the closest competitions in the smartphone industry today. Now, let’s try to place these devices side-by-side and scrutinize their specs and features. Perhaps, the aspects that matter to many users are display, camera, memory, processor, operating system and battery so let’s try to focus our attention to them.

Galaxy S4 Super AMOLED vs Optimus G Pro IPS LCD

Both Samsung and LG are very competitive when it comes to this aspect because they build their own displays and have their own technologies. In fact, they are currently battling in court over an AMOLED patent in which LG Display alleged infringed by its fellow South Korean manufacturer.

The Galaxy S4 sports a 5-inch Super AMOLED display that features Full HD 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. Considering its size and resolution, users will get a pixel density of up to 441 ppi (pixels per inch). Moreover, the S4’s capacitive touchscreen supports multi-touch, has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and uses Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.

The LG Optimus G Pro, on the other hand, uses a typical LCD screen with In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology. It also features the same resolution that is spread across a 5.5-inch display. The additional 0.5 inches have affected the density of pixels on the screen; the G Pro only got around 401 ppi. Had LG built its flagship with 5-inch screen, it would have the same pixel density as with Samsung’s.

Pixels are what make displays sharp; the higher the density, the sharper the images become.

As far as choosing between an AMOLED and LCD is concerned, the decision would always be subjective on the part of users. People who want brighter and more colorful screen might prefer to buy a device with an AMOLED technology. However, those who want natural-looking displays might choose devices with LCD.

It’s true Samsung has been working on technology to make its Super AMOLED displays more energy-efficient. But let’s face it, devices using AMOLED displays eat up the battery faster than those that have LCD. So, as far as energy efficiency is concerned, the LG Optimus G Pro may have taken the lead against the Samsung Galaxy S4. But we still need to do a lot of tests on this to know which device has an upper hand in this aspect.

Galaxy S4 13MP Sensor vs Optimus G Pro 13MP Sensor

Basically, there’s nothing more to compare in this aspect because both the Galaxy S4 and Optimus G Pro sport 13-megapixel camera sensors for their primary. There is not enough information as to the manufacturer of the sensors both devices are using.

The G Pro, however, has very slight lead over the S4 in the secondary camera; it has 2.1 megapixels while the latter only has 2 megapixels. As far as figures are concerned, that’s a lead but there’s nothing more to it.

What matter most are the features each device offers coupled with the use of their sensors. For example, the S4 has a Drama Shot feature and can simultaneously snap photos using both the primary and secondary cameras. The G Pro doesn’t have those features.

Both smartphones offer dual-video recording.

Apparently, Samsung’s flagship makes use of its camera sensors better than LG’s.

Galaxy S4 Memory vs Optimus G Pro Memory

Both the S4 and the G Pro will have 2GB RAM each. You might think there’s nothing to compare in this aspect, but there is. With the former’s features and Samsung’s plan to make it smarter than the rest of its competitors, there could only be a little over 1GB of RAM left for third-party apps and processes.

The first on the list of memory-eaters is Samsung’s TouchWiz launcher. On top of the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the S4 runs TW to have a rather better interface for its users and it runs natively in the background. Now, add services and processes required to use smart features like Air View, Air Gestures, Smart Scroll, Smart Stay, and whatnot. I’m sure you get the point.

Now, compare the LG Optimus G Pro with all its simplicity minus all those features… For sure, there is plenty of room for third-party apps.

The S4 will be marketed in three internal memory variants; 16, 32 and 64GB. The G Pro, however, stays in the middle at 32GB with microSD card slot supporting up to 64GB of external storage like the S4.

There is this mentality of users who want to get a device at a much cheaper price by purchasing 16GB variant and buying 64GB microSD card. It was actually a good plan during the Ice Cream Sandwich times when users can move installed apps from the internal memory to the external. But ever since the Jelly Bean was rolled out, such feature cannot be used unless users will root their devices and use third-party file manager apps.

The point is, being marketed in three different variants isn’t an advantage for the S4. It just gives users options which variant to choose from depending on their memory needs.

Galaxy S4 Exynos 5 vs Optimus G Pro Snapdragon 600

No one could be happier than Android enthusiasts when rumors about Exynos 5’s octa-core processor started. By then, everyone was speculating Samsung would use its new chip for its new flagship. However, almost everyone was disappointed (especially those who know a lot about processors) when rumors that the octa-core processor will be split into two sets of quad-cores started.

It is safe to say that the Galaxy S4 has a “dual quad-core” processor; quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 and quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7. One set that’s clocked higher is used for high-performance processes while the other is the set that will be used more often. If all 8 cores were used together, you could say that no other device could be more powerful than the S4.

The Optimus G Pro makes use of Qualcomm’s latest chipset, the APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz Krait 300. When you look at it closely, it is more powerful than the two sets of quad-core processors offered by Exynos 5.

I can’t see a clear advantage in having two sets of quad-core CPUs. It does not even make the device energy-efficient. But the thought that the S4 is the first smartphone to have 8 cores actually helps people decide to buy the phone.

Galaxy S4 4.2.2 JB vs Optimus G Pro 4.1.2 JB

The S4 will be released operating natively on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. As of this writing, it is the latest version and has a lot of cool features. One advantage of this is that it decreases the possibility of software errors that are often caused by software updates. Owners of Galaxy S3 know that update rollouts are not really something to get excited with; we’ve already published 14 blogs on Galaxy S3 problems.

The Optimus G Pro operates on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and there should be an update roll out shortly after the release.

Well, the S4 has an edge over the G Pro when it comes to software.

Galaxy S4 2600mAh vs Optimus G Pro 3140mAh

Samsung was known to giving its devices really huge batteries and so is LG. But this time, it seems like the latter is so serious about making its devices last longer than others. And in this aspect, LG has a clearer lead over Samsung for giving G Pro 3140mAh removable battery.

Imagine how long the device could go considering the manufacturer used a more energy-efficient display than the S4 minus battery-eating features. There is a huge percentage of Android users that often look at the capacity of a battery before buying a device.

The Galaxy S4 only has 2600mAh battery.

Bottom Line

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is, at first glance, a very attractive smartphone because of its features and processor. The company actually did a great job in making it even smarter than its antecedent but other things have to give in and sadly the battery is one of them.

Bottom line, the LG Optimus G Pro can beat the S4 easily but everything depends on marketing campaigns done by LG.


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