The newly released Samsung Galaxy S3 is making huge waves in the Smartphone Market, leaving competitors behind by miles, but its reign might end sooner than you’d think, as LG’s Optimus 4X is preparing to leave Cybertron.
We’re going to place these two top-notch devices in a head to head battle and see which one delivers better regarding design, performance and user experience.
Build and Design
The Samsung Galaxy S3 pleases us with the eye-catching round cornered pebble design that resembles the smooth surfaced rocks that you would find on the seashores. While it may seem glossy and a finger-print magnet, it’s not like that, because of Samsung’s Hyperglaze plastic, which consists of two layers of plastic on top of each other. The Galaxy S3 fits great in your hand, measuring 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm and weighing 133 g. It’s nice to look at and pretty good to handle.
LG’s Optimus 4X comes in a more straight line form-factor, having no curves or bumps whatsoever. The back of the 4X has a striped textured cover which adds more grip to the device. It feels very good and safe, but it could be too simple for some of you out there.
I would say that the user’s preferences would win regarding the build and design of the Galaxy S3 and Optimus 4X.
The front of the Samsung Galaxy S3 features a beautiful 4.8” Super AMOLED 720p HD display (306 ppi) protected by the improved Corning Gorilla Glass 2 which provides resistance to drops and scratches, and it also improves the sun legibility of the Galaxy S3.
The LG Optimus 4X packs a 4.7” HD-IPS 720p LCD display (312 ppi,) which is slightly smaller than the S3, but not by much.
The display on a Touchscreen device is the most important asset and both of them showcase great displays that only add to the user experience. Though the LG Optimus 4X has a smaller 4.7” display compared to Samsung’s 4.8”, it doesn’t present much of a disadvantage.
Now that Quad-Core processors are starting to dominate the market, more and more devices are featuring different quad processing technologies.
Processing on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is done by the Quad-Core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 Exynos processor, accompanied by an improved Mali-400MP GPU. The 32nm Quad-Core Exynos processor is Samsung’s crown jewel and it deserves that status as its performance is flawless and smooth.
LG is collaborating with Nvidia once more, as the LG Optimus 4X features Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chipset, packing a 1.5 GHz Quad-Core processor which features a fifth 500 MHz companion core, designed for basic tasks. The Optimus 4X also packs a ULP GeForce GPU that is great for graphics rendering and offers a great experience in 3D apps and games. You can see how the Nvidia Tegra 3 works in the video below.
LG’s Optimus 4X could outperform the Galaxy S3 and might even last longer because of Nvidia’s Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 technology that saves a lot of battery life.
I’m betting my money on the LG Optimus 4X this time, because I think it's better, both in performance and battery consumption.
Samsung brings three versions of the Galaxy S3 regarding internal storage, a 16GB, 32GB and the big 64GB which can be expanded via microSD card up to 64GB, giving you a total of 128GB of storage.
The Optimus 4X is inferior, as it only has 16GB of internal memory and it can be expanded via microSD card to 32GB, which is far behind the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Both of them have 1GB of RAM, but I think they should’ve expanded to 2GB or 1.5GB, just to be on the safe side of the road, as apps and games these days keep getting better and better, demanding more and more processing power and memory.
This fight is incontestably won by the Galaxy S3, with is higher memory pool.
Camera and Video
The camera on the Samsung Galaxy S3 packs an 8MP sensor paired with touch-focus, face detection and simultaneous video and image recording. It can record video in 1080p at 30fps which is improved by image stabilization. The S3 has a 1.9MP front-facing camera that can record in 720p at 30fps (cool ah?).
There are no major differences on the LG Optimus 4X camera compared to the Galaxy S3, only the front-facing 1.3MP camera which should be able to record in 720p at 30fps as well, as we’ve seen on the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Both devices come with the latest Android ICS 4.0 firmware and rumor has it that the Galaxy S3 and Optimus 4X are going to receive the Android Jelly Bean 5.0 as soon as it comes out.
The user experience on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is of high standards, as the guys at Samsung have worked hard on the TouchWiz UI, giving it a more natural feel (inspired by nature), from the water graphics on the lock-screen to the nature inspired sounds.
The TouchWiz 4.0 on the Galaxy S3 features S-Voice (in response to Siri), S-Beam NFC sharing, the Smart Stay eye tracking technology that keeps the screen from fading out while you’re looking at it, and some other neat features like Smart Alert, which makes the phone vibrate once you pick it up (only if you have missed events), Pop-up Play and a wide variety of gestures.
Great user experience is not lacking on the LG Optimus 4X either, as it has a smooth feel to it and the animations are great and you can even customize them. The lock-screen on the Optimus 4X has a touch of style to it, once you touch and swipe the lock-screen, the home screen will be revealed within a circle that will get bigger and bigger as you swipe along, unlocking the phone and revealing the home screen when fully swiped.
I tend to incline to the Samsung Galaxy S3 regarding user experience because it seems richer and more entertaining.
The battery on the Samsung Galaxy S3 has seen some improvements, having a 2100 mAh capacity, which should take you through the day.
Battery life on the LG Optimus 4X should be better than the one on the Galaxy S3 because of Nvidia’s 4-PLUS-1 Tegra 3 power friendly processor, which should last more than a day of average usage.
These two devices are worthy of praise and they’re both top of the food-chain material, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 wins because of its popularity, but who knows, only time will tell if the LG Optimus 4X could surpass the Galaxy S3, both in sales and popularity.