Comparison - Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Optimus Vu
By Jonathan Cheah
06 July 2012 – The Samsung Galaxy S3 or Samsung Galaxy SIII was announced in May 2012. The LG Optimus Vu was announced in February 2012.
The LG Optimus Vu is a large slate, similar to the size of the Samsung Galaxy Note. It runs on the older Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) but we would expect an Android 4.0 upgrade in due course. At the time of launch, LG promised the 4.0 upgrade in three months, but we haven’t heard anything since then.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is obviously the successor to the very successful Galaxy S2, and we think that Samsung has made another super phone for the Android OS.
Both devices have 32GB of storage, and have 8-megapixel main cameras.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a large 4.8-inch screen, with 720 x 1280 pixels. In addition to having better resolution, it displays on a Super AMOLED screen while its rival uses the IPS LCD screen.
It is also one of the first phones to start accepting 64GB microSD cards, so there is a lot of storage inside this device.
As we mentioned earlier, the cameras of both devices are 8-megapixel ones, and they both record 1920x1080 (1080p HD) video. However, the S3 has a better front-facing camera (2 vs 1.3-megapixels).
The LG Optimus Vu has a 5.0-inch IPS LCD screen, as opposed to the Super AMOLED screen on the rival device.
The large screen has less pixels (768 x 1024 against 720 x 1280) and loses out in the pixel density stakes (256 vs 306 ppi).
LG Optimus Vu Screen Display is of the aspect ratio 4:3 whereas Samsung Galaxy SIII is 16:9.
It has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor inside. The 1.4 GHz quad-core processor of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is therefore faster on paper.
The Vu is an LTE-capable device.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 retails for S$ 998 (this is the 16GB version), while the LG Optimus Vu is not yet in the market. That it is way late past its projected launch in Q1 2012 suggests that LG has not quite got its act together. Other LG devices are also way late to market and still on the older Android OS.
The S3 is only a tad smaller than the Vu, which has been termed a ‘phablet’. If the Vu is at the same price with the Galaxy Note which is about a hundred ringgit less, than the S3 looks to be a better buy with the faster processor and the newer version of the Android OS.
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Samsung Galaxy S III
3.5G HSDPA+ 21Mbps + WiFi 802.11 a/ b/g/n, Touchscreen candybar, 8.0 MP camera, 16/32 GB Memory + microSD (Up to 64GB), Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
The Samsung Galaxy S III is the successor of the Galaxy S II that runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with Samsung nature-inspired TouchWiz UI. It has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 resolution pixels, 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
There is an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash that is capable of recording 1080p full HD video at 30fps and take photos simultaneously. It is also a quad-band device and supports HSPA+ (21Mbps), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, energy efficient Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS and GLONASS.
LG Optimus Vu
3.5G LTE + WiFi direct + 5.0-inch Touchscreen slate + 8MP camera + 32GB Internal Storage + Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
The LG Optimus Vu has a 5-inch IPS display with 1024 x 768 resolution pixels, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 32GB internal storage and a 2080mAh battery.
It has an 8-megapixel main shooter with LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera. Other features include LTE, WiFi Direct, HDMI and DLNA support.
On the surface, the Optimus Vu is slightly wider (90.4 vs 83 mm) than the Galaxy Note due to the standard ratio aspect 4:3 display that LG is using. It is also faintly thinner (8.5 vs 9.7mm) and lighter (168 vs 178g) than its competitor. Plus, the phone will be adopting a stylus-input technology.
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