Hardware-wise both of these smartphones are quite similar. The Optimus G Pro stands out thanks to its larger display –which pretty much makes it a so called “phablet.” The Galaxy S4, on the other hand, offers a more powerful processor than the Optimus G Pro. Whether it’s the Snapdragon 600 CPU (with a frequency of 1.9 instead of 1.7 GHz), or the Exynos 5 Octa which delivers mind blowing benchmark scores, the Samsung phone takes the cake in terms of on-paper performance.
Nevertheless, the difference might not be as great in real-use case scenarios in order to make it count. In reality, users couldn’t go wrong with either one of these two smartphones, at least not when it comes to internal specs.
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Hardware-specs aside, both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the LG Optimus G offer a pretty wide range of custom software features, aside from what vanilla Jelly Bean has to offer.
In terms of operating system, the Galaxy S4 is the winner here, simply because it delivers Android 4.2.2 which is the latest version, whereas the Optimus G Pro is a few steps behind (Android 4.1.2).
Nevertheless, in terms of custom features, it’s quite difficult to pick a winner, as both devices offer a bevy of unique applications.
The Diplomat has previously discussed, in greater detail, Galaxy S4’s range of apps – from Dual Shot, Picture & Sound, Smart Scroll and Smart Stay, all the way to S Translate.
In contrast, the LG Optimus G Pro delivers its fair share of compelling apps such as QSlide (which is a multitasking tool similar to Samsung Galaxy Note 2’s Multi Window app), QMemo – a virtual notebook, QTranslate which enables the user to translate text after capturing it with the handset’s camera, as well as QRemote and a very rich notification drawer.
In the end, both smartphones are very appealing,similar yet unique in their own ways. As long as potential buyers get the one that best caters to their needs, it’s hard to go wrong with either device.
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Vlad Andrici is editor for gforgames.com and writes about technology issues.