The other South Korean mobile manufacturer, LG, is arguably among the runts of the Android litter. Having said that, they all pale in comparison to Samsung, with its ultra-popular Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II.
However, interest in Lucky Goldstar was unexpectedly piqued when the first whisperings of the LG Optimus G were heard in August this year. Ultimately it appeared in the UK as the Google Nexus 4, but are they really much the same phone?
The cybernet suggests some territories – including the US, unsurprisingly – will actually get both the LG Optimus G and Google Nexus 4. Should we be holding out for the former?
Let’s take a quick look at LG Optimus G and Google Nexus 4 specs and stuff, shall we?
Google Nexus 4 vs. LG Optimus G: storage
One of the main criticisms levelled at the Google Nexus 4 is the lack of a microSD slot – to expand on that modest 8GB or 16GB internal storage. And while the LG Optimus G is in the same microSD-less boat, it at least weighs in with 32GB.
With regards to the Nexus 4, Google’s Matias Duarte offered the somewhat controversial explanation that microSD cards – in combination with Android smartphones – are “confusing” and “too complicated”. Hmm, not sure we’re buying that, Matias.
Google Nexus 4 vs. LG Optimus G: design
Of course, one of the primary differences between the Google Nexus 4 and LG Optimus G is the design. The LG Optimus G is fairly standard LG fare, and looks a lot like the LG Optimus 4X HD, while the Google Nexus 4 is more like the curvier Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Google Nexus 4 vs. LG Optimus G: Nexus branding
Nexus branding is (usually) a blessing for devices, in that it instantly puts them on a lofty pedestal in the cutthroat world of Android, and it guarantees a lengthy run of speedy software support.
Having said that, Android 4.2 is reportedly pretty bug-ridden, so maybe that’s not necessarily a good thing.
Google Nexus 4 vs. LG Optimus G: LTE
The second common criticism aimed at the Google Nexus 4 is the lack of LTE. Although, somewhat bizarrely, we recently learned that it does have an LTE chip inside, it’s simply not active.
The LG Optimus G, on the other hand, welcomes 4G speeds.
Google Nexus 4 vs. LG Optimus G: price
Subsidisation was a huge factor in the Google Nexus 4 selling out in little more than 30 minutes. The 8GB model is just £239, while the 16GB is an entirely reasonable £279.
We imagine the LG Optimus G would cost in the region of £400, and that notion is somewhat cemented by exclusive Google Nexus 4 carrier O2, which sells the latter device for £399 on PAYG. Good lord.
Google Nexus 4 vs. LG Optimus G: camera
The LG Optimus G has a market dependant camera, at either 8MP or 13MP. The Google Nexus is always 8MP, regardless of territory.
Google Nexus 4 vs. LG Optimus G: what’s the same?
And to see us out, here’s a short list of features that are in fact the same on both the Google Nexus 4 and LG Optimus G:
- 4.7in display with 768 x 1280 resolution (318PPI)
- quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor at 1.5GHz
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 2GB RAM
- 1.3MP front-facing camera
- 2,100mAh battery