Can An Older Operating System Be Better? The Samsung Galaxy S III Vs. The LG Optimus G

In general, a newer version of a phone operating system means that you get a little more speed and more stability, your device has less chance of crashing or freezing. However, buying a phone just because it runs a newer operating system isn’t always advisable. The performance of an operating system depends a lot on the device that you’re running it on, which means that you may get a better phone even though it has an older system. To prove this point we’re looking at two phones today, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the LG Optimus G. The Galaxy runs Android’s 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, whereas the Optimus runs the older 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich system. We tested these phone to see exactly how they compare and what their differences are. Is it possible that the older phone is better? If you want our recommendation, then you’ll have to keep reading to find out which one of these devices came out on top…

Where the LG Optimus G Excels…

Despite having the older operating system, the Optimus has a few advantages over the Galaxy. It is the faster device. The Optimus runs a 1500 MHz processor rather than the slower 1400 MHz processor on the Samsung, making it more powerful and snappier. It also runs double the RAM, meaning it’s more responsive and better equipped to handle running multiple processes at the same time or multi-tasking in general. The screen on the Optimus is better quality, having around ten per cent higher resolution and slightly more PPI (pixels per inch). That makes the display on the LG brighter, more vivid and generally crisper than that of the Galaxy. Finally, the camera is also higher resolution. The Optimus comes with a massive 13 MP camera, rather than the standard 8 MP cam on the Samsung, meaning that pictures taken with the LG are simply better quality and have more fine detail.

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Where the Samsung Galaxy S III Excels…

The Galaxy does have the newer operating system, but other than that it doesn’t really have much to offer. It gets faster maximum data speeds, meaning quicker downloading and faster opening of web pages. But given that most users have their data speeds capped by their mobile service provider long before they reach the limit of their phone’s capacity, this isn’t really a big deal. Other than that, the Galaxy comes in slightly lighter than the Optimus, weighing 133 g as opposed to the 145 g of the LG.

Older is Better?

In this particular case, yes. The LG runs the older operating system, but it’s faster, more powerful, has a better screen and a better camera. All of these things are important in a phone. Our recommendation goes with the LG Optimus G over the Samsung Galaxy S III. And proves our point that you shouldn’t choose a phone by its operating system alone.

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