Purchasing a new mobile phone sometimes comes down to guess work. Knowing which model is better than another is confusing and so much technical information can be overwhelming at times. Comparing different brands is complicated enough, but when it comes down to comparing different models from the same brand it can get even more confusing. Manufacturers constantly release upgrades and new models, because that’s how they make money, by persuading people that they need a newer phone than their current device. But that doesn’t mean that each phone is better than the last. In fact, new models can even be worse than older ones. At least with some companies, such as HTC, they make it a practice to name models with different line names, so you have some idea of what you’re up against. Other companies, such as LG don’t always do this. Today we’re looking at the LG Nexus 4 and the LG Optimus G. We wanted to know which of these two devices is the better buy, so we put them to the test to find out exactly how they compare and what their differences are. If you’re trying to decide on a new LG phone, then read on to find out which of these two we recommend.
The Pluses of the LG Optimus G…
The Optimus G has several advantages over the Nexus 4. The first is its internal storage. The Optimus comes with 32 GB of internal memory, as compared to just 8 GB on the Nexus, meaning you can store four times more music, photos, videos and data on your device, which is a pretty big difference. Secondly, the Optimus has a much higher resolution camera. The in built camera on the Optimus is a massive 13 MP, as opposed to the standard 8 MP camera on the Nexus. Therefore, photos taken with the Optimus are much higher quality and have more fine detail than those taken by the Nexus. The Optimus also has a better battery. It averages around fifteen hours of talk time per battery charge cycle over the Nexus’s twelve hours, meaning you need to charge your phone a lot less often. And finally, the Optimus comes in around ten per cent thinner and ten per cent generally smaller than the Nexus, making it slightly more portable.
The Pluses of the LG Nexus 4…
The Nexus doesn’t have a lot going for it when compared to the Optimus. It does get faster maximum data speeds, making for quicker downloading and faster opening of web pages. And the Nexus has a newer operating system, running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean rather than the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich system on the Optimus. In general, a newer version of an operating system brings a little more speed and more stability, with less chance of your device crashing or freezing.
What’s the Better Bargain?
Our vote goes to the LG Optimus G. It has more memory, a better camera and a better battery, as well as being smaller and more easily carried. For us, that gives the Optimus the edge over the LG Nexus 4.
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