There is nothing that helps stir up the competition like a little friendly smack talk. It helps keep companies engaged with one another and shows consumers that these companies are, in fact, aware of one another. One of the oldest marketing methods ever is one brand saying that they’re better than another brand. LG recently took this approach by openly stating that the Optimus G has better battery life than the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Korean news outlet, the Korea Herald, has reported that LG ran a series of battery tests on both the Optimus G and the Galaxy S III. The results showed that LG’s offering came out on top. According to the reports, the Optimus G allowed for 15.8 consecutive hours of talk time, 3.8 hours of continuous video recording, and 7.9 hours of video playback. This compared to the 9.5 hours of talk time, 2.8 hours of video recording, and 7.3 hours of video playback for the Galaxy S III.

What is interesting about these reports is that both devices have the same size battery at 2,100mAh. However, LG is stating that their battery technology is better, citing the above statistics as their proof. As if that weren’t enough, LG employees showed the media this by playing a resource intensive video game and streaming everyone’s favorite Psy song.


Is the battery life really better on the LG Optimus G?

If you believe that LG says, then yes. However, keep in mind there were studies conducted once that tried to prove that smoking didn’t cause lung cancer. The battery life findings seem legitimate, but it wouldn’t be the first time a company exaggerated results to make their product look good.

Both phones are otherwise equally impressive. Both have gigantic HD screens and excellent performance. For some, better battery life may be the tipping point on which one they should choose. For others, it may mean more than that. Do keep in mind that the LG Optimus G could be the footprint for the LG Nexus 4. Does the better battery performance give the LG Optimus G and Nexus 4 the edge? Tell us what you think.

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  • John

    The Hardware on the Optimus G is obviously better in every single way I don’t see the reason for stating the obvious.

    • Not sure why this is getting so many downvotes. The only edge the S3 has over the Optimus G is the S3 has a removable battery. In every other way (Screen pixel density, battery life, processor speed, RAM), Optimus G is superior to the S3.

      The S3 is a great phone, but facts are facts.

      • Crapple_Stink_Different

        You heard of something called software? I’ll buy s3 just for the software. Never,ind the super amoled

        • John specifically wrote “The Hardware on the Optimus G is obviously better…”

  • John A

    Well, the Optimus needs to be a better battery because it is non removable. The S3’s can be replaced at any time with a new one or with an extended life one.

  • leoingle

    Thats some hefty claims. My S3 battery is pretty badass. Def hands down the best battery i have had on an Android phone yet.

  • finaljudgment

    Well if the Optimus G had less battery life compared to a 6-7 month old phone, I wouldn’t release it. I don’t know where most of these companies get off on offering marginal (or none in some cases) improvements on phone features compared to phones from months ago. Not everyone should expect to do well while offering such products without having a cult like following to ensure profits regardless.

    • marginal? the S4 pro chip which has LTE fused in, the Screen, the pixel density? the UI features. these are marginal?

  • cheetose4

    You got to remember with such claims that LG probably did a test procedure to favour their device. For video playback they probably used a video with a lot of white compared to if they used a darker video whcih the GSIII AMOLED screen would be more energy efficient with. However, it’s good to see LG make some good software so there is more competition which is good for the consumer.