With so many great options available, it’s always a difficult choice to make, when picking you’re next smartphone. More so in the US, considering the fact that this will likely be your primary device for the next 2 years. Even with T-Mobile, regardless of the fact that there aren’t any contracts, if you choose a smartphone with the monthly payment plans, it takes 24 months to pay off the device. With the LG Optimus G Pro joining the already amazing lineup of high-end smartphones offered by AT&T, we decided to do a quick comparison, to help make the decision easier for you.
With so many devices in the running, the best way to find out any differences is a comparison table, which you can find below (All prices mentioned require a 2-year contract, with qualifying voice and data plans) -
The $299.99 price tag of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and the very surprising $199.99 cost of the Galaxy Note is a clear indication smartphones with a display greater than 5-inches is still considered a niche category. It looks like AT&T is banking on the fact that if you want a smartphone with a larger display, you’ll go for it regardless of the cost, even with newer, and better specced, smartphones now available at the same, or a cheaper, price.
While comparing the various factors considered by consumers before choosing a smartphone, the LG Optimus G Pro comes out ahead more often than not. Here’s my take -
- Price – All the latest flagship smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, and now, the LG Optimus G Pro, are all priced the same at $199.99, with a 2-year contract and qualifying voice and data plans. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is priced at a much higher $299.99, and unless that changes, should be out contention. I also can’t think of any reason why anyone would opt for the similarly-priced Samsung Galaxy Note and HTC One X+.
- Size – If you’re looking for a comparatively smaller smartphone, then your choice is between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. If a larger form factor is your desire, then the fight is between the LG Optimus G Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Boasting the latest, and better overall, specifications, the LG Optimus G Pro is the clear winner in its size category.
- Storage – With consumers using their smartphones to listen to music, watch videos, take pictures, read books, play games, and more, available storage has become a growing concern. The LG Optimus G Pro comes out ahead of the competition in this regard as well. At the same price point, the LG Optimus G Pro offers 32GB of internal storage, which is further expandable via microSD up to 64GB. While the Samsung Galaxy S4 offers similar microSD expansion, the available internal storage is 16GB (with the usable storage just 9GB), and even though the HTC One comes with 32GB internal storage, the option for expandable memory is not available.
- Battery – The LG Optimus G Pro features the biggest battery of the lot, but that’s not a clear indication of its prowess, considering the large full HD display and fast processor. The Optimus G Pro battery impresses when it comes to talk time, but is average as far as web browsing and video playback are concerned. You can check out the battery test results of the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, and the LG Optimus G Pro, for an accurate comparison.
Granted, it’s not only about specifications, but what features it has. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is packed with features, and the HTC One takes a more minimalist path, which is preferred by some. Check out our hands-on review of the LG Optimus G Pro to see what the device has to offer -
To answer the original question, the LG Optimus G Pro is definitely a great choice for its price point, especially if you’re looking for a smartphone with a larger-than-5-inch display. If you’re interested, don’t forget the Optimus G Pro will go up for pre-order from tomorrow, May 3, and will be available online and from AT&T stores around the country from May 10.
What are your thoughts? Do you think the LG Optimus G Pro is worth it? Will you be picking up the smartphone from AT&T when it’s available? Let us know in the comments section below.