Samsung Galaxy S2 vs LG Nitro HD

by: Paul NuñalJanuary 5, 2012

The recent launch of the LG Nitro HD was expected to make huge waves in the mobile phone industry. Produced by LG, the phone carries an award-winning AH-IPS screen with HD capability. Rising hype concerning the new technology went frantic, with reviews claiming the LG phone’s display to be way better than the display of any other device in the market, including Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus screen found on the Samsung Galaxy S2 and other devices.

As the new year starts to unfold, it is fitting to take a look again at how LG’s gorgeous HD phone fares against Samsung’s worldwide best-seller, the Samsung Galaxy S2. Can each one outdo each other in a battle of smarts, wits, and functionality? Read on to find out.

Design and Display

When it comes to display, both phones come from two totally different worlds. The Galaxy S2 sports the smaller, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, while the Nitro HD packs a 4.5-inch AH-IPS LCD display.

LG had a nice run with its new technology as the Nitro HD can boast of 326 ppi pixel density on its display and is capable of offering 720×1280 resolution. On the other hand, the Galaxy S2 packs 217 ppi on its 480×800 screen. Comparing pixel densities, the LG Nitro HD clearly wins the round for display sharpness and clarity.

The Nitro HD is a well-polished and good-looking handset for a flagship phone. It is also designed with high-quality materials, giving the device a tough exterior. Slimmer than the Nitro HD, the Galaxy S2 is one sexy device measuring 8.5 mm at its thinnest point. The hint of a chin at the back and and all-plastic cover makes up the Galaxy S2’s body.


When it comes to processing power, the Galaxy S2 is all about sheer power. Its dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex A9 processor makes the Galaxy S2 run at blazingly fast speeds, but the LG Nitro HD is following closely with its dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion processor, which gives the LG phone some fire to heat up the competition.

RAM and Memory

Being dual-core phones, both the LG Nitro HD and the Galaxy S2 are memory-hungry. But, with 1 GB of RAM on each device, both phones have enough RAM to feed their hungry processors.

For internal storage, LG went modest with just 4 GB of internal storage. The Galaxy S2, meanwhile, comes in either a 16-GB or 32-GB variant. Both devices support microSD expansion of up to 32 GB additional storage on each phone.


In the camera department, both phones feature impressive 8 MP cameras with autofocus and LED flash. Camera shots on the Galaxy S2 are fabulous compared to those on the Nitro HD. The Galaxy S2’s superior camera can take shots without even making a blur. Thanks to image stabilization technology on the Galaxy S2, you can perfectly take aim and capture those moments without trouble.

Operating System

Both devices come packed with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Galaxy S2 runs Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, which is a real treat to use, especially with its simple interface. The LG Nitro HD, on the other hand, features the same UI found on the LG Optimus 2X. It will only be a matter of time before Gingerbread becomes passe on these two devices, as Samsung and LG intend to upgrade their respective phones to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich some time this year.


LG might have scored big by refreshing its catalog with a revamped build of the Optimus 2X in the likes of the Nitro HD, whose HD display is a sight to behold. If you have the hots for vivid and clear displays alone, the Nitro HD is a good choice. Besides, it has a slightly bigger and wider screen than the Galaxy S2.

While the LG Nitro HD outshines several of the Galaxy S2’s specs, this doesn’t mean that the Galaxy S2 has lost its luster. It’s still one of the hottest and best smartphones of the current generation, and its Super AMOLED Plus display remains a force to reckon with as far as display brilliance is concerned. Besides, the Galaxy S2 offers more storage space to keep download-hungry users satisfied.

What about you? What’s your verdict on these two phones?

  • AZcitizen

    I had a Galaxy S II for two days. I exchanged it for the Nitro HD and and glad I did. I am also glad that AT&T is an honorable company. As far as storage space the 4GB of internal memory + INCLUDED 16GB MicroSDHC card on the LG best Samsung’s Galaxy by 4GB. Like I said I have had both. The camera on the Galaxy is slightly better. And the LG display is 329 ppi, slightly higher density than Apple’s retina display (at 326ppi). But it has many more pixels and is much larger than Apple’s. As far as sharpness the Nitro HD is in a different league than the Galaxy S II. LG has ruined their tech support. When I called earlier I heard the phone ringing for 4 minutes before I gave up. So if you need support, reconsider whether you will go with the LG Nitro HD, or a device from a company that provides telephone support.

  • Nicgom

    I have the sgs2 international, which from what i understand is the best from all the sgs2 variants, and after about 6 months with it, im still in love, great device, blazing fast, super display, it really outshines any other display if you find yourself outside your home on a sunny day, it still has the best cpu on the market (only the tegra 3, quadcore beats it as of now), i find the nitro also a great phone, a friend of mine got it, but my sgs2 still outperforms it, so for me its sgs2, bit if someone goes with the nitro i wouldn’t say it’s a bad decision.

  • Brad

    I bought a Galaxy S II when it was released in the UK back in April and couldn’t be happier with it.

    That said, the Galaxy S II is 9 months old so it’s not surprising some specs aren’t the best. What is surprising is some specs that are still better than mobiles coming out now. I suppose that won’t last when we see quad core mobiles but i don’t think anyone can deny that the Galaxy S II was the mobile of 2011 (and a little bit of 2012)

  • Mathieu de Lorimier

    I just bought the equivalent of the LG Nitro (the LG Optimus LTE in Quebec) and i really like it but i am still wondering if i should have taken the SG2. It has lots of cool features and the screen is wonderful. The processor is super fast. The only down site that i would point out is the 2 Gb on board memory with the 8 Gb microSD. A good product all in all,

  • Santosh Y

    The one thing I like most about LG smartphone is the GPS connectivity. It locks to satellites within 10 seconds.

  • Optimuscas

    I want Nitro HD !!!

  • Df

    I want Nito HD!!

  • rhonda

    the samsung galaxy s2 is a very neat phone… i love it:)

  • Ghelt1

    I bought Galaxy Skyrocket and was fairly impressed with the phone until i discovered that you cannot use your bluetooth headset to make and receive calls. I took the phone back and purchased the lg nitro hd. In my opinion the lg beats the samsung hands down.The screen is clearer and sound quality is much better with the lg.The only draw backs with the lg are the battery lifecould be better and the shutter on the camers does have some lag time.

  • that was the smartphone now s3 is

    • Chris

      iPhone 5 & S3.. You sure pick crabby phones. This phone by all means is not the best or second best, but for price and specs (chipset & screen) it’s great.

  • vimal

    i love nitro HD soon will be getting it

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