Known to the rest of the world as the LG Optimus Vu 2, the Verizon bound Intuition is, in many ways, LG’s response to the commercial success encountered by its compatriot (both LG and Samsung are headquartered in South Korea), with the Samsung Galaxy Note. However, in many other ways, the LG Intuition is, simply put, a weird device that is best considered a very small tablet instead of a large smartphone.
In the other corner, we have the most popular Android smartphone ever, the Samsung Galaxy S3.
If your intuition (yep, pun intended) fails you, we’re here to help you decide with one of these smartphones is better!
The Samsung Galaxy S3 features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display running at a pixel resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio), thus reaching a PPI of 306. Unfortunately for some, the Galaxy S3 display uses a PenTile pixel arrangement instead of a regular RGB matrix. Plenty argue that the difference between the two technologies is not clearly visible at a “regular” distance, and I tend to agree with them, especially at such high densities. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a great screen, although not the best around.
The LG Intuition features a 5-inch display running at a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, meaning this is a smartphone display that runs at a 4:3 aspect ratio. Its PPI ratio of 256 is decent by modern standards, but given that most apps (as well as most videos and images) are not optimized for this aspect ratio, LG’s decision to go with a 4:3 aspect ratio is nothing if not uninspired.
Build quality and design
When it comes to the design of the Galaxy S3, plenty seem to agree that lawyers had a bit too much to do with it, leaving too little place for innovation. While not an ugly smartphone, the S3 is surely not the sexiest smartphone of them all (a title that currently rests with the HTC One X as far as I’m concerned).
In the other corner, the LG Intuition is probably one of the worst looking smartphones that you’re going to encounter on a retailer’s shelves. It’s not about its lines and curves, but it’s all about the weird aspect ratio of the display. If you thought the Samsung Galaxy Note was hard to handle with one hand, just wait until you get the chance to handle the Intuition. This is mostly due to the fact that the LG Intuition is also the widest smartphone to ever see the light of day.
The U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 System on a Chip (SoC), one that translates into a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait (A15 type) processor and an Adreno 225 GPU.
The LG Intuition is also using a Snapdragon SoC, not the newer S4 but its older brother, the S3, one that packs together a 1.5Ghz dual-core A9 processor and an Adreno 220 GPU.
When it comes to the amount of RAM memory, the Galaxy S3 wins with its 2GB, while the LG Intuition has only 1GB. It’s safe to say that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is noticeably faster than the LG Intuition, thanks to both the newer SoC as well as the amount of RAM.
The Galaxy S3 and the LG Intuition are similarly equipped when it comes to the camera sensors: both have an 8MP primary shooter. When it comes to the secondary sensor, the S3 uses a 1.9MP one, while the LG Intuition uses a 1.3MP secondary camera. Despite the 0.6MP difference in the secondary sensor resolution, expect the quality difference to be negligible (as in: don’t use the secondary camera unless you have to).
There is also little difference between the size of the battery: the Samsung Galaxy S3 uses a 2100mAh battery, while the Verizon LG Intuition uses a 2080mAh battery. Both will allow you to get through the day if you don’t use LTE too much. Since on the topic of Long Term Evolution connectivity, it should be also mentioned that both the Galaxy S3 and the LG Intuition are LTE capable.
Software and ecosystem
The Samsung Galaxy S3 still runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, although Samsung has recently announced that the third member of the Galaxy S line will receive its update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at some point in October. Samsung has customized the Android UI and replaced it with its proprietary TouchWiz UI, and have also added a whole slew of smart functions that, although not revolutionary, still represent a useful addition to an already very capable OS.
In the other corner, the LG Intuition is also using Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (currently, we have no word on a possible upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean). Given that the LG Intuition uses a 4:3 aspect ratio, many elements of the visual interface have been changed to accommodate this. LG has also redesigned most of the core apps on the Intuition to fit nicely inside a 4:3 screen, but third party apps (as in: 99.9% of the apps available from Google Play) will either be letterboxed or stretched to occupy the entire screen real estate (stretching apps usually leads to a terrible experience, so you’re better off letterboxing all of the apps).
Samsung Galaxy S3 Pros
- Great display overall (with a regular aspect ratio)
- Smart Functions
- Speedy Internal Hardware
Samsung Galaxy S3 Cons
- PenTile might be a setback for some
LG Intuition Pros
- Speedy Specs
- You can use it as a plate for your food
LG Intuition Cons
- Very odd aspect ratio
- Hard to operate with one hand
- Apps will be letterboxed (or stretched to the point where they look awful)
Let me make sure that I’m sending the right message here: do not buy the LG Intuition! The extra 0.2 inches across the diagonal of the display do not make up for its exhausting footprint. If you desperately want a large screen, go for the original Galaxy Note, or wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to come out.
The Samsung Galaxy S3, on the other hand, represents the standard for flagship Android devices, one that few other devices are able to match.