Recently, LG sent us two different variants of the LG Optimus G on Sprint and AT&T. A couple of weeks ago author, Nicholas Terry, did a full review of the LG Optimus G on AT&T which can be found here. I decided to just do a comparison of the two phones because there are only slight software difference but there are a lot of hardware differences. Below I will condense the differences and then you can watch the full video comparison at the bottom!
I will start with the similarities: both phones have the standard set of buttons and ports – power/sleep button on the right hand side, volume rocker on the left, 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the phone, the microUSB port on the bottom for changing and syncing, and dual microphones on the top and bottom for voice calls and noise cancellation. Both also feature a 4.7-inch WXGA 1280 x 768 HD IPS Plus display with 320 ppi. Running inside both of these phones is a 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 4G LTC connectivity. The final similarity between the two different variants is the 1.3MP camera which can capture 720p video and the 2100 mAh battery.
Now for differences – on the back of the phone, the Sprint LG Optimus G has a glass back, a textured background, with a LG logo. The AT&T version is similar but with a different textured background and the AT&T logo. The edges of the two phones are probably the main differences between them – the Sprint Optimus G is flat and square around the phone while the AT&T edges are rounded with a flat plastic on the top and bottom. There is a plastic flap on the left hand side of the AT&T variant that covers up the SIM card and the microSD card slot (which allows the phone to add an addition 64GB of storage). The AT&T version also has a notification light that blinks around the power/sleep/lock button while the Sprint phone has the more traditional notification light located in the area at the top of the front side of the phone. The final physical difference is the rear-facing camera – the Sprint LG Optimus G has a 13MP camera (which protrudes from the back of the phone) and the AT&T G has a 8mp (both with a LED flash).
Both phones are for sale for $99 with a two-year contract. Since each are packing a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, either phone will run amazingly for two years (or until you upgrade your phone). At this moment, the Sprint LG Optimus G has the advantage of the two because it is already running Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2) which has the added features of Project Butter and Google Now while the AT&T Optimus G is still running on Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4).