Apple iPhone 4 vs. LG Optimus Black : Technical Specifications Comparison

Wondering how LG's midrange release LG Optimus Black compares against Apple's current flagship handset, iPhone4?

iphone4 lg optimus black

Well, in finding out the answer, it's important that we stick to the facts and to their individual specs sheets. Hence, I present to you TechPinas' iPhone4 vs LG Optimus Black technical specifications comparison table:

TP Specs Comparison Table: iPhone4 vs. LG Optimus Black
Detail/Feature iPhone4 LG Optimus Black

Availability and Price in Philippines

Now out in the Philippines
Price upon release --
Php 37,499 16GB Black
Php 43,699 32GB Black

Current Price --
Php 29,100 16GB Black
Php 33,500 32GB Black

Now out in the Philippines
Php 19,990

Dimensions/
Weight

115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm
137 g

122 x 64 x 9.2 mm
109 g

Screen/
Features

3.5 inches, 640 x 960 pixels
Retina Display,
500 Nits of Brightness
LED-backlit IPS TFT, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Scratch-resistant oleophobic surface
- Multi-touch input method
- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Three-axis gyro sensor
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off

4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels
NOVA Display,
700 Nits of Brightness
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Gorilla Glass display
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- LG UI
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Gyro sensor
- Touch-sensitive controls
- Multi-touch input method
Operating System upon release
iOS 4, upgradable to iOS 5

Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo), upgradable to v2.3 eventually

CPU

1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, PowerVR SGX535GPU, Apple A4 chipset

1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, PowerVR SGX530 GPU, TI OMAP 3630 chipset

Internal storage

16/32 GB storage, 512 MB RAM

2 GB storage, 512 MB RAM

Wifi

Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot

Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

3G

Yes, HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

Yes, HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

MicroSD

No

Yes, supports up to 32GB

Camera

5 MegaPixels, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash,
- Touch focus, geo-tagging
Video capture: Yes, 720p@30fps, continuous autofocus, LED video light
Secondary camera: VGA

5 MegaPixels, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash,
- Touch focus, geo-tagging
Video capture: Yes, 720p@30fps, continuous autofocus, LED video light
Secondary camera: 2 MegaPixels

Accelerometer

Yes

Yes

Gyroscope

Yes

Yes

Digital Compass

Yes

Yes

EDGE

Yes, up to 237 kbps

Yes, up to 237 kbps

GPRS

Yes, up to 48 kbps

Yes, up to 48 kbps

Bluetooth

Yes, v2.1 with A2DP

Yes, v2.1 with A2DP

Built-in MicroUSB port

No

Yes, v2.0 microUSB

Audio Jack

Yes, 3.5mm

Yes, 3.5mm

HDMI Port

No

No

Stereo FM Radio

No

Yes, with RDS

Games and Apps

Yes, via App Store

Yes, via Android Market

Java

No

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Browser - Flash support

No

Yes, Adobe Flash 10.1

Battery Type

Li-Po 1420mAh

Li-Ion 1500 mAh

Based on the table above, we can safely say that not only is LG Optimus Black a lot more affordable than iPhone4, overall - LG Optimus Black also has better technical specifications and has more number of built-in ports. You may argue that iPhone4 has a better built - featuring metal and glass enclosure, but I think LG Optimus Black matches that with a slimmer, more sleek and light-weight construction. iPhone4 has a more sizable internal memory but keep in mind that you can increase LG Optimus Black's memory via its microSD card slot, which iPhone4 doesn't have. Also, while iPhone4's Retina Display has greater pixel density, for me, LG Optimus Black's wider NOVA Display's sheer brightness and energy efficiently easily beats it.

As for the software, well, it's 'Android vs. iOS', which in itself calls for a whole separate entry and discussion.

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