Samsung Galaxy SL vs. LG Optimus Black : Technical Specifications Comparison

If you're looking for a really good Android smartphone but Php 20,000 max is all you're willing to blow on it, then you could very well end up choosing between Samsung Galaxy SL i9003 and LG Optimus Black P970.

samsung galaxy sllg optimus black
Samsung Galaxy SL and LG Optimus Black, respectively.


Naturally, you'd want to ask, "Which of these two phones offer the most bang for the buck? Which is better?"

Again, here in TechPinas, we stick to facts and to technical specs sheets in answering such questions. So in true TechPinas fashion, here's Samsung Galaxy SL vs. LG Optimus Black Technical Specifications Comparison Table:

TP Specs Comparison Table: Samsung Galaxy SL vs. LG Optimus Black
Detail/Feature Samsung Galaxy SL i9003 LG Optimus Black P970

Availability and Price in Philippines

Now out in the Philippines
Price upon release --
Php 19,990

Current Price --
Around Php 17,990

Now out in the Philippines
Php 19,990

Sale Price --
Php 17,990

Dimensions/
Weight

123.7 x 64.2 x 10.6 mm
131 g

122 x 64 x 9.2 mm
109 g

Screen/
Features

4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels
Super Clear LCD Display,
Less than 300 Nits of Brightness
capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Gorilla Glass display
- TouchWiz 3.0 UI
- Multi-touch input method
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Touch-sensitive controls
- 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
Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo), upgradable to v2.3 eventually

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

CPU

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

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

Internal storage

4 GB storage, 478 MB RAM

2 GB storage, 512 MB RAM

Wifi

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

Yes, supports up to 32GB

Yes, supports up to 32GB

Camera

5 MegaPixels, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, no flash,
- Touch focus, geo-tagging
Video capture: Yes, 720p@30fps, continuous autofocus, no 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

Yes, v2.0 microUSB

Yes, v2.0 microUSB

Audio Jack

Yes, 3.5mm

Yes, 3.5mm

HDMI Port

No

No

Stereo FM Radio

Yes, with RDS

Yes, with RDS

Games and Apps

Yes, via Android Market

Yes, via Android Market

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Browser - Flash support

Yes, Adobe Flash 10.1

Yes, Adobe Flash 10.1

Battery Type

Li-Ion 1650 mAh

Li-Ion 1500 mAh

I guess the table pretty much speaks for itself. LG Optimus Black is thinner and lighter than Samsung Galaxy SL. Their screens are of the same size and of similar pixel density but LG Optimus Black's NOVA Display is more than twice as bright as Samsung Galaxy SL Super Clear LCD screen. This is feature that you'd surely appreciate when using your smartphone outdoors. You can view text messages, images and videos clearly on LG Optimus Black's NOVA Display even when you're under the sun. (Also, LG claims that NOVA display is leaps and bounds more energy efficient than any smartphone screen out in the market today -- so I guess that more than makes up for the fact that Samsung Galaxy SL has a bigger battery).

As for the camera, both phones come in 5 MegaPixel back camera, although LG Optimus Black has the advantage with its LED flash. LG Optimus Black further takes the lead with its 2MP front camera vis-à-vis Galaxy SL’s VGA. While Samsung Galaxy SL has a slightly more sizable internal memory at 4GB, LG Optimus Black nonetheless has more RAM and of course, Optimus Black users can always increase their phone's memory with the microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB.

For me, the choice is easy. I want a phone that's thin and light with screen so bright that I can see it perfectly even when I'm playing sports outdoors under the noontime sun and with camera replete with LED flash that lets me take photos and videos when I'm in a bar at night, partying with friends and having a blast.

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