LG Optimus G Android Smartphone Review

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Performance Testing: CPU, Browser And Graphics

In addition to using the Optimus G in a variety of everyday usage scenarios, we also conducted some formal performance testing to see how well the handset compares to other smartphones in the same league.
CPU testing
Android CPU testing

In the Linpack test, the quad-core Snapdragon powered phones here (the Optimus G and Droid DNA, review forthcoming) took the lead by a wide margin, smashing flagship phones from six to nine months ago, destroying the Galaxy Nexus, and even besting the HTC One X and Galaxy S III. We ran the test a few times, and yes, it really does double the score of most other phones. Clearly, that quad-core chip is making a dent in this test.

Graphics testing
Android graphics testing

In the An3DBench XL, the Optimus G held its own, but didn't really pull away from rivals as it did with the Linpack score. It's amongst the top when looking at high-end, flagship phones, but still fell a few points behind. In real-world use, you'd never know the difference though.

JavaScript testing
JavaScript Android and iPhone testing

Only the excellent HTC One X completed the SunSpider test with a quicker time here, and even that one just barely inched ahead of the Optimus G. 


Graphical Android testing

Here, the Optimus G held its own, ranking in the upper echelon of phones in this intense graphical benchmark. It came close to matching scores put forth by a host of other powerful phones, with just a few points separating this guy and the One X and RAZR M.

Rightware BrowserMark testing
Browser-based testing

Rightware just launched version 2.0 of its BrowserMark test, which outputs scores very different than version 1.0. We'll be building up our benchmarks as time marches on, but for now, we can report that the Optimus G scored 2081 under the new test, which is currently superior than 81% of all phone browsers in the BrowserMark database. That's just slightly lower than the score pulled in by the Nexus 7 tablet, but it's inferior to both the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.

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