Smartphone Madness 2013: Google Nexus 4 vs. LG Optimus G Pro

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Smartphone Madness Game 11Whether Florida Gulf Coast University totally upset your final four or that honor went to Wichita State, chances are good that one of your favorite smartphones is still among the competitors for this year's Smartphone Madness title. Today's battle picks up where the BlackBerry Z10 left off in game 10, after it took down the Samsung Galaxy Note II with 66 percent of the vote. Now your votes will decide between the pure Android experience of the Google Nexus 4 and the new hot-shot LG Optimus G Pro. 

Google Nexus 4 vs. LG Optimus G ProAfter earning 3.5 stars on our review, the $199 Google Nexus 4 continues to hang strong among a growing world of Android competition. We cited the sharp, 4.7-inch HD screen with good viewing angles, improved Google Now assistant and speedy and smooth performance as definite pros for this phone. Those features combined with support went a long way to securing its victory over the HTC Windows Phone 8X in Round 1 of this competition. Will that be enough in today's matchup?

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The LG Optimus G Pro easily defeated the Mozilla-powered ZTE Open in Round 1 of Smartphone Madness, taking home 82 percent of the vote. That's at least partially due to the huge 5.5-inch display with wide viewing angles, solid performance on tests, fantastic multitasking software and helpful camera features that we cited in our 3.5-star review. But does this newcomer have the staying power to take on an Android champ? 

The decision is now yours. Will you go for the aging but powerful Nexus 4 or root for the LG and its cadre of special features? The poll is now open and will remain so until Friday, March 27th at 9 a.m. EST. 

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Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson, Laptop Mag & Tom's Guide Managing Editor
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  • tits Says:

    lol at the two replies above me, just jelly at the nexus 4's success

  • Denny Says:

    The LG Optimus G is the Nexus with LTE, better software and more class. I've had both and my current is the G which is by far the better unit. Blazing fast with features that the Nexus could only wish for. The only difference of note is Jelly Bean on the 4 which does not lend that much to the comparison.

  • Darknut Says:

    The Nexus 4 is built off of the Optimus Gs design.. which is LG, the G itself outperformed the N4 in some areas, and in these days software improvements in LG and Samsungs phones are making them better devices than stock android, and the best place to see that is in comparing the G to the Nexus 4, since they are almost exactly the same, besides the curves, and the software. The G Pro is a much better phone than the G though, with better software (which should be coming to the G in time as well) and hardware specs to match the S4, before its announcement. In my mind, the G Pro is the best phone in the world right now, and will continue to be despite the HTC ONE, and its about on par Id say with the S4, better hardware design and looks, at the expense of a few software features. Actually Id prefer the G Pro over the S4. Voting for the N4 over the G Pro just shows bias... Im surprised though that the bias wasnt skewed as heavily towards Samsung as I thought it would be :)

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