LG Prada vs Samsung Galaxy S2 (Galaxy S II) | Speed, Performance and Features Reviewed | Full Specs Compared
It is worthwhile to observe the reasons upon which people tend to buy smartphones. The simple majority sees the need of a smartphone and buys it. What they don’t see is that 80% of them will only be using 20% of the features in the smartphone, yet they buy it anyway. Then there exists a set of people who buys a smartphone as a fashion icon. It may be in the purpose of carrying a specific message, or perhaps to show off what you’re capable of. In either case, smartphones morphed as Fashion icons realize their goal. The concept of marketing a brand using a commodity that is been used every day has been a regular concept; Prada has taken it to the next level by involving with LG, to manufacture a Prada smartphone as a fashion icon. LG Prada is actually not the first attempt by Prada and previous attempts were successful, so this is bound to have a probability of been a success. In any case, we actually like this handset because it has decent usable performance matrix unlike other such handhelds of the same category.
To make the comparison interesting, we have picked up a giant in the market so that we can effectively determine how well Prada would perform and how the customers would perceive this product. Samsung Galaxy S II has been the fame earner for Galaxy family since it was released back in 2011. We respect the smartphone because Samsung actually integrates all the cutting edge features into their Galaxy family. Thus, it still stands as a giant in the mobile market making Samsung proud. We will talk about Prada initially and then move on to Samsung Galaxy S II before discussing the differences and conclusion.
As we have mentioned, LG Prada is actually a decent usable fashion smartphone. It is powered by a 1GHz Cortex A9 dual core processor on top of TI OMAP 4430 chipset with PowerVR SGX540 GPU. It also has 1GB of RAM and runs on Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread. This combination can promise a good performance boost if you give this handset a chance. It feels great in your hand and has Saffiano Décor at the back plate with curved edges and a premium expensive look. Of course, that was to be expected since this is a fashion icon. We located the micro USB port and the covering mechanism was different. Normally you can bring it off while, in Prada, you can slide it aside to make way to the micro USB adapter. It has a length of 127.5mm and a width of 69mm while it is 8.5mm thick. Prada is somewhat bulky with a weight of 138g but not so much that you can’t hold it.
LG Prada has 4.3 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen featuring a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels at a pixel density of 217ppi. The screen has good viewing angle although we would have appreciated if LG improved the pixel density. The fashion icon has 8GB of internal storage with the option to expand storage using microSD card. It defines connectivity through HSDPA, and it also has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n for continuous connectivity. The user can enjoy sharing his internet connection with the ability to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot, and the DLNA connectivity guarantees that you can stream rich media content wirelessly to your big screen. Being a fashion phone, LG has included 8MP camera with autofocus and LED flash to capture the moment. It can also record 1080p HD videos @ 30 frames per second, and the 1.3MP front facing camera is integral if you want to make conference calls. LG Prada has 1540mAh battery and claims a talk time of 4 hours and 20 minutes, which I doubt will be enough for a fashion icon.
Samsung Galaxy S2 (Galaxy S II)
Samsung is the leading smartphone vendor in the world, and they have actually gained much of their popularity though Galaxy family. It’s not just because Samsung Galaxy is superior in quality and uses cutting edge technology, but it’s because Samsung is also concerned about the usability aspect of the smartphone and make sure that has the due attention. Galaxy S II comes in either Black or White or Pink and has three buttons at the bottom. It also has the same curved smooth edges Samsung gives to Galaxy family with an expensive looking plastic cover. It is really light weighing 116g and ultra-thin too having a thickness of 8.5mm.
The renowned phone was released in April 2011 and came with a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A9 dual core processor on top of Samsung Exynos chipset with Mali-400MP GPU. It also had 1GB of RAM. This was top notch configuration back in April, and even now only a few smartphones surpass the configurations. As I have mentioned earlier, this itself is good enough reason to dig the previous advertisements to be replayed. The operating system is Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread, and luckily Samsung promises an upgrade to V4.0 IceCreamSandwich soon. Galaxy S II has two storage options, 16 / 32 GB with the ability to expand the storage using a microSD card upto 32 GB more. It comes with 4.3 inches Super AMOLED Plus Capacitive touchscreen featuring a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 217ppi. While the panel is of superior quality, the pixel density could have been somewhat advanced, and it could have featured a better resolution. But nonetheless, this panel reproduces images in a great manner that would catch your eye. It has HSPA+ connectivity, which is both fast and steady, along with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and it can also act as a Wi-Fi hotspot, which is really attractive. With the DLNA functionality, you can stream rich media directly to your TV wirelessly.
Samsung Galaxy S II comes with 8MP camera with autofocus and LED flash and some advanced functionalities. It can record 1080p HD videos at 30 frames per second and has Geo-tagging with the support of A-GPS. For the purpose of video conferences, it also features a 2MP camera on the front bundled with Bluetooth v3.0. Besides the normal sensor, Galaxy S II comes with a gyro sensor and the generic android applications. It features Samsung TouchWiz UI v4.0, which gives a good user experience. It comes with 1650mAh battery, and Samsung promises a talk time of 18 hours in 2G networks and 8 hours in 3G, which is simply amazing.
A Brief Comparison of LG Prada vs Samsung Galaxy S2 (Galaxy S II)
• LG Prada is powered by 1GHz Cortex A9 dual core processor on top of TI OMAP 4430 chipset, while Samsung Galaxy S II is powered by 1.2GHz Cortex A9 dual core processor on top of Samsung Exynos chipset.
• LG Prada has 4.3 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen featuring a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels at a pixel density of 217ppi while Samsung Galaxy S II has 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen display that features a resolution of 800 x 480 pixel at a pixel density of 217ppi.
• LG Prada is slightly larger, yet of the same thickness and considerably heavier (127.5 x 69mm / 8.5mm / 138g) than Samsung Galaxy S II (125.3 x 66.1mm / 8.5mm / 116g).
• LG Prada only comes in Black while Samsung Galaxy S II comes in Black, White and Pink flavors.
• LG Prada promises a talk time of 4 hours and 20 minutes, while Samsung Galaxy S II promises a talk time of 18 hours in 2G and 8 hours in 3G.
LG Prada is undoubtedly aimed at a specific target market and thus providing a subjective conclusion here is not our intention. In any case, we cannot say which smartphone is better without consulting the context because for a person in the specific niche market Prada is addressed to, would find Prada is better than anything out there while the general market would find otherwise. So the subjectivity is left in your hands. However, we will briefly indicate the major differences between the handsets. The performance is bound to be slightly better in Samsung Galaxy S II because of the over clocked processor and Samsung Exynos chipset. However, the general user can only be able to see this through a benchmarking test. Otherwise, he won’t find any flow in operation nor seamless switching. The display panels are different, but other configurations such as resolution and pixel density are exactly the same. Even in the context of display panels, user won’t notice much of a difference. Prada has a fashionable look while Samsung Galaxy S II has more of a professional look and feel. The bulkiness of the LG Prada may be a worthwhile issue to consider because compared to 116g of Samsung Galaxy S II, 138g in LG Prada seems like a drastic increase. Another important fact to support Samsung Galaxy S II is the battery life it promises. I don’t expect that much of a battery life from a smartphone, but I certainly won’t be able to survive with 4 hours and 20 minutes of battery life, so that may well be a deal killer. In any case, we’d like to advise you to make your purchasing decision after thinking well about the need you have and another incentive towards Samsung Galaxy S II would be the lower price it has compared to the premium price LG Prada is sold at. But well, if you’re a Prada fan, nothing will stop you from buying this smartphone because, we can guarantee that it will serve you as good as a Galaxy.