Two unlocked Android devices.  Two part video.  Two manufacturers.  Dogfight time!  Aaron brings the LG Optimus 4X HD and GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus together for a head to head comparison.  The Optimus 4X HD was announced at Mobile World Congress earlier in the year and packs a 1.5 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, 4.7-inch IPS HD (720p) display, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording, a 2,150 mAh battery, and Android 4.0 with LG's custom UI.  Samsung's Galaxy Nexus is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OMAP CPU and offers a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display with PenTile, 5-megapixel camera with 1080p recording, a 1,750 mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

They're both spec'd well, though the Optimus 4X HD brings quad-core computing to the table.  That said, the Galaxy Nexus is only $349, while the Optimus comes in at just under $600.  Which one is the best all-around deal?  Part 1 of 2.

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Anonymous Quad it first. Software can always be updated. Hardware... meh
Jason Mason
Jason Mason Jelly bean
Wugui Jove
Wugui Jove Nexus series all the way.
Huey Liggins
Huey Liggins Eh... Jelly bean would be nice but gingerbread is fine on my note. I didn't bother updating to ics. I even rooted my phone and it's slightly faster. So I'm not even thinking about an update. There's no need for quad cores yet and they might drain batt life so I really don't desire either unless quad core comes with a nice battery
Sheikh Episode
Sheikh Episode quad
John Resch
John Resch LG, really..I like their refrigerators ...
Abhishek Sharma
Abhishek Sharma Jelly bean ofco...
Dimitri Charmy Mikhael Margaronis
Dimitri Charmy Mikhael Margaronis Peanut butter and jelly
Allison Reynolds
Allison Reynolds Jelly bean as long as its dual core
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey You can tell the folks who have no idea that quad-cores make no different on current Android phones versus the people who do. You people screaming for "quad-core" are no different than the Apple iSheep. You all haven't a clue of what you are talking about or wishing for. You are just buying into hype.
Robert Centennial
Robert Centennial quad core doesn't matter is just as laggy as a dual core on android.
Prince Nyaga
Prince Nyaga Quad core definably, jelly bean isn't a huge update but going from dual core to quad core is.
Csy Hnrcsn
Csy Hnrcsn If they are the starburst brand, I'd say jelly bean.
Daniel Cuadrado
Daniel Cuadrado IOS
Brady Wassam
Brady Wassam Jelly bean, because i haven't used a quad core on a daily basis thus far
David Aguilera
David Aguilera Dual core s4 processor is just as good as the exynos variant, plus better battery life
David Aguilera
David Aguilera U.S variant of galaxy s3, with cm 10 (jelly bean). The latest preview build of it is nearly a daily driver, and within the next month, a fully stable version.
Jacob Grumbles
Jacob Grumbles @frank that's what I've been trying to tell these folks . The only real android phones are all part of the nexus line its not an Android if its not a nexus .
Federico Cao
Federico Cao LG sucks, so Jellybean :)
Ian Baylon
Ian Baylon Quad core im fine with ICS
Frank Zambrano
Frank Zambrano Jellybean my nexus s is way more reliable and battery rocks compared to the samsung s 3 my bro has which by the way is horrible it overheats it lags it dies quick... it aint android if it aint nexus
Daniel LeRoy
Daniel LeRoy tweaked who drinks waaay to many red bulls
David DiPilla
David DiPilla Quard core
David DiPilla
David DiPilla And I don't like jelly beans I rather have bubble gum ir sour candy
David DiPilla
David DiPilla Wised core
Hecthore Lawas
Hecthore Lawas QUAD CORE! Jelly Bean is done after six months of its official release.
Ahmad Sachoo
Ahmad Sachoo JB
Goran Samardžija
Goran Samardžija JB
Chris Ross
Chris Ross Wow! Only one pro-apple comment? Are they all sleeping/zombies...
Jim Howard
Jim Howard Well the quad-core processor because I would just eat the jelly beans and they would be gone right away.
Linda Patricia Marcous
Linda Patricia Marcous Jelly bean
Joernie Berrios
Joernie Berrios The REAL QUESTION is can you unlock the BOOTLOADER in the LG Optimus???
Joernie Berrios
Joernie Berrios QUAD CORE....I wish my GNEX had QUAD CORE.....With some AOKP goodness
Iam Talat
Iam Talat Jelly bean ..android is not threaded for quad cores
Thomas Boehnlein
Thomas Boehnlein Good hardware always trumps new software. Nee software can be hacked on or will eventually come. Cruddy hardware will just get cruddier.
Carlos Ramirez
Carlos Ramirez Phonedog.com is the BEST
Rene Saenz Jr.
Rene Saenz Jr. HTC one x with jellybean now.....
Lanh Nguyen
Lanh Nguyen beans of jelly.
Alex Thomas
Alex Thomas Gimme them Jelly Beans
Brian Edwards
Brian Edwards Jellybean
Remi Clement
Remi Clement Well nobody wants s3 so I would say a jelly bean at least it don't blow up in your pocket £400 for what an exploding mobile stick with iphone4 and blackberry torch at least they do what it says on the tin
Chris Downs
Chris Downs Quad core
Eddie Velasquez
Eddie Velasquez Jellybean
John Luttrell
John Luttrell Quad core at least I can get that now
Brandon Little-spoon Levesque
Brandon Little-spoon Levesque Quad core .ice cream sandwich is fine
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey Jelly Bean. Quad-Core is just something being hyped up by manufacturers, geared towards ignorant people who don't have a clue of what it means. There are barely any apps or anything performance-related, that can benefit from quad-core technology at this time. So, I'd rather have Jelly Bean on my Galaxy Note. Seems like a nice upgrade... even moreso than ICS.
Eric Casanova
Eric Casanova Key lime pie
Jesse Ling
Jesse Ling I don't see any real need for other.Gingerbread is still fine and standardized,and who seriously has any practical need for a quad core cell phone?no one with a life that's who.
Tony Abiama
Tony Abiama Jelly Bean, all them cores aren't really that important
Jacob Grumbles
Jacob Grumbles Jelly bean
Perro Rosello
Perro Rosello Jellybean ATM. Until Quad Core Nexus is released
Steven Michael Wilson
Steven Michael Wilson I run jelly bean now on my nexus...I'd say battery life is more important
Alex Pollino
Alex Pollino Hmmmm both
Kristina R
Kristina R Processor ... Can always get jellybean rooted.
Jarrett Lennon Kaufman
Jarrett Lennon Kaufman Jelly Bean, now.
Juwon Donte
Juwon Donte I'd say jelly bean
Mark Belkowski
Mark Belkowski neither.

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