Galaxy S II

LG Nitro HD vs Samsung Galaxy SII Mobile Comparison

The LG Nitro HD is the newest from its own line of Android devices from LG. This takes advantage of LG’s newest proprietary software, True HD coupled with its 4.5inch screen, it’s a real treat to the eyes. Whereas on the other side, we have the legendary Samsung Galaxy SII with its 4.3inch display and its dual core processor, which has a powerful spec sheet.

Note : 4G network is not supported on the Galaxy SII

Take a look at the detailed specs of both the phones and compare them side by side, in every category:

Table of Contents:

Form Factor

The LG Nitro HD is 133.9 x 67.8 x 10.4 mm, while the Samsung Galaxy SII is 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm. The LG Nitro HD weighs 127 grams while the Samsung Galaxy SII is just 116 grams in weight, a bit lighter than the LG.

Just like the LG Optimus, the LG Nitro HD also has three capacitive touch buttons, the home, back and the search button. Similarly, the Samsung Galaxy SII, unlike the usual Android phone has the same three touch sensitive buttons, the home, back and the search button.

The LG Nitro HD has a huge 4.5 inch screen topping the Samsung Galaxy SII by a mere 0.2 inches.

If looks could kill, then this LG phone would put you to sleep. For better or for worse, the Nitro HD’s design lacks any striking visual elements. It is characterless compared to the vivid looks of the Samsung Galaxy SII with it’s typical black Galaxy cover at the back, making it a real good design phone to hold, mainly because of its thinness.


The LG Nitro HD, comes with a AH-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen of 4.5 inches with a pixel density of 326ppi while the Samsung Galaxy SII has a Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen of 4.3 inches and has a screen density of 217 ppi. The LG Nitro HD has a screen resolution of 720×1280 pixels while the Samsung Galaxy SII has a resolution of 480×800 pixels  on it. The LG Nitro HD looks a little cramped with its high resolution display on a 4.5 inch screen whereas the SII looks optimized on its 4.3 inch display.

Both the phones support Multi-touch and there is an accelerometer and proximity sensor on both the cellphones as well. Also, both the phones have a gyroscope which enhances the gaming experience on these powerful processors.

Both the displays are capacitive touch displays, support multi touch input and have support upto 16M colors.


The LG Nitro HD from LG has a 8MP camera which has become a common factor amongst high-end phones while the Samsung Galaxy SII also flaunts the same. Both the phones also have the common factor of taking photos at a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels with LED flash, face and smile detection to complement this. The one feature which SII has and the LG Nitro HD lacks is image stabilization whereas both the phones have the autofocus feature.

Also both the phones can shoot video at 1080p and topping this is Samsung Galaxy SII with its 30fps quality which doesn’t make much of a difference though.

Also, note that there is a secondary camera on both the devices, 1.3MP on the LG Nitro HD and a 2MP front-facing camera on the Samsung Galaxy SII . This is used for normal camera purposes and also by various camera based apps or for video calling via Skype, Google Talk etc.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy SII ( Full HD Video with 30fps ) 


The LG Nitro HD has 4 GB of internal memory, and can be extended upto 16 GB using a microSD card slot while the Samsung Galaxy SII has both 16 and 32 GB internal memory depending on the model and also can be extended to 32 GB. The LG Nitro HD has an 8GB card within the box.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy SII


The LG Nitro HD has GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 bands and HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 bands which gives maximum speeds upto HSDPA, 21 Mbps, HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE.

Both the phones have WiFi in them and support popular Wi-fi bands, compliant to the 802.11 standards. 802.11 b,g and n are supported and the WiFi Hotspot feature on them is also available on both the devices. To know how to enable Wifi Hotspot via tethering, follow these instructions here. DLNA and Wi-Fi direct are also present in the Galaxy SII.

GPS is available on both the phones and both phones also support Bluetooth 3.0 with the LG Nitro HD supporting A2DP and HS, whereas the Samsung Galaxy SII has support for only HS.

Both the phones also come with a USBv2.0 port for Data Transfer with the Samsung Galaxy SII also supporting NFC(Near Field Communication). HDMI support is also available for the LG Nitro HD, enabling you to catch all your favorite videos  on your phone on the big screen.

Operating System and UI:

The LG Nitro HD and Samsung Galaxy SII runs on Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 and 2.3.4 respectively, while the Nitro HD comes with LG’s new UI, True Hd, with a skinned and revamped version of the Gingerbread while Samsung Galaxy SII has its own Touch Wiz UI 4.0.

Some of the features added include panning and tilt, which makes use of the accelerometer and gyroscope in the phone to detect motion.

No news on the Ice Cream Sandwich update has been released yet for the LG Nitro HD. In the meantime, you’ll just have to be content with the skinned version of 2.3.5 that ships outof the box.

Whereas the Samsung Galaxy SII will be one of the first phones to get the ICS4.0 update in early 2012.

Winner : Samsung Galaxy SII

Battery and Processor

The LG Nitro HD has a 1830mAh battery while the Samsung Galaxy SII has a 1650mAh battery. The LG Nitro HD, on 2G, has a talktime of upto 12 h and 360 hours of standby time and just upto 3 hours of talktime and 252 hours of standby time on 3G. While the Samsung Galaxy SII  has a talktime of upto 18 hours on 2G and a whopping 8 hours on 3G which by far is one of the greatest battery life for any smartphone

The LG Nitro HD and Samsung Galaxy SII come with powerful processors. On the LG Nitro HD, there is a Dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion processor powered by an  by the Qualcomm APQ8060 chipset while the Samsung Galaxy SII has a Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 Processor.

Winner: LG Nitro HD


The LG Nitro HD might be a refresh to the wide range of Android phones, but it is not refreshing enough that you should move away from the Galaxy range of phones. There really isn’t any outstanding feature on the LG Nitro HD that might stop you from picking up the Galaxy device, except a slightly bigger screen. That shouldn’t be a very big point, considering that the resolution of the screen is more or less the same as on the Galaxy SII.

The Samsung Galaxy SII has been quoted as one of the best smartphones of this generation, period. It is one which revolutionized the Android brand with its powerful  processor and wide multimedia features. With many variants to the Samsung Galaxy SII coming up, there is a whole lot to choose from.

Comparing the two, the Samsung Galaxy SII stands out as the best buy even though it is slightly priced higher than the LG Nitro HD.



  1. AZcitizen

    January 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I had the Galaxy S II for two days. AT&T took it back and I got this. I am super impressed with the phone and AT&T. The camera is slightly better on the Galaxy, but the LG Nitro HD device overall (especially the display at 329ppi and 720×2180) blows the Galaxy S II Skyrocket out of the water! However, as of today, LG has made their phone-in tech support virtually useless. Two minutes of wading through phone menus to get to endless ringing. I gave up after four minutes of listening to ringback tone waiting for someone to answered the line. It was working with just a 25 second wait to talk to someone this morning. The sound quality on the LG is not the very best, but isn’t bad at all in my opinion. I use a BT headset anyway, and the Samsung will not dial any contact in my list with or without a headset. That is, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket annoyingly ignores your contact list when voice dialing. Instead it does a Google search and dials what it thinks is a good match (NOT)! The Nitro HD does voice dial (with or without BT) from my contacts, and is accurate (thanks to Google). I have nearly 600 contacts in my list. So if you don’t think you’ll need to call LG tech support consider the Nitro HD.

  2. Ashish

    December 31, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Well I think Samsung Galaxy SII will always remain at the top and a hit…

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