Compare the Samsung Precedent and LG Optimus Net

The Straight Talk Samsung Precedent and the Net10 LG Optimus Net are very similar entry level Android devices.

Both have essentially the same specs to them. For example, both have 600mhz processors. In this comparison, we examine the slight differences between these two entry level Android devices.

 

 



Samsung Precedent Review

 



LG Optimus Net Review

 

Unlimited Plan

Straight Talk $45 Unlimited - Check Availability

Includes Unlimited Data, Calling, Text

Coverage Provided by Sprint

Net10 $50 Unlimited - Check Availability

Includes Unlimited Data, Calling, Text

Coverage Provided by Sprint

Technology CDMA CDMA
Dimensions 4.4"x2.2"x.4" 4.5"x2.3"x.5"
Weight 3.8oz 4.69oz
Processor 600mhz 600mhz
Screen Size and Resolution 3.2", 320 x 480 pixels 3.2", 320 x 480 pixels
Operating System Version Android 2.2 Android 2.3
Headphone Jack 3.5mm (standard iPod type) 3.5mm (standard iPod type)
Android below screen buttons Capacitive touch Physical push type
SD card slot Up to 32gb Up to 32gb
Camera 2 mega pixel 3.2 mega pixel
Video QVGA@15fps QVGA@15fps
USB microUsb 2.0 microUsb 2.0
Email Client Yes Yes
Messaging SMS/MMS SMS/MMS
Browser Full HTML with Javascript Support Full HTML with Javascript Support
MP3 Player Yes Yes
Apps Android App Market Android App Market
Bluetooth Wide Open Wide Open
Price $149.99 $149.99
  Straight Talk $45 Unlimited - Check Availability Net10 $50 Unlimited - Check Availability

Unlimited Plan

To put it simply, the Unlimited Plan from Straight Talk and the Unlimited Plan from Net10 are basically identical except for price. Both carriers offer the same exact coverage with these phones. All things being equal, the Straight Talk plan saves you and extra 5 bucks. If nothing else on this list is all that important to you, then the Samsung Precedent is the way to go.

Dimension and Weight

As you can see in the chart above, the Precedent is slightly smaller and slightly lighter. By slightly, we really mean slightly.

Android Operating System

Alot is made and written about Android Operating system versions. Fact is, as far as your average user is concerned, there's very little difference between them. That being said, the Optimus Net actually has one of the newer versions of Android at the time of this writing. In case you are wondering, Android 2.3 has updated themes, modified keyboards, improved copy/paste options, power management improvements, improved application management, Google Maps version 5.1, the latest version of Google Books, and improved voice command features.

Android Below Screen Buttons

By below Screen buttons, we mean the 4 android buttons just below the screen. We like the sleekness on the Precedent as they are of the capacitive touch type. Where on the Optimus Net, they are of the physical push button variety. This one is a personal preference thing. Keep in mind that the capacitive touch type only light up when you touch them and you cant feel them but they do make the phone look way more modern.

Digital Camera

The LG Optimus Net has a slightly better camera with 3.2mp of resolution versus the 2.0mp on the precedent.

Conclusion

The differences between the phones are are too minor to call. On the Optimus Net, you get a newer Android version, though you can easily upgrade the Precedent to the same version. To be honest, most people won't notice much of a difference. The bottom line is that the Precedent saves you 5 bucks a month for as long as you keep the phone active. This adds up to $60 a year and to be honest, the newer OS on the Optimus and slightly better camera are not worth 60 bucks a year as far as we are concerned. Our opinion, go for the savings and get the Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy Precedent.