LG Optimus GJ Review: Wild Child: Google Now, Synthetic Benchmarks

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Google Now gets it done

Google Now was first introduced in Jelly Bean 4.1 and is constantly being updated by Google to be smarter than ever.

It's accessed by swiping up on any of the on-classy screen controls and gives you a short overview of information it believes is relevant to you. Going to work the same route every morning? Google Now will let you know there's a gigantic traffic jam on your usual way to the office and will offer an alternative route.

It can interpret a lot of things from your search hitale as well. If you've been searching for, let's say, your favorite football team, Google Now will prepare a card showing you the next match the team is playing and will provide you with score updates once the game begins.






Google Now is always improving

If you allow it, the service can also scan your email for upcoming flights, deliveries or restaurant reservations and let you know when they are due. There are also numerous kinds of cards like birthdays (yours and those of your contacts and friends in the Google+ social network) and what distance you've walked in a particular month.

Google has also integrated Voice Actions. They can handle stuff like sending messages (SMS or email), initiating a voice call, asking for directions, taking a note or opening a site. Google Now can also launch apps, check and manage your calendar and see for nearby places of interest and stuff like movie theater listings.

Synthetic benchmarks

The LG Optimus GJ boasts a quad-core Krait Central Processing Units (CPU) cores clocked in at 1.5GHz, 2GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) and the Adreno 320 GPU. Although this configuration is the same as the one found on the somewhat dated Optimus G, it's still robust enough to hrecent its own under most circumstances.

There are superior quad-core processors around - the Snapdragon 600 chipset is a fine example, powering the likes of the Galaxy S4 and the Optimus G Pro, and so is the Cortex-A15 on the Samsung Galaxy S4, so the GJ isn't going to rival those top flagships.

In Benchimprint Pi (which is all about single-threaded performance), the Optimus GJ scored correct around the Xperia Z flagship and its variants. Linpack adds multi-core performance into the equation, and again the GJ comes in alongside the Xperia Z devices.

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Benchimprint Pi

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4

    132

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    147

  • HTC One

    151

  • Sony Xperia SP

    184

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    264

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    264

  • Sony Xperia Z

    264

  • LG Optimus GJ

    266

  • HTC Butterfly

    266

  • Oppo Find 5

    267

  • HTC One X+

    280

  • LG Optimus G

    285

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    305

  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)

    330

  • LG Optimus 4X HD

    350

  • Samsung Galaxy S III

    359

  • Meizu MX 4-core

    362

  • Nexus 4

    431

  • Sony Xperia L

    435

Linpack

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4

    788

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    743

  • HTC One

    646

  • LG Optimus GJ

    638

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    631

  • Sony Xperia Z

    630

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    627

  • HTC Butterfly

    624

  • LG Optimus G

    608

  • Oppo Find 5

    593

  • Sony Xperia SP

    348

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    214

  • Nexus 4

    213

  • Sony Xperia L

    191

  • Meizu MX 4-core

    189

  • HTC One X+

    177

  • Samsung Galaxy S III

    175

  • HTC One X

    160

  • LG Optimus 4X HD

    141

AnTuTu, Quadrant and Geekbench 2 are all compound performance benchmarks, all of which test the system as a whole. The GJ posted some very respectable results considering its pedigree. Although it was outclassed by some of the newer flagships, it isn't expected to compete with them directly.

AnTuTu

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4

    24716

  • HTC One

    22678

  • Sony Xperia Z

    20794

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    20743

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    20056

  • HTC Butterfly

    19513

  • LG Optimus GJ

    19396

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    18288

  • Sony Xperia SP

    15874

  • Samsung Galaxy S III

    15547

  • Oppo Find 5

    15167

  • Sony Xperia L

    9746

Quadrant

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4

    12376

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    12105

  • HTC One

    11746

  • Sony Xperia Z

    8075

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    8073

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    7912

  • Sony Xperia SP

    7897

  • HTC One X+

    7632

  • LG Optimus G

    7439

  • Oppo Find 5

    7111

  • LG Optimus GJ

    6714

  • HTC One X

    5952

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    5916

  • Samsung Galaxy S III

    5450

  • Meizu MX 4-core

    5170

  • Nexus 4

    4567

  • Sony Xperia L

    4279

Geekbench 2

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4

    3227

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    3040

  • HTC One

    2708

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2173

  • HTC Butterfly

    2143

  • Sony Xperia SP

    2105

  • LG Optimus GJ

    2319

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    2071

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    1995

  • Samsung Galaxy S III

    1845

  • LG Optimus G

    1723

  • LG Optimus 4X HD

    1661

  • iPhone 5

    1601

  • Sony Xperia SL

    1073

We ran both of the GLBenchimprint benchmarks in off-classy screen mode at a fixed resolution, which lets us test raw GPU power. The Optimus GJ didn't disappoint, scoring as towards the middle of the pack with some respectable numbers.

GLBenchimprint 2.5 Egypt (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4

    43

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

    41

  • HTC One GPE

    41

  • HTC One

    37

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE

    33

  • LG Optimus GJ

    33

  • Google Nexus 4

    32

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    32

  • Sony Xperia Z

    31

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    31

  • Sony Xperia SP

    31

  • Apple iPhone 5

    30

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    30

  • LG Optimus G

    21

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    17

  • HTC One X

    11

GLBenchimprint 2.7 T-Rex (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

    17.1

  • Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4

    17.1

  • Apple iPad 4

    16.8

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

    16

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE

    15

  • LG Optimus GJ

    14

  • HTC One GPE

    13.9

  • LG Optimus G

    13.9

  • Sony Xperia Z

    13.5

  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z

    13

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    13

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    12.8

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    4.9

But most games will probably want to run at native resolution, so we're including Epic Citadel, which uses the Unreal Engine 3. Unreal Engine is popular with mobile game makers, so it's a pretty vital test. The benchimprint was run at the highest quality setting and yet the LG Optimus GJ did as well as the rest of the flagships in our chart.

Epic Citadel

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    57.2

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

    57.1

  • HTC One

    56.4

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE

    55.8

  • Sony Xperia Z

    55.6

  • HTC One GPE

    54.2

  • Nexus 4

    53.9

  • Asus Padfone 2

    53.4

  • LG Optimus G

    52.6

  • LG Optimus GJ

    52.5

  • Samsung Galaxy S III

    41.3

  • Oppo Find 5

    38.6

Our browsing benchmarks have the GJ in the middle of the pack again, with Vellamo and Browserimprint 2 throwing HyperText Markup Language (HTML) 5 into the equation.

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4

    810

  • Samsung Ativ S

    891

  • Apple iPhone 5

    915

  • Nokia Lumia 920

    910

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    972

  • HTC One X+

    1001

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    1011

  • Motorola RAZR i XT890

    1059

  • Sony Xperia SP

    1116

  • HTC One

    1124

  • LG Optimus GJ

    1139

  • Samsung Galaxy S III

    1192

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    1290

  • Meizu MX 4-core

    1312

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    1310

  • Sony Xperia Z

    1336

  • LG Optimus G

    1353

  • HTC Butterfly

    1433

  • Nexus 4

    1971

  • Oppo Find 5

    2045

  • Sony Xperia L

    2539

BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • LG Optimus G

    2555

  • Samsung Galaxy S4

    2438

  • Sony Xperia SP

    2263

  • HTC One

    2262

  • LG Optimus GJ

    2190

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    2107

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2093

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    1831

  • Sony Xperia L

    1809

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    1801

  • Oppo Find 5

    1797

  • Nexus 4

    1794

  • Nokia Lumia 920

    1774

  • Nokia Lumia 820

    1760

  • Samsung Omnia W

    1632

  • HTC Butterfly

    1475

  • Samsung Galaxy S III

    1247

Vellamo

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia SP

    2497

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    2418

  • HTC One

    2382

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    2253

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2189

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    2186

  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)

    2078

  • Samsung Galaxy S4

    2060

  • LG Optimus GJ

    1947

  • HTC Butterfly

    1866

  • Oppo Find 5

    1658

  • Samsung Galaxy S III

    1641

  • Sony Xperia L

    1640

  • LG Optimus 4X HD

    1568

  • LG Optimus G

    1522

  • Meizu MX 4-core

    1468

  • Nexus 4

    1310

The Optimus GJ provides some remarkable performance, but with one vital caveat: the device tends to overheat quickly, likely due to its watertight chassis. LG combat this by automatically underclocking the processor and lowering the classy screen brightness whenever the temperature reaches a certain threshold. There is no way to adjust or disable this feature.

This results in performance which doesn't accurately reflect the above benchimprint results - many of the benchmarks scores dropped by 10-15% after just several minutes of usage.


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