LG Optimus G Pro Is a Strong Phone Lost in a Crowded Market

The LG Optimus G Pro is a solid device with all kinds of potential. But it’s competing in a tough market that leaves little room for LG’s handset.

The mobile marketplace is a conundrum for the vast majority of companies competing there. Apple and Samsung own about all of the profits in the smartphone market. Companies like Nokia, BlackBerry and others have to scratch for whatever market share and consumer attention they can grab from the top two contenders.

The same is definitely true for LG, a company that has for years been delivering high-end smartphones, but failing to break through with a Samsung-like sales success.

The LG Optimus G Pro is one of those devices that might deserve more credit than it ultimately gets. The device comes with a huge, 5.5-inch screen, it has a 1.7GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of onboard RAM and its 13-megapixel camera matches that of the Samsung Galaxy S 4. The device makes the iPhone 5 look obsolete and could very well top the Galaxy S 4 for value to Android customers.

But it will undoubtedly have an extremely difficult time attracting a large customer base. The LG Optimus G Pro is competing in a cluttered market, and unfortunately for LG, the device just doesn’t have what it takes to achieve Samsung-like success.

These are the reasons why.

1. It’s an Apple world

Let’s face it: Apple the mobile marketplace. All other smartphone makers—save for Samsung—are left to hope that they can grab some modest market share from the top two companies. Unless Apple or Samsung stumbles, secondary and tertiary players like LG will have no way to make up ground.

2. For Android customers, it’s a Samsung world

If there’s anything that we know about the Android marketplace, it’s that it’s a Samsung world. Samsung right now owns all of the profits in the Android marketplace and shares the entire smartphone industry’s profits with Apple. If LG hasn’t been able to overcome Samsung yet, not even the Optimus G Pro will be able to change that.

3. The 5.5-inch screen might be too big

The Optimus G comes with a 5.5-inch screen. While a larger screen has its advantages, there is a point when a smartphone’s screen becomes too big and unwieldy for the average customer. Samsung’s 5-inch Galaxy S 4 is awfully large to fit in a pocket. Now LG wants to push it further with a 5.5-inch screen. The Optimus G Pro’s screen might be a bit too big for the average customer who wants a smartphone that’s easy to carry around.

4. LG’s branding isn’t strong enough

LG is essentially the wannabe Samsung when it comes to consumer electronics. For years, it has tried to come out from under Samsung’s shadow in mobile, home appliances, and televisions. And each time it tries, LG fails. Until it can change its fate, it’s hard to see how LG will be able to assert itself in the smartphone marketplace with the Optimus G Pro.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...