When comparing F-Droid vs LG SmartWorld, the Slant community recommends F-Droid for most people. In the question“What is the best Google Play Store alternative?” F-Droid is ranked 1st while LG SmartWorld is ranked 6th.
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Pro All titles are free and open source
All apps and games on F-Droid are free and open source (FOSS), making for a complete store resource for users who want to use only open source software on their device.
Pro F-Droid compiles all packages
F-Droid compiles all the packages themselves ensuring a high level of security. Other stores just allow the developer to upload the app already compiled, meaning anything malicious could be in the app.
Pro All apps have no ads nor tracking
This alone can be a great reason to use the apps available on F-Droid, but there is also the fact that this can increase battery life due to tracking and ads never requiring a data connection, since they are not present.
Pro File sizes are shown
For those running out of room, the size of the APK is always shown.
Pro Previous versions of apps remain available after updates
If you don't like an app after an update, you can download the previous version again. This is not possible on GooglePlay.
Pro Multiple repository sources
You have more than one source of apps and updates and local repository too
Pro Takes PayPal and credit cards for payments
Users can use their PayPal account or a credit card to purchase paid apps in the LG SmartWorld app. Taking PayPal allows for an easy way to purchase apps for those who do not have or want to use credit/debit cards.
Pro Great for customizing an LG device
LG SmartWorld is LG's storefront that offers apps for LG smart TVs and mobile devices, which gives LG a place to distribute their own apps and themes for said devices. Their ecosystem allows them to easily distribute apps, themes, etc., without the need for a third party store.
Pro Interesting recommendations
LG SmartWorld recommends user specific content through gender, age group, or model of device. This allows the user to find apps tailored to their liking based on things such as recent use. This also allows for one to find apps they may not have known about easily, as they too are recommended to them.
Pro Easy to install
Just navigate to this page to download the install file for the store.
Pro Developer services
LG SmartWorld offers developer services so devs can publish apps on their store. On top of their content management system, LG also offers tips on how to develop apps specifically for their devices to utilize features such as Dual Window.
Con No ratings/comments/number of downloads
All apps are presented equally. It is difficult to judge an app's quality/popularity before trying it. On the upside, descriptions are fair (written by the F-Droid maintainers, not by the app authors).
Con It doesn't have all the open source apps
There are many open source apps that aren't available on F-Droid due to their authors not making it available on that particular app store. One example is Omni Noted, which is on the Play Store but not F-Droid.
Con Small selection
F-Droid has a small selection of apps when compared to other major Android markets. This is due to every app being open source and given away for free, something not many people are willing to do with their time and creations.
Con Not all apps have screenshots
It can be difficult to tell what an app is like without installing it.
Con Descriptions are only available in English
Though the store app is multilingual, the app descriptions are only in English, meaning you must know English to find an app, even if the app is supposed to be multilingual.
Con A lot of apps lack polish
Since every app on F-Droid is FOSS and released for free, many of them aren't as polished compared to other markets and their paid app selections.
Con Updates are not automatic
You have to click the updates one-by-one in order to make them happen.
Con Difficult to install on non LG devices
The app will have to be side-loaded unofficially as the website (where the install file can be downloaded) only recognizes specific LG devices. Places such as XDA Forums may have the .apk listed for those who would like to find it.
Con Only works 100 percent on LG devices
Not all apps will be available for users on devices other than an LG, especially the LG device specific themes. This can be an issue for those who would like to see their device themed more like an LG device, or for those who wish to use LG specific apps on a non LG device.
Con In Korean on some phones
The Korean version of the app is installed on some phones.