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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs LG Optimus G Pro, Phablets Face to Face

Even though the LG Optimus G Pro didn’t hit the market yet, it is set to become one of the best selling phablets in the business, but in order to achieve this goal it will have to defeat the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the best selling phablet so far.

Of course, the LG Optimus G Pro has the advantage of being the last one officially announced, therefore you will see newer technologies fitted inside the new smartphone form LG. Even though the two devices are part of two different generations (the real rival of the LG Optimus G Pro will be the Samsung Galaxy Note 3), we though we should bring them face to face in a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs LG Optimus G Pro battle.

Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the LG Optimus G Pro fit perfectly in the phablet segment, coming with 5.5-inch displays, showing us that the border between smartphones and tablets narrows each year. Even though their displays are a bit atypical in terms of size for a regular smartphone user, there are a lot of enthusiasts willing to get their hands on smartphones with even bigger displays.

Even though many laughed when Samsung introduced the first Galaxy Note with its 5.3-inch display saying that it will never become a popular product, the South Korea-based company proved them the contrary, the Galaxy Note line-up becoming their second best selling after the Galaxy S range.

A lot of companies followed Samsung’s example and developed phablets of their own, and now the battle on this segment that has grown so much over the last couple of years is heating up.

Today, we will put the two smartphones of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs LG Optimus G Pro battle face to face in seven rounds. The winner of each round gets one point, and the smartphone that scores most points is declared the winner after all seven rounds come to an end. We will be judging their performance when it comes to Display, Processor, Operating System, Connectivity, Camera, Memory, and Dimensions.

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The display one of the first things to take into consideration when purchasing a new smartphone, because you will always interact with the terminal through it. Moreover you will have to look at the display each time you check your smartphone, so liking the display of your smartphone it’s pretty important.

We have two phablets facing in the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs LG Optimus G Pro battle, so we’ll be dealing with 5+ inch displays today. Given that the two devices come from different generations there will be some major differences between their displays.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 packs a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels, which was the standard for the high-end segment in 2012. The display is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 layer and has a pixel density of 267 ppi.

On the other hand the LG Optimus G Pro boasts a 5.5-inch display with True Full HD IPS Plus LCD, a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels and a pixel density of 401 ppi.

The Super AMOLED display of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be great when it comes to brightness, viewing angles and reproducing “deep black,” but, unfortunately its colors are oversaturated and it performs lamentably outdoors. The IPS Plus LCD of the Optimus G Pro also has great viewing angles and brightness, but, compared to the Super AMOLED display, the color reproduction is more accurate and the sun light isn’t affecting it so much. Unfortunately, the black is not as deep as the one of the Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy Note 2.

The LG Optimus G Pro’s display brings full HD resolution and higher pixel density, that’s why this round of the battle goes to the LG phablet.


The processor of a smartphone is just as important as its display, because a good processor would help the terminal smoothly run the operating system and perform tasks faster, that’s why the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs LG Optimus G Pro battle continues with the processors round.

LG Optimus G Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 600 chipset, officially announced by Qualcomm at CES 2013 even in January. The Snapdragon 600 comes to replace the Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC that was one of the most powerful on the market last year. The new Qualcom chipset is based on four Krait 300 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz and has an Adreno 320 GPU.

The Galaxy Note 2 comes with Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 4 Quad SoC, that debuted on the Samsung Galaxy S3 in May 2012. The processing unit of the South Korean company has quad-core configuration with Cortex A19 CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz (SGS3’s CPU was clocked at 1.4 GHz), and the graphics processing is handled by a Mali-400MP unit.

The Snapdragon 600 SoC is manufactured on 28 nm architecture, while the Exynos 3 Quad is produced on 32 nm, being one of the reasons why Qualcomm unit will outperform Samsung’s proprietary chipset.

The powerful processor of the LG Optimus G Pro brings it another point in the battle against Samsung Galaxy Note 2. +1 Optimus G Pro.

Operating Sysem

Both phablets are running on the same version of Google’s mobile operating system, namely Android Jelly Bean. Even so, you will find out that the two are pretty different, because each company has pre-installed its own user interface on top of the stock Android.

The LG Optimus G Pro runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, with Optimus UI. Besides the usual features of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, the Optimus UI will bring some interesting features developed by LG.

Personally, I found Q Slide and On Memo to be pretty interesting, while the customizable toggles in the notifications area will also come in handy. Q Slide is LG’s vision on multitasking for smartphones. It will allow the user to simultaneously open two different apps in two different windows and run them on the screen of the smartphone, also being able to adjust windows’ transparency. On Memo looks pretty nice and pretty fun to use, as it will help you take notes right on the homescreen of your LG Optimus G Pro, then save them for later reading.

You will also find a couple of motion controls in the Optimus UI, but nothing to advanced.

On the other hand the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes pre-loaded with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, but it is upgradable to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Moreover it is running Smasung’s proprietary user interface, the popular TouchWiz Nature UX.

Beginning with the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Seoul-based company wanted to improve the functionality of its user interface, and introduced a couple of interesting features: like Smart Stay (doesn’t dim the display as long as you are looking at it), Direct Call (while in a message simply hold the phone up to your ear and you will call the sender of the text), Smart Alert, Pop-up-play, and many other such goodies. You will find all of them and a couple more on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

Moreover, you will definitely enjoy the Multi View feature, that allows you to split the screen then view and operate two apps in the same time and the Air View feature, that shows you a preview of an email, album, video, or video timeline when you are hovering the S Pen stylus over an item of your choice.

The TouchWiz Nature UX is one of the most popular and most appreciated user interfaces in the Android ecosystem, outmatching its rivals in almost every aspect, that’s why the Operating System round of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs LG Optimus G Pro battle goes to the Samsung phablet.


With 4G LTE quickly spreading on most regions of the globe, the connectivity standard has became one of the major selling points of the modern smartphone. The smartphone makers know, it and you will not find to many high-end smartphones coming without 4G chip, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the LG Optimus G Pro make no exception.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 packs all the connectivity features you would expect from a modern smartphone, 4G LTE, HSPA+, NFC chip, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, and 3.5 mm audio jack.

Of course, the LG Optimus G Pro will also bring you everything you need and even more. The LG phablet sports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspo, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microUSB 2.0, infrared port, 4G LTE, and HSPA+.

I just can’t separate the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the LG Optimus G Pro when it comes to connectivity. It’s true, the Optimus G Pro has the IR blaser and WiFi ac support, but these are not enough to give it the point. This round ends as tie.


With Facebook and Instagram continuing to grow, the smartphone owners are using the cameras more often than ever, that’s why most of you would like to have the best cameras on their devices.

Well, we’ll begin with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The Samsung phablet sports an 8 megapixel camera on the back with autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, and panorama pictures. Note 2’s camera can also record full HD videos at 30 fps, while the front-facing camera is a 1.9 megapixel unit, which will be mostly used for video calls.

The LG Optimus G Pro introduces a 13 megapixel sensor, with Geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization, panorama, HDR, full HD video recording with HDR, and, of course, autofocus, and LED flash. The secondary 2.1 megapixel camera can record full HD videos at 30 fps, which makes it ideal for video calls.

But the LG Optimus G Pro is also capable of dual video recording (the front-facing and rear-facing cameras are recording in the same time) and besides panorama, it also brings VR Panorama, which is LG’s name for Photo Sphere, the camera feature that allows you to capture Street View-like 360 degree panorama shots.

The LG Optimus G Pro comes with a bigger camera sensor, that’s why this round goes to the LG phablet.


The Google Play Store accomodates a lot of content, from apps and games, to music, movies, and books, but in order to store them on your device, you will need lots of internal storage. But there are a lot of cloud storage solutions out there, some of you will say? Yes, there are, but they can be really harmful to your mobile data plan of it’s not an unlimited plan or if you are not connected through a WiFi Hotspot.

The Optimus G Pro has 2 GB of RAM and comes with 32 GB of internal storage which can be expanded using a microSD card with support of up to 64 GB. That’s a total of 96 GB of storage.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has three internal storage options 16/32/64 GB, plus support for microSD cards of up to 64 GB. It also has 2 GB of RAM, and if you do the math it has a maximum of 128 GB of storage.

The winner of this round is definitely the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. That’s one more point for the Samsung phablet in the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs LG Optimus G Pro battle.


Because the phablets have to accommodate 5+ inch displays the size of the terminals is becoming a problem. One handed usage is already out of question for them, but at least they should be pocketablet.

Of curse, the 5.5-inch displays of the phablets involved in the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs LG Optimus G Pro battle are great for video playback, web browsing, or gaming, but we should go on and see which of the two devices is smaller, thinner, and lighter.

The LG Optimus G measures 150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm and has a weight of 172 grams. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is 151.1 mm tall (0.9 mm taller than the Optimus G Pro), 80.5 mm wide (4.4 mm wider than the Optimus G Pro) and 9.4 mm thin (just as thin as the Optimus G Pro). The Galaxy Note 2 also weighs 183 grams, being 11 grams heavier than the Optimus G Pro.

The LG Optimus G Pro is smaller and lighter than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, that’s it scores another point in the Dimensions round of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs LG Optimus G pro battle.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs LG Optimus G Pro battle has come to an end, so it’s time to see which phablet scored more points.

In this battle the two smartphones ended as tie when it came to Connectivity options, because they are both bringing the same features.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was better when it came to Operating System and Memory, winning two rounds against the Optimus G Pro, courtesy of the TouchWiz Nature UX user interface and its 128 GB of storage. Two points for the Samsung phablet.

The LG Optimus G Pro scored four points outmatching the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in the Display, Processor, Camera, and Dimensions rounds, because it features a full HD display, the powerful Snapdragon 600 SoC, a 13 megapixel camera, and because is smaller and lighter than the Samsung phablet.

With all these being said, the LG Optimus G Pro wins the battle against the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. But maybe you think otherwise. Maybe the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is better in your opinion. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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