LG G Pro 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
LG's first shot at a 6-incher, the G Pro 2, introduces top-shelf specs in new design wrappings, placing it in direct competition with Samsung's Galaxy Note 3. Both phablets are very similar in hardware, yet the G Pro 2 one-ups Note 3 with a camera that features optical image stabilization, and a tad larger, 5.9” display, versus the 5.7” panel on Samsung's biggie. Will these be enough to offset the extra functionality brought on by the S Pen stylus, integrated in the Note 3? Let's find out...
This comparison is based on the Korean version of the G Pro 2, the international unit might have specs, interface or design differences, like a sealed battery for example.
LG G Pro 2 comes a tad less compact than the Note 3, while both strut removable back covers, swappable batteries, and expandable storage.
The G Pro 2 is built in the design tradition that commenced with the 5.2” LG G2, where the bezel area is kept to a minimum. Something similar is happening with the G Pro 2, which is more compact than other 6-inchers, such as the HTC One max, or the Nokia Lumia 1520. In fact, the G Pro 2 offers one of the best screen-to-phone-size ratios, at the whopping 77.2 percent. G Pro 2 is still a tad taller and wider than the Note 3, but bear in mind that it carries a 0.2” larger display, while weighing almost the same. The fight which phone is more compact than the other, is rather relative when we cross the 5.5” line, though - both phablets are cumbersome to carry in your pocket, or use with one hand.
The G Pro 2 and Note 3 have removable back covers, swappable batteries, and expandable storage. Samsung's phablet features the infamous stitched leather design on the back, while LG introduced a new canvas-like cover on the back of the G Pro 2, and sparkly front, for a shot at something different. We prefer LG's finish, as it provides more traction for your fingers, but those are a matter of personal taste anyway.
LG put the power/lock key, and the volume rocker, on the back of the G Pro 2. That's a feature which debuted with the G2, and we have to say that this placement is perfect for phablets. You don't need to fiddle with your big-screen handset to feel the keys anymore, risking to drop it. Simply stretch your index finger a bit, and there they are. The side and back keys of both handsets offer deep travel, and good tactile feedback.
Note 3 has something that the G Pro 2 doesn't offer – an S Pen stylus, tucked in the lower right corner. It offers an extra input option for drawing, handwriting, clipping, annotating, or simply doodling on your phone's screen, with more precision than your fingers.
We get large and crisp displays with both phablets, which offer equally cold colors, and average outdoor visibility, but Note 3 lets you operate it with gloves on.
The screen is where it's at with those phablets, and the G Pro 2 stops just shy of the 6-incher status, offering a 5.9” diagonal. The Note 3 sports a slightly smaller, 5.7” panel. Both are with 1080x1920 pixels of resolution, which for the G Pro 2 returns 373ppi pixel density, and for the Note 3 – 386ppi.
The screen technologies are rather different, though – Samsung uses Super AMOLED, while LG bets on IPS-LCD tech. With the OLED mobile screen technology we are used to observing cold (blueish) color temperatures, oversaturation, and brightness below the average, for instance. Note 3 is not an exception here, but the LCD panel on the G Pro 2 also has its quirks. Our display quality tests showed that its color temperature is almost as cold as the one on Note 3 – 7949 vs 8109 Kelvins – so both are far from the reference 6500 point. When it comes to saturation, however, the G Pro 2 almost on the mark, in comparison with the standard sRGB gamut, while the Note 3 is way off, and shows extreme levels of oversaturation, especially with the green set. Thus, is you are going to shop for shoes from Zappos from your phablet, better use the G Pro 2, as you might receive quite a different color than what was on the screen, if you use the Note 3 for the same purpose.
When it comes to peak brightness levels, we measured 420 nits on the G Pro 2, while the AMOLED panel scored lower, at 360 nits. LG's results are still far from the scores of the best LCD displays out there, though, like the 580 bits one on the iPhone 5s. Still, don't let the higher brightness fool you, as outdoors, in a real-life test, the Note 3 showed a bit better visibility, likely due to lower reflectance ratio.
The screen on the Galaxy Note 3 can be operated with gloves on in a high-sensitivity mode, too, which comes in handy for those with cold climates. Samsung's phone also offers several display modes, ranging from Dynamic – with flashy, oversaturated colors – to Professional Photo, which is arguably more accurate.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|LG G Pro 2||420
|Samsung Galaxy Note 3||360
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 3||56.1%
|LG G Pro 2||84%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Expressing your religion here is forbidden.
56. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I know only one... Sure others probably say something like that but with a different word
57. refillable (Posts: 831; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
I answered your joke with a joke, Hehe.
By the way in real life we should really be respecting other religions, because it's not disturbing at all to just say Ameen and other sorts. Peace :).
59. cncrim (Posts: 631; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
U know what is Amen mean? Read more on it..
31. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1146; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Note 3 is the only way i know how to play!
3. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
G Pro2 for me. I don't need lags, cheat and gimmick packed in the name of Suck Pen.
7. Millenialssux (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)
You may want to call it a "suck pen," and say the Note 3 is "cheat" and "gimmick" packed, but a lot of us find the S Pen and those gimmicks very useful! For that, the LG is a no go. The camera quality is awash. Different eyes can choose either one as the better shooter. Six months after the Note 3 release, there is still no phablet that can beat the Note 3 decisively.
17. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
Lol. I had a note 2 and found the S-Pen completely useless. I can live without S-Pen and there was and will be nothing special with it. Lags and force stop for some apps made me realized that I was wrong, all features didn't make me surprised as advertised. That's why I say that S-Pen merely is a gimmick. Note 3 will be no difference.
22. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)
Will you please stop being so childish.?
Go get urself an original note 2 .. not some knock off.. coz my note 2 never lags, barely force closes.. and s pen with hover view and quick controls is unbeatable.!
28. livyatan (Posts: 865; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
So you haven't actually used the Note 3 which makes your comment completely worthless.
Btw, LG's Pro series is the most shameless copying in the history of the industry.
Even Samsung doesn't even come close with its Galaxy S1
36. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
Yeah, you can see how Samsung released the LITE version of Note 3, known as Note 3 Neo. Everybody knows how Samsung has been inspired by LG G Pro LITE. That the history is, my friend. INSPIRED means COPIED in out. Lol.
37. Millenialssux (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)
Everybody knows? According to who? Oh, and let me add the annoying Lols! Lol! Lol! Oh, did I mention Lol again?
49. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Seriously lol, everybody knows LG has been pretty much been following samsung, s view Cover, multi view, phablets, I can go on and on
61. refillable (Posts: 831; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
Note 3's got obviously more productivity potential compared to the G Pro 2 and the reason for that is the accurate and the non gimmicky stylus, and that's just it. Yes it is a big deal. Almost everyone will agree with me. Regarding that guy that 'always crash' in a note 2, he must be doing something terribly wrong.
However, your statement 'Most shameless copying in the history and didn't came close with a the S1' is completely showing your childish attitude and some degree of fanboyism. These two aren't needed in the tech world. We need constructive crititism, not fanboyism or childiness. So kindly stop it.
53. bigdawg23 (Posts: 414; Member since: 25 May 2011)
I have had all three Notes and #3 is by far the best with Air Commands, I have no lag with my Note 2 or 3. I travel for work and my job get easier with the S-Pen.
Reviews of the Note 3 give it top grades on performance. Magically the Gimminck is what always sets it self apart from the rest. Also the Gimmick is what started the phablet craze and why LG, HTC, Nokia and others create 5" + screens.
Also before you attack as a fanboy I have a Nokia 1020, iPhone 5 and my Note 3. I had the S4 and didn't like it for lag and battery life. My Note 3 is much smoother. Also for the camera on either phone doesn't matter because I have a Lumia 1020.
63. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 2222; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
If the Note didn't work for you, then actually that means sucks for YOU. It works perfect for thise who like it. If you didn't need a stylus, why you buy a phone with one?
I love to draw. When sitting idle while doing laundry or watching tv, I sis and doodle some pretty nice pieces of artwork while chillin. Maybe this dosnt appeal to you. To each its own.
Certainly doesn't make it a gimmick. The whole point of the Note is the ability to be a note-taking device, thus its desoign and applications are designed around the pen and so is the hardware.
You who squarely miss the point just didn't get it. Again, SUCKS FOR YOU!
Does the Note 3 have gimmicky features? Sure. But for $650 compared to an Phone, I rather have them, then not.
As far as your claimed lag. The device isn't the laggy. The animation transitions are set a bit high. I turned them off. The downside to doing that is it takes .5 secs fot the phone to switch to another app. The transition last .5 secs to compensate for it so when you open the app it apps when the transition is over.
All computer devices have a .5 sec of time from click to see. For people to call it lag shows stupidity and ignorance. No matter how fast your PC is, when you click an icon it still takes secs for the application to appear. Why would a phone be any different.
46. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1059; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)
Well, the time of the Oppo Find 7 approaches...
8. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
Spoken by someone who's never even used a Note 3. Mine runs perfectly. Even after rooting and installing a custom ROM its still running smoothly.
Anyways, OnScreen buttons and lack of the amazing S Pen kill the G Pro 2 for me.
Its a close 2nd though since it is a beast :)
66. iTechies (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)
whatever you say. even today. there's no other phones out there is as productive as my note 3. and the difference of the s pen between the note 2 and 3 has lots of difference or features, i mean the note 3's s pen has lots of capabilities compare to note 2's s pen. and dont try to say that g pro 2 is better because the only advantage of that phone is that it has a bigger screen which is too big. no one can beat the note 3 even that sucker G pro 2!
68. coolcool (Posts: 6; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)
excuse me. how old are u. your comment look like grade7
5. hafini_27 (Posts: 397; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
I prefer the G2's design though both are awesome.
6. Achilis (Posts: 32; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)
I don't understand why phonearena gets only 360nits peak brightness level on their Note 3.Which setting you are using while you test.Because if you keep it in auto mode it is incredibly bright.Brighter than 580 nits of iphone 5s. Please read this from displaymate.com who conducts very detailed review of displays.
Up until the Galaxy Note 3, OLED displays have been somewhat to significantly dimmer than competing LCD displays. The Note 3 has changed that in a big way…it’s an impressive 55 percent brighter than the Note II and a solid 25 percent brighter than the Galaxy S4. For most image content it provides over 400 cd/m2, comparable or higher than most LCD displays in this size class. Even more impressive is that when Automatic Brightness is turned on, the Note 3 hits an incredible 660 cd/m2 in high ambient light, where it’s needed (85 percent brighter than the Note II and 40 percent brighter than the Galaxy S4 with Automatic Brightness) – the brightest mobile display we have ever tested in the Shoot-Out series. An impressive achievement for OLEDs!)
For those who are unaware 1 cd/m2 = 1nit
Those who have doubts just Google Displaymate Note3
29. livyatan (Posts: 865; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
PA's display testing is a joke.
How come the contrast turns out "immeasurable" if you have the minimum and maximum brightness values???
The Note 3 has zero minimum brightness..its black color is a pitch black darkness
45. JMartin22 (Posts: 1582; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
They should stop commenting on, and testing displays quite frankly.
51. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Bro,the *unmesurable value only happens with OLED-based screen tech,because the sub-pixels can actually be turned off individually,so the blacks ARE blacks. That means that you can't put a value to the contrast because here,the blacks are numerically infinite.
It has nothing to do with the brightness values because blacks are always infinitely black. The difference between it and the white color is infinite in every test.
Dont be such a dumbass ignorant.
10. Caukerzee (Posts: 36; Member since: 02 Jul 2013)
Note 3 all the way. The G pro 2 doesn't provide enough justification for having such a large display.
11. antonioli (Posts: 199; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)
Two good option. The main question is the price that here in Brazil is bizarre. We can find a LG G2 for $600 but the Note 3 until now costs near $1200 basis and on sale we can get about $800 with luck. If the G Pro 2 come here with a decent price and like all the others LG the price drop, it will be the right choice. The difference between them are details.
12. jellmoo (Posts: 821; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
If you want a fun toy, the G Pro 2 *might* be a better choice if the camera is as improved as they say.
If you want a productivity machine, the Note 3 wins by a landslide.
13. technomichael (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
I like the note 3 alot but I would have to choose the g pro 2 because I don't see myself using the same pen stylus alot
27. LGisgood (Posts: 801; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
i can buy if i nedd S pen!
can you put O.I.S. on your Note3? lol
14. _Bone_ (Posts: 2148; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
If only this arrived half a year earlier... It's Spring and the Note 4 will be announced late Summer, better wait for that 64bit 4GB RAM flexible UHD screen wonder!
15. R-vjn (Posts: 172; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
i personally would prefer the Note 3, just because of the S-Pen. But on all other aspects, LG G Pro 2, especially on the camera dept.
16. jexxx (Posts: 48; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)
This review is flawed. Change the screen mode to professional photo and we'll talk again.
Oh and LG's UI makes samsung's touchwiz looks good.
Note 3 for me anytime.
20. Jason2k13 (Posts: 792; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
note 3 for me, but i would prefer LG's camera. I have to admit, that LG Ui and icons looks dam ugly.
21. Lauticol (Posts: 252; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)
I must say that LG UI sucks, they should begin copying someone else!
Vote for the Note 3, the S-pen is something I would like to see in other phones. Plus, both offer about the same display size (as the on-screen buttons in the LG eats some screen real state)
25. LGisgood (Posts: 801; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
LG'S UI is much better and more customized
LG 's true FULL HD IPS is by far better..........no comparison...
i hate FAKE COLOR of Super AMOLED!
G pro 2 has far better camera & louder speaker
also better design!
REAR KEY IS USEFUL THAN S-PEN!
33. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
LG's UI is a blatant copy of Sammy's Touchwiz.
Both UI's need a massive overhaul.
No comparison? I like Super AMOLED better. Choice.
Better camera? O.I.S. so probabbly yes.
Louder Speaker? Yes.
Better design? I like the Note 3's design way better. Choice
I tried the G2 and i like my buttons on the side of the fone, not on the back. Also, i hate onscreen buttons. So, again, choice
And in no way are buttons more useful than the S-Pen and the Wacom Digitizer in the Note 3
23. Immolate (Posts: 296; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
Waiting for the blind camera test before assuming too much about the LG. Camera quality is about two things: user experience and results, both of which are important. For whatever reason, the Note 3 has been a very popular camera in spite of the lack of OIS.
The same is true of the screen. Screens are the primary point of interaction with a smart phone. When the Note 3 came out, review after review raved about the beauty of the screen. How you react to the display is a complex combination of factors. You can't substitute measurements and specifications for emotional response.
Frankly, I surprised that LG managed to match all of the specs of the Note 3 and yet decided not to try to match the stylus, but still put it out there with a price point similar to the Note 3. You can compete on price, which the original Pro managed, or you can compete on features. No number of incremental improvements over the Note 3 is going to put LG into contention without the stylus. There will always be a number of people who don't much care about the stylus, but it's the coolest thing about the Note 3.
I think the LG is a fine phone, and that it's worth the money, and that it's a beast. But I can't imagine myself buying it over the Note 3 at a comparable price.
62. redmd (Posts: 1018; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
LG attempted to compete with Note 1 with the LG Vu, It has a stylus which has a weird name.
24. LGisgood (Posts: 801; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
LG G pro 2 ALL THE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!
TRUE FULL HD IPS
34. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
Better Design? No
Better Camera? Yes
Larger Display? Yes but onscreen buttons so NO!
FHD 1080P Super AMOLED display with a higher PPI
Galaxy Note 3 FTW
38. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1012; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
The Note 3 is still better than the G Pro 2. This is an indicator that the mobile industry has begun to plateau when a phone thats 5 months old is still better than the new phones that came out recently
This may be temporary, but you never know these days
39. Gatorsrule52 (Posts: 38; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)
The note 3 is clearly worse in almost every regard especially the design. The pen seems to be the defining feature for all of you but i highly doubt it matters much to most everyone else. Productivity does not increase that much because you have a pen and frankly, you could do everything just as quickly with your finger or just buy a stylus. I have used the note 3 by the way. The note 3 is not better and never will be so just deal with it and accept that technology moves quickly. Soon, The g pro2 will be one uped by something else. I really like the note 3 though its just that the pro is better:)
40. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
Better for who? Have you used the G Pro 2?
I for one don't like the rear buttons on LG's new design.
Also, onscreen buttons kill it for me. I absolutely hate them.
And a stylus? Are you even familiar with the wacom digitizer in the Note 3 that gives the S Pen actual advantages over a plain old stylus with a soft tip?
But as i said earlier, Choice.
i prefer the Note 3's design
The G Pro 2 is a beast no doubt but i will still choose the Note 3.
43. matck (Posts: 9; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)
it has 6 months in 6 months gap compare note 4 to G pro 2!
47. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Note 4 will probably have snapdragon 805 and we'll see 64bit next year lol in galaxy 6 next we will see fans in these devices or monster heatsinks.
41. AJIT1985 (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)
perfect rival,, but when LG will understands the market situations and change their stratergies.....why they always launches their competative product too late or exactly after 6 to 12 months later from their rival phone................need to wake up:)))
42. matck (Posts: 9; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)
some pictures are wrong size (3264x1836 galaxy note 3) that causes loss of detail