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LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

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Interface and functionality

We get LG's usual Optimus UI and Samsung's Nature UX overlays on top of the Android 4.1.2 interface. Both offer connectivity toggles and brightness adjustments in the notification bar, but LG kicks it up a notch with a full landscape mode for the Optimus UI, which Samsung doesn't offer.

The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Optimus UI of LG Optimus G Pro


The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with Android 4.1.2 - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with Android 4.1.2 - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with Android 4.1.2 - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with Android 4.1.2 - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with Android 4.1.2


Samsung, on the other hand, handles multitasking much better via the multi-window mode that lets you split the big display and use any two apps at once, complete with a hovering keyboard on top. LG has the QSlide apps function, which lets you pin one or two apps like the calculator, video player or the browser, in pop-up windows, floating over any screen underneath. The QSlide apps can be activated from the notification bar slide, resized and made transparent, but there are only seven of them in total.

The Note II's S Pen stylus is another formidable advantage here, as it lets you doodle or handwrite on the display with precision, and also intros AirView functionality that previews a picture or selects a link before you've even touched the display.

LG counters with two features the Note II doesn't have, like the QRemote app that uses the IR blaster to control the electronics around, and the QButton that lets you map any application to it, like the camera for example, then use it as a physical shutter key.


Processor and memory

The Optimus G Pro flaunts the newest generation quad-core Qualcomm chipset – 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 – while the Note II has a quad-core Exynos 4412, clocked at 1.6 GHz. The newer Qualcomm design has the upper hand in benchmarks, but in reality you won't notice any of the two phones to be underpowered around the interface or apps.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
LG Optimus G Pro 12239 18798 59.2
Samsung Galaxy Note II 5806 13515 58


Both LG and Samsung have graced their handsets with 2 GB of RAM, but the basic Note II comes with 16 GB of storage plus a microSD slot, while the G Pro is more generous with 32 GB of internal memory in addition to the card slot.


Internet and connectivity

There are two excellent fast stock browsers on the G Pro and the Note II, which are a joy to use at this screen size, and both allow you to sideload Adobe Flash. Samsung's S Pen again adds additional functionality in the browsing sessions, though, as it lets you quickly crop a section of the website, for instance, and share it in various ways.

The Note II offers 4G LTE and/or HSPA+ connectivity, depending on the carrier, though at slower 21.1 Mbits than the G Pro, which on top of that has a more versatile integrated multi-band 4G radio. We also get all flagship staples like Wi-Fi, Wi-fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, DLNA and NFC, while the G Pro tops it off with Miracast.

The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The LG Optimus G Pro delivers excellent browser performance


The browser is a joy to use with Note II's large screen - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The browser is a joy to use with Note II's large screen - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The browser is a joy to use with Note II's large screen - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The browser is a joy to use with Note II's large screen - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The browser is a joy to use with Note II's large screen


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posted on 07 Mar 2013, 09:29 13

1. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1650; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


G pro !!!!!!,,,... For now ;-)

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 10:18 9

10. wendygarett (unregistered)


G pro looks ugly for me :(

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 10:26 11

11. imkyle (Posts: 969; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


It looks too much like the Note II.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 11:32 1

16. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


correct cus copier always miss itselsf..
LG=front(s3)+back(one x) with no innovation..
lg failed 4 me 2.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 22:55

30. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 701; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


front NOTE2

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 13:42 2

22. AnTuTu (Posts: 629; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Still can't beat the beast (Note 2) :)

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 19:41

29. rodkurt (Posts: 128; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


their twins...

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 09:31 12

2. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 701; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


its like note2 in front of a mirror

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 09:36 12

3. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 701; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


or u can say brothers from different mothers

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 09:45 2

5. Commentator (Posts: 2292; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Brothers from the same mother and father, but they changed their last name. Seriously, I know people who are twins that look more dissimilar than these two phones do to each other.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 11:35

17. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 961; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I love that analogy lol

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 14:10 2

24. cretinick (Posts: 147; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)


The best headline would be "G Pro and Note II: The Clone Wars"

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 09:40 9

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


No sylus, no phablet. It's not the size but functionality what makes the category. I would consider buying the 5" variant though, but that'll soon get the SIV as competition.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 15:17 1

26. SleepingOz (unregistered)


You're right. Processing power goes to the GPro but it's not enough to compete with the over-all phablet experience provided by Samsung with its GNOTE II.
The GPro is just a normal smartphone with a big screen, one of the best smartphone atm though!

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 09:47 3

6. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Although the G Pro did basically take the design from the Note 2 I want to say that they did make some nice personal touches on top of it.

Also, I think LG made a smart move with the Q-Button. I wish more phones (and not just LG) had something like a personalized button with any mapped function you want. And not just 1 button too -- when you want 1-handed operation on bigger phones like this, customizable buttons can really cut down on the finger acrobatics.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 10:02 3

7. Diego! (Posts: 500; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


So according to this head to head, Galaxy Note II has the victory. The only thing that LG Optimus G Pro wins is in screen resolution and the IR blaster. The pictures and videos on Galaxy Note II were amazing! I can't say the same about LG Optimus G Pro.
Nice try LG, but you need to speed up.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 10:17 5

9. Aeires (unregistered)


Processor power goes to LG, but both are really good for normal applications.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 10:43 3

14. GTR722 (Posts: 222; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


According to any head to head involving a Samsung phone in this site...G PRO is the better phone in specs. Its funny that in the screen comparo they tried everything to the Note II comes the winner.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 10:10 3

8. CreeDiddy (Posts: 218; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Samsung will sue LG. Just watch...

LG is losing the Android race and must make themselves relevant. Why not imitate the real thing...LOL!!!

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 10:31 1

12. Diego! (Posts: 500; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


I think they know that and that's why they bought webOS. Let's hope they release phones with that system too :)

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 10:42

13. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


nah.. apple patented the art of filing law suits on companies they are scared while creating a device that looks exactly their previous product..

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 10:44 4

15. jfuente11 (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)


I will still prefer the Note II. But the high resolution of Pro is nice.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 11:46

18. ddxmms (Posts: 141; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


if lg wanted the pro to be rival to the note it could launch it with a stylus support !

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 12:05

20. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


LG won easily, but damn talk about a cheap looking copy : /

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 13:06 2

21. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Why, oh why can't other Android OEMs figure out that many people actually like using their phones in landscape mode more than portrait? If the rest of you OEMs are listening...ADD A LANDSCAPE MODE!!! It's simple, but very appealing to some of us.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 14:09

23. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3870; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Oh my, they look like brothers right next to each other.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 14:40

25. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


LG looks like the fusion of the One X and Note. What blatant copying company.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 18:24

27. dynamo.one (Posts: 62; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


note II anytime, anywhere.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 18:31 2

28. MrPhilo (Posts: 47; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Can't believe no-one notice the black border on the LG screen, it so ugly, not really using the whole screen like the Note.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 04:13

31. maccess (Posts: 562; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


it exist since the optimus 4x.. what a waste of screen space..

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 04:33

38. betoNL (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)


Taking into consideration that the LG OPTIMUS G PRO was launched almost 9 months after the GALAXY NOTE II, I am surprised to see that the Note still got many advantages.
And you didn't even mention all those S-pen capabilities and the better battery performance..

Before spending that much money on the LG, think about the fact that the GNote 3 is just around the corner.
The only way I would replace my beautiful Note II for the LG, is if I would get it for free...

And remember that the real rival is the Galaxy Note 3.
Waiting on that just as a maybe since I am more than satisfied with the GNote2....

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 08:10

39. adrianzka (Posts: 25; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)


I think you put the note 2 in power saving mode while performing antutu benchmark. I got about 16500 on my note 2

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