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LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

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Camera

The Optimus G Pro offers a 13 MP camera on the rear, while the Note II goes with an 8 MP unit. Both phones offer HDR shots, but with LG the wide dynamic range footage applies to video capture as well. Samsung's camera app interface sports more scene presets and color effects than the Optimus UI, but LG counters with tasty options like virtual 360 degrees panorama stitching, as well as a Dual Recording video mode, that captures footage with both the front and rear cameras at once, picture-in-picture style.

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Camera interface of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
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Camera interface of LG Optimus G Pro


Camera interface of Samsung Galaxy Note II - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Camera interface of Samsung Galaxy Note II - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
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Camera interface of Samsung Galaxy Note II - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Camera interface of Samsung Galaxy Note II


The Optimus G Pro produces well-defined and accurate photos, which, however, look bland compared to the contrasty images outed by the Note II. Both phones have spot on white balance measurements that don't introduce weird casts into the frame.

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Indoors the Note II makes a tad sharper and more natural-looking photos, whereas the G Pro sometimes casts cold hues over the image.

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Both phones can capture Full HD 1080p video with 30fps, and do it without skipped frames or excessive artifacts. The Note II uses a slightly higher contrast in processing, making the footage more appealing, and it also musters the low-light settings a tad better.

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Multimedia

Both picture and video galleries have a few tricks up their sleeves, and we don't mean their built-in picture editing. Samsung, for instance, splits the screen in two, with the folder structure on the left, and the content on the right, taking advantage of the large display to make navigation easier. LG, on the other hand, offers a handy thumbnail zoom function that rescales the thumbs size by pinching with your fingers directly in the gallery interface.

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The pictures and video gallery of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The pictures and video gallery of LG Optimus G Pro - LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The pictures and video gallery of LG Optimus G Pro


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

The Gallery app of Samsung Galaxy Note II


Samsung's music player lets you select equalizer presets and sound modes from within the interface, while LG only has a Dolby Mobile surround switch for headset mode, but features a handy YouTube button that takes you to an automatically created video playlist of the song currently played. The loudspeakers on both handsets are not some exceptional performers, but do the job comparatively loud and clear.

Both the Optimus G Pro and the Galaxy Note II sport excellent functional video players with plenty of settings like pop up play function, loop and subtitle support, as well as zoom during playback. The phones also support any popular format out of the box, and the footage looks gorgeous on the large displays. Of course, when you load a Full HD movie, the G Pro will show it in its full glory, but the deep blacks and saturated colors of the Note II make every footage appear so vibrant that you might dismiss the hardly perceivable at normal viewing distance differences between HD and Full HD definitions.

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posted on 07 Mar 2013, 09:29 13

1. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1433; 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: 947; 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: 660; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


front NOTE2

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 13:42 2

22. AnTuTu (Posts: 599; 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: 660; 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: 660; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


or u can say brothers from different mothers

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 09:45 2

5. Commentator (Posts: 2180; 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: 932; 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: 2061; 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 (Posts: 2474; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


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: 469; 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: 474; 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: 209; 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: 201; 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: 474; 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: 28; 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: 3158; 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: 3649; 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: 41; 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: 478; 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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