Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G2
LG has equipped its G2 smartphone with an outstanding 13MP camera. This capable snapper takes great-looking photos not only thanks to its large sensor, but also because its optical image stabilization does a great job at keeping the frame steady. The camera lens, made of sapphire crystal, is extra durable and resistant to fingerprints, while the 9-point auto-focus system ensures that your subject is, well... in focus.
The 13MP, F2.2 camera on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may lack OIS, but nevertheless, it should not be underestimated. In fact, the phablet's camera did quite well in our recent camera test, which you should totally check out in case you haven't done so already.
Launching the camera app on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 brings us to a familiar interface. Its biggest advantage is the boatload of camera features and effects that are pre-loaded, such as the built-in image filters, and the fancy shooting modes we know from the Galaxy S4. The handset itself, with its flat sides, is comfortable to hold while shooting.
As for the quality of the daytime images they produce, photos from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2 are, more or less, equally good, with the latter having a slight advantage only under optimal lighting conditions. Photographs from both smartphones are extremely clear and sharp even when inspected from up close. Fine details, such as blades of grass and the leaves on trees, are preserved very accurately, while the amount of digital noise is kept well under control. Color accuracy varies from one shot to another. Sometimes the LG G2 provides us with better results, while in some scenes, the Note 3 manages to represent them closer to what they look in real life.
In the presence of a weak light source, as is often the case when shooting indoors, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 produces better-looking images than the LG G2. It doesn't hesitate to use its LED flash even when that isn't absolutely necessary, and we're glad to see that the color accuracy isn't affected much by that. The G2, on the other hand, doesn't use its flash even when the light gets pretty dim, relying on its OIS to reduce motion blur. The higher ISO required results in more digital noise present in the image.
Recording videos is another field where the Galaxy Note 3 excels at, and so does the LG G2. Both can capture videos at 60fps/1080p and the smoothness of resulting footage is impressive, to say the least. But at the end of the day, we feel like recommending the Note 3 for the job, especially for recording in low-light situations. Its videos do look exposed better and have more natural sound, while the G2 struggles when there's little light to work with, producing blurry, mediocre videos.
1. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Sample Video - 30 fps
2. LG G2 Sample Video - 30fps
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Sample Video - 60 fps
4. LG G2 Sample Video - 60fps
5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Indoor Sample Video
6. LG G2 Indoor Sample Video
We don't see any significant differences between the gallery apps loaded onto these two smartphones, save for the fact that the LG G2 can display photo thumbnails in more sizes. Both apps will let you share multiple images at the same time, which is very convenient, and can present you with a slideshow of the photos you have stored.
Visually, the Music player application on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 isn't the best we've ever seen, but then again, neither is the one on the G2. However, looking at their arsenal of features makes us quickly forget about their lack of visual appeal. There's a ton of audio enhancements to pick from on the Galaxy Note 3, including the company's unique AdaptSound feature, capable of adjusting the music reproduction in a way that matches the user's earphones and hearing. The LG G2 may not offer as many options for sound tweaking, but it will let you stream music you have stored in Dropbox and can search YouTube for the music video of the song currently playing. Both smartphones have support for high-quality 24bit/192kHz digital audio – something that won't affect the average user, but will be appreciated by audio enthusiasts.
With is single built-in loudspeaker, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can produce loud audio of average quality. Music played back through the G2's mono loudspeaker is of identical quality, but its volume is average at best.
A cool bonus you won't find on most other smartphones is the IR blaster built into the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It transforms a smartphone into a universal remote, capable of controlling a multitude of appliances, such as TVs and set-top boxes. Samsung has taken things a step further and has integrated a program guide (powered by Peel, available in select markets only), listing all shows that are playing on TV. If you pick a show, the app will intelligently switch to the channel is it on.
To no surprise, watching videos on any of these two smartphones is a pleasure thanks to their huge, high-resolution displays. Just open up YouTube, or throw all your Full HD on there, regardless of their format, and enjoy!
To make its video player stand out, LG has thrown in a few neat features. One can easy control the brightness and sound volume, as well as to rewind or fast-forward with a quick swipe in a dedicated area of the screen. Zooming in videos is also an option you won't see on other smartphones' video players.
The video player on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 doesn't offer quite as many extras, but it definitely gets the job done. It is possible to have a video played back in a window, but then again, the G2 can do that as well.
Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 0.43
LG G2 0.29
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 76
LG G2 66
1. bucky (Posts: 1685; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
I think either one is a great choice if size isn't a problem
2. ebubekir26 (Posts: 312; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
note 3 clearly wins this battle, but if you are looking for a smartphone that's just as good as the Note 3 but with smaller screen then you should deinitely go for the G2
both very awesome, please don't start a fan battle, and if there is a troll jut ignore it...
8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9660; Member since: 14 May 2012)
You literally wrote what I was going to type.
3. mottykels (Posts: 372; Member since: 15 May 2013)
Jb4.3, 3200mah, large display, cardslot, removable battery, 3gb ram! GNote3 win!
4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2146; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Between two great phones, the Note 3 offers better bang for your buck. In a Nexus form LG should win though...
5. drdaly (Posts: 38; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)
Both are great and almost identical inside but,
Lg G2 wins for the perfect size that fits my pocket
10. joey_sfb (Posts: 3822; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Please buy the LG G2 and update us 6 months from now what a cool phone G2 going to be..
I can practically hear the G2 singing,, honey! I am still free, take a chance on me!
Yup the erasure cover version.
11. joey_sfb (Posts: 3822; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
16. doejon (Posts: 384; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
no sdcard no removable battery older android version
smaler screen if lg had the same size of screen i bet the batterylife would not as good as note 3!
20. joey_sfb (Posts: 3822; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
No to forgot there no point saying it's a 5.2 inch display when the 0.2 is reserved for on screen home and back buttons.
I like the Samsung physical buttons hand down.
30. ArcWoolf (Posts: 8; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)
when watching videos and movies where that size really matters, they go away.
6. sudbury78 (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)
I've owned both and now using the note 3 . The battery was definitely better on the g2 and I loved the screen rotation options. Made it look sweet.
7. speckledapple (Posts: 886; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Not sure I like the way LG handles its smartphones so I would opt for the Note 3 more. But I am waiting for the Note 4.
9. Darth_Muffin (Posts: 18; Member since: 06 Oct 2013)
Respect for both LG and Samsung for creating amazing phones. Please take notice that LG is stepping up in the game, which gives us consumers more viable choices.
(hmmm.. Maybe LG has even given us headaches in selecting a phone cause the G2 is so good that it went head on and toe to toe with the Galaxy Note 3 without giving in)
12. bnick25 (Posts: 38; Member since: 05 May 2013)
The last lg g2x phone battery sucked so bad what a step up in the last two years,gotta give lg credit for bringing the game
13. cult67 (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Oct 2013)
I spent an hour in the store playing with both phones side by side. Coming from GNEX both were very impressive in speed, battery size and have great displays. I liked the location of the buttons on the G2 and found them easy to use. Both UI’s are new to me and mostly what I was comparing. In the end I went with the Note 3. The added features and bigger display won me over.
14. poping (unregistered)
they are both good phones...
but imho note3 wins by a million astronomical units...
also, note3 is sure to get kk 4.4 update quickly...
26. ArcWoolf (Posts: 8; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)
That's not true, the Updates are dependent on the manufacturers as well as the phone company you are with. They may very well get it at the same time or a couple days apart.
17. papss (unregistered)
Had the back of the LG G2 not been so glossy I would have chose it over the note 3 but it wasn't so I chose the note 3.
18. twens (Posts: 777; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
The best Phones money can buy. These guys are just abnormal phones. Hail G2 and note 3
19. lyle012809 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Oct 2013)
At first i was confused on which to buy, note 3 or g2 coz both phones are excellent..but i chose g2 over note 3 since it is more pockettable and less expensive..i did not regret my choice..g2 is so amazing..very responsive..the ui is okay and is better than twiz..also the battery life is superb..100% charge at 7am and 30% at 7am the next day with normal use and 3g is always on..and i heard a rumor that g2 will skip 4.3 and will be updated to kitkat by december or january..
22. tiara6918 (Posts: 1886; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Both of them are almost just the same except for the screen size
23. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 407; Member since: 24 May 2011)
Well phonearena, this comparison proves that the Note 3 is comparable, if not better (I think it is) than the G2. Then why is it 9 and the G2 9.4. Isn't that just stupid?
57. julaiele (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)
It;s because G2 is better than Note 3 as perceived by the author.
24. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3301; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Both are superb. So 2 GB RAM is enough as all benchmarks are almost same for both.
28. ArcWoolf (Posts: 8; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)
ram is not for benchmarks. The the graphics processor and the GPU are the one's that are tested.
29. ArcWoolf (Posts: 8; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)
I upgraded to the G2 a couple of days ago and it's absolutely the best phone I have ever seen. It's large but it's lightweight and thin. It's easy to hold for me and even though the glossy back is a smudge magnet. I really like it a lot.
55. E.S.1 (Posts: 295; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
How do you like your LG G2? I'm trying to decide between the Nexus 5 and LG G2. Thank you
60. Pandasaurus12 (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I bought the Nexus 5 when it was released and used it for 2 weeks and am giving it back and getting the LG G2 (AT&T) on contract for $60 on amazon. I really liked the nexus 5, amazing phone overall, but couldn't justify spending $436 for a phone with an ok camera sub-par battery life. If you are able to upgrade your line with a contract, I would decide between these two phones. If you need an unlocked off-contract, then Nexus is the clear winner.
56. hashmi.ahmed1 (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Oct 2013)
my brother want a very excellent music phone, price doesn't matter,
recently my brother bought sony xperia z1, but he didn't liked its music quality too,
he just need good music,
is there any smartphone with high quality music..??
or he should go for ipods? if yes which one..? which headphones good.?
please reply me as soon as possible,
waiting for all your valuable suggestions..
58. Lightsout23 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Well music is only as good as its source. If he is REALLY into music you would want to use lossless audio and not mp3 because mp3s are compressed. You lose sound quality with compression. I can't speak for the note 3 but I know the lg g2 supports 24 bit/192kHz lossless audio.
59. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)
Winamp for Android is capable of handling both flac and alac (lossless formats)
The catch is, decoding them with the CPU consumes lots of power, draining the battery like mad.
Therefore, he should be looking for a device with hw decoding capabilities of the formats above.
I'm not sure if there are any Android phones with hw flac decoder. (Even if an Android phone is capable of playing flac, that doesn't necessarily mean it's done by hw decoder, plus hw alac decoder is not available on other devices than Apple's)
iPhone doesn't have a hw flac decoder, but alac is hw decoded, guaranteed.
So, a high capacity iPhone would be the best bet for your brother, if he only cares about music.
61. Zimakool (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)
I like them both! But my preference was for the note3 I Can't imagine not having my S-pen. It really comes in handy.
62. Gabriel51 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jul 2014)
I have both, pixel density is better on the G2 and I like not having any buttons on the side to accidently push...
There is no down side to either