Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G2
The Galaxy Note 3 has a powerful, yet average-sounding earpiece. Its microphone, however, does a much better job at capturing natural voice tones than the G2's, with noise reduced when that is appropriate.
One of the largest batteries ever packed inside a smartphone is on the Galaxy Note 3. It has a capacity of 3200mAh, which is quite a lot – definitely enough to last you through a day of heavy usage, and even two if the smartphone is used with moderation. Behind the LG G2's back plate hides a 3000mAh battery, which might be smaller, but should deliver comparable results. As a matter of fact, LG's flagship is one of the top devices on our battery benchmark test, achieving 6 hours and 48 minutes of intensive use on a single charge. The Note 3 got us only 6 hours and 8 minutes under identical conditions.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
This is where we wrap things up and present you with our advice on which smartphone you should go with – the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or the LG G2. But in all honesty, we're split in our decision, so ultimately, the choice will depend on the needs and preferences of each and every user.
Size is the Galaxy Note 3's weakest link, but it is one of its strongest selling points at the same time. That's because even though the handset would be too large for the average consumer to comfortably handle and carry around, it rewards us with its spacious touchscreen – a touchscreen that ranks among the very best we've seen on a smartphone to date. Ultimately, all that display real estate makes the Note 3 one of the top handsets for entertainment and media consumption. Not to be forgotten is the S Pen and the boatload of productivity features loaded onto the device, optimized to work in tandem with Samsung's digital stylus.
But the LG G2 is no less amazing, and its slightly smaller, yet just as good-looking touchscreen is also suitable for any task you might imagine. At the same time, the company's flagship is much easier to wield and as a result has a higher chance at grabbing the attention of typical buyers. Or at least those who don't mind the unusual placement of its power and volume keys.
These key differences aside, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2 both are well worthy of being regarded as the cream of the crop among Android smartphones. We're pleased to say that they both excel in delivering the premium user experience and the smooth performance we've come to expect out of a contemporary high-end smartphone. They are mighty fast, pretty much equally capable from a hardware standpoint, and loaded to the brim with unique features – all traits that place them on top of the Android foodchain.
1. bucky (Posts: 1879; 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: 9719; Member since: 14 May 2012)
You literally wrote what I was going to type.
3. mottykels (Posts: 373; Member since: 15 May 2013)
Jb4.3, 3200mah, large display, cardslot, removable battery, 3gb ram! GNote3 win!
4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2148; 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: 4080; 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: 4080; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
16. doejon (Posts: 386; 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: 4080; 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: 892; 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: 841; 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: 1909; 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: 3424; 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