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Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD

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Interface and functionality:

The latest Android Jelly Bean is running the show on the Note II, covered with Samsung’s Nature UX interface, whereas the Optimus 4X HD sports ICS with LG’s own UI on top. While it is still unknown whether and when the 4X HD will get the update to Android 4.1, the presence of Jelly Bean on the Note II makes it the more versatile handset in terms of software.

The latest Android Jelly Bean is running the show on the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
The latest Android Jelly Bean is running the show on the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
The latest Android Jelly Bean is running the show on the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
The latest Android Jelly Bean is running the show on the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD

The latest Android Jelly Bean is running the show on the Samsung Galaxy Note II

LG Optimus UI is layered on top of Android 4.0 on the LG Optimus 4X HD - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
LG Optimus UI is layered on top of Android 4.0 on the LG Optimus 4X HD - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
LG Optimus UI is layered on top of Android 4.0 on the LG Optimus 4X HD - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
LG Optimus UI is layered on top of Android 4.0 on the LG Optimus 4X HD - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD

LG Optimus UI is layered on top of Android 4.0 on the LG Optimus 4X HD


Jelly Bean carries with it smooth 60 fps interface movements, the Google Voice natural language recognition update, and the Google Now daily assistant - all things that make the 4.1 version of Android much better than ICS on the 4X HD.

When we add the split screen multi-window mode on the Galaxy Note II, where two apps can appear on the huge screen at once, and all the added functionality that the stylus brings, we are unquestionably giving the interface and functionality round to Samsung’s handset.

LG also has some tricks up its UI sleeve, too, like the QuickMemo function, which allows you to doodle with your finger directly on any screen you are currently on for quick reminders, but this can’t beat what you can do with a stylus, of course. 

The connectivity switches in the notification bar that LG’s Android overlays pioneered offer a richer choice than those on the Note II, though, and can be reshuffled at will.


Processor and memory:

We have quad-core processors in the handsets, but the Tegra 3 one in the Optimus 4X HD is made with the inferior 40nm process, compared to the more battery-frugal 32nm of the Exynos 4412 in the Note II.Thus in terms of power consumption and heat generation Samsung’s phone is more advanced than the LG unit, which can get rather hot and bothered under stress. Benchmarks also prove that the 1.6GHz Exynos 4412 is much more powerful than the 1.5GHz Tegra 3 in the 4X HD, due to the generational difference.

The Note II also sports 2 GB of RAM - double the 1 GB in the 4X HD, helping its multitasking prowess even further. Both phones ship with 16 GB of internal memory as a minimum, while the Note II sports 32 and 64 GB variants as well, and both offer microSD memory card slots


Internet and connectivity:

The Note II’s browser feels speedier than the one of the Optimus 4X HD, due to the faster processor and Samsung’s optimizations to the stock Jelly Bean browser, which is confirmed by benchmarks as well. Both are pretty fast to use in real life, though, so you won't have browser complaints on any of these phones.

The browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
The browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
The browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
The browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD

The browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note II


The Optimus 4X HD kit sports full Adobe Flash support, however, which got nixed with Jelly Bean on the Note II, so for those cases when you might need it, Flash will be there for you on the 4X HD, supported by the stock ICS browser.

The browser on the LG Optimus 4X HD is pretty fast - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
The browser on the LG Optimus 4X HD is pretty fast - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
The browser on the LG Optimus 4X HD is pretty fast - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
The browser on the LG Optimus 4X HD is pretty fast - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD

The browser on the LG Optimus 4X HD is pretty fast


The handsets sport 4G HSPA+ radios in their international flavor, whereas Samsung outfits the Note II in the US with an LTE baseband, too. There is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, FM radio and DLNA on both devices, with NFC added for a good measure.

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posted on 12 Oct 2012, 07:41 8

1. redmd (Posts: 911; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


the note 2 seems to be better on every aspect, you just have to swallow its size if you can.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 19:06 5

10. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Samsung and its engineers are very proud on their beast (Note 2). This phone is just killing every smartphone on this planet.

I have got around 35 friends in my friend circle and 29 of us did a pre - order for Note 2. Come to papa :)

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 07:44 3

2. bucky (Posts: 1577; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Lg needs to either put full attention into their phones or stop selling them. Disappointed kinda.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 08:24

3. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


http://www.anandtech.com/show/6305/lg-optimus-g-performance-preview

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 09:14

5. bucky (Posts: 1577; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I know the G is coming but phone like this one water down their quality.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 16:29 3

9. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Galaxy Note 2 pimp slaps the Lg Óptimus G too..

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 20:47 1

15. agarcia820 (Posts: 8; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)


LG should stick to making Washers and Dryers :P

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 13:57

17. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


something is better than nothing!

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 08:46 5

4. nofear (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


I pick Note II anytime.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 09:26 2

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Note is clearly beating every aspect between them... The only advantage LG has is it's pocketable size.

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 07:04 1

12. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


And the TegraZone.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 09:56 1

7. GodKnowsAll (Posts: 19; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


All LG Smartphone Lovers You Should Wait For LG Optimus G To Realese.Because It Is Going To Beat Every Phone In Performence.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 12:09

14. epdm2be (Posts: 185; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


@ GodKnowsAl:

...but it has no microSD card slot nor a removable battery (and thus no possibility for an extended Mugen-battery) which is important for some...

Hence I will NOT ever buy it. Show me a quadcore S4 handset with removable battery and micro-SDcard slot and I will take notice. For now all the new upcoming S4 Krait handsets ALL have the same flaws! So screw them.

Even the asus padphone hasn't got a MicroSD-card slot anymore. :-(

So I might as well look indeed for an 'old' SGSIII or this model which might become even cheaper when the Optimus G comes along.

If only Sony for once made that perfect handset WITH microSD-slots, damn! But they too always lag behind.. why do they even bother making smartphones at all!!!

And if all else fail then I will settle for that Nokia 808. It has also an FM-transmitter and a much better camera than any of the present and upcoming Android models. Plus it record calls even over bluetooth headsets/carkits.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 12:54 5

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


would go with the LG simply cuz the note is hella big! wtf?? lol

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 21:14

11. johnny9000 (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


These articles are always so diplomatic. I wish once the conclusion would be "this phone is just better, you are dumb if you don't choose it."

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 07:07 3

13. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Phonearena's Job is to show the differences Between the two. Not to tell you what you should Buy. That's your MOM'S job.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:36 1

16. DGVIP (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


LG's user interface is so boring on many aspects like the icons and apps presentations instead of touchwiz UI animations and the multitasking function is also useful
I will vote for Galaxy Note although is almost exactly like the galaxy sIII despite of its round corners and s-pen

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 01:08

18. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Good lord what a smack down, that LG phone just got handed it's rear end. Honestly those photos looked terrible, over exposed and color reproduction was bad. The IPS screen is wasted on this thing, high count means nothing when you are running a processor that turns the phone into a hot pocket when you use it, horrible battery life to go along with a non battery saavy processor, LG must have gotten those Tegra 3's a bargain basement prices and had to stick them somewhere.

LG phones are always a let down in too many areas to warrant anyone purchasing them, I'm not even going to talk about that horrible looking cartoony UI, what is that mess? I looked at the Optimus G and even having such a redundant sounding name, the phone is already looking like it's going to fall short yet again. It's like LG's guy aren't even paying attention to competition at all, just outing the first this and that but it's so half assed, they might as well have not even tried.

Note II will eat the Optimus G for breakfast as well, what's the point of releasing a phone with such a tiny battery and densely packed high resolution screen. LG needs to get some balance, don't give me some awesome LCD but a crappy battery and rinky dink camera.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 23:37

19. enGet (Posts: 27; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


Meh, no matter what the pixel density is amoled screens suck when comparing to IPS. The only reason companies use amoled is because it's cheaper - and for good reason.

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