Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
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.
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 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 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.
Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD - Interface and Functionality