Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
- 1 Introduction and Design
- 2 Interface, Functionality, Internet and Connectivity
- 3 Camera and Multimedia
- 4 Call quality, battery and Conclusion
- Samsung GALAXY Note II specifications
- LG Optimus G specifications
- Samsung GALAXY Note II AT&T specifications
- Samsung GALAXY Note II Sprint specifications
- Samsung GALAXY Note II T-Mobile specifications
- Samsung GALAXY Note II US Cellular specifications
- Samsung GALAXY Note II Verizon specifications
- LG Optimus G AT&T specifications
- LG Optimus G Sprint specifications
As we’ve clearly seen playing around with the Optimus G, LG has done a fantastic job in adding a serious dose of functionality, class, and usefulness with its customized Android experience. Of course, we appreciate many of its new features, like Dual Screen/Dual Play, QSlide, Live Zooming, and QuickMemo, but in all honesty, we’ve seen something similar to them all with Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX, which the Note II is flaunting on top of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. In fact, Samsung has tweaked the custom experience enough with the Note II to put it ahead of the competition in many ways. Specifically, its brand new S Pen features by itself put it in a class of its own – making it a one-of-a-kind smartphone in the market! Essentially, the experience we get out of the Note II is comprehensive enough to make LG’s offering appear rehashed and with less depth.
Honestly, we can’t complain about the messaging experience with either device, as they both have spacious layouts and peppy responses with their performances – to keep up with our rate of input. Yes, there’s more room for our fingers to play around with on the Note II, but it doesn’t prove to be drastically better than its rival.
Processor and Memory:
Being the first smartphones in the US to feature quad-core processors, there’s no arguing the kind of processing prowess that are attached to these two smartphones. Basically, it’s a quad-core 1.6GHz Samsung Exynos processor with 2GB of RAM in the Samsung Galaxy Note II, with the LG Optimus G being powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU with 2GB of RAM. From a cursory glance, the two exhibit all the speediness to appease our liking with their respective performance, but looking at them meticulously, we definitely feel that sense of snappiness more with the LG Optimus G.
Both the AT&T and Sprint versions of the LG Optimus G flaunt a total of 32GB of memory – albeit, it’s broken down differently between them (there’s a microSD slot with the AT&T one). In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is packing only 16GB of storage out of the box, which can be supplemented thanks to its microSD slot.
Higher is better
LG Optimus G 7750
Samsung GALAXY Note II 6501
Higher is better
LG Optimus G 9565
Samsung GALAXY Note II 20771
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
Higher is better
LG Optimus G 37
Samsung GALAXY Note II 18
Higher is better
LG Optimus G 580
Samsung GALAXY Note II 623
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
LG Optimus G 1637
Samsung GALAXY Note II 1882
Internet and Connectivity:
Oh man! These two couldn’t be any more ideal when it comes to the web browsing experience, knowing that they offer speedy 4G LTE connections and extremely tight navigational controls. Even with the most complex sites, they’re capable of delivering a lovable experience. Ultimately, it’s yet again the Note II’s useful S Pen that drastically makes it the preferred choice for surfing the web. Aided by its Air View feature, which mimics the function of a mouse cursor, we find it being the single most appreciated feature that caps off the wonderful experience seen with the Note II.
Depending on which carrier version you decide to pick up, these two smartphones are available in GSM and CDMA flavors – with 4G LTE connectivity in tow as well. As for the other connectivity features, the listing is nearly identical as they pack aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot, and NFC.
4. redmd (Posts: 761; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
mine also. though I plan to get the LG optimus G international version.
11. SleepingOz (Posts: 2009; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
The GNOTE II rules!
I'm loving mine more and more each day!
17. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 881; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
Right!! im hella jealous that you have the Note II.............BUT i'll get one when its available on AT&T and then i wont feel so bad lmbo
32. SidSegundaEtapa (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)
HEY Jeradiah , it is now available on AT&T
u bmay begin to feel good noW
13. TheCellX (Posts: 34; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
Also mine... every review of every other phone around.. increase my love with the Note 2. Guys..put it simple, we have the best phone of the year.
15. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
So Sammy killed SIII by introducing Note 2?
18. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 881; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
i dont think it did, but it does make the value of the S3 slightly dimishished. But we all knew this was coming because the original Note did more than the S3 anyway. The Note 2 enhanced the features that we love about the original one. I cant freaking wait for this phone to come to AT&T
20. fanboy1974 (Posts: 818; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I prefer it this way. Next year the S4 should beat the crap out of the Note 2 and the Note 3 will beat the crap out of the S4. I upgrade every year and prefer to have a model that is worth upgrading to.
Just look at what happened with the iPhone 4 and 4S; weak.
35. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 881; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
this is what technology is coming to these days. Thats why I like to upgrade to phones that will remain relevent for at least 18 months. I have the Inspire and it became obsolete after 8 months lol. Having the S3 or the Note II would stay relevent until next summer at the earliest. I dont want to upgrade every year because that will get expensive, but having a phone that is innovative is a way to go
38. AWiseGuy (Posts: 68; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
I wouldn't say so. Each is targeted at a different area of the market, so neither really makes the other obsolete.
39. yajia1 (Posts: 103; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
Nope. When you own an S3, and see someone with the Note2, you'll feell like your S3 was suddenly so tiny and fit well in the hands.
27. Intelligence (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Comparing a Samsung phone to an LG phone? That's like comparing apples to s**tty apples.
3. Ohrules (Posts: 298; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
both phones have their strong areas and areas which are not their strengths, but the better benchmarks of the optimus g are really something. alternatively, the bigger screen of the note 2 and the s pen are in samsung's favour. so in the end, it all depends on a person's personal taste and brand-orientation
5. abish1234 (Posts: 51; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
Do i need to read the entire comparison to find out which one is the best??.. no.. the answer is obvious..NOTE II...
7. davidvvassallo (Posts: 39; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)
Sure the s pen might be appealing at first but after a few days you wont even use it. The lg optimus g is the better phone in terms of hardware it has the best cpu and gpu at the moment, while the Note II uses last years cpu and gpu(even though its over clocked), in terms of features the Note II wins by a bit. Conclusion Optimus G is the best phone.
8. McLTE (Posts: 588; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I am struggling to make sense of a comparison like this.. to me this is like comparing a car to a motorcycle. One is not better than the other, just for different uses/people.
I want a phone with a big ass screen.. I want to see the Note2 compared to other big ass screened phones.. not smaller.
The Note2 is for a certain demographic that more than likely KNOWS what they want. I don't care if a phone comes out with 4x the specs of the Note2.. if it doesn't have the 5.5" screen or similar, I don't want it.
Having said that.. the LG looks pretty good.. for a little girly phone! :P
C'mon Verizon.. HURRY UP WITH THE NOTE ALREADY!!
10. Nookie4u (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
If I had to choose between the two, i'd go with Note 2 of course. It's more of a miniature computer than a phone and as a creative user, I have lots of stuff to do with the S-pen and the big screen. Lastly, the battery is simply amazing. Besides, LG's bad record of SW updates scare people.
12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Dear John V, i think it'll be better for you to not mention sentences like "...when it comes to it, it's a matter of personal preference".
Honestly, it defeats your purpose of reviewing or comparing the phones!
Now I've went through and realized that you've used those kind of sentences more than once. Yes, i agree it's a matter of personal preference but i think you shouldn't use it.
If an expert's opinion, like yours, didn't matter, we wouldn't be reading it...and we would solely be relying upon our own "personal preference"!
21. predator93 (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
Note 2 technically doesn't have any competitor as of now. Maybe HTC DLX (aka butterfly) or the upcoming xperia tablets may be able to heat up the competition.
24. Aslam (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)
Where can i find Galaxy Note II price ? i'm searching on some site as amazon,http://www.gsmsouth.com and other.
25. redsox420 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)
Does ANYONE know why no White Note 2? Seems like ATT, T-Mob only has Tit Gray.. WHY??
26. Mke5Mke (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
I hate the white. I'm trying to decide between these two phones and if the Note 2 only came in white, it would make this decision so much easier - - I would go with the Optimus G. Unfortunately, there's the gray.
When it comes to design, I'm really not a fan of Samsung's latest devices. I'm extremely disappointed that the Note 2 looks so much like the SGS 3.
I think I would be more productive and organized with the Note 2. Unfortunately, the AT&T version eliminated the split screen feature! So that's a major CON.
A third, unexpected option would be welcomed. But I'm not holding my breath.
28. Mke5Mke (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
Actually, I think I'm going to jump ship. WP8 & Nokia Lumia 920 in gray.
29. lifelesslump (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
While the note II sounds amazing, The optimus G sounds amazing too. The problem I see with the optimus G is the call quality isn't the best. And the problem with the Note II is its giant. I drew out the dimensions and the note II isn't that much bigger, but it for sure is big. I think that is the deal breaker for me, well that and the extra $100 bucks. for AT&T. They both have powerful quad-cores and 2 GBs of RAM. With the ability for a microSDXC up to 64 GB. I am going to order the LG optimus G soon.
30. SomikSharma (Posts: 7; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Check out my comparison between both of them at,
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34. SidSegundaEtapa (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)
I Don't think anybody would have to watch or read the whole review
the comments tell more abt the Smartphone!!
CUZ WE ARE THE RIGHTFUL CONSUMERS!!!!
36. mrmoav (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)
comparison is dumb...but the winner is Optimus G...except when the phone overheats and the touchscreen becomes useless...but otherwise it rocks
37. Gabrielle (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Me getting my Galaxy note 2 this monday :D
40. iamtha1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)
Funny hearing all u sammy lovers run ur mouth about galaxy phones..... coming from an iphone that until the s3 came out my iphone 4 and 4s out performed every samsung piece of crap made. And now lg drops one bad ass piece of equipment. First its processor outperforms the tablet... i mean note 2 in every way shape or form. 2nd lgs screen is a true hd screen the note 2 is a stretched out over saturated s3 screen.. so stop riding the band wagon people open ur minds and face reality lg has the best phone on the market right now. Hands down