Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G2: first look

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G2: first look
Samsung has just announced its new phablet, the Galaxy Note 3, but LG has also recently unveiled a killer product - the G2, which has already proven to be an amazing smartphone. Seeing that these two devices will soon meet on the market, it was only natural for us to go ahead and produce a quick comparison between them at IFA 2013. Curious to see how these two stack up against each other? Read on to get a sneak peek!


To tell you the truth, the Galaxy Note 3 is quite impressive due to the fact that it has fitted a bigger screen while retaining the dimensions of its predecessor, but we're even more impressed by the relatively compact dimensions and almost zero-bezel design of the LG G2, which manages to fit an amazing 5.2" display in such a reasonably-sized body. Rear keys or not, the G2 is way more comfortable to hold and work with than its phablet competitor.

In terms of appearance, neither device is really a looker, and even though Samsung has tried to come up with a fancy faux leather-like back cover, we wouldn't really say that the result is really good.


Naturally, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a bigger screen at 5.7", but the LG G2 is not that far behind with its 5.2 inches. True, the Note 3 will be a bit better when it comes to stuff like gaming and other multimedia consumption, but the difference that this causes in terms of comfort seems a bit too big. If size isn't an issue for you, you should also keep in mind that the Galaxy Note 3 uses Samsung's AMOLED display, which has a significantly lower brightness output, resulting in worse outdoor visibility. We haven't had the opportunity to measure the Note 3's display yet, in order to study its color balance in more detail, but it's safe to say that the LG G2's IPS LCD screen produces more true-to-life colors. Well, for some more in-depth information, we'll have to wait until we have the chance to write a Galaxy Note 3 review.


Software-wise, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2 run Android, but both are heavily customized in terms of UI. We can't really say which one is better (or worse), since both seem to have reached a decent level of usability. One area where the Note 3 differentiates itself is the S Pen stylus, as such isn't present with the LG G2. Samsung has developed a variety of features for the S Pen, but the main things you can use it for are handwritten note-taking and drawing. If the lack of handwriting with a stylus isn't a big issue for you, then the G2 should do the job for you perfectly. Then again, if you're buying a Note, we guess the presence of an S Pen stylus is one of the big reasons for this.


Silicon, silicon, is there a geek out there who doesn't love silicon? We know we do, and that's why the Galaxy Note 3 and G2 happen to be so likable devices to us. That's because both are equipped with the Snapdragon 800 SoC (System-on-Chip), which is an incredibly powerful mobile processor. In that line of thought, both handsets will be very fast and should never be slowed down by the current generation of software for smartphones.

Both the Note 3 and G2 feature the very powerful Adreno 330 GPU, so you shouldn't have any worries in that respect as well. However, the Note 3 sports 3GB of RAM, versus 2GB for the G2. The extra gigabyte may prove useful for those users who like running many heavy applications at the same time, but in the general case, it shouldn't really provide that much bonus performance.


Now that's a very interesting area where we'd love to see how the Galaxy Note 3 and the G2 are going to compare. As you probably know, both handsets are equipped with 13-megapixel cameras, and while we're yet to find out how the Note 3's shooter is going to perform, we are certain that it won't disappoint us. Meanwhile, the LG G2's camera has already proven its awesomeness, which is what's making such a comparison all the more intriguing. Stay tuned!

In terms of video recording, the Note 3 is among the very first devices to be capable of recording 4K video, while the LG G2 sticks with the "good old" 1080p. Whether there's that much use in being capable of recording 4K videos is still debatable, but it definitely doesn't hurt having the option. Still, with its superb video-recording quality, the LG G2 will surely be a great camcorder as well.


If size isn't an issue for you (which is not the case most of the time), you can always go for the Note 3 - there's nothing to stop you. However, it should be pointed out that the user experience with the LG G2, even when it comes to multimedia stuff like movies and games, isn't significantly worse, and the comfort that you'll get out of having the more compact device shouldn't be understated.

With these things in mind, we now have a basic idea of how the Note 3 and G2 position themselves in relation to one another. Sadly, we'll have to wait some more before we can tell you more, but hopefully it won't be long, since both smartphones are scheduled to hit the market soon. Meanwhile, why don't you tell us which one you like better?

Related phones

Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21.3h 3G talk time)



1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Two thin-bezel monsters, should be an even fight with your choice of usage deciding.

2. scumbledEGG unregistered

lg all the weeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! if and only if they make a wp8 ver... haha! its a matter of choice.

52. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Can we hear your arguments, please? My arguments about Note 3, are: 1 Best display , ever (no matter what Ray say) 2 Much more beautiful and classy design (no matter what Ray say, and his love to pink color) 3, 4K video 4, 3Gb RAM 5 Multi-window 6 S-Pen 7. Swappable battery 8.SD support 9 More sensors

53. morinted

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Bleh. Best display ever? If by best you mean big, then sure... However, the over-saturated, burn-in sensitive AMOLED displays on Samsung phones are far, far from best. The G2 has the same resolution on a smaller screen, meaning it has a higher pixel density. Moreover, the display can put out over 400 nits, perfect for outdoor viewing. Finally, it is IPS meaning that you get better color reproduction, not stupidly "vivid" like the AMOLEDs. I'll admit that, for some people, the Note 3's screen is better-suited. However, don't you go telling people that it's the best, please. The LAST thing we need is people trying to make objective points about products. ------ The other stuff you said? Didn't you read the article? "[T]he comfort that you'll get out of having the more compact device shouldn't be understated." -Different design; subjective. -4K Video; not practical as most displays aren't 4K. Heck, HDTV still shows at 720p. -3GB RAM; overkill for Android, but a good thing to have none-the-less. -Multi-Window; a useful feature. -S-Pen; potentially useful. -Swappable Battery + microSD; totally agree that this is better. However the Korean G2 has these features and therefore suffers from a lower capacity. The 3000mAh battery can be afforded thanks to a non-removable back-plate. Altogether, in addition to saving some money, the G2 is more compact. The 24GB user-accessible memory is more than I, personally, need for a phone. I don't think I'd want to carry around something as big as a Note 3. Preference varies from person to person. Hope you enjoy your Note 3 as much as I enjoy my G2, come October!

54. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

LOL no one valid argument in favor of G2, exept that you find the size of Note 3 big for you. By the way Samsung make the best LSD in the World(ask Apple) , but they put this old tech back. This myth about color accuracy of the new AMOLED is old too. Korean G2 has these features , but it's bigger device. Check it out. Besides the 3000mAh battery can't replace the swappable battery , Or SD support. As I said before: G2 is dead the same day Note 3 come on the market(same story like the sealed handicap HTC One) Enjoy your G2 (I don't believe you'll buy it, though)

65. fonix232

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 29, 2013

Ugh, wow, ignorance at its finest. First of all, there WERE good arguments in there that I totally agree with, and some that I don't. Second, yes, Samsung makes the best LSD in the world, and they often have parties at Apple HQ, for sure. I mean, yes, they're suing each other, but Tim Cook always takes a day every week to lick some with Kwon Oh Hyun. 1. Again, screen size. 5.2" is a lot more suitable for most of the people, not everyone is born with giant hands. 2. Pixel density. Seriously, you say it is not a valid point? The G2 has clearly higher density, and thus better to look at from close up (though neither of them are bad to look at from close, don't get me wrong). 3. Screen technology. If you had both of them in your hands, comparing them, you'd know what we're talking about. The G2's IPS panel is a lot more life-like, while the N3's screen oversaturates all the colors. Seriously, every picture I have taken with it during the short test was looking like if they were taken in Wonderland - too vivid. But put it on a bigger, more lifelike screen, and bam, they're regular. Yes, sure, it is awesome, I like AMOLED for many features, but it is not the saturation of colors, for sure. On a phone I want something that's lifelike. Leave the vividness to TVs. Oh and just a sidenote: the Korean G2 is NOT bigger. It is the exact same size, although a bit thicker (I wouldn't call 0.2mm bigger, it can be barely seen or felt). The G2 won't be dead, as it has a lot wider user group target with the smaller screen. If Samsung was to put the Note 3 into a smaller case, in the 4.7-5.2" category, I believe a lot more would consider buying it, but nope, it is not going to happen, so no, it will not have as much success as the G2 (relatively speaking. The G2 has a lot more devices in its own category to compete with, while the Note 3 is a loner for now). Also, please, let people have personal opinion, Samsung fanboy. You coming here and bashing on everything else, with false facts, is not helping the user who wants to decide between these two phones.

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2387; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I'm getting kind of tired of "tech authors" like this trying to force their own ideology of what they think constitutes a "good looking" phone. Not all of us think aluminum is a premium material, especially based on how the iPhone 5 and HTC One handle in real life scenarios. And not all of us like the way the HTC One or iPhone look. I personally find both of them aesthetically unappealing. As these are subjective points of views, professional reviewers should be more objective.

12. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

don't worry man you're not alone.. actually lots of people including me didn't mind with the samsung plastic and even prefer it over something likes aluminium.. once you got scratch and dent on your aluminium body there's no way you can fix it.. if my s4's back got too much scratch i just simply replace it with a new one.. something that you can't do with aluminium phone.. and i never like the "cold" feeling or too "hot" feeling of the aluminium body..

28. YuLeven

Posts: 50; Member since: May 14, 2013

I think the same goes for 'tech authors' saying that LCD is better due to more natural looking colors. What if I just like the oversaturated feel of AMOLED? What if I like the inky blacks? After all, I don't give a rats arse to natural colors since it's just a phone, I just want the most appealing experience and in my case that's AMOLED.

31. KillgoreTrout

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

JMartin22's opinion is his and his alone. I agree with Izim1. I don't understand why you would be upset at a comparison article. It is like you think people are so stupid that they would have no choice but to agree with 100% of what an author says. I find your comment insulting Jmartin22. These articles are for our enjoyment and people are more than capable of having their own opinions while still reading opinions from others. "Force their own ideology.." Give me a break...

55. 3000ways

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

woops wrong person

58. 3000ways

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Totally agree, big thumbs up.

4. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

"it's safe to say that the LG G2's IPS LCD screen produces more true-to-life..." That's a really strange statement. Strange in sense that IPS can only show 36% of total RGB colour space. So, how can they have "true-to-life" colour? Did they actually measure the colour output somehow? What instruments did you use? Without checking various display parameters, how can you use such statements? BTW, according to CR (, the best display available now is a OLED display. You simply create controversy using such statement.

10. Damitel

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

I am totally disappointed how often LCD is said to be Superior or better than AMOLED, some of these things are subjective, is never an absolute truth. Companies that use AMOLED have reasons for that. People that use AMOLED screen never complain except tech analysts.

14. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

IMO amoled can never be compared to lcd.. each type of screen has their own purpose.. if you want a more "realistic" colour then go with lcd.. if you like saturation and "WOW" factor you can go with amoled.. for me it just pure stupid for people that whining about how unnatural the colour of amoled screen because it supposed to be like that.. that's why i prefer amoled.. i just like my videos and my games looks vibrant and catchy with pure black and nice contrast..

17. JMartin22

Posts: 2387; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

AMOLED has the potential to surpass even the most high-end LCD panel on the market. The technology is still in its infancy; obvious kinks with screen longevity and energy efficiency have to be be worked out. But at the end of the day, this display panel will one day surpass LCD [an old industry standard] in battery life, color reproduction and be lower in production cost. Not to mention they're much more responsive and snappy to the sensation of touch than LCD panels are.

20. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013


21. Damitel

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Maccess, God bless u for that important point.

48. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

iMedia will bash hard AMOLED displays, as long, as it is not affordable for Apple. This is new tech and Samsung(the best AMOLED developer), and the other companies, have not capacity to produce plenty of them, even for their own devices . When Samsung have capacity to produce iPhone AMOLED displays, the same day all the iMedia will write that AMOLED is the best display tech ever, and how clever was Apple to wait until Samsung, make it right. Chep dirty tricks. LOL

50. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

People that use AMOLED screen never complain except iTech "analysts" I made it right for you.:)

25. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

According to Display Mate, the best mobile displays are IPS. 36% of the entire RGB gamut is not important, but 100% of sRGB is. AMOLED has too large a color gamut, which is just as bad as not having enough.

49. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

iBS Too large a color gamut, can be adjusted(and it's done) , but the opposite- NOT.

51. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

This , that Rey didn't mention "pentile" yet, comes to tell you that Note 3 could be NOT "pentile". It's silence about that. Otherwise you would read "pentile" in all the articles about Note 3 in all iMedia.(they have microscopes)

32. papss unregistered

My question is does oled have the same "bluish/green tone when you change the angles that it used to before soled?

5. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

Phonearena!Pink Note3 Why?Black looks more beautiful!Next time please use two phones with the same color

34. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

Ray S. Loves pink!

39. scumbledEGG unregistered

because only women takedown notes!!! haha!

6. papss unregistered

I'm so confused about what phone to buy as a second phone... I prefer the G2 but worry about updates, I love the note 3 but the lack of IOS is a deal breaker.. I would love to wait for the 1520 but waiting hmmm

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31594; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Papss remember the buyers remorse period. Try em both, then pull the trigger on one and enjoy it. I have to have both iOS, and android also. Note 2 and ip5s for me, the note 3's back combined with it not blowing me away made my mind up to keep my note 2

15. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

what do you mean the lack of IOS? do you mean OIS?

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