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?

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Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop



66. andrewkpopboy

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64. owdeo

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

Is there any one else out there who finds listening to music at the best quality level to be important????

63. owdeo

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

I'm really interested in knowing how the LG G2 and Note 3 compare sound wise when playing music and listening through headphones. Do they both use a Wolfson Dac? I can't seem to find anything on the internet about which Dac the Note 3 uses but it seems possible that it could be the Wolfson because Samsung has signed a multi-year partnership as one article pointed out. I think that the better sounding phone for listening to music would be the deal breaker for me because I run with my phone.

62. rodwalsh

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 13, 2013

I've enjoyed the discussion about G2 and Note 3. And, it's help me choose my next phone when my contract ends in2 or 3 months: The G2 seems to have a lot going for it, but the S Pen is the deal maker for me. I now have a Windows Phone 7.5 and it's GREAT. But, no one is writing any apps for it (at lest not the apps I'd use), so it may be time to move along. And, I want a BIG screen. Thankfully, Apple doesn't have a large screen, so I won't even be tempted to buy from that company which I have no use for. Again, thanks for the discussion. Especially for izim1 and those who challenged him.

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47. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Ray again shamelessly lie that Note 3 display is not good on day light. AMOLED so far had a bit issue there , but not anymore with Note 3 display. Next lie is about color superiority of G2, using again this apple-ish " true-to-life colors" iBS Third lie is that he, suggest that Note 3 is not more beautiful and classy design than G2. He didn't bother to mention multi-window and drag and drop , too As I said not long ago , LG G2 will last as long as Note 3 come on the market. It will be forgotten just like HTC One(G2 is much better but sealed like One). No matter how the iMedia push them, to take slice of the Samsung's market, so Apple to regain the lead- it will not happen.

46. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Don't worry guys. 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 no 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, and how clever was Apple to wait until Samsung to make it right. And then you will read hundreds of articles , how superior are iPhone retina-amoled(samsung) displays , vs Samsung displays.

44. Samsungadroidrules

Posts: 104; Member since: Jul 28, 2013

NOTE 3 is way way Better and USEFUL in Real Life, except if you are just stock in your House almost everyday. Note 3, GREAT DESIGN! Great Performance! Love the new features of the S-Pen, and its amazing that it was able to increase the screen size without increasing the whole Height of the phone. Awesome! Great job Samsung-King of Android! :)

42. yasir-921

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

G2 Better Than Note iII. G2's Camera, Battery File, Ergonomics, Looks, U.I better than Note 3's...

41. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

You know why they delayed this vs. video right..? Because we all knew the samsung fanboys would pop out of the woodwork like ants. We all know G2 > Note 3, that said Note 3 is a nice tablet, but not comparable to the G2

38. Gatman

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 07, 2013

I really don't know if 3 gigs of ram is any different from 2 .

26. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

If the G2 had come out on unboxing day it would be doing well but the note 3 will kill it

22. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

These two are both beast, the only advantages of gnote3 are having replaceable batt, s pen, hug display, 3gig of ram. In term of performance, they're both spectacular, and I love to know that G2 got 11+ hour of internet browsing. Good luck for both of you!!!

40. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

G2 don't have a SD card slot,so when you buy 16GB version...... You get only 8-9GB free space!

13. maherk

Posts: 7101; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Cheap shot phonearena!! Using the pink version is a lame way to repel people from the note 3.

33. KillgoreTrout

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

No it is not...

35. special4u

Posts: 63; Member since: May 22, 2013

note 3 is for girl

43. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Oh yeah? And you are a girl! It's a phone as for business as for geeks.

11. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

As far as other tech sites are concerned, the design and feel of the note3 are excellent for them.. I used the photo compare tool of gsmarena and the picture quality of g2 is not that great compared to gs4, why is that??

18. JMartin22

Posts: 2426; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The G2's advantage is taking pictures in low-light settings and turbulent usage [moving vehicles, very shaky hands]

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31807; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nice phones. Looks wise g2 gets the nod, but the notes better all around most likely. All up to the user though.

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: 31807; 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?

19. imkyle

Posts: 1117; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Both of them have huge screens, insanely fast CPU's and GPU's so specs wise they are neck and neck. The Note 3 offers so much stuff with the s-pen. If you take notes a lot then this device is for you. If you don't then I would look at the G2. The G2 is also $100 cheaper on contract. Both are great phones.

24. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Knowing Samsung, they will most likely release an updated version of the Note 3 halfway through it's lifecycle so fingerprint reader/OIS with 4.4 installed out of the box will be around by the time Galaxy S5 is unveiled, or they will simply update the Note 3 with 4.4 Kit Kat shortly after the GS5 is unveiled but without OIS on board. With the G2 that's a bit tricky but seeing as LG put a lot of investment into advertising the heck out of the G2 compared to its predecessor, it's safe to say this is their investment into the bank for a full year despite the fact that LG are also making the nexus 5 so updates galore will be their priority I hope. Best thing really is wait for the Nokia 1520 announcement and make up your mind then, I'd be asking myself whether Nokia or MS will continue supporting the 1520 for longer than 18 months once Nokia's Lumia is sold to MS!

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