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...
This is a discussion for a news article. To read the whole news, click here

59 Comments

19. imkyle

Posts: 1115; 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!

27. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Don't forget to throw in the Nexus-5 into the mix ,...this is going to be a very rough decision this year... this is so sad, I bet Apple lover don't have to go through this stress....hahahah

29. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

1520 id say papss, but since u already own 1020, Id suggest Note 3, htc one or sony z1

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; 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.

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: 2371; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

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

13. maherk

Posts: 6889; 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.

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!

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

38. Gatman

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 07, 2013

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

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

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...

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! :)

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.

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.

56. digmarket

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

The MobileStore - Buy Mobiles Online at Lowest Prices in India - Mobile Phones, Tablets, Cell Phones, Accessories. Cash on Delivery, EMI option available.

57. digmarket

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

Buy Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini i9192 Black Online at Best Price in India. Shop Online at The MobileStore avail 5% cash back offer. Free Home Delivery at The MobileStore.in

59. digmarket

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

Buy Back Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500, white - The Mobile Store: Buy Online at Lowest Prices in India - Mobile Phones, Tablets, Cell Phones, Accessories, Batteries, Bluetooth, Chargers and more

60. digmarket

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

Micromax Canvas 4 - Buy Canvas 4 Online at Best Prices in India - Shop Online at The MobileStore. - Free Home Delivery at The MobileStore.in

61. digmarket

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

The MobileStore - Buy Mobiles Online at Lowest Prices in India - Mobile Phones, Tablets, Cell Phones, Accessories. Cash on Delivery, EMI option available.

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.

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.

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????

66. andrewkpopboy

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

THE NOTE 3 IS THE MOST POWERFUL SMARTPHONE OF 2013 AND IF YOU GUYS THINK ITS TO BIG? THATS YOUR PROBLEM CAUSE IF YOU ACTUALLY PUT THE SCREEN SIZES ASIDE AND LOOK AT THE IMPROVEMNETS AND TECHNOLGY ON THE NOTE 3, IT HAS BY FAR THE BEST TO SHOW PROOF? PROOF: 2.3 GHZ SNAPDRAGON 800 -U.S VERSION FULL HD SUPER AMOLED SCREEN - YES BETTER THAN THAT s**t LCD SCREENS 4K VIDEO 64GB/MICRO SD 64GB = AROUND 119 GB STORAGE S4 EYE FEATURES 3G RAM MULT-WINDOW S-PEN CAPABLITY 3.0 USB- FASTER TRANSFER DATA TO COMPUTER AND FASTER CHARGING SPEEDS + CAPABLE OF USING USB 2.0 AS WELL COMPANION OF SMARTWATCH AND SO ETC. PROVEN TO THESE FACTS THIS SMARTPHONE IS A "BEATIUFUL MONSTER"
This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.