Samsung Galaxy Note 4 clashes with LG G3: Vote for the better phone!


The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the latest incarnation of Samsung's phablet line – arguably, the very same line that started the "larger screen" trend that is now prominent across flagship handsets. We'd like to compare it to another device that was among the pioneers in the newest smartphone craze – the QHD (1440 x 2560) screen – and see how both handsets fare in the eyes of our readers. We will be comparing both devices in a few different categories and you get to vote for the best performer under each one. So, without further ado – we give you the Galaxy Note 4 vs the LG G3.


Samsung really pulled out all the stops with its Galaxy Note 4, starting with design. Gone is the faux metal binding that irked a lot of users – it is now replaced by a real metal frame, forged to be both pleasing to the eye and easy on the hands. The back of the device still has a removalbe leather-emulating plastic cover, much like the Note 3, though, it lost the stitching texture at the edge; it is slightly curved, allowing for an easier, more secure grip. The buttons on the sides have a slightly higher profile, allowing for a bit better feedback. On the front, under the 5.7” screen, we have the physical home button, sided by the capacitive task-switcher and back buttons – something that Samsung places on all of its devices.

The LG G3 also sports a premium look, even though it's made of plastic, the manufacturer did a good job at making it look like it's covered in brushed aluminum. This handset also has a curve on the back, though, a much more dramatic one, which, combined with the device's slightly smaller dimensions, allows for a more comfortable grip. LG likes to put the power and volume buttons of its devices on the back – right where the user's index finger rests. The front of the device is home to the 5.46” screen and has no other controls on it, as LG chose to rely on Android's integrated on-screen home, back, and tasks buttons.

In terms of size and weight, the Galaxy Note 4 measures at 6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches (153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm) and weighs 6.21 oz (176 g), whereas the G3 is visibly smaller, though just a tad thicker, at 5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches (146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm) and is lighter at 5.26 oz (149 g). The Note 4 sports a 5.7" screen and its screen-to-body ratio is around 74%, while the LG G3's slightly smaller 5.46" screen is housed in an even smaller body, which brings its screen-to-body to 76%.

Galaxy Note 4 vs G3: Which phablet has a better overall design?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4


The Galaxy Note 4's display follows the recent QHD trend with a 1440 x 2560 resolution, which means that the 5.7" display sports a 515 ppi pixel density. Samsung uses its proprietary "Super AMOLED" technology to light up the screen. The display's maximum brightness measures at 468, which is not the best, but should still be viewable in daylight, while its minimum brightness measures at 1 nit, which makes for comfortable viewing in the dark. The Note's color temperature measures at 6667 Kelvins , which brings it quite close to the reference value of 6500 K. As for viewing angles, the Note 4 shows quite the distortion for a device of its class, when viewed at a 45-degree angle.

The LG G3 also sports a 1440 x 2560 QHD display and its slightly smaller 5.46” screen bumps the ppi up to 538. LG placed an IPS LCD panel on its device, with a max brightness level that is a tad lower than Samsung's phablet at 455 nits, and a lowest brightness at 9 nits, which makes for a slightly more uncomfortable viewing in bed. The color temperature measures at 7099 K – quite higher than the reference point, which results in noticeably colder colors. On the flipside, when viewed at a 45 degree angle, the G3 shows notably less distortion than the Note 4.

Galaxy Note 4 vs G3: Which display is better?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Interface and functionality

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes with Android 4.4.4 dressed up in the latest version of Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz interface. This custom UI is well-known for being feature-packed to the brim, commonly switching out a lot of Android's stock appearance, which often results in a steeper learning curve. The Note 4 makes no exception and provides a flurry of options, settings, and capabilities – the commonly-found on Samsung flagships Air Gestures, Smart Stay, Smart Scroll, split-screen multitasking capability, ability to launch some apps in a floating window and, of course, the extra functions to complement the signature S Pen. To make it easy for users to operate the device with one hand, Samsung includes a “one-handed mode”, which shrinks the active screen area down and moves it towards the left or right of the screen, bringing far-away corners closer for a thumb to reach. The Note 4 is also full of sensors not commonly found on every smartphone – from the fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button, to the heartrate monitor, to a UV sensor, which measures the current danger levels of sunlight, to the even more unorthodox SpO2 sensor, which measures the user's bloodstream oxygen saturation.

G3 offers a much flatter, more intuitive design, with LG's UI employing more “mature” colors, which provides for a more tame picture. There are much less features to be found here, which may be a good or bad thing, depending on user preference. LG uses Android's software buttons for back, home, and task switching, but it also allows users to customize the stripe where these controls reside, by either rearranging the buttons or adding other ones. The G3's UI also allows users to split the screen (Dual Screen mode) and have apps in floating windows (QSlide) above whatever they are doing in the background. As far as one-handed mode goes – such functionality is limited to LG's keyboard and dialer, rather than allowing the user to shrink the whole picture down.

Galaxy Note 4 vs G3: Which user experience is better?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4


The camera in the Galaxy Note 4 has a 16 MP resolution and employs Sammy's ISOCELL technology, while image quality is further boosted by both an optical image stabilization (OIS) and a digital one, resulting in what Samsung calls “Smart OIS”. Much in the style of TouchWiz, the camera app is also full with a wide array of options and shooting modes. The front cam is a selfie aficionado's dream, with a 3.7 MP resolution.

The LG G3's main snapper comes with a slightly lower, yet still respectable, resolution of 13 MP. It also has optical image stabilization, which LG calls “OIS+”, since the company claims that it has worked on the tech to bring its quality even higher. This is combined with a Laser Autofocus system that works quickly and efficiently, providing quick and fail-safe focusing, and also information for the camera app's Magic Focus mode that lets you tinker with a picture's focus after it is taken. As far as shooting modes go, however, the G3 has a more modest selection (panorama, beautify, face-in-picture), where the Note 4 has a bucketload of choices. The front cam also sports a bit of a more modest resolution, at 2 megapixels.

Both camcorders offer up to 4K (3840x2160) at 30 FPS recording, though the Note 4 is capable of recording motion at 60 FPS at 1080p, whereas the G3 is capped at 30 FPS throughout its modes.

Galaxy Note 4 vs G3: Which camera is better?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

So, drop your vote where you think it should go in each poll and voice your opinion on this head-to-head in the comments below. The polls will run 'till Wednesday and results will be out shortly afterwards.

Related phones

  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

note 4 ftw!

7. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

my vote goes like this Design, (ergonomic/compact size and the Rear keys) =G3 IPS Display over Amoled =G3 UI , simple and better customization =G3 Camera =Note4 but i love these two phones!

14. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The musings of a fanboy by LGisgood

21. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

yes what's your problem with that? I love LG and Samsung because they are ONE Sister company in my country SOUTH KOREA. they are both helping my country's economy!

16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

and my vote goes like this Design = g3 IPS?(are u kidding me?) Super Amoled is way to superior = Note 4 UI = Note 4 for great productivity (lg copied most of tw features) Camera = Note 4 is the best, only lumias are the competitor of Note 4

19. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I'm using Samsung galaxy note3 and The LG G3 based on my personal experienced LG 's UI is much better than Samsung interms of customization and its also more friendly to use. IPS is more good /relax to eyes, Amoled is very painful in my eyes. white is more important than blacks just saying

31. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Your eyes are relaxed more with oversaturated ips display? That's strange

34. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

as i said yes. you can try to compare the note4's screen( the accurate one) color to G3's ( over saturated one) and comeback to me and tell me what do you observed? over saturated colors on IPS is more pleasant to my eyes than the Accurate colors by Amoled.

59. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Thats actually what Samsung fixed with the Note 4 and S5 LTE-A. the S5 (normal) and the Note 3 would actually be better for over saturated colors.

62. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

You don't know much about colors if you feel amoled screens are far superior over IPS screens. If that were the case all photographers and photo editors would be using amoled screens on there computers. IPS screens will always rule for color reproduction. Before posting such stupid remarks do a bit of research between the two or just join a photography forum and see for yourself what screens are more desired for.

69. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

do your research first before replying with stupid remarks and plz do bother your brain to read above screen comparison... it is clearly showing that Super Amoled is more accurate than the ips of lg g3... you cant read? instead of just becoming an assumption based conclusionist.. Super Amoled of note 4 is the most accurate screen in the market to date... photographers dont have an asscess to super amoled on computers bcoz its available in mobile phones... and we are talking about mobile phones, not computers... come out of your typical assumption based mindset... before posting such a stupid remarks plz unsubcribe yourself from photography forums so you can learn about the displays of mobile phones, it will help you to stop comparing mobile phone display with computer display

66. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Where did LG copy Samsung's features for it's UI? There are so many things LG phones can do that Samsung doesn't even have. Customization is far better on LG phones and has been since the G2.

70. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

where did? every where... lg started putting same features like split screen, q slid etc in their UI after samsung did in note 2... for your information g2 was released after note 2... it seems to me that your information is based on just past two years and you dont know before it

73. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

" lg started putting same features like split screen" Excuse me sir, better search for the LG CHOCOLATE MODEL BL40 BACK IN 2009 long time ago before the Note2. Q-SLIDE IS MORE FUNCTIONAL AND BETTER THAN SAMSUNG'S OWN VERSION. COPYING IS NOT AN ISSUE TO ME! since you started to mentioning it I suggest you to DO RESEARCH PROPERLY ABOUT LG LONG TIME AGO .... LGE is very well known as FIRST/PIONEER in many things in Smartphones. and no need to enumerate those Inventions by LGE. FYI here in Korea LGE was first in Electronics Industry than Samsung.

75. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012


45. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 294; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Ergonomics = G3 agreed Design is Note 4 feels lot more premium. Yes REAL metal makes a diff. Display Note4>G3 by a huge distance(believe me, i used both phones for a while G3 for about a month and Note 4 for 10days.) Oversaturated? change to the basic mode and you will have truer colors than G3 UI G3 = Note 4 but if you take the S-pen software it will incline towards the Note 4. Love the Note 4 coz it's the best damn phablet on the planet today.

58. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Just asking, how is LCD better. The only plus is it is cheaper. AMOLED gets better Battery and colors and Definitely in 'MIN BRIGHTNESS' Though, UI is very 50/50 (some, like me, prefer the extra features.(besides, i will probably root and debloat the Note 4

11. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

There isn't even competition the LG G3 is such a huge step back from the direction LG was heading with the G2... The G3 was a rushed product, no other way around this, S801 isn't enough to run the QHD screen without lag or stutter and the QHD screen itself was a rushed product too as evident by the sub standard battery endurance and contrast it produces.

22. Furbal unregistered

Do you own a g3 or are just spouting what others say? Mine runs perfectly fine, the only issue i have is the screen oversharpening. The UI is just as smooth as my M8 and much better than my old S5.

26. tasosmich

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

it cant be as smooth as the m8..i had that phone and i couldnt stand with it..try hitting the home button after some minutes spend on browsing the web..if you do that all the icons of the homescreen dissappear and load again..and try even to compare it with a g2 running at 4.4.2..g2 loads apps faster and gives you a better lagless ui experience

44. Furbal unregistered

That is an issue with the LG launcher(and their terrible coding in it/not staying in memory?) My experience isnjusr my own though. I'm not running into any issues yet. My m8 was nice but the camera lense being so easily scratched/the coating coming off put the final touches on it. The camera was bad enough with a perfect lense. The note 4 is the better phone though (going back to the poll).

67. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

The g3 has the camera lens coating which is easily scratched too. I had it few months ago. What is bad from g3 is its performance. The sd801 doesn't enough to run it smoothly on QHD. When it comes to build quality, LG was worse than samsung. Cracked case, easy scratchable lens coat, burnt charger. And in my country, LG's price is quickly falling down in months.

60. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

What do you mean by OverSharpening?

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 really shouldn't compared to the LG G3.

3. mawhob2222

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Note4 is better

4. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Both are bad because of the loudspeaker position.

61. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

YESSS! Someone feels my pain about non-front facing speakers.

5. amcasper unregistered

PA should have the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus. Vote style of course.

25. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014 Well, check this out.

47. reyenrique

Posts: 99; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

thank you !!!!!

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