The people have spoken: the Galaxy Note 4 grabs twice the user votes against the LG G3


Introduction


At the end of last week, we decided to throw two of the hottest phablets out there – the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3 – in a skirmish, and have you, our avid readers, vote on each of them, based on four different categories. Anyone, willing to voice their opinion, was given an option to declare their favorite in the fields of Design, Display, User Experience, and Camera. Now, let's see how the fray went down, and trace the steps of the victor.

Design


Samsung really tried to pull off an extremely premium look with its Note 4 in an attempt to finally silence the naysayers, who often had gripes with Sammy's predominant use of plastic on its premium-class devices. However, just slapping a metal frame on a smartphone does not instantly make it look beautiful – designing a piece of technology to be desirable is an art of its own, and it seems that Samsung pulled it off, as the Note 4 took the larger amount of votes (2,583 votes, 56.74%) in this category. Still, the LG G3 (1969 votes, 43.26%) isn't far behind, probably thanks to its smaller bezels, a screen-to-body ratio that makes it look elegant, and a brushed metal finish that almost looks like the real deal.

Display


Both phones are somewhat of a pioneer in the display department – the Note line was, arguably, the one to start the "bigger screen" trend, some 3 years ago, and the Note 4 is the first Samsung phone to have its Super AMOLED display calibrated to show impressively accurate colors; in the meantime, the LG G3 was the first flagship to bear the super-dense QHD resolution.

The voice of the readers is clear in this category – the Note 4's better maximum and minimum brightness, infinite contrast, and accurate colors, together with the fact that it also sports a QHD resolution, leave the G3 no straws to grab onto. The Note 4 is a clear winner here with (2,888 votes, 74.68%) vs the G3's (979 votes, 25.32%).

Interface and functionality


LG and Sammy took two very different approaches, when it comes to user experience. While the G3's UI is based around a flat, clearly defined, and simplistic look, the Note 4's TouchWiz is brim-packed with features, animations, and customization options that can make a newcomer's head spin. It was a tough battle, but in the end, a slightly bigger part of the audience (1954 votes, 54.52%) decided that they prefer TouchWiz's abundance of features, than LG's simpler UI (1630 votes, 45.48%).

Camera


Samsung has been making great strides to improve the cameras on its flagships and the Note 4 makes no exception. The device's 16 MP main snapper that employs Sammy's proprietary ISOCELL tech, and is further improved with a mix of optical and digital image stabilization (dubbed Smart OIS), took the audience's heart over the G3's 13 MP laser auto-focus-equipped shooter, boosted by LG's own OIS+ tech. The clear winner in this category is the Note 4 (2,599 votes, 71.36%), with an openly dominant score over the G3 (1,043 votes, 28.64%).

Related phones

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)
G3
  • 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)

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105 Comments

1. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Hath?

2. Busyboy unregistered

Hail Note 4

29. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

This is just because note 4 has stylus, either result will be opposite

43. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

But when did G3 got push into the phablet category? Beside Note 4 has a lot more functionality when comes to being a phablet.

57. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

and a slightly bigger screen, features, and over all design.

3. wilsong17 unregistered

Waiting for the Note Edge

4. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Only idiots voted for G3 screen. It's like they wanted much worse thing because it's Samsung or Amoled.

18. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Only stupid would bash other people's choice. Only dumbass could not accept that every individual has his own preference or criteria in choosing.

34. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

People can make choice, but in this case Note 4 screen is better in all aspects than g3 screen. Please find for me just one thing better in G3 screen? I call this people idiots, because most of they choose G3 screen over Note 4 because they don't like Samsung as company and they can't get over it that Amoleds are just better than IPS.

71. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

What is better for you doesn't mean better for others too. As simple as that!

80. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Yes, but G3 screen is just a disaster. It's soooo bad and that's why only idiots voted for it. Even G2 screen was much much more better. Simple as logic!

85. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

better for you, but not to all people I still prefer a bit smaller 5.45" IPS screen of G3 over 5.7" AMOLED on Note4. I think you are the TRUE IDIOT by who can't accept that people has different preference or criteria in choosing. or maybe you are an LG Hater? I SUPPORT KOREAN SMARTPHONES!

86. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

You are LG fanatic. We are not talking about size of screen, but about quality. I waited a long time for G3 and I like everything about it except screen. It ruined this device for me. If they would go with fullHD good quality IPS display I would have one G3 now, but they wanted QHD so badly that gave us bad quality display.

72. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Well I don't like the notes screen because it still buses pentile. You can still see the cross hatch patter on any solid color. That basically ruins the whole experience for me. Its highly noticeable to me.

79. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

So very poor quality of G3 screen is less important for you? I understand that some people preffer IPS over Amoled, but G3 screen is just really bad. Also you might have very good vision. For me even PenTile HD(got S3 before) is enough and I look just at quality of screen :)

81. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Wow, i envy you for your powerful eyes. I bet you can see atoms as well.

82. g2a5b0e unregistered

I was thinking the same thing. I have a hard time believing that anyone can tell whether a QHD screen of smartphone size is pentile or RGB. Perhaps his dad was a hawk.

95. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can, if I read the box lol. I agree with you dude, the naked eye can't tell.

96. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

You cant tell me what I cant and cant see dude. Its still visible. Just look at solid reds/blues/greens. The cross hatch pattern is easily visable.

92. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

So you are gonna make fun of me because I can see better than you?

98. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Your overlaly anal then

40. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Having different tastes when it comes to design is acceptable. But when you're voting against the best screen in the business that no other screen can beat in terms of sharpness, color accuracy, contrast, viewing angles, and the different modes it can offer, then that is pure fanboyism.

55. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

So true. And not to mention how messed up is G3's display, oversharpened via software, only average viewing angles (far cry from the excellent G2), poor blacks, below average contrast, inefficient in terms of power consumption. G3's display is just no match for Note 4's flawless AMOLED display.

47. fatTony

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

Great point. I also believe Samsung has a much larger fan base than LG, and just like Apple's loyalists, many of the Samsung loyalists will definitely say the Samsung product is better than that of the competitor. The Samsung customers (or vise versa) won't say the other is better because they think they've made the right purchase (don't want buyers' remorse - must justify their decisions).

51. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

But its a proven fact that G3's lifeless screen is clearly inferior to Note 4's marvelous screen. I guess Samsung haters are on rise.

84. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

As a Korean I admit Note4 's display is slightly better, but I still prefer LG's G3 IPS. but it doesn't make me an Idiot! Its not all about the color reproductions or view angles, or resolutions SCREEN SIZE is also important , it must be considered. still prefer 5.45" over 5.7" and other. LG G3's screen is not bad as you trying to say. so stop Calling people IDIOTS! I Both support Samsung and LG!

89. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

I think that in that poll people should judge screen quality not size. To be honest I will never buy Note 4 because it's too big for me, but I could consider G3 in terms of size. Also I like it's design and launcher. LG G3 got really bad screen. You can't even compare it to other IPS screens. It's just the major flaw of this phone. Deal with it.

104. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

LG G3 screen is bad maybe . because lg use a True color not fake .. But samsung use a fake color Just to make the photo or the launcher looks nice. .. Lg was the first to release Quad HD panel with size of phone .. So this is a first experience in mobile .. .. Samsung use a amoled panel .. Color maybe looks nice becauce they add some effect in the screen that why it look little bit green . .. For exemple when you take a picture norml .. You think retrika is better choice to take picture so you like to add some effect to photo to looks nice .. So that what samsung do with their screen ...sorry my english

105. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

No problem for your english my is bad too :) Please before you make a comment read some reviews. G3 screen is not colour accurate. When you make other than default screen mode on S5 it will be more accurate than G3. G3 was first to anouce globaly QHD screen. Vivo or something like that was faster.

5. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

You guys say it has a ISOCELL camera, but when using AnTuTu and service code my Note 4 says SONY IMX240 EDIT: Awesome my phone won though, lol.

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