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LG G Pro 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3


LG G Pro 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
LG G Pro 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
LG G Pro 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
LG G Pro 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
LG G Pro 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

LG's first shot at a 6-incher, the G Pro 2, introduces top-shelf specs in new design wrappings, placing it in direct competition with Samsung's Galaxy Note 3. Both phablets are very similar in hardware, yet the G Pro 2 one-ups Note 3 with a camera that features optical image stabilization, and a tad larger, 5.9” display, versus the 5.7” panel on Samsung's biggie. Will these be enough to offset the extra functionality brought on by the S Pen stylus, integrated in the Note 3? Let's find out...

This comparison is based on the Korean version of the G Pro 2, the international unit might have specs, interface or design differences, like a sealed battery for example.


LG G Pro 2 comes a tad less compact than the Note 3, while both strut removable back covers, swappable batteries, and expandable storage.

The G Pro 2 is built in the design tradition that commenced with the 5.2” LG G2, where the bezel area is kept to a minimum. Something similar is happening with the G Pro 2, which is more compact than other 6-inchers, such as the HTC One max, or the Nokia Lumia 1520. In fact, the G Pro 2 offers one of the best screen-to-phone-size ratios, at the whopping 77.2 percent. G Pro 2 is still a tad taller and wider than the Note 3, but bear in mind that it carries a 0.2” larger display, while weighing almost the same. The fight which phone is more compact than the other, is rather relative when we cross the 5.5” line, though - both phablets are cumbersome to carry in your pocket, or use with one hand.

The G Pro 2 and Note 3 have removable back covers, swappable batteries, and expandable storage. Samsung's phablet features the infamous stitched leather design on the back, while LG introduced a new canvas-like cover on the back of the G Pro 2, and sparkly front, for a shot at something different. We prefer LG's finish, as it provides more traction for your fingers, but those are a matter of personal taste anyway.

LG put the power/lock key, and the volume rocker, on the back of the G Pro 2. That's a feature which debuted with the G2, and we have to say that this placement is perfect for phablets. You don't need to fiddle with your big-screen handset to feel the keys anymore, risking to drop it. Simply stretch your index finger a bit, and there they are. The side and back keys of both handsets offer deep travel, and good tactile feedback.

Note 3 has something that the G Pro 2 doesn't offer – an S Pen stylus, tucked in the lower right corner. It offers an extra input option for drawing, handwriting, clipping, annotating, or simply doodling on your phone's screen, with more precision than your fingers.

LG G Pro 2
6.22 x 3.22 x 0.33 inches
157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)

LG G Pro 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches
151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm
5.93 oz (168 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


We get large and crisp displays with both phablets, which offer equally cold colors, and average outdoor visibility, but Note 3 lets you operate it with gloves on.

The screen is where it's at with those phablets, and the G Pro 2 stops just shy of the 6-incher status, offering a 5.9” diagonal. The Note 3 sports a slightly smaller, 5.7” panel. Both are with 1080x1920 pixels of resolution, which for the G Pro 2 returns 373ppi pixel density, and for the Note 3 – 386ppi.

The screen technologies are rather different, though – Samsung uses Super AMOLED, while LG bets on IPS-LCD tech. With the OLED mobile screen technology we are used to observing cold (blueish) color temperatures, oversaturation, and brightness below the average, for instance. Note 3 is not an exception here, but the LCD panel on the G Pro 2 also has its quirks. Our display quality tests showed that its color temperature is almost as cold as the one on Note 3 – 7949 vs 8109 Kelvins – so both are far from the reference 6500 point. When it comes to saturation, however, the G Pro 2 almost on the mark, in comparison with the standard sRGB gamut, while the Note 3 is way off, and shows extreme levels of oversaturation, especially with the green set. Thus, is you are going to shop for shoes from Zappos from your phablet, better use the G Pro 2, as you might receive quite a different color than what was on the screen, if you use the Note 3 for the same purpose.

When it comes to peak brightness levels, we measured 420 nits on the G Pro 2, while the AMOLED panel scored lower, at 360 nits. LG's results are still far from the scores of the best LCD displays out there, though, like the 580 bits one on the iPhone 5s. Still, don't let the higher brightness fool you, as outdoors, in a real-life test, the Note 3 showed a bit better visibility, likely due to lower reflectance ratio.

The screen on the Galaxy Note 3 can be operated with gloves on in a high-sensitivity mode, too, which comes in handy for those with cold climates. Samsung's phone also offers several display modes, ranging from Dynamic – with flashy, oversaturated colors – to Professional Photo, which is arguably more accurate.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
LG G Pro 2 420
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 360
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posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:09 18

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Note 3 anyday...

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:20 8

2. maherk (Posts: 4820; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:25 8

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Expressing your religion here is forbidden.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:06

55. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

Duh... Most religion says Ameen.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:15 1

56. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

I know only one... Sure others probably say something like that but with a different word

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:50

57. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

I answered your joke with a joke, Hehe.

By the way in real life we should really be respecting other religions, because it's not disturbing at all to just say Ameen and other sorts. Peace :).

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 11:15

58. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Oh I didn't get it lol.

Yeh we should.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 23:14

59. cncrim (Posts: 900; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

U know what is Amen mean? Read more on it..

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 14:39

31. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

Note 3 is the only way i know how to play!

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:25 18

3. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

G Pro2 for me. I don't need lags, cheat and gimmick packed in the name of Suck Pen.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:33 17

7. Millenialssux (Posts: 28; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)

You may want to call it a "suck pen," and say the Note 3 is "cheat" and "gimmick" packed, but a lot of us find the S Pen and those gimmicks very useful! For that, the LG is a no go. The camera quality is awash. Different eyes can choose either one as the better shooter. Six months after the Note 3 release, there is still no phablet that can beat the Note 3 decisively.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 11:14 9

17. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

Lol. I had a note 2 and found the S-Pen completely useless. I can live without S-Pen and there was and will be nothing special with it. Lags and force stop for some apps made me realized that I was wrong, all features didn't make me surprised as advertised. That's why I say that S-Pen merely is a gimmick. Note 3 will be no difference.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 12:56 6

22. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)

Will you please stop being so childish.?
Go get urself an original note 2 .. not some knock off.. coz my note 2 never lags, barely force closes.. and s pen with hover view and quick controls is unbeatable.!

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 14:16 7

28. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

So you haven't actually used the Note 3 which makes your comment completely worthless.

Btw, LG's Pro series is the most shameless copying in the history of the industry.
Even Samsung doesn't even come close with its Galaxy S1

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 16:59

36. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

Yeah, you can see how Samsung released the LITE version of Note 3, known as Note 3 Neo. Everybody knows how Samsung has been inspired by LG G Pro LITE. That the history is, my friend. INSPIRED means COPIED in out. Lol.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 21:36 2

37. Millenialssux (Posts: 28; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)

Everybody knows? According to who? Oh, and let me add the annoying Lols! Lol! Lol! Oh, did I mention Lol again?

posted on 09 Mar 2014, 09:07 2

49. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Seriously lol, everybody knows LG has been pretty much been following samsung, s view Cover, multi view, phablets, I can go on and on

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 11:18

61. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

Note 3's got obviously more productivity potential compared to the G Pro 2 and the reason for that is the accurate and the non gimmicky stylus, and that's just it. Yes it is a big deal. Almost everyone will agree with me. Regarding that guy that 'always crash' in a note 2, he must be doing something terribly wrong.

However, your statement 'Most shameless copying in the history and didn't came close with a the S1' is completely showing your childish attitude and some degree of fanboyism. These two aren't needed in the tech world. We need constructive crititism, not fanboyism or childiness. So kindly stop it.

posted on 09 Mar 2014, 21:57

53. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 2011)

I have had all three Notes and #3 is by far the best with Air Commands, I have no lag with my Note 2 or 3. I travel for work and my job get easier with the S-Pen.

Reviews of the Note 3 give it top grades on performance. Magically the Gimminck is what always sets it self apart from the rest. Also the Gimmick is what started the phablet craze and why LG, HTC, Nokia and others create 5" + screens.

Also before you attack as a fanboy I have a Nokia 1020, iPhone 5 and my Note 3. I had the S4 and didn't like it for lag and battery life. My Note 3 is much smoother. Also for the camera on either phone doesn't matter because I have a Lumia 1020.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 11:47

63. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14112; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

If the Note didn't work for you, then actually that means sucks for YOU. It works perfect for thise who like it. If you didn't need a stylus, why you buy a phone with one?

I love to draw. When sitting idle while doing laundry or watching tv, I sis and doodle some pretty nice pieces of artwork while chillin. Maybe this dosnt appeal to you. To each its own.

Certainly doesn't make it a gimmick. The whole point of the Note is the ability to be a note-taking device, thus its desoign and applications are designed around the pen and so is the hardware.

You who squarely miss the point just didn't get it. Again, SUCKS FOR YOU!

Does the Note 3 have gimmicky features? Sure. But for $650 compared to an Phone, I rather have them, then not.

As far as your claimed lag. The device isn't the laggy. The animation transitions are set a bit high. I turned them off. The downside to doing that is it takes .5 secs fot the phone to switch to another app. The transition last .5 secs to compensate for it so when you open the app it apps when the transition is over.

All computer devices have a .5 sec of time from click to see. For people to call it lag shows stupidity and ignorance. No matter how fast your PC is, when you click an icon it still takes secs for the application to appear. Why would a phone be any different.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 21:40

46. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)

Well, the time of the Oppo Find 7 approaches...

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:34 7

8. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)

Spoken by someone who's never even used a Note 3. Mine runs perfectly. Even after rooting and installing a custom ROM its still running smoothly.

Anyways, OnScreen buttons and lack of the amazing S Pen kill the G Pro 2 for me.

Its a close 2nd though since it is a beast :)

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 14:38 4

30. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

You sir, are full of crap!

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:10

66. iTechies (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)

whatever you say. even today. there's no other phones out there is as productive as my note 3. and the difference of the s pen between the note 2 and 3 has lots of difference or features, i mean the note 3's s pen has lots of capabilities compare to note 2's s pen. and dont try to say that g pro 2 is better because the only advantage of that phone is that it has a bigger screen which is too big. no one can beat the note 3 even that sucker G pro 2!

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 16:10

68. coolcool (Posts: 6; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)

excuse me. how old are u. your comment look like grade7

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:29 5

5. hafini_27 (Posts: 898; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)

I prefer the G2's design though both are awesome.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:29 6

6. Achilis (Posts: 39; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)

I don't understand why phonearena gets only 360nits peak brightness level on their Note 3.Which setting you are using while you test.Because if you keep it in auto mode it is incredibly bright.Brighter than 580 nits of iphone 5s. Please read this from displaymate.com who conducts very detailed review of displays.

(Impressive Brightness
Up until the Galaxy Note 3, OLED displays have been somewhat to significantly dimmer than competing LCD displays. The Note 3 has changed that in a big way…it’s an impressive 55 percent brighter than the Note II and a solid 25 percent brighter than the Galaxy S4. For most image content it provides over 400 cd/m2, comparable or higher than most LCD displays in this size class. Even more impressive is that when Automatic Brightness is turned on, the Note 3 hits an incredible 660 cd/m2 in high ambient light, where it’s needed (85 percent brighter than the Note II and 40 percent brighter than the Galaxy S4 with Automatic Brightness) – the brightest mobile display we have ever tested in the Shoot-Out series. An impressive achievement for OLEDs!)

For those who are unaware 1 cd/m2 = 1nit

Those who have doubts just Google Displaymate Note3

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 14:21 4

29. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

PA's display testing is a joke.
How come the contrast turns out "immeasurable" if you have the minimum and maximum brightness values???

The Note 3 has zero minimum brightness..its black color is a pitch black darkness

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 18:56 1

45. JMartin22 (Posts: 2008; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

They should stop commenting on, and testing displays quite frankly.

posted on 09 Mar 2014, 14:25 3

51. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Bro,the *unmesurable value only happens with OLED-based screen tech,because the sub-pixels can actually be turned off individually,so the blacks ARE blacks. That means that you can't put a value to the contrast because here,the blacks are numerically infinite.
It has nothing to do with the brightness values because blacks are always infinitely black. The difference between it and the white color is infinite in every test.
Dont be such a dumbass ignorant.

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