Interface and functionality

What Samsung does with TouchWiz Nature UX, LG meets with the Optimus UI, including all windowed modes.

The Note 3 offers Samsung's TouchWiz NatureUX, layered on top of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but the KitKat update is already on the way. LG G Pro 2 ships with Android 4.4 out of the box, and offers its own interface overlay, that is arguably as chock full of extra features you might or might not use, as is Samsung's.

Big screens are very conducive to multitasking, and both Samsung and LG take advantage of that. Samsung has its Multi Window mode, which splits the display in two, and shows two applications at once. LG strikes back with a Dual Window mode, called by holding the back key, which is basically the same thing, just that the apps to choose from appear across the display, instead of as a side bar.

The G Pro 2 offers LG's set of QSlide apps, which can float two windowed apps on top of everything else you are doing underneath. This same functionality, but on steroids, exists in the Note 3. You can open up to 5 applications in Pop-up View - windowed mode that floats above every home or menu screen underneath, aiding multitasking significantly, and reminding of desktop Windows.



Both handsets offer one-handed mode for the on-screen keyboard, dialer and calculator, which can shrink those left or right on the display, so that you can reach every number or symbol with your thumb only. Samsung and LG, however, go one step further, and offer the ultimate one-handed operation mode. It scales down the whole interface left or right, so you can make every screen shrink to the size of a 4.5” phone, or whatever suits your hands' size, while the rest of the display remains blank. This way you can easily use the phone with one hand for operating any app with one hand, while carrying groceries with the other, for instance. LG calls it Mini Mode, while Samsung just dubs it “One-handed operation for all screens.”

LG has a few extra options that Samsung doesn't offer, like swiping the current app away with three fingers, then bringing it back in the same state, when needed again. G Pro 2 also offers Knock Code - an expansion of the KnockON mode of the G2 that lets you unlock the screen with two taps on the display. With Knock Code, you can power on and unlock the G Pro 2 by tapping on the display using combination of two to eight taps in a sequence. With the Note 3, you have to click the power/lock key first and then (input your security pin/gesture to) unlock it.

Note 3 has one advantage, however – the S Pen stylus, Against the precision input of the stylus, LG can only offer the QMemo mode, which lets you doodle and annotate on any screen directly, but with your finger only.

Processors and memory

Identical chipsets and memory setup brings about strong (and similar) performance

LG G Pro 2 is powered by a quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, with four Krait 400 cores, and Adreno 330 GPU, clocked at 450 MHz. Galaxy Note 3 has a version with the same Snapdragon processor, for LTE markets, and one with Samsung's own octa-core 1.9 GHz Exynos 5 Octa with Mali-T628 GPU at 600 MHz, for the GSM crowd.

Both handsets offer the generous 3 GB of RAM, so you can rest assured that all those dual, multi, and floating windows will rarely feel underpowered. Still, we noticed that the fourth and fifth app in Pop-up View mode on the Note 3, took their sweet time to open, but it is unlikely that you will want more than two or three of those cluttering a 5.7” display anyway, so that's not an issue.

The G Pro 2 has 16/32 GB versions, while the Note 3 starts you off with 32 GB of internal memory, and a 64 GB version, too. Both phablets also offer microSD card slots for storage expansion.

Quadrant Higher is better
LG G Pro 2 19490
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 22270
AnTuTu Higher is better
LG G Pro 2 28615
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 31543

Internet and connectivity

The phablets feature most wireless radios under the sun, as well as IR blasters, but Note 3 offers faster USB 3.0 connectivity

In addition to the default Chrome browser in Android, the phones have their own browsing apps, which let you sideload Adobe Flash, if you need that functionality. LG offers a Dual Browser view, which opens the link you tap in another browser window, that splits the screen in two. There are no issues with zooming, scrolling, or panning around on the phablets. The huge screens, coupled with the high pixel density, turn both the Note 3, and the G Pro 2, into mean browsing machines. Samsung's S Pen stylus, however, again brings something extra to the table, letting you easily preview links.



The Internet is brought to you by fast multiband LTE radios, courtesy of the Snapdragon chipset on the phablets, or comes with up to 42 Mbps HSPA+ download speeds on GSM networks. Needless to say, there is a full suite of other radios, too, such as Wi-Fi/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, and even an infrared sensor at the top of the phones. The IR blaster is managed by the QRemote app on the G Pro 2, which can control your TV, home stereo, or air conditioner directly from the lock screen, if needed. Its basic controls can be conveniently located in the status bar, too, while Samsung's WatchON app that controls the IR blaster, can only be launched as a stand-alone. As for wired connectivity, the Note 3 has the upper hand, as it sports a port capable of USB 3.0 speeds.

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72 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Note 3 anyday...

2. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Amen.

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Expressing your religion here is forbidden.

55. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Duh... Most religion says Ameen.

56. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

57. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 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 :).

58. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Oh I didn't get it lol. Yeh we should.

59. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

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

31. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

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

3. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

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

7. Millenialssux

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 22, 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.

17. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 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.

22. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 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.!

28. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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

36. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 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.

37. Millenialssux

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

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

49. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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

61. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 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.

53. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 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.

63. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

46. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

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

8. williamdroid

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 19, 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 :)

30. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

You sir, are full of crap!

66. iTechies

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 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!

68. coolcool

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

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

5. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

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

6. Achilis

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 05, 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

29. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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

45. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

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

51. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 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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