Camera


LG has equipped its G2 smartphone with an outstanding 13MP camera. This capable snapper takes great-looking photos not only thanks to its large sensor, but also because its optical image stabilization does a great job at keeping the frame steady. The camera lens, made of sapphire crystal, is extra durable and resistant to fingerprints, while the 9-point auto-focus system ensures that your subject is, well... in focus.

The 13MP, F2.2 camera on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may lack OIS, but nevertheless, it should not be underestimated. In fact, the phablet's camera did quite well in our recent camera test, which you should totally check out in case you haven't done so already.

Launching the camera app on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 brings us to a familiar interface. Its biggest advantage is the boatload of camera features and effects that are pre-loaded, such as the built-in image filters, and the fancy shooting modes we know from the Galaxy S4. The handset itself, with its flat sides, is comfortable to hold while shooting.


The camera interface on the LG G2 is quite intuitive, and to be honest, we find it a bit better organized. However, it isn't as rich in terms of features. Sure, you do get a multitude of shooting modes and effects you can apply to the image, but the Note 3's arsenal is simply richer. That is especially true when it comes to recording video. For example, the LG G2 can shoot 1080p footage at 60 frames per second – that's great as the resulting videos look amazing. Yet the Note 3 can do that as well. On top of that, the Note 3 can shoot 4K videos at 30 frames per second and slow-motion videos at 120 frames per second, while the LG G2 cannot.


As for the quality of the daytime images they produce, photos from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2 are, more or less, equally good, with the latter having a slight advantage only under optimal lighting conditions. Photographs from both smartphones are extremely clear and sharp even when inspected from up close. Fine details, such as blades of grass and the leaves on trees, are preserved very accurately, while the amount of digital noise is kept well under control. Color accuracy varies from one shot to another. Sometimes the LG G2 provides us with better results, while in some scenes, the Note 3 manages to represent them closer to what they look in real life.

In the presence of a weak light source, as is often the case when shooting indoors, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 produces better-looking images than the LG G2. It doesn't hesitate to use its LED flash even when that isn't absolutely necessary, and we're glad to see that the color accuracy isn't affected much by that. The G2, on the other hand, doesn't use its flash even when the light gets pretty dim, relying on its OIS to reduce motion blur. The higher ISO required results in more digital noise present in the image.


Recording videos is another field where the Galaxy Note 3 excels at, and so does the LG G2. Both can capture videos at 60fps/1080p and the smoothness of resulting footage is impressive, to say the least. But at the end of the day, we feel like recommending the Note 3 for the job, especially for recording in low-light situations. Its videos do look exposed better and have more natural sound, while the G2 struggles when there's little light to work with, producing blurry, mediocre videos.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 2.7
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494
353
LG G2 4
6.5
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Multimedia


We don't see any significant differences between the gallery apps loaded onto these two smartphones, save for the fact that the LG G2 can display photo thumbnails in more sizes. Both apps will let you share multiple images at the same time, which is very convenient, and can present you with a slideshow of the photos you have stored.



Visually, the Music player application on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 isn't the best we've ever seen, but then again, neither is the one on the G2. However, looking at their arsenal of features makes us quickly forget about their lack of visual appeal. There's a ton of audio enhancements to pick from on the Galaxy Note 3, including the company's unique AdaptSound feature, capable of adjusting the music reproduction in a way that matches the user's earphones and hearing. The LG G2 may not offer as many options for sound tweaking, but it will let you stream music you have stored in Dropbox and can search YouTube for the music video of the song currently playing. Both smartphones have support for high-quality 24bit/192kHz digital audio – something that won't affect the average user, but will be appreciated by audio enthusiasts.



With is single built-in loudspeaker, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can produce loud audio of average quality. Music played back through the G2's mono loudspeaker is of identical quality, but its volume is average at best.

A cool bonus you won't find on most other smartphones is the IR blaster built into the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It transforms a smartphone into a universal remote, capable of controlling a multitude of appliances, such as TVs and set-top boxes. Samsung has taken things a step further and has integrated a program guide (powered by Peel, available in select markets only), listing all shows that are playing on TV. If you pick a show, the app will intelligently switch to the channel is it on.

To no surprise, watching videos on any of these two smartphones is a pleasure thanks to their huge, high-resolution displays. Just open up YouTube, or throw all your Full HD on there, regardless of their format, and enjoy!



To make its video player stand out, LG has thrown in a few neat features. One can easy control the brightness and sound volume, as well as to rewind or fast-forward with a quick swipe in a dedicated area of the screen. Zooming in videos is also an option you won't see on other smartphones' video players.

The video player on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 doesn't offer quite as many extras, but it definitely gets the job done. It is possible to have a video played back in a window, but then again, the G2 can do that as well.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 0.43
LG G2 0.29
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 76
LG G2 66

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38 Comments

1. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I think either one is a great choice if size isn't a problem

2. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

note 3 clearly wins this battle, but if you are looking for a smartphone that's just as good as the Note 3 but with smaller screen then you should deinitely go for the G2 both very awesome, please don't start a fan battle, and if there is a troll jut ignore it...

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You literally wrote what I was going to type. +1

21. barondebxl

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Youre so right.

3. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Jb4.3, 3200mah, large display, cardslot, removable battery, 3gb ram! GNote3 win!

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Between two great phones, the Note 3 offers better bang for your buck. In a Nexus form LG should win though...

5. drdaly

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

Both are great and almost identical inside but, Lg G2 wins for the perfect size that fits my pocket

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Please buy the LG G2 and update us 6 months from now what a cool phone G2 going to be.. I can practically hear the G2 singing,, honey! I am still free, take a chance on me! Yup the erasure cover version.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

16. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

no sdcard no removable battery older android version smaler screen if lg had the same size of screen i bet the batterylife would not as good as note 3!

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

No to forgot there no point saying it's a 5.2 inch display when the 0.2 is reserved for on screen home and back buttons. I like the Samsung physical buttons hand down.

30. ArcWoolf

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 18, 2013

when watching videos and movies where that size really matters, they go away.

6. sudbury78

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

I've owned both and now using the note 3 . The battery was definitely better on the g2 and I loved the screen rotation options. Made it look sweet.

7. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Not sure I like the way LG handles its smartphones so I would opt for the Note 3 more. But I am waiting for the Note 4.

25. ArcWoolf

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 18, 2013

The g2 is absolutely a top notch phone.

9. Darth_Muffin

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 06, 2013

Respect for both LG and Samsung for creating amazing phones. Please take notice that LG is stepping up in the game, which gives us consumers more viable choices. (hmmm.. Maybe LG has even given us headaches in selecting a phone cause the G2 is so good that it went head on and toe to toe with the Galaxy Note 3 without giving in)

12. bnick25

Posts: 38; Member since: May 05, 2013

The last lg g2x phone battery sucked so bad what a step up in the last two years,gotta give lg credit for bringing the game

13. cult67

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

I spent an hour in the store playing with both phones side by side. Coming from GNEX both were very impressive in speed, battery size and have great displays. I liked the location of the buttons on the G2 and found them easy to use. Both UI’s are new to me and mostly what I was comparing. In the end I went with the Note 3. The added features and bigger display won me over.

14. poping unregistered

they are both good phones... but imho note3 wins by a million astronomical units... also, note3 is sure to get kk 4.4 update quickly...

26. ArcWoolf

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 18, 2013

That's not true, the Updates are dependent on the manufacturers as well as the phone company you are with. They may very well get it at the same time or a couple days apart.

15. nnjerzy

Posts: 126; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

i prefer the G2

17. papss unregistered

Had the back of the LG G2 not been so glossy I would have chose it over the note 3 but it wasn't so I chose the note 3.

18. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

The best Phones money can buy. These guys are just abnormal phones. Hail G2 and note 3

19. lyle012809

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 17, 2013

At first i was confused on which to buy, note 3 or g2 coz both phones are excellent..but i chose g2 over note 3 since it is more pockettable and less expensive..i did not regret my choice..g2 is so amazing..very responsive..the ui is okay and is better than twiz..also the battery life is superb..100% charge at 7am and 30% at 7am the next day with normal use and 3g is always on..and i heard a rumor that g2 will skip 4.3 and will be updated to kitkat by december or january..

22. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Both of them are almost just the same except for the screen size

23. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Well phonearena, this comparison proves that the Note 3 is comparable, if not better (I think it is) than the G2. Then why is it 9 and the G2 9.4. Isn't that just stupid?

27. ArcWoolf

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 18, 2013

I think the Note 3 is more niche.

57. julaiele

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

It;s because G2 is better than Note 3 as perceived by the author.

24. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Both are superb. So 2 GB RAM is enough as all benchmarks are almost same for both.

28. ArcWoolf

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 18, 2013

ram is not for benchmarks. The the graphics processor and the GPU are the one's that are tested.

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