Call Quality


Phone calls made from the LG G2 sound quite pleasing. Its earpiece performs well and produces natural, crackle-free voice tones, as long as its volume isn't set to the maximum. Overall, we'd rank it as above average. Sadly, we can't say the same about its microphone, which happens to deliver loud, but somewhat artificial-sounding voices on the other sound of the line.

The Galaxy Note 3 has a powerful, yet average-sounding earpiece. Its microphone, however, does a much better job at capturing natural voice tones than the G2's, with noise reduced when that is appropriate.

Battery Life


One of the largest batteries ever packed inside a smartphone is on the Galaxy Note 3. It has a capacity of 3200mAh, which is quite a lot – definitely enough to last you through a day of heavy usage, and even two if the smartphone is used with moderation. Behind the LG G2's back plate hides a 3000mAh battery, which might be smaller, but should deliver comparable results. As a matter of fact, LG's flagship is one of the top devices on our battery benchmark test, achieving 6 hours and 48 minutes of intensive use on a single charge. The Note 3 got us only 6 hours and 8 minutes under identical conditions.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
6h 8 min (Average)
LG G2
6h 48 min (Average)


Conclusion


This is where we wrap things up and present you with our advice on which smartphone you should go with – the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or the LG G2. But in all honesty, we're split in our decision, so ultimately, the choice will depend on the needs and preferences of each and every user.

Size is the Galaxy Note 3's weakest link, but it is one of its strongest selling points at the same time. That's because even though the handset would be too large for the average consumer to comfortably handle and carry around, it rewards us with its spacious touchscreen – a touchscreen that ranks among the very best we've seen on a smartphone to date. Ultimately, all that display real estate makes the Note 3 one of the top handsets for entertainment and media consumption. Not to be forgotten is the S Pen and the boatload of productivity features loaded onto the device, optimized to work in tandem with Samsung's digital stylus.

But the LG G2 is no less amazing, and its slightly smaller, yet just as good-looking touchscreen is also suitable for any task you might imagine. At the same time, the company's flagship is much easier to wield and as a result has a higher chance at grabbing the attention of typical buyers. Or at least those who don't mind the unusual placement of its power and volume keys.

These key differences aside, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2 both are well worthy of being regarded as the cream of the crop among Android smartphones. We're pleased to say that they both excel in delivering the premium user experience and the smooth performance we've come to expect out of a contemporary high-end smartphone. They are mighty fast, pretty much equally capable from a hardware standpoint, and loaded to the brim with unique features – all traits that place them on top of the Android foodchain.


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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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