Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD

The LG Optimus 4X HD is LG’s best Android handset while we are waiting on the Optimus G to come up, and it merits a comparison with Samsung’s finest - the Galaxy Note II.

Both phones come with large screens, fast processors and 8MP cameras, but the Note II is not for everybody, because of its huge size, while the Optimus 4X HD is more of a daily driver. Which one is for you? Read on to find out....


Samsung resurrected the stylus, and gave it the screen to match with the original Note, which was, however, slightly thicker and wider than the Note II. The handset is still huge, but with the tapered back and chassis reminiscing of an oversized Galaxy S III, it is also more comfortable to handle than the original, apart from the somewhat slippery polycarbonate back.

The Optimus 4X HD is one of the most compact big screen handsets, and fairly comfortable to use with one hand, unlike the Note II, thanks to its narrower bezel and elongated profile. It has a patterned back and sides for easier grip, and is arguably the prettiest LG Android handset so far.

Both devices have removable batteries and microSD slots, but the Optimus 4X HD is a tad more flexible in this respect, as it offers a plain old regular SIM card slot, whereas for the Note II you have to get a micro SIM card.


The 4.7” IPS LCD screen on the LG Optimus 4X HD is a thing of beauty with its 1280x720 resolution, wide viewing angles, more accurate colors and high brightness.

The 5.5” one on the Note II is not as bright, meaning slightly worse outside visibility, but its sheer size, plus the high contrast and oversaturated colors typical for AMOLED are a joy to watch too.

We have higher pixel density on the 4X HD, which should make for crisper text and image details in theory, but in reality the difference is not that visible from normal viewing distance, unless you are a display purist.



19. enGet

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Meh, no matter what the pixel density is amoled screens suck when comparing to IPS. The only reason companies use amoled is because it's cheaper - and for good reason.

18. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Good lord what a smack down, that LG phone just got handed it's rear end. Honestly those photos looked terrible, over exposed and color reproduction was bad. The IPS screen is wasted on this thing, high count means nothing when you are running a processor that turns the phone into a hot pocket when you use it, horrible battery life to go along with a non battery saavy processor, LG must have gotten those Tegra 3's a bargain basement prices and had to stick them somewhere. LG phones are always a let down in too many areas to warrant anyone purchasing them, I'm not even going to talk about that horrible looking cartoony UI, what is that mess? I looked at the Optimus G and even having such a redundant sounding name, the phone is already looking like it's going to fall short yet again. It's like LG's guy aren't even paying attention to competition at all, just outing the first this and that but it's so half assed, they might as well have not even tried. Note II will eat the Optimus G for breakfast as well, what's the point of releasing a phone with such a tiny battery and densely packed high resolution screen. LG needs to get some balance, don't give me some awesome LCD but a crappy battery and rinky dink camera.


Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

LG's user interface is so boring on many aspects like the icons and apps presentations instead of touchwiz UI animations and the multitasking function is also useful I will vote for Galaxy Note although is almost exactly like the galaxy sIII despite of its round corners and s-pen

11. johnny9000

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

These articles are always so diplomatic. I wish once the conclusion would be "this phone is just better, you are dumb if you don't choose it."

13. Jericho unregistered

Phonearena's Job is to show the differences Between the two. Not to tell you what you should Buy. That's your MOM'S job.

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

would go with the LG simply cuz the note is hella big! wtf?? lol

7. GodKnowsAll unregistered

All LG Smartphone Lovers You Should Wait For LG Optimus G To Realese.Because It Is Going To Beat Every Phone In Performence.

14. epdm2be

Posts: 836; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

@ GodKnowsAl: ...but it has no microSD card slot nor a removable battery (and thus no possibility for an extended Mugen-battery) which is important for some... Hence I will NOT ever buy it. Show me a quadcore S4 handset with removable battery and micro-SDcard slot and I will take notice. For now all the new upcoming S4 Krait handsets ALL have the same flaws! So screw them. Even the asus padphone hasn't got a MicroSD-card slot anymore. :-( So I might as well look indeed for an 'old' SGSIII or this model which might become even cheaper when the Optimus G comes along. If only Sony for once made that perfect handset WITH microSD-slots, damn! But they too always lag behind.. why do they even bother making smartphones at all!!! And if all else fail then I will settle for that Nokia 808. It has also an FM-transmitter and a much better camera than any of the present and upcoming Android models. Plus it record calls even over bluetooth headsets/carkits.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Note is clearly beating every aspect between them... The only advantage LG has is it's pocketable size.

12. Jericho unregistered

And the TegraZone.

4. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

I pick Note II anytime.

2. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lg needs to either put full attention into their phones or stop selling them. Disappointed kinda.

3. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

5. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I know the G is coming but phone like this one water down their quality.

9. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

Galaxy Note 2 pimp slaps the Lg Óptimus G too..

15. agarcia820

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 23, 2012

LG should stick to making Washers and Dryers :P

17. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

something is better than nothing!

1. redmd

Posts: 1970; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

the note 2 seems to be better on every aspect, you just have to swallow its size if you can.

10. Jelly_Bean

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Samsung and its engineers are very proud on their beast (Note 2). This phone is just killing every smartphone on this planet. I have got around 35 friends in my friend circle and 29 of us did a pre - order for Note 2. Come to papa :)

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