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Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD

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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.

Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD

Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD

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.

Left - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
Right - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
Bottom - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
Top - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD






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.

Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus 4X HD
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.

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posted on 12 Oct 2012, 07:41 8

1. redmd (Posts: 1395; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 19:06 5

10. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 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 :)

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 07:44 3

2. bucky (Posts: 3178; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

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

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 08:24

3. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


posted on 12 Oct 2012, 09:14

5. bucky (Posts: 3178; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

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

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 16:29 3

9. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)

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

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 20:47 1

15. agarcia820 (Posts: 8; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)

LG should stick to making Washers and Dryers :P

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 13:57

17. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)

something is better than nothing!

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 08:46 5

4. nofear (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

I pick Note II anytime.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 09:26 2

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4375; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 07:04 2

12. Jericho (unregistered)

And the TegraZone.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 09:56 2

7. GodKnowsAll (Posts: 19; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 12:09

14. epdm2be (Posts: 670; Member since: 20 Apr 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.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 12:54 6

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

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

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 21:14

11. johnny9000 (Posts: 50; Member since: 10 Sep 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."

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 07:07 4

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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:36 1

16. DGVIP (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Oct 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

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 01:08

18. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 23:37

19. enGet (Posts: 31; Member since: 19 Oct 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.

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