Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G

Are you planning on upgrading to a new smartphone within the next month or so? If that’s the case, you might be curious to know what’s going to be out there vying for your business. Well folks, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock of late, then you’re probably well aware about a couple of superb smartphones that’ll be competing against one another. Already, we’ve raved about how LG has managed to steer itself in the correct direction with the Optimus G, but without giving them any breathing room, Samsung is itching to bring back focus to itself with the impending launch of the Galaxy Note II in the US market. Therefore, let’s find out how they compare to one another!


Knowing that the LG Optimus G is the most sturdy device we’ve seen put out by LG, it easily manages to capture our attention more than the typically made Samsung device in the Galaxy Note II. If we take size out of the equation, the premium nature of the Optimus G is able to catch our glance thanks to its more solid construction and premium choice materials, which as we all know very well, stands particularly highly amongst consumers all around. Even though the Note II will garner a fair amount of interest from strangers due to its massive size, it proves to be its Achilles’ heel as well since it becomes unwieldy to hold comfortably in the hand.

Around the trims of both handsets, they feature many commonalities – like their microphones, volume controls, power buttons, noise-cancellation mics, and microUSB ports. With the latter, the two can gain video-out functionality with the aid of an optional MHL adapter.


Now this is a tough cookie any way we dissect it, mainly because the displays on both handsets have their own unique aspects that make them stand out highly – so it’s a matter of personal preference in the end. Starting with Sammy’s beauty, the Note II really catches our attention thanks to its ginormous 5.5” HD Super AMOLED display and its saturated color production. Indeed, its size is undeniably an attention grabber, but it’s still able to produce crisp looking details due to its 720 x 1280 resolution, which so happens to employ a slightly modified RGB sub-pixel arrangement. Meanwhile, the 4.7” HD 768 x 1280 IPS Plus display is spectacular thanks to its natural colors, higher pixel density, and superior outdoor visibility. Although it’s lacking the sheer spectacle surrounding the size of the Note II’s display, the Optimus G’s display is still regarded as being one of the best out there.



1. hateftotti

Posts: 231; Member since: May 03, 2011

My Note II is simply awesome;)

4. redmd

Posts: 1941; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

mine also. though I plan to get the LG optimus G international version.

33. SidSegundaEtapa

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

Good choice fellow

11. SleepingOz unregistered

The GNOTE II rules! I'm loving mine more and more each day!

17. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Right!! im hella jealous that you have the Note II.............BUT i'll get one when its available on AT&T and then i wont feel so bad lmbo

32. SidSegundaEtapa

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

HEY Jeradiah , it is now available on AT&T u bmay begin to feel good noW lol

13. TheCellX

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Also mine... every review of every other phone around.. increase my love with the Note 2. Guys..put it simple, we have the best phone of the year.

15. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

So Sammy killed SIII by introducing Note 2?

18. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

i dont think it did, but it does make the value of the S3 slightly dimishished. But we all knew this was coming because the original Note did more than the S3 anyway. The Note 2 enhanced the features that we love about the original one. I cant freaking wait for this phone to come to AT&T

20. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I prefer it this way. Next year the S4 should beat the crap out of the Note 2 and the Note 3 will beat the crap out of the S4. I upgrade every year and prefer to have a model that is worth upgrading to. Just look at what happened with the iPhone 4 and 4S; weak.

35. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

this is what technology is coming to these days. Thats why I like to upgrade to phones that will remain relevent for at least 18 months. I have the Inspire and it became obsolete after 8 months lol. Having the S3 or the Note II would stay relevent until next summer at the earliest. I dont want to upgrade every year because that will get expensive, but having a phone that is innovative is a way to go

38. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

I wouldn't say so. Each is targeted at a different area of the market, so neither really makes the other obsolete.

39. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Nope. When you own an S3, and see someone with the Note2, you'll feell like your S3 was suddenly so tiny and fit well in the hands.

27. Intelligence

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Comparing a Samsung phone to an LG phone? That's like comparing apples to s**tty apples.

3. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

both phones have their strong areas and areas which are not their strengths, but the better benchmarks of the optimus g are really something. alternatively, the bigger screen of the note 2 and the s pen are in samsung's favour. so in the end, it all depends on a person's personal taste and brand-orientation

19. nsnk86

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

i completely agree with you Ohrules!!

5. abish1234

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

Do i need to read the entire comparison to find out which one is the best??.. no.. the answer is obvious..NOTE II...

7. davidvvassallo

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

Sure the s pen might be appealing at first but after a few days you wont even use it. The lg optimus g is the better phone in terms of hardware it has the best cpu and gpu at the moment, while the Note II uses last years cpu and gpu(even though its over clocked), in terms of features the Note II wins by a bit. Conclusion Optimus G is the best phone.

6. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

note 2 FTW

8. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I am struggling to make sense of a comparison like this.. to me this is like comparing a car to a motorcycle. One is not better than the other, just for different uses/people. I want a phone with a big ass screen.. I want to see the Note2 compared to other big ass screened phones.. not smaller. The Note2 is for a certain demographic that more than likely KNOWS what they want. I don't care if a phone comes out with 4x the specs of the Note2.. if it doesn't have the 5.5" screen or similar, I don't want it. Having said that.. the LG looks pretty good.. for a little girly phone! :P C'mon Verizon.. HURRY UP WITH THE NOTE ALREADY!!

10. Nookie4u

Posts: 133; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

If I had to choose between the two, i'd go with Note 2 of course. It's more of a miniature computer than a phone and as a creative user, I have lots of stuff to do with the S-pen and the big screen. Lastly, the battery is simply amazing. Besides, LG's bad record of SW updates scare people.

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Dear John V, i think it'll be better for you to not mention sentences like "...when it comes to it, it's a matter of personal preference". Honestly, it defeats your purpose of reviewing or comparing the phones! Now I've went through and realized that you've used those kind of sentences more than once. Yes, i agree it's a matter of personal preference but i think you shouldn't use it. If an expert's opinion, like yours, didn't matter, we wouldn't be reading it...and we would solely be relying upon our own "personal preference"! Thank you!!

21. predator93

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Note 2 technically doesn't have any competitor as of now. Maybe HTC DLX (aka butterfly) or the upcoming xperia tablets may be able to heat up the competition.

24. Aslam

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 27, 2012

Where can i find Galaxy Note II price ? i'm searching on some site as amazon, and other.

25. redsox420

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Does ANYONE know why no White Note 2? Seems like ATT, T-Mob only has Tit Gray.. WHY??

26. Mke5Mke

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

I hate the white. I'm trying to decide between these two phones and if the Note 2 only came in white, it would make this decision so much easier - - I would go with the Optimus G. Unfortunately, there's the gray. When it comes to design, I'm really not a fan of Samsung's latest devices. I'm extremely disappointed that the Note 2 looks so much like the SGS 3. I think I would be more productive and organized with the Note 2. Unfortunately, the AT&T version eliminated the split screen feature! So that's a major CON. A third, unexpected option would be welcomed. But I'm not holding my breath.

28. Mke5Mke

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Actually, I think I'm going to jump ship. WP8 & Nokia Lumia 920 in gray.

29. lifelesslump

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

While the note II sounds amazing, The optimus G sounds amazing too. The problem I see with the optimus G is the call quality isn't the best. And the problem with the Note II is its giant. I drew out the dimensions and the note II isn't that much bigger, but it for sure is big. I think that is the deal breaker for me, well that and the extra $100 bucks. for AT&T. They both have powerful quad-cores and 2 GBs of RAM. With the ability for a microSDXC up to 64 GB. I am going to order the LG optimus G soon.

30. SomikSharma

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Check out my comparison between both of them at, Stay tuned for latest info from the world of Techno, Smartphone and gaming.

34. SidSegundaEtapa

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

I Don't think anybody would have to watch or read the whole review the comments tell more abt the Smartphone!! CUZ WE ARE THE RIGHTFUL CONSUMERS!!!!

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