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Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G

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Interface and Functionality:

As we’ve clearly seen playing around with the Optimus G, LG has done a fantastic job in adding a serious dose of functionality, class, and usefulness with its customized Android experience. Of course, we appreciate many of its new features, like Dual Screen/Dual Play, QSlide, Live Zooming, and QuickMemo, but in all honesty, we’ve seen something similar to them all with Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX, which the Note II is flaunting on top of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. In fact, Samsung has tweaked the custom experience enough with the Note II to put it ahead of the competition in many ways. Specifically, its brand new S Pen features by itself put it in a class of its own – making it a one-of-a-kind smartphone in the market! Essentially, the experience we get out of the Note II is comprehensive enough to make LG’s offering appear rehashed and with less depth.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the newest Android 4.1.1 version - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the newest Android 4.1.1 version - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the newest Android 4.1.1 version - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the newest Android 4.1.1 version - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the newest Android 4.1.1 version - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the newest Android 4.1.1 version - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the newest Android 4.1.1 version - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the newest Android 4.1.1 version - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G

Interface of the LG Optimus G - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
Interface of the LG Optimus G - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
Interface of the LG Optimus G - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
Interface of the LG Optimus G - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
Interface of the LG Optimus G - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
Interface of the LG Optimus G - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
App panel - Interface of the LG Optimus G - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
QSlide - Interface of the LG Optimus G - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
  

App panel

QSlide


On the surface, it might appear that there’s nothing too different from the functionality of both handsets’ core organizer apps, but as we dive deeper, it becomes too clear that Samsung’s offering is ahead of the curve. Thanks to the Air View feature found with the Note II, which enables us to preview detailed information in the calendar amongst other things, it goes to show that Samsung spared no expense in broadening the handset’s usefulness in this area. Additionally, it’s also found in the email experience itself, which again proves to be something practical and worth using.

Calendar on the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
Calendar on the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G

Organizer apps on the LG Optimus G - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
Organizer apps on the LG Optimus G - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
Organizer apps on the LG Optimus G - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G

Honestly, we can’t complain about the messaging experience with either device, as they both have spacious layouts and peppy responses with their performances – to keep up with our rate of input. Yes, there’s more room for our fingers to play around with on the Note II, but it doesn’t prove to be drastically better than its rival.

On-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
On-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
On-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G Sprint on-screen keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
LG Optimus G Sprint on-screen keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
LG Optimus G Sprint on-screen keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
LG Optimus G Sprint on-screen keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G


Processor and Memory:

Being the first smartphones in the US to feature quad-core processors, there’s no arguing the kind of processing prowess that are attached to these two smartphones. Basically, it’s a quad-core 1.6GHz Samsung Exynos processor with 2GB of RAM in the Samsung Galaxy Note II, with the LG Optimus G being powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU with 2GB of RAM. From a cursory glance, the two exhibit all the speediness to appease our liking with their respective performance, but looking at them meticulously, we definitely feel that sense of snappiness more with the LG Optimus G.

Both the AT&T and Sprint versions of the LG Optimus G flaunt a total of 32GB of memory – albeit, it’s broken down differently between them (there’s a microSD slot with the AT&T one). In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is packing only 16GB of storage out of the box, which can be supplemented thanks to its microSD slot.



Internet and Connectivity:

Oh man! These two couldn’t be any more ideal when it comes to the web browsing experience, knowing that they offer speedy 4G LTE connections and extremely tight navigational controls. Even with the most complex sites, they’re capable of delivering a lovable experience. Ultimately, it’s yet again the Note II’s useful S Pen that drastically makes it the preferred choice for surfing the web. Aided by its Air View feature, which mimics the function of a mouse cursor, we find it being the single most appreciated feature that caps off the wonderful experience seen with the Note II.

The browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
The browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
The browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
The browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G

Web surfing of the LG Optimus G - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
Web surfing of the LG Optimus G - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
Web surfing of the LG Optimus G - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
Web surfing of the LG Optimus G - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G

Depending on which carrier version you decide to pick up, these two smartphones are available in GSM and CDMA flavors – with 4G LTE connectivity in tow as well. As for the other connectivity features, the listing is nearly identical as they pack aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot, and NFC.

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