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Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G

Call Quality:

Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus G
Barely having any flaws with its call quality, we’re digging the Note II more in this category – especially when its earpiece is extraordinarily powerful with its output, not to mention the pleasant voices on both ends. Although it’s tolerable enough to accept, the LG Optimus G is plagued by hollow voices through the earpiece and muffled tones on the other end of the line.


Without a doubt, the Samsung Galaxy Note II’s battery life blows away the LG Optimus G – nearly doubling its performance. Certainly, we’re accepting of the normal one-day of normal usage we’re able to get out of the Optimus G, but that’s nothing stellar compared to the two days of usage offered by the Note II.

Battery life

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.

Higher is better
Samsung GALAXY Note II
6h 16 min (Average)
LG Optimus G
4h 23 min (Poor)
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Pricing can dictate many things for people, but in this case, it’ll depend on how much people are willing to shell out to experience something special and definitive. At $199.99 on-contract, the LG Optimus G is undoubtedly an admirable offering worthy of being included in the elites of the smartphone world. Considering that it’s packing one of the best displays out there and the snappiest performance we’ve seen on a smartphone to date, it’s a fitting price point that would make it an automatic buy for many people.

Despite its higher starting price of $299.99 (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon versions), the Samsung Galaxy Note II makes it up with its better overall performance and comprehensive software experience. Underneath it all, the Note II has all the qualities found with the Optimus G, but its S Pen and associated functions are unique to it – making it a one-of-a-kind device that’s not replicated elsewhere at this moment. Capping things off, we find the Note II performing better than the Optimus G in some categories, like its battery life and video recording, which proves its $100 difference in price is justified.

LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy Note II:


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posted on 26 Oct 2012, 06:38 20

1. hateftotti (Posts: 205; Member since: 03 May 2011)

My Note II is simply awesome;)

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 07:09 12

4. redmd (Posts: 1367; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 00:06 1

33. SidSegundaEtapa (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)

Good choice fellow

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 10:05 13

11. SleepingOz (unregistered)

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

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 15:48 2

17. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 11 Feb 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

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 00:04

32. SidSegundaEtapa (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 10:50 12

13. TheCellX (Posts: 50; Member since: 08 Nov 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.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 11:07 1

15. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4319; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

So Sammy killed SIII by introducing Note 2?

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 15:51 3

18. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 11 Feb 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

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 19:48 4

20. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 08:18

35. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 11 Feb 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

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 17:26

38. AWiseGuy (Posts: 68; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 22 Nov 2012, 02:52

39. yajia1 (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 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.

posted on 28 Oct 2012, 10:37 1

27. Intelligence (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 07:02 16

3. Ohrules (Posts: 327; Member since: 11 Jun 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

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 17:19 2

19. nsnk86 (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

i completely agree with you Ohrules!!

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 08:15 7

5. abish1234 (Posts: 51; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 09:17 8

7. davidvvassallo (Posts: 39; Member since: 02 Jul 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.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 08:52 8

6. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

note 2 FTW

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 09:26 8

8. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 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


posted on 26 Oct 2012, 09:28 7

10. Nookie4u (Posts: 133; Member since: 13 Aug 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.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 10:22 6

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4319; Member since: 07 Mar 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!!

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 21:17 1

21. predator93 (Posts: 122; Member since: 28 Aug 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.

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 13:35

24. Aslam (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)

Where can i find Galaxy Note II price ? i'm searching on some site as amazon,http://www.gsmsouth.com and other.

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 16:22

25. redsox420 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 28 Oct 2012, 01:09

26. Mke5Mke (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Oct 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.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 00:16

28. Mke5Mke (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:31 1

29. lifelesslump (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Oct 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.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 11:43

30. SomikSharma (Posts: 7; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

Check out my comparison between both of them at,

Stay tuned for latest info from the world of Techno, Smartphone and gaming.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 00:08

34. SidSegundaEtapa (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)

I Don't think anybody would have to watch or read the whole review
the comments tell more abt the Smartphone!!


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