Interface and Functionality:

Believe it or not, but these two smartphones are still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread in a time when Ice Cream Sandwich is readily available with other devices. Nevertheless, that’s simply just the way it is and we have to accept them for what they are. Honestly though, there isn’t a whole lot different between the two, other than running different customized UIs on top of Gingerbread, but they boast all the wonderful personalization aspects of the platform as a whole. On the surface, their presentations are very similar, but the Galaxy Note LTE offers additional functionality that broadens its depth – such as gesture controls that allow us to zoom in the gallery and browser. Plus, there’s this thing called the S Pen with the Galaxy Note LTE that turns the smartphone to a virtual canvas ready for drawing or jotting down notes.

Sure, the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE has the larger display, but the LG Nitro HD is still spacious enough to present us with a comfortable typing experience. When it comes down to it, there’s barely any pause with either device as they maintain a steady stream of responsiveness when typing up messages. And if typing isn’t your kind of forte, then there’s always Android’s speech-to-text service. However, it’s also worth pointing out the Note’s transcribing option with the S Pen – though, it’s not practical enough to overtake the usual method of using the on-screen keyboard since it’s more tedious.

Function-wise, there’s not a whole lot that separates the core set of organizer apps of the two devices in question, but the Galaxy Note LTE exhibits its tablet-like characteristics with apps like the calendar and regular email. Specifically, when placed in landscape, we’re given better visibility and organization thanks to its 2-panel layout. Furthermore, we’ve already mentioned the advantages of the S Pen of the Galaxy Note LTE, as it keenly presents itself as the more systematic device for note taking.

Processor and Memory:

Endowed with the some of the finest processors around, their performances are quite admirable to say the least. Knowing that these beasts are equipped with 4G LTE radios, it doesn’t surprise us that they’re donning the same 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processors underneath their shells. Exhibiting plenty of fluidity and responsiveness with most basic tasks, we do notice just a tiny hint of degradation with more processor intensive tasks – such as running graphically intensive live wallpapers. By no means however are they turtle slow, but rather, it simply softens their status of being high-end devices. In any event, we’re not too concerned with it since it’s never to the point frustrating enough for us to become annoyed.

When it comes to storage, its breaks down to a preloaded 16GB microSD card for the LG Nitro HD, and 16GB of internal storage for the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE with expandability via its unoccupied microSD card slot.

Internet and Connectivity:

Glorified by their innate ability to load complex web sites with minimal wait thanks to their always beneficial 4G LTE connections, they wonderfully replicate that desktop-like experience thanks to their proper rendering and support of Adobe Flash. Obviously, the Galaxy Note LTE has the larger display, but at the same time, it dishes up the smoother and more fluid navigational controls between the two. Well, it’s not that bad at all with the LG Nitro HD, but there are some light instances of choppiness with its movement – albeit, it’s not all that terrible.

Similar to the tooth in the hardware department, these two GSM based smartphones will default to HSPA+ speeds in the event they’re outside the warm glow of AT&T’s new network. Of course, that means that these two will be able to travel to other countries abroad with no worries of incompatibility. Commonly expected, they share the same set of connectivity features such as aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.

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