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LG is bringing the fight to Samsung in the phablet category with the recently-announced LG G Pro 2. Both smartphones are behemoths in their own right – but how do they compare? Here’s a quick look at the LG G Pro 2 vs Samsung’s largest, most premium flagship, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Let’s get started!
Both feature very compelling designs, with LG incorporating subtle elements that are borrowed from their current crop of devices, like the LG G2 and the Nexus 5. Taking things a step further, the G Pro 2 slims down the bezels even further, beyond what Samsung, or any other device manufacturer, have done to date.
While Samsung has opted for a more angular design, with a strong rectangular look, LG has curved the corners up a bit, and have sought to create a device that isn’t just visually stunning, but also a joy to hold in the hand, despite its very large size. But, in a good move away from glossy plastic, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features a faux leather back cover, which gives it a more premium feel, worthy of its flagship designation.
Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the LG Pro 2 feature 1080p displays, with Samsung having a slight edge in pixel density because of its smaller 5.7-inch display. A fight between the 5.7-inch best in-class AMOLED display of the Galaxy Note 3 versus the 5.9-inch latest and greatest from LG Display, is incredibly difficult to judge. Both offer extremely deep color palettes and are clearly among the best we’ve ever seen.
Both devices pack the best processing package currently available, with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, and 3 GB of RAM, so you can’t lose with either. With everything identical on paper, what it comes down to is the perception of performance, which also appears to be equally excellent across the board.
Granted, a more thorough review will be required to see how important things, like the camera perform, when the devices are a bit more bogged down with other things running, because it’s this real world performance that ultimately matters the most. Either way, both devices will certainly offer first class experiences.
As far as hardware is concerned, once again, there is very little that differentiates the two smartphones. Both are available in 16 GB and 32 GB variants, along with microSD expansion. You also get an impressive 3,200 mAh battery powering both devices.
Where the LG G Pro 2 seems to leave the Galaxy Note 3 behind is when it comes to the camera. The 13MP rear-facing camera of the G Pro 2 features OIS+, and is capable of recording 4K video. Other camera features include 120fps slow-motion video, natural flash, burst mode, and a flash for selfies that turns most of the screen white for more “soft” lighting. The 13 MP shooter of the Galaxy Note 3 is no slouch either, but at least on paper, the G Pro 2 holds the edge.
LG was quick to emphasize that they will focusing less on differentiating their software suite, and are instead looking to increase the quality of experience for the important things like the camera, smoothness of operation, and other elements like Knock Code, that the market really seems to appreciate. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on the other hand, runs its tried and tested TouchWiz UI, which, frankly, is in need of an update. Of course, the trump card the Note 3 has is its S-Pen, and a software suite to support it that gives you the bests stylus experience currently available. The LG G Pro 2 will ship with Android 4.4 Kitkat, with an update to the latest iteration of Android on the way for the Galaxy Note 3.
LG G Pro 2
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
|Display||5.9-inch IPS Plus LCD, 1080p resolution, 373 ppi||5.7-inch Super AMOLED, 1080p resolution, 386 ppi|
|Processor||2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU||2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU|
|RAM||3 GB||3 GB|
|Storage||16/32 GB, expandable||16/32 GB, expandable|
|Battery||3,200 mAh||3,200 mAh|
|Cameras||13 MP OIS+ rear camera|
2.1 MP front camera
|13 MP rear camera
2 MP front camera
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infrared, USB 2.0||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infrared, USB 3.0|
|OS||Android 4.4 Kitkat||Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (upgradable to Android 4.4 Kitkat)|
|Dimensions||157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3 mm, 172 grams||151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm, 168 grams|
Conclusion at a glance
In the end, we have two of the best that either of these companies have to offer. In larger sizes, you get a great display experience no matter which device you choose. So, it really comes down to whether you want a stylus experience, which you get with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but if you’re okay without it, you should definitely consider the best that LG has to offer with the G Pro 2.