LG G Pro 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 quick look (MWC 2014)

February 23, 2014
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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!

    Design

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    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.

    Display

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    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.

    Performance

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    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.

    Hardware

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    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.

    Software

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    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.

    Specs comparison

     
    LG G Pro 2
    Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    Display5.9-inch IPS Plus LCD, 1080p resolution, 373 ppi5.7-inch Super AMOLED, 1080p resolution, 386 ppi
    Processor2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU
    RAM3 GB3 GB
    Storage16/32 GB, expandable16/32 GB, expandable
    Battery3,200 mAh 3,200 mAh
    Cameras13 MP OIS+ rear camera
    2.1 MP front camera
    13 MP rear camera
    2 MP front camera
    ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infrared, USB 2.0Wi-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
    OSAndroid 4.4 KitkatAndroid 4.3 Jelly Bean (upgradable to Android 4.4 Kitkat)
    Dimensions157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3 mm, 172 grams151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm, 168 grams

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    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.

    Comments

    • Brendon Brown

      Note 3 ! The screen is allot brighter too (May be just the wallpaper)

    • MK

      Note 3 doesn’t have a 16gb storage option.

      • IDontKnowMyName

        yes it does. maybe not in your country but the 16gb version does exist.

    • Mystery Man

      Pretty sure note 3 is 32gb/64gb

    • Nanaoallen

      Note 3 has a 16GB variant. Only available in asian countries.

    • ichuck7

      This SHOULD be a win for LG. Knock on is awesome. Both phones have some cool multitasking features, but sadly sans recent apps button. But the LG software is way ahead of Samsung. LG even includes a theme engine by default. I can’t believe nobody is talking about that. Want your phone to have an alien theme? Check. Want it to look like a new or old iPhone? Check. Want it to look like stock android? Check. Samsung really needs to update touchwiz.

    • IDontKnowMyName

      Correction: in the table specs comparison you have said the G Pro 2 has USB 3.0. It doesn’t look like it from the photos that it has USB 3.0. That’s just the regular micro USB2.0

    • Arcybiskup

      I hate Samsung, but i must say that IMO Note series has no competitor yet. Its… Its… U know it is NOTE, while the G Pro 2 seems to be just a bigger G2 with a few little functions added. Same as Xperia Z Ultra, or HTC One Max (not mentioning the fingerprint scanner which i personally would seal with tape…).

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    • dontpanicbobby

      The 16GB Version of the Note 3 is known as the Note 3 NEO and as stated earlier is not available in the US. It also only has 2GB of RAM and sports a 720P screen,

      • hongkongblue

        No, even the original note 3 N9005/N9000 is 16GB (32 and 64gb versions also available). The NEO is a new but lower spec’ed line of Galaxy phones.

        • dontpanicbobby

          That may have been true in Hong Kong Blue but in the US only the 32GB version was offered.

    • jk

      very, very few reviews mention sound quality if you want to use your phone as a music player. the lg has a better dac. for me, that takes the cake. the ois camera is icing.

    • Bob

      You guys really need to mention crappy pentile screen on note 3. LG’s screen is way better.

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