Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG Optimus G Pro

September 4, 2013
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Big-screen handset lovers everywhere having been waiting in anticipation of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for a while now, and today’s the big day. All other similar sized phones are likely quivering with fear right about now, and with good reason – the Note 3 is an absolute beast!

So how does the LG Optimus G Pro compare to the latest and greatest version of the Galaxy Note? Let’s jump in and take a look.

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Design and build quality

When it comes to build design, the LG Optimus G Pro certainly looks quite similar to a typical Samsung device, plastic build and all. Luckily, the Note 3 doesn’t.

That’s right, the Note 3 ditches the glossy plastic back cover that we’ve become all to familiar with when it comes to Samsung phones.

No, plastic isn’t actually gone with the Note 3 (sorry if I got anyone’s hopes up!), but Samsung is switching things up by introducing a faux leather back to its latest flagship, which includes faux stitching around the edges. Gone is the usual hard plastic feel as well, as the Note 3 feels much softer and easier to grip.

While the Note 3’s display is .2-inches larger, the two handsets actually are quite comparable in size. The Note 3 measures 151.2 x 79.1 x 8.3mm with a weight of 168 grams, versus the G Pro’s 150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4mm and a weight of 160 grams.

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Display

The Note 3 packs a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED full HD display, rated at 386 ppi. As for the Optimus G Pro, it makes use of true IPS technology, and rocks a slightly smaller 5.5-inch Full HD display. Because of the size difference, the G Pro offers a slightly better 401 ppi.

As for which is better? It basically comes back to the same old argument of AMOLED versus IPS. Some folks love them Super AMOLED displays, some don’t.

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Camera

Both the LG G Pro and Note 3 feature 13MP rear cameras, with the LG Optimus G Pro’s camera featuring both LED flash and auto-focus. The G Pro also has several special features like dual recording, HDR and its own Photosphere equivalent.

The bad news for LG is that the Note 3’s camera offers even more features – a heck of a lot more.

Like the G Pro we get LED flash, and then there’s a BSI sensor and smart stabilization. The real magic though comes down to features such as Sound & Shot, HDR, Drama Shot, Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face and the list goes on.

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features a slightly larger 3,200 mAh battery than the G Pro, which 3,140 mAh. In reality, the difference is so little that the two devices will likely compare favorably when it comes to battery life. With a less demanding processor and slightly smaller display, the G Pro might even have a (tiny) advantage here.

For those that can’t stand non-removable batteries? You don’t have to worry about that with either of these two devices, non-removable batteries for the win!

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Other specs

Similar to the Galaxy S4, the Note 3 will have at least two different processor configurations. The LTE version will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, and the 3G version will bring a 1.9GHz Exynos octa-core CPU to the table. Other specs for the Note 3 include 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of storage, and microSD.

The LG Optimus G Pro falls a bit short in the specs department when compared to the Note 3, but we shouldn’t be surprised considering the G Pro isn’t exactly a new arrival.

The G Pro is powered by a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 CPU, accompanied by 2GB of RAM. The device also includes 32GB internal storage and microSD support.

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Software

While it’s not KitKat (which obviously isn’t out yet), the Galaxy Note 3 will feature Android 4.3 Jelly Bean from day one. In contrast, the LG Optimus G Pro is still chugging along with Android 4.1.2.

Not only do the two devices run different versions of Android, there UIs are obviously different as well.

As expected, the Note 3 runs on TouchWiz and has quite a few special features. To name a few, we have the new Pen Window, My Magazine, S Finder and updated S-Pen apps. In addition to everything the Note 3 introduces. the Note 3 also packs all of the same software features found on the Galaxy S4.

The LG Optimus G Pro’s custom UI has a few tricks of its own, though the list isn’t nearly as big. Some of the best known special features include QMemo and QSlide. For those that have ever played around with the Optimus G, the Pro essentially has the same software as its older brother.

It’s also worth mentioning that while both devices are the ideal size for note-taking, the lack of a stylus makes the Optimus G Pro a little less desirable in this regard.

Hands-on video

Wrap-up

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 takes everything we expect from a massive-sized smartphone and takes it to brand new heights! While the Optimus G Pro was a pretty decent handset in its own right, it seems to pale in comparison to the giant that is the Note 3.

For more details on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, check out our hands-on coverage! Also stay tuned to Android Authority for all the latest coverage straight from IFA 2013.

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