Big props goes to LG for beating Samsung to the 1080p punch with the epic Optimus G Pro

Samsung spawned a new market when it released the Galaxy Note, and while it has taken a while for other manufacturers to catch up, LG looks to have hit a homerun with the LG Optimus G Pro.

U.S. consumer magazine Consumer Report has stated that the Optimus G Pro is both better and cheaper than the current king of large-screen smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

LG held an event where it invited 182 participants who have had previous experience with large phones, to participate in a one month trial where they tested the user experience of the Optimus G Pro and compared it to their previous experiences with other smartphones.

Incredibly, 95% of the participants chose to replace their current devices with an Optimus G Pro, and 80% of those who chose to swap were coming from a Samsung Galaxy Note.

The features that participants saw as the most interesting were the Full HD front and back cameras, as well as a feature we’ve also seen on the Galaxy S4, called dual recording mode. This allows both the subject and the taker to be in the video, and uses both the front and rear camera simultaneously to shoot videos. Unlike the Galaxy S4, it can not take still shots.

With a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a Quad-core Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.7 ghz and a 13 megapixel camera, the Optimus G Pro has specifications which rival and even exceed the Galaxy Note 2 in some aspects.

However, some would argue that it isn’t the Galaxy Note 2’s size that makes it such a great device, but rather it is Samsung’s software optimizations and the S-Pen, which allow you to fully utilize the screen space.

If you still can’t decide if the LG Optimus G Pro is for you, check out our “By the numbers” comparison of the Optimus G Pro and the Galaxy Note 2 by clicking here, or check out the video review of the Optimus G Pro below.

Do you think the LG Optimus G Pro is the best large-screen device? Or are the software editions of the Galaxy Note 2 enough to continue its reign as king?