LG Optimus G Pro vs Galaxy Note 2

By admin | Published April 21st, 2013

Full review of LG Optimus G Pro vs Galaxy Note 2

The phablet world has been overrun since the Galaxy Note 2 came in and received a huge amount of success. Of course, the first phablet that made it to mainstream markets was the Galaxy Note, but it took Samsung to release the 2nd Galaxy Note 2 to make the smartphone industry and everyone involved realize that Samsung were serious about phablets, and they are here to stay.

Since the Galaxy Note 2, we’ve seen a few phablets pop up, but the most interesting that’s available right now has got to be the LG Optimus G Pro, but what phablet is better out of the two?

Build Quality

Surprisingly the LG Optimus G Pro has managed to make itself look a lot like the Galaxy Note 2, and without the LG and Samsung logos, it would be easy to mistake one for the other from a distance.

The Galaxy Note 2 has gone for the rounded plastic curves that are found on all other Samsung Galaxy pebble handsets, whilst the LG Optimus G Pro goes for a similar design, except its back cover has an interesting glossy pattern similar to the Nexus 4. 

The Galaxy Note 2 also manages to mimic the LG’s glossy design, however the moving patterns found on the Optimus G aren’t apparent with the G Note 2. Both handsets look pretty, but what feels nicer in the hand? It’d be hard to say, as all hands come in different shapes and sizes, however, both feel comfortable in the hand, and due to the similarities between handsets, a clear winner is not apparent. 

Hardware

The Galaxy Note 2 was the first handset to come with a nice 2GB of RAM, whilst other hardware aspects are just as impressive. The Note 2 comes with a quad core 1.6GHz Cortex A9 and a Mali 400 GPU, as well as 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options. On the other side, the LG Optimus G Pro has a similar 2GB RAM, following the trend that the Galaxy Note 2 has set, as well as an even more impressive 1.7GHz Krait quad core processor and an Adreno 320 GPU

The Mali 400 is a better GPU, but the Krait processor makes up for that as it is a lot better than the G Note 2’s 1.6GHz Cortex A9.

Display

  • Both devices have a 5.5 inch display, however the LG Optimus G Pro has a far superior screen quality to the outdated Galaxy Note 2.
  • The G Note 2 has a 720x1280 resolution display, making the PPI a tiny 267 per inch, whilst the LG Optimus G has a pretty 4208x3120 resolution, making the PPI of the LG Optimus G Pro a huge 401 PPI.
  • The Galaxy Note 2 has got a nice display, but when compared to the 1080p HD quality of the Optimus G Pro, there is no comparison to be made. 
  • The blacks on the Galaxy Note 2 are a lot deeper, and the color saturation is larger on the Galaxy Note 2, but after watching an HD video on the Lg Optimus G Pro, you will never go back.

Software

  • Whilst both phablets are running Android’s 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, however thanks to the Custom overlays on both handsets, each phone feels a lot different from each other.

The TouchWiz overlay is layed on top of the Galaxy Note 2, which is filled with extra features like multi window smart stay and other features that have been neatly hidden within the settings menus. The LG Optimus Pro G on the other hand has a nice slick display, but it lacks the multitude of features that can be found on the Galaxy Note 2.

The LG Optimus Pro G definitely feels smoother but with the Optimus G Pro you’ll be missing out on a lot of features that have been included into the TouchWiz UI.

Camera

Whilst the Galaxy Note 2 has an 8 Megapixel camera, and the LG Optimus G Pro has a 13 Megapixel camera, as always, judging by the megapixel capacity is often a mistake, especially when the HTC One has just a 4 Megapixel camera, and the not-so good Xperia Z has a 13 Megapixel snapper. But which one is truly the better camera here? 

Whilst the Galaxy Note 2 manages to produce crisp and clear images, the Optimus G Pro can produce even clearer images, and the color reproduction is intense. The Galaxy Note 2’s color reproduction is a little oversaturated, and noise is a little more evident from snaps on the Galaxy Note 2. Shadows on the LG Optimus G Pro are under saturated, and darker images often come out more natural on the G Note 2. 

Which is better? It’s a tough decision, but the LG Optimus G Pro takes the lead, despite the G Notes good performance under low light.

Summary

Whilst the Galaxy Note 2 hit the market and brought in huge success, the Lg Optimus G Pro feels almost like a rehashed version of the product with even better specs and a beautiful display.

The Pro does cost more for the extra hardware though, but when considering both prices, the price difference is not something you’ll fully consider. The software on the G Note 2 is far superior, but the Lg Optimus G Pro feels a lot smoother than the heavy-loaded Galaxy Note 2.

The LG Optimus G Pro takes the winning card here.

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