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A comparison between the LG Optimus G and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

This comparison pits against one another two very powerful Android based Smartphones the LG Optimus G and the current market leader Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

Under the hood

The LG Optimus G is great combination of simplistic & minimalist looks on the outside and a real powerhouse on the inside. It is powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core 1.5GHz CPU processor from Qualcomm and a Adreno 320 graphics chip. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 however comes with a 1.6GHz Quad Core processor that on paper does appear to be faster.

Dimensions & weight

The Galaxy Note 2 has the dimensions of 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4mm which makes it the largest Smartphone currently available in the market and one that can be safely purchased instead of a 7” tablet. It weighs 182.5 grams. The LG Optimus G on the other hand has the dimensions 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm and weighs 145 grams. It has a screen size of only 4.7”.



The display of the LG Optimus G is a stunning 1280 x 768 pixels with 320 dpi. This is though not in the same class as the iPhone’s Retina Display is still good enough. The IPS display of the LG ensures a wide viewing angle, even in bright sunlight. The Samsung also has a stunning 1,280 x 720 resolution display.


The main rear camera of the LG Optimus G boasts a staggering 13 megapixels resolution (some versions have a resolution of 8 megapixels depending on the carrier). This easily beats the camera resolution of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 that has an 8 megapixels rear camera. This is one of the major USPs of the phone.

The LG can shoot stunning quality images which are sharp and captures a lot of detail. At the same time it can also shoot full HD 1080p videos at 30fps. The Samsung can also shoot full HD videos in 1080p and at 30 fps and comes with Back illuminated sensors (BSI) for clearer pictures in low light.



The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has one of the largest batteries in terms if juice. Its 3100 mAh battery is stated to offer 16 hours talk-time on 3G and 35 hours on 2G. It offers a stand-by time of 890 hours on 3G and 980 hours on 2G.

On the other hand the Optimus G has a reasonable 2100 mAh Lithium Ion battery. Extensive use of any Smartphone (and that includes the likes of the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the Samsung Galaxy S III) is never a good idea if you’re at considerable distances between two charging points (or unless you are carrying a solar charger). As such the battery life of the Optimus G is reasonably good if light use is what you have in mind. It can last nearly 2 days on that kind of workload. However if you have a heavier workload you will have to look for a charging point within the day.