The LG Optimus G Pro is finally out and it is obviously a counter to the very popular Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
If you want a new phablet, it looks like it will be a choice between the two. But what should you choose? Which is the better phablet?
Here’s a head-to-head comparison to help you out:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is 151mm tall, 81mm wide, and 9.4mm thick. LG Optimus G Pro is a couple of millimeters smaller at 150mm tall, 76mm wide, and 9.4m thick. You might think that a couple of millimeters is not that big a deal. But having the same screen size at 5.5 inches, the LG Optimus Pro is easier to hold with one hand. It is also lighter at 174g compared to Galaxy Note 2’s 180g.
Winner: LG Optimus G Pro
The Note 2 comes with a gorgeous 5.5 inch HD Super AMOLED display at 720p. The Optimus G Pro, however, takes it to another level with a much tighter 1080p 5.5 inch full HD IPS screen which is more common among the flagship phones of 2013. Not that the Note 2’s screen is bad because it was great in 2012. It is just that technology evolved so fast that better screens have come out this year. Note 2’s edge over the Optimus Pro is that it has Corning Gorilla Glass 2 for protection. So when it comes to durability and protection from scratches, Note 2 takes this one.
You would think that LG would have the better camera because it has a 13MP rear shooter compared to Note 2’s 8MP camera. But as experts say, higher megapixels do not always mean better images. LG’s new phablet struggles to take good shots even with ample lighting. Pictures taken on low-light conditions are even worse. The Note 2, on the other hand, takes great shots, consistent with how the S3 develops images.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 2
The Note 2 is pretty fast, with a clock speed of 1.6GHz. The Optimus G Pro, however, has the more current Snapdragon 600 that churns a slightly faster clock speed of 1.7GHz. The Optimus Pro has faster CPU and GPU, which also consume less power. This feature provides users with faster performance for running 3D games, making VoIP calls, and streaming videos.
Winner: LG Optimus G Pro
LG’s Optimus G Pro has customizations that help you use it with one hand. The Quickbutton at the side to launch your favorite app is a clever idea and the ability to cram the keyboard to the side makes typing with one hand easier. It also has some cool features like the QSlide for multi-tasking and the QuickMemo for quick notes. It is also an IR blaster which lets you use the phone as a remote.
Even with all of the Optimus G’s features, the Note 2 is still easier to use. Though you can still enjoy the Note 2 even without a stylus, the S-Pen really makes a ton of difference. It is more than just a stylus as the S-pen also acts like a mouse that lets you reveal hidden menus with a click of its ridged button. Like the LG Pro, you can jot down notes, but with the S-Pen, usage becomes much more fun. And by upgrading to Jellybean 4.1.2, users also get the ability to open two windows at once, which is pretty similar to QSlide.
LG seems to have designed the Optimus G Pro to be slightly better than the Note 2; a better screen, higher camera megapixels, and a slightly faster processor. If you do not dig deep enough, it would seem that the Optimus G is the clear winner. But all those improvements, except for the processor, came with a price. A better screen with no Gorilla glass and the camera which does not take great pictures are huge disadvantages. Lastly, in terms of usability, the Note 2’s S-pen makes a ton of difference.
So even if the Note 2 was released in 2012, I would still pick it over the Optimus G Pro. It does not mean that the Optimus G Pro is bad. It is just that the Note 2’s usability and durability make it more enduring. If you do not have the money for a Note 2, however, the Optimus G Pro is a great alternative.