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Galaxy Note 4 vs. LG G3 – Comparison and Differences

Updated on October 15, 2014

Galaxy Note 4

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the LG G3 are two of the latest phablets to have hit the market. Presented below is a comparison between these two gorgeous devices.

The Design

The Note 4 is sized similar to the Note 3, but it does come with a larger screen. However, the unique ‘2.5D glass’ design where the glass panel curves into the narrowed bezels means that it has more screen space than the Note 3. It weighs only 176g and has dimensions of 153.5 X 78.6 X 8.5mm. The body is still made of plastic, but its sides are adorned and protected by a surrounding metal border. The fake leather feel of the casing feels a lot more premium after removal of the faux stitching. The back has a heart rate monitor along with the camera, while the front panel has the usual physical home button with an integrated fingerprint sensor and flanked by the capacitive back buttons.The Note 4 is available in Charcoal Black, Blossom Pink, Frost White, and Bronze Gold colors.

The LG G3 has a simple clean design which gives it a stunning appearance. It has smooth curved lines that makes it seem smaller than it really is. The casing is made of plastic; but it has a brushed metal paint finish (just like the Note 4 which has a fake leather look and feel). The G3’s body may appear metallic but is slightly plastic-ky on touch. It weighs 149 g and measures 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm.The phone has the well-known floating arc design with a curved back. This means that at its thinnest point the phone measures only 2.7 mm, while the thickest region measures 8.9 mm.

The front area consists of just the glass panel with narrow unnoticeable bezels, except for a small ‘metallic’ border with the LG logo at the bottom. The physical volume and lock buttons are placed on the back, just below the camera. Users may experience difficulties using it with one hand, but with practice and some muscle memory, you will eventually get used to it. Another drawback is that the lock button is circular just like the back camera. So, users may sometimes inadvertently press the camera instead of the lock button. The LG G3 comes in gold, black, white, red, and blue colors. Red and blue hued G3s are not widely available.

The Screen

The Galaxy Note 4 comes with a 5.7 inches screen just like the Note 3, but the resolution has been bumped up to an incredible 2,560 x 1,440 pixels with 515 ppi. When using the Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, users can expect stunning displays with deep contrasts, vivid bright colors, and amazing viewing angles. Every minute detail will be visible. The screen also comes with several new features such as adaptive display which changes the light according to the light present on the image viewed on the screen. Using the Note 4 is indeed an optimal and astounding viewing pleasure!

The LG G3 features a 5.5 inches QHD Corning Gorilla glass IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels and an unbelievable ppi of 534. HD videos and photos look exquisitely recreated and pin-sharp. Colors are vivid but do not seem oversaturated and viewing angles are good enough. It may be noted that full use of the capacities of this high resolution screen can only be realized when HD compatible apps are created and made available.

The Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is available in 2 variants. Some markets will have a Note 4 powered by a QualcommSnapdragon 2.5 GHz quad-core 805 processor and the new generation Adreno 420 GPU, while other markets will have a Note 4 with a Samsung Exynos octa-core processor featuring ARM’s new A57 and A53quad cores in a big-LITTLE architecture. Both come with 3GB RAM, 32GB inbuilt storage, and a microSD external storage option expandable up to 64 GB. They will run on KitKat Android 4.4 OS spiced up by Samsung's TouchWiz UI. The S-Pen stylus has new and improved features along with many novel software uses.

The LG G3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8012.5 GHz quad-core Krait 400 processor backed by an Adreno 330 GPU. The 16 GB version comes with 2 GB RAM, while the 32 GB version has 3 GB of RAM. Both come with a microSD external storage option expandable up to 128 GB.The G3 runs on KitKat Android 4.4.2 OS with certain software tweaks like ‘Smart Tips’ and ‘Smart Notice,’ etc., skinned in.

The Camera

The Note 4 features a 16 MP primary camera along with varied features such as wide angle shots, a default 90-degree shooting angle, 120 degrees of spatial awareness, and f1.9 aperture that permits the entry of nearly 60 percent more light into the camera. It also comes with optical image stabilization system or OIS which makes for better shots enriched photos, and clearer videos. The 3.7 MP secondary camera comes with a new panorama mode, which can be used to capture wider ‘selfie’ shots like group pictures.

The LG G3 comes with a dual tone dual LED enabled 13 MP back camera and a 2.1 MP front-facing ‘selfie’ camera. The primary camera can shoot 3,840 x 2,160 or 4K videos, while the front camera is capable of 1080p at 30 fps video recording. Other awesome features of the camera include a ‘selfie’ mode, optical image stabilization, low light sensitivity,voice activation, concurrent image and video recording, and a ‘laser autofocus sensor’ function which takes just 220 milliseconds to focus.

The Battery

The Note 4 comes with a 3200 mAh battery and many new features like ‘fast charging’ wherein nearly 50 percent of the battery can get charged in about half an hour, and an ‘ultra power saving’ mode that gives approximately 24 hours with just 10 percent battery charge.

The LG G3 comes with a solid replaceable 3000 mAh battery which can give approximately 10 hours on average use.

Pricing

On a 2-year contract with US carriers, the Note 4 is available for $300, while off-contract price is about $600-$700. Off-contract cost of the LG G3 is about $600-$650.


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      Waseem Saif 2 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan

      Can i know the meaning of "phablets" or may be it's tablet???

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