Jun 04 2013

LG Optimus 4x HD And The Samsung Note II – Comparison And Review

LG haven’t had great success over the recent years in the touch screen mobile phones market. They’ve struggled to make an impact and have had severe criticism from industry experts and the consumer market.

The LG Optimus 4x HD was certainly their best offering in the market and was a good stepping-stone to the excellent Optimus G, which has recently arrived. The two phones are extremely different in their nature and some might question the wisdom of trying to compare something that looks more like a tablet and something that is distinctively a phone.

However, this will demonstrate the benefits of each phone and may help you make a choice between the mammoth monster and the sleek contender.


It’s worth noting from the start that the screens are quite different. The LG has a 4.7 inch LCD screen and the Samsung Galaxy Note II has a 5.5 inch mammoth screen. The LG provides a lot of screen, with superb colouration and brightness and ability to be viewed from even the widest of angles. People to your left and right will definitely be able to read your texts. The screen also performs very well in bright conditions outside making it a good all-around performer in a display department.

The 5.5 inch screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note II isn’t as bright and certainly has worse performance in bright sunlight. It is a beauty though with contrast that really makes images shine and a vivid appearance that makes movies and browsing internet lots of fun. The pixel density on the LG is certainly superior, but in reality the difference means very little to the user experience. Both screens are impressive. Both have different uses. Of course a stylus can also be utilised to operate the Note II. Both do a good job of what they do.

Cameras and Processors

Both phones have decent 8 megapixel cameras that provide good pictures and can also take decent video. They are what you’d expect from high end top phones. When it comes to viewing the pictures, again, the screens are good so you won’t have any problems there.

The processing power of both phones is impressive. You won’t be stuck waiting for the applications to open or for screens to change. The touch screen experience and navigation around interfaces is excellent for both. Certainly, the performance lets you enjoy the operating systems on both phones.

Different Phones for Different Users

Being different types of phones they will attract different users. The Note II is particularly for those who are media hungry, but also those who are artistic and looking to make full use of the stylus. The LG is one for those who want to favour an underdog and are looking for a good all-round phone. LG have really struggled recently, but are producing some good phones. You should probably look to a higher spec LG, such as the LG Optimus G, if you’re considering the brand. You could even opt for the Google Nexus 4, which is an incredible phone and made in partnership with LG.

Overall, the Samsung Note II is a better phone. I’ll give it 9.5 out of 10 and I give the LG Optimus 4x HD a creditable 8.5 out of 10.

Phil Turner has looked at touch screen mobile phones with a view to buying one for himself; at long last.

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