The phones are of very different sizes. If we forget this for a moment the first thing we are stuck by is the sturdiness of the LG entrant. It is the strongest LG seen ever, and makes my early LGs look like wimpy 5 stone weaklings stood next to a body building champion; I was going to say Arnold Schwartnegger but I am not sure how to spell his name and I don’t want to do a search and get hooked reading his very interesting Governorship Manifesto.
The premium look and feel of the LG certainly stand head and shoulders above the larger Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The Samsung will have its admirers for its size, but it is not made of such nice materials and is a bit unwieldy to use. Size unfortunately does not mean usability when it comes to mobile phones or phablets.
I will brush over the normal features as they are similar on microUSB ports, noise cancellation, volume controls, video-out using MHL adapter. It is nice to see both using the microUSB as it is great to see standardization emerging in this area. I wonder if the Iphone will ever give up its own technology in favour for this more widespread feature? Unlikely.
Comparing the displays is not an easy feat as this is an area that they have their unique features and benefits. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a massive 5.5 inch display. It is bordering on a tablet. The HD Super AMOLED screen with saturated colour production catches the attention fast and is great for streaming and pictures. Despite the size it creates crisp resolution only slightly below the 768 X1280 of the 4.7 inch HD screen of the LG Optimus G. The LG has incredibly natural colourisation, higher pixel density and better visual acuity outside.
The choice between the two is very difficult. The screens are both great in their own way and the functionality is similar. They are very different phone though. The aspects that are different are like or disliked based on what you are looking for. Personally I prefer the mammoth nature of the Samsung. I rate the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 9.3/10 and the LG Optimus G 9.1/10.
A final note should be added. LG has done very well since re-entry to the market and you should check out the Google Nexus 4, which is made by LG. Lots of research and incredible features make it a power-packed phone.