LG Nitro HD vs Samsung Galaxy Note | Speed, Performance and Features Reviewed | Full Specs Compared
The buzz words in the mobile phone arena changes from time to time. Ideally they should reflect what consumers are interested in any given time. But what we normally find is that the buzz words reflect the cutting edge technologies that are integrated to mobiles at any given time. If you think both of them are the same, which is when the thin lines separating those two breaks apart. That can be explained easily. When the buzz words reflect the cutting edge features included in the mobiles, it normally translates to be the needs of consumers. After all, everyone likes to have the best phone in their hands, and ideally the cutting edge features becomes your needs, and when that happens, the thin line separating the needs and what’s available is broken, and that’s why we feel these buzz words reflect the interests of consumers. Let me get you an example to explain it to you. If we are to invest in a handset today, we don’t forget to look whether it comes with LTE connectivity because it has become a buzz word and we tend to think of it as a need. But the reality is, even in the United States, LTE coverage is not fully operational while you can understand how it is at the rest of the world. But still we find that as a need because we are convinced it’s a need by the use of the buzz words.
Enough about the buzz words; let’s see how it’s applied. The two handsets we are going to compare now features two basic buzz words namely LTE connectivity and True HD displays. These are what define the mobile phones now, and we have found an ideal match in CES 2012 while another match was found to be released in December 2012. These are respectively Samsung Galaxy Note and LG Nitro HD. Let’s get into individual level and observe how they would appeal to consumers.
LG Nitro HD
AT&T goes with the tagline ‘the first True HD LTE-Smartphone’ and it seems only fair with the specifications it’s provided. LG has come up with a gigantic 4.5 inches AH-IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen featuring a True HD resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. It has a pixel density of 329ppi exceeding that of Apple iPhone 4S. What this means in layman’s terms is that, crisp razor sharp images with unmatched resolution and amazing text readability. LG Nitro HD would be one of the few handsets that feature such high pixel density and screen resolution. Thus, it’s really fair that AT&T has come up with the tagline for their promotions.
It’s not just the screen or True HD capability that raises LG Nitro HD to the Top. There is a beast inside trying to break out like never before. Nitro HD comes with a 1.5GHz Scorpion dual-core processor that is the best processor offered on the block. The 1GB RAM gives it the rightful boost and makes it more like a mobile computer, rather than a mobile phone. The 4GB internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card adds to that. These resources are efficiently and brilliantly managed by the stock OS Android v2.3 Gingerbread. LG is said to provide an upgrade to v4.0 IceCreamSandwich, which is only the right choice. It has the usual LG build quality with smooth curved edges and a pitch black design. It may feel somewhat bulky due to its screen size, but the dimension of 133.9 x 67.8 mm is only fair. LG has managed to make Nitro HD thinner to a mere 10.4mm, as well. LG has made sure to include the accelerometer, proximity sensor, multi touch inputs, as well as, a Gyro sensor to Nitro HD. They make this handset a feature rich phone.
LG Nitro HD is capable of utilizing the high speed LTE 700 network connectivity of AT&T to deliver high speed internet connectivity, and optimized Android browser enables PC like web browsing seamlessly which is totally wonderful. The specialty is that, with the beast of a processor inside, the user can simultaneously use both voice and data, or in simple terms, you can browse, email and stream a youtube video while talking with your friend on the phone. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n enables the handset to continuously keep connected, and act as a Wi-Fi hotspot to host up to 8 other devices, which is just awesome.
LG hasn’t forgotten to address the camera lovers either. Nitro HD comes with an 8MP camera with autofocus and LED flash along with face and smile detection. Geo-tagging is also enabled with the support of A-GPS. The camera can record 1080p HD videos @ 30 frames per second, and it also features a front camera for the delight of video chatters. LG has also optimized the use of Bluetooth for connectivity with the inclusion of v3.0 with A2DP and HS. It provides an optional headset to listen to songs while you’re on a call and even access a Bluetooth printer, all untethered. The microUSB v2.0 connection enables fast data transfer between the handset and the PC. LG promises a battery of 1820mAh, which falls to the high capacity range, and with the available battery information we can assume that the talk time would be somewhere around 6-7 hours, which would be pretty decent.
Samsung Galaxy Note
This beast of a phone in an enormous cover is just waiting to burst with its radiant power inside. At the first glance, you may wonder whether it’s a smartphone even, for it looks big and bulky. But this is bound to be the same size as Nitro HD, perhaps a little larger due to the screen size. The specialty of the Galaxy Note starts with the 5.3 inches Super AMOLED Capacitive touchscreen that comes in either Black or White flavored cover. It has a super resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 285ppi. Now you have the true HD resolution in a 5.3 inches screen, and with the high pixel density it has, the screen guarantees to reproduce crystal clear images and crisp text that you can read even in the broad daylight. Not only that, but it also comes with the Corning Gorilla Glass reinforcement making the screen scratch resistant. Galaxy Note also introduces S Pen Stylus, which is simply a great addition if you have to take notes or even use your digital signature from your device.
Screen is not the only aspect for greatness in Galaxy Note. It comes with 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A9 dual core processor on top of Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon chipset. It is backed up by a 1GB RAM and the whole set up runs on Android v2.3.5 Gingerbread. Even at a glance, this can be seen as a state of the art device with cutting edge specifications. In depth benchmarks have proved that heuristic assumption even better than we had anticipated. There is one shortcoming, which is the OS. We’d have rather preferred if it was Android v4.0 IceCreamSandwich, but then, Samsung will be graceful enough to grant this magnificent mobile with an OS upgrade. It comes in either 16GB or 32GB storages while giving the option to expand using a microSD card.
Samsung hasn’t forgot the camera either for Galaxy Note comes with 8MP camera with LED flash and autofocus along with some additional features like touch focus, image stabilization and Geo-tagging with A-GPS. The camera can also capture 1080p HD videos @ 30 frames per second. It also has a 2MP front facing camera bundled with Bluetooth v3.0 for the delight of video callers. The Galaxy Note is ultra-fast in every context. It even features LTE 700 network connectivity for high speed internet along with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n for continuous connectivity. It also facilitates to act as a wi-fi hotspot and the built-in DLNA enables you to stream rich media content to your big screen wirelessly. The powerful processor and RAM combination enable the handset to multi task seamlessly, like we’ve mentioned in Nitro HD, you can browse, email and stream a YouTube video while talking with your friend on the phone. It also comes with a new set of sensors like Barometer sensor beside the normal accelerometer, proximity and Gyro sensors. It also has Near Field Cosmunication support which is a great value addition.
A Brief Comparison of LG Nitro HD vs Samsung Galaxy Note
• LG Nitro HD is powered by 1.5GHz Scorpion dual core processor on top of Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, while Samsung Galaxy Note is also powered by same set up.
• LG Nitro HD has 4.5 inches AH-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen featuring a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels at 326ppi pixel density, while Samsung Galaxy Note has 5.3 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen featuring a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels at 285ppi pixel density.
• LG Nitro HD does not have NFC while Samsung Galaxy Note is NFC enabled.
So far you have been browsing through two of the best handsets world has ever seen. The hardware specs are top notch and unbeatable. Both of these devices feature same processor, same chipset and the very same GPU. So we can neglect the possibility of them differing by performance. Instead, what makes them unique is the screens of the tow devices. LG Nitro HD has a better screen panel with a high pixel density that will reproduce the images and texts better. On the other hand, Galaxy Note has a gigantic screen and features slightly better resolution than LG Nitro HD. Compared to the screen size, the pixel density is more than acceptable too for we don’t think the difference between the crispness of text would be visible to naked eye. So what you perceive to be the best depends on what you want to get out of this device. We can give you a tip on that as well. Samsung Galaxy Note is identified as ‘All in one Device’; a compendium of smartphone, tablet and a notebook. This is true for we can get a good use from the provided S-Pen with Galaxy Note. So if your intentions cross over to be professional as well as personal, we reckon Galaxy Note would be the ideal choice. If that’s not the case, the choice becomes all yours in any arbitrary context.
|Comparison of Specifications
LG Nitro HD (Nitro P930) vs Samsung Galaxy Note
|Design||LG Nitro HD (Nitro P930)||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|Form Factor||Candy bar||Candy bar|
|Keyboard||On-screen Virtual||Virtual QWERTY with Swype and S-Pen|
|Dimension||133.8 x 67.8 x 10.4 mm (5.27 x 2.67 x 0.41 in)||145.85 × 82.95 × 9.65 mm|
|Weight||127.6 g (4.5 oz)||178g|
|Display||LG Nitro HD (Nitro P930)||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|Size||4.5 in, True HD IPS Display||5.3 in|
|Resolution||HD 1280 × 720 pixels; 329ppi||WXGA, 1280×800 pixels|
|Features||Full HD||16M color|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyro sensor||Image stabilization, Accelerator Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyrometer|
|Operating System||LG Nitro HD (Nitro P930)||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|Platform||Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)||Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)|
|UI||LG UX||TouchWiz 4.0, Personalizable UI|
|Browser||Android WebKit, HTML 5||Android WebKit, full HTML|
|Java/Adobe Flash||Adobe Flash 10||Adobe Flash 10.3|
|Processor||LG Nitro HD (Nitro P930)||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|Model||Dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3||Dual Core Application processor|
|Speed||1.5 GHz Scorpian Dual core||1.4 GHz Dualcore|
|Memory||LG Nitro HD (Nitro P930)||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB|
|Included||4 GB +16 GB pre-installed microSD card||16 GB|
|Expansion||Up to 32 GB via microSD card 2.0||Up to 32GB microSD card|
|Camera||LG Nitro HD (Nitro P930)||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|Focus, Zoom||Auto Focus, 4x Digital zoom||Auto, Digital|
|Video Capture||HD [email protected]||1080p full HD|
|Features||Face/Smile detection, Geo tagging, Customizable Brightness, ISO, White Balance & Color Effect||Geo tagging, Single Shot, Smile Shot, Action Shot|
|Secondary camera||1.3 MP||Image stabilization, Accelerator Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyrometer|
|Entertainment||LG Nitro HD (Nitro P930)||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|Audio||Formats: MP3, AAC+, Ogg Vorbis, M4A||Sound Alive music player, File Formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, WMA, AMR, WAV , FLAC, XMF, MID,|
|Video||Live TV, mSpot Movies, Formats: DivX, MP4, WMV, 3G2, 3GP||1080p@ 30fps, DivX, XviD, MPEG 4, H.263, H.264, WMV, VC-1, Video streaming|
|Gaming||Android Market, Get HD Games, Zynga Poker|
|Battery||LG Nitro HD (Nitro P930)||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|Type Capacity||1830 mAh Li-ion||2500 mAh|
|Mail and Messaging||LG Nitro HD (Nitro P930)||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|IMAP/POP3, Gmail, Email||POP3/IMAP4 Email &, SMS, MMS with Video, Gmail, MS Exchange|
|Messaging||IM (Google talk)||Social Hub, IM (Google Talk) , Beluga IM (Facebook)|
|Connectivity||LG Nitro HD (Nitro P930)||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|Wi-Fi||802.11b/g/n||Wi-Fi Direct, 802.11 b/g/n|
|Wi-Fi Hotspot||Connects up to 5 devices at 4G||Yes|
|Bluetooth||v3.0 supports A2DP stereo, PBAP, OPP||v3.0|
|USB||2.0 High Speed, micro USB port||2.0 Host|
|Location Service||LG Nitro HD (Nitro P930)||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|Maps||Google Map, AT&T Family Map||Google Maps Navigation - beta, Navigon|
|GPS||A-GPS with AT&T Navigator||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Lost-Theft Protection||Find my Mobile, third party applications ex: My Lookout|
|Network Support||LG Nitro HD (Nitro P930)||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|2G/3G||Quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE / HSPA+21Mbps, tri-band UMTS||GSM, GPRS, EDGE / UMTS, HSPA+|
|Applications||LG Nitro HD (Nitro P930)||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|Apps||Android Market, Google Mobile Apps||Android market, Samsung Apps, Galaxy Note Apps, Google Mobile App|
|Social Networks||Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,||Facebook, Twitter, SNS, Social Hub|
|Voice Calling||Qik Lite||Skype, Viber, Vonage|
|Video Calling||Skype, Tango|
|Featured||Amazon Kindle, AT&T Code scanner, Live TV, MOG Music, Movies, Polaris Office, YP||S-Memo, S-Planner, S-Choice, Social HubReaders Hub, Music hub, Office Document Viewer, AllShare|
|Business Mobility||LG Nitro HD (Nitro P930)||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|Corporate Mail||Yes, Microsoft Exchange Active Sync|
|Corporate Directory||Yes with CISCO Mobile App|
|Video Conferencing||Yes with Cisco WebEx|
|Security||LG Nitro HD (Nitro P930)||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|Password Protected Screen, Thirdparty mobile secure application like Lookout.|
|Additional Features||LG Nitro HD (Nitro P930)||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|Samsung Kies 2.0, Samsung Kies Air, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Game Hub, AllShare, Voice Recognition & Voice Translation, On Device Encryption|