Since 2010, crossover touch-screen devices with screens of 5-inches and above have been released. That size is generally considered too large for a touch-screen smartphone and too small for a tablet, creating a hybrid category different from the previous common classifications.
This hybrid in the tech world is known a phablet. One major global manufacturer which have gained much popularity in this category is Samsung. While Samsung released the successor of original Galaxy Note – the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in different markets including India for Rs 39,990, at the same time rumors were rife about LG Optimus Vu 2, a phablet targeted to challenge the Samsung dominance in the hybrid or the phablet segment.
Finally, LG released the Optimus Vu phablet recently in India at a price tag of Rs 34,500 to pose a stiff competition to the Galaxy Note 2.
When it comes to the Indian phablet arena, the market is flooded with a plethora of devices from local vendors, but, when it comes to global companies Samsung was the only popular player for so long. Hence, let see who will win the race this year in the phablet segment. Below is a spec comparison between Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and LG Optimus Vu to differentiate how they stack up against each other to win the 'best phablet' crown.
Dimensions & Weight: Optimus Vu carries a dimension of 139.6 x 90.4 x 8.5mm and weighs in at 168 grams and Galaxy Note 2 boasts a dimension of 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm and weighs more around 180 grams.
Display: Optimus Vu houses a 5-inch 4:3 aspect ratio XGA IPS display with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution.
In comparison, Galaxy Note 2 houses a larger 5.5 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution.
Further, Optimus Vu phablet comes with a stylus for annotating documents, drawing sketches and making handwritten notes in LG’s Memo app while Galaxy Note 2 has an improved S-Pen support, which is revamped with rubber tip and enhanced touch response.
Processor: In this segment, LG phablet is powered by a 1.5GHz quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and Galaxy Note 2 is equipped with a Samsung Exynos 4412 Quad chipset.
Operating System: When it comes to OS, Optimus Vu is flavored with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, but, Galaxy Note 2 scores more as it comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS out of the box.
Speaking of features, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has new features including Project Butter, expandable and contractible notifications, resizble app widgets, live wallpaper preview, high resolution contact photos and more.
Camera: On the camera optics front, both the devices have an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash features. However, Galaxy Note 2 has a better 1.9MP front camera as compared to the 1.3MP front camera in Optimus Vu.
Memory: In terms of storage, Optimus Vu has 32GB internal memory, 1GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.
On the other hand, Galaxy Note 2 comes in three versions – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal storage, 2GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable memory.
Connectivity: In terms of connectivity, both phablets are packed with features including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, micro USB 2.0 and NFC.
Battery: Optimus Vu is loaded with a 2,080 mAh Li-ion battery and Galaxy Note 2 is powered by a mammoth 3,100 mAh Li-ion battery.
Price: On the pricing front, LG has priced Optimus Vu at Rs 34,500 and Samsung has priced the Galaxy Note 2 at Rs 39,990.
Both LG Optimus Vu and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 are phablets with 5 inch displays to quench the needs of those consumers who like to own such large devices.
Detailing on Optimus Vu, the device comes with an upgraded version of QuickMemo and Notebook – the two features that make great use of the large display real estate.
At the same time, when it comes to Galaxy Note 2, which is based on the design of S3, it has some exclusive S software features including S Voice, Direct Call, Smart Stay, S Beam, Pop-Up Play and many more.
If the concern is on a relatively lesser price tag and the size and usability of the device, Optimus Vu will be a better option.
However, if you desire Android 4.1 Jelly Bean user experience, better battery backup, increased internal storage options and a larger 5.5 inch display, Galaxy Note 2 could be a right option.