Prizefight: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. LG Intuition
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Prizefight: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. LG Intuition7:17 /
They aren't phones, and they aren't tablets. For the first time ever, it's a "phablet" Prizefight punchout between Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 and LG's Intuition. Who will reign supreme?
-What's up Prizefight fan! I'm Brian Tong. We have 2 products that could be called phones or they could also be called tablets, but we like to call them phablets. It's a Prizefight punch between Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 and LG's Intuition. Our judges for this fight are senior editor Jessica Dolcourt, associate editor Lynn La, and myself, Too Strong Tong. We'll take all 3 judges' blind scores and average them out to the nearest tenth of a point. The final prizefight score will be an average of all rounds using the same system. Let's get busy. Round 1 is design. The Galaxy Note 2 brings a familiar Samsung design aesthetic, but this time with a 5.5-inch screen. No doubt it's large and awkward to hold at first, but then, you start getting used to it with its curve edges that make it easier to hold. It's S Pen stylus slides right into the note's body, so you'll always have it with you and still passes my front-pocket test. Now, if you think the Note 2 is awkward to hold, then you haven't tried the LG Intuition. It's 5-inch screen changes it up with a 4 x 3 aspect ration that makes it wider and more difficult to hold. Its form factor is a little harsher with squared off corners and a textured backside. Now, it's not an ugly design, but it just won't allow you, and its biggest flaw is there's not place to store the style on the intuition. In fact, someone might actually ask you. -Woo! -Well, got what? -Is that a stylus in your pocket? -Well, yes, it is. -The Galaxy Note 2 gets a 4 and the Intuition gets a 3. Next round is user interface and controls. The Note 2 brings its own Samsung OS on top of android Jelly Bean you're able to use of its S Pen. It's kind of a mixed bag because although you get the benefits of the Google now services, and Jelly Bean's awesome voice search and commands and SwiftKey flow keyboard for tracking characters on a keyboard. It's straightforward and easy, but it also becomes more complicated when you throw in the dual screen mode to run 2 apps at the same time and then on top of that throw in specific features for the S Pen like AirView for hovering items to preview them. It's also annoying that you're primarily using the Stylus you still have, but then you have to physically touch the backlit bunch on the bottom, so you'll be switching between the stylus and your hand back and forth. Now, if you wanna keep it simple, it's great, and if you're willing to learn more, you can with the S Pen, but it can sometimes feel like there's a little too much going on here. Now, the LG intuition really keeps it simple with it UI 3.0 on top of Ice Cream Sandwich. Now you won't get all the Jelly Bean features, but you'll still have a lot of androids customization and still snappy and easier to use. It also makes using it as a notepad real easy with the button on the top that throws you directly in a quick memo mode for writing notes or drawing sketches on top of the current screen shots were stand-alone notes. Now, you don't really need the stylus. You can just your gold old finger and it's truly the easier of the 2 phablets to use and that helps it here, but at the same time, we really miss some of Jelly Bean's features under the hood. The galaxy note takes this round and just edges it with a 4 and the LG Intuition gets a 3.7. So, after averaging 2 rounds, the Note 2 takes a strong lead. Next round is features. Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 brings a quad-core 1.6 gigahertz processor with 16 gig, 32 gig, and 64 gig storage options. It brings all of Jelly Bean's goodies that we hit on earlier and also has NFC for beaming content 2 different devices and through multitasking with a multi Windows that I was honestly impressed with. Its S voice is all right, but Windows voice features are much better. Its biggest feature is its S Pen stylus that brings a whole new level of functionality through device that already acts like a phone. You can crop pictures from your screen with the S Pen and then you're able access multiple brushes by selecting them on the S Pen for sketching and notes projects or even jotting down ideas and adding voice memos on top of your notes. This is the most productive phone or tablet we've seen if you're willing to learn the system. Now, the LG Intuition brings a 1.5 gigahertz dual-core processor that's no slouch and really doesn't feel like it lags behind because it has a simper OS that's not as demanding. The intuition also brings NFC, but its quick memo feature is what makes it unique and makes note taking easy, but it's just not nearly as robust as the Note 2. Samsung takes another round with a 4.7 and the Intuition gets a 3.3. Next round is web browsing and multimedia. The Galaxy Note 2's HD AMOLED screen is massive with its 1280 x 720 resolution that looks killer for watching any type of multimedia or playing games and surfing the web. The intuition brings a 1024 x 768 resolution and it handles surfing the web just fine, but you lose so much screen real estate when you're watching wide screen multimedia content and having to manually go into the settings to correct the aspect ratio for certain games and apps is annoying every time. Now, the chrome browser runs great on both platforms and it's still our topic for one of the best mobile browsers. Both tablets bring 8 megapixel cameras with 1080p video capture, but when comparing the 2, the Note 2 brought slightly sharper pictures with richer colors compared to the Intuition. The Galaxy Note 2 takes its 4th round in a row 4.7 to 4 and after averaging 4 rounds. Samsung has a solid lead. The final round that decides it all is call quality and performance. These 2 tablets are big, but let's not forget, they're still phones, and your call quality and LTE speeds will vary depending on carrier. Overall call quality was great on both phones and data speeds were excellent. Now, both phones were very snappy when flowing through their interfaces, but we might give a slight edge to the slightly snappier note 2, and when it comes to battery life and our CNET battery drain test, we were able to squeeze out 12.5 hours of video playback on the Galaxy Note 2 compared to 9.9 hours of use with the intuition. For big screen, that's impressive, and again, the Galaxy Note takes this round with a perfect 5 and the Intuition gets a 4.3. So, let's average out all 5 rounds and this will be no surprise that the note 2 dominated all rounds and takes this Prizefight 4.5 to 3.4 and is your Prizefight winner. This might seem like a butt whipping, but the LG Intuition is still a legitimate option. It was just Samsung's feature and power pack Note 2 that really had a chance to flex its muscle in the battle for fabulous supremacy. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching. We'll catch you guys next time on another prize fight.