Anything you can do, I can do better...

LG and Samsung are in the midst of a battle. An epic back-and-forth. A billions-of-dollars tit-for-tat. The two Korean conglomerates, part of the chaebol system that dominates commerce and politics in their home country, are immensely and constantly competitive. Samsung releases a flagship phone; LG always answers with one of its own. Both companies announced "the world's first curved OLED TV" at CES, within only minutes of each other. From cellphones to washing machines and everything in between, these two companies are constantly at odds.

So it really comes as no surprise that soon after Samsung launched the Galaxy Note II, the even-larger successor to the company's wildly successful Galaxy Note, that LG introduced the Optimus G Pro. The Pro's close resemblance to the Note II is certainly not an accident: last time LG tried to tweak the phablet formula, it came up with the blocky Intuition. So if you can't beat 'em, join 'em — that bred the Optimus G, and the Optimus G Pro follows in kind.

That's not to say it's an unimpressive phone. Its 5.5-inch, 1080p screen easily outstrips the Note II's 720p display, and when coupled with internals befitting a flagship phone and software customizations galore, the Optimus G Pro appears at first glance to be a worthy competitor in a market Samsung has previously had sewn up. Plus, the Optimus G is a seriously impressive phone, and the Pro seems to just be more of the same.