Smartphone buyers are spoilt for choice at the moment. There’s the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X and very soon the upcoming Galaxy Note 2 and iPhone 5. While we’ve already compared the former two, let’s see how the latter two stand up against each other, keeping in mind that the mentioned iPhone 5 specs are still unconfirmed.

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (comparison)

Samsung has announced the Galaxy Note 2, and we know that its got a 5.5” HD Super AMOLED display. It also seems like the iPhone 5 will have the 4” screen that Apple fans have been waiting for. Some smartphone users will love the 5.5” Note 2 and others will prefer the portability of the iPhone 5.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 1.6GHz Exynos quad-core chip and an impressive 3,100mAh battery to fuel that screen. It’s thought that the iPhone 5 will also be quad-core. A common iPhone 4 and 4S complaint is the battery life, and some leaked patents point to Apple investigating ideas that might give this latest handset more life.

Prospective Note 2 owners will be able to choose from 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options, as well as microSD card support for up to 64GB. iPhone users? 64GB and a cloud. Hmm.

On to cameras. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has an 8MP rear camera and a 1.9MP front. The iPhone 4S also has an 8MP offering, with rumors saying the iPhone 5 will stay at 8MP but with 3D capability. We’ll see.

The Note 2 will have an improved S-Pen facility that lets users interact with the phone and its content in lots of new ways. We have no idea what new trickery the iPhone 5 will bring but don’t expect to use anything more than your fingers.

Samsung has said that the Note 2 will be released into certain areas of Europe in October, but hasn’t given a definite date for the US yet. This might give Apple the advantage, as the iPhone 5 will be out and about by then if rumors serve true (late September – early October). It will, however, give open-minded customers the chance to have a look at the iPhone 5 before deciding what to go for.

Many buyers will make their choices based on personal preference, and whether they want pocket-sized or not. Stylus or not. Android or iOS. What are you going to do? Grab the iPhone 5 or wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2?


Alex Bagi

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.