Two of the hottest devices of 2012 are about to make their debut. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was announced yesterday and is the follow up to the Note, while the iPhone 5 is rumored to be announced on the of 12th September and take the place of the 4S as Apple’s flagship.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5
The media have been quick to put the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in the new category of the ‘phablet’, a cross between a phone and a tablet. However it does everything that a phone does and so people will compare it with the the top devices of 2012 which at this time look to be the Samsung Galaxy and iPhone 5. Now we already compare it to the Samsung Galaxy S3 yesterday and reached the conclusion that if your pocket could handle the extra size of the Note 2, then it would be a better buy than the S3 as it offered more power and features (S-Pen).
Back to the iPhone 5, let’s take a look at how its rumored specs stand up to the official ones of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2:
If rumors are true the new iPhone 5 will have a 4 inch display and while this isn’t as big as some of the handsets on the market and nowhere near the display of the Note 2, it is an upgrade for the iPhone. The Note 2 however will come with a Super AMOLED display of 5.5 inches that will beat the iPhone 5 when it comes to watching media, checking emails, playing games and more. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 2
The camera on the iPhone 5 should be the same as on previous models, 8 megapixels. The Note 2 also has an 8 megapixel camera that comes with LED flash and plenty of features. Winner: Draw.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be offered in the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions in marble white or titanium grey. It also has a 3,100mAh battery and it supports SD card up to 64GB. The iPhone 5 is also rumored to come in those storage options but have no expandable storage and battery half the size of the Note 2 i.e. 1,440mAh. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
The S Pen has had a makeover and is more comfortable for holding as it is thicker and longer. This can be used to preview the text in emails and other content without having to open an app, to record actions and even draw notes on the fly. The iPhone 5 isn’t expected to bring anything like the S-Pen or for that fact any novelty hardware that is capable of doing something as unique as this. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
While this may seem like a one-sided victory, you have to understand that when it comes to Apple products, it isn’t always about the specs but more how the device is put together. If rumors serve true, the iPhone 5 will have NFC and LTE. We’ve been hearing a lot about its Passbook app whose limits have yet to be imagined. Then there are rumors of multi-touch focus which may make the 8MP camera on the iPhone 5 beat out other 8MP camera phones. Apple iOS products have also been known to be more efficient, meaning that we may see the small capacity battery on the iPhone 5 live up to the task.
However at this time, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 looks like the winner. With just a few more weeks to go before the iPhone 5 is unveiled, we will soon find out if this sticks.