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Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5: Fully Loaded vs Just Right

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If you want a new device you may be tempted by the latest from the two giants Apple and Samsung. This means a choice between the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Apple iPhone 5.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has Jelly Bean, while the Apple iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6.1. both are good and each and their plus and minuses. iOS 6 is one of the easiest to use and it is stable and iPhones have high resale value. The App Store is packed with apps, more than you will find in the Google Play Store and apps tend to be more polished. Google usually offers apps free with ads.

Android keeps improving and Jelly Bean is the best, although Google said that it came with just minor improvements. The update was nothing short of amazing. It can be hard to learn when you first move to it, however it is worth overcoming this. iOS updates are easy and the OS does take some beating.

Android is excellent if you want to customise your device as there are plenty of launchers, keyboards and widgets. With Android you are not tied to iTunes for synching. iOS allows you to change wallpaper and ringtones and that about all.

Updates to Android are hit and miss and sometime older devices do get left out. This is to get people to move to newer devices. You may wish to give some thought to this before spending a fortune on a device.

The specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note are better than with the Apple iPhone 5 and the handset does have twice the amount of RAM. It comes with quad core processer and 2GB of RAM, along with a battery of 3100mAh and this is two times that of the Apple iPhone 5. The device is large but it has the S Pen stylus. It is also let down by the plastic look, which is blown away by the Apple iPhone 5.

You should get around 35 hours talk time on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 if you use 2G and around 16 when on 3G. The handset comes with support for SD card, NFC and it has a battery that is removable. The Apple iPhone 5 is let down by this.

Both of the devices have storage that is very similar, but with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 there is SD card support. The devices have cameras of 8 megapixels and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with a 1.9 megapixel camera on the front. The Apple iPhone 5 has s 1.3 on the front. Both phones have LTE and HSPA+ plus support.

The winner for storage is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 thanks to it having SD card support. It also wins for processor and the fact that the battery is removable. The Apple iPhone 5 is the winner for the design, camera and price. It has the best BSI sensor too and this is superb in low light.

You can get hold of both handsets on all the major carriers in the US. The Apple iPhone 5 starts at $199 with a contract, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is $299 over two years. T-Mobile are said to be selling the Apple iPhone 5 in a few months too, but it won’t be on contract and you will have to pay the full price.

Which one you want will depend on your needs. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is bulky and heavy when compared to the iPhone 5 but it does offer extras by way of a larger display, battery, more powerful processor and RAM, and extra features thanks to the stylus. So it is fully loaded or “just right” that you’re after?

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