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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5: Which One’s Right For You?

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If you want to bring your handset up to date then you may be deciding on either the Apple iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Both devices are great and so the choice would not be an easy one.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with Jelly Bean and the Apple iPhone 5 has the latest version of iOS, 6.1. Both of these are superb but each comes with ups and downs. iOS 6 is the more stable OS along with it being one of the easiest of operating systems to learn. Any handset with iOS has a higher resale value too. The Apple Store is home to apps that are more polished and apps generally found here that you pay for, are free in the Google Play Store.

Android is always being improved and when Google launched Jelly Bean they did so with some great changes. However it can be hard to learn if you are moving from iOS or even an older version of Android, but it is worth doing so. Updates to iOS are generally easier to adapt to and although it is the more stifling of operating systems, it is very hard to beat.

If you prefer to be able to customise your device then you could choose Android i.e. the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 . This comes with widgets, custom keyboards and launchers among other things. Android also doesn’t rely on iTunes for syncing. If you have iOS then all you can really customise is the wallpaper and your ring tone, and you’re on your way.

The updates are slower for Android than those on iO., Apple updates iOS on a regular basis and for older devices too. Android does tend to leave behind some older devices, which does need some thought especially as a handset can cost a lot of money and you may be sticking with it for years to come.

For specs the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the winner, thanks to it having the display of 5.5 inches, a processor that has twice the speed and RAM, and it has a larger battery of 3100 mAh. It also offers the S Pen stylus. The Apple iPhone 5 does beat the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for its looks as the Samsung handset has a body made from plastic.

You should be able to get around 35 hours of talking with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 if you are on 2G and on 3G this should be around 16 hours. The device has support for SD card and also NFC, it also comes with a battery that is removable. The Apple iPhone 5 doesn’t offer users any of these.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has excellent storage choices as it supports SD card. There is an 8 megapixel camera on both handsets; the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a camera on the front of 1.9 megapixels. The Apple iPhone 5 comes with a camera on the front of 1.3 megapixels. Both devices support LTE along with HSPA+

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the winner thanks to storage (SD card support) and it has the better battery, display size and processing power. The Apple iPhone 5 is the winner for price and its looks and the fact that it takes the better photos in conditions of low light.

Both of the devices are available in the US on any major carrier. The Apple iPhone 5 will set you back $199 with a two year contract, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is $299 over two years. T-Mobile will be getting the Apple iPhone 5 very soon.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.