The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Note 2 lead the Samsung stable, with the S3 selling more than nine million in the first month and the Note 2 getting some serious publicity for its amazing specs. So, what’s the deal?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Note 2 (specs comparison)
Design: Both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Note 2 look quite similar in design, with only a few modifications going on. The S3 is 136.6×70.6×8.6mm and 133g, and the Note 2 is 151.1×80.5×9.4mm and 180g. In terms of practicality rather than aesthetics, the Samsung Galaxy S3 wins out here.
There’s some big screenage going on, too. The 4.8” of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the 5.5” of the Note 2. Both screens are Super AMOLED HD with the same number of pixels. This means the Samsung Galaxy S3 has greater ppi (306) than the Note 2 (267).
Operating system: The S3 has been out for a few months, and although it came with the latest Android OS (4.0), it needs that Jelly Bean upgrade now. The Note 2 already has Jelly Bean.
Processor: The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a US version with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz chip and the international version has an Exynos 4412 quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex A9. The international version doesn’t have 4G, though. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 1.6GHz Exynos 4412 quad-core Cortex A9 chip, so its faster than both S3 versions.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 also has 4G, LTE and NFC, 2GB of RAM (US version – the international version has 1GB) and 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage, boostable up to 64GB with microSD. There’s also an 8MP rear camera and a 1.9MP front snapper, both HD. The GPU is a Mali 400 and there’s a 2,100mAh Li-Ion battery.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is similar – 4G, NFC, LTE, 2GB of RAM. There are 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of storage, with microSD up to 32GB. It has an 8MP rear camera, a 1.9MP front camera and a Mali 400 GPU. It also has a huge 3,300mAh Li-Ion battery.
Verdict: The Note 2 is indeed a bigger, faster version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 – with S-Pen. It falls down on pixel density, but if the S3 isn’t big and strong enough for you, or you have an elderly Note – then it’s the Note 2 for you.