The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is coming to the US next week and the device is already out in Asia and Europe, following its announcement in Berlin at IFA 2012. Many have been comparing this to another superb device from Samsung, the Galaxy S3. So which of the devices is the better of the duo?
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs S3 (review roundup)
Alistair Charlton of the International Business Times said that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 have very similar looks, with the only difference being the size of the handset. Both of the devices come with the same ports and layouts for buttons. The lock button, which doubles as the power button, is on the right and controls for volume are on the left. The jack for the headphone is situated on the top and the microUSB port, which is used for charging and synching the device, is at the bottom. Despite the Note 2 coming with the slightly better specs though, the choice of which is the better device will be down to a matter of personal choice only.
If it is a large screen and stylus input that you want and you don’t mind having a pocket that bulges out, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 could be the ideal device for you. However if you never have the need to handwrite on a device and you want something more discreet in your pocket, then the Samsung Galaxy S3 it is.
PhonesReview said that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was excellent for day to day life thanks to the large display and the large battery, along with the camera. They also noted that software choices were about the same and said that people may welcome the S Pen that came with the Note 2. So really you just have to give it a try and you’ll be surprised what you’ve been missing out on all this while.
IDT however chose the Samsung Galaxy S3 over the Note 2, saying that the S3 was one of the best phones from Samsung, as it came with a sleek design and some of the most powerful hardware on the market. They said that in regards to popularity, the Note 2 would not be able to beat the S3. They thought that the Note 2 was more of a niche product in the Android market and that the Samsung Galaxy S3 would retain its crown.
They went on to say that the Samsung Galaxy S3 gave around 15 hours of talk time, which they said was more than twice of the Note 2, which offers around 6.5 hours in their real world battery life test. Both devices has a 720p resolution, with the S3 having a display of 4.8 inches with 306ppi and the Note 2 a 5.5 inch display with 265ppi.
The Galaxy Note 2 does come with some excellent specifications, these include the S Pen and the quad core processor, however many people will not want to sacrifice being able to put a device in the pocket easily for these features suggests the tech blog.
Personally, I am beginning to lean towards the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and its drool-worthy multi-windows feature!