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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs S3: Big Boys Have Spoken

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This week we saw the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 come up for order here in the US. It’s already readily available in Asia and Europe after being shown off at IFA 2012 in Berlin. There have been many reviews comparing the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to its closest rival the Galaxy S3, so we’re going to give you a quick preview of the soon-to-be warring siblings.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: expert reviews

Alistair Charlton of the International Business Times says the two phones look very similar except for the size. There’s the same button and port arrangement – the lock/power button to the right, the volume rocker to the left, the headphone jack on the top and the microUSB port for syncing and charging on the bottom.

He also reckons that even though the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has better specs, people’s choices will boil down to preference. “If the bigger screen and stylus fit into your life – and you don’t mind your pocket being full – then the Note 2 is excellent. But if handwriting on your phone doesn’t appeal, the Samsung Galaxy S3 offers 95 percent of the Note, but in a smaller, easier to hold package,” he added.

We think that the phones are equal in software terms too, but the Note 2 has S-Pen and that amazing multi windows feature right now. Even so, not everyone likes stylus systems, and this may well deter them.

PhonesReview said that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was useful for many daily functions because of its massive display and battery, as well as its great camera. PR went on to say that both phones are equal in software, but some will opt for the Note 2 because of the S-Pen only.

Jacob Kleinman of International Design Times went for the Samsung Galaxy S3 however, describing it as Samsung’s greatest smartphone, as it has the great hardware…the great design. The Note gang will never beat the S series in sales or popularity, and the Note 2 will most likely remain as a niche product among hardcore Android fans while the Samsung Galaxy S3 continues to rule over all.

Kleinman said that the 15 hours of talk time from the Samsung Galaxy S3 – over twice the 6.5 hours from the Note 2 – was one of his main reasons for favouring the S3. Both phones have a 720p resolution, he says, but the S3 screen is 4.8” and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is 5.5”, meaning respective ppis of 306 and 265.

Even though the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is amazing, it’s not going to usurp the S3 any time soon. The same goes with why the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini has no chance agaisnt the S3 as well.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has great specs, like the quad-core chip and S-Pen, but many people will be put off by the sheer size of the device and the attendant problems with portability and comfort concluded IDT.

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