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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Note 2: More Than Meets The Eye

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The Samsung Galaxy 3 and the Galaxy Note 2 are the company stars. The S3 sold more than nine million units in its first month, and the Note 2 has also garnered up unprecedented hype thanks to its stellar specs. Here’s a quick rundown of both handsets.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Note 2 (specs comparison)

Design: The Samsung Galaxy 3 and the Note 2 both take after their predecessors quite a bit – there’s only a few modifications between them. Dimensions-wise, the S3 is 136.6×70.6×8.6mm and 133g, quite a bit smaller than the 151.1×80.5×9.4mm and 180g Note 2. We’re looking at practicality rather than eye-candy factor here, so the Samsung Galaxy 3 carries it off.

Obviously both phones have big screens – the Samsung Galaxy 3 has that now famous 4.8” beauty and the Note 2 goes a bit further and gives us 5.5” of luster. Both handsets feature the same Super AMOLED HD display and have the same number of pixels. The S3 has a greater pixel density – 306ppi – than the Note 2’s 267ppi.

Processor: The Samsung Galaxy 3 has two versions – the international version that doesn’t support 4G and the US version. The international S3 has an Exynos 4412 quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex A9 chip and the US version drew the dual-core Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz processor which is just as powerful.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with an Exynos 4412 quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex A9 chip, so whichever S3 you buy, it’ll always be a bit slower than the Note 2.

OS: The Samsung Galaxy 3 has been out for a while now, and it came with the latest Android OS at the time, and is still due an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean later this year. The Note 2, however, comes straight out of the box with Jelly Bean, saving you the hassle of awaiting an update.

Other specs of the Samsung Galaxy 3 include its 4G, NFC and LTE capabilities, its 1GB of RAM (2GB in the US version) and its 16GB, 32GB, 64GB storage choices, as well as the microSD support (up to 64GB). The phone also has an 8MP rear camera and a 1.9MP front camera, both capable of HD, a Mali-400 GPU and a 2,100mAH Li-Ion battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 isn’t much different. It also features 4G LTE, NFC and 2GB of RAM, as well as 16, 32 and 64GB of storage with microSD expansion for up to 32GB. There’s also an 8MP rear and 1.9MP front camera that can both handle HD. We also have the Mali-400 GPU and a whopping 3,300mAh Li-Ion battery.

Verdict: Experts were right – the Note 2 is a slightly bigger and faster version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 with the added advantage of an S-Pen. Its only failing (as it were) is its lower pixel density. If you fancy a slightly bigger S3 or are about to update your existing Note then it’s a no-brainer to go for the Note 2.

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