Samsung’s top smartphones this year look set to be the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Note 2. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has sold more than 10 million units so far, and the Note 2 has been lighting up the media with its astounding specs and features.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Note 2 compared
Design: The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Note 2 look very similar, and both phones are slight variations on their predecessors. The S3 is 136.6×70.6×8.6mm and weighs 133g; the Note 2 is 151.1×80.5×9.4mm and weighs in at a heftier 180g. The Samsung Galaxy S3 wins it on practicality and pocketability rather than on raw aesthetic appeal.
The phones have some serious screens – the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8” display and the Note 2 beats this with a 5.5” screen. Both are Super AMOLED, and have the same number of pixels, this gives the S3 a better ppi (306) compared to 267.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been out since May, and while it launched with the latest Android OS (4.0 ICS), it needs Jelly Bean now, as the Note 2 already has it preloaded.
Processor: The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a dual-core US version with a Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz chip, while the international version has a quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos 4412 Cortex A9 chip. The international S3 doesn’t come with 4G. The Note 2 is faster than both S3 models because it has a higher clocked quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos 4412 Cortex A9 processor.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with LTE, NFC, 4G and (in the US version) 2GB of RAM (the international version has 1GB). It also has 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage, with the option of a microSD card for up to a further 64GB. There is an 8MP rear camera and a 1.9MP front one, both capable of HD. You’ll also get a Mali 400 GPU and a 2,100mAh Li-Ion battery.
The Note 2 isn’t too dissimilar – there’s NFC, LTE, 4G and 2GB of RAM, as well as 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of storage. There’s only microSD support for up to 32GB, though. Again, there’s an 8MP camera and a 1.9 front camera, along with a Mali 400 GPU. There’s also a massive 3,300mAh Li-Ion battery.
Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is basically a larger and faster version of the Galaxy S3 that also has the S-Pen facility. If you want these extra features, or your existing Note is looking a bit past it, upgrade to the Note 2 instead of the S3.