The Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the most desirable handsets this year, thanks to its fast chip and the 4.8” Super AMOLED display. The only better screen is the one sported by the Galaxy Note – 5.3” of vision – powered by its Exynos dual-core chip. So, if you’re wanting to upgrade – which one do you go for?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Note
The Samsung Galaxy Note screen is bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S3, but it has a lower PPI – although most users won’t be able to tell. The Galaxy Note does have a more high-end look, though, as the infamous glossy plastic of the Samsung Galaxy S3 just isn’t getting classier with time.
Processor-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S3 wins because of the faster 1.5GHz Snapdragon dual-core chip. The 2GB of RAM (US version) helps as well. The international version has just 1GB of RAM, but it has a quad-core. The S3 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavors and there’s also support for up to 64GB via MicroSD card. The Note comes in 16GB and 32GB, with SD card support up to another 32GB. Its larger storage capacity and fancy chip put the S3 out in front again.
Both phones have Wi-Fi support and Bluetooth, with support for LTE too. The Samsung Galaxy S3 also has NFC, can be charged wirelessly and has S-Beam.
Looking at operating systems, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has Ice Cream Sandwich and the TouchWiz UI, with features like S-Voice and SmartStay. The Galaxy Note ships out with Android 2.3, but already has the ICS update readily available. Both are expected to get the bump up to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean very soon.
The Samsung Galaxy Note’s stylus app is easy to use, but it’s the array of S apps on the Samsung Galaxy S3 which give it the day-to-day useful feel.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 camera is 8MP, and has a burst mode and zero shutter lag; it also has the same camera sensor as in the iPhone 4S. The Note has an 8MP camera too, but there is a noticeable shutter lag. The S3 has a 2100mAh battery, which is almost certainly bested by the 2500mAh offering in the Note.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is basically the better of the two phones as it has better software tweaks and more powerful hardware. The Note does have the larger screen and the stylus, which goes a long way, but the S3 just nudges ahead for the majority of users. If you love a big screen and a stylus, it’s a no-brainer, but don’t forget that the Note 2 is out sometime very soon. If you’re after the Note, hang on a few weeks and bag the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.