The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the hottest ticket of 2012, with its powerful processor and 4.8” Super AMOLED display. In fact, the massive Samsung Galaxy S3 screen is topped only by the Samsung Galaxy Note, which measures 5.3”, and let’s not forget the Note’s very own 1.4GHz dual-core Exynos chip. So, which gadget should you plump for? Let’s compare and contrast and hopefully help you to decide.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Note (comparison)
The Note’s display is bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S3, and even though its ppi value (285) is lower than the S3, realistically, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference unless you’re a hawk! The Note also looks more high end than the Samsung Galaxy S3 because the shiny plastic of the S3 makes it look somewhat cheaper, however that is purely a matter of personal opinion.
In terms of processors, the Samsung Galaxy S3 wins because it has a faster dual-core Snapdragon processor and 2GB RAM (US version). Storage-wise there are 3 different versions – the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, and there’s also the option of extending storage to 64GB with the microSD card. The Note comes as a 16GB or 32GB version, and it can take on external storage to the tune of 32GB. The bigger storage capacity and newer chip means the Samsung Galaxy S3 wins here.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Note have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as LTE versions of the phone. The S3 also has S-Beam, NFC and wireless charging.
When it comes to operating systems the Samsung Galaxy S3 has Ice Cream Sandwich with the TouchWiz interface, and there are apps like S-Voice and Smart Stay. The Note has Android 2.3 out of the box but the Ice Cream Sandwich update is readily available. The stylus apps in the Note are good to use, but the S apps on the Samsung Galaxy S3 may come in more handy when considering daily use.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an 8MP camera with burst mode and no shutter lag. It also has the same camera sensor as the iPhone 4S. The Samsung Galaxy Note also has a 8MP camera but no zero-shutter lag and burst mode feature. Moving on, the S3’s 2,100mAh battery hasn’t gone head to head with the Note’s 2,500mAh battery, so in theory the Note’s bigger battery wins out until real life tests can be done.
In conclusion the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the stronger of the two, and it also has better software. The Note has a bigger screen and that stylus . The S3 is the winner with the Note being a very close runner-up. If you want a bigger screen and fancy a stylus, grab a Note. If you’re not bothered about these features, then the Samsung Galaxy S3 may suit you better.
Of course, if you can wait a little longer than rumor has it that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be unveiled on August 15 which is just 9 days away.