iPhone 5 vs Galaxy Note 2: Samsung Does It The American Way

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Two of the best handsets out there right now are the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the iPhone 5. Two very different phones, so which would you go for? iOS 6 or Jelly Bean? Let’s have a peek at their specs to see what it’s all about.

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The iPhone 5 is out worldwide and the Note 2 is about to follow. It’s coming to the US on October 24. The iPhone 5 has a 1.3GHz dual-core chip, a 4” screen with a ppi of 326 and a 1,136X640 resolution. There’s 1GB of RAM and an 8MP camera. As well as iOS 6 there’s 4G LTE and a 1,440mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 cranks thing up a notch. It has a 1.6GHz quad-core chip and 5.5” display with a 1,280×720 resolution and a 267ppi. It also has an 8MP camera and 2GB of RAM. There’s a massive 3,100mAh battery, Jelly Bean and 4G support.

The iPhone 5 is thinner than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, as well as being lighter and having a sharper screen. The Note 2 is more powerful, though, with more RAM, a faster chip, a bigger screen and battery and expandable memory (up to 128GB). It also has NFC and S-Pen.

Apple devotees will swear that the iPhone 5 is the best thing ever, and Android fans may well say the same about the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. In terms of hardware, however, the Note 2 wins out as it simply has more to give people. OK, it’s nowhere near as thin or light as the iPhone 5, but no-one exactly decried the 4S for being bulky.

A definite drawback is the size of the Note 2, though. The iPhone 5 fits all palms and looks the business. This may, ultimately make the iPhone sell more than the well-upholstered Note 2.

If these smartphones were cars I’m thinking the iPhone 5 would be a BMW M3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 a Cadillac Escalade! So which would you go for? The slender, slim and sexy iPhone 5 or the big, brash and fully-loaded Samsung Galaxy Note 2?

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.