Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5: Mass vs Class

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Two of the newest handsets to come out recently are the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. So just how do these two compete against the other when one has mass and the other the class? Let’s find out.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a lot like the Galaxy S3, only a lot larger at 5.9 inches tall, 3.2 inches wide and 0.37 inch thick, with a weight of 6.4 ounces. The iPhone 5 is thinner and lighter than any other version of the iPhone and it comes in at 112 grams. The design is aluminium and glass, which makes its more classy to look at, however on the downside it is not as sturdy as the iPhone 4S. In the looks department the iPhone 5 definitely takes the cake.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a Super AMOLED screen of 5.5 inches and 1280 x 720 pixels. While the screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is good, if Samsung had given it an even higher resolution, it would have competed better with the Retina display of Apple in terms of ppi (we’ve all seen the HTC J Butterfly now haven’t we).

The iPhone 5 has a display of 1136 x 640 at 4 inches. The IPS screen provides rich colours and 4 inches is an improvement for Apple over 3.5 inches. When you hold the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 up against the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5 display looks very small. The Super AMOLED display on the Note 2 beats that of the iPhone when it comes to deep blacks and colour vibrancy as well. While the Note 2 may be too big for some people, by today’s standards the iPhone 5 and its 4-inch display is considered small. So we’re going to give the Galaxy Note 2 a point when it comes to screens.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with a quad core processor of 1.6GHz and it has 2GB of RAM. the iPhone 5 meanwhile offers 1GB of RAM and has the dual core A6 processor of Apple. Winner: Note 2 (on paper at least)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 runs on Jelly Bean, Android 4.1 and the TouchWiz interface and it has apps dedicated to the S Pen. The iPhone 5 on the other hand has iOS 6 and it is easy to use, works very smoothly and it is streamlined. However if it is customisation that you want then Android is the better OS. No winners here as it is a matter of personal preference.

Both devices feature a camera of 8 megapixels and this can record video at 1080p. Let’s keep moving.

The battery life is reasonable on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 thanks to a massive 3100mAh capacity. The iPhone 5 on the other hand has been criticized for its battery life, with many saying it falls below the 4S. One thing about the 1440mAh battery on the iPhone 5 is that it does charge very fast. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

Bottom line: While both are flagship smartphones, they appear to be targeting different markets. The iPhone 5 has its classy looks, easier to use OS and easy pocketability. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is on the other end of the spectrum and goes for the bigger is better way of thinking. It has a massive screen, very powerful processor, moreRAM and the OS offers deeper levels of customization. In the end it will come down to which appeals to you more: design and simplicity or power and flexibility.

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