Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Note 2: There Can Only Be One Flagship

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It’d be no mistake to say that the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2 have been the most talked about Android smartphones of this year that weren’t just rumors. We’re always doing reviews and comparisons, looking at specs and numbers, but ultimately, the decision comes down to which handset SUITS your needs most.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2

We’re looking at the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Note 2 here, and we’ve realised that if you’re stuck deciding between them, your day-to-day phone usage might be the clinching factor.

We’ve posted loads about these two phones already but in this post we’re looking at how usage – calls, emails, photos, pocketability and screenage – will affect your choice. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been out since May, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is out in areas like the UK, but is still to launch in the US. It’ll be out on several networks.

Often when doing comparisons, we’re blinded by speed, operating systems and storage, but we forget about the day-to-day relationship you have with your phone. We have compiled some daily activities, so we’ll have a look at them here.

How we can overlook making PHONE CALLS with a phone is beyond us, but it has happened! Both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Note 2 give good call quality – the sound was a bit louder on the Note 2. The handling of the phone is another factor, and there’s a big difference here. The S3 is 136.6×70.6×8.6mm, but the Note 2 is 151×80.5×9.4mm, which is massive. The bigger display on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 looks great, but it doesn’t translate to holding it up to your ear to make a call. It’s horses for courses here. Some won’t mind the size, some will find it impossible.

We all spend a lot of time gazing at our smartphone screens, and both these phones have amazing Super AMOLED displays. If you’re a serious browser, then you’ll prefer the 5.5” Note 2 to the 4.8” S3 screen. When it comes to texting and emailing, then the size is less important. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 does have S-Pen, though, which is a huge advantage.

Portability now. Some reckon that the Note 2 is too big for pockets, and that it is way bigger than the iPhone 5. It’s not that much bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S3, though, so both phones are pretty non-portable, really.

In camera terms the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 wins out because it has better composition and a larger viewfinder. It’s the same for video capture and playback, as the bigger screen really shows itself off. Image quality isn’t much different between the two, though. The Note 2 offers some additional camera widgets from S-Pen, though, like highlighting points of interest in a photo.

Both phones offer a decent emailing experience, including Gmail and Samsung’s own app. The keyboard is precise and responsive. The emailing app has handwriting integration which comes into play as soon as the S-Pen stylus is activated. This means you can compose emails and texts with the stylus.

If you’re a heavy user you need to look at batteries. Both last for around a day, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 DOES last a bit longer than the S3. The Note 2’s battery is bigger, but then it has to power that big screen.

On to social media and sharing. Both phones excel here, and have a brilliant sharing menu. Both phones make it easy to post onto social media sites, but the bigger display of the Note 2 makes Facebook and Twitter much better.

The Note 2’s bigger display makes a lot of daily functions much better, but is handling a bulkier device worth it? In software terms, the phones are evenly matched, although the S-Pen does give the Note a massive advantage if you like that sort of thing. The Note 2 costs more than the Samsung Galaxy S3 (unlocked), so if a larger display really does it for you, then you’ll not mind forking out that extra.

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.