Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will soon penetrate a market that’s already full of smartphones with high-end specifications and it will have to withstand the opposition of other two smartphones belonging to the same phone maker: Galaxy Note and Galaxy S3.
Even though, in the beginning, everyone looked at the smartphones with 4.7+ inch displays as some freaks of the IT&C world, nowadays the devices with huge displays are luring in more and more customers, apparently because of the size of their touch panels.
The new Samsung Galaxy Note 2 launched by the South Korea-based company at IFA Berlin 2012 is the smartphone with the biggest display currently available on the market: as if 5.3-inches were not enough, the new Samsung phablet sports a 5.5-inch touch panel that brings it closer to the philosophy of a tablet rather than to a smartphone.
You probably are aware of all the technical specifications and features of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but wouldn’t it be cool to put the new Samsung phablet head to head with some of the most powerful smartphones of the moment? Of course it would and that’s the reason why I will invite you to stay with us over the next few rows.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note
Compared to the first generation, introduced in September 2011, at the same trade show, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with a slightly bigger display (5.5-inch vs 5.3-inch) and apparently brighter, while keeping the almost same dimensions, as the South Korean engineers have chosen to make the bezels smaller.
In terms of materials it’s easy to figure out that the policarbonate used for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 looks classier than the textured plastic used for the first generation Samsung phablet. On the other hand the glossy back lid of the Galaxy Note 2 will attract more fingerprints, but as a whole Samsung’s smartphones are looking more premium than ever.
In terms of hardware specifications, the biggest difference is processor used for the Note 2: even though both phablets are using Samsung’s proprietary Exynos chipset based on ARM Cortex A, Galaxy Note 2 comes with a quad-core 1.6 GHz processor, while Note N7000 comes with a dual-core 1.4 GHz unit.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S3
Sharing the same design language (including the back lid made of a glossy plastic), the biggest difference between the two smartphones is the size of the display, as the one present on Samsung Galaxy S3 is “only” 4.8 inches (diagonally), compared to the 5.5-inch display installed on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
Even though it sports a bigger display, Galaxy Note 2 is bigger and after a first look it seems like running smoother, mostly because of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform and its Project Butter. Galaxy Note 2 is also lighter than the first Samsung quad-core smartphone.
Talking about quad-core processors, the hardware platform is similar for the two smartphones: almost the same display resolution, the same Exynos 4412 chipset with Mali 400MP graphics and a CPU based on 4 cores. Note 2’s processor has been clocked at 1.6 GHz, though, compared to Galaxy S3’s 1.4 GHz solution. The next-gen Samsung phablet also has twice Samsung Galaxy S3’s amount of RAM (2GB instead of 1GB).
Let’s not forget about Galaxy Note 2’s ace up the sleeve: S-Pen, the stylus that allows you to take quick notes and, why not, exercise your artistic talents.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 4S
If you ask my colleague Alex about a battle between iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy Note 2, he would simply answer: “Like a battle between David and Goliath, but Goliath smashes David this time!”
You probably expected an answer like this as it’s no valid ground in comparing a giant 5.5-inch smartphone with one caught somewhere in the early ages of smartphones, with its 3.5-inches.
Should I continue? Ok, I will. Apple’s smartphone is almost one year old now, and its hardware specifications are way behind the Galaxy Note 2’s. iPhone 4S’ rap sheet goes a bit like this: dual-core at 800 MHz, 512 MB of RAM and 8 megapixel camera. Yes, even though it sounds a bit lame, what Apple’s flagship smartphone will bring for you.
On the other hand Galaxy Note 2 comes with a mighty quad-core 1.6 GHz CPU, 2 GB of RAM and an amazing 8 megapixel camera with Simultaneous HD video and image recording.
Anyway, Apple’s next-gen iPhone is just around the corner, but I don’t think the Cupertino-based company will be able to launch a terminal to cope with the processing power of Samsung Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note 2. As a matter of fact, Apple doesn’t need a powerful smartphone, as the iSheeps will buy its products anyway.