Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 has been announced on May 3rd in London and will reach stores as of May 30th. It sports a quad-core Exynos 4 1.4Ghz processor, being much faster than the Samsung Galaxy Note N7000. The Note features a dual-core 1.4Ghz processor and the same GPU found in the Galaxy S3.
Both smartphones are some of the fastest and most powerful on the market, though they are directed to different niches. The Galaxy Note is called a phablet, having a 5.3-inch display, while the S3 features a 4.8-inch one. Both displays are Super Amoled HD and the Note has a 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution, while the Galaxy S3 only has 1,280 x 720, because it's not that wide.
The Samsung Galaxy Note is wider, thicker and longer, being also heavier, measuring 146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm, with a weight of 178 g, unlike the Galaxy S3, which measures 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm and weights 133 g.
The Galaxy S3 comes with Samsung's new features, including S Voice and S Play. In terms of software, the S3 comes with Google's latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the Note is still shipped with the Gingerbread 2.3.5, though an ICS update is now available for it in Europe. But the Galaxy Note comes with S Pen and some apps dedicated to it, which makes it a great pocket PC. It does have some really nice features, allowing you to use handwriting to either save your notes in handwriting style, though it can convert them too. You can also annotate photos, maps, paint and do pretty much everything you want with the S Pen. It even helps you take screenshots and open menus easier, because the S Pen features a button dedicated to this.
Both the Galaxy S3 and Note sport the same amount of ram, 1GB more exactly, the same GPU and primary camera, though the latter takes photos much slower. The S3 comes with a 2,100 mAh battery and the Note features a 2,500 mAh one and the latter might have a longer lifetime, considering it has only a dual-core processor. They have the same form factor, following Samsung's standard design, with a middle physical button, along with 2 softkeys on its sides.
Samsung Galaxy S3's frontal camera has been improved over the Note's camera, having 1.9 MP with the ability to record 720p videos. Both smartphones come in an either 16GB or 32GB version, though the Samsung Galaxy S2 will be available with 64GB too.
We can't actually say which one is the best. The Galaxy S3 is definitely faster and more powerful, though the Note features a better, bigger, display and the S Pen can also make a difference. In usage you will not be able to notice a big difference in speed, so this shouldn't be your concern, though the Note's big downside is the size. It's much bulkier and heavier, making it pretty hard to carry around and also it's not so easy to be used with one hand.