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Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5

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Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
Introduction:

We embark on the task to compare the Apple iPhone 5 to the Samsung Galaxy Note II fully aware that we are comparing apples to oranges, pun intended. These two, however, are currently the best representatives of what devices iOS and Android are capable of, and this is where the lion’s share of smartphone sales and profits goes, so we ought to set a cage match for your viewing pleasure.


Design:

It is very easy to argue for the choice of materials both handset makers had taken. Apple shapes the iPhone towards exuding a premium feeling, as it is also a status symbol or social statement for many. The previous edition was somewhat heavy for its size, because of the all-glass construction, but now with the iPhone 5 we have an amazingly thin and light handset for something made out of glass and aluminum. 

We also finally have an iPhone for those who wanted one, but were on the fence as a 3.5” screen just didn’t cut it for them. The larger, 4” screen of the iPhone 5 is fit into a more elongated device, which is still very palm-friendly, and allows easy operation with just one hand. Nicks and scuffs are the biggest gripes with the usual third-year redesign, and Apple is reportedly cracking down hard on production lines to remedy those teething problems.

Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5


The Galaxy Note II, on the other hand, is a behemoth of a handset still, despite its slightly thinner and narrower body than what we had with the original Note. A 5.5” display can’t be fit into anything much smaller, so try before you buy to make sure this thing is for you.

Samsung’s handset is made of polycarbonate plastic, and it is easy to deduce why the Koreans didn’t go with more premium materials like metal or glass - the phone is comparatively light for a 5.5-incher, but still heavy enough for a Note-able presence in your hand or pocket anyway.

The Note II, however, has the design advantage that comes with a non-unibody chassis, allowing you to easily swap SIM cards, batteries, or expand your storage via a microSD slot. It also has that sweet stylus tucked in the lower right corner. 

As for one-handed operation - it is not impossible, as Samsung provides ways to scooch the on-screen keyboard or the dialer, for example, left or right within thumb reach, yet the iPhone 5 can’t be beat here, as we are talking a 4-incher versus one heck of a 5.5” handset.

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Displays:

The 5.5” 1280x720 pixels display on the Note II is the best HD Super AMOLED screen Samsung has produced, meaning that it largely dispenses with the weak points in such screens so far. It sports three subpixels per pixel, ditching the PenTile matrix arrangement, and has warmer colors than previous AMOLEDs. It is also the brightest of the bunch, aiding sunlight visibility.

The Apple iPhone 5’s 4” 640x1136 pixels screen, however, has higher 326ppi pixel density vs the Note II’s 265ppi, and is also much brighter at north of 550 nits yet with lower, 4.6% reflectance ratio. The last two numbers make what is quite possibly the best mobile screen for use outside. Granted, we have phones with up to 1,000 nits brightness, like the Xperia P, or the Nokia 701, but that low screen reflectance of the in-cell touch unit on the iPhone 5 is really appreciated when under direct sunlight, where the Note II fares much worse, even in “outdoor visibility” mode.
Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5

As far as colors go, the devices take a different approach, with the iPhone 5 covering almost perfectly the standard sRGB color gamut, whereas previous iPhone were able to present a more limited range. On the Note II we cover a larger range than standard, hence have the typical for AMOLED screens oversaturated, incorrect colors. The AMOLED display can be set in different modes, though, so the colors can be subdued or made even more dynamic than the normal mode, prettifying your movie sessions.

Both phones sport excellent viewing angles, and the choice will come down to which size you prefer to carry around. We admit that the great 5.5” screen that the Note II sports is very tempting when it comes to stylus-induced productivity, and also for long browsing sessions and movie watching, but it is not everyone’s cup of tea, plus a larger display in the iPhone world is something many fans have been clamoring for a good while now, and Apple delivered it to them.


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posted on 11 Oct 2012, 08:32 45

1. Fayeznoor (Posts: 71; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


its like comparing mother to her pre-mature baby ;)

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 08:36 38

3. Connie.Linghus (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


You mean comparing a Mother to her unborn iFetus.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 09:14 12

11. redsox420 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Abort abort its not going to live past 1 year anyways

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 16:18 11

38. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Its like comparing a dog with Lion :p

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 17:25 2

39. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Yes, and it's a shame that Samsung will have to put that dog down after the mauling it just took at the Apple lion's paws.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 17:56 13

40. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


lolzz I said dog to iCrap 5 can't you make out?
You are one of those retarded iFans.

Tell me honestly is there any comparison between
The Beast and iCrap 5?

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 08:17

93. molanjames (banned) (Posts: 80; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)


Hi @jelly_bean I do not agree with you , you are just trying to d grade Samsung Galaxy Note II , I would say The Galaxy Note II is a huge leap over the previous generation and if any one has galaxy note it would be wise to sell your oroginal asap for an upgrade. according to movaluate’s fair market appraisal http://www.movaluate.com/samsung/galaxy-note-16GB-unlocked , owener could still get $369.00 for his old Samsung Galaxy Note 16GB , which could help pay for the awesome new galaxy note II

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 18:24 4

43. jroc74 (Posts: 6018; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


All I know is....whoever mistakes a Note and Note 2 for an iPhone....needs to just go live in a cave somewhere.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 22:46 7

47. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Then that person needs a life

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 09:13

97. ex_apple (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


iPhone 5 side by side is like a premature ejaculation and fart at the same time. Why can't apple be 100% sure before they pushed it out to the market? All those promises smells like crap now. And yet they still sell it like gold bars. iPhone 5 owners would be pissed off when they found out that it has a glitch in its swiping.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 08:35 35

2. Connie.Linghus (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


That's like comparing a Teeny-TiNy iAnt to a mighty LION.

Of course, the iAnt will be lost because it will be using Apple mAps.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 08:36 34

4. e.wvu (unregistered)


Great review, Daniel P. Actually enjoyed reading it! Already preordered the Note II, can't wait to get it in my hands!

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 08:47 14

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 22477; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Good comment, instead of posting something dumb and childish u simply chose What's best for u. Smart and mature.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 11:12 10

28. oying24 (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


i agree..this is the best comment coming from an android user.. mature enough indeed.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 09:46 1

54. darkkjedii (Posts: 22477; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yep...

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 06:36

83. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Challenge on my friend. Your so soft it's pretty comical. Acting like your about something. Gosh this site is pretty comical with these new trolls showing up daily..

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 08:20 2

89. jaimeovarela (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


Says the man with the split mustache.... ???? Jus saying? LOL

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 09:00 6

8. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


should be getting my hands on a demo one myself this evening,cant wait

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 09:15 7

13. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Will be buying it in 2weeks time, Sim-Free. Excited.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 08:38 13

5. jaimeovarela (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


prettifying!!!! love the word!! YAY for Note II

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 09:10 8

9. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


"...however, has higher 326ppi pixel density vs the Note II’s 256ppi..." Note II's ppi is 267. A simple calculation will tell that. So correct that mistake Daniel...
BTW nice comparision...

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 09:18 1

15. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Why on earth did they use 267 instead of 300+ This was a major let down.....

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 09:24 8

18. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I like the way you say that as if you'd be able to tell the difference by looking at nothing other than the screen.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 11:46 3

58. ddeath (Posts: 169; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


He probably uses the phone 1 inch away from his face so it is a major letdown to him.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 09:29 15

21. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


As you see, Note II is bigger and heavier than normal smartphones. So we tend to use it from more distance than we use regular small sized phones. which is about 15 inches... So considering that note II has 267 ppi, another calculation will show that it falls beautifully in to the retina category that everyone is going gaga about. Its not a let down, its logic... BTW i love the Sharukh Khan user image you use. Guess you are from India...

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 09:40 5

24. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


Thanks, we've corrected the Note II's pixel density information

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 12:42

32. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


^^phone arena team?? hahaha

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 09:12 9

10. rawdeal (Posts: 21; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


i am using note 2 and i am loving it... truly creative and a mammoth phone...

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 09:18

14. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


could you tell me whether the colours are over saturated and look incorrect as said in this comparison? Does texts look sharper?

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 09:19

16. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


They don't look sharper, but the Amoled+ kind helps.

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