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Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5

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The Samsung Galaxy Note II camera interface has most major options we are accustomed to with flagship Androids, like face/smile recognition, Panorama, HDR, low light mode and so on. It also offers an abundance of scene and focus modes, as well as number of color effects.

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II


The iPhone 5 mostly takes care of everything on its own, deciding what is best for the scene in front of it on the fly, and sports a fast HDR mode for tricky lighting situations. There is a new option for panoramic photos introduced now, which stitches many megabytes of photos (up to 28 megapixels) very quickly with very good end results.

The camera interface of the Apple iPhone 5 - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
The camera interface of the Apple iPhone 5 - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
The camera interface of the Apple iPhone 5 - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5

The camera interface of the Apple iPhone 5


When it comes to picture quality, the phones are about equal outside under broad daylight, with high levels of detail and good color representation, without excessive noise. The iPhone 5 manages scenes with high dynamic range better, though, whereas we get slightly overexposed bright spots with the Note II, and overall more washed-out photos in the sun. The iPhone 5 also sports more contrast in its pictures, making them more visually appealing.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II - Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
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Samsung Galaxy Note II

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Apple iPhone 5

Samsung Galaxy Note II - Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
Samsung Galaxy Note II - Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
Samsung Galaxy Note II - Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
Samsung Galaxy Note II - Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
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Samsung Galaxy Note II

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Apple iPhone 5 - Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 - Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
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Apple iPhone 5 - Outdoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

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

Samsung Galaxy Note II Panorama


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

Apple iPhone 5 Panorama



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Strong light - Apple iPhone 5 - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
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The 1080 videos from the iPhone 5 and the Note II fly smooth with 30fps inside and outdoors, and exhibit the same great amount of detail and crisp focus as the still scenes, with no visible artifacts or skipped frames, yet the iPhone 5 footage comes with higher contrast, and looks less washed out under bright sunlight.

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The picture and video gallery on the Note II sports the added advantage of splitting the screen with folders on the left for faster navigation, and it also has richer editing capabilities built into it.

The music players on both devices offer tune categorizations and minimalistic interface, with more functionality offered by the Note II via sound modes and equalizer presets that are built into the player interface. Note II also has an FM radio. The loudspeakers are of excellent quality on both handsets in terms of strength, but the iPhone 5 unit sounds a tad fuller and clearer.

The Nature UX music player - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
The Nature UX music player - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5

The Nature UX music player

Apple’s music player - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple’s music player - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple’s music player - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5
Apple’s music player - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5

Apple’s music player


As far as video playback goes, the Note II has the upper hand, not only because of the gargantuan 5.5” display, but also since it plays every format you throw at it, up to 1920x1080 definitions. Here the Note II battery life gets a boost compared to the iPhone 5, as the AMOLED screen consumes less energy compared to LCD when displaying colorful scenes. The advantage is commensurate with the one of iPhone 5 when browsing - an hour and change more for the Note II out of runtimes already in excess of 10 hours of video playback for both devices. And if you are watching Die Hard 2, with a lot of snowmobile chasing through the white wilderness, the roles might be reversed.

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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: 6015; 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: 22014; 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: 22014; 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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