Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III
Both the Note II and the Galaxy S III sport the newest Nature UX of Samsung with its Smart Stay, Pop Up Play and AllShare Cast streaming features, which we discussed in our Galaxy S III review, but the Note II also comes with Jelly Bean out of the box - an advantage it will hold until the S III gets updated, too.
The notable differences now are the presence of the Google Now personal butler on the Note II, the smooth 60fps interface in Jelly Bean, the stellar natural language recognition of Google Voice, and a few extras like two homescreen modes, new Settings app, rearranged notification bar, and a resizable Pop Up Play video windows.
These are all coming to the Galaxy S III very soon, too, so the main difference in software will remain the S Pen apps, like S Note and S Planner, which put the stylus to good use.
S Pen apps:
The stylus in the Note II is much improved in comparison with the original - it has a more ergonomic grip now, and the new technology inside allows you to leave faster and smoother ink trace. Moreover, the S Pen has learned new tricks now, too, with the most intriguing one being Air View, which brings up previews of emails, image galleries and button labels when you hover over them. For a full rundown of the S Pen features, peak into our Note II review.
Processor and memory:
The Galaxy Note II sports a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, compared to the same one in the international S III, but clocked slightly lower at 1.4 GHz, explaining the higher benchmark performance of the Note II.
The US versions of the Galaxy S III, however, sport a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processors with LTE radio, but performance and benchmarks in reality are comparable to the Exynos processor.
We have 2GB of RAM memory in both, and the same starting 16GB amount of internal memory - about 10GB are user-available in the Note II, whereas we have about 11GB on the Galaxy S III.
When we couple the more powerful processor with Android Jelly Bean’s interface optimizations, the Note II comes superior in UI fluidity and app performance, which will hold at least until the GS III gets updated, too.
Internet and Connectivity:
The Nature UX browser is very optimized, and powered by a tad beefier processor on the Note II, but the difference in performance is not noticeable - both browsers behave very zippy. However, with mobile Chrome in Jelly Bean we are losing Adobe Flash support, and there are quite a few websites that can’t be enjoyed fully, or at all, without Adobe’s piece of software, which the ICS browser on the Galaxy S III supports.
The Galaxy Note II has the advantage to offer its quad-core chip coupled with an LTE radio, unlike on the US versions of the Galaxy S III, where we have Snapdragon S4 processors for that package. Thus, you get the quad-core 4412 paired to a 100Mbits LTE radio now with the Note II for the first time. These speeds are, of course, theoretical, and depend on your carrier network, but we are glad that processor fragmentation ends with the Note II.
Both handsets sport a variety of radios, like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, and NFC, using the versatile MHL port for wired connectivity.
43. ElizabethSophie (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
I really didn't want to see this fight until the Galaxy Note got ICS with Premium Suite. Samsung IMOP got the best phones out right now. GS3 simple has the best features on any phone that's out today.If any one still using Samsung Galaxy S II then i would suggest to upgrade it with SGS3 .The SGS2 is selling for $232.25 according to this price report http://www.movaluate.com/samsu
3. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
We want PHOLED!!!!
4. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Two beast , went at it :-) ,, I think the note is better ,,
5. Even4steven (Posts: 37; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
I already have the S3, so I am not really in the market for a new phone. However, I must admit that the Note 2 is a super desirable phone, and has certainly changed my expectations about what a phone can be, as well as what I might want out of my next phone.
6. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
If every, everything on the Note II beats S III, then why, 9.3 for S III and 9.0 for the Note III, PA? Considering size shouldn't be considered as 'con' since it's targetted at specific people.
9. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
because ratings also consider the time it is released. you can't rate the Galaxy S III the same way if it was released next year.
7. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
okay, the Galaxy Note II impressed me. the last two pieces of the war are Nexus and Lumia 920.
14. redmd (Posts: 901; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
screen size + processing power + battery life = my next phone.
10. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
PA, the S III' display is far from being the dimmest Samsung amoled - that title goes to the Galaxy Nexus - it has 247 cd/m2 brightness, while the S III manages 330
17. vinaka (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
Can any body tell Note2 is using Synaptics technology for the screen like Nokia 920.. because it responds to s-pen as well as fingers.. can we use it with gloves on etc?
19. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
Guess not. Nokia's device will be the very first one to introduce such tech in smartphone universe. S-pen is designed to operate on normal capacitive touch.
20. platformwars (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
Note II is amazing.. but the size is the deal breaker for me.. if we had a stylus on a SIII then it would have been amazing.. maybe samsung should introduce something like the NOTE Mini with a 4.3 - 4.8" Screen size and the monster specs..
Also, I would love it if HTC had innovated something like this as im not a fan of Samsungs plastic body... I purchased Desire HD over SII at the time i was buying mainly because of the feel in the hand as it was my first experience with an Android and didnt know specs matter so much.. I was pretty much a Blackberry Boy before this...
21. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Its hilarious to see the amount of thumbs Down here for the comments above which are not in any way controversial or worthy of thumbs down
23. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2555; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I agree. The people on this site are just ridiculous.
24. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Lots of Samsung haters here, from both Apple and Nokia camp..
Anyways, GNOTE II is gonna be my next baby!
29. Nookie4u (Posts: 131; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
well I see quite a lot of thumbs down on positive articles of Apple and Nokia too. Guess every camp's spreadin the hate?
25. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2555; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
It would seem to me that the Note II is clearly the winner here. It does everything the S3 does & more.The only reason to get an S3 over the Note II would be if you think the latter is too big.
26. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2555; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I guess price is another consideration for now. The S3 can be found very cheap on contract now if you know where to look.
27. x88yunkw (Posts: 66; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
Wonder why so many downward thumb here? Eventually both r android n samsung. Buy both if cant decide.
28. Nookie4u (Posts: 131; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
this is a great comparison, thanks. Now this got me dreaming about Note 2.
30. Miquel_1987 (Posts: 21; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
Well since i don't call that much the note II is something i could use. i am more a media type. Music-movies-fotos-internet. yeah i can see myself with this BEAST :)
31. mathur.shubham1 (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
S3 sporting 2 gigs RAM??
not at my place
33. Miquel_1987 (Posts: 21; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
Yes AT&T version. but it also comes with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. NOT Quadcore.
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37. mathur.shubham1 (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
thanks for info.......still NOTE II kicks its ass.....
38. Miquel_1987 (Posts: 21; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
ur welcome. it sure does kicks some ass. LOL
32. 10aera (Posts: 31; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
So, according to PhoneArena and everybody else the Note 2 is way too better than the S3... however they put a score of 9 in its Note 2 review and a score of 9.3 in its S3 review... Can someone explain this???
34. henrys (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)
have to do a note 2 vs optimus g when it comes out
36. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
I'm getting the note 2 cause in my opinion its lots better than the S3, i mean, even s voice probably doesn't beat the advanced google search
40. MatthiasBalk (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Bahaha the line about the skinny jeans! The s3 isn't that bad in my skinny jeans :P
41. bonsly16 (Posts: 57; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
These two phones are targeted for different types of consumers in my opinion. The GS3 are for those that want an everyday to day use smartphone other than an iPhone with a larger screen but not too big to handle. The NoteII are for art-oriented-business esque type of people who are looking for more out of their smartphones (i.e. Being able to use an authentic and accurate stylus). They are not the typical consumers as the relatively large size would be inhibitive for their everyday use. Honestly, speaking from a GS3-owner persepective, the NoteII's size seems to be the biggest factor in the likeability department. The GS3 is already big enough for most people and the Note would go just a little past that. Overall, it all depends on the user's taste, taking advantage of Samsung's wide variety of choices fit for different types of people.
42. javorr (Posts: 14; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
WWhat about the GPS, for the note they specify only A-GPS, for S3 GPS.
Does it mean that Note 2 is not as good as S3 for the GPS?