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Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S

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Interface and Functionality:

Here we go again! It’s yet another classic brawl between Android and iOS, but as we’ve pointed out in several comparisons, they have their specific characteristics to appeal to a wide audience. However, you can kind of see how the TouchWiz interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE closely resembles the iPhone’s grid-like interface – albeit, the Note displays more icons thanks to its generous size. As we’ve come to expect, the Note offers a ton more personalization than the iPhone can ever dream about in its lifetime, but some newcomers might be scared by its complexity – well, that’s on top of its menacing presence. Oppositely, traversing through the iPhone’s interface is wickedly easier thanks to its simplistic and straightforward approach.

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The TouchWiz interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
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The TouchWiz interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE


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Now that the Galaxy Note LTE is here in the flesh, it redefines what it means to have a spacious keyboard layout – essentially when compared to the iPhone’s offering. Thankfully though, both are well endowed in typing up long passages of text with minimal mistakes thanks in part to their tasteful responsiveness. Sure, we might accidentally hit the wrong button when using the iPhone’s keyboard, but seeing that it has one of the best autocorrect and predictive features, we can consistently keep a good rate without worries.

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On-screen keyboards of the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE


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Catering to our needs with their ever so useful organizer apps, their functionalities are pretty much similar to one another, but there are a few distinct differences with the Galaxy Note LTE. Specifically, we’re greeted with layouts more akin to tablets when using the calendar and email apps in landscape. In fact, we like that we’re presented with a 2-panel layout for better visibility and organization, but beyond that, we don’t find its actual functions to be any advantageous over the iPhone. Interestingly, the one trump card in it all has to be none other than the S Pen functions of the Note – thus, allowing us to create drawings with precision and jotting notes with its recognition input system.

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Processor and Memory:

In our review of the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE, we were quick to notice some evidence of choppiness with certain processor intensive tasks – and that’s despite packing a mighty 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processor with 1GB of RAM. In contrast, it’s rarely a concern with the 800MHz dual-core Apple A5 CPU with 512MB of RAM of the iPhone 4S, as it seemingly exhibits the more fluid movements and executions. Honestly, the sluggish performance of the Galaxy Note LTE isn’t in our face all the time, but when we find the iPhone 4S running smoothly in all aspects, it begs the question if software is the culprit behind the Note’s performance.

You’ll need to be extremely picky with the iPhone 4S, seeing that there’s no way to increase its internal memory, which is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. Meanwhile, the Note is graced with 10.84GB of free storage out of the box, which can be supplemented by throwing in a microSD card.


Internet and Connectivity:

Talk about speed! There’s no comparison with this one as the Note is blessed with support for LTE connectivity – whereas, the iPhone 4S is limited to HSPA+ speeds with AT&T’s network. Taking speeds out of the equation, we still have to hand it to the Note when it comes down to web browsing. Simply, it’s fluid, displays more things on-scree simultaneously thanks to its size, and offers Flash support for that remarkably close desktop-like experience. Yeah, the iPhone 4S exhibits the same responsiveness and fluidity with its browsing controls, but it can’t outclass the Note in this category.

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Web surfing with the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
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Web surfing with the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE


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Web browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S


Reiterating ourselves, the Samsung Galaxy Note has the upper hand in the data speed department thanks to its LTE connection, but it’s worth noting that the iPhone 4S also packs a CDMA radio to run off the networks of Sprint and Verizon. Moreover, they both feature aGPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.

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posted on 24 Feb 2012, 05:57 8

1. Birds (Posts: 1164; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Finally, a none biased review. lol Just kidding. But sounds like John V. Has fallen in love with the Galaxy Note.

posted on 25 Feb 2012, 09:56 1

33. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


my word what a crappy phone to fall in love with.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 06:29 14

2. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 686; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


I love the hell outta my GNex but the Note is so boss. I hope and pray Verizon gets a five incher cause I would NEVER go to At&t. Hate em with a passion lol XO

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 08:19 5

10. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


iHate them even more. And, I'm with you, hope Verizon gets it :)

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 17:37 3

20. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I agree but I doubt VERIZON will pick up the Galaxy Note. They seem to be all in love with Motorola and they don't want to hurt the sales of the Galaxy Nexus. But yes I would pick up the Galaxy Note on Verizon in a heart beat.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 16:29 1

43. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 442; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Not true, they are going to call their version of the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Journal. Of course that name is subject to change, but does seem fitting.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 11:29

52. Fhammond (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


I agree with you. I too hate At&t and I don't want to move to them to get this beast of a phone.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 06:40 14

3. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


could this be? phonearena have stopped being iphonearena? now this is better news than the SGSIII

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 07:14 23

4. ddxmms (Posts: 170; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


its like a man and his wife..

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 07:35 7

5. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1045; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


Thats one of the best comments Ive seen about the note in a while lol

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 07:45 3

7. greathero1 (Posts: 566; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Too funny but when you see them side by side, thats one hell of an accurate observation lol!

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 08:20 10

11. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


No, 'it's like a man and his B¡tch'.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 14:51 2

37. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Lol this should be best comment of the month!

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 07:36 2

6. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


i want the galaxy note but im saving up for the optimus 4x HD

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 15:18

40. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Ha, if it comes to Sprint I for sure will buy the 4X HD.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 08:04

8. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


About time

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 08:16 11

9. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Haaa!!!! I had to read that title twice, then I laughed: 'vs' implies by definition competition. There is no competition here; iPhone 4S is a flip phone (with dediCated 911 shortcut button for seniors) next to that Galaxy Note. Damn, I have serious size envy, my RAZR™ is only 4.3". At least I can reach for my original Galaxy Tab whenever I'm feeling small (or, at least, as small as the iPhone 4S is right now).

Go Sammy, stomp all over that LiMiTed and tiNy iOS'd fliP phone.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 09:25 3

14. bucky (Posts: 2683; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


lol u have some serious hatred for the iphone. I have an SGS2 and i can honestly say i would take the iphone over your razr.

The iphone 4s still creates standards in many ways.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 12:06 1

17. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Yes, it's a great replAcement for femiNiNe hygiEne.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 16:32

41. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I'd have to be paid to use an iphone, and very very well at that.

I'd use Verizon if someone paid for it, but I'd never willingly go there.

If I had to have Verizon, the Droid RAZR Maxx or Galaxy Nexus or LG Spectrum would be the only choices I'd consider.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 03:50

46. Powerhawk (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


Lucky for you, -box-, I'm sponsoring faggots to use iPhones on Verizon. Forward your contact information.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 08:29 7

12. fenixsama (Posts: 32; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


They look so cute together =D

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 08:42 1

13. redmd (Posts: 1279; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


there's only one iphone 4S. but I'm so having fun with my GNote. I can't exchange this for any other phone right now. Haha

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 09:40 3

15. greathero1 (Posts: 566; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


This phone looks awesome but why in the hell couldn't they had left the design alone? I am sick of all US Android phones having the exact same 4 buttons. I love the look of the International version.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 10:29 2

16. kcombs (Posts: 275; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


I had the pleasure of looking at a Note in the store the other day, let me tell you it is awesome! but it really is not that big, pictures make it look bigger.

posted on 25 Feb 2012, 03:59 1

30. EarnYourLeather (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


I disagree. When I saw it for the first time in stores my instinctual vocal reaction was "What the hell is that?" I wasn't sure if it was a phone or a mini-tablet. It's just too big for my tastes.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 14:05 2

18. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


that thing that I note is that fandroids support that is Android and that's all.. not that is the Note itself... mentioning other devices when it should about the note and the iphone 4S only... but will leave it at that...

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 20:49 5

26. kcombs (Posts: 275; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


My head is killing me now...!!

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 21:59 4

27. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Huh? Am I the only one who doesn't understand a single bit of what he is blabbering right now?

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 01:00

39. ScottSchneider (Posts: 334; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


I agree with you..

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