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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

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Interface and Functionality

At first glance, the software that's on both devices may seem identical, but it's actually slightly more refined on the Galaxy S4, which has the very latest TouchWiz Nature UX version. It also has the latest Android version, 4.2.2, which is yet to grace the jumbo screen of the Note II, which is currently rocking 4.1.2.

The latest TouchWiz UI adds a bunch of interesting features, and while not all of them will prove to be that useful, we're certain that users will appreciate at least some of them. Some of the new goodies include a host of camera modes like Drama Shot, Cinema Shot and Sound and Shot, as well as some other stuff like Air View, Air Gesture and Smart Rotation. If you'd like to learn more about all the new TouchWiz features, just check out our Samsung Galaxy S4 Review!

The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with the latest Android version, 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with the latest Android version, 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with the latest Android version, 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with the latest Android version, 4.2.2


The Samsung Galaxy Note II is currently rocking Android 4.1.2 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is currently rocking Android 4.1.2 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is currently rocking Android 4.1.2 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is currently rocking Android 4.1.2 - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is currently rocking Android 4.1.2



Internet and Connectivity

Well, the Galaxy S4 has a higher resolution, which helps it when browsing, but there's a bit more benefit in the extra screen size of the Galaxy Note II, which will make everything bigger and thus easier to see and more enjoyable. Its inferior resolution is noticeable, but it's not really that bad. Not to mention that watching online (and offline video will also be better on the Note II.

The Samsung browser - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung browser - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung browser - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Samsung browser


Both handsets are LTE-enabled, though the Galaxy S4 has a slightly faster HSPA+ radio for those moments when LTE is not available. It can theoretically achieve HSPA+ download speeds of 42.2 Mbit/s, while the Note II is capped at 21.1 Mbit/s. There's also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 on both, but only the Galaxy S4 sports an IR blaster.


Processor and Memory

While the Note II is equipped with the trusty Exynos 4412, the Galaxy S4 comes with the newer Snapdragon 600, or in some other markets, with the amazing Exynos 5 Octa. We definitely do not notice any difference in the performance of the two devices, though benchmark results show that the GS4 has a significant advantage as far as processing power goes. If anything, the 3D games of the future will surely run better on the GS4, thanks to its newer CPU and GPU.
 
In terms of storage space, both handsets are identical as they come in 16, 32 and 64 GB flavors, and they also sport a microSD card slot.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 12078
Samsung GALAXY Note II 6501
AnTuTu
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 24701
Samsung GALAXY Note II 20771
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 39
Samsung GALAXY Note II 18
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 704
Samsung GALAXY Note II 623
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 1702
Samsung GALAXY Note II 1882
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posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:12 14

1. thethird (Posts: 72; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


I love my Note 2! Samsung will still update to the Note 2 and get those S4 features. Note 3 wil replace my Note 2. Yahoo. [+]

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:35 9

6. hateftotti (Posts: 202; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Today I had chance to work with S4.
It is faster and lighter than my Note II but consider this the screen size is small against Note II.
So as you said I would go for Note III because of bigger display and the advantage of S-pen with all decent features of S4

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 11:16 4

18. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Plus, if you wait for the Note III, you will get the Exynos octacore chipset, which U.S. GS IV owners will miss out on. Good things come to those who are patient.

I am passing on the GS IV, but will pre-order the Note III as soon as VZW opens pre-orders for it.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 18:34

22. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Lol VZW, stupid CDMA stopping all their customers from using the octa version of the s4.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 19:14 1

25. ckoch125 (Posts: 192; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


it's not verizon, it is all the US carriers getting the snapdragon chip s4

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 18:09

34. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1046; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I like this article because the S4 and Note2 are that far apart from each other. im surpried that the call quality is better with the Note2 vs. the S4. The fact that the Note3 will have the functionality of the Note2 and the features of the S4 will be something im looking forward when i upgrade out of my blue S3

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:17 4

2. eliasafram7 (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


i have note 2 and im so happy with it after 5 months of use it still so great and i would never trade for any smartphone even the S4 but im waiting till the upcoming note 3

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:18 1

3. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


C'mon Ray!

I was eagerly waiting for an AirView comparison in terms of functionality and accuracy, and considering the S4 has super sensitive screen with milk bottle control, why not check the SPens and other pens usability, accuracy, drawing capabilities on the S4.

I just wanna know how accurate sylus input is. Can you make a drawing comparison?

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:26 5

4. tryingHARD (Posts: 64; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)


i have enough plastic at home. so annoying! please stop this garbage!

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 12:40 1

19. asteala8 (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


At least it has power. All of your "premium" phones have the strength of Lil Kim up in North Korea. Pathetic.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 10:11

29. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


Trying hard

posted on 12 May 2013, 17:21

55. heldown (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Feb 2013)


its better plastic than a metal brick that need a plastic case to protect a cheap metal phone , that s the reason why apple ladies use a plastic case

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:28 2

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 22114; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nice devices, selling my note and copping an s4.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:48 2

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Keep the Note man, :D
Apart from the build quality, they both look yummy...

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 06:44 2

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 22114; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


To be honest I'd like to, but I don't need three phones and I think the s4's size will be more to no liking. Plus the extra horse power, 1080p, and new camera really intrigue me.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 05:41 1

58. jbreault (Posts: 28; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)


they say ones you go big you'll never go back to a small phone again and now that i have a note 2 it would be hard go back to little phone so bring on the note 3

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:35 11

7. FlushGordon (unregistered)


A Note ONLY replaces a Note....period

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 10:47 4

16. SleepingOz (unregistered)


So true! Once you've used a NOTE, there's no going back!

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 18:35

23. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


I used a note, you can't use it with one hand so pass.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 08:07 2

47. tfreakburg (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


small hands?

posted on 12 May 2013, 17:25

56. heldown (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Feb 2013)


sure if you have small hands you re either a lady a girly then cupertino is your answer

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:46 3

8. Note2waitingonNote3 (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


Not to worry the Galaxy Note 2 is the GOLD STANDARD of technology today. The device every manufacturer is trying to catch up to and copy for that matter. It's the ultimate all purpose productivity device ever made since the inception of android. The ONLY thing that will ever compare is the Galaxy Note 3 in September 2013. When the Galaxy Note 3 launches that will be a day one purchase for me. I will gladly pass on the Galaxy S4 going backwards in screen size will never happen in my world. That 6.3 inch breakable display at 1080p of the Galaxy Note 3 will be industry leading rest assured on that.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:58 2

10. tryingHARD (Posts: 64; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)


gold standard? which one? gold standard for plastic phones maybe.. hahahaha! but for premium quality one? the lowest element possible..

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 10:56 6

17. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Premium "feel in hands" doesn't mean premium quality, you know..
iPhone and HTC One are clear examples! =]

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 14:39

26. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


And why is that ?

It is obvious you are a huge Samsung fanboy just by looking at the comments section of this website, every flagship phone has premium quality, i don't get the sudden hate for the HTC One nor the hate for the iPhone 5 as it is an excelent smartphone, but this is from a unbiased point of view. I don't really see the need for people saying "[Insert favorite brand here] is better / does this better than [insert a phone that is not from your favorite brand]".

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 09:09

35. rbbnice07 (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


So..... All tier one smartphones are the same?...... Hahahahaha oh. Okay.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 07:32 3

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 22114; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


It's not a question of the standard, it's a matter of what people want. Not everyone wants a phone that large, not everyone wants android or iOS, or wp8 etc. your screen name suggests a fascination with Sammy, and the note phones, but you only really speak for you. I have the note 2 and love it, but I speak for myself...and me myself will be selling my note 2 this wknd to my nephew. He's been begging for it, I'll then put the difference with it and buy the s4 at retail. Remember these devices are only the gold standard to those that want them.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 07:54

14. rwitt1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


A smartphone should work well as a phone. I was looking to get this phone but will not due to the fact I use the phone for business. Sorry Samsung huge fail....

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 10:46 3

15. SleepingOz (unregistered)


I'll keep my GNOTE II, which is still a beast!
GNOTE III may be.. =)

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 15:23 2

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


I'm definitely not even considering the S4. I will most likely pass on the Note III as well because the time frame is way too short for any major advancements to be made on the Note III.

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