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Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III

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There’s an 8MP camera module with LED flash on both handsets and the performance of the cameras is almost instantaneous. We get similar shot modes, like HDR or Panorama, and a number of effects to apply on your pictures and video, as both handsets sport the Nature UX Android camera interface. The Best Photo mode replaces the Burst Shot mode on the S III, taking less pictures at once in rapid succession, and suggesting which one to keep afterwards - much handier.

The new Best Faces mode on the Note II keeps the best pose and look of your photo subjects, and also a brand new Low Light mode is present on the Note II for those dimly-lit scenes.

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III

The pictures themselves are quite comparable, with a very good level of detail and quite sharp-looking, with a slight advantage going to those from the Note II. The contrast on the Galaxy S III seems boosted slightly higher, though, whereas the Note II stayed truer to the actual scene. The phones struggled a bit to expose properly in high dynamic range scenarios.

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Samsung Galaxy S IIIIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S IIIIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S IIIIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S IIIIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III

Video capture goes up to 1920x1080 with 30 fps on both handsets, and the footage is very fluid and with plenty of detail on both. The Galaxy S III again seems to up the contrast slightly in comparison with the Note II. Sound capture while recording video, though, is of subpar quality on both handsets.

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Multimedia:

The music players are the same, having tune categorization tabs and equalizer presets, as well as the Music Square mood matrix of your tunes.

When it comes to loudspeaker performance in playing music, the Note II wins hands down, with one of the most powerful speakers we’ve heard on a smartphone, which on top of that doesn’t sound flat, and outputs pretty clean sound, even at the highest volume.

The Nature UX music player of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III
The Nature UX music player of the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III

The built-in music player of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III
The built-in music player of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III
The built-in music player of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III
The built-in music player of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III

Both video players support high-def video playback regardless of the format, and we have the Pop Up Play function, where you can simply detach the video currently played, and keep doing something else, while it plays in a moveable pop-up windows brought at the front at all times. In the Note II, that popup windows is resizable, too.

In the default folder view the Gallery on the Galaxy Note II gets the screen split, with the categories on the left, and their content on the right, taking good better advantage of the large screen real estate, and the same goes for the YouTube app.

We also get a 3D Timeline view of the pictures and video in chronological order, or a spiral 3D view, rumored to be borrowed from Samsung’s Tizen OS.

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