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Call quality:

Both handsets sport a pretty good call quality, with the scales tipping slightly in favor of the Note II, on account of its powerful earpiece with clean sound. On the other end the Galaxy S III and the Note II behave very well too, relaying our voices in a crisp and loud manner, without much audible distortions.


Needless to say, the larger 3,100mAh battery on the Note II, should make a difference compared to the 2,100mAh unit on the S III, regardless of the screen size.

There are no official talk times yet from Samsung, but we made one very unscientific test to check how the Note II stacks up against the Note and the Galaxy S III during the HD Super AMOLED’s most frugal consumption - video playback. We charged all three phones to 100%, put them in airplane mode, pumped up the brightness to the max, and ran the same HD video for an hour and change. At the end the Note showed 83%, the Galaxy S III showed 87%, while the Note II’s monster battery discharged only 8%, bringing it down to 92%.

If we extrapolate from those results, the Note II might very well reach the RAZR MAXX 14-hour territories when it comes to video endurance, considering that the Galaxy S III lasts about 10 hours video playback on a charge at half brightness..


The Note II is still a big hunk of a phone, but the Galaxy S III design is so recognizable now, that making the second edition Note look similar immediately earns it some street cred, as it just looks like you are holding a larger S III to your ear. That “larger S III”, however, finally ends the Samsung processor fragmentation in the US, as it pairs the LTE radio with quad-core Exynos, rather than with a dual-core Snapdragon S4, like the Galaxy S III US versions do.

Granted, the second member of the Note family is not for everybody, but for those who dare to consider it, it has some evident extras before the Galaxy S III - extra screen with extra brightness and extra subpixels, extra processing power, extra input methods, and very importantly - extra battery life.

All of these come without much extra price, but again, juggle both phones in your pockets and in your hands first, as hauling around a Note II might only be warranted if you are not that much the talking type on your smartphone, but rather a media consumption and web browsing buff who’d also make good use of a stylus to jot down quick notes, tasks and remarks. And if you are the skinny jeans type - forget it, the Galaxy S III is already enough of a stretch for you.

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