Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S

By now, we’ve all probably watched that commercial about the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE for AT&T – you know, the one that aired during the Super Bowl. Sure, we get a good chuckle out of it, thanks to its over the top style, but when you overlook the theatrics and celebrity cameos, we find yet another casual instance of Samsung pitting its offering against Apple’s pride and joy. Storming onto the scene, the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE has proven itself as one captivating smartphone that’s very different from mostly everything else, but it’s going to take more than BIG talk to take away the iPhone’s grasp on the market, so let’s find out who these two titans in the smartphone world stack up against one another.


To put it bluntly, these two handsets couldn’t be any more different from one another, as size is undoubtedly the most prominent differentiator. On one side, we have the obnoxiously large size of the Galaxy Note LTE, which makes it impossible to use single handed – though, we have to admit that it’s so uncanny that it actually provides most of its wow factor. Conversely, the iPhone is more form fitting and comfortable to hold in the hand, while its top-notch quality choice of materials gives it that premium feel. We can argue which one has the better construction or killer design, but in an age where initial impressions have long lasting implications, the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE simply has that fresh appeal to snag the attention of people far and wide.

Even though we rarely had issues accidentally any of the Note’s capacitive buttons, it’s never a problem with the tactile physical home button of the iPhone 4S. Perched above their displays are their respective front-facing cameras, with the Note donning a higher count 2-megapixel snapper versus the VGA one of the iPhone 4S.

Exhibiting great responses and distinctive feels, we equally like the dedicated power buttons and volume controls of the two. Moving along to their connection ports, which are used for data connectivity and charging, they require the aid of an optional adapter to gain video-out functionality. Needless to say, we’re not fans of buying something extra to gain the function, but nevertheless, we’ve been accustomed to it by now.

Complementing their high-end status, both are outfitted with beefy 8-megapixel cameras with LED flashes, however, the iPhone 4S seems to be more photo-centric due to its F2.4 wide-angle lens and backside illumination. Previously, we would’ve complained about the iPhone’s lack of expandable memory and removable battery, but we’ve come to accept it. Well, it’s not to say we’re over it entirely, as the Note entices us with its beefy removable 2,500 mAh battery and microSD card slot.


Arguably, we can dissect and mention the advantages between each handset’s display, but ultimately it’s our eyes that emphasize which is ultimately the more alluring one. On numerous occasions, and even now, we’ve always been enthralled by the 3.5” Retina display of the iPhone 4S, but it has become somewhat passé – but to its credit, it’s still perceived as a benchmark for everything else. Naturally, both deliver stunning detail as the iPhone 4S and Galaxy Note LTE offer high pixel densities of 330 ppi and 285 ppi respectively, but we cannot overlook the unnatural size of the Galaxy Note LTE. In the end, we’re attracted to it more due to its mind-boggling 5.3” footprint – plus, its saturated colors and sheer luminance rounds out things to complement its beauty.

Samsung GALAXY Note LTE 360-degrees View:

Apple iPhone 4S 360-degrees View:



1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

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

33. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

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

2. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 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


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

43. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 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.

52. Fhammond

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 05, 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.

3. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

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

4. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

its like a man and his wife..

5. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

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

7. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

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


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

No, 'it's like a man and his B¡tch'.

37. Habib

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Lol this should be best comment of the month!

6. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

40. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

8. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

About time


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

14. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 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.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

41. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

46. Powerhawk

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

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

12. fenixsama

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

They look so cute together =D

13. redmd

Posts: 1961; Member since: Oct 26, 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

15. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 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.

16. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 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.

30. EarnYourLeather

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

18. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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...

26. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

My head is killing me now...!!

27. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

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

39. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

I agree with you..

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