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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.

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

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iOS 5 on the Apple iPhone 4S - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
iOS 5 on the Apple iPhone 4S - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
iOS 5 on the Apple iPhone 4S - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S

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.

On-screen keyboards of the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S

Portrait keyboard - On-screen keyboard of the Apple iPhone 4S - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
Landscape QWERTY - On-screen keyboard of the Apple iPhone 4S - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S

Portrait keyboard

Landscape QWERTY


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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Samsung Galaxy Note LTE - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
Samsung Galaxy Note LTE - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
Calendar - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S

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Calendar


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Calendar - Apple iPhone 4S - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
Apple iPhone 4S - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S

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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.

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

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browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
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browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
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browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
Web 
browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S - Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs 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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