Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note
In this comparison, we're using the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, which comes with a quad-core Exynos CPU and 1GB of RAM. The U.S. versions come with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU and 2GB of RAM, as well as LTE, except for T-Mobile's, which lacks LTE.


Released several months after the Galaxy S II, the gargantuan Galaxy Note has been marketed by Samsung almost as if it's its current flagship model, its primary smartphone. This seemed a bit strange, having in mind that the Note is so big, it's much more of a niche product than a regular smartphone. Anyways, now that the Galaxy S III has arrived, we guess Samsung's focus will be back on the S line. So, obviously there will be some hidden competition between the S III and the Note, as some users will be inevitably torn between the two handsets.

Needless to say, that's exactly the reason why we're here – to help you make the right choice! Should you get the new and shiny Galaxy S III with all of those fancy new features? Will you be better off with the enormous screen and stylus of the Galaxy Note? And what's Elvis actually doing on the Moon? The answers you're looking for are right here.


While the Galaxy S III has introduced a new design language with its rounded corners and specifically-shaped home button, the Galaxy Note actually resembles a giant Galaxy S II. Obviously it'd be up to you to choose which look you like better.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the GS III will be the more comfortable phone to hold and work with. Not that it's small, but the Note simply dwarfs anything next to it. Both handsets are made of plastic (though the GS III is polycarbonate), with the Galaxy S III being smooth and glossy, while the Note is more matte and has a texture to its back side. Overall, the Note has more of a business look to it, while the Galaxy S III is more consumer-friendly.


Even though the Galaxy S III's 4.8” screen is very big, the 5.3” panel of the Note is once again making it seem small. We can't really say that normal usage benefits from the bigger size. With messaging, web browsing and other stuff, the experience is almost the same with both phones. If you watch tons of movies though, or play a lot of games, the Galaxy Note's 5.3” screen will work better.

Apart from that, both devices use the HD Super AMOLED screen technology. The GS III comes with a resolution of 720x1280, while the Note packs a bit more pixels – 800x1280. Due to its significantly bigger size, though, the Note has a lower pixel density – 285, versus the 306 ppi of the Galaxy S III. That doesn't mean the Note's screen is pixelized, of course. Quite the contrary, it also looks great.

All in all, we like the display of the Galaxy S III more, because it's a bit brighter and has slightly more natural colors. Viewing angles on both devices are great. Outdoor visibility is also the same – not very good.

Samsung Galaxy S III 360-degrees View:

Samsung GALAXY Note 360-degrees View:



1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

9.6 (7 doesn't count lol, user experience is what matters) vs 9.3 ... Hmm... I'm still bought on how reviewers describe the new touchwiz. I want an S III. :(

8. Tjey007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 22, 2012

you cant say 9.6 vs 9.3. either say 7 vs 9.3 or - vs 9.6

2. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

phonearena... u miss judged the G-Note with 7/10 ! :/

23. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

and, they didnt even mention Spen in conclusion. really, watching video shouldent be so diffrent, but Spen is a featur specificly for note. that os the reason somone should buy G note.

25. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

The Note is too big. Sorry I not gonna just accept anything samsung throw at me.

3. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Why use a gingerbread note?

4. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

yeah why dont you use ICS

18. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Because like they said, their Note doesn't have official ICS support yet.

26. abbeylima

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 02, 2012


5. andrew1953

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 13, 2011

I prefer the Note with its greater versatility re the stylus and its uses. Also the bigger screen for reading text/books,watchttring games,videos now I have to wear reading glasses. I would use a Bluetooth ear piece when making/receiving phone calls which isn't very often. A higher quality polycarbonate plastic is nice but you don't see it inside a case and I always insist on putting my phones in top quality cases like Seidio.Main interest is how much difference the ICS OS would make to the Note? The Note gets my vote.

6. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I can answer to your question. I used the official update to ICS a bout a week: battery life seems a bit lower than GB, but UI is more fluid, and most of all the stock browser go to light speed, and also you have all the features of ICS (new multitasking, face unlock, Chrome, Etc) !

7. WILDCAT1935

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 23, 2011

Statside GS3 doesnt have quad four core.Yippie kia aye MF.

31. theo14461 unregistered

...Bruce Willis, Die Hard, Loved it!

9. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

SIII sucks..Round round on the Note is better. Cuz Note is powerful than SII, and currently, no game lags on SII. Even Incredible S with Cyanogen 7.2 and hardware acceleration enabled can play GTA 3 on medium settings. Note is great. Big screen, Good looks. SIII sucks. Same cam, curved edges, small screen, curved edges, stupid looks, curved edges.. lol

14. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

haters gonna hate..!!

15. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

hahah haters are indeed going to hate Difference camera sensor than the one used in S2/Note/HOX

35. prassannakumar

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

I too feel note is better....even cost wise its 25% less! S3 Oscar never worth for that extra cost!

10. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Damn.. The galaxy note still deserves a good 9 rating even if reviewed and the review of Galaxy Note is relatively old.. I cannot believe the Galaxy Note got 7 when it was the most powerful device of all time.. And what reason you guys gave for it. Nothing.. b'cuz it was the most powerful device of it's time and was the best alternative if someone feels the size of the tablet is very huge and it is no doubt the best thing for Business people and artists No doubt the Galaxy Note was underrated. It still competes with the Galaxy S III and can run anything and any app except the apps that require ICS but this problem wouldn't be here for much longer.. Feels like the king was not treated good..!! Hate Ray S

11. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

WTF Phone arena? Note is only good for watching vids for big screen, otherwise get a S3? What about use ability on web surfing, document editing, photo editing with S-pen, S memo, Calander ALL EASIER with a much bigger screen? You guys reviews are starting to become more narrowminded to point where they don't mean squat anymore

13. Myrith

Posts: 57; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Yeah, this review just seems to follow the template of all the other reviews, focusing on design, screen, interface, Internet, camera, etc. Those aspects fall into the typical consumer use of a phone, but the Note is a new breed that moves a bit more towards productivity. This review mentions nothing about content creation and editing. There's a significant demographic that would choose the Note for drawing, editing pictures, taking class notes, or planning projects, even if the SIII is superior in other ways.

12. Myrith

Posts: 57; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Uh oh, the author called the S-Pen a "stylus" in big bold letters. A pen with internal electronics typically isn't called a stylus.

16. phnrpt

Posts: 23; Member since: May 28, 2012

AT&T ought to be prosecuted by the Department of Justice for monopoly, price fixing, prevent competition and conspiracy with Apple, Inc. AT&T is the first and the only US carrier sells iPhone for the first three and half years in the US before any other US carriers. AT&T is also the only US carrier benefits financially from this monopoly, but the majority of the consumers suffered. Even the consumers of the AT&T ended up paying a higher rate. Now, AT&T stroked again with the “Samsung galaxy note” deal. AT&T is the only US carrier exclusively selling this hot phone. The majority of the consumers got screwed again. Folks, by leaving Verizon, Sprint or T mobile and then switch to AT&T for galaxy note will only help AT&T to have more money to strike on us in the future again. Let’s stand together to say no to AT&T. Let’s stand together to bring enough attention to the US Department of Justice. Just like MCI brought US DOJ to defeat AT&T in the 1980s. US DOJ has already charged Apple for price fixing of the eBook. That’s far not enough. Apple’s role is at least conspiracy with AT&T. Apple also benefits from prevent positive competition with Samsung. The victims are us, people, and the consumers from US. We cannot expect Verizon, Sprint or T mobile to bring AT&T to court for monopoly because that never happened for the last five years. We don’t know why these big three companies allow AT&T the screw around. But we do know that we, the consumers from US are the true victims. People from Europe, Asia or Africa enjoyed “Samsung galaxy S2” five months earlier than US people did. “Samsung galaxy note” is another three months earlier, even as today, the other big three US carriers still can’t announce for the galaxy note release. All the first four Major carriers in UK are already selling galaxy note. We, the US consumers are being ignored and discriminated by the arrogant AT&T and Apple Inc. we need US DOJ to protect the US consumers’ rights.

22. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

All carriers get exclusivity for various models... IPhone (initially), Lumia 900, Galaxy Nexus, Droid Razr/Maxx, the entire Droid series, the EVO series, and the original G1 and G2, just to name a few. If you dislike a carrier, say it, but don't use unjustified statements to defend or support your perspective. The mobile landscape in the U.S. Is deliberately anti-monopoly, and, in fact, Verizon is larger than AT&T. The carriers work with the manufacturers creating a phone, and with those discussions some of the criteria might be exclusivity, and the carrier will share development or advertising costs to make sure the manufacturer gets sales, which benefits both parties. Research (I think Engadget's) the article about how the Motorola Atrix was developed. At least AT&T's phones are usable worldwide and most are easily unlockable, so if you purchase at full price or after being out of contract, you can take your phone to any other GSM carrier (with some restrictions on bandwidths if not using the same as factory settings)

17. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Probably in a few more months, the galaxy note might almost have the same interface(touchwiz ux rather than touchwiz 4) as the galaxy s 3. Just like what they did with the galaxy s(i9000)value pack update, it has touchwiz 3 before but when updated to its very last version, it already had touchwiz 4.

19. chriski333

Posts: 22; Member since: May 05, 2012

so i just got the note saturday did i mess up that i didnt wait for the s3 or will i be ok?

20. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

There, see what you've done pa?

33. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I love my Note. I think you've made the right choice. Enjoy it!

21. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

The review on the GNote was flawed, or a rush of judgement if you ask me, definitly did not deserve the 7/10 it got. Just like this review is DEFINITLY premature in that its GB vs ICS... OFC your going to pick ICS... /facepalm That being said, I would still prefer the International GNote VS the US SG3 when it comes to the states, as it stands, the US is going to miss out on that Quad Core goodness that is Samsung's own bread and butter processor. This should really have a NON-US tag for readers, considering IMHO, the GNote is still a better pick then the GS3. Its all YMMV of course, I find the bigger phones MUCH more easy on the hands, I cant stand small candy bar phones. Oh, and I cant stand aspect ratio 16:9... NARROW SCREEN FOR THE LOSS... another win for the GNote...

24. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Both phones are good, but it depends on what you're gonna use it for!! Im a big guy (6'7" 240lbs) and the Note is perfect for me. If you are a businessman/businesswoman then the note is good as well Theres not much difference in specs, so the S3 would be perfect for most of america. you wouldnt miss much besides the S-Pen of course.

27. prashantnsk

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

HI all gnote is not in a smartphone has overall different targeted gnote to all proffessionals and students in creative fields photographers,web designers,fashion designers,architects,and interior designers like me....its a class segment which defines its purpose very efficiently....i love note...s3 is also best in its segment(quad core)....its all about why and how we use our gadgets.......thankyou......there is nothing good nor bad on this earth....IT IS WHAT IT IS!

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