Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note
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.
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.