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Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note

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The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with Android 4 ICS out of the box, but unfortunately, not all markets have already seen the ICS update for the Galaxy Note (ours is still running Gingerbread). In addition to having the advantage of running the latest OS versions, the Galaxy S III also sports a newer version of the TouchWiz user interface, which looks and feels better than the one on the Note, plus – it comes with a bunch of new features to further enhance the functionality of the device. Some of those features are courtesy of Ice Cream Sandwich, others are exclusive to Samsung, like S Voice and Smart Stay. You can learn all about these fancy new features in our Samsung Galaxy S III Review.

The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with Android 4 ICS out of the box - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with Android 4 ICS out of the box - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with Android 4 ICS out of the box - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with Android 4 ICS out of the box - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note

To tell you the truth, Gingerbread on the Galaxy Note isn't so bad. It smooth enough, and everything works pretty well. It doesn't feel as polished as the software of the GS III, though.

The Samsung Galaxy Note runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note
The Samsung Galaxy Note runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note
The Samsung Galaxy Note runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note

The Galaxy Note also has a special trick up its sleeve that the GS III lacks, and it's called a stylus! That's right – if you fancy the ability to do hand-written notes on your phone, then the Note is obviously the better option with its bigger display and special stylus. You can get a capacitive stylus for the Galaxy S III, but those aren't nearly as usable.

The Samsung Galaxy Note comes with a special capacitive stylus - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note
The Samsung Galaxy Note comes with a special capacitive stylus - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note
The Samsung Galaxy Note comes with a special capacitive stylus - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note


Messaging:

Interestingly, we actually prefer the typing experience on the Samsung Galaxy S III, even though the display of the Note is bigger. That's because it's actually too big, to the point where it's no longer as comfortable as it is on a sub-5” phone screen.

The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note
The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note

Virtual keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Note - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note
Virtual keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Note - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note

If you're a Gmail user, you'll probably find the experience to be somewhat better with the Gmail app of the GS III, as it was completely revamped in ICS.


Internet:

As you might expect, internet browsing is great on both of these smartphones. We do prefer the ICS browser because it tends to be more advanced and fluid, but have to admit that the Note's Samsung-enhanced Gingerbread browser isn't bad as well (and with the ICS one, it'll be even better). Thanks to Samsung's improvements, its performance is almost equal to the one of the Galaxy S III.

The web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note
The web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note
The web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note
The web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note

Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Note - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note
Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Note - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note
Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy Note - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note

The 5.3” display of the Galaxy Note feels a bit better than the 4.8” one of the S III, while surfing the web, but there isn't a tremendous difference.


Processor and memory:

Both the Galaxy S III's and Galaxy Note's processors are clocked at 1.4 GHz, but the major difference here is that the S III features a quad-core Exynos 4412 SoC, whereas the Note is “stuck” with a good-old dual-core Exynos. This means the GS III is a bit more future-proof than its gigantic brother. But make no mistake, the Note is also a great-performing device.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 12016 58,6
Samsung Galaxy Note 3871 6409 40,9

When it comes to RAM, our contenders here are equal, as they are both sporting 1GB RAM. This practically guarantees their smooth operation with all heavy apps/games.

If you want, you can get a bit more storage space with the Galaxy S III, at it comes in 16, 32 and 64GB variants, and also supports microSD cards of up to 64GB. With the Galaxy Note, on the other hand, you can have either a 16 or 32GB variant, with a microSD slot supporting cards of up to 32GB, which isn't so bad as well and will get the job done in almost any usage scenario.

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