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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Call quality

Ironically, the Galaxy Note II proved to be the better phone of the two as its earpiece emits much clearer sound, while the microphone is also better. Call quality is one of the very few weaknesses of the Galaxy S4, and this definitely shows when we're comparing it to the Note II. We're also more pleased with the loudspeaker of the Galaxy Note II, which is more powerful and has a fuller sound than that of the GS4.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)
Samsung GALAXY Note II
6h 16 min (Average)
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At the end of the day, though, there can be no doubt about it – the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the better smartphone of the two, as Samsung has enhanced a number of key areas like the screen quality, the camera, the processor and the whole user/software experience. The Galaxy Note II is definitely not far behind in any category, and it has advantages of its own, like the bigger screen and the S Pen, but if those aren't super-important for you, we'd recommend that you get the lovely Galaxy S4.

However, if you are currently sporting a Note II and are thinking about upgrading to the GS4, we can't really say that it's going to be worth the effort, except if you are tired with the enormous size of the Note II and want to switch to something much more convenient.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II:


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posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:12 14

1. thethird (Posts: 72; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

I love my Note 2! Samsung will still update to the Note 2 and get those S4 features. Note 3 wil replace my Note 2. Yahoo. [+]

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:35 9

6. hateftotti (Posts: 206; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Today I had chance to work with S4.
It is faster and lighter than my Note II but consider this the screen size is small against Note II.
So as you said I would go for Note III because of bigger display and the advantage of S-pen with all decent features of S4

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 11:16 4

18. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Plus, if you wait for the Note III, you will get the Exynos octacore chipset, which U.S. GS IV owners will miss out on. Good things come to those who are patient.

I am passing on the GS IV, but will pre-order the Note III as soon as VZW opens pre-orders for it.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 18:34

22. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

Lol VZW, stupid CDMA stopping all their customers from using the octa version of the s4.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 19:14 1

25. ckoch125 (Posts: 192; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

it's not verizon, it is all the US carriers getting the snapdragon chip s4

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 18:09

34. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

I like this article because the S4 and Note2 are that far apart from each other. im surpried that the call quality is better with the Note2 vs. the S4. The fact that the Note3 will have the functionality of the Note2 and the features of the S4 will be something im looking forward when i upgrade out of my blue S3

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:17 4

2. eliasafram7 (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)

i have note 2 and im so happy with it after 5 months of use it still so great and i would never trade for any smartphone even the S4 but im waiting till the upcoming note 3

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:18 1

3. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

C'mon Ray!

I was eagerly waiting for an AirView comparison in terms of functionality and accuracy, and considering the S4 has super sensitive screen with milk bottle control, why not check the SPens and other pens usability, accuracy, drawing capabilities on the S4.

I just wanna know how accurate sylus input is. Can you make a drawing comparison?

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:26 5

4. tryingHARD (Posts: 64; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)

i have enough plastic at home. so annoying! please stop this garbage!

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 12:40 1

19. asteala8 (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

At least it has power. All of your "premium" phones have the strength of Lil Kim up in North Korea. Pathetic.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 10:11

29. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

Trying hard

posted on 12 May 2013, 17:21

55. heldown (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Feb 2013)

its better plastic than a metal brick that need a plastic case to protect a cheap metal phone , that s the reason why apple ladies use a plastic case

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:28 2

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Nice devices, selling my note and copping an s4.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:48 2

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4328; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Keep the Note man, :D
Apart from the build quality, they both look yummy...

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 06:44 2

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

To be honest I'd like to, but I don't need three phones and I think the s4's size will be more to no liking. Plus the extra horse power, 1080p, and new camera really intrigue me.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 05:41 1

58. jbreault (Posts: 35; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)

they say ones you go big you'll never go back to a small phone again and now that i have a note 2 it would be hard go back to little phone so bring on the note 3

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:35 11

7. FlushGordon (unregistered)

A Note ONLY replaces a Note....period

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 10:47 4

16. SleepingOz (unregistered)

So true! Once you've used a NOTE, there's no going back!

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 18:35

23. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

I used a note, you can't use it with one hand so pass.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 08:07 2

47. tfreakburg (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

small hands?

posted on 12 May 2013, 17:25

56. heldown (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Feb 2013)

sure if you have small hands you re either a lady a girly then cupertino is your answer

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:46 3

8. Note2waitingonNote3 (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

Not to worry the Galaxy Note 2 is the GOLD STANDARD of technology today. The device every manufacturer is trying to catch up to and copy for that matter. It's the ultimate all purpose productivity device ever made since the inception of android. The ONLY thing that will ever compare is the Galaxy Note 3 in September 2013. When the Galaxy Note 3 launches that will be a day one purchase for me. I will gladly pass on the Galaxy S4 going backwards in screen size will never happen in my world. That 6.3 inch breakable display at 1080p of the Galaxy Note 3 will be industry leading rest assured on that.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:58 2

10. tryingHARD (Posts: 64; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)

gold standard? which one? gold standard for plastic phones maybe.. hahahaha! but for premium quality one? the lowest element possible..

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 10:56 6

17. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Premium "feel in hands" doesn't mean premium quality, you know..
iPhone and HTC One are clear examples! =]

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 14:39

26. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

And why is that ?

It is obvious you are a huge Samsung fanboy just by looking at the comments section of this website, every flagship phone has premium quality, i don't get the sudden hate for the HTC One nor the hate for the iPhone 5 as it is an excelent smartphone, but this is from a unbiased point of view. I don't really see the need for people saying "[Insert favorite brand here] is better / does this better than [insert a phone that is not from your favorite brand]".

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 09:09

35. rbbnice07 (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)

So..... All tier one smartphones are the same?...... Hahahahaha oh. Okay.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 07:32 3

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

It's not a question of the standard, it's a matter of what people want. Not everyone wants a phone that large, not everyone wants android or iOS, or wp8 etc. your screen name suggests a fascination with Sammy, and the note phones, but you only really speak for you. I have the note 2 and love it, but I speak for myself...and me myself will be selling my note 2 this wknd to my nephew. He's been begging for it, I'll then put the difference with it and buy the s4 at retail. Remember these devices are only the gold standard to those that want them.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 07:54

14. rwitt1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)

A smartphone should work well as a phone. I was looking to get this phone but will not due to the fact I use the phone for business. Sorry Samsung huge fail....

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 10:46 3

15. SleepingOz (unregistered)

I'll keep my GNOTE II, which is still a beast!
GNOTE III may be.. =)

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 15:23 2

20. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 449; Member since: 26 May 2011)

I'm definitely not even considering the S4. I will most likely pass on the Note III as well because the time frame is way too short for any major advancements to be made on the Note III.

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