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    Aren’t we all just in awe of Samsung’s latest release, the Galaxy S4? That too, just a few months after the Galaxy S3 hit the market. Well, considering the S3 was losing out to competition from the iPhone 5 and Nokia Lumia 920 it was certain Samsung was going to do something to take back the market and out of this came the Galaxy S4. You’ve seen it matched with the Nokia Lumia 920, but how does it stand up against one of Samsung’s other flagship phones, the Galaxy Note II. Read on to find out.

    Phone Galaxy S4 Galaxy Note II
    The Samsung Galaxy S4 vs The Samsung Galaxy Note II. The battle of the giants.-images-1.jpg The Samsung Galaxy S4 vs The Samsung Galaxy Note II. The battle of the giants.-images2.jpg
    Price ~$800 ~$600
    OS Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
    Processor Quad-core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300 Quad core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
    Graphics Adreno 320 ARM Mali-400 MP4 (Quad-Core)
    Memory 2GB 2GB
    Display 5" HD Super AMOLED 5.5" Super AMOLED
    Resolution 1,920 x 1,080 1,280 x 720
    Pixel Density 441 ppi 265 ppi
    Glass Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 2
    Storage 16 GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB) 16 GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
    Camera 13 MP 8 MP
    Front Camera 2 MP 1.9 MP
    Cellular GSM/EDGE/UMTS/DC-HSPA+/LTE Cat 3 (bands vary by market) GSM/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA+/LTE (bands vary by market)
    WiFi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, HT80 802.11 a/b/g/n, HT40
    Bluetooth 4.0 LE 4.0 LE
    Connectivity NFC / MHL 2.0 / IR LED NFC / MHL
    Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Thermometer, Barometer, Humidity, Gesture Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer
    SIM Micro-SIM Micro-SIM
    Battery 2,600mAh 3,100mAh
    Weight 130 g 180 g
    Dimensions 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm 151 x 81 x 9mm
    Colors Black Mist / White Frost Pebble Blue / Marble White

    1. Size and weight- There really is no competition here. While the Note II clearly has a size advantage with dimensions of 151 x 81 x 9 mm the S4 is far easier to carry around at 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm. While the larger size of the Note II does make it an ideal choice for work, it also means that the Note II weighs 180 g. Even though it isn’t as much as the bulky Nokia Lumia 920 it is a lot more than the 130 g of the S4. This one will have to be a draw since both phones have their own unique pros and cons.

    2. Display- The display is a little easier to debate. While the S4 has a 5 inch touch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a pixel density of 441 ppi, the Note II has a 5.5 inch touch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and a pixel density of 265 ppi. This just proves that size isn’t always better. The S4’s display can sweep the floor with the display of the Note II. 1 point to the S4.

    3. Memory & Storage- Considering both of these phones are flagship phones for two different series by Samsung, it isn’t much of a surprise that there is absolutely no difference between both the phones in terms of memory and storage. Both phones come with 16 GB of built in memory and offer storage expansion up to 64 GB. They both run on 2 GB of RAM as well. Again, nothing to separate either here.

    4. Camera- Here is a case where bigger is better. This point will have to go to the Galaxy S4 hands down simply because it has a 13 MP camera. The 8 MP camera on the Note II is impressive but comes nowhere close to the camera on the S4. Also, the S4 has some additional features as well like geo tagging and HDR (High Definition Range) which do wonders for the photography experience on the phone. 1 more point to the S4 here.

    5. OS & Performance- Although international versions of the S4 have an octa-core processor, the US version features only a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T chip and Quad core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300 processor. Samsung has said that there is no difference between both the versions of the phone though and that even US users will get an experience similar to International users. Samsung said that this switch was compulsory for the US version of the phone because of sourcing issues. They didn’t want to run out of stock. Even though this might not make much of a difference now this cut in the S4 could result in the phone being incompatible with future software’s that require octa-core processors. But we are thinking too far ahead with that. For now, we will just hand this point to the S4 because of its operating system, Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, Samsung’s latest OS.

    6. Battery- This is one point that we will not be able to give until the phone has been released in the US. It was supposed to have been released by now, but there have been delays. We don’t know how well the 2600 mAh battery will work with the new processor but it doesn’t seem like it could match up to the 3100 mAh battery on the Note II. We have no choice but to award the point to the tried and tested, Note II.


    Well with 3 points to the S4 and just 1 point to the Note II, it seems like there is a clear winner here. But we all know how bad it is to jump to conclusions. Did you forget about the S-pen that comes with the Note II? Yes, this handy little stylus lets you do a lot of things on the Note II that you could never imagine doing on the S4. The Note II deserves another point just for the S-pen and we have no qualms awarding the point. Still, the S4 manages to win by 3 points to 2 although we highly doubt it will be able to match up to the highly anticipated Galaxy Note III.

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    Last edited by tavenger5; 05-02-2013 at 08:44 AM.

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    Re: The Samsung Galaxy S4 vs The Samsung Galaxy Note II. The battle of the giants.

    I certainly agree with you! S4 wins on this battle but Note II has been around longer than S4. I highly doubt it could match with the Note III which will be released this year! If I haven't gotten the Note II, I would vote for the S4, but now that I have tried it, I don't actually want to go smaller anymore. It's very easy to carry even for a petite girl like me because it's light and slim. You just put it in your pocket, but it's worth it considering how convenient it is to watch videos, view pictures, go online, play games, etc.! I feel very comfortable using the Note II and to me, if I were to compare it to S4, the latter's only advantage is the display. I never really felt like I needed to get the S4. Of course, the other features are amazing, but I'm happy with mine. And yeah, the S-Pen is fantastic!

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    Re: The Samsung Galaxy S4 vs The Samsung Galaxy Note II. The battle of the giants.

    Note II has na weak glass, after one month of using I have few scratch. S4 much better.
    i like it

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    Re: The Samsung Galaxy S4 vs The Samsung Galaxy Note II. The battle of the giants.

    I feel Samsung note II is much better than Samsung Galaxy 4. I am using S4 and much satisfied than Note II.

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    Re: The Samsung Galaxy S4 vs The Samsung Galaxy Note II. The battle of the giants.

    Note 4 looks great

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    Re: The Samsung Galaxy S4 vs The Samsung Galaxy Note II. The battle of the giants.

    Text automatically translated from: Spanish to: Italian
    interesante buen aporte

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    Re: The Samsung Galaxy S4 vs The Samsung Galaxy Note II. The battle of the giants.

    The thing they don't know is that the Note II display in a way better, good battery and excellent camera, good optimisation with TouchWiz for Big Screen. Stock android is really awesome but it is not optimised for such large screens. The Note II wins hands up.

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