Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. multiple devices

By Daniel Chubb - Sep 9, 2012

You could easily think that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a device without competitors, other than its previous generation, which is thanks to the massive 5.5-inch screen that is rare on smartphones. This hasn’t stopped a number of technology blogs comparing this so-called phablet to other much smaller phones, so today we wanted to take a look at a few of these comparisons for those still undecided.

The most popular smartphone the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 can be compared to would be the iPhone 4S, and expected features for the new iPhone 5, which could be classed as a comparison between chalk and cheese, as we’ve touched on before. In our opinion these two devices market to different users, and those that love everything about the Galaxy Note 2 would never dream of buying an iPhone.

The first video below this article takes a look at the main features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which is thanks to an almost 14-minute hands-on video that demonstrates how this new device takes innovation to another level. You can see how the specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 compare to the Nokia Lumia 920 in this article, which breaks down comparisons of form factor, display, processor, and much more.

You can take a closer look at Nokia’s Lumia 920 in the second video below, which details the new Windows Phone 8 operating system and more in this hands-on video. The Lumia 920 features PureView optical image stabilisation that improves in almost every way, and innovation is noted thanks to a number of abilities including wireless charging and the PureMotion HD+ display. One area where the Galaxy Note 2 can never compete is bright colors, and Nokia’s Lumia 920 certainly wins here with its bright red, yellow, and other colors.

Our third video takes a look at the Motorola DROID RAZR HD, RAZR M, and RAZR HD MAXX. Again it’s worth taking a look at all these devices if you’re unsure what new smartphone to buy, especially if the big Samsung Galaxy Note 2 screen is not a deciding factor. Samsung are certainly giving these other phones a run for their money considering the Galaxy Note 2 is Samsung’s best package yet, in our opinion, and the 1.6GHz quad-core processor, S PEN, 8-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, and especially 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD screen set this device apart from most others.

If you haven’t heard much about the LG Tuition then you should see this article, which takes a look at the LG Tuition vs. Galaxy Note 2. We love the Tuition’s specs but find the device lacking in many areas when compared to the Note 2, which includes a Rubberdium pen that fails to compete with Samsung’s S Pen. The horsepower on the Tuition is a dual-core 1.5-GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, which is impressive, but then it is up against a quad-core 1.6-GHz Cortex-A9 on the Galaxy Note 2.

You can also see how the HTC One X looks next to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in the last video on this page, or see the specs compared in this in-depth article. The One X is still considered one of the best Android smartphones, although can it really compete with the new Galaxy Note 2, or are the screen sizes too different to be considered similar options?

Would you still consider the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 the number one Android phone to own?

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  • Jess

    It feels almost wrong, but I’m like you. I chose not to upgrade to iPhone 4S because there wasn’t anything really better about it. Now with iPhone 5 announced I am awaiting the Note 2. Apple innovated amazingly with the IPhone, they’ve just let everybody else innovate ahead of them.

    I owned iPhones 1, 3G, 3GS, and 4. I’m now buying the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 the day it comes out.

  • coolshak

    i had iphone 3g,3gs,4, 4s. then two month ago switch to galaxy note i am really happy i will never go back to apple. They got people in hostage every year just slight difference.
    samsung you get it all.
    Tomorrow every one who use android would not be surprise,because apple is behind one year.

  • A Wilson

    I’m also an iPhone user and I fully intend to upgrade to the note as I want a bigger screen and stylus the note and Samsung seem more innovative. The I phone dosent appear to be changing just more of the same. As I upgrade every two years I look for real change and innovation Apple appear to have failed to move on from iPhone and iPad this why I’m moving over to Samsung.

  • I have to agree with everyone’s comments. I have been obbsesing over the iPhone 5 until I saw what this has to offer. Now I have a new obbsession. I cant wait to get my hands on a note 2. Hurry!

  • Pj

    Have been a loyal Apple fan for years and I was planning to upgrade my iPhone 4 to the 5 until I learned about the Samsung Note 2 coming soon. Apple should have done their homework and prepared themselves better for the market of larger screened smart phones. If the new iPhone comes with a 4 inch screen, then it will be the Note 2 for me.

  • im getting the note 2 iphone 5 is so ugly and long

    • agree, i hate long phone too. iphone 5 dimension is not balanced by its width, long but no wider, the long 4” screen is just ugly.

  • Void

    Been an apple fan forever and I’m dropping my iphone for a Note 2 as well

  • Kul

    True dwayne I myself am a iPhone user since day 1 but this time I’m so much attracted towards note 2 it’s jus something which apple will never be able to achieve. I jus need more convincing that I should go for note 2.

  • Dwayne

    You are wrong! I have been an iPhone user for four years and am getting the Note 2, instead of the iPhone 5. The biggest reason is Apples refusal to acknowledge the demand for a bigger screen. I appreciate all of the benefits of a bigger screen and the features of the note 2. The iPhone 5 would be the easy upgrade path for me, but I’m choosing the Note 2 instead, proof that they are competitive products.

    • Bippoptl

      I agree, I’ve had an iPhone from the beginning and have preached how it’s the best phone out there. But now that the iPhone 5 is a slightly larger phone than the 4s I’m done with apple. Android OS 4.1.1 looks like it makes the droid a lot smoother which was always one of my issues with them. SAMSUNG RELEASE THIS PHONE NOW!!!

    • I hv been using 4s for 6 months, not very user-friendly, everything must via itunes, and the most important thing is the SCREEN is too SMALL. Sadly, the iphone 5 seems to disappoint its fans with only 4-inch screen, for me, it should be at least 4.5-inch.

    • Note 2 Getter

      U are tottally right, former apple fanboy has seen the light of the samsung s3/ Note 2. Getting the note 2 on day 1

    • tibbs1cat

      I feal the same, iPhone 5 screen too small, not
      user friendly, tied to everything Apple, docks iTunes etc., I’m sick of
      playing the Apple game, Samsung and Android Jellybean to me are now better than
      Apple, Im getting the Note II.

    • ” You are wrong! I have been an iPhone user for four years and am getting the Note 2, instead of the iPhone 5. The biggest reason is Apples refusal to acknowledge the demand for a bigger screen. ”

      You are right! Although I don’t havev ah iphone , I love aple products. However, generally speaking females like small phones just recently I am seeing them using the Samsung S3 without it looking ridiculosly large. Apple need to think about the millions of people with poor/failing eyesight who appreciate being able to see things clearly. By refusing to accept the demand for Samsung S3 screen size type It’s as if they want to commit business ”suicide”. Unless the new iphone is truely innovative I too will be purchasing the Samsung Galaxy 2

      • Typo…..sorry for spelling errors