Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. alternative from Asus

By Daniel Chubb - Oct 21, 2012

It is understandable why technology websites would want to write Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. iPhone 5 articles, especially considering most phones are compared to Apple’s offering these days, although when you take into account the difference in screen sizes it seems a little stupid really. The Galaxy Note 2 and iPhone 5 are aiming for different users, and the larger display size on Samsung’s smartphone is perfect for people not wanting to own a tablet and a phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. ASUS PadFone 2 – this is a much better match in our opinion and one that some people have no problem deciding on. The 4.7-inch screen on the PadFone 2 is much closer to the 5.5-inch on the Galaxy Note 2, and both devices share a 720p display and 2GB of RAM, and also similar Snapdragon S4 Pro horsepower. If you are after a device that ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right away then it has to be the Galaxy Note 2, although the PadFone 2 will receive this update in the coming months.

We’ve included a video review for both the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and ASUS PadFone 2 below this article, which will give you a lot more insight into how good both these devices. The first video is focused on the Note 2 and runs for just under 18-minutes, and the second performs a review of the PadFone 2 and runs for just under 8-minutes, which includes a quick look at the new lighter station that integrates with the smartphone. You can see a screenshot of the PadFone 2 slotting in below.

Do you favor the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or ASUS PadFone 2? Those of our readers that want to see how the PadFone 2 compares next to the Samsung Galaxy S3 should see the third video below, which shows them side-by-side. You can also see the Note 2 next to a number of other popular smartphones in an earlier article. Take a look at the videos below and then share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • I owned the first gen Samsung Note and loved it. I went to play around with the Note 2, and also the Padfone 2. I just put my order in for the Asus Padfone 2.

    Simply put, it blows the Samsung product away. Usability, speed, and solid construction. I’m pretty rough on my phones, so my first-gen Note’s outer appearance is beaten to hell.

    I think the concept of a single device replacing both a tablet and smartphone is much better executed in the Padfone 2. Currently I own a Samsung Note, but I also have a third-gen iPad. Why? Simply because the Note is still tiny to do comfortable surfing and video watching.

    I like the form factor of the Note 2, and wish the Padfone 2 was even larger (I am a guy with big hands I guess). But the execution and usability of the Padfone 2 has won me over.

    One note to all the manufacturers: Since we are willing to buy such large phones that feature usability over portability, it should be clear that we do not need tiny or thin devices. Please for the love of god, create a smartphone with a MASSIVE battery. I’m talking 5000 mah or more. I consider myself a “power” user and used to burn through my iPhone 4S battery in 4.5 hours or so. My Note lasted about 5-6 hours on a charge. What good is a really powerful smartphone to me when it is out of juice? Nada. I’m carrying around a brick and running around like a madman looking for a socket. And telling me to buy a portable power pack or extra batteries is simply a hassle. I’ve lost so many extra batteries and power packs. Please just build it into the phone–one massive battery. At least give it to us as a factory option. The aftermarket batteries with weird humps are horribly designed. I’ve used them, they work, but I’m sure the OEM’s could do better.

  • There are bigger issues to get irate about. Like when will Samsung or Google fix the SD storage issue in Jelly Bean? I’ve had my NoteII two weeks now and have almost filled the 16GB internal memory with apps and offline Spotify playlists. The 32GB SD cards stands empty as I am unable to use it for apps or playlists!! This is madness. Do Google not want developers to make more graphic intense +1GB games? Do they only want to sell ‘x’ amount of apps. My old SI with Gingerbread allowed this. Come on Google/Samsung. Lets make some noise about this my fellow Android users.

  • ASUS PadFone is way better than the Galaxy S3 or any other Samsung junk… better battery life and real innovation rather than copying. I am personally waiting for the Lumia 920 to replace my current Nexus S, mostly for the better imaging and price: $149 w/ contract.

    • yarrellray

      Assus is USELESS and so are any iphone 5. The Galaxy S3 as well as the Galaxy Note 2 PIMP SLAP any smartphone on the market..

      • squiddy20

        1. How can you misspell “Asus”? It’s right there in the article title, throughout the article itself, and in Ann Dryod’s comment. Can you read?
        2. You claim to be “open to everything Android” and yet here you are bashing an Android product. What a hypocritical idiot fanboy.
        3. If any of Asus’s products are so “useless”, then why is the Nexus 7 made by Asus? Why are so many other Android tablets (that are selling quite well) made by Asus? They are powered by Android. They do everything your silly little SGSIII can do. Tell me how that’s “useless”.

        • I have a moto atrix 4g, asus transformer prime , and an asus laptop. i would only REALLY say that asus is good for computer components and tech support. The prime and the other tabs all have issues ,i have been dealing with them since the beginning (there support kicks ass though). the computers are kick ass. I would get the NOTE2 in the USA or a INT samsung GS3 . but no duel core, and nothing that is even close in tech to my atrix (has to be another phone that will last 2 yr +)

        • Usucktoo

          You seemed mad at his comment, “useless”. He reacted to first person’s “junk” comment, and you did the exactly the same.

          See? Your useless and junk comment is no different from his. LOL

        • yarrellray

          Cause squiddy20 is an ahole

    • Naveen500

      YEAH another Lumia 920 fan!! Lumia 920 already pre-ordered way better than iCrap 5

    • Exactly how I feel, except I can’t wait for another phone. I bought the Padfone 2 with an extra tablet dock to leave at work.