Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Note 2 in visual showcase

By Daniel Chubb - Apr 26, 2013

Now we are only days away from the Samsung Galaxy S4 reaching retailers in the United States, it seems like the perfect time to evaluate the new handset versus the Galaxy Note 2. It is worth noting that those who pre-ordered have already started to receive their Galaxy S4 before the smartphone lands on shelves.

Deciding Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Note 2 – the Galaxy S4 has a 5-inch screen and you will find a 5.5-inch screen on the Galaxy Note 2, so these handsets are very close in display real estate. There is a big difference in how these two devices are classed in the mobile industry, with the Note 2 being referred to as a phablet and the Galaxy S4 a smartphone.

The video above this article, found here if you’re inside our app, takes a look at the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Galaxy Note 2 in a review that runs for 5 minutes and 35 seconds.


Consumers might not make the distinction between smartphone and phablet, so these two handsets are being considered by a large number of buyers wanting an upgrade. Considering how similar they look, as you can see in the photo above, the slight difference in screen size could confuse some buyers when looking at the differences of Galaxy S4 vs. Note 2.

Take a look at the video above to find out a lot more about the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 2, and then share a comment below with your choice and thoughts on how close they are to each other in terms of design and specs.

One other point worth taking into consideration is software updates, which history shows us the likely outcome of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 beating the Galaxy Note 2 to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

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  • Richard Yarrell

    Neither handset will see android 5.0 Kie Lime Pie before the Galaxy Note 3 that’s for sure. Meanwhile all the features in the current Galaxy S4 will be coming to the Galaxy Note 2 in the 4.2.2 update. The Galaxy Note 2 is the GOLD STANDARD of technology today. The device every manufacturer is trying to catch up to and copy. It’s the best ultimate all purpose productivity/multitasking/entertainment device ever made since the inception of android. The ONLY THING that will be better will be the Galaxy Note 3.

    • MrPositive

      I agree with Richard. This wasn’t a fair comparrison as the Note 2 is last years model & should be compared to the the S3. Let’s see how the Note 3 compares to the S4.
      Having said that, the Note 2 did well against the newest Flagship Samsung device. I love my Note 2 (as I did the Note 1) and would definately advise anybody to wait for the Note 3 before deciding on an upgrade.