This Galaxy Note 2 vs the iPhone 5 review will not turn into an Apple versus Samsung war, but this is certainly a fight that never ends. Apple and Samsung have been in a few trials lately all over the world. One of the greatest trials was the one in the U.S. after which Samsung had to pay a billion dollar fine. After that trial, both Apple and Samsung released great smartphone devices. And now everyone is asking the same question: which device is better in the field of features and specifications? iPhone 5 or Galaxy Note 2? Let’s find out!
|The iPhone 5 next to the giant Galaxy Note 2|
First, let’s compare them at display field. iPhone 5 has a 4 inch LCD Retina display. Its resolution is 640 x 1136 pixels. The Galaxy Note 2 uses a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, with resolution of 1280 x 720. Therefore, Note 2 has a larger footprint. It weighs more and has bigger measurements. Even though that might cause some inconvenience when using Note 2 with one hand, Note 2 obviously has a great advantage at this field.
Let’s go to the CPU, GPU and RAM field. Galaxy Note 2 is powered with a 1.6 GHz quad-core A9 CPU, it has Mali 400 MP GPU and 2 GB of RAM. iPhone 5 has the new Apple A6 SoC, which is supposed to be twice faster than A5 SoC inside the iPhone 4S. If Apple is telling the truth about these numbers, iPhone 5 might have a slightly smaller advantage over the Note 2 when it comes to CPU speed. But still, both devices are great in this field. Note II has a great advantage in the storage field too. iPhone 5 comes in 3 versions : 16GB, 32 GB and 64 GB variants. It has no room for expansion, since it does not have SD expansion slot. Note 2 comes in these variants too, but it has room for expansion, up to 64 GB.
iPhone 5 has a LTE connectivity. That is a major change brought with this smartphone. Galaxy Note 2 LTE version has been announced and promised to arrive soon. Until it is officially released, iPhone 5 and Note 2 can’t really be compared at this field. As for the camera, iPhone 5 comes with 8 MP iSight camera, which is said to be improved compared to the camera of iPhone 4S. Note II has the 8 MP camera too. Considering that we have to wait for test photos on iPhone 5, we cannot pass the verdict, but it might be possible that iPhone 5 will capture higer quality photos than Note II. Note II has NFC and a standard microUSB port for charging and for data. iPhone 5 does not have NFC chip, and it does not have a proprietary port for data and for charging.
On to the software field. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was the first flagship smartphone to come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. But, the Note II also comes with some additional features unique for it. Note II also comes with S Pen, that provides interesting features like Air View, PopUp Note, Easy Clip etc… iPhone 5 uses iOS 6. Even though iOS 6 is great, and represents the great step forward, Android offers much more to the users than iOS.
And last, but not least – prices and release dates field. Note 2 will be launched around the world in October, and in the U.S. during late 2012. Pricing and exact release dates are still unknown. iPhone 5 is also available worldwide, and it has been available in the U.S. since September 14. The prices are $199 for the 16 GB variant, $299 for the 32 GB variant and $399 for the 64 GB variant. Due to the lack of information, verdict can’t be passed on this field.
Overall conclusion is that Samsung Galaxy Note II is obviously the winner. iPhone 5 is a great device, which comes with many cool features, but Note II is simply better in almost all fields, as we pointed out. And another important thing is the fact that Note II is much more unique than iPhone 5.
What are your thoughts? Which would you rather have?