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Galaxy S III Vs Galaxy Note II : How Do They Differ ?

The Galaxy Note II was released at IFA 2012 today in Berlin and it seems that most of the rumors available on the internet in the lead up were either exactly correct or very close. Although Samsung are still holding a lot of the information close to their chest we’ve found enough about the Note 2 to give you a basic idea of how the two devices will compare.


The Galaxy Note 2 has a larger screen than its predecessor at 5.5” compared to 5.3” and it is quite a bit bigger than the 4.8” screen available on the Galaxy S III. However, both screens are Super AMOLED for extra clear viewing and both of them will be offered at HD resolutions of 1280 x 720. This means that the Note 2 obviously wins the battle of the screens but this win comes at the price of physical size which may be important to people.

Processor and Storage

The Samsung Galaxy S III runs the Exynos 4 quad core processor at 1.4Ghz which is quick but it appears that the Note 2 will offer the 1.6Ghz quad core Exynos so it will be a little quicker. The Galaxy S3 offers 4GLTE and rumors suggest that the Note 2 will offer the same but this has yet to be clarified by Samsung so we will have to wait and see.

Galaxy S III is currently available in 16 and 32GB storage capacities with 64GB coming soon according to Samsung. However, Note 2 appears to be launching with all three options available and it remains to be seen whether 64GB will be available for the Galaxy S III at the time of the new Note’s launch so this could mean a win or a draw depending on the timing of that release.

Both devices will allow you to insert a microSD card to increase storage capacity by up to 64GB so this is a draw.

Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy SIII


Both phones offer exactly the same cameras so this one is another draw. They offer you an 8 mega pixel camera facing the rear and a 1.9 mega pixel camera facing the front.

OS and Software

Galaxy S3 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at the moment while Galaxy Note 2 is going to launch directly with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean so that is surely a win for the newest Note.

When it comes to software, Note 2 will probably win this battle hands down because of the number of features made available by the new S Pen (which is going to be longer and more comfortable according to Samsung). Some of those features include the ability to hover the S Pen above the screen to get different reactions or the automatic opening of a new note when you’re on a call and you remove the S Pen from its holder.

Both devices will of course offer the same Google functionality so that you get easy access to your email, calendar and applications. It remains to be seen whether the Note 2 will have the NFC features of the S III but it appears likely given rumors and some things that have been by Samsung executives.


It’s difficult to decide who wins this but we suggest that the Note 2 may just take it because of its extra features and bigger size. Do you agree ?

Mike is a software engineer with a love for tinkering with smart phone devices. He spends a lot of time moving pictures to his SD card, because the Android keeps running out of memory. In his spare time, he travels to different parts of the world and takes one of his Android devices with him.


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