Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, my cynical friends. The iPhone 5 hasn’t been announced yet, so how can I possibly pit the two smartphones against each other? Allow me to explain.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2, launched on Wednesday, is an absolute beast of a device, and I’m wondering how Apple feels about it. Should Team Cupertino be scared? Or did Tim Cook shrug from atop a monstrous pile of money?

I’m aware that the Samsung Galaxy S III is technically the South Korean flagship, but that’s old news. For me, it’s all about Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and iPhone 5. In any case, I can’t wait to bin my HTC Desire HD.

Here, in no particular order, are four areas where the iPhone 5 might pip the Samsung Galaxy Note 2:

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5: Display (PPI)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 5.55in display, while the iPhone 5 is tipped to measure 4in. Ideal size is entirely subjective (is bigger better?), but the iPhone 5 will almost certainly have a higher PPI rating.

With a 5.55in display and resolution of 1280 x 720, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a PPI of 267 (lower than the original, incidentally). Meanwhile, a 4in display at 640 x 1136 (source) would give the iPhone 5 a PPI of 326. That’s Retina, baby.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5: Portability

With dimensions of 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm, and weighing 180g (only 2g heavier than the original, right enough), the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 isn’t exactly the most pocket-friendly smartphone on the market.

Interestingly, the iPhone 5 is tipped to stretch up the way, so while the display will be bigger, it’ll simply be slightly longer.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5: OS support/updates

Alongside the iPhone 5, Apple will roll out the latest version of its operating system, namely iOS 6. It’s compatible with a whole bunch of (okay, four) iPhones, all the way back to the iPhone 3GS, which turned three in June. It’s a watered down iOS 6 experience, true, but Apple definitely gets an A for effort.

Android, on the other hand, has a less than stellar reputation when it comes to lengthy support. Even the 15-month-old Samsung Galaxy S II mightn’t see official Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). Having said that, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is right at the top of the spec tree, so it doesn’t have to worry about falling behind any time soon.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5: Games

If games are your thing, then iOS is undeniably the platform of choice. Regardless of market share, Apple owners are infinitely more likely to fork out for games, whether we’re talking up-front purchases or in-game content, and developers gots to make a living.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5: Other specs

Yeah, I’ve been entirely biased towards the iPhone 5, but like I said: I’m wondering if Apple is particularly bothered about the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Perhaps a better title for this feature would’ve been: Should Apple fear the Samsung Galaxy Note 2?

In the interest of fairness (and to avoid a massive Android fanboy backlash despite the above disclaimer), areas where the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 wins include display size (obviously), multi-window action (take notes while watching a video, for example), and that 2GB chunk of RAM. Or hey, maybe you just hate the comparative rigidity of iOS.

However, if you want a portable gaming beast with an eye-melting display and lengthy OS support, you’re probably gonna want an iPhone 5.

The end.

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20 comments

barrybarryk  Aug. 31, 2012 at 13:06

Seriously, you couldn't even wait until it was announced to write this ****?

Treab  Aug. 31, 2012 at 13:12

Ahh lewis wrong again i see ;)

Pondlife  Aug. 31, 2012 at 13:45

Fairly weird comparison. If someone wants a behemoth screened phone even at 4" the iphone isn't in the picture, if they don't then the Note won't be. Just like if you want a tv for the living room you won't be looking for a 22" one no matter how nice the screen.

Whilst there may be more games on the iphone seems likely the best games will go for both markets.

Given that there will be a damn sight less of the screen visible once fingers are on it so gaming may well be better on the Note where the game is available on both.

Support for ios6 seems to only extend to the 3gs as they still want to sell that outdated phone. Not to mention that as Matt has pointed out the ios updates have been more of a curse than a boon on older hardware.

Not that I'd buy either. ;)

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 31, 2012 at 14:17

In fairness: I am not the only one interested in both the iPhone 5 and the Note 2. I wouldn't buy either of them, but unlike the SGS3 or One X those 2 devices have at least bits of my interest raised...

And Lewis made it quite clear that it's a bollo*ks comparison...

So easy on the abuse. To destroy Lewis we have to focus :p

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 31, 2012 at 14:19

pondlife,
last year I was in CPW. Guy comes in to buy Note and leaves with iPhone 4S.
A sister of mine wanted an iPhone for 2 years. Goes eventually to buy one and gets a Note instead... People are people. They do peopley things

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 31, 2012 at 14:27

People are people. They do peopley things
*People are people, they do stupid things. (Seems to be a recurring theme with people I meet).

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 31, 2012 at 14:30

In fairness: I am not the only one interested in both the iPhone 5 and the Note 2. I wouldn't buy either of them, but unlike the SGS3 or One X those 2 devices have at least bits of my interest raised...

And Lewis made it quite clear that it's a bollo*ks comparison...

So easy on the abuse. To destroy Lewis we have to focus :p

You're not the only one who's interested in both the iP5 and the N2. There's me, too, for a start.

If I'm totally honest, though, I'll likely just stick with my S2, it still does everything extremely well and it will continue to do so until it stops receiving support for new versions of Android.

lcurdie / MOD  Aug. 31, 2012 at 14:35

You're not the only one who's interested in both the iP5 and the N2. There's me, too, for a start.

And me, of course. This feature was really just me thinking out loud, and getting paid for it. Perk of the job ;)

So easy on the abuse. To destroy Lewis we have to focus :p

Is this a bad time to mention I'm doing two extra news today to cover for Martinez? On the plus side, I'll barely be around at the weekend ;)

Pondlife  Aug. 31, 2012 at 14:59

Is this a bad time to mention I'm doing two extra news today to cover for Martinez? On the plus side, I'll barely be around at the weekend ;)

Should get Matt to proofread your comments too. ;)
two extra news

lcurdie / MOD  Aug. 31, 2012 at 15:27

Two extra newsies? :p I contemplated the wording briefly before settling on internal Mobot speak.

Andy247  Aug. 31, 2012 at 16:46

Next: Shetland Pony vs. Unicorn - Which is better

Pondlife  Aug. 31, 2012 at 16:50

Unicorn on the line by a horn

Opheliac  Aug. 31, 2012 at 18:14

+ Expandable memory slot & Bigger battery life & Swappable battery & sweet looking Stylus & can change the interface of the phone without having to 'jailbreak' it.

Not a fanboy of Android, but for me Note 2 is the obvious choice. When I purchase a new piece of technology I look for better things than 'it works' and 'I'm use to it'.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 31, 2012 at 18:42

The 2photos Lewis.... which one is the Note, and which one the iPhone? They are so similar o_O

:p
I'd love the Note running iOS 6

Pondlife  Aug. 31, 2012 at 18:45

But you'd prefer it running webos or Belle?

Opheliac  Aug. 31, 2012 at 18:57

The 2photos Lewis.... which one is the Note, and which one the iPhone? They are so similar o_O


It's that small thick looking one. Ya know, the one that is shaped like all the other smartphones..

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 31, 2012 at 20:19

But you'd prefer it running webos or Belle?
Hm... no, iOS. Jailbreaked. make it swipey like webOS/MeeGo

gilie69  Sep. 2, 2012 at 00:28

irrelevant. Note too big, iphone 5 too small. Windows phone 8 Lumia 920 4.5" size is new perfect. And Flash support, and SD storage, and 21MP pureview camera, and over 100,000 apps, and Nokia build quality, and freshest OS, whats not to like? No really. WP7 was a breath of fresh air held back by hardware. Lumia Pureview 920 is the real deal so your debate is futile as I dont want either, (and why would you?). PS I own a mac and all three gens of iPads, compatability no problem at all. I'm not a mac or android hater, just prefer WP7, and WP8 looks even better.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 2, 2012 at 11:07

irrelevant. Note too big, iphone 5 too small. Windows phone 8 Lumia 920 4.5" size is new perfect. And Flash support, and SD storage, and 21MP pureview camera, and over 100,000 apps, and Nokia build quality, and freshest OS, whats not to like? No really. WP7 was a breath of fresh air held back by hardware. Lumia Pureview 920 is the real deal so your debate is futile as I dont want either, (and why would you?). PS I own a mac and all three gens of iPads, compatability no problem at all. I'm not a mac or android hater, just prefer WP7, and WP8 looks even better.

Where do you get your info?
The Lumia 920 is not even official. Certainly, SD-card support and PureView are pure speculation. Flash support? LOL
The iPhone 5 also is unconfirmed.
Furthermore, Do you really speak for 7 billion humans - cause I certainly missed that meeting! A lot of people said after the launch of the iPhone 4 that 3.5 inches are no longer enough. Yet, just how well did the 4S fare? Combined, sub-4in phones far far outsell all
4.3in and higher devices. Your generalisation is ludicrous. And spreading it over 3 threads doesn't make your logic more appealing - nor any truer.

Treab  Sep. 2, 2012 at 11:07

really you prefer WP7? why? sorry i used it a bit with a nokia 710 (it is a nice phone) but the apps aren't there or are too expensive...

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