Yeah, 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.