It’s not very often that we compare two phones made by the same manufacturer against each other. In the case of the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, the tides have changed and seeing that the Galaxy S III is currently the bestselling phone smartphone this year, it’s no surprise that it’s bigger and chunkier brother may steal some of the spotlight seeing it’s not only sporting a 5-inh screen, but an S-pen as well.
Overall the design of the Galaxy Note II is similar to that of the Galaxy S III. The Galaxy Note II would look like a Galaxy S III that you ran a steamroller over. The phone has the same physical center button as the Galaxy Note III. Biggest difference cosmetically is the extra width and height as well as the s-pen at the bottom of the phone.
Both phones carry beautiful Super AMOLED display’s that pack a 720p panel. The difference is the screen size. While the Galaxy S III is big with it’s 4.8-inch screen, the Galaxy Note II has an even bigger screen, 5.55-inches to be exact. It’s really hard to give a clear advantage here. Many people will rather the slightly smaller screen of the Galaxy S III, while others will really dig the Galaxy Note II screen. When you couple that screen with the s-pen, that is no gimmick, we tend to lean in the direction of the latter.
The Galaxy S III comes with a dual-core 1.4GHz Exynos 4412 processor. The Galaxy Note II moves the cores up from two to four with a clock speed of 1.6GHz. The Galaxy Note II is paired with the same RAM configuration as the U.S variant of the Galaxy S III: 2GB. The Galaxy Note II also has 16GB of on board storage with support for microSDXC cards up to 64GB.
On the camera front, everything is the same on the Galaxy Note II as the Galaxy S III. On the back, you have an 8MP camera with f/2.6 aperture and LED flash. Said camera can record video at a maximum of 1080p @30fps.. The front facing camera is the familiar 1.9MP shooter. Overall this is the same great camera we found on the Galaxy S III. While it does not perform as well as we would like in low light performance, it is still a great camera and one that can replace your average point-and-shoot.
With the quad-core processor, the Galaxy Note II scores a little better on the benchmarks than the Galaxy S III. We all know the Galaxy S III is the most capable Android device currently available, and with the Galaxy Note II eminent release, the phone will soon be playing second fiddle.
Both phones are excellent and when it comes down to it, if you rather a smaller device, get the Galaxy S III. If you need a tablet + phone, plus digital inking capabilities, than the Galaxy Note II is your device.