Samsung Galaxy Note vs Galaxy S2 (Galaxy S II)
Samsung Galaxy Note vs Galaxy S2 (Galaxy S II) | Samsung Galaxy S II vs Galaxy Note Speed, Performance, Feature | Full Spec compared
Samsung has introduced the biggest ever smartphone called Galaxy Note. The Samsung Galaxy Note is an Android smart phone that was officially announced on September 2011, and the official release is expected soon. It features a 5.3″ WXGA (1280×800) display, which is HD Super AMOLED, and powered by a super fast 1.4GHz dual core application processor. For network connectivity it has 4G LTE or HSPA+21Mbps. Samsung Galaxy SII is the latest released member of the famous Galaxy lineage. It probably is one of the most famous Android smart phones of today with 1.2 GHz dual core processor and 4.3″ display. It’s ultra slim and the first device to run Samsung’s personalizable UX, the TouchWiz 4.0. Following is a review on the similarities and differences on the two devices.
Samsung Galaxy Note
Samsung Galaxy Note is an Android smart phone by Samsung. The device was officially announced on September 2011 and the official release is expected soon. The device reportedly managed to steal the show at the IFA 2011.
The Samsung Galaxy Note stands tall at 5.78”. The device is larger than a normal smart phone, and smaller than other 7” and 10” tablets. The device is only 0.38” thick. Samsung Galaxy Note weighs 178 g. One of the most appealing features of the device, maybe well fitting screen size. Samsung Galaxy Note boasts a 5.3” Super HD AMOLED capacitive touch screen with WXGA (800 x 1280 pixels) resolution. The display is made scratch proof and strong by Gorilla glass and supports multi touch. In terms of sensors in the device, accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, proximity sensor for auto turn-off, barometer sensor, and gyroscope sensor are available. Samsung Galaxy Note stands out from other members of the Samsung Galaxy family with the inclusion of a Stylus. The stylus utilizes the digital S pen technology and provides an accurate hand writing experience on Samsung Galaxy Note.
Samsung Galaxy Note runs on a Dual-core 1.4GHz (ARM Cortex-A9) processor coupled with a Mali-400MP GPU. This configuration enables powerful graphics manipulation. The device is complete with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. The storage capacity can be extended up to 32 GB using a micro SD card. A micro SD card worth 2 GB is available with the device. The device supports 4G LTE, HSPA+21Mbps, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Micro USB support and USB-on-the go support is also available with Samsung Galaxy Note.
In terms of music, Samsung Galaxy Note has stereo FM radio with RDS allowing users to listen to their favorite music stations on the go. A 3.5 mm audio jack is also available. An MP3/MP4 player and a built in speaker is also on board. Users will be able record quality audio and video with good quality sound with the active noise cancellation with dedicated microphone. The device is also complete with a HDMI out.
Samsung Galaxy Note comes with an 8 mega pixel rear facing camera with auto focus and LED flash. Features such as Geo-tagging, touch focus and face detection is also available to support the superior hardware. A front facing 2 mega pixel camera is also available with this high end smart phone. The rear facing camera is capable of recording video at 1080p. Samsung Galaxy Note comes with outstanding image editing and video editing applications by Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy Note runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Applications for Samsung Galaxy Note can be downloaded from Android market. The device has a good collection of custom applications pre loaded in the device. As mentioned before, video editing and photo editing applications will be a hit among users. NFC connectivity and NFC support is available optionally. NFC capability will enable the device to be used as a mode for electronic payments via E wallet applications. The document editor on board will allows serious work using this powerful device. Productivity applications such as organizer are also available. Other useful applications and features include YouTube client, Email, Push Email, Voice commands, predictive text input, Samsung ChatOn and Flash support.
While the available specifications are promising neither the hardware nor software is finalized as yet.
Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)
Samsung Galaxy, probably one of the most famous Android smart phones today was officially announced in February 2011. At 0.33 inches thick, Samsung Galaxy S II remains one of the thinnest Android smart phones in the market today. The Samsung Galaxy S II is ergonomically designed for a better grip with 2 curves top and bottom. The device is still made out of plastic, just like its much famed predecessor Samsung Galaxy S.
Samsung Galaxy S II has a 4.3 inch super AMOLED plus screen with 800 x 480 resolution. The super AMOLED screen is a lot better in terms of color saturation and vibrancy. To the delight of many Samsung Galaxy lovers it has been confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S II screen is designed with Gorilla Glass making it heavily durable for rough use. This is one big advantage Samsung Galaxy S II has over its competitors. Super AMOLED plus gives better quality in not only displaying content but also in terms of battery consumption.
Samsung Galaxy S II has a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, but this is not achieved during all phone operations unless critically needed. This probably accounts more for the great power management available in Samsung Galaxy S II. The device can have 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage with 1 GB RAM. Complete with HSPA+ support Samsung Galaxy S II has USB-on-the go as well as micro- USB ports. Galaxy S II’s LTE variant has a better processing power and larger display. Galaxy S II LTE has 4.5″ display and 1.5 GHz dual core processor.
Samsung Galaxy S II comes with Android 2.3 installed. But TouchWiz 4.0 is what dominates in the user interface. The contacts application comes with history of the communication between the contacts and user. The home button allows switching between 6 different applications simultaneously. Task manager is also available to enable closing down applications that’s not in use; however closing applications using task manager is not recommended on Android platform as applications not in use will be automatically closed. Tilt- Zoom is another neat feature introduced with TouchWiz 4.0. To Zoom-in an image users can tilt the phone up and to zoom-out the image users can tilt the phone down.
An 8 mega pixel rear facing camera and a 2 mega pixel front facing camera is available with Samsung Galaxy S II. This allows users to capture quality images while there on the move while the front facing camera is ideal for video chat. The camera application available with Samsung Galaxy S II is the default gingerbread camera application. The rear camera comes with auto focus and LED flash.
The browser available with Samsung Galaxy S II is much raved for its performance. The browser speed is good, while page rendering may have issues. Pinch to zoom and page scrolling is also fast and accurate and worthy of complement.
Overall Samsung Galaxy S II is a well designed Android smart phone by Samsung with impressive design and hardware quality. While this may not be the choice for a budget smart phone, one will not regret an investment due to its durability, usability and quality.
A brief comparison of Samsung Galaxy Note vs Galaxy S2 (Galaxy S II)
· Samsung Galaxy S Note and Samsung Galaxy S II are two phones by Samsung which belongs to the popular Galaxy Android smart phone family.
· Samsung Galaxy Note was officially announced on September 2011, and the official release is expected soon, and Samsung Galaxy S II was officially announced in February 2011 and released in Mid 2011.
· The Samsung Galaxy Note is 5.78” tall and 3.26″ wide. The device is larger than a normal smart phone and smaller than a tablet. Galaxy S2 dimensions are 4.9″ height and 2.6″ width.
· In terms of thickness, Samsung Galaxy Note is 0.05” thicker than Galaxy S2; Galaxy S2 is ultra slim with only 0.33” thickness.
· Samsung Galaxy Note weighs 178 g, while Galaxy S2 is only 116g.
· Galaxy S II is smaller, thinner and even lighter than Samsung Galaxy Note.
· Samsung Galaxy Note boasts a 5.3” Super HD AMOLED capacitive touch screen with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution. The screen on Galaxy S II is a 4.3” Super AMOLED plus, capacitive touch screen with 480 x 800 pixels.
· Between the two devices Samsung Galaxy Note gives 1” extra screen size and has a higher resolution than Galaxy S II.
· The display on both Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II is made out of Gorilla glass. Gorilla glass not only provides scratch resistance but also a very strong display.
· Samsung Galaxy Note comes with a stylus with digital S pen technology, which is not available with S II.
· Samsung Galaxy Note runs on a Dual-core 1.4GHz (ARM Cortex-A9) processor. Galaxy S II runs on a 1.2 GHz Exynos processor. Mali-400MP GPU is used in both.
· Among the devices Samsung Galaxy Note has more processing power.
· Galaxy S II is complete with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB and 32 GB variants of internal storage; Galaxy Note has 1GB RAM and 16GB storage. Internal storage capacity can be extended in both up to 32 GB using a micro SD card.
· USB support is available in both.
· Same cameras are used in both; an 8 mega pixel rear facing camera, and a front facing 2 MP camera. Video recording is also available in the rear cameras of both devices. It can record up to 1080p (full HD). .
· Both run on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and applications can be downloaded from Android market.
· Both Samsung Galaxy devices comes with optional NFC support.
|Comparison of Specifications
Samsung Galaxy Note vs Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)
|Design||Samsung Galaxy Note||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Form Factor||Candy bar||Candy bar|
|Keyboard||Virtual QWERTY with Swype and S-Pen||Virtual QWERTY with Swype|
|Dimension||145.85 × 82.95 × 9.65 mm||125.30 x 66.10 x 8.49 mm,|
|Display||Samsung Galaxy Note||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Size||5.3 in||4.3 inches|
|Resolution||WXGA, 1280×800 pixels||WVGA, 800×480 pixels|
|Features||16M color||16M color|
|Sensors||Image stabilization, Accelerator Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyrometer||Image stabilization, Accelerator Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyrometer|
|Operating System||Samsung Galaxy Note||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Platform||Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)||Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread)|
|UI||TouchWiz 4.0, Personalizable UI||TouchWiz 4.0, Personalizable UI|
|Browser||Android WebKit, full HTML||Android WebKit, full HTML|
|Java/Adobe Flash||Adobe Flash 10.3||Adobe Flash 10.2|
|Processor||Samsung Galaxy Note||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Model||Dual Core Application processor||Samsung Exynos, ARMv7 Dual-core, Mali-400MP GPU|
|Speed||1.4 GHz Dualcore||1.2 GHz Dual-core|
|Memory||Samsung Galaxy Note||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB|
|Included||16 GB||16 GB/32 GB|
|Expansion||Up to 32GB microSD card||Up to 32GB with microSD card|
|Camera||Samsung Galaxy Note||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Focus, Zoom||Auto, Digital||Auto, Digital|
|Video Capture||1080p full HD||FullHD 1080p High Profile|
|Features||Geo tagging, Single Shot, Smile Shot, Action Shot||Geo tagging, Single Shot, Beauty Shot, Panorama Shot, Smile Shot, Action Shot, Cartoon Shot|
|Secondary camera||2MP VGA||Image stabilization, Accelerator Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyrometer|
|Entertainment||Samsung Galaxy Note||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Audio||Sound Alive music player, File Formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, WMA, AMR, WAV , FLAC, XMF, MID,||Sound Alive music player, File Formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, WMA, AMR, WAV , FLAC, XMF, MID,|
|Video||1080p@ 30fps, DivX, XviD, MPEG 4, H.263, H.264, WMV, VC-1, Video streaming||1080p@ 30fps, DivX, XviD, MPEG 4, H.263, H.264, WMV, VC-1, Video streaming|
|Gaming||Game Hub, Let Golf 2, Real Football 2011|
|Battery||Samsung Galaxy Note||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Type Capacity||2500 mAh||1650 mAh Li-ion removable|
|Talktime||8 hours (3G), 18 hours 20 min (2G)|
|Mail and Messaging||Samsung Galaxy Note||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|POP3/IMAP4 Email &, SMS, MMS with Video, Gmail, MS Exchange||POP3/IMAP4 Email &, SMS, MMS with Video, Gmail, MS Exchange|
|Messaging||Social Hub, IM (Google Talk) , Beluga IM (Facebook)||IM (Google Talk) , Beluga IM (Facebook)|
|Connectivity||Samsung Galaxy Note||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi Direct, 802.11 b/g/n||Wi-Fi Direct, 802.11 b/g/n|
|USB||2.0 Host||2.0 FS|
|HDMI||Yes||Yes, HDMI mirroring up to 1080p|
|DLNA||AllShare DLNA||AllShare DLNA|
|Location Service||Samsung Galaxy Note||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Maps||Google Maps Navigation - beta, Navigon||Google Maps Navigation - beta, Navigon|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Lost-Theft Protection||Find my Mobile, third party applications ex: My Lookout||Yes , with third party application ex: My Lookout|
|Network Support||Samsung Galaxy Note||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|2G/3G||GSM, GPRS, EDGE / UMTS, HSPA+||GSM, GPRS, EDGE / UMTS, HSPA+|
|Applications||Samsung Galaxy Note||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Apps||Android market, Samsung Apps, Galaxy Note Apps, Google Mobile App||Android market, Samsung Apps, Google Goggle, Google Mobile App|
|Social Networks||Facebook, Twitter, SNS, Social Hub||Facebook, Twitter, SNS, Social Hub|
|Voice Calling||Skype, Viber, Vonage||Skype, Viber, Vonage|
|Video Calling||Skype, Tango||Skype, Tango|
|Featured||S-Memo, S-Planner, S-Choice, Social HubReaders Hub, Music hub, Office Document Viewer, AllShare||Vlingo - Voice Solution, Office Document Viewer, AllShare|
|Business Mobility||Samsung Galaxy Note||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Corporate Mail||Yes, Microsoft Exchange Active Sync||Yes, Microsoft Exchange Active Sync|
|Corporate Directory||Yes with CISCO Mobile App||Yes with CISCO Mobile App|
|Video Conferencing||Yes with Cisco WebEx||Yes with Cisco WebEx|
|Security||Samsung Galaxy Note||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Password Protected Screen, Thirdparty mobile secure application like Lookout.||Password Protected Screen, Thirdparty mobile secure application like Lookout.|
|Additional Features||Samsung Galaxy Note||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Samsung Kies 2.0, Samsung Kies Air, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Game Hub, AllShare, Voice Recognition & Voice Translation, On Device Encryption||NFC, Samsung Kies 2.0, Samsung Kies Air, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Game Hub, AllShare, Vlingo Voice Recognition & Voice Translation, On Device Encryption, Cisco’s AnyConnect VPN, MDM|
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