The Galaxy S4 was one of the most eagerly awaited devices, and after it’s unveiling by Samsung, it has already been adjudged as a winner. Talks have started about the next device which is about to be released by Samsung, and it is the Galaxy Note 3. However, the Galaxy Note 2 is still a device which can rub shoulders with the best premium devices in existence today. Let us do an honest comparison of these two formidable devices from the house of Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 2 Specs Comparison
Coming to the screen of the two devices, The Galaxy Note 2 has an 5.5 inch display while the Galaxy S4 features a 4.99 display. The Galaxy Note 2 display has a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels while the Galaxy S4 screen has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The Galaxy Note 2 has a 267 ppi while the Galaxy S4 scores over the Note 2 with a 441 ppi. Common features include Additional Display Support, Ambient Light Sensor, Multi Touch, Proximity Sensor, and Scratch Resistant Glass. Both the devices feature the AMOLED display.
The Galaxy Note 2 features in the inventories of AT&T Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular while the Galaxy S4 features in the inventories of all the carriers mentioned above plus Cricket.
The Galaxy Note 2 was released on September 2012 while the Galaxy S4 was released on April 2013.Both the devices are compatible with 3G (HSPDA/CDMA), 4G (LTE/HSPA+), and Edge/2G (GSM/GPRS) Networks
Both the devices run on the Android OS platform. While the Galaxy Note 2 uses the Android 4.1, the Galaxy S4 features the Android 4.2 out of the box. The Galaxy S4 and probably Galaxy Note 2 will be upgraded to Android 5.0. Both the devices are also endowed with the Touch Wiz User interface.
Camera and Battery
The Galaxy Note 2 offers a talk time of 35 hours while the Galaxy S4 has a rating for 14 hours. The Galaxy Note 2 has a Li Ion battery of 3100mAh while the Galaxy S4 also features a Li Ion battery of 2,600mAh rating. The Galaxy S4 scores over the Note 2 with two special features; the thermometer and the Humidity sensors which are not present in the Galaxy Note 2. Both the devices have Accelerometer, Barometer, Digital Compass, GPS, and Gyroscope.
The Primary Rear Camera of the Galaxy Note 2 has a resolution of 8 megapixels while the Galaxy S4 primary rear camera boasts a resolution of 13 MP. Both the devices are at par when it comes to the properties of the secondary camera. The Note 2 has a 1.9 MP front facing camera while the Galaxy S4 has a 2.0 MP front facing camera.
The Galaxy S4 camera has some unique features which are not seen in the Galaxy Note 2. The Galaxy S4 has what is known as the burst mode which captures a series of snaps and one can choose the best. Another important feature is the ability to record by the two cameras simultaneously. The Galaxy S4 also has the ability to record 9 second of audio with every Photograph. Both the devices have common features which include Autofocus, Digital Zoom, Image Stabilization, LED Flash, Panorama and Video Recording. Both the devices can take video of 1080p resolution.
The technical specification of the two devices is almost similar except a few plus with the Galaxy S4 like the infrared connectivity as well as the Wireless charging abilities. Both the device is compatible with 3G, and 4G. Both the devices have features like Bluetooth 4.0, Mobile Hotspot Tethering, NFC and Wi-Fi. Both the devices boast similar interfaces i.e. HDMI via microUSB and microUSB options. Both the devices have 3.5 mm headphone connections.
The CPU speeds of both the devices are equal at 1.6 GHz. Both the devices have 2048 MB RAM . The Galaxy Note 2 has a quad core Samsung Exynos 4412 processor while the Galaxy S4 is touted to have an Exynos 5 Octa (1.6-1.8 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 and 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7) processor.
Both the devices feature the microSD card slot and the external storage can be augmented up to 64GB. The Galaxy Note 2 has FM receiving abilities which is not available on the Galaxy S4. Both devices have features like the DLNA, GPS Navigation, Graphics Accelerator, HD Playback, and Microphone.
In conclusion the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was introduced after the release of Galaxy S3 and therefore features a number of technological innovations which came later. The Galaxy Note 2 is a phablet and has features of both a tablet and a smartphone. The Galaxy S4 is a smartphone and therefore it does not feature a bigger display. However, the quality of the display of the S4 with a better ppi is more than the display of the Note 2. The Galaxy S4 also features the Wireless charging ability, thus making it more portable than the Galaxy Note 2. In the end the end it can be concluded that both the devices cater to different segment of users and both fulfill the requirements of the consumers.