Samsung Galaxy Note vs Panasonic Eluga Power
We have a look at Panasonic's take on the 'over-sized' smartphone with the Eluga Power taking on Samsung's Galaxy Note
It's the battle of the big boys this time with Samsung's Galaxy Note taking on Panasonic's newcomer, the bizarrely-named Eluga Power
Samsung Galaxy Note - 146.9x83x9.7mm, 178g
Panasonic Eluga Power - 136x70x9.6mm, 133g
The Eluga Power has a much more interesting design than the regular Eluga, of course its larger size gives it a bit more presence, but along all the edges it has a contoured shape which lends it some extra character.
The bezel along the sides is very thin which keeps things modern and even the bodywork along the top edge is somewhat narrower than we typically find on current smartphones,
Overall it has a very angular form factor and minimalist styling in keeping with current trends. One other thing to note with the Eluga Power is that it is water proof up to
Samsung's Galaxy Note bears more than a passing resemblance to the manufacturer's current flagship, the Galaxy S2, but of course, on an inflated scale. Like the Eluga Power, it's a 5-inch device.
It's perhaps somewhat telling of the way design trends have changed in a short time, the fact that we used to consider Galaxy Note's shape stark and sharp, now by contrast it appears relatively curvy compared to the razor-edged lines of the Eluga Power and its ilk.
We can't really say that there is a ‘better' looking phone between these two as they both have a very different aesthetic but in each case it's been very well executed and they're both appealing to us.
Winner - Draw
The Note has a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED capacitive multi-touch display with a 1280x800 pixel resolution and a pixel density of 285 pixels-per-inch (ppi). It also uses Corning Gorilla Glass for a stronger screen that will be more resistant to knocks and bumps.
The clarity of this screen is fantastic, which is particularly impressive for such a large display, we were very impressed when we had one in the office and it's great for browsing, viewing media such as videos and photos, and, of course, gaming.
Panasonic's Eluga Power has a slightly smaller 5-inch capacitive LCD multi-touch display with a 1280x720 pixel resolution and puts out a higher pixel density than its opponent at 294ppi.
As a result it should be slightly sharper than Samsung's offering, though with such a small difference in ppi we expect any variation in clarity will be barely noticeable and puts them both on par.
It's also worth pointing out that, being LCD-based rather than OLED the Eluga Power may fare a bit better in bright light conditions, but on the flip side the Galaxy Note's Super AMOLED should have deeper blacks and better contrast.
Again, though, with both being quite high-end setups of their respective screen technologies, we expect on the whole the experience to be comparable and equally favourable in either case.
Winner - Draw
Storage is one of the areas where these phones differ most significantly. The Eluga Power has 8GB of internal capacity, along with 1GB of RAM and micro SD support for cards up to 32GB. Against this, Samsung's Note can boast options for either 16GB or 32GB of onboard space along with the same amount of RAM and card capability is Panasonic's offering.
Of course, this makes Samsung's Note the preferred choice here with a higher top-tier overall capacity.
Winner - Samsung Galaxy Note