Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note

Vs Paul Briden 12:18, 9 May 2012

There's in-fighting in Samsung's Galaxy range as the Galaxy S3 takes on the Galaxy Note

We pitch Samsung's latest, the Galaxy S3, against the company's oversized ‘phablet', the Galaxy Note.

Samsung Galaxy S3 - 136.6x70.6x8.6mm, 133g
Samsung Galaxy Note - 146.9x83x9.7mm, 178g

The form factor of the Galaxy Note is as divisive as it is large, for some, the bigger size isn't such an issue, while for others the fact that it's approaching the scale of a small tablet is just too much.

On the one hand, we think it is too big for phone duties - holding it to the side of your head to talk feels weird and means the only way calls are viable is with a hands-free kit.

However, the flip side of this is that it does make a handy tablet and PDA-like device, particularly with the S-Pen stylus, and the large real estate makes it ideal for browsing, watching videos and other multimedia applications.

Visually, the design is rather like an up-scaled Galaxy S2 with an overall rectangular slate format with slightly rounded corners. There are chrome accents on the edges but otherwise the device is quite minimalist.

The phone features a textured back panel and although made from plastic has a good build quality which feels sturdy.

Samsung's Galaxy S3 is quite a far cry from the Galaxy S2 and its larger cousin, the Galaxy Note.

In terms of aesthetics the shape is more reminiscent of the Galaxy Nexus and HTC One handsets with plenty of softened edges and curvature.

The lines of the device do give it an odd appearance, however, it ends up looking bulkier at the bottom than the top which lends a strange sense of it being off-balance. Aside from this it's very clean in terms of styling, Samsung said the design was inspired by pebbles so it's appropriately minimalist.

We have to commend Samsung for choosing some interesting colour choices with either white or blue, but sadly it's not enough to draw our attention from one of the most glaring problems with the phone - its shocking build quality.

The plastic Samsung has used here is not good at all and certainly not what we've come to expect from a premium handset.

We have to say Samsung's Galaxy Note comes out better on form factor.

Winner - Samsung Galaxy Note

Both of these smartphones have enormous touchscreens. The Galaxy S3 features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD capacitive display with a 1280x720 pixel resolution and a pixel density of 206 pixels-per-inch (ppi). Corning Gorilla Glass has been used to protect from scratches and the screen supports multi-touch input.

The Galaxy Note's display is very similar, except it's a bit larger at 5.3-inches and has a slightly higher resolution of 1280x800 pixels, which results in a pixel density of 285ppi. The actual difference in clarity should be fairly minimal.

We're calling this one a draw.

Winner - Draw

On the whole, both phones share similar storage setups with each having both 16GB and 32GB internal storage variants available with 1GB of RAM and micro SD capability for cards up to 32GB. However, the Galaxy S3 also has a model with 64GB onboard. This factor puts the Galaxy S3 ahead of the Galaxy Note.

Winner - Samsung Galaxy S3

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