Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Vs Paul Briden 23:48, 14 Mar 2013

Is the Samsung Galaxy S4 better than the Galaxy Note 2? We find out

The new Galaxy S4 is a big handset but can it outperform the phone-maker's similarly sized Galaxy Note 2?

Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Key specs and features

The Galaxy Note 2 is a massive smartphone, it’s essentially an enlarged Galaxy S3 with stylus support. The display is a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with a Wacom stylus digitiser layer and a 1280x720 pixel resolution. The pixel density clocks 267 pixels-per-inch (ppi), while colour depth and contrast are both good enough that picture quality is suitably robust.
The S-Pen sensitivity supports 1024 levels of pressure, making it remarkably accurate and responsive and far better than the original Galaxy Note or indeed any other stylus-toting smartphone.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 shares the same processor chip as the Galaxy S3, which is a quad-core Exynos 4412 ARM Cortex-A9 chip clocked at 1.6GHz with a Mali-400MP quad-core graphics processing unit. It also has 2GB of RAM which makes a big difference to running the S-Pen functionality and other processes such as multitasking.
There are options for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of onboard storage plus microSD support for cards up to 64GB.

Samsung Galaxy S4: Key specs and features

The Galaxy S4 is almost on the same scale as the Note 2 with its 5-inch, Super AMOLED display.

It also has a Full HD resolution at 1920x1080 pixels resulting in a ridiculously sharp pixel density of 441ppi.
Samsung’s new Exynos 5 Octa processor is set to take the mobile space by storm as the company has opted for an eight-core setup using both a quad-core, clocked at 1.6GHz. The setup also includes 2GB of RAM.

The Galaxy S4 sports a 13-megpixel camera fully stocked with LED flash, face and smile recognition, panoramic capture, HDR, stabilisation, simultaneous still and 1080p HD video capture and multishot mode, amongst other treats. Ont he front, there's a secondary 2-mgapixel camera.
Storage options include 16GB, 32GB and 64GB onboard along with microSD support for up to 64GB.

Running on Android 4.2.2, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is streets ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S3's Android 4.1 operating system.


The Galaxy S4 is far superior to the Galaxy Note 2 even without the latter’s stylus support. The display is richer and performance is way ahead thanks to the Exynos Octa chip, while the camera also offers improved picture quality.

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