Go Back   MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:09 PM   #1
b166er
macrumors 68020
 
b166er's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Philly
Note 2 vs GS3

Aside from screen size, can anyone explain to me the major differences between the note 2 and the GS3? I admitadley have no experience with either device but I'm wondering which you guys would go with and your reasons why. Just trying to get some opinions, thanks!
b166er is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:20 PM   #2
joudbren
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Note 2 has stylus and integrated Wacom digitizer. Note 2 also has fast quad core CPU in North America, GS3 is only dual core in North America. Note 2 has HUGE 3100mAh battery. Note 2 only available in 16GB version so far in North America. Screen on Note 2 is not pentile like the GS3 so it's better but that's a minor issue for some.

I switched from a GS3 a month ago and no regrets. Love the Note 2. Cheers!

Edit: Note 2 also came with 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box in North America but GS3 Jelly Bean rollouts have started already so this is not really a difference any longer.

Last edited by joudbren; Dec 10, 2012 at 02:32 PM.
joudbren is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:34 PM   #3
3bs
macrumors 603
 
3bs's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Dublin, Ireland
I think joudbren summed it up pretty well.
3bs is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2012, 06:21 PM   #4
SeanR1
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Congrats! I love my GS3 but am drooling over the Note 2.
SeanR1 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2012, 06:36 PM   #5
CyberCat
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
I got the Note 2 a week ago to replace my iPhone 5. Hands down the best phone I ever used. Had a GS3 prior to the iPhone 5 and it doesn't touch the Note 2. Note 2 is so much better in every single spec I'm totally blown away. I was afraid it would be too big but it's really not after a couple days of use. Yes 1 handed use is more awkward but after having used it awhile now I feel it's easily worth the trade off.
CyberCat is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2012, 08:46 PM   #6
Ryy
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Michigan
Here is a great video about the note 2. I think I saw it here actually..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nh2NSLgaII&sns=em

I just got the galaxy s3 a couple weeks ago. It its amazing, but after I saw this video on the note 2, I want to trade this back in and upgrade to it! Looks so awesome!

Here is a great heads up comparison:

http://pocketnow.com/2012/10/09/gala...-vs-galaxy-s-3
__________________
Too many to list

oh, and Samsung GalaxyS3

Last edited by Ryy; Dec 10, 2012 at 09:07 PM.
Ryy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 11, 2012, 10:57 AM   #7
b166er
Thread Starter
macrumors 68020
 
b166er's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Philly
thank you for the feedback, guys
__________________
Wait... I had something for this.
b166er is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 11, 2012, 03:25 PM   #8
mikegasol
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
I have owned both phones, currently have the Note 2. Both are excellent devices and you can't go wrong with either one. I give the Note 2 the edge though. Bigger screen that's not pentile, bigger battery and a unique feature list no other phone out there has.
mikegasol is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 11, 2012, 04:53 PM   #9
Diseal3
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
I had the note II and was disappointed that big red locked the bootloader again. Not a complaint with the phone as much as the carrier locking it, but I ended up buying a off contract S3 instead and couldn't be happier.
Diseal3 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 13, 2012, 07:03 AM   #10
Fed
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Liverpool.
Quote:
Originally Posted by joudbren View Post
Note 2 has stylus and integrated Wacom digitizer. Note 2 also has fast quad core CPU in North America, GS3 is only dual core in North America. Note 2 has HUGE 3100mAh battery. Note 2 only available in 16GB version so far in North America. Screen on Note 2 is not pentile like the GS3 so it's better but that's a minor issue for some.

I switched from a GS3 a month ago and no regrets. Love the Note 2. Cheers!

Edit: Note 2 also came with 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box in North America but GS3 Jelly Bean rollouts have started already so this is not really a difference any longer.
How would you rate the responsiveness of Android on each device? I'm considering one of the flagship Android phones as my next phone, moving away from my usual iPhone. I wouldn't have thought about this in the past, but I was thoroughly disappointing with iPhone 5's upgrades from the 4S (my current phone).

I went into Vodafone (UK) over the weekend and played around with the Note 2. Whilst I wouldn't describe my experience as laggy and fully understand Vodafone may have packed it full of their usual crap, I was very disappointed with the responsiveness of Android in comparison with my iPhone 4S. Though as I've never used the GS3 or any Android phone in the past, I have nothing to compare it to.
Fed is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 13, 2012, 07:06 AM   #11
charlieegan3
macrumors 68020
 
charlieegan3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: U.K
Can't speak for the GS3 but the note ii is an incredible phone, just perfect for me, means I don't need a tablet. Laptop + this = perfect combo.
__________________
www.charlieegan3.com
charlieegan3 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 13, 2012, 08:03 AM   #12
mattopotamus
macrumors 604
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by charlieegan3 View Post
Can't speak for the GS3 but the note ii is an incredible phone, just perfect for me, means I don't need a tablet. Laptop + this = perfect combo.
which also points to the fact apple will not make their phones much larger than 4" if they do. They would definitely eat into their tablet market. If I could get a 4.8" iphone...why would I want a 7.9" mini. I would just skip the tablet all together and go laptop.
mattopotamus is online now   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 13, 2012, 08:47 AM   #13
theluggage
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by mattopotamus View Post
If I could get a 4.8" iphone...why would I want a 7.9" mini. I would just skip the tablet all together and go laptop.
iPad Mini: from 269

vs.

iPhone 5: from 529 (unlocked) - or hypothetical iPhablet from, what, 629...
MacBook: from 849 (...and beyond the infinite)

Hmm... let me think...

OK, I don't know what profit margin they get on an iPhone versus an iPad, or how much they rake in from an of iPhones sold on-contract - although I'm pretty sure that the 'unlocked' prices of phones (from any manufacturer) are deliberately inflated to make contract deals sound good.

Whatever, I'm sure it would be better for Apple to have their own iPhablet eating into their iPad sales (with the compensation of some extra laptop sales) than Samsung and Google eating into their iPhone and iPad sales.

You might just as well argue that the iPad Mini cannibalises iPad 4 sales, the iPad 4 cannibalises Macbook Air sales... and so on. Provided Apple get their price structure right and plan their production volumes wisely, auto-cannibalism isn't an issue.

There's a pretty well-defined market for phablet vs. phone + tablet: people continually making/receiving voice calls and one-handed texting will mostly prefer a small phone + tablet when they need it. The main phablet market is for those of us who want a pocket-sized internet appliance/media player/GPS/Game console, with making voice calls several places down the priority list.

Personally, I've always seen the 7" tablet as the nonsensical option: too big to fit in a pocket, too small for the 'laptop replacement' possibilities of a 10" tablet (e.g. multi-fingered typing). The really successful 7"-ers like the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 have also been end-of-argument cheap.
theluggage is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Note I and Note II - narrower screen worse for ebook reading? annk Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices 6 May 2, 2013 10:06 AM
Free Flip Cover + 6 NFC Tectiles for GS3 and Note 2 owners (USA only) Mxbzz Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices 15 Jan 23, 2013 12:32 PM
Here's how to easily unlock you GS3 or Note 2 on JB (nothing needed but your phone). Timzer Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices 4 Dec 8, 2012 06:36 PM
Which phone to get , GS3,NOTE,Nexus whoknows87 Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices 14 Sep 22, 2012 01:33 PM
Galaxy Note 2 Leaked just before announcement...looks like a big GS3 Calidude Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices 12 Aug 30, 2012 09:31 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:43 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC