Note 2 vs GS3

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by b166er, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    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!
  2. joudbren, Dec 10, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2012

    macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2007
    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.
  3. 3bs
    macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
  4. macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2009
    Congrats! I love my GS3 but am drooling over the Note 2.
  5. macrumors member

    Jan 11, 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.
  6. Ryy, Dec 10, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2012

    macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2010
  7. thread starter macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
  8. macrumors member

    Nov 29, 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.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 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.
  10. Fed
    macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    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.
  11. macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    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.
  12. macrumors G3


    Jun 12, 2012
    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.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2011
    iPad Mini: from £269


    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.

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