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Compare Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 (Differences and Specs)

Updated on December 10, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is one of the devices of the moment, because it´s not a simple smartphone – it´s much more than that. This is the improved version of the Galaxy Note, with a beautiful design, great screen and solid performance.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Pros and Cons


- Versatility

- Good Construction

- Good Performance

- Excellent Screen


- Price and Size


About the DESIGN

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is much more than just a phone, it’s a “phablet”, ie, it´s between a smartphone and a tablet due to its size and features.

This new Galaxy Note version has a 5.5 inches screen, one of the largest ever seen on mobile phones, inserted in a rounded corners cover, available in two colors: white and dark gray.

On the other hand, the older version had “only” a 5.53 inches screen.

On the front, it has also two tactile buttons and one physical button, that works as a “navigator” and a 1.9 MP front camera.

It comes with a S Pen stylus which lets you freely write on the screen and it fits unobtrusively in the lower right corner when it´s not being used.

Galaxy Note 2 sides are in shiny metal making the transition between the front and rear and contrasting the white and the dark gray.

The volume button is located on the left side and on the other side you will find the micro USB input and the on/off button.

The 8 megapixel camera is at the rear of the device, at the very top in the center, with Flash LED on the right side.

The micro SD reader and SIM card are located next to the battery, which will require removing the back cover to access them.

Note 2 weighs 0.40 lbs and its measurements are: 151.1 mm x 80.5 mm x 9.4 mm.

So it´s wider and thicker than the Samsung Galaxy S3, which makes it a bit awkward and difficult to keep in the pocket, although it´s surprisingly lightweight and ergonomic.

In general, Galaxy Note 2 has a modern and solid design that will surely appeal to most people.

Continuing to compare Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2, I will now talk about the features:

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 1.6 GHz Quad Core processor with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal memory expandable to 65 GB.

The Super AMOLED HD screen is 5.5 inches with 1280 x 720 pixels and besides being tactile, it has a S-Pen stylus integrated.

It has two cameras, one 1.9 megapixel front camera and a 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and flash (just like the first version)

It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G and USB 2.0, micro-SD card reader and input for headphones.

It also has GPS, gyroscope, digital compass and accelerometer.

The operating system is the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Chart: Galaxy Note vs Galaxy Note 2

Performance: Galaxy Note vs Galaxy Note 2

To finish this article where I compare Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2, I will write a little about the performance:

Galaxy Note 2´s performance is excellent, as tasks as running applications, browsing the internet or just playing a game are made without breaks or any kind of constraints.

The Android 4.1 OS runs very well even with applications that require more of the hardware.

The sound during calls is quite good, as well as the sound of the instrument itself: clear and audible.

There is also the possibility to make calls (and other features) by using voice control, through a unique Samsung technology.

With regard to Galaxy Note 2 screen, it has an above average quality, with vivid and bright colors, visible from several angles.

One can say that the screen is one of the most interesting features of this equipment.

The S Pen is useful to write notes, send emails and even to select and edit photos. Remember that the early Galaxy Note had no S Pen.

The camera performs as desired, taking beautiful and detailed photographs, although it has some problems especially with indoor pictures.

The 1080p video recording is also of good quality, especially in outdoor scenes.

The battery life is excellent, because with average use it lasts about 10 hours, although Samsung ensures 12 hours of talking time.

Standby time is up to 600 hours.

And you? What´s your opinion?


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