Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Vs Stephen Tenerowicz 16:55, Mar 19 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2! Which smartphone is better?

With the Samsung Galaxy S4 finally official, the device is already getting plenty of love, especially now that it has been unveiled with some mind-blowing specs. The Galaxy S4 is fast and it packs extremely good specs -- it also has support for 4G LTE.

While there’s no escaping the fact that the S4 is one of the best, we wanted to see how it stacks up to other flagships, especially Samsung's very own Note 2. Is it better? Does it have a better build quality/design? Are the features upgrade worthy?

Read on below for the full comparison!


The design of the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S4 are extremely similar, but let's start with the S4. The Galaxy S4 is super thin and extremely light. It is really all display in a single unibody plastic shell and not much bezel. It's very slick. According to all reports thus far, the device looks nice and feels good in the hand.

The Samsung Note 2, meanwhile, features a light, plastic frame. It has a considerable amount of bezel and is also extremely light. The Note 2 also feels rather cheap in the hand, something that I honestly hate.

Winner -- Galaxy S4. The S4 looks more mature than the Galaxy Note 2 and the design looks better. I'll reserve final judgements, however, when I get to hold both devices in my hand together.


Samsung's Galaxy S4 runs on a quad-core Exynos 5 processor. This cortex A15 is a huge deal and blows almost everything out of the water besides the Nexus 10, of course, which sports the same processor. The U.S. S4 will sport a Qualcomm S4 Pro CPU.

Unlike its predecessor, the S4 comes in three flavors: 16G, 32GB and 64GB. The smartphone also offers support for removable memory up to 128GB. That is a hell of a lot of storage for those counting.

The Note 2, on the other hand, is powered by a last-gen quad-core CPU. The Note also packs 2GB of RAM and a very powerful GPU.

Like the Galaxy S3, the Note 2 features 16GB and 32GB variants. The Note 2 also offers support for removable memory up to 128GB, just like the S4.

Winner – Samsung Galaxy S4. The quad-core Exynos 5 pushes the Galaxy S4 over the top on this match up.


The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a large, five-inch 1080p HD AMOLED display, which is quite bright. In terms of brightness it likely blows away all displays on the market. The Note 2 offers a 5.5-inch 720p display.

From what we can tell, the screen on the Galaxy S4 is simply better than the one found on the Note 2. Color reproduction will likely be better too, but that is just a guesstimate on my part.

Winner – Samsung Galaxy S4


The Galaxy S4 is powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Google's awesome Jelly Bean OS. Similar to Android 4.1, the new OS offers awesome toggles, better camera software, and awesome expandable notifications. With Android 4.2.2, Samsung is giving S4 owners S Voice Drive, Smart Scoll, Air View, as well as many other custom Samsung features. Only time will tell how well they all work.

The Note 2, of course, runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, which is really not too much different than Android 4.2.2. In terms of smoothness, experience and fun-factor, it's all there. The Note 2 does offer S Pen functionality, which is really pretty awesome.

Winner – Tie, for now! We'll know for sure when we get our hands on the S4 in the coming months.

And the overall winner is...

Samsung Galaxy S4

The devices are, in most areas, evenly matched, but the Galaxy S4 is just more mature and likely has better software. This all makes sense, of course, as the Note 2 is technically older than the S4.

Stay tuned for our final thoughts when we review the S4.


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