Comparison - Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2
by Lim Pei Hao
14 September 2012 – Both Apple and Samsung have shown off their latest masterpieces to the market. In this comparison, we shall find out who shall be the real winner – the Apple iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy Note 2?
On the exterior, the Apple iPhone 5 has a glass and aluminum unibody, eliminating the glass back cover from its predecessor. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 uses the same glossy plastic that is inherited from the Galaxy S III. Measuring at 7.6mm and weighs only 112 grams, the iPhone 5 is about 20% thinner and 40% lighter than its rival.
In terms of display size, the clear winner goes to the Galaxy Note 2’s 5.5-inch display with 720 x 1280 resolution pixels. However, the iPhone 5’s four incher display with 640 x 1136 resolution pixels has a higher pixel per inch (326 vs 267 ppi) than the former. Hence, the images on the iPhone 5 would appear to be sharper and clearer than its rival.
The Galaxy Note 2 is powered by a 1.6GHz Exynos quad-core processor, while the iPhone 5 is powered by an Apple A6 processor. As usual, little details are given about the processor during the announcement, but Apple has claimed that it offers twice the CPU and GPU performance than its predecessor A5 processor. Technically, it seems that the Galaxy Note 2 is able to perform faster but we would to do some thorough testing before we conclude.
When comes to operating system, the iPhone 5 runs on the latest iOS 6. In contrast, the Galaxy Note 2 runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Samsung TouchWiz on top of it.
Camera-wise, both the iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note 2 have an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash. They are capable of recording 1080p full HD video at 30fps and take Panorama shots. The former could stitch up a 28-megapixel long vista. The two devices are equipped with a front facing camera for video chat purposes.
For storage, the iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note 2 offers a minimum of 16GB built-in storage. The latter offers a microSD card slot that accepts cards up to 64GB. Connectivity-wise, both devices cover the standard connectivity option together with LTE. Of course, the Galaxy Note 2 will have a separate LTE model, instead baking them together into the regular GSM model. Unlike the iPhone 5, the Galaxy Note 2 supports NFC.
The Galaxy Note 2 is equipped with a 3100 mAh battery. Apple remains tight lipped about the “bigger” battery that it has in the iPhone 5, but the company touted a standby time up to 225 hours.
At the time of writing, no pricing is announced yet for outright purchase of the Galaxy Note 2 and iPhone 5.
As a preliminary summary, the Galaxy Note 2 is perfect for big screen lovers. The iPhone 5 on the other hand, is perfect for those who are picky with exterior design or a shutterbug.
Apple iPhone 5
HSPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n + LTE + Touchscreen Candybar + 8.0 MP Camera, 16/32/64 GB Memory + iOS 6.0 + WiFi Hotspot
The iPhone 5 is the currently Apple’s latest flagship device, with the most significant change being its 4-inch display. The device will come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants, in either two-tone black/slate or white/silver.
In terms of exterior, the iPhone 5 is now constructed out of aluminum and glass materials, making it far lighter than ever before. It will run on an A6 SoC (system on chip), which is promised to be double the processing power of that seen from the A5 on the iPhone 4S.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
3.5G HSDPA + LTE (region specific) + WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n + NFC + Touchscreen Candybar + 8.0 MP Camera + 16/32/64 GB Memory + Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
After much hype and speculation, Samsung has finally shown off the sequel to its popular Galaxy Note phablet. It has a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 resolution pixels, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and a jaw-dropping 3,100 mAh battery. The device will also include an 8-megapixel rear camera, 4G LTE connectivity, and will initially be available in 16GB internal storage.