Specs Comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Apple’s sixth iPhone has been revealed. Its iteration namely the iPhone 5 as expected features a larger screen, a faster processor and a slightly improved camera. However, this isn’t the only new phone round the corner. The Korean Giant’s Samsung Galaxy Note II is one of the most powerful phones with a vivid 5.5 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, additional S-Pen facility, efficient processor, etc. In other words, the Note is back, bigger and better. So can this highly specced Note II take on the brand new and much-hyped about Apple iPhone 5? Here is an article comparing the two.

Ergonomics & Design:

The iPhone 5 is 123.8 mm lengthwise, 58.6 mm breadthwise and merely 7.6 mm thick. The phone weighs 112 g only. The Note II measures 151.1 mm in length, 80.5 mm in breadth and 9.4 mm in thickness. The Note weighs 180 g. The device is accompanied with an S Pen stylus. The iPhone 5 has a LED backlit display of 4 inches with a resolution of 640 * 1136 pixels. Apple has retained the Retina display feature in the new iPhone screen. The Note II on the other hand features a stunning 5.5 inches Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 720 * 1280 pixels. While the size may be cumbersome, it is impressive that Samsung managed to fit a 5.5 inches screen in the same Note footprint. The phones have different screen tech types that have their own advantages and disadvantages. Super AMOLED displays have superb black response and vivid colors but the IPS screens used in the iPhone tend to look more natural. The design of the iPhone 5 is exquisite and has a premium feel thanks to the aluminum back plate while the Note II is modeled just the way all Samsung Galaxy devices are – sturdy, lightweight and plastic.


The Apple iPhone 5 is equipped with iOS 6 while the Note II runs on Android 4.1. There are some tweaks in the iOS such as the improved Siri feature. There has been some noticeable effort to take the overhyped and under-featured personal assistant to a more useful level. The iPhone 5 is driven by the brand new Apple A6 chipset processor. Other details of the CPU haven’t been revealed yet. The Note II has a quad core processor with an Exynos 4412 quad chipset and with a clock speed of 1.6 GHz. The Note II is unbelievably fast thanks to its efficient processor.


The iPhone 5 comes in three models based on internal storage – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB with 1 GB RAM. The Note II has the same types of internal storage models but each available with 2 GB RAM. The Apple iPhone 5 obviously doesn’t possess a micro SD slot. The Note II on the other hand has a micro SD slot that can house up to 32 GB of extra memory.


As for primary camera, the phones are equipped with 8 MP units with features as LED flash, geo tagging, touch focus, auto focus, etc. The phone cameras can shoot 1080p video at a frame rate of 30 fps. The iPhone camcorder has features like LED video light, video stabilization, etc. The iPhone 5 has a 1.2 MP front facing camera that can also shoot 720p video. The Note II has a 1.9 MP secondary camera.


The iPhone 5 like its predecessor has a dual antenna system. Apple has included 4G LTE connectivity in the phone. . The Note II has 2G, 3G and 4G networks supported by GSM, HSDPA and LTE. Wireless connectivity options are Wi-Fi 802.11, Wi-Fi hotspot, etc. Bluetooth is present in both phones. The Note II has a NFC chip.

Battery Life:

The iPhone 5’s Li-Po battery offers about 8 hours of talk time. The Note II is fuelled by a Li-Ion battery rated at 3100 mAh.


According to Apple’s website, the 16GB model starts at $649, with the 32GB version costing $749, and the 64GB top-tier configuration running $849. The Note II is priced at somewhere around $730 USD.

Wrap Up:

The Note II has some amazing features and some even better than the iPhone 5. No doubt the Note 2 is best & perfect phablet, but when it comes to talking about phone the iPhone 5 wins with its elegant design and optimum size. The Note II is too big and cumbersome while the iPhone 5 has just the perfect ergonomics and a decent screen size to be called a perfect phone.

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