Specs Comparison: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. Apple iPhone 4S

Samsung has finally called a member of the Note family a smartphone rather than hovering between a phone and a tablet. The 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 Apple iPhone 4S? Here is an article comparing the two.


The iPhone 4S measures 115.2 mm in length, 58.6 mm in breadth and 9.3 mm in thickness. It weighs 140 g. The Note II measures 151.1 mm lengthwise, 80.5 mm breadthwise and 9.4 mm thick. The phone weighs 180 g. The iPhone 4S has a LED backlit IPS TFT touchscreen with a resolution of 640 * 960 pixels spread over the 3.5 inch display. The panel is made of Corning Gorilla Glass and has an oleophobic coating. 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 design of the iPhone 4S is exquisite and perfect while the Note II is modeled just the way all Samsung Galaxy devices are – sturdy, lightweight and plastic.

Operating System:

The iPhone 4S runs on iOS of course, the version being 5. It is upgradable to iOS 5.1. The Note II runs on Android v4.1 (Jellybean). The iPhone 4S is driven by a dual core processor packing an Apple A5 chipset and clocked at 1 GHz. 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 4S comes in three models based on internal storage – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB with 512 MB RAM. The Note II has the same types of internal storage models but each available with 2 GB RAM. The Apple iPhone 4S 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.


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 4S sports a VGA as its front camera that can shoot 480p video and can support video calling over Wi-Fi only. The Note II has a 1.9 MP secondary camera.


The iPhone 4S has a dual antenna design by means of which you can not only switch between antennas for sending and receiving data but can also operate on both GSM and CDMA networks. 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 and micro USB v2.0 are present in both phones. The Note II has a NFC chip.

Battery Life:

The iPhone 4S has a Li-Po battery rated at 1432 mAh. The Note II is fuelled by a Li-Ion battery rated at 3100 mAh.


The Note II’s price is not known. The iPhone 4S is priced at around $600.

Wrap Up:

A lot depends on the Note II’s price. Though a high price is expected, people might be attracted to its powerful specs. Spec wise, the Note II is the clear winner, but more can be said once the price is out.

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