In recent time we rarely have seen a smartphone having less than 4 inches of display. Samsung set the tone and other companies strarted following the trend. Smartphones with larger display or rather phablets are extremely popular these days. Samsung Galaxy Note, a 5.3 inch display featured phone, is very successful till date. From a recent report of ABI, Galaxy Note and other phablets will ship at 208 million a year by 2015. Samsung sold Note in good numbers although it is impossible to hold Note with one hand and it does not fit regular pockets. Current market has forced Apple to increase display size to 4 inches in their upcoming iPhone 5. Samsung’s latest flagship Galaxy S III will be coming with large 4.8 inches display. When you compare Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note you can see a compact light weight design in Galaxy S III that Note lacks. It is too heavy as compared to any smartphone model in the market. Along side Note is powered by dual core processor whereas Galaxy S III is fueled by a quad core processor. Let’s take a look at the difference in features of Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note-
Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy Note
|Samsung Galaxy S III||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|SIM Card support||Single SIM, micro SIM card only||Single SIM card|
|Operating System||Android ICS v4.0||Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, upgradable to Android ICS|
|Processor & GPU||Quad core 1.4 GHz Exynos chipset Cortex A9 processor and Mali-400 MP GPU unit||1.4 GHz dual core Exynos chipset, Cortex A9 processor and Mali-400 MP GPU|
|Dimension||136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm||146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm|
|Weight||133 gm||178 gm|
|User Interface(UI)||Samsung TouchWiz v4.0||Samsung TouchWiz v4.0|
|Display Type||Super AMOLED Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 2 coating scratch resistant display. 306 ppi||Super AMOLED Capacitive touch screen, Gorilla glass coating on display, 285 ppi|
|Display Size||4.8 inches||5.3 inches|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, RGB ,proximity, gyro, light, magnetometer,barometer||Accelerometer, proximity, light, gyro, magnetometer,barometer|
|4G Speed||LTE regional||Region specific LTE|
|3G Speed||HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps, LTE||HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps, LTE|
|GPRS/EDGE||Class 12||Class 12|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n,Wi-Fi Direct,Wi-Fi hotspot,DLNA||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n,Wi-Fi hotspot,Wi-Fi Direct,DLNA|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v4.0||Yes, v3.0 with A2DP,EDR|
|NFC (Near Field Communication)||Yes||Optional|
|USB||Yes, v2.0 microUSB, MHL link for TV-out,USB-on-the-go support||Yes, v2.0 microUSB, TV out port|
|Camera||8 MP, LED flash,auto focus,image stabilization,Simultaneous HD video and image recording, face & smile detection||8 MP with LED flash, auto focus, face & smile detection, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization|
|Secondary Camera||2 MP||2 MP|
|Video recording||HD recording at 1080p||HD recording at 1080p|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB|
|Internal Memory||16/32/64 GB||16/32 GB|
|External Memory, Micro SD card slot||Yes, expandable up to 64 GB||Yes, 32 GB|
|3.5 Audio Jack||Yes||Yes|
|Java||Yes via MIDP Emulator||Yes via MIDP Emulator|
|Apps & Games||Yes, Full range of support to HD games and several pre-installed apps||Yes, HD compatible, loaded with apps|
|GPS Navigation||Yes, with A-GPS support with GLONASS||Yes, with A-GPS support with GLONASS|
|Battery||2100 mAh Li-Ion||2500 mAh Li-Ion|
|Colors available||Pebble blue, Marble white||Black, White, Pink|
|Adobe Flash support||Yes||Yes|
|Music Player||Yes, supported audio formats-MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC||Yes,MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC|
|Video Player||Yes, supported video formats-MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263||Yes,MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263|
Individual Hardware Specs Difference Analysis
Design & Looks
Galaxy Note is a gigantic smartphone that comes with mammoth size 146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm and weights too high 170 gm. In comparison to that Galaxy S III is smaller and light weight as well.
Samsung Galaxy S III straight away getting Android v4.0 ICS. On the other hand, Galaxy Note primarily got Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Now upgrade to ICS is available for Note. ICS is much improved and advanced as compared to Gingerbread. So no difference.
Galaxy S III is powered by 1.4 GHz quad core Cortex A9 processor and Exynos chipset whereas Galaxy Note uses dual core 1.4 GHz Cortex A9 Exynos chipset processor. You can Galaxy S III is twice as powerful as Galaxy Note. Both uses Mali 400-MP GPU unit.
Galaxy Note boasts of 5.3 inches Super AMOLED display. Galaxy S III features little bit smaller 4.8 inches Super AMOLED display. Note beats S III easily with it’s larger display. S III delivers slightly better and vivid display because of dense pixels per inch. Samsung TouchWiz v4.0 UI is used in both these droids. Not much to compare here.
Both these droids come with 1 GB RAM for fast and smooth multitasking. Note comes with 16/32 GB storage model but S III comes with 16/32/64 GB storage models. You can say more storage facility is available with S III. Additionally, Note has micro SD card support up to 32 GB whereas Galaxy S III can house up to 64 GB on board storage which is more than any smartphone till date.
Both these droids feature 8 MP primary camera, 2 MP secondary camera and HD video recording at 1080p. Galaxy S III comes with couple of advanced camera segments. Basically, no difference.
Network & Connectivity
Galaxy S III has LTE support that Note lacks. Otherwise, both can hit up to 21 Mbps HSPA+ speed in 3G network. Other features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, micro USB with MHL link everything is similar.
Galaxy S III comes with 2100 mAh Li-Ion battery whereas Note comes with bigger 2500 mAh Li-Ion battery. But S III has more back up and standby time in comparison to Galaxy Note.
Samsung Galaxy S III is costlier than Galaxy Note. Galaxy S III is yet to ship in market while Galaxy Note is currently available in market. The price of Galaxy Note is Rs. 32,700/- whereas Galaxy S III is going to be priced at Rs. 39,990/-.
I do not see too many that go against Note in comparison to Galaxy S III. Note is cheaper than Galaxy S III as well. Size is the major concern in this comparison. So, if you can somehow manage Note in your pocket or side-bag I would prefer Note over Galaxy S III.