Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Two Different Worlds Collide

Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – The best of two different worlds


The interwebs are lined with posts regarding potential iPhone killers. Each time an Android smartphone is released, a new potential iPhone killer comes in view titled “..yet another iPhone killer”. Our point of focus today is slightly different; only slightly. Android phones and iPhones do not quite fall in the same league. Especially if it is an Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 contest. There’s no denying that the rivalry between Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 creates an antidote of one another in more than a few aspects. However, people fancy putting the two heavyweights from two different worlds in the ring to see what a massive showdown it turns out to be. Allow us to then to present Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 before you. Ring the bell!


Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 - Build and Design

Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 isn’t just about heavy versus light.

Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Build and Design

First off, let us get this rant about the “uncomfortably” huge size of the Galaxy Note 2 out of the way. This has been going on since the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note. It is annoying to see commentators and reviewers complain that it wouldn’t fit their pockets or their hands. No doubt, the phone is pretty big at 5.9 inches by 3.2 inches by 0.37 inches and weighing 183 grams. In all honesty, the hands comfortably adjust and the grip on the phone only gets better as one gets into the practice of using it.

Apple iPhone 5 received the orthodox premium treatment from developers. It feels a lot lighter and slimmer. This is attributed to the aluminum back which is also prone to scratches. Galaxy Note 2 may be yet another plastic make by Samsung but it does not feel cheap by any means. Many would think that the iPhone 5 would allow one-handed use with its smaller dimensions and Note 2 wouldn’t. Wrong. Although Note 2 is meant for two-handed use, it allows you to use it with one hand by resizing buttons.


Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 - Display compared

Is it hard to pick the better display in an Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 contest?

Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Display

All that rant about Note 2’s “mammoth” size ends here. This is where the phone benefits largely from the size and makes others look somewhat inferior. A 5.5-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen on the Note 2 does not leave room for the 4-inch display on the iPhone 5 to beat it in terms of size, ofcourse.

Sure, it may become a case of the gorgeous Retina display vs. Super AMOLED for some, but you must realize that the difference between 5.5 inches and 4 inches is not ordinary. Besides, the absence of PenTile matrix on Note 2 means a much better and vivid looking Super AMOLED screen. What’s more, the excellent functionality of the S Pen is too tempting a prospect to miss out on. The response is impeccable because it is a whole lot more pressure sensitive than before. Take your pick on Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2.


Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 contest for keyboard functionality.

Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in terms of keyboard functionality.

Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Keyboard Functionality

We all hate to be tied down, don’t we? Each one of us likes to be able to make choices and restrictions only stand as annoyances in the way. Well, prepare to be tied down if you are not fond of the virtual keyboard that the Apple iPhone 5 sports. Sadly, the variety is none to minimal if you compare this to Note 2.

Note 2 benefits, firstly, from the large screen estate. I hate to bring this up again but the screen size inevitably plays a key part in the decider. Keys will be well spaced out which will provide for an immaculate typing experience. Moreover, you may choose from a range of keyboards in the Google Play Store if the stock keyboard doesn’t fit your needs.


Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 - Peformance matters.

Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Guess who boats more power?

Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Performance

There is no denying that the iPhone 5 is nice and fluid in its performance; something you usually expect from an iPhone. The A6 Dual core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, coupled with 1 GB of RAM, keeps things going at a smooth pace. However, if you try that with 4 or 5 heavy apps running you’ll notice considerable lag as the system just can’t take it.

Note 2 is a complete powerhouse in this regard. The phone is home to a 1.6 GHz Quad core processor which keeps the phone running at the pace of knots. 2 GB of RAM also helps this come to pass. What it really does is that it allows you to open multiple apps and not worry about bogging down the phone’s performance. As a result, Note 2 is an immediate preference when it comes to enjoying multimedia on a smartphone.


Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 - Battery life contest

Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – We Just Found A Lifesaver


Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Battery Life

Samsung Galaxy series has come across as a great series of smartphones in regards to battery life. With the launch of every new Galaxy phone, the battery timing has improved. I was still skeptical of Note 2’s prospects in regards to battery life, considering the amount of power it packs under the hood. However, it pleasantly surprised me with the excellent 3100mAh battery that gets users through a complete day on moderate to heavy use.

Apple iPhone 5 won’t conjure any spells on its battery, though. It is definitely not in the same league as the Note 2 when it comes to battery life. To say the least, you will have to be frugal in how you use the device if you want to get through a full day without charging it. Probably the only good thing about it is the ability to fully charge the phone under an hour. Still, that doesn’t put it ahead of the Note 2.

So, you’ve our Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review, now give us the verdict.

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  • I had the Iphone 5 for 2 months I had to charge it 2 or 3 time a day I gave it to my son and took the note 2 big different I love it battery life much better also I got extra battery and battery charger for less then 40 $ so I never charge my phone anymore just replace battery

  • So, you’d deffinetley advise swapping? Do you use iTunes? As I’d love the note 2 – but I’m worried I won’t be able to somehow sync itunes with it?

  • You can use doubletwist Jack. It syncs iTunes music, Movies and even your audio and video podcast. I own an iPhone 5 and two generations of it before.. Now I own the note 2 never had so much freedom. If you own a Samsung TV you can even stream your phone to it(videos and photos) . How cool is that? And if you jailbreak your iPhone you can root your galaxy note 2 just like jail breaking. You can extend more battery life by doing so. Or you can make it faster more than the original 1.6ghz. I can’t even do that on a jail broken iPhone. The only thing I like on iPhone is the retina display and the rest you can find in android. And yeah some issues on the s pen .

  • If you are charging that often there is something wrong with your phone. I charge every few days.

  • Khaled

    I don’t own an iphone 5 nor a note 2 but my friends do, so of what I saw is that the note has a huge potential when it comes to performance and very good battery but I should say that the iphone is also good but it isn’t as good as the note 2. The only issue is the big screen but the price is very tempting!!! :p

  • Syed Hassan

    You see, it varies. Not everybody feels that the big screen is a ‘big’ issue.
    If you like the phone itself, you might well be able to overlook the size.
    Again, that’s just my viewpoint. You may differ, understandably.

  • Syed Hassan

    The S Pen is a bonus, I’d say. The phone itself is what matters most, if you ask me. And yes, the sort of freedom that SGS 2 provides is generally unparalleled. Too bad the freedom makes iPhone feel even more restrictive actually.

    By the way, have you tried any of that stuff with the Samsung TV yourself yet? It sure does connect you to the entire Sammy world.

  • Syed Hassan

    If syncing with iTunes is your only concern, by all means go for the Note 2. There are a number of desktop software that allow you to sync including Easy Phone Sync. Simply download them to your desktop and job’s done.Note 2 is a beast of a device, but I suppose you have already figured that by now.
    Anything else? 🙂

  • Syed Hassan

    All I will say to that is: Oh lucky you!
    Enjoying the new phone now, aren’t you?

  • Syed Hassan

    Just make sure you fully charge your phone and then let it fully discharge it if you want the battery to last longer.
    I hope that helps.

  • Walter

    Samsung has yet to prove its mettle in creating an good ecosystem for its devices. I look forward to that day when I will be able to use my phone to control my fridge, microwave, dishwasher, lighting and what not. Samsung has so much potential

  • vdua

    apple is apple no comparison

  • I ditched the iPhone for the Note 2. As a business owner who works off of my laptop/cell/tablet, the iPhone is a pinto in a lexus world when it comes to technology. Every point you made is valid and I would never go back to an iPhone. For folks who just LIKE phones and aren’t using them as business tools, maybe an iPhone is your best choice. But if you NEED the best, don’t waste your time or money folks, get the Note 2!

  • Joe Furtado

    says the apple fanboy and doesnt give a real reason…lol…now you know why people even buy an iphone…brainwashed

  • I would like to know if it is true that when view HD video or movie in note 2 were not so clear HD as to Iphone 5?

  • Yea, I bought the note 2 because of the large screen, the pressure sensitive stylus, and the customizability of Android (and USB otg for connecting my phone directly to my DSLR). I’m a designer and professional photographer, and this is one fantastic device for both. Precision drawing on my phone… I used to have to carry a whole laptop and drawing tablet, now I have the one device to rule them all! Hahahaha GULUM gulum… oh excuse me.

  • I have ridiculously good eyesight, and have to say that the colours pop a lot more on the Note 2, much better than the iPhone 5 that my co-workers have, and the pixel density appears about the same (though everyone is hunched over their tiny iPhone screens while I keep mine in my lap and sit upright on the rail). Reds especially are insanely bright. Makes any other screen look drab. If you want the colours to be more like the iPhone, there are different colour presets you can choose from. Part of the battery savings of the AMOLED screen is that black pixels are actually tuned off completely This is true black.

  • Apple just changed their connector that doesn’t work with all the accessories anymore. Ask people who invested in a house full of apples old connector stuff how they feel about apple’s “ecosystem”

  • Pastor Dameian Battle, MBA

    The one suggesting I will make for the Note is a permanent backup
    battery so that when you do swap out batteries the phone doesn’t have to
    restart. This way I can charge a battery or two at home and just swap
    out the battery and never have any down time. Without this option I have
    to either switch the battery and be down a couple of minutes or charge
    it and be stuck to the charger for the next 30 minutes (both suck when
    you want to make a call and move at the sametime.)

  • Kevin Balint

    I got rid of the Note 2 and went back to Apple. I had the Note for 2 months and had to reset it twice. That’s been the issue with android for years, and still is. I also didn’t like the size, it’s to big to carry. The apps are much better for Apple….. I work in a very technical field and the apps for Apple are much better

  • Luigi Elaurterio

    This only becomes an “either or”, “black and white”, horse race when you’re trying to get your reviews noticed online, sell advertising on a review blog site, or you work for Apple of Samsung. Over 200 magazines and blogs are touting they have the answer regarding which is so-called, “better” than the other. In this case neither one is “better” than the other. There is NO winner. They’re two totally different types of devices, and either one may fit a person’s specific life style and needs, only if their life style and needs lines up with the device. I have both phones and I used to write technology reviews. My take – if you want easy simplified use, iPhone wins. If you don’t mind that the phone’s app providers keep and sell your personal data, and that data security is inherently poor on the Android O.S., then the Note 2 wins for you. If you have big hands and figure out how to get used to one hand operation with the Note 2, then it may work for you. If you keep your phone in a pocket of tight fitting, low-cut jeans, the Android will not work well. If you want to connect to a computer and drag and drop music onto your phone and drag photos or docs off the phone, only the Note 2 can do this. If you like working with a stylus most of the time (drawing, selecting, etc.)…you will need to use it most of the time, then the Note 2 may work for you. If you like very simple and reliable use, the iPhone wins easily. If you need a small tablet, because it’s the only online access you have in your home, the Note 2 may be better for you. If you like fast speed wi-fi and connectivity, they both do well. Contrary to what the tech rags say about these two, the battery life is marginal in both. They both need charging each evening, or more than once if you do more than an hour of talk time. i guess we live in a fantasy world and all the poor economy and less jobs thing changed overnight – NOT. No one seems to care that the Note 2 will cost you about twice what an iPhone will cost you. Don’t take my word for these things. Go buy both (return them within 3 days for a full refund) and check out all the items I stated. Neither one is a winner. They both have features that work well when these features align to a specific person’s needs and lifestyle.

  • Andy Wong

    how do you hce numbers on top of your letter keyboard on the note 2