Samsung Galaxy Note vs. Samsung Galaxy S2. The Ultimate Comparison Guide!

As we all aware, Samsung has delivered some of the world most incredibly Android devices these day, pushing its Galaxy brand into one of the world most prestigious smart phones player in the tech industry. So in that case how would the devices made by the giant compare to each other? Today let us dig into the deep detail comparison between the Samsung newly launched’s Samsung Galaxy Note and the Samsung Galaxy S II which has helped Samsung to secure its position as one of the world best smartphone maker. (beating Apple from its own games). Can the new Galaxy Note excel far better than its predecessor Galaxy S2? You are about to find out after this line.

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A Bit of History on Samsung Galaxy Note & Galaxy S II

Samsung Galaxy Note was officially announced during the IFA event that was held in Germany back in September 2, 2011 and its start to roll out in the market in November 2011.

Samsung Galaxy S2 or commonly known as SG2 on the other hand was announced by Samsung during the Mobile World Congress held in Spain back in February, 2011. It began to penetrate the worldwide market since May, 2011.

Without further delay, let dive deep into the detail…

1. Design & Dimension

Galaxy Note: 146.9 x 83.0 x 9.7mm, 178 g  (6.28 oz)
Galaxy S2: 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5mm, 116 g  (4.09 oz)

Galaxy Note vs Galaxy S2 Dimension Comparison

With a larger screen of 5.3 inch for Samsung Galaxy Note, it is expected that the Galaxy Note will come with a bigger form factor compare to SG2. Ideally it is the first device from Samsung that served as a multipurpose gadget – smartphone, tablet, notepad, planner and game. It has been publicly known that, Galaxy Note is part of Samsung’s strategy that aim to bridge the niche market between their smaller form factor smartphone e.g Samsung Galaxy S II (4.3 inch) and the bigger size Galaxy Tab (7 inch).

The Samsung Galaxy Note is measured at 146.9mm height, 83.0 width and 9.7mm thickness. Whereas Galaxy S II is measured at 125.3 mm height, 66.1mm width and 8.5mm thickness. In term of weight, Galaxy Note weighted at 178 grams, 62 grams more than Galaxy S II which weighted at 116 grams only.

In general, Galaxy S II is relatively smaller, thinner and even lighter when compare to Galaxy Note.

2. Processor

Galaxy Note: Dual-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex A9 CPU Samsung Exynos 4210, quad-core Mali-400MP GPU
Galaxy S2: Dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A9 CPU Samsung Exynos 4210, quad-core Mali-400MP GPU

Galaxy Note vs Galaxy S2 Processor Comparison

Both the Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2 are running on the same processor dual core ARM Cortex A9 with Samsung Exynos 4210. But somehow Samsung clocked Samsung Galaxy Note at a higher clock speed of 1.4 GHz while Galaxy S2 at a lower 1.2GHz (200MHz less). While on the GPU side, both the devices are using the Mali 400 MP GPU.

In the ideal cases, if you manage to overclock your Galaxy S2 to the max speed of 1.4GHz you will get the same speed performance as Galaxy Note.

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Point to Take Note on Samsung Galaxy Note

It has been spotted that the Galaxy Note does come with few edition. Please be aware that, N7003 is an inferior version of Galaxy Note (N7000).

  • GT-N7000 – The original version, with a dual-core 1.4GHz Cortex A9 processor & ARM Mali-400 MP GPU
  • GT-N7003 – A lower-powered and cheaper version, with a single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8255T processor and Adreno 205 GPU
  • LTE version - Come with higher-speed communications ability, initially available only in South Korea

Source Wikipedia

3. Display

Galaxy Note: 5.3-inch, 1280 x 800px, 285ppi, Super AMOLED HD, Gorilla Glass
Galaxy S2: 4.27-inch, 800 x 480px, 218ppi, Super AMOLED Plus, Gorilla Glass

Galaxy Note vs Galaxy S2 Display Comparison

For the display, both the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2 are come with Samsung’s leading Super AMOLED technology. The display technology behind 5.3 inches Galaxy Note is actully Super AMOLED HD, while for the Galaxy S2 is Super AMOLED PLus. In term of screen resolution, Samsung has managed to push the Galaxy Note’s Super AMOLED HD to the maximum of 1280 x 800 pixels (~285 ppi) compared to Galaxy S2′s Super AMOLED Plus at 800 x 480 pixels and ~217 ppi pixel density.

Both the phones also come with CorningWare’s super resistance proof glass – Gorilla glass display and various sensor technologies like accelerometer for auto rotate, proximity sensor and gyroscope.

We have compiled the info of Samsung’s AMOLED technology as below:

Understanding Super AMOLED

What is Super AMOLED?
Super Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode or Super AMOLED is a display technology (variant from AMOLED) mainly for use in mobile devices such as mobile phones. One of the main differences from other display technologies is that the layer that detects touch is integrated into the screen rather than being overlaid on top.

  • Super AMOLED is the original display which added an integrated touch-layer to the classic AMOLED display. This results in a thinner display that behaves much better under sunlight. Super AMOLED uses PenTile technology
  • Super AMOLED Plus, first introduced with the Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Droid Charge smartphones, is a further development where the PenTile RGBG pixel matrix (2 subpixels) is replaced with Samsung’s “Real Stripe” (3 subpixels) RGB RGB subpixel arrangement. Which goes from eight to twelve subpixels per group, resulting in finer details. The screen technology is also brighter, thinner and 18% more energy efficient.
  • HD Super AMOLED is a new Super AMOLED type display from Samsung (they sometimes refer to Super AMOLED HD) . The first device to use an HD Super AMOLED is the Galaxy Note: an Android v2.3 phone with a 5.3″ 1280×800 display. The phone (and the display) was announced in September 2011. The second HD Super AMOLED device is Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus phone – with a 4.65″ display featuring 1280×720 resolution. The higher resolution and dpi were made possible due to a move from the Fine-Metal-Mask (FMM) to Laser-Induced-Thermal-Imaging (LITI) process . However, the move to LITI required a change back to Pentile RGBG subpixels.
  • HD Super Amoled Plus the superior version of Super AMOLED display that Samsung claimed to be using the “Real Stripe” RGB subpixels along with the LITI technology.  Source Wikipedia

4. Memory

Galaxy Note: 16/32GB + microSD
Galaxy S2: 16/32GB + microSD

Both the Samsung Note and Samsung Galaxy S II do come with 1 GB of RAM (depending on region, some region come with 2GB) and two version of 16 GB and 32 GB for its internal storage capacity. And there will be additional microSD card slot in the phone where you can have up to 32 GB of additional storage

5. Battery Life

Galaxy Note: 2500mAh Li-ion
Galaxy S2: 1650mAh Li-ion

In term of the battery performance, Samsung Galaxy S II is come with a Li-ion powered 1650 mAh battery which provides 610 hours of battery backup during 3G standby and a talk time of up to 9 hours in 3G mode. While the Galaxy Note does come with a larger screen (approximately 24.1% larger screen size than Galaxy S2) and powered with Li-ion 2500 mAh battery (51.2% more battery life than Samsung Galaxy S2).

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Some reviewer claimed that, with the increase in the screen size (24.1% larger than SG2) for the Galaxy Note and higher processor clock speed (200MHz or 16.7% more than Samsung Galaxy S2) the battery life for Note will last almost the same as Samsung Galaxy S2. Or in other word, the higher battery life in Galaxy Note is offset by the increase in its screen size and processing power.

But we do have a different opinion on this matter. With the current battery life of 2500mAh in Galaxy Note (51.2% more than SG2) on 24.1% larger screen of 5.3-inch and 16.7% more clocked speed than SG2. Simple math of adding both factor together 24.1%+16.7%, that would have come close to 40%, meaning we can expect to get an additional of 10% more battery life in Galaxy Note if you adding in both the factor.

*Notes: The above statement might not reflect the true working operation of the Galaxy Note as other factor might contribute to the battery loses as well.

6. Software / OS

Galaxy NoteAndroid 2.3.5 Gingerbread + TouchWiz 4.0
Galaxy S2Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread + TouchWiz 4.0

Both the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2 are still powered by Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread,. Although with the recent announcement of the availability of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2 will only get its update early next year. So guys it will not be long before the update be available to both the Samsung Galaxy model. (On Nov 1, Android Authority has claimed that Samsung already confirmed both model Galaxy Note and Galaxy s2 will be getting the ICS update)

Currently both the Galaxy models are equipped with the TouchWiz 4.0 user interface from Samsung – an improvement version of TouchWiz 3.0.

7. Camera

Galaxy Note: 8MP rear, 2MP front, 1080p video
Galaxy S2: 8MP rear, 2MP front, 1080p video

Galaxy Note vs Galaxy S2 Camera Comparison

When it comes to camera however, both the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II are come with the camera of same spec – 8 mega pixel rear side camera and 2 mega pixel front facing camera from Samsung. It is capable of recording HD videos at 1080p at 30 fps. While the rest of the camera specifications are identical, both have LED flash, autofocus and features geo tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilization.

Samsung Galaxy Note vs. Samsung Galaxy S II Detail Specification Comparison

Galaxy Note vs Galaxy S2 Spec Comparison

Pros of Samsung Galaxy Note Compare to Samsung Galaxy S II

  • Bigger screen size of 5.3-inch meaning you will have a larger viewing area compare to 4.3-inch Samsung Galaxy S2.
  • Higher clock speed processor of dual-core 1.4GHz compare to 1.2GHz in Samsung Galaxy S2.
  • Come with Stalus S Pen that enable you to perform more function compare to the existing SG2.
  • Packed with 50% more battery life (2500 mAh) compare to 1650mAh in Galaxy II.
  • Galaxy Note manage to combine the best feature from both the smartphone and tablet, turning it into a smart devices that possess both the characteristic.

Cons of Samsung Galaxy Note Compare to Samsung Galaxy S II

  • The critic claimed that with a form factor of 5.3 inch, Galaxy Note is too big to be a true mobile phone.
  • Hard to use it with a single-handed especially when typing a message.
  • Difficult to store it in a small pocket.
  • Higher price (30% more) compare to Samsung Galaxy S2.
  • More heavy compare to Samsung Galaxy S2.
  • Some perceived that Galaxy Note has awkward apperance againt the face.

So Which Phone is Better? Samsung Galaxy Note or Samsung Galaxy S2?

If you could see from all the above comparison, clearly Samsung Galaxy Note introduces lot new features that Samsung Galaxy S2 lack of. One of the most notable one is the reintroduction of the post Palm era’s stylus – S Pen. Which it outshine the existing stylus and it can perform lot more things than what previous version of stylus capable of. Whereas you will for sure get more juice out of Galaxy Note as it is packed with more clocked speed processor – dual-core 1.4GHz and larger screen size of 5.3-inch. And of course that will cost you more. Ideally Galaxy Note will be great for those who is looking for a sophisticated device somewhere around the size between normal smartphone and tablet.

But if you just thinking of getting an smartphone size device and are particular with holding a larger phone when you talk then Samsung Galaxy S2 should be a good alternative. In addition, Samsung Galaxy S2 will cost you less (30% less) compare to Galaxy Note.

So guys the choice is your, it depend very much on what you need the smartphone for. Let us know if you have any feedback or input in the comment box below. Thanks…

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52 Responses to “Samsung Galaxy Note vs. Samsung Galaxy S2. The Ultimate Comparison Guide!”

  1. December 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    i love Samsung Galaxy Note..

    • Mike
      December 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

      Hi Mytird,

      Thanks for your visit. So far how your experience with it? Could you share with us what the thing you like and dislike in the Galaxy Note.

      All our reader will be very excited with your personal hand-on experience with Galaxy Note.

      Thanks
      Regards,
      Mike

    • Feras
      January 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

      Hi, I own Samsung SII and the more screen size to 5.3″ in Note is not matching my requirement, I hope Samsung will make Note Mini !! with the same battery life 2500mAh.
      My question is can we use the higher battery of Samsung Note 2500mAh on the Galaxy SII ? to get more battery life?

      • Mike
        January 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

        Hi Feras,

        Yes, you can have a higher mAh battery to be installed in the SG2, in fact there are few brands in the market that has already offered a higher capacity battery for I9100. e.g.

        GTMax at 3500mAh

        ChiChiTec at 2000mAh

        But please be reminded that a higher capacity battery will mean a bigger battery for your phone and you might have problem to fit in the original casing/ cover if the extended battery is installed.

        Regards,
        Mike

  2. December 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    Hi guys,

    I have a unique question. I hope someone will answer this one.

    Is the S-Pen or stylus of Galaxy Note can also be use in Galaxy S2?
    Does it work smoothly?

    • Mike
      December 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

      Hi AyanFin,

      So far we have yet to try the Stylus S-Pen on Galaxy S2. You just give us an idea to try that out in the nearby shop.

      We will be posting our finding soon.

      Thanks for your visit.
      Regards,
      Mike

  3. Sarah
    December 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    which one that u will buy between sII and note? i’m looking for new for…help me pls…:)

    • Mike
      December 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

      Hi Sarah,

      We will go for Samsung Galaxy Note as it offer more powerful hardware and a larger screen compare to Galaxy S2. As for us, normally we use the phone for gaming, browsing and typing so a larger but not too large screen will be a preferable choice.

      But again it very much depend on what you will be using the phone for. If you don’t mind with the larger screen Galaxy Note then it will be a great choice.

      It will be great if you could visit some of the stores and get your hand on it to see which one you prefer, then only make your decision.

      Anyway, just our two cents!!!

      Thanks for your visit btw.
      Regards,
      Mike

  4. archie
    December 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Hi Mike,

    I’d like to buy one, but still confuse between Galaxy SII HD LTE or Galaxy Note.
    Can you tell me, which one is better?

    Thanks

    • Mike
      December 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

      Hi archie,

      Hmm… for us Galaxy SII HD LTE we will be choice since we always looking for Android phone offer the best spec in term of performance – processor.

      The bigger screen size is something that we willing to sacrifice compare to the speedy performance processor e.g we will opt for Intel i7 instead of i3 or i5.

      But again archie, the choice is very much depend on what you will be using the phone for. You daily need is the most important thing you need to consider.

      Btw thanks for your visit.
      Regards,
      Mike

  5. nitin
    December 17, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    hey mike!
    I bought galaxy note and its so very awesome I just love it!!

    • Mike
      December 17, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

      Hi nitin,

      That is a great news. Congrat man…. We feel happy for you…-:)

      Regards,
      Mike

  6. junior
    December 19, 2011 at 5:50 am #

    Mike if i am looking for a great video capabilities phone combo, should I go for the galaxy note or should I wait for the release of samsung galaxy s3 with 1080p/ 60 fps instead of 30.

    • Mike
      December 20, 2011 at 9:39 am #

      Hi junior,

      We would say that Galaxy S3 will definately offer you a better video quality.

      But that all depend on how critical you need the phone now. Whether you can wait for the Samsung’s next release or get currently available Galaxy Notes.

      Thanks for your visit btw.
      Regards,
      Mike

  7. December 22, 2011 at 3:41 am #

    Hi mike.I am from INDIA.I also brought SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE.Really this phone is awesome!!!!!Really i am unable to sleep.Lolz!!!!!Also it is easily fitting in my pocket.Also battery backup is good if normal usage then 1.5-2 days.But if alot high-end gaming,listening songs,multimedia features,5-10 calls,More usage of wifi,gps,bluetooth etc.Then it gives only 7-8 hours of battery backup.But now 4600 mah battery is released for note.So dont worry.And also i think that 2500 mah is enough for me.But i suggested 4600 mah battery for people who are complaining about battery backup.Camera is great.All pictures are clear,sharp,bright and good.LED flash also helps a lot in night for vivid,clear and sharp photos even in full darkness or at night.Also gaming experience is awesome.Its lke portable gaming player.Asphalt 6,Brotheths in Arms Hd 2,ShadowGun,Gta 3-10 year anniversary edition,etc are running lagfree,smoothly and great.Graphics are great.Also now GALAXY NOTE supports CHAINFIRE3D.Also stylus has made a great feature in GALAXY NOTE.I RATE THIS PHABLET 10/10 in every aspects.Also many users are complaining about lagging while scrolling,but its not true and if there are minor lags then they will soon get cleared,fixed and dissappered afte stable ICS update.PDF files are also very clearly read.Browsing experience is awesome in 1280*800 resolution.Videos in hd are really impressive and awesome.I rate these product 10/10 just not because i own it.But as a gadget its good,better for everyone.As it is said PHONE?TABLET?Feel free is GALAXY NOTE.LOVE GALAXY NOTE,LOVE SAMSUNG.
    My all phones/tablets:Samsung Galaxy Note,Samsung Galaxy Fit,Nokia E7.
    Also your site is nice.And your reviews and comparision are great!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)
    Merry christmas and happy new year.

    • Mike
      December 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

      Hi Abhishek,

      Thanks for the great feedback. Your input really help us and our readers a lot to gauge the performance of Galaxy Notes. That help us to clear some of the mixed feedback we get for the Galaxy Notes so far.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too-:)

      Again we really appreciate for all your inputs.
      Regards,
      Mike

  8. iRish
    December 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    Hi Mike. I’m from Asia. I also interested to this NOTES. really want it one. And Really hope someone to buy for me for New year present. Weeeee \O/ ~~

    • Mike
      December 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

      Hi iRish,

      Yep it is a nice phone. Who know maybe you get lucky next year…

      Anyway thanks for your visit and Happy New Year 2012-:)

      Regards,
      Mike

  9. Rannvijay
    January 3, 2012 at 1:04 am #

    Hey Mike!
    I’m thinking to buy Note or S2, not really decided yet! But the thing is in india they are costly!
    So what you prefer? Should i buy it from Bangkok?? Dubai??
    It will be very helpfull if you describe the prices too!

    • Mike
      January 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

      Hi Rannvijay,

      Think if we yet to get our hand on the Samsung Galaxy S2 we might consider getting the Galaxy Note. But again Galaxy Note is around ~USD175 more costly than the Galaxy S2, so if you just need a powerful phone that enough to get your task done then Samsung Galaxy S2 will be a good option.

      You can buy it from other country but the main concern would be the warranty in case you having any problem with your phone. But if that is not your big concern then getting SG2 or Note from other country perhaps is a great choice to get a cheaper unit.

      Currently in Malaysia market both the unit are selling at USD715 for Galaxy Note and USD540 for Galaxy S2. We are not sure about other country like Bangkok and Dubai, but we think it will be approximately the same.

      Thanks for your visit and wish you have a wonderful year ahead-:)
      Regards,
      Mike

  10. Ankit
    January 5, 2012 at 5:26 am #

    I think those who have any doubt before purchasing galaxy note..they should go through these links I am giving below-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOLisyA2VXc&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQkw9JM5_p4&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc0BPRa7Jy8&feature=related

    • Mike
      January 6, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      Hi Ankit,

      Thanks for the info. All our readers will be greatly benefited from the details YouTube reviews.

      Regards,
      Mike

  11. Balu
    January 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    Thanks mike after i read ur feedback on this galaxy note…am planning to buy one. my only consern was abt the battery life. need to check wether its been upgraded to 4600 mah battery, if yes am buying one today.thank you.

    • Mike
      January 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

      Hi Balu,

      Officially Samsung only issuing the 2500mAh battery for the unit. While you could purchase additional extended battery which sold by other vendor like Mugen Power at 4500mAh or more.

      Again the battery life very much depend on what you the phone for. Undoubtedly constant gaming, long hours of browsing through 3G and etc might eat up the battery life much more faster than just an average usage.

      Thanks for your visit btw.
      Regards,
      Mike

  12. Jahan
    January 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    I totally agree wit all ur points… I kno that they both are almost identical(except for the size) but the feel of the note is very dfficult to handle wen compared to the S2(which isnt too small either). My only prob is that Note is 4G whle the S2 is not… plus the note has GLONAS and also a barometer. So i guess the Note is a better buy… but im still going for the S2.

    • Mike
      January 15, 2012 at 3:45 am #

      Hi Jahan,

      Thanks for the valuable input between Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note.

      Regards,
      Mike

  13. Rana
    January 18, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    Hey! Mike
    I’m currently using Nokia N900 & Samsung Omnia 2.

    & now i want 2 chenge my omnia2.

    So can u please help me to choose a s2 or note?

    My requered is ,

    1) Super AMOLED display
    2) High Speed internet
    3) Good Battery Life in music & gaming
    over all a perfect out standing phone.

  14. Varma
    January 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Hey Mike,
    Will galaxy note support graphics greater than s2 in gaming, what phone should I prefer…

    Im currently using galaxy tab 7 p1000 (running ginger bread update) will there be an update for the tab

    Thanks in Advance

  15. gadget lover
    January 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    Hey mike,
    your comments are valuable..according to you both are more or less same features except few things like display size and s-pen..

    Then why galaxy note doesnt come till now in top-10 smart phones??? S2 is the top phone for the past 6 months

    • Mike
      January 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

      Hi gadget lover,

      Based on our opinion when the time Samsung Galaxy S2 was released in the market there are no other competitor even iPhone

      1. Some might have thought that the 5.3″ Galaxy Note is too big to be a normal phone especially girls and some even complaint that it can’t even fit into their palm.

      2. Most of the people like us already owned Galaxy S2 and we are thinking to get an even powerful phone like Galaxy S3 instead of Note.

      3. The price. If you compare the Galaxy S2 and Notes, you need to pay additional USD100+ more to get the Galaxy Notes.

      These are some of the factors that we think why Galaxy Note failed to make itself into the Top 10 Smartphone List.

      Regards,
      Mike

  16. Bob
    January 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    I own a SGS2.. but i like the extra features on Galaxy Note.. both are awsome anyway!!

    • Mike
      January 31, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

      Hi Bob,

      Yeah… both are great one from Samsung!!!

      Thanks for the visit btw.
      Regards,
      Miki

  17. February 1, 2012 at 3:28 am #

    I m using S2 and willing to exchange it with S Note..will this be a smart move ? Will i get something amazing that i ve been missing in S2

    • Mike
      February 3, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

      Hi guru,

      It will definitely be a good option if you like the Note’s feature – extra Stylus S Pen, bigger screen, longer battery life, perfect for gaming.

      In actual fact Galaxy Note does has the specification that Galaxy S2 lack of. And if you like Galaxy S2, you will for sure fall in love with Galaxy Note too.

      Regards,
      Mike

  18. Kishan
    February 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Dear Mike,
    Trust me this is the most comprehensive and the most looked for comparison that people around the world are looking for when it comes to smartphones. Thanks for that.

    My dilemma is here. For me SG2 seems apt especially in size. So I had almost finalized the deal. Unfortunately I learnt that samsung are pushing an inferior model of SG2 (i9100g) in India in which they have replaced Exynos with a Texas Instrument Processor. I have seen some reviews on internet about the i9100g model. Seems OK.

    But what is stopping me from buying the Sg2 i9100g version is essentially 2 things
    1) Samsung’s hush hush about i9100g
    2) Selling i9100g in Select Markets (read asian markets)

    What do you suggest?
    1) Ignore the size and go for Galaxy Note – (I am ok with the price)
    2) Go for i9100g
    3) Search for a Andriod Device other than Samsung (my trust in them actually reduced after this) – what are the choices I have?

    - Kishan

    • Mike
      February 7, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

      Hi Kishan,

      Thanks for the compliment. Yeah we not really agree with the way Samsung quietly replacing the i9100 with i9100G without any formal announcement. They should have make it clear to all the buyer.

      But in term of functionality for i9100G I have not seen any performance different when compare to the i9100. The camera hang issue reported by some of the users could possibly be solved by flashing in a different firmware that has been highlighted by one of our reader.

      So if the price is ok for you, think that Galaxy Note would be a good alternative and I would have get myself the Galaxy Note if I haven’t purchased the i9100.

      Other Android phone? Maybe HTC Sensation XE could suit your taste if you like a powerful processor that it offer but so far I haven’t tested the unit yet.

      Thanks for the visit btw.
      Regards,
      Mike

  19. Siya
    February 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    hi m planning to buy either SG2 or note …

    i heard that SG2 .. piece gets warm wen used fr 1 hour continuous on call .. or if its brightness is kept on maximum .. its battery gets down .. is that true ??

    n i wanna ask that .. samsung had announced dat in the first quarter of 2012 .. they will introduce ICE CREAM SANDWICH .. Android 4 …. n will introduce in SG2 n GALAXY NOTE… .. so the upgrade from ginger bread to ice cream sandwich is possible after i buy ?

    n how to identify before buying that its SG N7000 and not N7003(the inferior one) .. like will it be written on the box .. i jst want to be sure that m buying the right one

    • Mike
      February 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

      Hi Siya,

      Sorry for the late reply, been busy with a new project lately.

      Yes, in fact that is the true case and that does not happen to Samsung Galaxy S2 only have heard that iPhone 4S reported the same issue.

      Yes, as soon as Samsung announce the ICS availability you would be able to upgrade it on you SG2 or Note. And currently Samsung has come out with a newer version of ICS beta version for SG2 almost every month.

      The most straight forward way will be to verify on the phone configuration of the unit itself. You could access it through Setting -> About Phone -> Model Number.

      Regards,
      Mike

  20. feyce
    April 23, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Hi Mike,

    I’m from Hungary. I just read this article, because right now I own a Galaxy S II, I love it, I think it’s the best choice in this size of phone, and I mean it. A light, thin, and totally portable media-beast.

    Lately I started to think about changing it to a NOTE, because I really like the bigger screen, and i think that’s the biggest mobile device that would meet my requirements.
    As I see everything is better in Note, than on S II. I only fear the bigger weight (+62g)… Because the S II is so light i couldn’t imagine when I bought O_o

    I use to have it in my training pants, and sometimes I also forget that I put it there! So this way I love it.

    So what is yout opinion about this? I mean, is the +62g a big difference, downside fore the Note? I had a Sony PSP Slim, and I really hated its wieght in my pocket (~190g), and the Note is almost there…

    Regards,
    feyce

  21. feyce
    April 23, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    Oh and one more thing. What about the s-pen? Do you think it will get loose in it’s place later on? I don’t want to lose the pen.
    Or is there any longterm solution for this?
    Thanks!

    • laurents
      April 28, 2012 at 1:59 am #

      Hi im from Indonesia
      if your s-pen lost you just can buy the new 1 i read from quick guide galaxy note you can buy s-pen in nearby samsung center
      (sorry cant speak english well)

    • Mike
      April 28, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

      Hi feyce,

      Hmm.. in term of the weight, it is much up to personal preferences whether an additional 62g is really a big thing for you. The easiest way is to feel it with your own hand cause the most important thing of buying a smartphone is the user experience – whether you like the big screen and performance that it offer vs offsetting the cons of its little weight. How you feel when you hold it in your hand or having it in your pant.

      About the S-Pen, whether the holder will get loose or not that very much depend on how often/ regularly you use it as we believe that all things are subjected to wear and tear.

      Long term solution? Might be getting a S-Pen holder that can hold the S-Pen externally instead of putting it in your phone – but of course it will not be that handy.

      Regards,
      Mike

  22. stark
    May 6, 2012 at 2:48 am #

    i think S2 is better than Note if you look over the stylus thing. as a gamer i compared the resolutions and speeds between the two phones (i used asphalt 6), and we all agreed the S2 topped there. In the UK they have now distributed android 4.0.3 which now gives S2 the edge over Note. If we include the stylus and other new features that come out on the Note, the Note is preety good i’ve seen it myself, but not meaning to offend anyone the Note is more for the middleaged and business people unlike the S2 thats more teenagers and gamers. Also the Note really takes from Nokia and Blackberry its not really the Samsung we grew up with. So generally i’d go with S2 if you live a fast life, but if you are the gentleman sort who wears suits a lot, Note is for you. P.S whichever phone you prefer i’d suggest you wait before buying it because the S3 is out this month.

    Mike this is a great comparison and site you’ve got here keep it up

  23. bob
    May 7, 2012 at 2:06 am #

    Nice review. I currently have the tmobile version of the galaxy s2 which has a 4.52 inch display but am selling it for the note will let ou know how the transition works out!

  24. Peter
    May 13, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    I just sold the Note and got S2. I love Galaxy Note but it was too big for me – not comfortable to carry around, especially while getting in/out of car etc. Gonna miss the amazing screen, but i really need my phone to be a bit smaller so it’ll fit comfortably in my pocket.

  25. neely
    July 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    hey !!!!! i’ve heard alot about NOTE’S black clipping problem which is i guess is not found in s2…. n i guess its a pretty big issue !!!!!i m really confused than deciding as i really wanted to buy NOTE cause its really cool… any suggestions?

  26. Avraj
    July 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    help me need to buy galaxy s2 or note so confused to buy one of them so which phone is better?

    • Mike
      July 11, 2012 at 12:31 am #

      Hi Avraj,

      Between S2 and Galaxy Note, I will go for Note definitely. But if you adding in the S3 into the option then it would be a better choice I think. Cause none of the S2 or Note could match the power of quad-core processor it come with.

      Hope that answer your question.

      Regards,
      Mike

  27. Mr. Leung
    July 12, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    The GNote runs slower when compared with S2 although it’s clock speed is 200MHZ more.
    Really, I have both of them and the GNote runs not rapidly like S2!
    I love S2!

  28. nor88
    August 1, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    Hi…planning want to buy Galaxy note…but my friend prefer SG2.so I start confused..but this website give many information and also the testimonials.now I’m confident with my choice.sure GALAXY NOTE!heeeeeeeeee……

  29. pankaj
    January 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Hey mike u r a gr8 prsn that u help us…..n my question is that what are main differences between s2and note that really effect my choice to buy s2…plz help me???

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