On October 24th, Samsung will finally debut its 5.5-inch phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, in the United States. The successor to the original Galaxy Note is heading to all five major U.S. carriers this time around and it features some major upgrades over the original including a larger screen, a faster quad-core processor, an improved S-Pen, and a slimmer frame with a larger battery.
When the Galaxy Note 2 is released in the United States, and it looks like October 25th might be the day at least on Sprint, it will be pitted against a number of high-end Android phones, upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices and of course, the iPhone 5, Apple’s new smartphone.
We already took a look at 8 Ways the iPhone 5 Beats the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and now it’s time to take a look at several ways that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is superior to the iPhone 5.
Neither device is perfect and there are definitely areas where the Galaxy Note 2 bests the iPhone 5 and vice-versa. Those that are considering both devices as their next smartphone will want to absorb these differences before deciding on one.
Here are eight ways the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 beats the iPhone 5.
Better Screen for Video
With the iPhone 5, Apple increased the size of the iPhone’s display to 4-inches. And while that’s a significant improvement, the size of the iPhone 5’s display still doesn’t beat watching content like movies, television shows and clips on a screen the size of the Galaxy Note 2’s.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 packs a 5.5-inch HD display that features a 16:9 aspect ratio, same as the iPhone 5. That means that it will support widescreen content, perfect for watching video while on-the-go.
In fact, the Galaxy Note 2’s screen is so big that it can accommodate multiple people watching content at the same time.
The Galaxy Note 2, with its massive display, is also able to display more on-screen content which minimizes the amount of scrolling that you have to do to access the content that you want.
One of the unique features that is coming with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the ability to do some very powerful multitasking. The phone features a mode called split screen multitasking which allows users to run multiple apps at the same time, a feature that is perfect for the Galaxy Note 2′s monstrous HD display.
That means that users can fire up a web browser on one side of the screen while using Facebook or Twitter on the other size. And better yet, the Galaxy Note 2 is able to handle it all beautifully thanks to its 2GB of RAM and quad-core processor.
The iPhone 5 is unfortunately, not able to handle such a task.
In addition, the Galaxy Note 2 employs a feature called Popup Video which allows users to open a video, move it anywhere on the screen, and then open up other applications while the video floats on the screen, playing as usual.
With iOS 6, Apple got rid of Google Maps and replaced it with its own Maps application. The application was widely panned by critics and users alike and Apple has promised to fix things in the days ahead. Unfortunately, for iPhone 5 users, there is currently no standalone Google Maps application.
For Galaxy Note 2 owners, a powerful Google Maps application will be available right out of the box. One that brings a host of features including native public transit directions, bike routes, accurate turn by turn directions, beautiful 3D buildings, Street View and of course, detailed traffic for those rely on the map to commute.
Google is rumored to be working on a standalone Google Maps application for iOS but at this point, it remains unreleased and its features remain unclear.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will come equipped with Near-Field Communication support, a feature widely termed as NFC. NFC will make the Galaxy Note 2 useful in two different arenas: sharing and paying for things.
The Galaxy Note 2 will come with a NFC-supported feature called S-Beam which allows users to simply tap their Galaxy Note 2 devices together to share larger files, S-Notes – notes taken with the Galaxy Note 2’s unique note taking app, and documents.
NFC will also allow users to use their Galaxy Note 2 to pay for items in supported locations using the service Google Wallet. At PayPass locations, you’ll simply be able to hold up your Galaxy Note 2 to a card reader and pay for goods.
As of yet, the NFC support does not come native to the iPhone, including the iPhone 5.
Up to 128 GB of Storage
With Samsung offering the Galaxy Note 2 in three storage sizes, combined with a microSD card slot, the Galaxy Note 2 will offer more storage space than the iPhone 5.
Apple’s iPhone 5 is offered with the same 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models as the Galaxy Note 2 but with microSD card support, the Galaxy Note 2 can be expanded to hold up to 128GB of content.
With app sizes becoming progressively larger and more and more content being made available for mobile, storage space is precious and the Galaxy Note 2 allows owners to really revel in storage luxury.
One of the benefits of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 using Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right off the bat is that the home screen is better than ever. With widgets that automatically re-size themselves, smart built-in widgets for things like Gmal and YouTube, and amazingly useful expanded Notifications. What’s more is that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean makes home screen transitions smoother than ever.
The shear amount of customization that the Galaxy Note 2’s home screen trumps the more static iPhone 5 home screen which allows for little wiggle room as far as customization is concerned.
If you hate the iPhone 5’s virtual keyboard, too bad, you’re going to be stuck with it. That’s because there are no other virtual keyboard options available for the iPhone 5. So if the iOS 6 keyboard is not your cup of tea, you’re out of luck.
With the Galaxy Note 2, you’ll presumably have an assortment of options to choose from on the Google Play Store. Keyboards like SwiftKey 3 are available should the stock keyboard found in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean not be adequate.
Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes armed with an S-Pen that is much improved and features a number of different features that make the Galaxy Note 2 a productivity beast.
Featuring a new ergonomic design, the S-Pen allows Galaxy Note 2 users to draw and write directly on the screen. Sure, there are styli for the iPhone 5 but the iPhone 5 doesn’t feature software that fully harnesses the accessory.
The Galaxy Note 2 features an S-Pen holder where users can store their stylus. Once the stylus is pulled out, it opens up an S Pen menu automatically where users will find all of the useful Galaxy Note 2 S-Pen apps.
The new S-Pen allows you to do familiar things like crop images and text, but it also brings some powerful applications to the table including Air View which allows users to hover over things like calendar, email or images to get a preview without having to open them, Quick Command which allows users to easily activate services using custom S-Pen strokes and Idea Sketch which provides illustrations that match handwritten words.