Galaxy Note 2 vs. Nexus 4 vs. iPhone 5 Size Comparison

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2, LG Nexus 4 and the iPhone 5 are some of the most popular smartphones available, and between the three consumers can choose between a range of sizes, displays, features and carriers. We have all three of these devices in hand and offer a look at how some of the best smartphones of 2012 compare side-by-side.

From a 4-inch display up to a 5.5-inch display, shoppers can choose a smartphone that fits their needs and their hands, and thanks to smaller bezels and ergonomic design, even the 4.7-inch display on the Nexus 4 is in a device compact enough to use with one hand.

Read on to find out how the Galaxy note 2, LG Nexus 4 and Apple iPhone 5 compare in key areas.

Display Size

One of the biggest, and most noticeable comparisons is the size of the display. Larger displays prove better for watching videos and for multitasking on the Galaxy Note 2, but there’s something to a smaller 4-inch display.

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The Galaxy Note 2’s display dominates, and offers added features.

 Here’s how three of the best smartphone displays compare.
  • Galaxy Note 2 – 5.5-inch, 1280 x 720, 265 ppi
  • LG Nexus 4 – 4.7-inch, 1280 x 768, 320 ppi
  • iPhone 5 – 4-inch, 1136 x 640, 326 ppi

In terms of display quality these smartphones offer a very good display quality. The Galaxy Note 2 allows users to open multiple apps at once, and pop up a browser or video player to allow owners to work and play. The LG Nexus 4 and iPhone 5 do not offer similar multi-tasking abilities.

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The S Pen works with special Samsung apps.

Another added feature for the Galaxy Note 2 is the S Pen, a small stylus housed in the bottom of the phone that allows users to control the phone and take notes with a pressure sensitive tip. This is no ordinary stylus, like users can buy for the Nexus 4 or the iPhone 5, it communicates with the Note 2. This allows for hover controls and other features, shown in the video below.

Design and Size

It’s no surprise that the Galaxy Note 2 is larger than the other smartphones in this roundup, but the size of the iPhone 5 and Nexus 4 may surprise some users. Despite the larger display on the Nexus 4, it’s are very close in size to the iPhone 5.

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Three sizes, three distinct looks.

The glass back of the Nexus 4 is known to crack under stress, and the iPhone 5’s back scratches without a case for some users. The plastic back on the Note 2 seems more durable, and is easy to replace.


The three phones measure as follows.

  • Galaxy Note 2 – 5.94 x 3.17 x 0.37 inches (6.42 ounces)
  • LG Nexus 4 – 5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 inches (4.9 ounces)
  • iPhone 5 – 4.87 x 2.31 0.30 inches (3.95 ounces)

The iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest phone, but the difference in thickness is negligible. The difference in weight is not noticeable between the iPhone 5 and the Nexus 4. The Note 2 is heavier, but not so much that it inhibits use.

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The difference in thickness is minor.

Users may want to go to a store to hold the Galaxy Note 2 in hand before ordering as it is taller and wider than most smartphones. One handed operation is not impossible for most users, but some tasks are easier with two hands, especially for users with smaller hands.

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The Note 2 allows access to a MicroSD card slot and the battery.

The LG Nexus 4 and Apple iPhone 5 designs focus on a great build quality at the cost of storage and battery access. The Galaxy Note 2 is the only phone in this roundup that allows users to remove the back to add a MicroSD card and a replacement battery. The iPhone 5 and Nexus 4 both feel more solid than the Note 2, but the Note 2 features less of the plasticky feel than the Galaxy S III.

Users looking for the best smartphone in 2012 should consider the LG Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the iPhone 5. In addition to offering a range of sizes and features, these phones are available for several carriers. The iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note 2 are available on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, and the Neuxs 4 is available on AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as a number of pre-paid carriers that use those networks.

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