The iPhone 5s and the Galaxy Note 3 are among the best smartphones available on any carrier in the U.S. each with distinct advantages. We’re going to look at five ways the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 beats the iPhone 5s, in a quick list that will help prospective buyers pick the best phone to fit their needs.
Side by side the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the iPhone 5s deliver a dramatically different experience if only in size, but there is much more to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 than a large screen. Samsung addressed many issues with earlier Note smartphones to deliver a large, yet usable smartphone that is more than good enough to convince some iPhone users to switch.
The Galaxy Note 3 no longer enjoys the overall benefit of a better Google experience that Android smartphones used to carry as a badge of honor thanks to vastly improved Google apps for iPhone, so Samsung turned to specific features to deliver a better experience than the iPhone 5s for some users.
While the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 enjoys distinct areas of excellence over the iPhone 5s, there are also ways in which the iPhone 5s is a better smartphone, which we will explore in the near future.
There is no one perfect phone for every user, and with that in mind here are five areas the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 outperforms the iPhone 5s, which buyers should be aware of before signing a two-year contract.
Galaxy Note 3 S Pen & Software
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 packs a new and improved S Pen that slides inside the Note for travel. The S Pen is more than just a stylus that allows you to tap on the screen, it can work with specific apps to turn off the touch part of the screen for easier note taking.
When you remove the S Pen, Air Command opens up allowing users to pick between multiple apps that let them search, take a quick note, use the stylus to launch a command and draw a window to launch specific apps.
The iPhone does not include a stylus, and small ones that are available don’t offer the same level of support. Not every user needs this, but business users and contractors we talk to appreciate the ability to jot down notes or draw diagrams easily on the screen while talking on a Bluetooth headset.
Better Battery Life and Expandable Storage
Apple does a decent job of delivering good battery life, but the iPhone can’t complete with a battery that is almost as big as the iPhone. As an added bonus the Galaxy Note 3 allows users to add storage with a Micro SD card.
While using the iPhone 5s heavily I need to charge in the early evening, especially if I am talking on the phone a lot during the day. The Galaxy Note 3 lasts longer and occasionally nears the two-day mark with average use and easily goes through a full day of heavy use without the need for a recharge.
Galaxy Note 3’s Massive HD Display
The Note 3 is more than a big HD display, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a big feature. The Galaxy Note 3 brings a 5.9-inch 1080p display to the party, while the iPhone 5s only offers a 4-inch 1136 x 640 resolution.
Some users love the small display of the iPhone that is easy to use with one hand and allows Apple to keep a smaller overall size.
Other users appreciate the larger full HD display of the Galaxy Note 3 which offers a bigger canvas for reading, watching movies and surfing the web.
Personally the Galaxy Note 3 is better suited for watching TV episodes while at the gym than the iPhone 5s, thanks to the bigger screen. The Note 3 is big enough that it can be a phone and a tablet for some users.
Galaxy Note 3 Multitasking Beats the iPhone 5s
The iPhone 5s offers limited multitasking, but it is essentially for switching apps and allowing some apps to run in the background. This is handy, but as the image below shows it is not the same as using two apps at once on the same screen.
The Galaxy Note 3 allows users to run two apps on-screen at the same time, including two versions of the same app if need be. This allows me to use two Google Hangouts windows at once to chat with multiple coworkers or to use a note taking app and a web browser at the same time.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Camera Features
The iPhone offers a magnificent camera, but if you want to do many functions available on point and shoot cameras you cannot use the built-in camera app that is easy to open when the iPhone is locked.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 includes a full featured camera app that let’s users pick a mode to deliver a better photo based on the situation.
The Galaxy Note 3 camera includes a lot of features including an eraser mode that will remove unwanted people from a photo and many others that we actually use on the Note 3.