PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of GALAXY Note II vs iPhone 5s

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G), Standby time (3G) and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com and mobiletechreview.com

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Apple iPhone 5s 

PhoneRocket recommends the Apple iPhone 5s  based on its performance and graphics.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of GALAXY Note II vs iPhone 5s

geekbench Processor and memory performance

GALAXY Note II iPhone 5s @ browser.primatelabs.com
Armed with Apple’s new A7 processor, which relies on 64-bit architecture, Apple claims that it doubles the performance of the iPhone 5’s CPU and GPU.
iPhone 5s | by PhoneArena (Sep, 2013)

passmark Processor performance including multiple cores

Right now, the 64-bit processor’s potential can’t be seen or felt, but as developers optimize apps/games to it, we’re most certainly going to visualize the iPhone 5s’ performance superiority.
iPhone 5s | by PhoneArena (Sep, 2013)

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

GALAXY Note II iPhone 5s @ results.rightware.com
The benchmarks on the Galaxy Note II were run in the native browser in Android Jelly Bean - it's blazing fast!
GALAXY Note II | by GSM Arena (Aug, 2012)

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

GALAXY Note II
4.9 fps
iPhone 5s
24.7 fps
GALAXY Note II iPhone 5s @ gfxbench.com
The Cortex-A9 may not be the newest CPU core design, but four of them at 1.6GHz with 2GB of RAM and a beefed up Mali-400 GPU make for the fastest pocketable hardware at the moment - certainly fast enough to run Android Jelly Bean and whatever comes after it.
GALAXY Note II | by GSM Arena (Sep, 2012)

DxOMark photo quality How good is the phone's camera?

Notice that the distance between individual pixels is far closer here, compared to the original note and that also improves the image quality.
GALAXY Note II | by GSM Arena (Sep, 2012)

DxOMark video quality Does it shoot good quality video?

GALAXY Note II iPhone 5s @ dxomark.com

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung GALAXY Note II

Reasons to consider the
Samsung GALAXY Note II

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Has expandable storage SD, SDHC, SDXC vs None Use storage cards to increase your phone's capacity for apps and data
Much more battery capacity 3,100 mA·h vs 1,560 mA·h Around 2x more battery capacity
Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
Supports NFC Yes vs No Somewhat common; Enables payment by phone and other wireless communications
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Noticeably bigger screen 5.5" vs 4" Around 40% bigger screen
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Longer talk time (3G) 960 min vs 600 min 60% longer talk time (3G); go days without charging
Faster processor 1.6 GHz vs 1.3 GHz Around 25% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Higher resolution 1280 x 720 vs 1136 x 640 More than 25% higher resolution
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Apple iPhone 5s

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Much faster graphics 24.7 fps vs 4.9 fps More than 5x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Much better overall performance 2,523 vs 485 Around 5.2x better geekbench score
Significantly faster web browser 3,621 vs 2,613 Around 40% better BrowserMark score
Takes higher quality photos 78 vs 73 More than 5% better DxOMark photo quality score
Much lighter 112 g vs 182 g Around 40% lighter
Sharper screen 325 ppi vs 267 ppi More than 20% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Thinner 7.6 mm vs 9 mm More than 15% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

GALAXY Note II  vs iPhone 5s 

9.0
9.3
The iPhone 5s' IPS-LCD based display continues to produce colors that are incredibly accurate in tone.
iPhone 5s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

GALAXY Note II  vs
iPhone 5s 
Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Size 5.5" 4"
Resolution 1280 x 720 1136 x 640
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 267 ppi 325 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes No

software

Operating system Android 4.4.2 iOS 7
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Apple App Store
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 825,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

GALAXY Note II  vs
iPhone 5s 
Weight 182 g 112 g
Thickness 9 mm 7.6 mm
Size 81 x 151 x 9 mm 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.6 GHz 1.3 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
RAM 2 GB 1 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 16 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 1.9 MP 1.2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
LTE (20 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
EV-DO Rev.A
Unknown (100 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 960 min 600 min
Standby time (3G) 14,976 min 14,976 min
Capacity 3,100 mA·h 1,560 mA·h
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