PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of GALAXY Note II vs Nexus 4

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

GLBenchmark 2.5 Battery, Talk time, Standby time 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
Google Nexus 4 

PhoneRocket recommends the Google Nexus 4  based on its graphics and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of GALAXY Note II vs Nexus 4

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Nexus 4
2,556

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Nexus 4
1,794

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

Nexus 4
6,333

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

GALAXY Note II
4.9 fps
Nexus 4
15.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

GALAXY Note II
247 min
Nexus 4
208 min

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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Significantly faster web browser 2,613 vs 1,794 More than 45% better BrowserMark score
Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
Much longer standby time 58,752 min vs 23,328 min More than 2.5x longer standby time
Is 4G Yes vs No Somewhat common; Supports the fastest, most reliable networks
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Significantly more battery capacity 3,100 mA·h vs 2,100 mA·h Around 50% more battery capacity
Bigger screen 5.5" vs 4.7" More than 15% bigger screen
Better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 84 Mb/s Around 20% better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Slightly longer talk time 1,320 min vs 918 min Around 45% longer talk time; go days without charging
Slightly faster processor 1.6 GHz vs 1.5 GHz More than 5% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Back view of Google Nexus 4

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Google Nexus 4

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Significantly faster graphics 15.4 fps vs 4.9 fps Around 3.2x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Better overall performance 1,583 vs 470 More than 3.2x better geekbench score
Significantly lighter 139 g vs 182 g Around 25% lighter
Sharper screen 317 ppi vs 267 ppi Around 20% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images

Reviews Word on the street

GALAXY Note II  vs Nexus 4 

8.0
8.0
Colors are very saturated compared to IPS displays, but many folks enjoy lots of color saturation along with the high contrast and deep blacks of Samsung's Super AMOLED HD displays.
GALAXY Note II

9.0
9.0
Other than those, you get the usual wide viewing angles, extreme contrast, and saturated colors you would with other Super AMOLED displays, making the phone the best handset out there for enjoying video with this screen size.
GALAXY Note II

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

GALAXY Note II  vs
Nexus 4 
Type AMOLED Super IPS LCD2
Size 5.5" 4.7"
Resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 768
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 267 ppi 317 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes No

software

Operating system Android 4.4.2 Android 5.1
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

GALAXY Note II  vs
Nexus 4 
Weight 182 g 139 g
Thickness 9 mm 9.1 mm
Size 81 x 151 x 9 mm 68.7 x 133.9 x 9.1 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.6 GHz 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 16 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 1.9 MP 1.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 3.5G
Networks
LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
Unknown (42.2 Mb/s)
HSPA+ (84 Mb/s)
EV-DO Rev.A
LTE Cat 3 (100/)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 1,320 min 918 min
Standby time 58,752 min 23,328 min
Capacity 3,100 mA·h 2,100 mA·h
Samsung GALAXY Note II
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Google Nexus 4
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