PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of GALAXY Note II vs Nexus 5

Performance

Processing power and speed

Geekbench

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D and GLBenchmark 2.5

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time, Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

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

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Google Nexus 5 

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Benchmarks Real world tests of GALAXY Note II vs Nexus 5

geekbench Processor and memory performance

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

Nexus 5
6,860

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

GALAXY Note II
19.8 fps
Nexus 5
57 fps

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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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 18,000 min More than 3.2x longer standby time
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Much better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 20 Mb/s 5x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
More battery capacity 3,100 mA·h vs 2,300 mA·h Around 35% more battery capacity
Bigger screen 5.5" vs 5" More than 10% bigger screen
Front view of Google Nexus 5

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Significantly better overall performance 2,453 vs 470 Around 5.2x better geekbench score
Significantly better AnTuTu 3D score 6,860 vs 3,901 More than 75% better AnTuTu 3D score
Significantly lighter 130 g vs 182 g Around 30% lighter
Significantly sharper screen 445 ppi vs 267 ppi More than 65% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly faster processor 2.26 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 40% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720 2.2x higher resolution
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards

Reviews Word on the street

GALAXY Note II  vs Nexus 5 

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
8.1
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

9.0
9.0
Album art is displayed beautifully, and there is even something wacky called Music Square, where you touch a part of the square to choose what genre of music you want to listen to.
GALAXY Note II

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

GALAXY Note II  vs
Nexus 5 
Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Size 5.5" 5"
Resolution 1280 x 720 1920 x 1080
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 267 ppi 445 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes No

software

Operating system Android 4.4.2 Android 6.0
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 5 
Weight 182 g 130 g
Thickness 9 mm 8.6 mm
Size 81 x 151 x 9 mm 69.2 x 137.8 x 8.6 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.6 GHz 2.26 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 32 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 4G
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)
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 1,020 min
Standby time 58,752 min 18,000 min
Capacity 3,100 mA·h 2,300 mA·h
Samsung GALAXY Note II
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