PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of GALAXY Note 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), Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com, fudzilla.com and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of GALAXY Note vs iPhone 5s

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

GALAXY Note
4,343
iPhone 5s
4,905

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

GALAXY Note
2,053
iPhone 5s
3,621

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

GALAXY Note
4.2 fps
iPhone 5s
24.7 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

GALAXY Note
15.4 fps
iPhone 5s
53 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung GALAXY Note

Reasons to consider the
Samsung GALAXY Note

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Has expandable storage SD, SDHC vs None Use storage cards to increase your phone's capacity for apps and data
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
Much longer standby time (3G) 49,248 min vs 14,976 min More than 3.2x longer standby time (3G)
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Noticeably bigger screen 5.3" vs 4" More than 30% bigger screen
More battery capacity 2,500 mA·h vs 1,560 mA·h More than 60% more battery capacity
Bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 825,000 apps Around 5% more apps; find an app for virtually any task
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Higher resolution 1280 x 800 vs 1136 x 640 More than 40% higher resolution
Back view of Apple iPhone 5s

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Apple iPhone 5s

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Much faster web browser 3,621 vs 2,053 More than 75% better BrowserMark score
Much faster graphics 24.7 fps vs 4.2 fps Around 6x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Significantly better overall performance 2,523 vs 331 More than 7.5x better geekbench score
Much lighter 112 g vs 178 g More than 35% lighter
Much better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 42.2 Mb/s More than 2.2x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Thinner 7.6 mm vs 10 mm Around 25% thinner
Sharper screen 325 ppi vs 284 ppi Around 15% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images

Reviews Word on the street

GALAXY Note  vs iPhone 5s 

7.5
9.3
Without a doubt, it’s a pretty cool and slick feature, especially when the audio also receives the same slow motion treatment as well.
iPhone 5s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

GALAXY Note  vs
iPhone 5s 
Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Size 5.3" 4"
Resolution 1280 x 800 1136 x 640
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 284 ppi 325 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes No

software

Operating system Android 4.0 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 v3.0 Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

GALAXY Note  vs
iPhone 5s 
Weight 178 g 112 g
Thickness 10 mm 7.6 mm
Size 83 x 147 x 10 mm 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.3 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 1 GB 1 GB
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB
Supported card formats
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 1.2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
HSDPA (14.4 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
Unknown (21.1 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 810 min 600 min
Standby time 14,976 min 14,976 min
Standby time (3G) 49,248 min 14,976 min
Capacity 2,500 mA·h 1,560 mA·h
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