PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy S III vs GALAXY Note II

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, mobiletechreview.com and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S III vs GALAXY Note II

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S III
3.8 fps
GALAXY Note II
4.9 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

Galaxy S III
166 min
GALAXY Note II
247 min

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy S III

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S III

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Significantly lighter 133 g vs 182 g More than 25% lighter
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Sharper screen 305 ppi vs 267 ppi Around 15% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Back view of Samsung GALAXY Note II

Reasons to consider the
Samsung GALAXY Note II

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Much longer standby time 58,752 min vs 11,952 min Around 5x 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 cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
More battery capacity 3,100 mA·h vs 2,100 mA·h Around 50% more battery capacity
Bigger screen 5.5" vs 4.8" Around 15% bigger screen
Longer talk time 1,320 min vs 600 min Around 2.2x longer talk time; go days without charging

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S III  vs GALAXY Note II 

8.0
8.0
The 4.8" HD Super AMOLED display would've been really exciting a year or two ago, but these days IPS and advanced LCDs offer sharper text, wider viewing angles and better outdoor visibility.
Galaxy S III

9.3
9.0
When you combine the screen's vividness with the great contrast (black color that is completely black, not just very dark gray, as in LCD displays), multimedia consumption does get much more enjoyable, compared to the LCD experience.
Galaxy S III

9.0
9.0
Google also wanted to get in on the act, enabling you to rent movies at a slightly high price from Play Movies - and the selection isn't brilliant either.
Galaxy S III

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S III  vs
GALAXY Note II 
Type AMOLED AMOLED
Size 4.8" 5.5"
Resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 720
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 305 ppi 267 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.3 Android 4.4.2
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 S III  vs
GALAXY Note II 
Weight 133 g 182 g
Thickness 8.6 mm 9 mm
Size 70.6 x 136.6 x 8.6 mm 81 x 151 x 9 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.6 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Quad core
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
microSD
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 1.9 MP 1.9 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 600 min 1,320 min
Standby time 11,952 min 58,752 min
Capacity 2,100 mA·h 3,100 mA·h
Samsung Galaxy S III
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Samsung GALAXY Note II
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