PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy S4 Active vs GALAXY Note II

Performance

Processing power and speed

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

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from gsmarena.com, phonearena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com and 1 more

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active 

PhoneRocket recommends the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active  based on its performance and graphics.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 Active vs GALAXY Note II

geekbench Processor and memory performance

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4 Active
15.5 fps
GALAXY Note II
4.9 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4 Active
41.4 fps
GALAXY Note II
19.8 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

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Significantly faster graphics 15.5 fps vs 4.9 fps Around 3.2x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Better overall performance 1,954 vs 470 Around 4.2x better geekbench score
Significantly sharper screen 440 ppi vs 267 ppi Around 65% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720 2.2x higher resolution
Lighter 151 g vs 182 g More than 15% lighter
Faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 20% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Slightly longer standby time (3G) 19,152 min vs 14,976 min Around 30% longer standby time (3G)
Back view of 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
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Bigger screen 5.5" vs 5" 10% bigger screen
More battery capacity 3,100 mA·h vs 2,600 mA·h Around 20% more battery capacity

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4 Active  vs GALAXY Note II 

9.5
8.0
Call quality is superb, data speeds over LTE 4G are excellent and the display has those better than life colors that many love.
Galaxy S4 Active

8.5
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

8.0
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
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S4 Active  vs
GALAXY Note II 
Type Super IPS LCD2 AMOLED
Size 5" 5.5"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 267 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.4.2 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 S4 Active  vs
GALAXY Note II 
Weight 151 g 182 g
Thickness 9.1 mm 9 mm
Size 71.3 x 139.7 x 9.1 mm 81 x 151 x 9 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.6 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
RAM 2 GB 2 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 2 MP 1.9 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown 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 (100 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 1,020 min 1,320 min
Talk time (3G) 900 min 960 min
Standby time (3G) 19,152 min 14,976 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h 3,100 mA·h
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
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