PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of S4 vs GALAXY Note II

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu 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) and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, gsmarena.com, pocket-lint.com and 3 more

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Samsung Galaxy S4 

PhoneRocket recommends the Samsung Galaxy S4  based on its performance, graphics, battery life and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 vs GALAXY Note II

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

AnTuTu Memory, processor, graphics and storage performance

Galaxy S4
24,894

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4
17.2 fps
GALAXY Note II
4.9 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4
41.3 fps
GALAXY Note II
19.8 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy S4

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S4

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Significantly faster graphics 17.2 fps vs 4.9 fps More than 3.5x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Better AnTuTu score 24,894 vs 17,531 More than 40% better AnTuTu score
Takes significantly higher quality photos 79 vs 73 Around 10% better DxOMark photo quality score
Significantly lighter 130 g vs 182 g Around 30% lighter
Significantly sharper screen 440 ppi vs 267 ppi Around 65% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Store significantly more stuff 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720 2.2x higher resolution
Higher resolution front camera 13 MP vs 8 MP Around 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 20% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Longer standby time (3G) 22,176 min vs 14,976 min Around 50% longer standby time (3G)
Thinner 7.9 mm vs 9 mm More than 10% thinner
Back view of Samsung GALAXY Note II

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Takes significantly higher quality video 71 vs 68 Around 5% better DxOMark video quality score
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
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  vs GALAXY Note II 

9.0
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

9.3
9.0
Alternatively, the standard email app is available as well to handle other email services, but its functionality and interface is similar to Gmail.
Galaxy S4

9.0
9.0
Gaming on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is handled by the Adreno 320 GPU, which can still work its magic when it comes to giving smooth, real to life gaming on the go.
Galaxy S4

Overall

8.7 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S4  vs
GALAXY Note II 
Type AMOLED 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 5.0 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  vs
GALAXY Note II 
Weight 130 g 182 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 9 mm
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9 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 64 GB 16 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
SDXC
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 13 MP 8 MP
Resolution 13 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 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 (3G) 1,020 min 960 min
Standby time (3G) 22,176 min 14,976 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h 3,100 mA·h
Samsung Galaxy S4
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Samsung GALAXY Note II
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Comments

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I disagree with phonerocket on this 1. The battery life of the note is better than the s4. the note 2's battery lasts 4 days without charge or even a week! whiles the s4's battery lasts 2 days without charge. so i would choose the note over the s4. so the Samsung Gaalaxy Note 2 is the winner!
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