PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of S4 vs Galaxy Note 3

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

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.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 vs Note 3

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Galaxy S4
3,414

AnTuTu Memory, processor, graphics and storage performance

Galaxy S4
24,894
Galaxy Note 3
35,165

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Galaxy S4
2,670

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 lighter 130 g vs 168 g Around 25% lighter
Sharper screen 440 ppi vs 386 ppi Around 15% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Back view of Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Significantly better AnTuTu score 35,165 vs 24,894 More than 40% better AnTuTu score
Much better theoretical download speed 150 Mb/s vs 20 Mb/s 7.5x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Faster processor 2.3 GHz vs 1.9 GHz More than 20% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Bigger screen 5.7" vs 5" Around 15% bigger screen
More battery capacity 3,200 mA·h vs 2,600 mA·h Around 25% more battery capacity
Records higher def video 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps vs 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 4x higher def video
More RAM 3 GB vs 2 GB 50% more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4  vs Note 3 

9.0
10.0
Granted, we could live without some of that software, including the TouchWiz UI itself, but the pen software is top notch, Samsung's Multi Window split window multitasking is the best in the business and there are several enjoyable creature comforts like Air View.
Galaxy Note 3

9.3
8.0
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
9.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S4  vs
Note 3 
Type AMOLED AMOLED
Size 5" 5.7"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Multitouch Yes N/A
PPI 440 ppi 386 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.9 GHz 2.3 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
RAM 2 GB 3 GB
Internal storage 64 GB 64 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 13 MP 13 MP
Resolution 13 MP 13 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
LTE Cat 4 (150/)
LTE Cat3
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 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) 1,020 min 1,260 min
Standby time (3G) 22,176 min 25,200 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h 3,200 mA·h

form factor

Galaxy S4  vs
Note 3 
Weight 130 g 168 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 8.3 mm
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9 mm 79.2 x 151.2 x 8.3 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No No

software

Operating system Android 5.0 Android 5.0
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
Samsung Galaxy S4
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