Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2: The Battle Of Generations

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Samsung Galaxy S4Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 are probably the best smartphones around that money could buy and while each of these phones was released on a completely different time frame, it is still fair for the geeks to compare these Android beasts head on.

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After receiving loads of criticism on its previous flagships, Samsung finally decided to step up the game by giving the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 a slight leather effect. The Note 3 also has more rectangular shape than its predecessors with even thinner bezels, which gives the device a more elegant and classy look.

On the other hand, there is Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which are more or less, bigger variations of the Samsung Galaxy S3. It is not that this design doesn’t look good on these handsets, but simply that Samsung has used its same old design way too many times and it doesn’t have the same effect on us as it had back when the Galaxy S3 was unveiled. The plastic rear back cover is another factor which gives the Note 3 an edge over both of its other counterparts.

DisplaySamsung Galaxy S4 vs Note 2

If you prefer to live life big, “bigger is better” then the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a clear winner for you in this category with its 1080 x 1920 pixels 5.7 inch display. The Note 3 also sports a pixel density of nearly 386 ppi.

Samsung Galaxy S4 is also a member of the Full HD brigade with its 5 inch 1080p display which gives an eye striking 441 ppi pixel density.

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As for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the ex-Samsung flagship comes with a 5.5 inch 720p display which gives a respectable 267 ppi pixel density. Since all of these phones come with a Super AMOLED display, so other factors like contrast, colour ratio and viewing angles are pointless in this comparison.

Raw Power

Qualcomm Snapdragon

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 obviously dominates the rest of the crowd with its Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor and 3GB RAM. This type of raw power makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 a more desirable phone since the device will obviously be capable of supporting all the high end games and apps that are released in the foreseeable future.

Samsung Galaxy S4 has also proven to be a powerhouse with its Exynos 5 Octa core (1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 + quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7) CPU and 2GB RAM.

Samsung Exynos 5 ChipsetEven though the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is almost a year old now, the device still has a reputable spec sheet thanks to its Exynos 4412 Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 processor and 2GB of RAM.

Camera And Storage

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is loaded with a 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash rear and a 2MP front camera. People really didn’t get too much time to play with the Note 3 during the IFA event so it is hard to comment how good the camera really is under practical usage, but if numbers are anything to be believed, this is one hell of a camera. On the storage side, the Note 3 comes with 32/64 GB of internal storage which is further expandable up to 64GB.

Samsung Galaxy S4 also happens to rock the same 13MP zapper and 2MP camera as the Note 3, however, the device is also available in a more affordable 16GB version along with a microSD card slot which supports additional 64GBs.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is also not too far behind with its 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash rear and 1.9MP front camera. Similar to the S4, the Note 2 also features 16/32/64 GB of onboard storage with microSD card slot of 64GB.

SoftwareAndroid 4.3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will enter into the market with the latest Android 4.3 right out of the box. Apart from all the rings and bells which the Note 2 came with, the Galaxy Note 3 utilizes the S-Pen to have some tricks of its own, most of these features are a major productivity booster.

Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with Android 4.2.2 flavored Jelly Bean along with some TouchWiz goodness of its own. It is worthy of being noted here that while the handset doesn’t have all the S-Pen related features of the Note 3, it does have some other features like Smart Pause and Smart Stay to make up for it.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on the other hand runs on the outdated Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The device does not have too many tricks up its sleeve, but there is still some front camera trickery present in the device that make up for a good demo.

VerdictSamsung Galaxy Note 3 Front/Back

There is absolutely no doubt that among the three Samsung flagships, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the most technologically sound. However, even if we leave the price factor aside, it is still not advisable to upgrade to the Galaxy Note 3 if you are already in possession of either a Note 2 or the Galaxy S4. The reason for this is pretty simple, Samsung is eventually going to make most of the non-hardware dependent features of Note 3 available to S4 and Note 2 users through an OTA update.

To conclude it all, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a great device to own if you enjoy carrying a big screen, however, if you give battery life and portability more importance than anything, then the Samsung Galaxy S4 is your call.