Even Samsung isn’t sure if the Note is a phone or a tablet, but that isn’t stopping them from selling it by the truckloads. At least in India, everyday I see more and more people buy a Galaxy Note. That brings me to the question, what about the S2? It is no longer Samsung’s flagship Android device? The S3 isn’t coming till summer, so clearly there’s still some life left in the device. So if you were in the market for a high end Android, what should you to looking at? A Galaxy Note or a S2? If you already have a S2, should you consider upgrading to the Note?
Hardware: The Note clearly has an advantage here, it has an amazing 5.3″ HD (1280 x 800 pixel) screen, compared to the 4.3″ (800 x 480 pixel) screen of the S2. The extra width makes web browsing and reading documents a much better experience. However, the larger screen does come at a cost, the size.
Next, it has a larger 2500 mAh battery, which despite the larger screen, performs a little better than the S2. On the inside, its powered by a 1.4 Ghz dual core processor, compared to the 1.2 Ghz dual core on the S2, in real life the boost isn’t really visible.
Software: Both devices run Android Gingerbread with TouchWiz on top, and both will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich. However the S2, due to its sheer popularity, enjoys much better developer support which means a wider selection of custom ROMs and the like. The Note does have a few additional apps and modifications to TouchWiz that utilize the larger screen and S-pen support.
In the end it comes to to size, and how much do you care about the HD display. I’ve put together a video to go over and try and answer some of these questions.