iPhone 4S or the Galaxy Note? Let’s See Which is Better…

News   •   May 23, 2012 09:00 BST

The top two phones in the UK right now are the Note from Samsung and the iPhone 4S from Apple. Both companies have been stealing market share and the limelight for some time now, especially Samsung as it has the incredible Galaxy range too, and it’s time to work out which one you should go for. Here at Mobile Phone we have all of the best smartphones available to see on contract and PAYG SIM cards. We compare the best prices so you don’t have to hunt around for the information yourself.

So, onto the phones. Each one has been created for the same reason; to be the best and to work the best. While their intentions are similar there are differences that really depend on your preference to whether you buy one or not. First off, you see that the Note is enormous. It’s tricky to hold in one hand and many people refer to it as a ‘phablet’ which is a hybrid of a smartphone and a tablet PC. So, if you need your next smartphone to be compact and easy to carry around, and to use, then the iPhone 4S takes this round.

The Note actually comes with a stylus as the screen is so big and you’d rub your fingerprints off if you didn’t use it. There is a little bit of give and take when it comes to the size and many people find the screens on iPhone 4Ss are too small. However, the size only matters if you find the Note too bulky. The iPhone has a range of internal storage amounts from 16GB, 32GB to 64GB but no microSD card. That’s fine at first but many people might find that they’d wished they’d opted for the larger memory. The Note on the other hand has 2GB of on-board storage but it can take 32GB microSD cards.

When it comes to power the Note wins. The stunning 1.4GHz processor but it’s actually pretty similar the 1GHz iPhone one. That’s because the A5 chip inside the 4S is very refined and is super-efficient and quick. Both have plenty of RAM to handle a myriad of tasks, too.

Super AMOLED against the Retina Display of Apple’s flagship phone is something of a turning point. Everything is in HD and is just that little sweeter and crisper on the iPhone. The Note, however, is better for films, videos and images as the higher resolution really stands out. For example, the Note features 1280 x 800 pixels while the iPhone only has 960 x 640 resolution. Similarly the operating systems can be looked at and the Android Ice Cream Sandwich compared to the iOS 5.1 depends on your preference as both are equally impressive. There are plenty of apps to download from Google Play or the iStore, so it really depends on what you like.

Surprisingly, the iPhone wins in terms of talk time battery life but standby time is taken by the Note. Really, if you can handle the larger size of the Note then go for it, everyone else will probably prefer the iPhone 4S.