Comparing the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a bit like comparing a gourmet meal with a fancy food hamper. They’re not all that similar, and will appeal to completely different people a lot of the time.
However, we bet there are a few of you out there about to settle on a new phone contract, or left with £500 waiting to be liberated from your pocket, wondering which of these two to go for.
Contestant one is the iPhone 5. It’s an iPhone, but a bit longer. And the glass rear of the iPhone 4 and 4S has been switched for an aluminium back. It slips into pockets with ease, has more games than any games console and is so easy to use, your 3-year old nephew could get on with it. Of course, such a young child using phone that expensive is probably one of the signs of the apocalypse.
Contestant two is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the sequel to the surprise hit Note. Bucking the trend for sequels, it’s not bigger, it’s not badder and – fingers crossed – it won’t spell diminishing returns either.
A clever design tweak has let the Galaxy Note 2 screen up its inches from 5.3 to 5.5, all without making the body any wider. It’s a bit slimmer, actually. The Note 2 also has something the iPhone 5 can only dream of – a digitiser stylus.
The second-gen S Pen works with a Wacom digitiser, letting it sense varying degrees of pressure. A normal capacitive stylus just can’t do this. It turns the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 into a little graphics tablet when paired with the right app.
What do they have in common? They’re super-powerful. The iPhone 5 has a dual-core 1.2GHz Apple A6 chip, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 a quad-core Exynos 4412 1.6GHz CPU. The iPhone 5 may not sound that powerful in comparison, but both tear it up in benchmarks.
Already made your mind up? Tell us your choice in the comments. But for now, watch our video comparison below.