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  1. Andyvalver's Avatar
    If your in today battery life then the note 2. However, I have the note 2 and love it but it is big. Maybe a little big for one handed use. The s4 could be the perfect size imo

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    03-21-2013 07:29 AM
  2. MikeLip's Avatar
    OK, here ya go. Speed - the N2 is fast. Very fast. Faster than the US Galaxy S3. Screen - the screen is beautiful. Never mind the lower pixel count. It's what you SEE that counts, and what I see is a clean, bright, contrasty, high definition screen with great color. Size - I use my Note 2 for reading, movies and some light technical drawing. The screen isn't tablet size, but it's a very useful size that you can always have with you. Battery - everyone talked about how long the battery lasts and I didn't believe it.. I came off a Razr Maxx, so I know good battery life. This thing has it. The S3 does not, and I'm going to bet that the S4 is not as good as this by a long throw. I could be wrong about that, but from the size of the battery and what they are asking it to feed, it seems to me that battery on the S4 will be inferior to the Note 2. Pen-centric apps - if you want to do some sketching you have a good platform in your pocket for that. The pen also works with some other apps. I find I can use it with iCircuit and Tesla. So there's that.

    You might also look at the Z10, which is on preorder at Verizon, if you're a risk-taker. From what I'm reading the QNX OS is running well on it, be we expected that from the Playbook, which has, frankly, the best tablet OS out there in QNX. The screen sounds disappointing, but otherwise the hardware is very good. Apps are the risk factor here. I'm rooting for BB, but they have an uphill battle. I still love the Bold 9930.
    03-21-2013 07:40 AM
  3. MikeLip's Avatar
    If you want it now, the S4 would be your best bet for cutting edge hardware/tech, but if you can wait 6 months or so, get the note 3. The note 3 will surely have everything mentioned plus some more refinements to the s pen and its software as well as key lime pie most likely..
    Yup. And THEN the advice will be "If you can wait, don't get the N3. Get the upcoming S5!" There is always always always a better phone in the pipeline. Always. Did I mention always?

    Notice - every time someone calls a phone a phablet, another little kitty dies. Please save the kitties. Phablet is not a word. Yes, I am on a crusade to stamp that word out. Doomed perhaps, but it's the good fight.
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    03-21-2013 07:43 AM
  4. JasW's Avatar
    You might also look at the Z10, which is on preorder at Verizon, if you're a risk-taker. From what I'm reading the QNX OS is running well on it, be we expected that from the Playbook, which has, frankly, the best tablet OS out there in QNX. The screen sounds disappointing, but otherwise the hardware is very good. Apps are the risk factor here. I'm rooting for BB, but they have an uphill battle. I still love the Bold 9930.
    I've had nothing but BBs for 12 years, but (1) the app situation has really been wearing on me for the last 2-3 years, and (2) despite it being a BB-only entity up until 3 years ago, my firm has no current plans to support BB10 devices, either with a new BES 10 server or via ActiveSync. So even if I were inclined toward sticking with BB and getting a Z10, it's been taken out of the equation. It's the Note 2 or the S4. I'm all too familiar with the loathsome high-walled garden that is iOS from my wife's side, WP8 has a similar app problem to BB (and neither the Lumia nor the HTC have more than 32GB of storage, let alone expandable storage), and as beautiful as the HTC One is, I see battery problems, no removable battery, and no SD card -- me no likey.

    I'm not sure I need (or would even use) the S pen -- I don't have any drawing requirements in my work or personal life -- but I like the idea of a big screen/phone to, among other things, ease into touchscreen only typing.

    The AT&T store across the street opens in 40 mins.
    03-21-2013 08:20 AM
  5. MikeLip's Avatar
    I've had nothing but BBs for 12 years, but (1) the app situation has really been wearing on me for the last 2-3 years, and (2) despite it being a BB-only entity up until 3 years ago, my firm has no current plans to support BB10 devices, either with a new BES 10 server or via ActiveSync. So even if I were inclined toward sticking with BB and getting a Z10, it's been taken out of the equation. It's the Note 2 or the S4. I'm all too familiar with the loathsome high-walled garden that is iOS from my wife's side, WP8 has a similar app problem to BB (and neither the Lumia nor the HTC have more than 32GB of storage, let alone expandable storage), and as beautiful as the HTC One is, I see battery problems, no removable battery, and no SD card -- me no likey.

    I'm not sure I need (or would even use) the S pen -- I don't have any drawing requirements in my work or personal life -- but I like the idea of a big screen/phone to, among other things, ease into touchscreen only typing.

    The AT&T store across the street opens in 40 mins.
    Yeah, I hear ya. I am a BB fanboy myself, but the 9930 may have been my last one. Until I see how it does on the app front I'm going to bide my time and maybe wait for the Z11, if there is one. From what I hear it's a sweet phone, but all the hardware and slick OSs in the world won't save you if you don't have apps. I'm sure it's a great communication device out of the box, so strictly speaking if you want to just exchange info with people it'll be awesome. But I'm spoiled (first world problems, I guess) so I want my shiny cool toys.
    03-21-2013 08:34 AM
  6. vzwty's Avatar
    The Note 2 is a sick phone but just too big IMO. I have the S3 and the S4 seems like the best choice for me. Same size as the S3 but with a bigger screen and battery, 13MP camera, quad core,etc. What's not to like.
    03-21-2013 11:01 AM
  7. scorpiodsu's Avatar
    In my opinion since there are probably 2 different "classes" of device, I wouldn't even be considering the 2 against each other. If I wanted something as big as the Note, there's nothing out there better. It would like to keep a smaller size smartphone that's going to have a huge display then my choices would be between the SGS4, One of Xperia Z. But I do realize many are choosing between these 2 and I get it but for me, I am first thinking about the kind of device I need then pick from what's available. The Note 2 is too big for me. I had it for a week and I didn't like the size. Don't get me wrong, I have pretty big hands and it wasn't necessarily physical correlation but just how I felt carrying around a device that large. So if I had to choose based on the thread title, easy decision.... SGS4. SGS3 has been good to me and size is perfect. No way I'm going bigger.
    03-21-2013 11:25 AM
  8. lpt2569's Avatar
    Notice - every time someone calls a phone a phablet, another little kitty dies. Please save the kitties. Phablet is not a word. Yes, I am on a crusade to stamp that word out. Doomed perhaps, but it's the good fight.
    Tablone?
    03-21-2013 11:37 AM
  9. MikeLip's Avatar
    Tablone?
    Ummm, ew. Nope, sorry. There goes another kitten.
    03-21-2013 12:38 PM
  10. jcp007's Avatar
    I transitioned to the GS3 from years of different BB models from 8310 to 9900 which is a work phone.

    The Note 2 has a screen size that makes it a phablet and has a better battery. It has a digitized stylus like my Note 10.1 that I transitioned from the Playbook lasted year. The Note 2 has a decent 1.6 Ghz Quadcore Exynos processor with 2 GB of RAM with a 5.5" 720p display with far less pixel density. 8 MP RFC and 1.9 MP FFC. Jelly Bean 4.1.2. None of improved Nature UX features like Smart Pause but which may come later in an update. Different camera features on the GS4 not present. 3100 mAh battery. Gorilla Glass 2.

    The GS4 has the 5" full HD display in the same profile dimensions as the GS3 at 441ppi. GS4 RFC at 13 MP and FFC camera at 2 MP. Jelly Bean 4.2.2. 1.9 Ghz Quadcore Snapdragon 600 processor with 2 GB of RAM. Air Touch and Air Gestures instead of a stylus. Smart Pause when watching a video. Not sure if the Smart Scrolling made it. Many more camera options. Hopefully, AT&T will offer all three sizes so that I can use my 64GB micro sdxc Class 10 card. It has a 2600 mAh battery and is thinner than the GS3. Gorilla Glass 3.

    If the GS4 only improved the display and battery but not the other features mentioned above, I might consider the Note 2. The Note 3 is rumored to be 6.3" full HD display. That is just too big.

    It is all a matter of personal preference and requirements. I am guessing that the Note 3 will have some awesome features as well but for now, the GS4 would be my vote.

    Sent From My Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet
    03-22-2013 02:33 AM
  11. MikeLip's Avatar
    I transitioned to the GS3 from years of different BB models from 8310 to 9900 which is a work phone.

    The Note 2 has a screen size that makes it a phablet and has a better battery.
    Phablet! Ugh! Every time someone uses that word a kitten dies! THINK OF THE KITTENS!
    03-22-2013 08:01 AM
  12. Asadian's Avatar
    You must have superhuman vision in order to see pixels on a 441 PPI screen. Your saying its grainy? Have you even used the device, your note 2 has something like 267ppi while the s4 has 441ppi just so you know. The s4 also has a greater sub pixel count then the note2. I don't understand why people bash a device when they haven't used it, don't you have something better to do.

    Not saying the S4 will be blurry. I'm sure it will have worse text and off color whites compared to the Note 2. I see peopel parroting this PPI mantra constantly and it gets frustrationg especially when those squeeling about it dont take into account the Sub pixel Matrix that that makes up all those pixels.

    The Note 2 uses a unique Sub Pixel RGB arrangement. Meaning that each pixel contains ALL 3 (Red-Blue-Green) sub pixels per pixel. That's why even though the S3 has a "techinical" higher PPI density than the Note 2 the note 2 actually has the sharper, more accurate display in terms of text and color accuracy due to it having more sub pixels making up each pixel

    If the GS4 does indeed use the standard Pentile arrangement it could very well likely have an inferior display on some fronts. As Basically they are just dumping a bunch of green pixels on the screen. PPI is only 1 variable of a vast array of technology to consider when choosing a display. It's also EXTREMELY misleading when comparing AMOLED vs LCD.


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    03-22-2013 10:53 AM
  13. Ntchwaidumela's Avatar
    Although I'm very happy with my S3, when my upgrade eligibility rolls around (3/14) I'll be using it for whatever version of the Note is current. I demoed the Note 2 in my local Sprint store and I absolutely love it. I'm sure the next version will incorporate all the latest useful tech of the S4, and more. I have no problem with the larger size and the S Pen is amazing, even with current tech. So, it's the Note for me.
    03-22-2013 12:22 PM
  14. brentj's Avatar
    It's the Note 2 or the S4.

    I'm not sure I need (or would even use) the S pen -- I don't have any drawing requirements in my work or personal life -- but I like the idea of a big screen/phone to, among other things, ease into touchscreen only typing.
    I don't use the S pen much. I love the Note 2 mainly for its size and gorgeous screen. That screen size also makes for a bigger keyboard, with a dedicated row of numbers above the QWERTY keys. I come from a physical keyboard too (Palm Pre) and always thought a physical keyboard was a necessity. I've completely switched positions on that. The Samsung keyboard on the Note 2 is great, and being able to swipe words and with predictive text is fantastic. The screen size is terrific for browsing the web, and for reading pdf documents - turn to landscape mode and you can actually read a pdf letter without any horizontal scrolling.

    I've handled an S3, but I don't think I could go back now to a screen smaller than the 5.5" Note 2. As for a bigger screen in the future, I don't know. Skis have gotten wider and wider over recent years, and most avid skiers love them, but each year people will say, "OK, this is great, but I can't possibly imagine anything wider." Then they try the wider ones next year and love those. I won't rule out a bigger phone someday, but for now the Note 2 is perfect. I put a FlyGrip on the back, and that really helps with one-handed use.
    03-22-2013 12:37 PM
  15. wilfreb's Avatar
    GS4 for me, the note is too big.
    03-22-2013 12:59 PM
  16. Keith Hathorn's Avatar
    For me it will be the Note2 or wait for an announcement (That is sure to come) for the next Note. I currently have a S3 and love it, but Ive dabbled in the Note2 and there is no comparison depending on what you want to do. I have big hands and the N2 nestles very nicely in them, not that the S3 is small its just not the N2. Also the Pen with the N2 opens up a whole new way to use your Phablet/Phone. So Note is my weapon of choice at the moment even with the S4 announcement.
    03-22-2013 02:38 PM
  17. crackhead007's Avatar
    I'm thinking of moving on to the S4 I of course want to actually see it and use it before making judgements. Everyone has strong opinions but no one had actually seen or used the phone in person.

    From my Galaxy Note 2 via Tapatalk
    I was actually at the release event so I got to use the device. I won a Note 2. I got it the week before the release. I'm happy with my choice. The S4 screen is really nice and noticeably a little sharper that the Note 2. It's a slick phone. I will be happy when the S-translate software comes out. That was really slick. I am worried about the battery life. With all the sensors built into that thing. The 2600 mA battery might struggle to get more than 4 hours. As far as a smaller screen goes. we are really talking about .5" that is not a very big difference. I do actually like the form factor of my Note 2. I will probably stick with the Note 2 personally .

    As far as the ONE from HTC goes. It has the same heat issues my HTC One S on T-Mobile has. It get extremely hot. Using the GPS can make the device too hot to hold. I know this because I sat next to a German user who had one and his phone was pretty hot at that point.
    03-22-2013 02:40 PM
  18. Lodingi's Avatar
    I got Note 2 two weeks ago. My thought was I'd try it out, most likely dislike it & return it to wait for the S4 or One variant (Verizon). I must say I really like this phone. Tomorrow is my last day to return the Note 2 & I can tell you that isn't going to happen. Funny thing is, after my experience with the Fascinate, Charge & Nexus, I swore to never go Samsung again. Oh well.
    03-22-2013 02:57 PM
  19. Foosa Dee Cat's Avatar
    I have a Note II not interested in the S4... the Note III however....
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    03-22-2013 03:30 PM
  20. Johnly's Avatar
    Now that we know what the S4 has to offer... Which would you prefer?

    I'm torn...........


    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
    Why be torn? Two different beasts. Just go with features you need. What's to compare?

    Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2
    03-22-2013 03:35 PM
  21. ThisTechBoi's Avatar
    Just do what I did; go to a nearby electronics store and actually hold the Note 2 and S3 and feel them yourself. Since S4 is almost the same dimensions as the S3, it's still a pretty close match. See if the Note 2 is too big or just right, some stores might also provide a stylus so you can see how that works, as well.

    As for myself, I think the Note 2 is just a tad too big for my taste, and doesn't really suit me. On the other hand, the S3 was small and efficient, so I'll definitely be getting the S4 when it comes out sometime in the next two weeks.

    Oh, and @MikeLip: phablet, phablet, phablet, phablet, phablet, phablet, phablet, phablet, phablet, phablet, phablet, phablet, phablet, phablet, phablet, phablet, tablone, tablone, tablone, tablone, tablone.
    03-22-2013 05:17 PM
  22. paga912's Avatar
    I have my note 2 and im not letting it go until the note 3!
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    03-22-2013 05:20 PM
  23. Love Divine's Avatar
    If I had a Note II, I'd definitely stick with it.

    However, if I were to get a new phone and had to choose between the two, I'd definitely go with the S4. Better internals, newer software and will supported longer.
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    03-22-2013 06:15 PM
  24. ionbuddy's Avatar
    I was in the same position as you. However, I gave my S2 to my daughter then bought an S3. Kept that for 8 months and last December, having toyed with it for a couple of months, purchased an N2. The S3 was stunning but I couldn't go back. As someone else mentioned I will get the N3 but hope that the phones overall size doesn't increase too much.
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    03-22-2013 07:00 PM
  25. JRDroid's Avatar
    I don't think the devices are in the same class. I'm personally not even considering the SGS4 because I don't want something smaller than my current phone, the original Note. My upgrade isn't until July, so I will probably hold out till the Note 3 launches then decide between the Note 3, the Optimus G Pro, and any other phone in that size class out by the time the Note 3 launches. I'm kinda hoping HTC will launch something in the 5.5"+ size range based on the One. I don't know that I'd get it, but it would certainly be a contender!



    Phablet! Ugh! Every time someone uses that word a kitten dies! THINK OF THE KITTENS!
    Sorry, but these 5.5" devices need a name. They are too large to be called a smartphone and too small to be a stand alone tablet. You may not like the word PHABLET but that is what they are. A hybrid device with a hybrid name. Your crusade is doomed and annoying (I find any post that doesn't add to the threads discussion annoying, and your phablet posts certainly don't add to the topic).
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    03-22-2013 08:19 PM
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