Samsung Galaxy Note or the Phablet was launched only a few days back and has happily surprised smartphone lovers with its winning combination of size (of a tablet) and great features (of a smartphone).
Even as the newly launched Galaxy Note, with a 1.5 GHz Scorpion dual-core processor, a 5.3-inches display, 8 mega pixels rear camera, 2 MP front camera for video calling, 16GB storage, 1 GB RAM, S Pen stylus and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Li-Ion 2500 mAh and AT&T's 4G LTE connectivity, is giving a tough time to its contemporaries, Samsung's flagship Galaxy Nexus still dominates the Android smartphone market.
With Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS, the AMOLED HD enabled 4.65-inch display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB of storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC and a 1,750 mAh battery, the Galaxy Nexus is perhaps everything that you might want in your smartphone.
Check out the specifications of the Galaxy Note in comparison with Galaxy Nexus:
Size: Galaxy Note comes with a dimension of 146.8 x 83 x 9.7 mm and weighs 178 grams and is heavier compared to Nexus' 135 grams. Galaxy Note sports a dimension of 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm. While Samsung is raving about the pocketable size and light weight of the Note, negative reviews about the awkward size of the hybrid phone have already begun pouring in.
Display: Galaxy Note sports a 5.3-inch high-definition Super AMOLED with a display of 1280 x 800 pixels and about 285 ppi pixel density while the Galaxy Nexus sports a 4.65-inch high-definition Super AMOLED Contour display that may give a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels with about 316 ppi pixel density.
Display Protection: The Galaxy Note display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass whereas the Nexus display has an oleophobic coating on it.
Processor: The Galaxy Note sports a dual-core 1.5GHz Scorpion CPU Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon Adreno 220 GPU with 1GB RAM. On the other hand, the Galaxy Nexus features dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 chipset, PowerVR SGX540 GPU with 1GB RAM.
Operating System: The Galaxy Note has the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system with the promise of an upgrade to Google Inc.'s latest smartphone OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Galaxy Nexus, however, comes preloaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is the first U.S. phone with Google's latest OS.
Storage: The Galaxy Note has fixed 16GB internal storage with a microSD card slot to expand the phone memory up to 32GB. However, the Galaxy Nexus has a fixed 16/32GB internal storage and no microSD card slot.
Camera: The Note sports a rear 8 megapixel LED flash camera with 1080p HD video capture capability, while the Galaxy Nexus sports a 5 megapixel LED flash camera with 1080p video capture. The Nexus has an additional 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling while Nitro HD has a 2 megapixel camera for video calling.
Camera Features: Both Samsung smartphones sport almost similar camera features like Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization.
3G/4G: Both smartphones come with HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps and supports 4G LTE.
WLAN/Bluetooth/USB: Both smartphones have Bluetooth 3.0 version with A2DP and microUSB 2.0 version but Galaxy Note has an additional feature USB On-the-Go. The Galaxy Nexus has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, while the Galaxy Nexus has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot.
Battery: The Galaxy Note comes with a standard Li-ion 2500 mAh battery that gives up to 252 hours of stand-by time and 10 hours of talk-time. On the other hand, the Galaxy Nexus comes with a standard Li-ion 1750 mAh battery that gives more than 8 hours talk time and 270 hours of standby on 3G networks.
Pricing: The Galaxy Note is priced at $299 with a two-year AT&T contract in selected areas, while the Galaxy Nexus is priced at $299.99 with a two-year Verizon Wireless contract.