Galaxy Note

Samsung Galaxy S2 vs Galaxy Note Comparison

When it comes to Android phone, Samsung Electronics is the world-class leader with featured phones like Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy S II and newly released Samsung Galaxy Note.  The Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy S are of the popular Galaxy smartphone family.

Samsung Galaxy Note vs Galaxy S IIThe Samsung Galaxy Note was announced during the IFA event which was held in Germany on September 2, 2011 and its official released is expected in November 2011 with a roll out plan stretch in various countries of Europe. In India it’s slated to be released on November 2, 2011. The Galaxy S II phone was announced in February 2011 and released in the Mid 2011 and as of now 30 millions of S & S II phones have been sold.

Here we go through the comparison of Galaxy S II with Samsung Galaxy Note with the technical specifications and features wise –

Table of Content

Form Factor & Make

The Samsung Galaxy Note is 5.78 tall and 3.26 inches wide. It’s the first device which is larger than a normal smartphone and smaller than a 7 inches tablet. Whereas when you come to Galaxy S II it has 4.9 inches height and 2.6 inches width. Galaxy S II has the thickness of 0.33 inches whereas Galaxy note has 0.38 inches. Galaxy Note weights 178 grams as compared to Galaxy S II at 116 grams only. Comparatively Galaxy S II is smaller, thinner and even lighter than the Galaxy Note.


Samsung Galaxy Note – Dual Core 1.4 Ghz ARM Cortex A9 processor
Samsung Galaxy S II – Dual core 1.2 Ghz ARM Cortex A9 processor

The Samsung Galaxy Note runs on the dual core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor and its ideal platform for it. The same processor has been used to power Galaxy S II phone but it’s clocked at 1.2 GHz a little slower and the processor is from Exynos. Both the phone gets graphical acceleration through the Mali 400 MP GPU. So in comparison Galaxy Note is higher as expected.

Winner : Samsung Galaxy Note


Samsung Galaxy Note – 5.3 inches Super AMOLED Capacitive touchscreen display
Samsung Galaxy S II – 4.3 inches Super AMOLED Capacitive touchscreen display

Both the phones uses the same technology i.e., the Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display for which the Samsung has got critical acclaim though the display of Galaxy Note is on the larger side which stands at 5.3 inches in height providing 285 ppi pixel density and with a maximum resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. When you come to Galaxy S II, it has 4.3 inches Gorilla Glass display with maximum resolution of 800 x 480 pixels at 217 ppi pixel density.

Both the phones have Gorilla Glass display with multi-touch input method provided with various sensor technologies like accelerometer for auto rotate, proximity sensor and gyroscope.


Samsung Galaxy Note – 8 mega pixel rear camera, 2 mega pixel front facing camera
Samsung Galaxy S II – 8 mega pixel rear camera, 2 mega pixel front facing camera

When it comes to camera included in the both the phones, Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II have the same specifications with 8 mega pixel rear side camera and 2 mega pixel front facing camera from the same manufacturer i.e., Samsung Electronics. It can also record HD videos at 1080p at 30 fps. Both the phones are have LED flash, autofocus and features geo tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilization.

Operating System & User Interface

Samsung Galaxy Note – Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS
Samsung Galaxy S II – Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS

Both Galaxy Note and S II are powered with Google Android operating system and then use the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. Though the Android 4.0 update has been introduced in the market with the launch of Galaxy Nexus mobile phone by Google recently, The Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S II phones from Samsung are the front contenders for the Ice Cream Sandwich update. We are just eagerly waiting for that, and as soon as those arrive we would be the first to publish those firmware update tutorials.

Both the phones have TouchWiz 4.0 user interface which has some of the redefined interface features when compared with the previous version of 3.0. The same TouchWiz 4.0 is overlaid on to Samsung Galaxy Note as well.

Data Connectivity

Since the manufacturer of both the mobile is Samsung and both the devices were released in the same year there is not much difference with the data connectivity options. Both, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note has the option of 3G, includes Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA sharing, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0 wireless file transfer, microUSB, USB on the go and last but not the least GPRS with EDGE technology is always there.

The Wi-Fi Direct option that we discussed of Samsung Galaxy S II with which you can transfer 5 MB of file without any processing and so 700 MB movie can be transfer within 5 minutes using it wirelessly. The same technology is present on Samsung Galaxy Note and it’s the third device after Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus.


The Galaxy S II comes with 1 GB of RAM and two variants of 16 GB and 32 GB as the internal storage capacity. The Galaxy Note also has 1 GB of Ram and comes with 16 GB of internal storage capacity. However with Galaxy Note you can extend its memory up to 32 GB using the micro SD card.


The Samsung Galaxy S II is powered with Li-ion 1650 mAh battery which provides 610 hours of battery backup during 3G standby and a talk time of up to 9 hours in 3G mode. When coming to Galaxy Note as it has larger screen, it’s powered with standard Li-ion 2500 mAh battery which would offer almost the same battery life.


Generally if you compare the price of Galaxy Note with Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note is priced higher at 25 to 35 percents than the price of Galaxy S II. In India you get Galaxy S II at Rs 30,000 and Galaxy Note is priced higher than Rs 40,000.

Definitely Samsung Galaxy Note introduces lot new features. The most notable one is the so-called feature of S Pen. It’s completely different from existing stylus and it can perform lot more things in particular. It would also introduce the Samsung ChatON mobile messenger services along with the Samsung hub.

If you have bought Galaxy S II or thinking to buy, then we at Android Advices suggests you to go with Samsung Galaxy Note (if you feel 5.3 inches feels good) because it has got better hardware.



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  2. sam

    August 15, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Note is amaging…..

  3. bluenote

    July 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I used to own an s2 but got it stolen, replaced it with a note, couldn’t be happier. I now have a phone and a tablet as many of you suggest in this thread!

  4. $@M

    June 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Galaxy note is a awsume cell. people say its very large in size n al. just use this phone before purchasing it, most people wl find it comfortable after using for sumtime.. yaa but it wld be difficult for those with smaller hands, so just try it before purchasing.. i am using GALAXY NOTE since a month, fully satisfied by the performance. those who do lot of surfing on net and love to watch videos on cell, just go for NOTE. NOTE runs a lot smoothly on android 4.0.3 just enjoying with my new GALAXY NOTE..

  5. rahul dutta

    June 18, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Note is bigger better badder than s2

  6. rahul dutta

    June 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Galaxy note is much bigger badder better than s2 galaxy note any challeng accept he is winner.from samsung market…..note has been faster from other fone galaxy note talk 4om heres come the pain

  7. Guru8344

    June 12, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    always S2 lighter slimmer stronger greater  

  8. Guru8344

    June 12, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    always S2 lighter slimmer stronger greater  

  9. Pulkit

    May 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Read all of the comments above but also a question tickling in my mind that s2 has 218 ppi with super amoled plus screen and note has 285ppi with just super amoled screen
    does it make much diference..?
    want to buy..
    But Confused Between These Two Phones
    Which One Shows More Clear And Sharpes Images Inside House And Outside In Sun….
    Reply Is Apprecaiated…….

  10. Tracey

    May 28, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Superb, thanks
    This is what I needed as debating between the s2 or note and not sure x brilliant

  11. nancy

    May 26, 2012 at 10:29 am

    the comparison and all details are very insightful. Could you please also tell which one is better samsung galaxy note or samsung s III

  12. Durgum

    May 26, 2012 at 1:43 am

    You can extend the S2’s memory capacity also with an Micro SD card. And the S2 models made for T-mobile/AT&T run at 1.5ghz opposed to the International model at 1.2ghz. I my self have the s2 i9100(international) and it was far better than my iPhone 4s that I did own. Also the S2 is more practical to use, it has a big screen but its not bulky to that of the Note.

  13. manmohan

    May 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    i want to buy new phone..
    and m cnfusd btween note nd s3… coz of prise of s3 its too costly..
    plz hlp me what should i do..?

  14. Rushikesh

    May 13, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I think i Shld go 4 Galaxy Note

    • Teimur

      May 28, 2012 at 10:46 am

      C’mon folks, you have no idea what you are talking about. Two devices with absolutely identical hardware, but one with a bigger screen. There is nothing else to it. S2 is way more practical and durable. Also, the battery will last longer on S2 due to a smaller screen size. There are also no extended batteries with considerably larger capacity (than the original stock battery) that fit the Galaxy Note, so again: point added to S2.
      As for CPU, overclock it and you won’t get more than 1600 on either of devices. And again, the smaller screen will ensure way smoother operations.
      Now, speaking of the custom ROMs, S2 has a way better support since it had been released earlier. I would say Galaxy Note would be a great phone if it had quad-core, but it DOES NOT. So if you have any idea about gadgets, you’d go with S2 and buy a quad-core tablet.
      Galaxy Note IS NOT an alternative to a tablet PC, and it has never been one. Just an over-sized mobile unit.

  15. Elizabeth

    May 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Yes, i love my S2 very user friendly.. totally into it… 😉

  16. Rajesh Jha

    May 1, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Actually the whole purpose of the device Galaxy Note is to eliminate the use of two devices – Phone and Tablet. It combines both and gives you one. So you need to keep just one device which is much more than a Smartphone and also a very handy tablet.
    By using Note, you can keep all your data like pictures, music, planner, docs, ppts, emails etc only on one device instead of two. So just keep Galxy Note and forget Phone and Tablet. For people who just make calls, send sms, take pics and listen music, they can go for galaxy S2.

  17. Abhijeet singh

    April 30, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I am planning to buy between galaxy S2 & note.. Last time i visited a mobile store & compaired both the phones face2face.. Note certainly looked way better in terms of picture quality. I heard it has a high defenition display which the S2 & any other samsung phones dosen’t seem to have.. After comparing those cell-phones, i honestly don’t felt like buying S2 infront of note.. I suggest you to personally visit the shop & compare the both the cellphones, you will find a huge difference in display & picture quality.

  18. Chris A

    April 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    After reading the review I come to a totally different conclusion than the reviewer. The S2 seems the best option to me. Cheaper, comparable in power (identical specs except for the processor), and I personally thought the S2’s size was a little too big for a phone so don’t get me started on the much larger and heavier note. I laughed when I saw a video comparing the sizes, it’s a bit of joke. My current phone has a stylus which I no longer used after 1 month of owning the phone so no real advantage there for the note. I’d buy an S2 over a note, but that’s my opinion and that’s mainly because I could not imagine putting a tablet in my jeans pocket and trying to sit down.

  19. Seraphial

    April 25, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    and also about the sony ericson arc…Galaxy s2 and galaxy note are both much better than it. and this everyone knows…and u can easily search it on the internet its specs are a lot better..including the display

  20. Seraphial

    April 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    hey galaxy s2 also can be upgraded to 32 GB micro sd crad

  21. Chandrakant

    April 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    i have a s2 and am happy wid it.. i have a offer to buy a galaxy note for additional 5000 in exchange wid s2. can anyone suggest me which one would be the best to keep wid…


  22. Showry

    April 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Does Note has front camera?
    I am little bit confused in buying a note or s2? Can anybody help me out.

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 19, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      yes note has a front camera!

    • Jeevesh Ranjan

      April 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Note has a 2MP front camera and 8 MP primary camera with flash.

  23. Jeevesh Ranjan

    April 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I have both S2 and Note…and I love my Note more..infact I gave S2 to my sis

  24. mason

    April 7, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    has nobody caught on yet??? do i really have to be the one to point it out???

    we at Android Advices suggests you to go with Samsung Galaxy Note (if you feel 5.3 inches feels good) because it has got better hardware.

    read inside the parentheses

    • Yogesh

      April 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      I want to buy note(30k) but people saying that S3 is coming with quad core 1.8 GHz/4G/4.7″screen/12MP cam/Android 4.1/2GB RAM at 34999 Rs.

      I think then the prices of note will come down So I am waiting for S3 launch.

      Please comment on this.

      • Pradeep Neela

        April 12, 2012 at 1:42 am

        as of now there are no details on S3

  25. neha

    April 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I lost my galaxy S2. It was stolen. Does anybody has any info how to track it…

    • Yogesh Patel

      April 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Do you have IMEI number?

  26. Harvey

    March 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I want a phone which have :
    1) no lagging issues
    2) high resolution
    3) superb entertainment
    4) fast web browsing
    5) loud music
    Plz suggest me one for me.

    • Yogesh Patel

      March 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Both the phones compared here matches your requirement.

  27. Anonymous

    March 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I want a phone wiz will provide me superb entertainment, no lagging issues,high resolution display & long battery life… Plz suggest me wiz one of them will satisfy my needs…

  28. sharon Jervis

    March 12, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    I have just bought the galaxy note. I love the size( I can find it easily in my handbag! only problem I am having is a loose emails every day…they just disappear. cant get advice from anyone. What am I doing wrong?

  29. sam

    March 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    is facebook chat available in s2 or note………..

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      yes, its facebook messenger, available now in Google PLAY!

  30. Sanny

    March 7, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    hey guys…i travel on bike and is it easy to carry Galaxy Note on bike….i m confused btwn Note & SII….note can also work as a Tablet…SUGGESTIONS.??????

  31. imtiyaz shaikh

    February 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    happy with S2

  32. kk

    February 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    well for once the camera in arc sucks….big time.
    my cousin has that and she always cries and wants to swap with my friends note is also equally better and even my sisters wave II (i know its 5mp but i was comparing quality wise).
    for music u could say arc is better(i haven’t verified the sound quality on my cousins arc) but i can tell that s2 and note don’t have very good sound quality….
    get a good pair of headphones from bose or some other company and u’ll be fine in an s2/note(haven’t tried yet).

  33. Nita Marie

    February 20, 2012 at 5:49 am

    I have the HTC Inspire 4g and I’m trying to figure out which phone I want next. I’ve been looking at the Galaxy Note but the only difference I see is the size and the prices. I prefer having a big screen phone rather than a small screen phone. Is there a tech that can help me with my decision? Whats the difference between a regular stylus and the S pen on the Note?

  34. manish

    February 15, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    i like to tell you all that it depends on the economy if u have a money to buy note u can go ahead there is slight diffrence
    between s2 iso everything is depends on money

  35. wady

    February 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    both the fones are cool , NOTE tempts because of the S pen , i love it , but i can compromise that since the size is too big too be called a comfortably portable smartfone,, its more of a TAB … than a fone , seeing its size……
    bt yea , if u can compromise on size rather than the S pen , then go for NOTE ,,, oderwise s 2 is no less…. 🙂

  36. hims

    February 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    could anyone tell me when is S3 releasing india and its approx price??

  37. chetan

    January 31, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    samsung galaxy s2 is more comfortabe to carry as compared to note, as i have tried both of them, Initially note look good because fo larger screen, but during travelling time, its like burden as its phone, u cannot keep inside ur bag, so think twicw before u buy noe, i will advice to go for samsung galaxy s2 from my experience.

  38. ramesh mahajan

    January 31, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Dear all
    plse dont go for galaxy note,
    i used s2 and now i m using note,
    except camera and screen size/resolut. and processor speed, everything is same as s2, bulky,inconvenient….
    now turn to s-pen, is the idiot thing, no of use writes below or side 2 m.m…no answer or solution for this issue by Samsung .so forget for ur task and schedule… it will be headache, nothing new already windows mobile has inbuilt facility called “memo” write by figure or stylus…..
    so if u have s2 stick to that..and wait till 2 GHz arrives….

  39. Hans

    January 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Seriously S2 is older than Galaxy note, hence it will always be better. And looking at both devices there is not much difference apart from the size. Samsung have just made the same product, just in a different way. I will be convinced if Samsung make a ground breaking difference from the S2… say S3… otherwise i don’t mind using both….

  40. Jahan

    January 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I totally agree wit all ur points… I kno that they both are almost identical(except for the size) but the feel of the note is very dfficult to handle wen compared to the S2(which isnt too small either). My only prob is that Note is 4G whle the S2 is not… plus the note has GLONAS and also a barometer. So i guess the Note is a better buy… but im still going for the S2.

    • Yogesh Patel

      January 24, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Good luck with Galaxy S II.

      • stace

        April 27, 2012 at 5:49 pm

        You talk way to much Yogesh and you clearly love the note so stick with it andstop trying to change ppls mind lol

  41. Khurram

    January 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Thank you everyone for providing their inputs for someone like who is in the mix of getting which one; S2 or note.
    Technically, I am not very much interested when it comes to processors, rams, space or camera since virtually they are same.
    What I am interested is if we see the advert for NOTE, it promises great freedom in editing text or photos, you know, mixing one stuff with another and other such application s. Where does Note and S2 stand in such comparison?
    If such liberty is available in S2 then why should I get Note, for example?
    Anyone can provide their experience?
    Thank you.

    • Yogesh Patel

      January 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      The S Pen feature, large 5.3 inches screen and there are more which are listed here - Such things are not in Galaxy S2 which is only the limitations of Galaxy S2. Galaxy S2 is a top selling and the best Android phone.

  42. hari

    January 8, 2012 at 1:35 am

    I m very much comfort with S2 when compare to Note ,difficult to handle with same features.Even though I m using both .I suggest S2 is the best of all.

  43. Sagar

    January 7, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I am still confused – S2 or Note… Price no longer seems to be deciding factor – difference of a few hundreds is not attractive enough… What to do?

    • Yogesh Patel

      January 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Clear, check out the reviews of Galaxy S2, reviews of Galaxy Note, it comes down to 4.3 inches vs 5.3 inches screen display size and Galaxy Note has very good editing feature. Its up to you to decide whether you can hold 5.3 inches phone and talk on the same for longer period of time.

      In my opinion, as I do not many calls, Galaxy Note is my choice in comparison with Galaxy S2.

  44. Rajpal @Kirloskar

    January 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I am using Galaxy Note it is a very gud smart phone…Coming to the pricing factor Note is 2000 to 3000 more only, and Processor is faster 1.4 GHz in SII 1.2 GHz and another best future is S pen…this future z i suggest u friends go with Galaxy Note only.

    • Yogesh Patel

      January 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks Rajpal for adding your valuable review.

  45. Ganesh Hajare

    January 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    The SII size is just to slide in pockets of Jin pant. The Note is too big. If you already have SII, be happy with it as performance-wise there is not much difference.

    • Yogesh Patel

      January 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Yes, Ganesh there is 1 inches difference in screen size.

  46. Krishna

    January 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Well – I am looking out for a new android phone and considering S2 vs Note. After going through all the interesting comments posted above, I see that both share the same H/W and S/W except for the fact that

    1.2 GHz vs 1.4 GHz
    S-Pen addition in Note
    5.3 inches vs 4.3 inches display

    Is there any other feature that separates S2 from Note?

    Also does both S2 and Note come with standard leather pouch/cover as part of the kit?

    Thoughts please…

    • Yogesh Patel

      January 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Go through the reason why Galaxy Note is best smartphone @ I think that should solve your problem.

      Galaxy Note was with first few handsets included in the pack, check with local stores if they have any handset with leather pouch of it.

    • icomefromanon

      January 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      To be honest, you could always root and then overclock the shit out of that phone. I want to try them, but unfortunately, I haven’t seen a Galaxy Note live yet.

  47. Naveen Patel

    January 4, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Iam Happy with Galaxy S2…

  48. Alok Chauhan

    December 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Firstly, I would like to assert this point, that Note is hardly 3-4k more than the S2 as per Samsung Stores in India. That too after recent increase in prices of Samsung products becasue of Rupee depreciation. Secondly, Note is not just better in terms of processor, the concept of S-pen (which apprently no one is getting) is fabulous, its a technological breakthrough (and dare you think its just another “Stylus”). The phone is as light as the S2, its huge and thats what gives it an advantage, you have a virtual playground, its a multimdedia beast! Talk about games, movies, pictures.. let it be anything.. on that screen… anything looks fab. And trust me, if you have checked it out in real, it just slides down your pockets. The only problem i think is how would a person look holding this upto there ears, which again is something Indians think (what would others think). I frankly don’t care, and if you do, you got a bluetooth headset, and I’ve seen people talking about S2 owners the same way, its too huge for a normal face as well. So there’s no big difference I see.

    In the end, I agree that someone who recently bought a S2, doesn’t necessarily have to buy Note coz It won’t be a huge upgrade (unless you are insanely rich and have no clue what to do with your pocket money, I’d still suggest you deposit that in my account :P) but ya, if you are upgrading from/to Android and you are looking for a phone in the range of around 30k, Note it should be, for the price, its a steal, and once it gets the ICS, we’ll see how other phones take a stroll.

  49. Sankhya Chatterjee

    December 26, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Samsung Galaxy S2 stands out from Galaxy note keeping in mind the price of both the device.I would always like to suggest to go for S2 as there is no point spending 10k more for 1.4 processor as 1.2 processor is not only good enough in fact that is brilliant.And Note is so huge to carry where as S2 sleekness and get up stands out much ahead.

  50. hitch

    December 24, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    basically,the note is THE best phone in the whole market atm,not just because its superior to its other competitors,here the review shows us more or less hardware talk between the 2,but not software,and if you take a look at the note,the software is amazing,the pen is very usefull and artisitic..the s2 is great dont get me wrong but its fallen behind in every aspect when this beast showed up:D oh and the iphone is fake and gay.

  51. Moosa Mahsoom

    December 23, 2011 at 9:43 am

    i think we can overclock the s2 to 1.4 ghz. we can easily change the battery. not everyone will be comfortable with the large screen. S2 is too big for a smartphone. accidently crossed into tablets. note has super amoled hd and s2 has super amoled plus. hd has less subpixels and plus has more subpixels(vibrant colours). but, hd has more pixels than plus.(crisper). it doesn’t make much of a difference as different technologies have been used with some similarity.

  52. Gavin

    December 22, 2011 at 4:30 am

    You forgot to mention that the Note has a Pentile display compared to the GS2’s RGB display. Also the GS2 can take a 32GB SD card just like the Note.

  53. prikshit

    December 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Welll saying truly, I am very much confused which one to buy among both ,I have only one requirnment that which of these phone is most durable.Because I have been facing problems with my new I-Phone4s .Kindly suggest me convinsingly..

    • Amit Bhawani

      December 24, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      Prikshit – In terms of durability both of these devices are good but frankly the Note can break easily because its a large device and which can slip from your hands easily because of the size and this could be one reason for which it can shatter easily. Hence its suggested to go for Galaxy S II which is smaller compared to Note and easy to handle with one hand.

  54. Guillaume

    December 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Everyone who has tried both knows that: the Note is exactly the same as the SII, with a larger screen (The pen thing is a gimmick that doesn’t add a lot in my opinion). So if you think the screen is too small on the SII and you’d like more real estate for your applications (browsing and Google maps come to mind), go for the Note, you’ll love it. If you’re fine with the size of the SII, then no need to look at the Note. The experience on both is pretty much the same.

  55. Sreepada

    December 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Can Galaxy Note be updated to icecream sandwich?

    • Amit Bhawani

      December 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      Yes it has all the requirements required for ICS, hence the chances are positive for it.

    • Guillaume

      December 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Yes, expect it on Q1 2012

  56. ricky

    December 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    i love samsung note it is just an amazing gadget ever had i love samsung keep it up genis and plz come up with a 4.0 ICS OS

  57. ratheesh

    December 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I think if one has already bought Samsung Galaxy SII, there is no need to go for Samsung Galaxy Note. Samsung Galaxy SII better and handy if compare in price… I am very much happy with my Samsung Galaxy SII….

    • Yogesh Patel

      December 26, 2011 at 11:22 am

      Galaxy note is 5.3 inches which is the fact to consider.

  58. ishan

    December 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    can any1 plz tell me abt the battry life of both the phones..???

    • Yogesh Patel

      December 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      Check out the battery section for particulars on battery.

  59. anil jadhav

    December 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    the picture quality of galaxy note is better s pen is also better but size of galaxy note is very large

  60. Makarand

    December 7, 2011 at 11:19 am

    If I purchase S2 now, will I be able to upgrade it’s OS to IceCream Sandwitch, once it is available ? Also anyone has any idea about launching of S3 ?

    • Yogesh Patel

      December 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      S3 will be launch in Q1 2012 end and ICS for S2 is on the cart and it will be available soon.

      • Makarand

        December 8, 2011 at 8:05 am

        Thanks Yogesh. One more- Is it possible to upgrade the vesrions in Samsung, like from Galaxy S to Galaxy S2 OR from S2 to S3 (when it’s launched), like in Apple where Iphone 4 users could upgrade to 4S paying nominal cost ?

        • Yogesh Patel

          December 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm

          When it comes to Android it will be free update to Android 4.0. For Galaxy S it will come and for Galaxy S2, Note the Ice Cream Sandwich will arrive soon.

  61. shah

    December 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    can anyone please let me know how many lines can you jot down in s memo at a time?
    one of the reviews mentioned that you cannot write more then 2 or 3 lines in one memo.
    Can galaxy note be used as an alternative for diary? pls reply as i intend to buy one soon.

  62. lul

    December 6, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    more options than s2 processor
    and pen

  63. Advait

    December 4, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Does the battery on the galaxy note fit in the galaxy s2 ???

    • Yogesh Patel

      December 5, 2011 at 9:26 am

      No it will not.

  64. ramees pr

    December 3, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    am using s2.. with 2.3.3 ginger bread…. is there any higher version available for s2….

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 3, 2011 at 11:27 pm

      yes 2.3.6 version is available!

      • Fad

        January 31, 2012 at 3:24 pm

        4.0.3 is available now

        • van

          February 8, 2012 at 1:45 am

          Is this available for the GS II? How can I get it?

  65. Dharmesh

    December 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    both are quite same but galaxy note gives large screen and another s pen feature…

  66. Baljeet Singh

    November 25, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    does any have any consideration of resolution while buying phone?
    note has very high resolution …. so my favorite….

    • Yogesh Patel

      November 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      Yes right Baljeet.

  67. Suz

    November 24, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Why I say Sony Ericsson is better is because I bought each for my children, and they have been comparing every other day. In the end, Sony Ericsson wins. If you love photography & music, there is no comparison, just get the Arc.

    • Seraphial

      April 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      i have mentioned that s2 has better picture quaity…and i think u went for the design of the arc and you bought it for your children. children will like the phone of course as they get a good phone. but what would happen if you gave them a s2?? s2 is really better especially in fast usage…it never lags and has a better processor AND a better ram memory which really makes a phone really good

  68. Suz

    November 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Sony Ericsson Arc is so much better in terms of the camera and sound. Just compare it and you will know.

  69. Casey

    November 24, 2011 at 2:45 am

    I’m debating which of the 2 phones is better, and whether or not the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc is a worthy contender ? Any Advice ?

    • jig

      February 26, 2012 at 3:10 am

      i have s2 and planning to go for note..
      i was using arc before my s2. arc is good but dont know i wasnt comfortable chatting in that phone.if u wonna purchase a new one go for note forget about arc and arc-s and even s2.. 😉

      • Amit Bhawani

        February 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm

        yes note is best and S2 is better than arc

      • srijan

        August 20, 2012 at 1:19 am

        Yes……even i m planning to get note though i m using s ll.u know BADA HAI TOH BEHETAR HAI..

        • Pradeep Neela

          August 20, 2012 at 9:18 am

          note 2 will be arriving soon, we will keep you updated. stay tuned

  70. Vivek

    November 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I Think both the mobs are gr88. if u want to buy a lcompact small phone go with S2 n if large screen n more featuress note is excellenttttt. prices are not so much differntt S2 costs rs.30000 n note rs.34000

  71. Khalil ur REHMAN

    November 22, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I think if one has already bought Samsung Galaxy SII, there is no need to go for Samsung Galaxy Note. Samsung Galaxy SII better and handy if compare in price… I am very much happy with my Samsung Galaxy SII….

  72. Isoz

    November 19, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Want something bigger? Buy the damn Samsung Galaxy Tablet.
    That’s a good phone but a joke of review, just because you own one you are sided to the Note instead, just like another review I saw on cnet comparing the Note, S2 and iPhone 4 OH PLEASE. IPHONE4? where that weak phone fits in the middle of this 2 beasts?

    Also like mentioned, the S2 has the possibility of external SD CARD correct your review, the only difference is bigger screen (GET A TABLET) and 1.2 to 1.4 Ghz Processor, which doesn’t really make a difference until the quad’s come out.

    • Meneace

      December 3, 2011 at 6:09 am

      Like your comment? One sided indeed… You love your s2 since you have it and cannot afford to buy snote i think.. You claim s2 is greater than note i believe…

      • Yogesh Patel

        December 3, 2011 at 9:36 am

        No. Infact we have both Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note!

  73. Aaditya

    November 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Everybody has their personal choices, for people who have bigger palms, samsung note is the best as it has more features and is bigger, whereas for people who have small palms, s2 is the right option.But overall, samsung note has a overall advantage.

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  75. Jd

    November 6, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Does S-Pen STYLUS work on Galaxy S2?
    Are you planning to come up with a hack for that?

    • Yogesh Patel

      November 7, 2011 at 9:19 am

      Haven’t tried working out the Spen of Note on Galaxy S2

  76. Zeki Özbillik

    November 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I’m satisfied now with Galaxy S II until a technologically higher (e.g. hologramic) product appears in market.

  77. Joe

    November 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Even Galaxy SII can be extended upto 32 GB using a micro SD card.

    As mentioned by Dr.Amit, single handed operation of Note would be difficult. Happy with SII..

    • Yogesh Patel

      November 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      Well everyone has their personal choices.

  78. Dr. Amit Johari

    November 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    HEAVY, Too much to hold in a hand for a Doctor, I m happy with S2

    • Yogesh Patel

      November 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      True! That is the things which you should look out when you a choice between Galaxy S II vs Galaxy Note.

      • abdullah

        April 2, 2012 at 10:58 pm

        i like glaxy S II

    • Tracey Rowles

      February 17, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Okay, please can some techie out there give me the best advice. For business and personal purposes (phone, email, VPN access, web, social websites) which phone is the best choice?

      • Naveen

        April 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm

        defnitly go with the Note. big screen gives you a good view of attachments and with S pen you can even write on the presentations.

    • malllleeeee

      April 19, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      u r talking about s 2 I9100?

      • Pradeep Neela

        April 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm


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