Top Android Phone Battle: Galaxy Note II vs. Nexus 4

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Two phones currently give you the best of the Android world: Galaxy Note II and Nexus 4. Both come with Jelly Bean out of the box, have superb display and powerful internals, and have appealing aesthetics. But yet each of these phones has their own flavor, which may satisfy one and discourage another. Our intent is to help you decide which flavor suits you best and avoid regrets later on. Galaxy Note II or Nexus 4? Let’s find out.

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Looks

 

Galaxy Note II

Nexus 4

Hardware

It’s quad-core vs. quad-core between these two phones. The Note II is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 4412 processor while the Nexus 4 runs on Qualcomm’s APQ8064 Snapdragon. A slightly higher clock speed gives the Note II a small advantage in speed although if you watched the video, that speed difference is hardly noticeable. The Note II scores higher than the Nexus 4 in Quadrant, AnTuTu, Vellamo, and SunSpider benchmarks.

The Galaxy Note II has the bigger display but that didn’t mean it has the better screen. The 4.7″ Nexus 4 has a higher pixel density (318 vs. 267 ppi) thanks to its superb True HD IPS display. The Note II’s screen is the same as the Galaxy Nexus’ Super AMOLED display, which isn’t bad, but definitely not better than the Nexus 4. Both displays are covered with Corning Gorilla Glass for protection.

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Both phones have 8 MP cameras on the back but the Note II’s camera app has a couple of features which aren’t present on the Nexus 4′s. Examples are the simultaneous HD and image recording and face and smile detection. The Note II’s front camera is slightly better than on the Nexus 4, 1.9 against 1.3 MP.

Many griped of the absence of LTE radios on the Nexus 4. This means you are stuck with a cap speed of 42 Mbps DL instead of 100 Mbps DL on the Note II. If you are in a big city with LTE coverage, this is really an issue. There’s no news if an LTE version will go out though it would be unlikely because only T-Mobile has this smartphone on their contracts. Another interesting difference is the microUSB ports for these phones; the Note II uses MHL while the Nexus 4 introduces SlimPort. It’s interesting but it’s not that significant — you would need a new adapter for your HDMI TV though.

 

Software

Both comes with Jelly Bean but there are some minor differences between these two smartphones. The Nexus 4 runs Jelly Bean 4.2 which features Photo Sphere, Miracast support and an improved Google Now. You could rename these features to panorama, wireless display and wiser Siri. Note II runs 4.1 so the features mentioned are yet to be present. Gesture Typing on Nexus 4 is also better as it can now automatically add spaces between words. For more information on Jelly Bean, click here.

 

Prices

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Summary of Specs

Samsung Galaxy Note IIGoogle Nexus 4
Processor, RAM1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412, 2 GB1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon, 2 GB
Dimensions, Weight5.95 x 3.17 x 0.37 in, 6.46 oz. 5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 in, 4.90 oz.
Display5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels True HD IPS capacitive touchscreen
Operating SystemAndroid 4.1.1/4.1.2 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
Storage16/32/64 GB8/16 GB
Camera8 MP rear, 1.9 MP front, 1080p video8 MP rear, 1.3 MP front, 1080p video
Other Features- S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
- Smart Stay and Smart Rotate eye tracking
- SNS integration
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Dropbox (50 GB storage)
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
- Organizer
- Image/video editor
- Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input (Swype)
- SNS integration
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3 player
- Organizer
- Image/video editor
- Document editor
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input

Conclusion

Which Jelly Bean smartphone is for you? Because the phone’s performance is about the same the display might be the greatest factor to consider. A larger screen would mean a better movie, gaming and web browsing experience. But it would mean you can’t just jam it inside your jeans’ pocket. The Nexus 4 is smaller, cheaper, has the more current version of Jelly Bean but lacks LTE support because of being contract free.

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