Galaxy Note 2 vs. Galaxy Note 1

The Choice is Not Clear at first but Inevitable.

6 October 2012

Melbourne Australia
Loren W – MrInternet

 Déjà vu – At 1st glance on paper the Samsung GN2 – Galaxy Note 2 (N7100), looks like a silly upgrade for anyone that already had the GN1 – Galaxy Note 1 ( N7000). Though slightly thinner, slightly heavier and only slightly longer than its predecessor even the case for the GN1 fits the GN2, but with one end of the GN1 is the same the side and the top end are slightly different to accommodate the longer length.

Ginger Bread to Jelly Bean Upgrade– For most, the GN1 runs Android Gingerbread on a dual processor, whilst the GN2 runs Jelly Bean 4.1.1. IN my case I had installed the factory Ice Cream Sandwich, (ICS), on the GN1, offering a much better experience with less of the Samsung Touch Wiz UI. For those unaware, the Samsung Touch Wiz UI, is designed to let users migrate form Samsung phone to Samsung phone with as little difference in experience as possible due to the common interface. For the purists out there it is ‘garbage-ware’ taking away from the pure Android experience that like Apple, Windows, etc. joy is achieved, in experiencing the new operating system, in its native state (Vanilla).

Lower Video Quality = Better Experience – WTF,  SO, one of the many mysteries here is that the actual specs of the GN2 is lower yes lower video quality than the GN1 at 720 x 1280 pixels, 5.5 inches (~267 ppi pixel density) fpr the GN2, and 800 x 1280 pixels, 5.3 inches (~285 ppi pixel density) for the GN1. The GN2 uses Gorilla Glass 2, and the GN1 uses Gorilla Glass 1. The strange thing is no matter what video I play the GN2 looks brighter and clearer than the GN1. With the GN2 using a much faster processor, a Exynos 4412 Quadcore 1.6GHz Coretex –A9 vs the GN1 that runs a Dual Core 1.4GHz. The GN2 CPU is the same on in the Samsung 10.1 Tab but a bit faster than the Galaxy S3. The weight of the GN1 is 178g vs, 183g of the GN2. Ram gets doubled to an impressive 2GB, offering a great marriage for the quad core CPU. It is also worth noting the GN2 supports a 64gb SD MicroSim, whilst the GN1 has trouble with some cards, (they will get cheaper too).

Why Upgrade? – So why upgrade? Simply put the GN2 is a better phone. Jelly Bean over the previous stock Gingerbread, is like a windows XP PC vs. Windows 7 or 8, It is crisper and the experience of the GN2 is just better. Small details like the home button being slightly raised, is a good addition. Even the sound quality of the GN2 gets an uplift as does Bluetooth going from the new (4.0 vs 3.0) and NFC is native as well. Finally the battery life is pretty amazing, with the GN1 offer a 2500 mAh battery vs a 3100 mAH battery resulting in a whopping 25% increase talk time (35H) for the GN2.

Conclusion-  The OS, CPU Power Upgrade, Better Form Factor, and Overall Usability Upgrade, and even better Battery Life of the Galaxy Note 2 makes this a no brainer. I am excited about even contemplating a better phone on the planet coming out in the future as this is pretty mind blowing.

Author- A fan boy of tech, Loren has 20 years, in the tech space introducing business broadband in the 90’s (yeah he is old), and data centre services in 2000’s has android tablets, / phablets, and phones, iPads (4), 2 Macs, and an Uber PC, so not really biased.


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