The key feature with the Samsung Galaxy Note is the large screen that it boasts and it is pleasing to see that Samsung have equipped this display with some very impressive specification. At 5.3 inches it is the largest smartphone display currently available. In fact the screen is so large that many people refer to the model as being a hybrid between a mobile phone and a tablet device. In terms of quality the screen can display a very impressive resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. When we break this down into a pixel density the model offers a very reasonable 285PPI which is much higher than many smaller screened premium devices that are available. The Samsung Galaxy S3 uses a slightly smaller 4.8 inch screen but this display offers a very similar resolution to the Galaxy Note of 1280 x 720. This means that the pixel density on this new model is slightly higher at 306PPI. If we ignore the figures and actually take a look at how both screens perform there is very little to choose between the two. Colour reproduction is superb and both devices deliver deep dark tones thanks to their use of Super AMOLED screen technology.
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One area where we feel that the new Galaxy S3 disappoints slightly is with its styling. The Samsung Galaxy Note is very similar to the Galaxy S2 in this area in offering a very angular design which works particularly well with the large screen that the phone utilises. The main body of the model is constructed from a black plastic which despite feeling slightly cheap does help the model to weigh an impressive 178 grammes. The back panel of the phone features a textured finish which not only helps it to pick up less fingerprints than a smooth panel but also makes it feel very comfortable in the palm of your hand. Samsung have adopted a much more curved design on the S3 and we feel that it does not catch the eye as much as other Galaxy handsets that they have produced. This does not mean that the model is unattractive as it is not, the curves actually look quite nice but it does look very similar to numerous other handsets that have been produced over the last year. One aspect of this new model that is very nice is the blue colour of the new device which makes a change from the black finish that many manufacturers tend to favour. Both of these phones are also available in a white version. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is pleasing on the eye but it fails to grab your attention in the same way as the futuristic Galaxy Note does.
There is no doubt that the new Galaxy S3 is a very impressive device but the Samsung Galaxy Note matches this model in both of the areas we have looked at. If you do not mind carrying a phone that is larger than average in size then the Note may be the perfect handset for you.
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