Phone Wars: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 VS Apple iPhone 5

November 8, 2012 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Here we go once again boys and girls, time for yet another Phone Wars. You know the drill. We put two top phones, not just from Android, against each other and compare their features, spec’s and more. So settle in for a nice battle as it’s the ginormous Samsung Galaxy Note 2, with a 5.5-inch display and quad-core Exynos processor competing against the 6th iteration of Apple’s iPhone 5, it’s bigger, with less glass, and less Google, but can it stand up to the mammoth size of the Galaxy Note 2? Let’s find out.


Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The beast, the monster, the Galaxy Note 2. Sitting with a 5.5″ 720p display, with it’s S Pen, and many other goodies, the Galaxy Note 2 is available on all carriers in the US (at the time of writing this, only T-Mobile and Sprint currently have it on sale). So how does it match up to the iPhone 5?


  • Galaxy Note 2’s Awesome features; Multi-Window, Air View, Popup note, Idea sketch, Photo Note, Paper Artist, and more. Only on the Note 2
  • Quad-core Exynos 4412 processor; Exynos is said to be one of the fastest mobile processors around
  • 2GB of RAM, for true multi-tasking
  • Available on all five US carriers and Internationally; AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon Wireless
  • Has Google Maps, Google Search and Gmail installed out-of-the-box


  • While it is a huge display, it may turn out to be to large for some to use with one hand comfortably
  • Touchwiz; This might be a deal breaker for some, while it’s a plus for others
  • Android 4.2; the update could be about 4 months away. iOS users don’t experience this problem

Apple iPhone 5

Here we have the iPhone 5. Now you might know that we are an Android blog, so I’ll try and not be biased against the iPhone 5, or throw in jabs at the device. But Apple just makes it to easy sometimes. The iPhone 5, grew up a bit from the iPhone 4S. It also divorced Google Maps, and brought it Apple Maps which haven’t done so well. So can it step up to the big boys and give the Note 2 a run for it’s money?Pro’s

  • Quick Software Updates; Somehow Apple has been able to bully the carriers into letting them stay out of the software updates. So iPhone users get their updates very quickly
  • Siri, Passbook, Reminders, iMessage, and all the other cool software features in iOS6.
  • It’s half an inch taller than the previous iPhone 4S, measuring at 4.0″


  • Apple Maps; I’m sure you don’t need us to tell you about Apple’s Maps, do we?
  • Customization; If you’ve owned an Android device then you know all the customization we can accomplish. On the iPhone, it’s not possible.
  • Scratches and Scuffs; It’s been reported that the new design of the 6th generation iPhone get scratches and scuff marks very easily


As an unbiased choice, it would have to be the Galaxy Note 2. I know you Apple fans think I’m biased, but so what. Look at the facts, Android is highly customizable while iOS is not, the Note 2 has double the processing power and double the RAM of the iPhone 5, and the Note 2 has Google Now which is faster at responding than Siri on the iPhone 5. Need more reasons why the Note 2 is better? Now the Galaxy Note 2 is available on all the same carriers that the iPhone 5 is on, so when you go in to pick up your new device, your carrier won’t be a factor.