Some people await the release of a new cell phone as if it were the birth of a child. If you’re a big fan of Samsung products, that might describe the excitement you feel about the upcoming release of the Galaxy S5, a cell phone whose precise specs and capabilities are as yet shrouded in mystery. Samsung has its fair share of quality cell phones on the market already, particularly the Galaxy Note 2. Will consumers be quick to switch from this model to the S5?
To find out, let’s take a look at how the phones are likely to stack up against each other in six key areas that consumers care about: design, display, camera, software, battery, and price.
The Galaxy Note 2 has a plastic exterior and weighs a bit more than expected for its footprint. The extra weight comes from a wide screen and an S pen stylus that’s used to peruse the phone’s features. The Galaxy S5 won’t have a pen, but it will feature a microSD card slot and a removable back that accommodates an extended life battery. The S5’s body is rumored to come in metal or plastic, though some report two plastic models — one budget and one premium.
According to one Samsung executive, “[for] the S5, we will go back to the basics. Mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.” If you aren’t happy with the quality of the Galaxy 2’s interface and construction, the Galaxy S5 gives you something to look forward to.
The Galaxy Note 2 has a huge screen for a cell phone; at 5.5”, its screen is .5” inches larger than the screen for Galaxy S4. The extra space is convenient for using the S stylus pen, but it also makes the cell phone ideal for gaming and watching TV shows and movies. The Galaxy S5 will apparently feature a smaller screen than Galaxy Note 2, but one that has superior resolution at a 500+ pixel-per-inch count. Do you favor screen size or clarity? Take your pick.
In the camera department, expect the Galaxy S5 to offer a significant upgrade over the Galaxy Note 2. The latter’s 8MP camera never blew anyone away; and as it continues to age, its performance will seem increasingly obsolete. The Galaxy S5, on the other hand, is predicted to have a camera with a 16MP sensor that offers a significant upgrade over the Galaxy S4 as well. If you use your cell phone to take quality photos, switching to the Galaxy S5 may be worth it.
Galaxy Note 2 runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software, but what really matters is the device’s TouchWiz interface that’s designed for the S Pen stylus. Because the Galaxy S5 is stylus-free, its interface will be totally different than the Galaxy Note 2’s. Rumor has it that the software will offer an interface similar to the Magazine UI interface that debuted on Samsung’s new tablet line in 2014. You can check out that interface in this video of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2.
The Galaxy Note 2 has a large battery with lots of life, but expect to receive more bang for your buck from the Galaxy S5’s battery, which is expected to be a 2,900 mAh fast-charging lithium ion battery that holds 20% more charge than other batteries in its class. The Galaxy Note 2 will still have the biggest battery, but the battery of the Galaxy S5 will deliver a higher level of performance. In terms of pure battery life, however, Galaxy Note 2 is still tops.
We know the Galaxy S5 will cost more than the Galaxy Note 2, but by how much? Just a year ago, the Galaxy Note 2 was nearly $300. Today, it can be had for $50 when you sign a carrier contract. Remember the theory about a budget model and a premium model for the new S5? Some insiders predict the former will start retailing for under $200, while the latter will have a minimum price of over $1,000. That’s a lot of money for a cell phone that doesn’t have diamonds.
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