Smartphone Heavyweight Bout: Galaxy Nexus vs AT&T Galaxy Note (Video)
There has been much anticipation and buzz surrounding the release of the AT&T Galaxy Note. Many have been curious about how the device stacks up against other phones. Well we decided to pit the best of the best against the newly released AT&T Galaxy Note.
Size: While the Galaxy Nexus is definitely a larger screen phone, the size of the Galaxy Note dwarfs it in comparison. Both phones are comfortable to hold however, though the Galaxy Note is too large for one-handed operation.
Build Quality: Both phones have good build quality, though I’d have to give the nod to the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note has a bit more of a premium feel to it than the Galaxy Nexus. When you hold it, it simply feels like it’s more expensive than the Galaxy Nexus.
Screen: Both screens utilize the Super Amoled HD technology, but they do look a little bit different. The Galaxy Note seems to have a cooler color temperature than the Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Nexus’ screen is brighter than the Galaxy Note’s. In the end, both screens are gorgeous even though they do look slightly different. In my opinion, some things look better on the Galaxy Nexus while others may look better on the Galaxy Note.
Device Speed: Both phones open apps equally fast. The GPS on the Galaxy Nexus consistently gets a lock faster than the Galaxy Note. Both phones, stream HD flash content with ease. The browser on the Galaxy Nexus is noticeably faster than the Galaxy Note. When it comes to browser speed it isn’t even close, the Galaxy Nexus mops the floor with the Galaxy Note. This may be attributable to Ice Cream Sandwich’s browser optimizations, so it will be very interesting to see the Note’s browser performance after its ICS update.
Sound: The Galaxy Note has a much louder speaker than the Galaxy Nexus. This is true whether it’s a phone call or media playing, the Galaxy Note consistently is the louder device. The Galaxy Note is one of the loudest smartphones I’ve ever heard. The sound quality is not perfect, but the volume is top notch.
Overall: The phones seem to be on par in most areas, but the Galaxy Nexus does separate itself where it matters the most, performance. The Galaxy Nexus has a faster locking GPS, and MUCH faster browser, thus making the overall experience on the Nexus better. The Galaxy Note has the edge in speaker volume and build quality (by a little), though the edge it has in those things are not significant enough for me to put it ahead of the Galaxy Nexus. Overall, the Galaxy Nexus is the better device, but not by much. The AT&T Galaxy Note most definitely holds its own against the Galaxy Nexus and other competition in the market.