The Galaxy S5 was released in April, competing with Samsung’s Note 3 and Note 2 in terms of specs and features. But honestly, in our opinion, the S5 smartphone is like a diamond, while its siblings are some stones with a lower value. And you’ll agree with us, in case you haven’t checked out these devices yet.
Many of Samsung’s devices are made of polycarbonate plastic material, and the Note isn’t an exception. The cheap appearance doesn’t convince you to buy the phablet, but if you’ll ignore this aspect and take into consideration its other advantages, the Note 2 is a great deal. However, Samsung changed the aspect of its successor entirely, introducing the faux leather back cover to make it feel more elegant. But the S5 is better looking than both of the phablets, having a rear perforated design.
The Note 2 and the Note 3 are about the same sizes. So, the Note is measuring 151×80.5x 9.4mm and it weights 182grams, and the Note 3 is measuring 151.2×79.2×8.3mm and it’s 14grams lighter. The Galaxy S5 it’s easier to hold in one hand, because it’s shorter and narrower, measuring 142×72.5×8.1mm and weighting 145grams.
How durable they are?
All three smartphones’ displays are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, only that the S5 and the Note 3 us a newer version of this material, which is more resistant. In addition, the S5 is water and dust resistant, so you can go to scuba diving without worrying that your smartphone will be killed by a few splashes of water.
Both the Note 2 and the Note 3 come with three variants of internal storage – 16 and 32GB expandable up to 64GB, plus a 64GB variant. The S5 has 16GB and 32GB variants of internal storage – which can be expanded up to 128GB.
All three devices are equipped with Super AMOLED displays, but of different sizes: he Note 2 has a 5.5inches display with a resolution of 720x1280pixels and 267ppi. The Note 3’s display is bigger – 5.7inches, and the resolution was increased to 1080x1920pixels, while the pixel density was increased to 386ppi. The S5 has a much smaller display of 5.1inches, with a resolution of 1080x1920pixels and an incredible pixel resolution of 432ppi. The S5’s display is simply amazing.
Between the three, the Galaxy Note 2 has the weakest rear camera, which has a resolution of 8MP. The Galaxy Note 3 has a 13MP primary camera with many useful features, but the S5 outpaces its siblings with the 16MP camera, which features a faster autofocus. With the S5’s camera, you can take the shot and then pick a point of focus, and the rest of the image will be blurred. Plus, the S5 shows you HDR previews. The S5 and the Note 3 shoot 4K videos, while the Note 2 supports only 1080p video recording.
Only the Note 2 and Note 3 come with an S Pen stylus which is used to write notes or draw on the screen. In addition, the Note 3 has the Air Command feature with which you have quick access to all the S Pen features.
The S5 runs on the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) version and it receive updates for the next two years. The Note 2 came loaded with Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, which was upgraded to the 4.4.2 (KitKat) version, which happened also with Note 3’s Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS. But we’ll see what surprises Samsung will offer us in the near future.
The Note 2 has a Li-Ion 3100mAh battery, the Note 3 is kept alive by a better Li-Ion 3200mAh battery, but the S5 needs only a Li-Ion 2800mAh battery to last long enough.
All three Samsung devices can be found on amazon.com at the following prices: the Note 2 16GB variant – 375 dollars, the Note 3 Samsung 4G LTE 16GB variant – 580 dollars and the S5 16GB variant – 585 dollars.
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