Difference between Nexus 4 and Galaxy Note II

Key difference: The Nexus 4 is Google's fourth Nexus-branded Android smartphone. It was produced in collaboration with LG Electronics. The phone runs on the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, which was launched with the phone. The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a smartphone manufactured by Samsung featuring Android 4.1. The Note II is known for its large display of 5.5 inches (141 mm), as well as its integral use of a stylus, called the S pen. The Galaxy Note II is marketed as a ‘phablet’, a phone and a tablet, a hybrid or sorts.

With the constant upgrade in technology these days, new models of smartphones as well as upgraded models of smartphones with new features are being constantly launched in the market. Smartphones have become a way of life for many people, allowing them to do anything and everything on the go. This includes typing up a document, chatting with friends, video conferencing, writing up reports, checking e-mails, etc.

One of the most popular operating systems for smartphones and tablets is Android. Android is a Linux-based operating system owned and operated by the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 84 leading firms, which includes mobile handset makers, application developers, some mobile carriers and chip makers. The consortium is lead in part by Google, as well as HTC, Sony, Dell, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel, Nvidia, and Wind River Systems.

A number of these companies’ smartphones and tablets run on Android. Android is an open source software, which means that the code is freely available for modification and distribution by device manufacturers, wireless carriers and enthusiast developers. Among the number of various companies, Google has also launched its own line of smartphones based on Android, called the Google Nexus. Each device in the Nexus line is produced via collaboration between Google and a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner.

The Nexus devices in general have an advantage over other devices in that the Android in the Nexus devices is pure. I.e. the Android does not have any manufacturer or wireless carrier modifications to it, such as a custom graphical user interface. The Android also has an unlockable bootloader to allow further development and end-user modification, all of which is usually blocked on other Android smartphones.

The Nexus 4 is Google's fourth Nexus-branded Android smartphone. It was produced in collaboration with LG Electronics. The phone features a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, front facing 1.3 megapixel camera and an 8 megapixel rear camera and a micro-SIM card tray. The phone runs on the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, which was launched with the phone. The phone also features a new camera technology, called the Photo Sphere. This allows one to take 360 deg Panorama shots.

An OEM which also had Android based devices in the market is Samsung. Samsung Group is a South Korean chaebol, the largest in South Korea. A chaebol is basically a conglomerate. A popular smartphone in the market is Samsung’s Galaxy Note and Note II. The Note II (also at times called the Samsung Galaxy Note 2) is the successor to the previous Galaxy Note.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a smartphone manufactured by Samsung and is an Android based device. The Note II is known for its large display of 5.5 inches (141 mm), as well as its integral use of a stylus, called the S pen. The beauty of a Galaxy Note II is that it falls between the categories of a smartphone and a tablet. It is hence marketed as a ‘phablet’, a phone and a tablet, a hybrid or sorts.

In terms of hardware, the Note II features a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 720p resolution display, and 2 GB of RAM. The Note II is available in a variety of colors and in storage capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. The phone also has an external expandable memory of up to 64 GB. The Galaxy Note II was launched with Android 4.1 (also called Jelly Bean) and at the time of its launch was the first phone to feature Android 4.1. Now, the phone is upgradeable to Android 4.1.2.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Google Nexus website, Samsung website and GSMArena.com.

 

Nexus 4

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Launch Date

November 13, 2012

26 September 2012

Company

Google; designed in collaboration with and manufactured by LG Electronics.

Samsung

Size

133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm (5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 in)

151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm (5.95 x 3.17 x 0.37 in)

Display

True HD IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen

768 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches (~318 ppi pixel density)

720 x 1280 pixels, 5.5 inches (~267 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Weight

139g (4.90 oz)

183 g (6.46 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - N7105

4G Network

No

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 - N7105

GUI

Pure Android

TouchWiz UI

CPU speed

Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait

Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9

GPU

Adreno 320

Mali-400MP

OS

Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), upgradeable to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon

Exynos 4412 Quad

RAM

2 GB RAM

2 GB RAM

SIM Size

Micro-SIM

Micro-SIM

Internal Memory

8/16 GB storage

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

None

up to 64 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Connectivity

  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
  • GSM/EDGE/GPRS
  • 3G
  • HSPA+ 42
  • Wireless charging
  • SlimPort (TM)
  • Bluetooth v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE
  • USB 2.0 Host
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • NFC
  • S Beam
  • Samsung AllShare Play & Control
  • Samsung AllShare Cast (WiFi Display)
  • - Mirroring & Extention
  • Samsung AllShare Framework

Data

WiFi, NFC, GPRS, EDGE, USB

WiFi, NFC, GPRS, EDGE, LTE (4G), USB

Speed

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR

USB

microUSB (SlimPort) v2.0

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP

1.9 MP

Video

[email protected]

[email protected]

Camera Features

Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, photo sphere

Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization

Sound Enhancement

SNS integration

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

SNS integration

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3 player

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player

Video supported formats

MP4/H.264/H.263 player

MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Po 2100 mAh battery

Standard battery, Li-ion 3,100mAh

Available Colors

Black

Titanium Gray, Marble White, Amber Brown, Ruby Wine, Pink

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

No

Stereo FM radio with RDS (N7100 only)

GPS

with A-GPS support and GLONASS

with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Java MIDP emulator

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
  • Microphone
  • Ambient light
  • Compass
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor
  • Google Search,
  • Maps, Gmail,
    YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
  • Smart Stay and Smart Rotate eye tracking
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Samsung TouchWiz / Samsung L!ve Panel
  • Samsung Kies /Samsung Kies Air
  • Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service
  • Direct claa, Screen Recorder
  • Quick Glance
  • Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service
  • Samsung S Suggest
  • S Pen Experience (Stylus)
  • - S Note, S Planner, Email with hand-writing
  •   integration
  • - S Pen Keeper
  • - Quick Command, Easy Clip, Photo Note,
  •   Paper Artist
  • - Shape Match, Formula Match

 

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