Samsung Galaxy Note 2
One of the key contributors to Samsung's success story has been the big guy Galaxy Note. According to ongoing rumors, the company is likely to release the successor to the Galaxy Note, "Galaxy Note 2", later this year to rival Apple iPhone 5, which is also expected to arrive during this fall.

The Samsung Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S2 Epic Touch 4G both support 4G networks wherever available. The Galaxy Note phablet was released in January whereas the Galaxy S2 Epic Touch 4G was released in September.

Both smartphones pack with high resolution eight megapixel rear-facing cameras and two megapixel front-facing cameras. The Galaxy Note runs with a powerful battery and packs a processor different from its international version. Similarly the Galaxy S2 Epic Touch 4G is powered with a more powerful battery and has a larger screen compared to the Samsung Galaxy S2. The Galaxy Note also comes with pen-input technology called S Pen and will be getting the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update as promised by Samsung. The upgrade includes multimedia features and a range of S Pen optimised applications.

Display

The Galaxy Note LTE features a 5.3in Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The display features TouchWiz User Interface (UI) and comes with a resolution of 800x1280 pixels and a pixel density of 285 pixels per inch.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic Touch 4G, in contrast, features a 4.52in Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass. The display also features the latest TouchWiz UI v4.0. The resolution of the display is 480x800 pixels with pixel density of 206 ppi.

Dimension

The Galaxy Note measures 146.8x83x9.7mm and weighs 178g whereas the dimensions of Galaxy S2 are 130x70x10mm and it is lighter than the Note, weiging 130g.

Operating System

The Galaxy Note was launched with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) but Samsung recently announced the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update. The Galaxy S2 runs on Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread).

Processor

The Galaxy Note is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon chip with a dual-core Scorpion processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The Galaxy S2 is powered by an Exynos chip with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. Both smartphones pack 1GB of RAM.

Camera

The Galaxy Note is equipped with a primary camera of eight megapixels with LED flash, auto-focus, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilisation technologies. The camera can record video at 1080p.

The Galaxy S2, like the Galaxy Note, sports an eight megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilisation. The camera can capture video in 1080p at 30 frames per second.

Both smartphones pack front-facing cameras of two megapixels.

Connectivity

The The Galaxy Note offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and EDR. It supports data speed up to HSDPA 21Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps. The smartphone also supports Near Field Communication and connects to 4G network speeds.

The Galaxy S2 offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC (optional), Bluetooth version 3.0+HS and 4G connectivity.

Storage

The Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S2 offer internal storage space of 16GB and offer microSD card with an additional memory up to 32GB.

Battery

The Galaxy Note is powered by a Li-ion battery with a capacity of 2500mAh delivering talk time up to 10 hours while the Galaxy S2 is powered by a Li-ion 1800mAh battery which delivers talk time of more than eight hours.