The Samsung Galaxy Note LTE N7000 is a revolutionary device that comes with a gigantic 5.3in display and the stylus - S Pen - for chalking out notes, sketching and browsing the web with effortless ease. The bigger screen is ideal for viewing more with lesser scrolling and page transitions. The device was announced in September last year and released in October.
On the other hand, Taiwanese tech giant HTC launched its flagship One series Android smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in February. The flagship series comprises the One X, One S and the One V models, wherein the One S is the thinnest. With such a sleek body and an exceptionally well performing camera, the HTC One S is one smartphone that left critics drooling over the gadget, which also incorporates the revolutionary audio technology - Beats Audi. This is supposed to ensure richer bass and a more realistic sound experience. In addition, the One S features 25GB of free Dropbox storage on a two year contract.
Let's compare the HTC One S with Galaxy Note LTE N7000 to check how they stack up against each other:
Dimensions and Weight: The HTC One S represents an increasingly popular trend of ultra-slim Android handsets and is an absolute stunner from the outside. The phone touts a slim yet muscular body - 7.8mm thin - which is finely designed. Incidentally, the phone is thinner than existing T-Mobile phones such as the Apple iPhone 4S (9.3mm) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (8.9mm). The HTC phone measures 130.9 x 65 x 7.8mm and weighs 119.5g with the battery.
The Galaxy Note LTE, on the other hand, comes with dimensions of 146.9 x 83 x 9.7mm and weighs a massive 178g, thanks to its bigger 5.3in display as well as a bigger battery.
Display: Both the One S and the Galaxy Note LTE support Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen displays with 16 million colours and flaunt Corning Gorilla Glass protection that makes them scratch proof as well as damage resistant.
The Note LTE sports a massive 5.3in display with a native resolution of 800 x 1200 pixels at a pixel density of 285ppi (pixels per inch) and flaunts the TouchWiz UI 4.0 skin. The One S, in comparison, supports a smaller 4.3in display at a pixel density of 256ppi, and runs on the HTC Sense UI.
Processor and Memory: The HTC One S comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and the Adreno 225 GPU and feels sufficiently snappy. While the phone lacks an SD Card slot to add extra memory, the device does come with spacious 16GB of internal storage and 1GB RAM.
The Note LTE N7000, on the other hand, ports a dual-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor and Mali-400 MP GPU for slick and seamless performance. The phone adds microSD storage expansion support up to 32GB, besides shipping in two versions of internal storage models - 16/32GB. Like the Galaxy S3, this phone too comes with 1GB of RAM.
Operating System:The HTC One S runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)) and sports the lightweight HTC Sense 4.0 User Interface (UI). The "toned down" version of the Sense UI goes well with the notification tray, Android 4.0's task switcher and revamped keyboard. The redesigned home screen dock is also quite impressive.
The Galaxy Note LTE, on the other hand, ships with Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), with support for the latest Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade. It runs on the slick and seamless TouchWiz 4.0 UI.
Camera: Both smartphones come with eight megapixel primary cameras. While the HTC One S, with its proprietary ImageChip technology, gives richer colour and brightness and a better ergonomic interface, the LTE N7000 adds several camera tweaks including Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilisation.
The HTC phone sports a VGA-quality front-facing camera, while its Samsung counterpart comes with a two megapixel camera for video calling. Both phones support 1080p video recording at 30fps (frames per second) on their primary cameras.
Connectivity: The HTC phone runs on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42 wireless network and offers quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band 3G with HSDPA and HSUPA. The exact data speed, however, is yet to be found out. The Galaxy LTE Note, on the other hand, supports download speed of 21 Mbps and upload speed of 5.76 Mbps and supports LTE too.
The HTC phone includes connectivity options such as 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) and DLNA compatibility along with Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, and Wi-Fi hotspot. The Galaxy Note LTE comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth version 3 with A2DP, USB version 2.0 with microUSB (MHL), USB On-the-go features.
Battery: The One S comes with a standard Li-Po 1650mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to 7 hours of talk time. The Note LTE N7000, on the other hand, ships with an ultra-powerful Li-Ion 2500mAh battery that is rated to provide up to 960 hours of standby time or about 26 hours of talk time over 2G and up to 820 hours of standby time or about 13 hours of talk time over 3G networks.