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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Note 3 Spec Comparison

Note 2 vs Note 3

The Note 3 is an upgrade to its predecessor in every sense of the word; it’s got a bigger screen, better battery life, faster processor, and slimmer design than the Note 2. In the table below we match the main specs up side by side so that you can draw the differences yourself. We also have a more detailed look at the specs in our ‘What’s the difference between the Galaxy Note 2 and Note 3 post?’ should you wish to read in more detail.

You may also be interested to read our review of the Galaxy Note 3. Click the image below to see the spec comparison in full.

note 3 comparison

What’s the difference between the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Note 3?

Galaxy Note 2 vs Galaxy Note 3: what’s the difference?

Samsung’s Galaxy Note range is superb – there’s no denying that – but it doesn’t come cheap. Perhaps you’ve decided that the Note form factor is what you’re looking for in your next phone, but you’re not sure whether you should go for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or its newly released successor, the Note 3. Even if  you’re still deciding whether or not a Note device is right for you, or if you’re considering an upgrade from the Note 2, this post will be useful to read to understand the different features that are available across the two devices. We have the SIM free versions of these two handsets available to buy on the Clove website. You can view the Note 2 here or the Note 3 here.

note 3 vs note 2 comparison

First of all, let’s have a look at the main differences at a glance:

  • The Note 3 has a larger display: 5.7″ compared to 5.5″
  • Despite its larger display, the Note 3 is smaller overall thanks to its reduced bezel
  • The Note 3 is more powerful – it has a faster processor and more RAM
  • The Note 3 has more internal storage: 32GB compared to 16GB
  • The Note 3 has wireless charging capability via official accessories
  • The Note 3 has better battery life
  • The Note 3 has a better camera and video recorder
  • The Note 2 is heavier
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is cheaper
  • The Note 3 has a newer version of Android

Read on for a detailed breakdown of the two most recent Note handsets

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Spec Comparison

Xperia Z Ultra vs Note 2 Spec Comparison

In the table below you can find a spec comparison of the two smartphone behemoths that are the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. We’ll have more detailed video and written comparisons available once the Xperia Z Ultra has been released, but in the meantime here’s a quick overview of how their two feature sets match up. You can also see the comparison in video format below.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2


Xperia Z Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comparison video

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 update rolling out

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Update to bring performance enhancement and stability updates

An update has begun rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Unfortunately it is not the Android 4.2.2 update, which is due to begin rolling out in Q3 and will bring to the Note 2 some of the new features that have been launched with the Samsung Galaxy S4.

View our Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Galaxy S4 comparison here

The update that is currently rolling out for the Note 2 isn’t all that exciting, bringing bug fixes and stability updates. Still, anything that improves performance is a winner. You can either update your Note 2 using Kies or by going to Settings > About Phone > System Updates to see if the update is available OTA.

Here are the details of the UK update from Sammobile:

Model: GT-N7100
Country: United Kingdom
Version: Android 4.1.2
Changelist: 1071214
Build date: Fri, 31 May 2013 02:18:10 +0000
Product Code: BTU

Via GeekyGadgets

What’s the difference between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 2?

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Galaxy S4 – what’s the difference?

For this comparison we’ll take a look at two of Samsung’s best-selling handsets – its flagship, the Galaxy S4 (available to order here), and its second in command, the Galaxy Note 2 (available to order here).

In contrast to other manufacturers, Samsung’s flagship, the S4, isn’t its largest handset in terms of screen size. Even the Note 2, Samsung’s current king of screen size, will shortly abdicate its throne for the Samsung Galaxy Mega.

Now that there are so many different options, choosing the correct screen size will be an important part of your buying decision. However, it’s not just about the display – there are many other factors to consider – so we’ll discuss them all in relation to one another below.

Galaxy Note 2 Vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Main differences at a glance

Before we get into the details, here’s a quick look at the main differentiators between the Galaxy S4 and the Note 2:

  • Screen size – the Note 2 has a larger display than the S4
  • Stylus – the Note 2 includes the S Pen Stylus, the S4 does not
  • Camera- the S4 has a better sensor
  • Dimensions – the S4 is smaller, lighter and thinner
  • The Note 2 has a larger battery and better battery life
  • The S4 has a superior screen resolution
  • TV Remote – the S4 has a built-in IR Blaster so that it can act as a remote control
  • The S4 has newer software features (TouchWiz)
  • The S4 has a newer version of MHL for video out

Video Comparison – Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy Note 2

See our full text comparison of the S4 and the Note 2 after the cut, or see the two devices compared in the flesh in this video comparison.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Miracast Demo with Netgear PTV3000 Push2TV Adaptor

The NetGear PTV3000 Push2TV adaptor is a Miracast dongle that will work with any Miracast-enabled handset, which by now is quite a few different phones.

In the video below, Youtube user veryannoyingname shows the PTV3000 being used seamlessly with the Samsung Galaxy S4.

We are expecting stock of the PTV3000 to arrive at Clove within the next few weeks, having initially expected stock to arrive in April. We’ll provide an update as soon as it’s in stock.

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Disable S Voice on your Galaxy S4 to speed up the home button

Samsung Galaxy S4 Pros

Samsung’s S Voice feature has improved considerably since its initial release, but if you’re still not a regular user of the feature it’s worth disabling it to get improved performance from your handset.

Going by the default settings of TouchWiz, S Voice is activated when you double tap the home key. This means that when you press the home key once, there is a short pause while the handset waits to see if a second tap is registered to activate S Voice. If you’re not using S Voice all that much, you may wish to disable the double tap feature to remove the lag.

To do this, load S Voice and go to menu > settings > open via the home key.

If you don’t want to disable S Voice but still want to speed up the home button, you could use gesture controls to launch the app instead. These are included within some launchers or can be configured with other apps, such as Trigger.

S Voice runs on Samsung’s Android handsets that have been updated to Jelly Bean, so you should be able to make the tweak on the Samsung Galaxy S2/S3/S4 and both the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2.

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Which MHL Cable should I buy?

MHL Cable choices

The chances are that if you’ve come to this post, you’re already aware that your device has MHL (video out capability), so I won’t explain what an MHL cable is used for (there are good definitions within the linked products below) and we have also written about it before in our what is MHL post, which explains what MHL does and shows off some of its coolest features.

Click here to view MHL cables in our online store

MHL Cable

However, while MHL is an industry standard (meaning that in theory the same cable should be compatible with all MHL-enabled devices), that is not the case – some use an 11 pin arrangement, others use a 5 pin arrangement. The point of this post therefore is to tell you which MHL cable is compatible with your device.

While we do cover Samsung MHL cables below (as well as cables for other manufacturers), we now have a more detailed post that you may find useful if you use a Samsung handset: Which MHL adaptor does my Samsung Galaxy need?

Samsung Galaxy S4 / Samsung Galaxy S3 11 pin MHL Adaptor

We have created a video to show the description below in action, which you can view here

The Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy S4 MHL adaptors are interchangeable with both handsets. That’s to say, the S4 MHL adaptor will work with the S3, and the S3 MHL adaptor will work with the S4. However, there are still some differences.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 uses MHL 2.0. This means that there is no power connection needed for the MHL adaptor to work – the S4 can power the connection itself. That being said, it is advisable to power the connection if possible (using your handset’s microUSB charger) in order to prevent battery drain. Both the S3 and S4 adaptors work with the S4 without the need to power the connection.

The situation with the Samsung Galaxy S3  handset is the opposite. Both the S3 and S4 MHL adaptors will need to be powered if you are using them with the S3 because it uses an older version of MHL in the USB port. This isn’t a huge problem as the microUSB charger supplied with you handset is fine for this purpose, it just makes the setup slightly more inconvenient.

The other difference between the two adaptors is that the S4 adaptor has a 60MHz refresh rate, whereas the S3 has a 24MHz refresh rate. This means that the S4 adaptor will provide a better image on screen, whether you are using it with the S3 or the S4.

Galaxy Note range

All Galaxy Notes  include support for MHL. The rules for choosing  an MHL cable are the same as the Galaxy S device of the same generation and follow the same guidelines as above

  • Galaxy Note = Samsung Galaxy S2: available HERE
  • Galaxy Note 2 = Samsung Galaxy S3: available HERE
  • Galaxy Note 3 = Samsung Galaxy S4: available HERE

Samsung 5 pin MHL tip

Samsung’s change to 11 pins stopped their new adapters being compatible with older devices and vice-versa. Due to this, a small tip accessory was created to convert original 5 pin adaptors to the new 11 pin arrangement.

Be aware that whilst this will make older 5 pin adaptors able to output over HDMI on newer Samsung phones, the adaptor specification remains the same. Any new MHL features present on up to date adaptors designed specifically for newer devices will not be available.

  • This product has been discontinued since this blog was originally posted. There is no direct replacement.

11-Pin MHL adaptor

From the Galaxy S3 onwards, Samsung modified the MHL standard to produce a specific 11 pin adapter for their range of devices. As stated above there is some interoperability between the S3/S4 generation.

Samsung Galaxy S4 MHL Cable (demo video)(also compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S3)

Samsung Galaxy S3 MHL Cable (demo video) (also compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S4)

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 MHL Cable (demo video) (the same generation and adaptor as the Galaxy S3)

5-Pin MHL adaptor

The original MHL specification. Most devices use this standard. The Samsung Galaxy S2 was the first device with this connection and the adapter for this is universal across all 5 pin handsets. For this reason, many of the devices listed below used to have links to a Samsung MHL adapter, rather than one from their own manufacturer, as this was the most readily available.

The original Samsung adaptor we sold has been discontinued for some time. From 2015 we have this new 3rd party version which will cover the devices below and other 5 pin MHL compatible phones.

  • Huawei Ascend D1, Huawei Ascend D1 Quad, Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL, Huawei Ascend D2, Huawei Ascend P1, Huawei Ascend P1 S, Huawei Ascend P2
  • Alcatel One Touch 997, Alcatel One Touch 997A, Alcatel One Touch 997D, Alcatel One Touch 998
  • Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy Note

Sony Xperia Z MHL connectivity demo video

HTC One MHL connectivity demo video

MHL 3.0

In August 2013, the MHL consortium announced the specification for MHL 3.0. Continuing the improvements to 2.0 that brought powered MHL, version 3.0 has support for 4K video (2160p@30fps). The full list of improvements is below:

  • 4K (Ultra HD): Support of 4K formats up to 2160p30
  • Simultaneous high-speed data channel
  • Improved Remote Control Protocol (RCP) with new commands
  • HID support for peripherals such as a touch screen,keyboard and mouse
  • Higher Power charging up to 10W
  • Backward compatible with MHL 1 and MHL 2
  • Latest HDCP 2.2 content protection
  • Enhanced 7.1 surround sound with Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD
  • Connector agnostic – uses as few as five pins
  • Support for simultaneous multiple displays

Other accessories that offer MHL capability

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Smart Dock. Also compatible with Samsung Galaxy S3.

There was a similar product for Sony handsets called the LiveDock, but this has now been discontinued.

Handsets that you may expect to have MHL, but don’t

MHL is a relatively new standard when it comes to its inclusion with smartphones, so you could be forgiven for expecting it to be included with newly released handsets. however, some new handsets do not include it, but use other standards such as SlimPort, which we explain here. Here are a list of those that we are aware of that do not use MHL and the equivalent standard that they do use.

LG Nexus 4 – SlimPort

LG Nexus 5 – SlimPort

LG Nexus 6 – SlimPort

LG G2 – SlimPort

LG G3 – SlimPort

BlackBerry devices – SlimPort

Photos and spec sheet emerge of LG’s Note 2 competitor, the LG Optimus G Pro

Photos and a spec sheet have been posted by PhoneArena of what is reported to be the LG Optimus G Pro. If the specs are correct, it’ll be the closest competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note II in terms of screen size, matching its 5.5″ display.

LG Optimus G Pro

We can expect to see another industry-wide increase in screen size for Android devices this year. The Sony Xperia Z (coming at the end of this month) has a 5″ display, it is expected the Samsung will increase the screen size of its next flagship, and HTC is also likely to follow suit when it announces its next device. However, the aforementioned will all be competing in the 5″ bracket, where as the LG Optimus G Pro goes half an inch bigger again, brining it more inline with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

It’s not just in screen size that the Optimus G Pro rivals the Note 2. The reported specs also have it with a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor with LTE radio, 2GB RAM, 13MP rear facing camera and 2MP front camera.   It’s also got a huge 3,140mAh battery, which will be welcomed by the same power-users that will praise its 32GB internal storage and microSD slot compatible up to 64GB. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to also expect SlimPort to be included and perhaps Miracast as well.

An announcement at MWC and launch in H1 of this year is what PhoneArena estimates for the Optimus G Pro, which makes sense in terms of timing. However, LG has been a bit quiet on the SIM-free front in the UK as of late, so whether or not it comes through the UK channel is unknown at this point. We’ll provide an update on this as soon as official details emerge and we’ve heard from LG.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Smart Dock available to order

If you have been holding out for the official Samsung Galaxy Note II Smart Dock, then we have some good news for you.

We have today enabled the facility to buy this product on our website.

First stock is expected in early March.

It is priced at £54.99 inclusive of VAT or £45.83 excluding VAT.

To order it, simply click HERE.