So the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the newest, shiniest toy in Android-ville. It’s both a smartphone and a tablet in one – a phablet in short – which has been unveiled during Samsung’s pre-IFA 2012 Berlin-based Unpacked event.
Android Authority has covered thoroughly the second-generation Galaxy Note – includinghands-on videos, specs and features, release date and pricing, but also a wide variety of comparisons with current high-end handsets. We pitted the Galaxy Note 2 against the original Note, the HTC One X, the Galaxy Nexus and the iPhone 4S. The winner in each fight? It’s hard to say, objectively, because not all Android fans need the same kind of the device.
But it dawned on us that while the Galaxy Note 2 is a phablet, a device that covers the niche between high-end smartphones and budget-friendly tablets, we only compared it to its predecessor and current and former flagship handsets. So let’s see how the Galaxy Note 2 does against the Google Nexus 7, arguably the highest-end budget-friendly tablet out there, at least until the new Kindle Fire 2 model(s) and rumored iPad Mini tablet arrive.
Who’s the better tablet between the two? Spoiler alert, I’m going to give you the politically correct answer: it depends what you’re mostly interested in when it comes to tablet use. Worst-case scenario, for you wallet, you just buy both of them and get it over with. I’ll also tell you, just in case you’re wondering, who’s the better phone: the Galaxy Note 2, as the Nexus 7 doesn’t come with cellular capabilities.
Let’s compare some of the most important characteristics of the two devices then!