Samsung launched both the Galaxy Note 2 phablet and the Galaxy Tab 2 tablet last year, and both of them have performed pretty well in the market. Although both these devices can be used for making calls, the Galaxy Note 2 is considered more of a smartphone while the Galaxy Tab 2 is being offered more as a tablet. But even though they have similar functionalities and have a nice screen, there is a significant price difference between these two. So what’s the difference and is it worth spending more on the Galaxy Note 2?
Display: While the Galaxy Note 2 has a 5.5-inch screen, the Galaxy Tab 2 comes with a 7-inch display. But in terms of resolution, the former is far better with its Super AMOLED display with a 267 ppi count. On the other hand, the Galaxy Tab 2 has a PLS LCD display with a ppi count of 170.
Power: The Galaxy Tab 2 is fitted with a dual-core 1 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM and runs on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. But if you’re looking for something more powerful, the Galaxy Note 2 makes more sense for you with its quad-core 1.6 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. The Galaxy Note 2 also comes with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean but can be upgraded to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. You get to choose from 8 GB, 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage in the Tab 2, while the Note 2 has 16 GB, 32 GB or even 64 GB of internal storage. But both of them have a microSD card slot so you can always get more space.
Camera: Here’s where we think one of the biggest difference between these two devices comes up. The Galaxy Note 2 has a powerful 8 MP rear camera and a 1.9 MP front-facing camera. But the Galaxy Tab 2 has just a 3.15 MP rear camera and a VGA camera in the front, making it a far less appealing purchase, especially for those who are highly dependent on their mobile devices for photography.
Battery: The Galaxy Note 2 is powered by a 3100 mAh battery which gives the device a talktime of up to 16 hours on 3G networks. The larger Galaxy Tab 2 has a bigger 4000 mAh battery and a higher talktime of up to 20 hours on 3G networks.
Of course, it’s not just the tech specs that make the Galaxy Note 2 score so much higher than the Galaxy Tab 2. It’s comfortably sized to make it portable enough, while the Tab 2 is slightly difficult to hold and operate as a phone. And then there’s the S-Pen in the Galaxy Note 2 for scribbling down notes, which is missing in the Galaxy Tab 2.