The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phablet is a favourite all over the world, except for the price tag, so does it compare to more affordable tablets on the market that have been best-sellers? In particular does the Google Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD have a chance against a tablet/phone hybrid?
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Google Nexus 7 & Amazon Kindle Fire HD
In regards to the form factor the main difference between the devices is the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a phone too. Therefore you can call and text along with doing everything that the other tablets do. However the screen size is smaller than on the others. The Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD both have screens of 7 inches. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on the other hand comes with a screen of 5.5 inches. All devices offer full HD; however the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a ppi of 265, while the other two have 216ppi. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 also has the S Pen.
For processing power the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a quad core processor with 2GB of RAM, which means that heavy apps run very smoothly. If you don’t need processing power that is intense, but you want email, browsing and gaming, the Google Nexus 7 and the quad core processor with 1GB of RAM, or the Kindle Fire HD and its dual core processor, with 1GB of RAM may be enough.
For internal storage the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 supports SD card and up to 64GB. The Google Nexus 7 along with the Kindle Fire HD only has up to 32GB on the high end devices.
If it is a great camera you want the phablet has the best, with an 8 megapixel on the back and a 1.9 on the front. However if you have a phone with a great camera and all you want is a tablet that can connect to the internet, both of the tablets have cameras that will suffice.
The Kindle Fire HD has Android 4.0, the Google Nexus 7 has Android 4.2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has Android 4.1.2. The tablets will set you back around $199 to $299; the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will cost more than $800, if you want the unlocked device.
So overall it is clear that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has the most advantages. But with a price tag almost 3 to 4 times bigger, you will have to see whether you need all the “extras”.