What’s The Next Samsung Android For You? Galaxy Note Or Galaxy S III?

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Just work with me for a moment here and let’s assume that both devices are a done deal on T-Mobile. I’m not saying that they are and I don’t know anything that I haven’t already posted, but let’s just assume for a moment, in a perfect T-Mobile world, they are both arriving on Magenta. Which one are you more likely to pick up? I suppose those question ignores devices like the HTC One S, but let’s not detract from the obvious excitement the Galaxy S III is likely to stir up. Still, the sheer number of emails I receive on a daily basis asking about the Galaxy Note tells me there is at least a few of you out there waiting, and hoping for it to arrive.

As I see it, Samsung seems more and more like the Android front-runner in terms of  creating the most “buzz” for their devices, be it through creative marketing (Super Bowl commercial for the Galaxy Note) or through teaser videos like the one posted early this morning. Either way, Samsung is seemingly outpacing competitors like HTC and LG for market and mindshare.

I know it’s hard to talk about the Galaxy S III when we don’t have a complete list of specs, but we’ve got what we believe is a pretty good picture. Quad-core processor running at 1.4GHz, 1GB of RAM, 4.6″ Super AMOLED 720p display, Android 4.0.3 with TouchWiz, 8 megapixel rear camera, at least 16GB of internal storage.

The Galaxy Note is likely to be the same as the AT&T version with a 5.3″ Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Integrated S pen solution, 8 megapixel rear camera,  and 2 megapixel front-facing camera.

We’re still working to find a picture of a T-Mobile Galaxy Note floating around, but we’ve had an exciting twenty-four hours trying to piece together clues for a Magenta arrival. As for the Galaxy S III, there hasn’t been a peep from Samsung about carrier availability, however, considering that T-Mobile has carried each of the previous Galaxy S models and knowing Samsung’s wish to launch this on as many carriers as possible, it’s likely T-Mobile will see the Galaxy S III arrive.

So, in a perfect Samsung and T-Mobile world, what’s your poison?

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  • http://twitter.com/ILLMATIC2THREE ILLMATIC

    SGS III

  • John

    Galaxy S III for me!

  • John Washabaugh

    While I like the idea of the note, I’d probably go with the S3. I’ve only owned HTC Android phones, but I really don’t care of the OneS. I think I’m switching to Samsung, but I’m not eligible for an upgrade until the end of September, so things may be completely different by then.

  • http://www.takoyaki.org barron

    Galaxy Note!

  • http://twitter.com/tutonutz carlos

    i want both :-)

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Note for me as of now but I’ll have to see the battery, Sd Card Slot availibility, and Removable back cover before I decide on the GS3.

    Sidenote: I’m glad they are FINALLY upgrading the battery tech in these devices. Now they should work on making them all waterproof/water resistant from this point forward.
    It makes no sense to have all that power and can’t use it in the rain.

    • ogopogo

       Interestingly enough, last weekend, my MyTouch4G slipped out of my hand, and landed in my hot cup of tea. I immediately took it out, removed the battery, SIM, and SD card, and left the phone in a bag of rice overnight. Next morning, put it all back together, and voila! Worked like a charm.

      • Wilma Flintstone

         I’ve heard of that remedy and apparently it seems to work.  Cool but I mainly meant due to Warranty purposes.  Most warranties do not cover Water Damage.

  • Dj6481

    Ics on gs2 and call it a day. Specilation on future products not wanted.

  • ben

    this is bad, 1 year from now, NOTE will be a little outdated… tsk tsk tsk… 

    • MarcusDW

      One year from now?  It has already been surpassed by Quad-Core’s and next week Samsung should be unveiling the Quad-Core Exynos.  

  • Xaiver

    tough one…i’d go for the SIII…solely based on size.  If I had “bigger” hands lol, I’d definitely get the Note…but I’m just a regular 5 8″ guy lol…SIII for me.

  • James

    Problem 1: specs change when they come to t-mobile, so its hard to chose based on processor etc until we have a t-mo branded product.
    Problem 2: I’d want to see my favorite apps run on each, as the screen of the note may stretch the hell out of teh graphics for apps designed for smaller resolution screens.

    Also, note is a little big.

  • Shawn Reynolds

    Galaxy Note here!

  • melon3531

    IF I didn’t already have a Kindle Fire (and thinking about getting a 10 inch tablet), I’d go with the Note, but since I do, I’d go with the SIII.  (that’s taking the One S out of the equation, but in reality I’m leaning toward that one…)

  • http://toddmarshall.livejournal.com/ tommy

    I’m curious about writing on the note instead of typing and whether a person can write shorthand faster than they can type…
     

    • chefgon

      My years of experience with a Handspring Visor using Graffiti says that you can’t shorthand write with a stylus even a tenth as fast as you can type on a modern capacitive touchscreen keyboard.

  • Roy Kartadinata

    I have a tablet that I rely on for both work and at home, so I don’t see a need for a tablet-phone hybrid device. My choice would be GS3 … 

  • John

    Both..LOL…Its a tough call. My wife want the GS3 I want the Note, but probably end up with the GS3, because the Note will probably be too expensive for me.

  • Jojo

    Both are useless, won’t see gs3 for months on att, even then galaxy note is ok as I have it but seeing it doesn’t have ICS YET!! it’s just a normal phone, see at least with apple you get updates through itunes, samsung and att take forever to push ota updates… also the galaxy note is fast I wouldn’t see much of an upgrade to the gs3 though it sounds nice that it comes with ics the touchwiz is crap and vanilla ics is where it’s at.

    • J-Hop2o6

       The Tmo version on the Note will have ICS pre-installed. The AT&T version has a leaked ICS roms online.

  • TMoFan

    Well if I had to choose between the two, I think I’d end up with the SIII; but that’s assuming these G4x rumors go nowhere. If G4x is in the picture then all bets are off.

  • http://twitter.com/cybersedan Kenroy Shaw

    Tough call, I wanna see what the GS3 looks like, I have a tablet already, but the Note intrigues me, why have 2 devices when I can just have a Phablet and get the best of both worlds.

  • chefgon

    They both have TouchWiz, so they’re both unbuyable in my book. I wouldn’t take either one if they were free.

    • Going_home

      I agree that Touchwiz is the worst UI out.
      I’d however take either of both if they were free.

      But If I have to pay with my hard earned dough I’m waiting for a Nexus, hopefully not from Sammysung.

      :-D

      • UglyPete

        Wow so you like motoblur better?

      • Vim

        TouchWiz used to be terrible, but has gotten a lot better over the years. 

    • Trueizm

      thats what android has custom roms… remove the touchwiz.  I have the AT&T Note for Tmo with ICS and no touchwiz.  It’s not that hard if you follow instructions.

    • TMOTECH

      Have you used touch-wiz in the SGS2? I hated it in the vibrant and in the Behold 2 but the SGS2 UI is actually pretty nice.

    • mrsbelpit

      Either put a custom ROM on it, or use ADW launcher with the ICS theme.  Looks like stock, but with Touchwiz enhancements (which are quite honestly very useful)

  • Toni_g817

    Tmobile get the note!!!!!!

  • Jmart922

    Doesn’t either phone have the super amoled plus display? Kinda weird that they wouldn’t…

    • MarcusDW

      The current Note does not.  We don’t know yet if the GS3 will have the PLUS but I really hope it does.

    • Vim

      It is a big technological challenge to make a non-pentile super amoled display (ie. a plus) at a 720p resolution that is under 5 inches in size.  I don’t believe Samsung is quite there yet.  People who have seen the GS3′s display say it’s the same as on the Galaxy Nexus, ie. a pentile 720p.  The same issue goes for the Note, which while bigger, also has a lot more pixels than a 720p. 

  • Auser72

    I wasn’t looking to replace my GS2 until end of the year, but the Note is a game changer. I would get Note the first day it goes on sale!!!!!!

  • Lordfinesse

    My phone died last night and I need a new phone this week.  I’m thinking the Galaxy S2 or Galaxy Nexus. Do both offer wireless tethering?  my old phone was a G2 so i was spoiled.  Also, what phone is better?

    • Cashman

      HTC One is better than those 2 phones

      • Lordfinesse

        Wow, the One S? That phone wasn’t even on my radar because i thought the ONE S was less powerful.  i guess i better look into that phone.  

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Honestly, I’m really enjoying it. It’s a little taller than I might prefer, but that has not stopped me from really liking it. I honestly prefer the size of the Galaxy S Blaze 4G, but then again I have small hands.

        • mrsbelpit

          How’s the battery?  I’d need to wait for all you beta testers before I pulled the trigger on a phone with a non removable battery :)

        • Matthew Herman

           The new S4 chip in the One S has the smallest architechture of any mobile ARM chip to date.  This means great battery performance.

          That said, I can’t comment on the day to day battery life, but by pure components, the HTC One S should be able to have the best battery life (performance/watt) than any other phone around.

        • Vim

          Given how terrible battery life is in general, that’s not saying a whole lot. I’d still seriously prefer to have the ability to quickly swap in a spare. 

        • J-Hop2o6

           Yea, at this point you should look out for One S (and maybe One X if Tmo does get it), G-Note, GS3, and G-Nexus (GSM/HSPA+ unlocked).

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYQUMMC7Z4UBLSHQAJGNJBKVPM JamesS

      If wireless tethering is important to you, go Nexus. Anything coming from Tmo will most likely have the tethering locked down or monitored somehow. Where as on a device from outside of Tmo, the only hint they get is from your account’s data usage and not the device itself.

  • Casillas_94

    The note hands down

  • Lani

    I wish TmobileUSA would start selling a Samsung 5.3″.  I’d pick it up.  If I have to wait too long, I may buy it from AT&T unlocked, like I do with many AT&T mobiles to use on TmobileUSA.

    • Ssleve168

      Buy open line on ebay, instaed locking up for 2 yrs, paying over thousand dollar

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    I would personally get the Samsung Galaxy Note, just my preference. If I’m gonna spend the money, I’m gonna go for that Smartphone/tablet

  • Sonotemo

    I couldn’t wait for tmobile to MAYBE get a decent device with a big display. I switched over to AT&T and got my note and I love it.

  • TMOTECH

    The note is too big. And if History tells us anything the SGS3 will be a 42Mbps device like the SGS2. Is Samsung going to put the +42 dual carrier chip set in the note for TMO or stick with the single carrier +21 that is in the AT&T version? I think that would be a great point of contention for most when deciding. 

    • MarcusDW

      My guess would be that they will put the S4 in it.  That is a deciding factor for me right there.

  • Erod188

    I have a rooted galaxy 1 still due to the fact that I don’t see anything out there different enough for me to buy but when I seen the note I was hounding the xda forums for unlocking mods but since the galaxy 3 is around I’m gonna wait a little longer and weigh my options

  • Phozfate

    whats with the tiny screen? I was hoping since it will have on screen buttons that the next galaxy would have 4.8 or possibly a few hairs larger

    • Getsome

      Since when is 4.6 tiny?

  • Myrith

    I’m an artist, so that’s an easy choice: Galaxy Note for me.

  • MarcusDW

    Man this is tough.  Ultimately I want an updated Note with the Galaxy S III specs.  

    Without any “up to date” improvements on the Note, I will pass because I can’t buy a device knowing that it is “out of date”.

    I’m not even sure if I am going to buy the GS3 yet because I don’t want to wait til October again and there are a couple things that I want on the GS3 and that’s capacitive buttons and SuperAMOLED HD PLUS and not PenTile.

    With all that said, I may just pick up a Galaxy Note 10.1(I know it’s coming) and then wait for a TMobile LTE phone next year.  I’m PERFECTLY happy with my GS2 anyway and any new phone purchase is just for the hell of it.

  • Lighthouses7

    Waiting to hold all three and compare. May be a mixed purchase w/4 lines up for grabs. Most advanced likely to be current for 2yr lockup will win

  • XMAGUSX

    Note all the way, but that’s just for my own reasons: being able to limit my electronics to the Note and a 17″ gaming laptop, so that when I need simple note-taking, I can get a small keyboard and use my Note since the screen is big enough. Won’t have to waste money on other electronics then. I wouldn’t care if the Galaxy III had better specs, better screen, faster 4G, etc. because just about anything is a huge upgrade from my G2.

  • Scarfacemario

    G4x, galxy s3, one s, Note, lumia 900 … Hmm ? Decisions decisions .. Ok ill take the Note :)

  • guest

    I still prefer HTC. The Sense 4.0 user interface is easier to navigate. Its a cleaner UI. Well played, HTC. Well played!

  • Nick

    Neither for me.

    The question I’m contemplating:  One S or Amaze?

    • Justamazing87

      One s for sure

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Kosek/100001416667708 James Kosek

      I have the Amaze,… go with the S3 :). That’s my plan. Lousy design of the antennas on this phone. I constantly lose network conenctions while my wife’s Exhibit II has at least 3 bars. Spend more time readjusting the back of this phone to get the contacts to hit just right. T-Mob has swapped the back 3 times and swapped the phone once still not much better. Very unhappy with this HTC phone and might try Samsung the next go round.

    • TMOTECH

      The one S is going to be better. I love my amaze and wouldn’t ditch it for a  One S just to upgrade but the One S will definitely be thinner, lighter and faster. 

    • Vim

      The Amaze’s advantages are a removable battery, micro SD card support, a 2 megapix front camera, and NFC support. 

      The S has a faster, more power efficient processor, a wider aperture rear camera lens, a thinner, sleeker design, and comes preinstalled with ICS out of the box.

      The displays are a wash since they’re both qHD. If you detest pentile then you’ll prefer the Amaze, while if you like the brightness of super amoled’s you’ll prefer the One S.

      Which is better really depends on your priorities. Most people I think would give the S the edge, but not so much of one that they’d buy one to replace an Amaze.

  • Getsome

    I’ve seen the S3 being tested at Tmobile sites, it’s coming!

    • mrsbelpit

      So are they all launching at the same time?  No delay for the US carriers?

      • Ssleve168

        I will get 2, the note and s3

    • TMOTECH

      ???

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee J. Williams

    Well, since I have a Note already, I will be getting the SGIII when it comes out too.  Go Sammy!  You are running this game…

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee J. Williams

    Well, since I have a Note already, I will be getting the SGIII when it comes out too.  Go Sammy!  You are running this game…

  • Nearmsp

    iPhone 5:)

    • Lighthouses7

      May consider w/a June release for the “No more Mr Nice Girl” but Oct will put it too close to, and behind, CES & Mobile Congress. Plus Android has been gaining app ground, Windows not so much yet

  • MarcusDW

    I have an S3… in my S2.

  • swehes

    Asus Padfone for me!

  • Eddie

    I want the HTC One X, but will get an S lll if only the One S is available on T-Mobile

    • Lighthouses7

      Based on what info is out there, it seems the US X & S are very close -both dual. Basically a size difference. Its the International that has wider spec gap

      • Herb

         Rumor was that Tmo would get the quadcore X, since the chipset is compatible with Tmo bands and not other US carrier bands.

      • Vim

        Not just a size difference, but a significant resolution and display quality difference too. The X has a non-pentile IPS 720p display while the S has a lesser quality pentile samoled qHD display.  The X also supports NFC. 

        Furthermore, there is no reason why T-Mobile can’t get the international version since the quad core Tegra 3 supports HSPA+ 42 just fine.  (It’s LTE that it doesn’t yet support.) And if T-Mobile did get the international version, that would also mean twice the memory of the One S and the AT&T version of the X. 

  • mreveryphone

    Being a note owner let me tell you this, the only thing I dislike is I can’t reach the A when one hand texting! Other than that this thing is a beast! Web pages look great on the hd screen, the s pen is genius. The way you can screen capture and manipulate the pic is nice. It adds another level of picture messaging that’s pretty neat. And of course angry birds space is beautiful! All in all you won’t be disappointed. I’m still curious about this gs3 device. If it has a s pen then I’m game!

    • Bleacherbums1

      Do YOU have ICS or gingerbread?

      • mreveryphone

        ICS

        • Bleacherbums1

          On att or tmo? So it been rooted then.

        • mreveryphone

          Tmo yes it’s been rooted

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee J. Williams

      The Galaxy Note has a ‘one hand’ option, in setting.  Just go to where you select your keyboard and you will see it there.

      • mreveryphone

        Aww snap. Now it’s the best phone ever! Thanks man

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee J. Williams

          lol, no prob. Cool right?

  • Johnny Brown

    As an artist, the whole S- Pen aspect is alluring, but I skipped out on the S2 for the S3 and if it ends up being a beast of a phone, then the slightly smaller screen might win out being I have a tab 7+ and transformer prime. Though I would like to play with both (T-Mobile branded) to see which one works for me best. Then there’s the rumored One X. If that drops on tmo, I don’t know what I’m gonna do!…Maybe start saving hard core for all three?? Haha

  • Brown

    HTC, PLEASE CAN WE GET ONE MORE NICE QWERTY PHONE PREFERABLY A G3. PLEASE!! Are there any new QWERTY phones on the horizon?

  • http://twitter.com/ShadWanless Shad Wanless

    Long time reader first time writer: First I gotta say I check your page multiple times a day and the one thing that drives me bonkers is when you post a question and people answer with words that have absolutely NO reference to the question. You could write what’s your favorite color and at least 3 idiots are going to say, “T-Mobile Blows” or something stupid about the “I-Phone” or even carry on about a processor that isn’t even in phones yet to prove their self-mobile-worth. It is truly sad and deters me to ever comment, until right now.

    Okay now for the answer to your question. For me personally: there are plenty of variables that will factor into my decision. First release date of the devices: I have a Mytouch 4G slide and I am not very happy with “Little Things” that seem to add up in mobile tragedy. In the end I will purchase one of these two devices. If say one is released significantly sooner than thee other then I will be more likely to purchase sooner than later. Also price point: Both the device itself and monthly service. I am an ex T-Mobile rep and was placed on the Value Plan without a contract. Knowing I will have to fork over $500-$700 outright makes me cringe; however, for me it is at least a 15 month investment. Expanding on that thought if the monthly service fee goes up for the Note I will more than likely be out.

    Keep in mind that tablets are still a relatively new electronic fad. Samsung has had significant strides and fails with tablets and still seem as if they haven’t found a model that is a go-to device tablet for them. I love the idea of bringing the stylus back into mobile devices I have missed them ever since the Palm series. With that said I believe this trend will follow. It was an obviously brilliant move to combine these two devices into one. Again, I believe this will be a massive trend moving forward in the mobile industry.  If cellphone history has taught us anything it is shinny and new sells, but be careful because the actual model upgrade will come down the pipeline long before your mobile phone upgrade is ready.

    Simple answer: Even if price point and release date are identical I will be going with the Galaxy 3 because it works. It is a proven product line with a terrific track record.

    Sure the G4 will arrive in 8-12 months after T-Mobile gets the G3, but I’d rather have a solid choice that works than an innovative new idea that everyone else will clone and mass-produce. Granted I realize the same is true with the G3, but at least it has lasted three generation and the Galaxy (phone only) series is not going anywhere. It is proven and solid.

      

    • Johnny Brown

      Well said, sir! Particularly your first paragraph. Your answer on your decision and why has me further pondering now…

    • UglyPete

      Hey Shad! I believe we met a few times in meetings =)

      Gs3 for me too!

    • Havoktek

      +1 more….Nuff said my man!
      Still….Rollin with the Note, but i like how you worded your response.

    • MarcusDW

      Sounds like you don’t consider the Note to be a Galaxy product, nor a “solid choice that works”.

  • http://goo.gl/1056j Ironzey Lewis

    Galaxy Note all the way.  I’m a big fan of HTC and their designs but they are not bringing anything new to the table. Better camera, that’s great but I don’t really use my camera as much as I use the screen. Personally, I think this huge phone is the one I’ve been waiting for. The stylus just goes to show that Samsung is really thinking outside the box. I really like using the stylus on my EVO view 4g, I don’t use it all the time but it’s nice to have options. I’ll even put up with TouchWiz until a stable AOSP build is available for the Note. 
    The GSIII is meh IMO. I’m sure it’ll have specs but unless something truly revolutionary happens with this phone I’m not interested. Thin bezels don’t count, thickness of the phone doesn’t count, multiple cores don’t count, what I am looking for is something that brings more to the table that we’ve seen in the past. Battery life or accessories might be a place where the GSIII could nake a compelling argument. Things similar to what Moto is doing with their line of accessories, car docks, desktop docks, WIDI, laptop docks that sort of thing. 
    Personally, I’m getting bored with the sameness of just about everything that is out there.  

    • Havoktek

      +1, I need functionality for every day use something to complement my tablet.
      All I can do is hope and wait…I need this phone( the Note) that is. I believe this is the tru business model phone as well as an everyday app/game/e-reader/ machine.

      Sorry to jump on your comment, but I have a small window of putting some words down!
      Galaxy Note it is!

      • http://goo.gl/1056j Ironzey Lewis

        I’ve never understood why the Galaxy S line has been so popular. Is it price? It certainly can’t be design. I think it comes down to carrier availability. While that is great for making money, it doesn’t really push the form factor into new areas. The Galaxy S line is just a smart phone, The Galaxy Note blurs the line between tablet and phone. That is why I like it so much.  

  • BigMixxx

    I completely SWORE off Samsung.

    BUT, seems as if they have it right, where HTC went in the wrong direction.  If there is an option to do away with touchwiz.  In any and all cases, with my hands, the right thing would be the Tab, as it does fit perfect.  

    BUT!  

    I’m SOOOO interested in the Asus padphone, as it would be the right combination of what I would want.  

    • guest

      They have switching places, dude. I hate to say that but I’m done with HTC after 6 years with this latest One series crap. No removable battery or sd card is too much. I’ll try Sammy since the case on the SGSIII is supposed to be higher quality like HTC models. Plus, I root my phones so updates don’t matter to me.