Six days on the Note 2 since switching from iPhone 5. Totally got over iMessage in about two days. It’s buggy, slow and unreliable anyway. Am loving the big screen but had to sacrifice the ease of one handed functionality with the iPhone which was more comfortable to hold. I figured that being able to READ the screen is more important anyway.
I have started to discover some really awesome apps when started to completely break away from the iPhone. For instance, I am really starting to appreciate Evernote more instead of relying on Apple’s default Notes app. And OMG, Astrid is an amazing Task/To-Do list program which smokes Reminders. As for playing music, I’ve always been a fan of Google Play which is years ahead of Apple’s Music Match. And finally, for piece of mind which heaven forbid I lose my phone or it gets stolen, Cerberus which has just about every feature the most paranoid person wants such as taking pictures of someone who inputs an incorrect passcode on your phone and tracking down their location, etc.
The Note 2 / Galaxy S3 takes really great closeup shots which is good for food photos! iPhone 5 on the other hand is better for landscape and low light shots but both cameras are pretty darn close in terms of overall quality. One of the things that I do miss is being able to use the volume button to take pictures and the shape of the iPhone 5 is perfect to use as an actual camera.
Both are really great devices but it really depends what you need out of your portable device. If you want a simple phone to send emails, text messages, take pictures and post on Facebook, the iPhone is great. Now if you want a smartphone that does EVERYTHING else and need the screen real estate for tasks that are suited to you – the Note 2 is an excellent solution. There’s of course always the option of getting the Galaxy S3 which is sort of in between the two, but if you were to go big, you might as well get the best 😉
My iPhone 5 and iPad have both been collecting dust for almost a week.