iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note

Apple’s latest iPhone 5 is already available in its initial markets, and in the words of my colleague Darcy LaCouvee, it truly is an engineering marvel. And that’s coming from a die-hard Android fan. After all, the iPhone 5 won against the Samsung Galaxy S3 in our drop tests. But not everyone is going to drop their phone from ear-level on a cobbled Hong Kong pavemenet. Let’s see how well the iPhone 5 stacks up against another flagship smartphone — this time, the Samsing Galaxy Note. While we’re sure this won’t exactly be an apples-to-apples comparison, we will look at the benefits and disadvantages of each device.

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As you already know, yesterday was iPhone 5 day. The new iOS smartphone was launched in nine countries and will roll out in 100 markets by the end of the year. Naturally, the device will be compared to every existing and upcoming high-end smartphone. In fact, we have a few such comparisons ourselves featuring the iPhone 5 against some of the hottest Android handsets available (and yes, they include video).

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