SGS3 vs Note 2

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    What is the actual battery comparisons now that they have been out awhile?

    how many avg hours realistically for each with moderate use?
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    I can't speak for the gs3, but the note 2 that i own gets 4-5 hours of screen time with"yellow"coverage (under battery stats). I only have Twitter, Facebook,2 emails, and heytell, also a tiny bit of Pandora. However on Wi-Fi i can get about one hour of screen time per 10% of battery.

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    I can also only speak of the Note 2..bigger battery and it always runs cool which I think helps tremendously.

    I get around 6 hrs screen avg on time all on 4G no wifi.. Idle drain is great.. Easily can do 18 or more with my usage.. I don't use power savings mode or wifi which is can add to life..

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    I have no hands on experience with these but I'm about to buy a new phone and have been reading every comparison I can find and the SG3 is quite a bit behind the Note in battery life from what I'm gathering. Shouldn't be a shock considering how much bigger the battery is in the note but basically the SG3 is about average in battery life comparable to the iPhone but the Note is really only rivaled by the Razr Maxx.

    Again, that's just what I'm getting from reading forums and reviews and such so grain of salt and all that.

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    Having owned both the Galaxy S3 and the Note 2, this is pretty much dead on. The battery life on the Galaxy S3 is good, but the battery life of the Note 2 is much better. I get pretty much the same battery life from the Note 2 that I got with the RAZR MAXX (which makes sense considering the Note 2 has a 3100mAh battery and the RAZR MAXX has a 3300mAh battery).

    I'd say that with moderate use (although "moderate" can mean different things to different people) in a solid coverage area, you can get through a day with the Galaxy S3 with no problems. You'll get through a day and half under the same conditions. The Note 2 can make it through an entire day with fairly heavy use, whereas the Galaxy S3 can't.

    The great thing about either one is that the battery is removable, something that is becoming more and more rare. You can just keep a charged spare on hand and switch it out if you find yourself running low.
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    Definitely agree on the removable battery and them becoming scarce. I hate that too especially since we're being stuck with these phones for 2 years. The DNA is a masterpiece but that permanent puny battery won't be worth much after a year. After that I bet you'd be lucky to get thru lunch before needing to recharge but you're stuck with it for the next 12 months. That sucks and I hate this trend along with the move away from SD cards.

    People more and more live on their phones and weak non batteries and small storage space won't work.

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    what about compared to the Nexus?
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    The Galaxy S3 destroys the Galaxy Nexus in battery life. It's also considerably better than the Nexus 4.

    And it's not even fair to compare the Galaxy Nexus or the Nexus 4 to the Note 2 in battery life. They're in completely different leagues, with the Note 2 so far beyond either.
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    Thats what I was hoping. I get 10hrs max out of my Nexus I want to get what I had with my old X I could get almost 24hrs out of it with moderate use.
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    I last all day with my s3 and. I'm a hevay user

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    The note 2 has a larger battery and is a quad core vs dual core so it is going to have better battery life. I think a closer comparison (apples to apples instead of apples to oranges) would be the s3 vs gnexus.
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    I have Note II. It lasts for 10 hours in a day for a moderate use.
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    You've got a defective battery or something. With heavy 4G use, several texts and a few phone calls, I put my baby in the charger at 11PM with no less than 40% battery left after being off the charger for 15-16 hours. In the month I've had this thing, I have yet to see anything less than 35% remaining.

    Granted mine is brand new but if you can only get 10 hours of moderate use, something is wrong.

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    I heard that Note 2 is better than S3 in battery life. Galaxy S3 battery life got worse after Jelly Bean update.
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    The Note 2 does get better battery life than the S3, but that's not surprising given that the Note 2 has a larger battery.
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    having owned both the S3 and Note 2.. id say the Note 2 destroys the S3 if your gonna compare them directly.... on my S3 with heavy usage throughout the day i can expect it to die before i get home.. so around maybe 11-12hrs before the battery goes dead under heavy usage

    however on the note 2... there isnt enough hours in a day for me to even run this battery down to 1% if i tried... on average when i get home my phone's been off the charger for around 13-15hrs and still around 50-60% battery life and thats with moderate to heavy usage
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    Have owned Galaxy Nexus (8 months), S3 (5 months), and Note2 (4 months).

    Battery wise the Nexus was useless--and in most other ways not a superior device. Bought 3 batteries and rotated them throughout the day.

    S3 was outstanding but I still used 2 batteries a day but that's with 4 to 6 hours on the Internet straight.

    Note 2 is a monster and seldom have to change out the battery during the day with pretty much constant use. And importantly, battery charges up in 1 hour.

    Had a great many phones and Note 2 is in class by itself. Still learning new capabilities I was unaware. First time I haven't hungered for a newer, better phone after a month or two.
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    Im going to get the Note 2 when I upgrade.

    in the meantime I bought

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007C8XRJY/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Im just waiting for it to come in. Ill re calibrate a few cycles see if it helps. my poor nexus. I wanted it to be good so bad. DAMN YOU GOOGLE!!! but then for the price I guess its actually pretty good. What other phone comes @ the $350 mark and isnt some cheap wannabe crap knockoff?
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